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Sadie (Sarah Etta) Rex

Female 1877 - 1946  (69 years)

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  • Name Sadie (Sarah Etta) Rex 
    Born 4 Sep 1877  Napoleon, Henry Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Dec 1946  Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth/death/marriage information from "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 for Sadie Black"

      record title:Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953
      name:Sadie Black
      death date:16 Dec 1946
      death place:Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, United States
      birth date:04 Sep 1877 (tombstone has birth year of 1878)
      birthplace:Napoleon Ohio
      death age:69 years 2 months 12 days
      marital status:Married
      race or color:Caucasian
      spouse's name:Clarence T. Black
      father's name:Martin L. Rex
      mother's name:Lydia Cunningham
      digital folder number:4076297
      certificate number:75037

      Clarence and Sadie Black worked as stewards on the ship called the Howard M. Hanna Jr. During the November, 1913 storm, the Hanna ran aground at the Port Austin reef, and there she lay on the rocks. After the storm, all ship captains and many officers were interviewed. The captain of the Hanna gave his testimony, as did Chief Engineer Mayberry. Their accounts are written in a 1914 copy of The Marine Review. An excerpt from Mayberry’s account reads: “About 8 o’clock Sunday night the heavy sea coming over the after end of the boat washed away part of the woodwork and carried part of the woodwork and the steward’s wife down the engine room stairs, the steward’s wife landing at the foot right beside me, but so far I am now advised, she was uninjured.” Sadie worked in waist-deep water to feed the crew as they lay there for 3 days and nights. Eventually the entire crew was rescued, and when the rescuers wanted to take the ladies first, Sadie refused to go, insisting that she be rescued in the same order as the rest of the crew. Because the crew did survive, many firsthand accounts were reported. As a matter of fact, little is said about Clarence, but Sadie displayed a great deal of heroism during the ordeal. After the storm, many of the crew credited her with their survival.

      In 1913, the HOWARD M. HANNA, JR. was transporting 9,000 tons of coal when it foundered on the rocks of Lake Huron. By the time the insurance company settled the lost cargo claim and hired a salvor, local residents had off-loaded most of the coal. It was reported that locals from Port Austin, Michigan, were still burning some of it 10 years later.

      Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 17-Mrs. Clarence Black, 1639 North Hancock street, Chicago, was the heroine of the wrecked steamer Howard M. Hanna, Jr., off Port Austin, Mich., Lake Huron, during the storm that swept over the great lakes, according to Arthur Jacobs, boatswain of the craft, upon his arrival here.

      Mrs. Black, the steward's wife, was the only cool one on the vessel after it went on the reef, said Jacobs. While all of the crew were huddling in the galley and mess room, from Sunday night until Tuesday morning, Mrs. Black kept a fire going in the galley stove in spite of the water, which was waist deep. She fed the 25 sailors and cheered them while the wind and waves were sweeping over the vessel and pounding it to pieces.

      "When it came time for us to leave the ship and get into the life savers' boat, Mrs. Black refused the courtesies extended to a woman in the time of danger at sea," said Jacobs. "She took her turn in the order of her position and went over the side clad in the fireman's heavy boots and with all the earmarks of a real sailor."

      "Spirit Lake Beacon" November 20, 1913
    Person ID I11480  Mather
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2013 

    Father Martin Luther Rex,   b. 10 Nov 1851, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1916, Dundas, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Lydia Cunningham,   b. Jun 1853, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 20 Nov 1873  Napoleon, Henry Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3907  Group Sheet

    Family Clarence Toronto Black,   b. 28 Feb 1878, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1958, Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F4827  Group Sheet