It was a cold April artic night in the north Atlantic. A few lifeboats, filled with too few people, dotted the waters. Hundreds were still aboard the great ocean liner, the ‘Titanic’. A woman from Hannibal, dressed in a black velvet dress and matching coat took time before abandoning ship to pick up her jewels and her big purse, grabbing a fur scarf and a lifebelt. She was in one of those small boats. On that night Margaret Tobin Brown became part of American folklore.

AOWM – October 26