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About Albert Wirz
Mr Albert Wirz, 27, a farmer, was born on 19 May 1884 at Buchholz near Uster, Switzerland. His parents were Albert Wirz and Anna Bertha Wirz-Gull. His mother died 1889 and his father remarried a Lina Maag. The younger sister of Lina, Maria, emigrated together with her illegitimate son Adolf Maag to Beloit, Wisconsin. She later married a Terrance M. Brown.
In 1912 Albert asked his aunt in Beloit to look for a job for him. He also wanted to emigrate to America.
Albert Wirz was a friend of Anton Kink and his family. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. To reach his destination Beloit, Wisconsin, he bought his third class ticket from the agent: Kaiser & Cie., Basel, for 344 Swiss francs (ticket number 315154, price: £8 13s 3d).
On April 10th he left his home. His sister Bertha, 22, accompanied him to Zürich. From there he took the train.
Albert Wirz shared a cabin together with Josef Arnold, Leo Zimmermann, Vinzenz Kink and Anton Kink.
On April 14th they already were asleep, when they were suddenly woken by a "earthquake". Albert Wirz never had a chance to enter a lifeboat.
He died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennet on April 24th (#131).