|Death: ||Oct., 1946|
Miss Maud Roudebush of Meadville, who is better known on the operatic stage as Miss Maud Roudez, one of the survivors of the Mohegan disaster, arrived in New York Saturday on the Cunard liner Etruria. Mis Roudebush was dressed in deep mourning and her face bore traces of the strain and hardships she endured when the steamer was wrecked. When seen by a reporter, Miss Roudebush gave a vivid story of the loss of the Mohegan, in which her mother, Mrs. L. S. Grandin of Jamestown, N.Y., lost her life.
Titusville Herald, 31 Oct 1898, p. 3, col. 3, Titusville, Pa.
Miss Roudebush, one of the survivors, gave an account of her experiences to the New York Times: "My mother and I reached the head of the stairs, where our stateroom was, where we met two stewards. We had in the meantime secured life preservers, but we were unable to put them on. As we stood there bewildered the stewards offered to assist us up stairs. There was no panic at the time, for as I looked back into the dining saloon I saw a number of persons still seated at the table. I think it must have been about four minutes after the ship struck when without warning every light went out.
"I shall never forget the scene as we went out onto the deck. There appeared to be absolutely no panic, and yet everyone that we could see was working with desperation to save himself or herself. It was growing dark. I saw no officers and heard no orders given. Two boats had been swung out to be launched. One was filled with sailors, but at the last minute before it was launched Mr Pemberton threw his wife and child into the boat, following himself. Then their maid jumped and fell into the boat almost by a miracle, and she too was saved."
The ship carried six steel lifeboats and two made of wood. Few of them were successfully launched. The Mohegan sank in about 12 minutes, with the loss of 106 lives, among them Captain Griffith, assistant engineer William Kinley, and all of the other officers.
Miss Roudebush's mother, who had been trapped beneath one of the seats of a boat that capsized as the ship went under, bled to death in the local lifeboat after one of its crew accidentally cut off her foot with an axe while trying to free her.
Miss Maud Roudebush of New York, who will sing in the Commencement concert Wednesday evening, arrived in Meadville Sunday. Miss Roudebush is a former Meadville lady and is widely known as one of the leading sopranos of Morris Gran's Metropolitan Opera Company. She is a graduate of Allegheny College.
Titusville Herald, 26 Jun 1900, p. 3, Titusville, Pa.
Mrs. Maud Roudebush Barling, an 1887 graduate of Allegheny College, studied music in Paris and sang there in Grand Opera. She was engaged for a time in concert work in New York. She was married in 1907 to W. W. Barling.
Smith, Ernest Ashton, Allegheny, A Century of Education, 1815-1915, Meadville, Pa., 1916.
Elizabeth Small Grandin (1842 - 1898)
Willard W. Barling (____ - 1947)*
Plot: Sec. 4; Lot 15
Created by: Kathleen B
Record added: Nov 24, 2010
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