In the Midst
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Martha Jacobson,"The Titanic Disaster and its Cokato Connection," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Fall, 1993) vol. 13 no. 4.
RMS Titanic, April 10, 1912. Photo taken by F.G.O. Stuart (1843-1923). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
In this day when we hear of global disasters almost as they happen, is it not surprising to learn how slowly and by what manner, news was carried--and often distorted--as recently as the early years of this, the twentieth century?
On April 25, 1912, the Cokato Enterprise reported that a Cokato couple perished in the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic. This story--recreated below--created much speculation by local residents and more recently an inquiry to the Cokato Historical Society from the Titanic Historical Society, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts.
MRS. WM. LAHTINEN DIES WITH HUSBAND
Refuses Chance to Be Saved and
Both Go Down With Ill-Fated Titanic
Article by Audrey Tack from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, Winter, 1997, Vol. 17 No. 1.
Upon first becoming acquainted in Cokato, a friend told me of an incident while she was grocery shopping in the Farmers Store. In walked a distinguished looking woman carrying a
canvas tote bag. The tote bag read "Foxy Lady".
Maybe some of you remember this lady carrying the tote bag as being Altha Dokken.
The original version of this excerpt first appeared in the February 2014 edition of In The Midst Of, (c), Cokato Historical Society.
Gust Akerlund photograph of Ida Sparks Clarke.
March is Women's History Month, dedicated to honoring women who have paved the way for the next generation. In response to this tribute, we would like to recognize a few of the many women of Cokato who were and are pioneers.