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Sylvia Mae Caldwell (Harbough)

Birthplace: Pittsburg, PA, USA
Death: Died in Bloomington Il
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Chambers C Harbough and Sylvia Harbough
Wife of George J Mecherle
Ex-wife of Albert Francis Caldwell
Mother of Alden Gates Caldwell and Raymond M Caldwell

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About Sylvia Mae Caldwell

  • Name: Mrs Sylvia Mae Caldwell (née Harbaugh)
  • Born: Monday 23rd July 1883
  • Age: 28 years
  • Married to Albert Francis Caldwell.
  • Last Residence: in Roseville United States
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 248738 , £29
  • Destination: Roseville United States
  • Rescued (boat 13)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Thursday 14th January 1965
  • Cause of Death: Pneumonia
  • Buried: East Lawn Normal Illinois United States

Mrs Albert Francis (Sylvia Mae Harbaugh), 26, was born on July 23, 1889 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Chambers C. and Sylvia Harris Harbaugh.

She attended Park College in Missouri, whilst there she met Albert Francis Caldwell they married in 1909, shortly after their graduation. In 1911 Sylvia gave birth to a son, Alden Gates Caldwell.

For some time the couple had been working in Siam (now Thailand.) where they taught at the Bangkok Christian College for Boys in Bangkok.

They booked passage home on the Titanic, boarding in Southampton as second class passengers. The family were traveling to Roseville, Ill.

On the evening of the disaster, the family made their way to the boat deck. Mrs Caldwell got into lifeboat 13, Alden was tossed to Steward Frederick Ray in the stern and Mr Caldwell stepped into the bow as the boat was lowered.

On 21 December, 1914 a second son, Raymond M. Caldwell, was born.

Albert and Sylvia were divorced in 1930.

Sylvia moved to Bloomington and eventually she met, and on 8th January, 1944 married, George J. Mecherle. Mr Mecherle died in 1951 at the age of 73.

Mrs Mecherle was a member of the second Presbyterian Church, Chapter 50 of Order of the Eastern Star; a life member of the Bloomington Country Club and Bloomington-Normal Art Association, a member of the Brokaw Hospital League and an active participant for years in the work of the Community Players.

Towards the end of her life, Mrs Mecherle lived at 305 Grant Road, Bloomington, IL. She died on 14th January, 1965.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Albert Francis Caldwell
  • Master Alden Gates Caldwell
  • Notes
  • Raymond M. Caldwell died 28th April, 1990 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

References and Sources

  • Pittsburgh Post, April 18 1912, Article
  • Unidentifed Newspaper (Bloomington, Ill), Obituary 15th January, 1965
  • State of Illinois Medical Certificate of Death (#65-002227)

A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • New York Herald, April 19, 1912
  • The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), April 12, 1998
  • Albert Caldwell (1965) They said that the Titanic could not Sink


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Sylvia Mae Caldwell's Timeline

July 23, 1883
June 10, 1911
Age 27
December 21, 1914
Age 31
January 14, 1965
Age 81
Bloomington Il