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Hugh Roscoe Rood

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Anita, Cass County, Iowa, United States
Death: April 15, 1912 (38)
At Sea - Titanic Casualty (Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered)
Immediate Family:

Son of Vernon Dudley Rood, M.D. and Sarah Catherine Rood
Husband of Lena Alma Ellis
Brother of Grace Jacques; Edson Dudley Rood and Vernon Vorhees Rood

Occupation: vice president of the Pacific Creosotin Company, Seattle lumber baron
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About Hugh Roscoe Rood

  • Name: Mr Hugh Roscoe Rood
  • Born: Wednesday 23rd April 1873
  • Age: 38 years
  • Last Residence: in Seattle, Washington, United States
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 113767, £50
  • Cabin No.: A32
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body Not Recovered

(Updated May 30, 2018)

Hugh Roscoe Rood, 39, was born in Iowa on 23 March 1873.

He was the son of Vernon Dudley Rood (1842-1906), a doctor who also saw military service, and Sarah Catherine Voorhees (b. 1841). His father was originally from Vermont whilst his mother hailed from New Jersey and he had three known siblings: Grace (1875-1964, later Mrs Yophrazan Jacques), Edson (1877-1915) and Vernon Voorhees (1879-1939).

He appears on the 1880 census living in Anita, Cass, Iowa but the family later moved to San Diego, California and he was still living with his parents in that city at the time of the 1900 census and he had went into the brokerage business. He later settled in Seattle, Washington and joined the Rainier Club, a private elite society, and worked as vice president and general manager of the Perfection Pile Preserving Company.

He was married on 16 January 1909 to Lena Stoiber, née Allen (b. 2 April 1862), a wealthy mining magnate who had previously been married to Edward Stoiber (1856-1906) who owned the Silver Lake gold mine in Silverton, Colorado and who lived in an opulent mansion named Waldheim, also in Silverton. Lena had sold the mine in 1908 to the Guggenheims but Hugh and his wife continued to spend time living between Colorado and Washington.

The couple had been spending time in Europe since late 1911 and by April 1912 were staying in Paris when Hugh was summoned back to Seattle.

Rood booked a single passage on the Titanic and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113767, £50), he occupied cabin A-32.

His wife arrived back in New York on 26 April 1912 aboard Kaiserin Auguste Victoria and stayed in the Plaza Hotel. Apparently in disbelief that her husband had died, she placed following advertisement in the New York Herald:

INFORMATION WANTED concerning HUGH R. ROOD of Seatte, Wash. passenger on Titanic, occupying cabin 32. Deck A. Grateful for any news of his survival or death, by telegraph at my expense. Mrs. HUGH ROOD, Hotel Plaza, New York City.

Lena, reportedly a very eccentric lady, is believed to have settled in Italy having survived four marriages. She is believed to have died in 1935.


Mr Hugh Roscoe Rood was born on 23rd April 1873.

Rood and his wife made their home in Seattle, where he was vice president of the Pacific Creosoting Company.

They were in Paris when Mr Rood booked a single passage on the Titanic for a business trip to New York. Mrs Rood and her maid were to follow on another vessel. Rood boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113767, £50), he occupied cabin A-32.

He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

After the disaster, Mrs Rood tried in vain to find any survivors who recalled seeing her husband on board the Titanic.

References and Sources

  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.


From The Denver Times of April 15, 1912:

Hugh R. Rood's name appears among those taken from the ship and a letter received by Mrs. Crawford Hill a few days ago from Mrs. Rood indicated that she, also, would be a passenger.

Mrs. Rood was in London when she wrote Mrs. Hill. She said that she and her husband would be sailing for home soon. The letter, however, did not mention the ship on which they expected to sail or the probable date of their departure.

The Roods left Denver two months ago for Europe. Their departure followed the ending of an unusual suit filed in the district court against Mrs. Rood by Egbert W. Reed, and his wife. The Reeds live at 1040 Humboldt and the Roods at 1022 Humboldt. The Roods residence is know as "Stoiberhof" and is surrounded by a high stone wall. The Reeds charged in their suit that the Stoiberhof wall extended on their property for an inch. The court ordered the wall removed and the suit was allowed to end with the agreements being made. The Reeds removed to California and the Roods to Europe.

Mr. and Mrs. Rood spend most of their time in Denver. Mrs. Rood, who was formerly Mrs. Stoiber, is well known in Denver society. Mrs. Crawford Hill was in correspondence with her while she and her husband were traveling in Europe. They expected to be in Denver within a few weeks.


From The San Francisco Call of Tuesday, April 16, 1912:

SEATTLE, April 15 - Hugh R. Rood, vice president and general manager of the Pacific Creosoting company, whose name appears in the list of the Titanic's passengers, is a wealthy Seattle man who had been spending the winter on the continent with his wife. Mrs. Rood and her maid were to sail later.


Information contributed to the Encyclopedia Ttianica by Brian Ticehurst:

Rood, Mr. Hugh Roscoe. Missing. Ritz Hotel, London, W. Black Moore & Co., 5 East India House, London, E.C. Hotel Regina, Paris. Seattle. Travelling to USA. Vice president of The Pacific Creosoting Company. Cabin A32.


The Los Angeles Times of April 17th 1912 stated that he was a brother of E. D. Rood of El Centro, California. The Rocky Mountain News (Denver) of April 13th 1992 stated that he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Pacific Coast Creosoting Company. He had married Lena Stoiber of Denver in 1909.

The New York Times of April 29th 1912 stated that Mrs. Rood had arrived on board the German liner Kaiserin Auguste Victoria. It identified her husband's cabin on board the Titanic as A-32. Mrs. Rood originally came from Denver, her husband Seattle.

Mrs. Rood travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia where the recovered bodies were being taken, and wired a description of her husband to one of the ships in hopes that it could identify him should the body be found. It was not, and afterwards she placed flowers on the graves of all the unidentified dead after their burial in Halifax. She also sent flowers to all the churches in the city holding memorial services

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Hugh Roscoe Rood's Timeline

August 23, 1873
Anita, Cass County, Iowa, United States
April 15, 1912
Age 38
At Sea - Titanic Casualty