Eino Lindquist survived the sinking of the Titanic - hard for the working class in the bowels of the ship - and went on to live and work in Napa Valley, California. Lindquist died of a stroke in 1958 but is now, at last, being remembered.
With 2012 being the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, there has been a rekindling of interest in the doomed liner that hit that iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. At the time of his death at age 66 on Oct. 31, 1958, Lindquist was not known for having been a Titanic survivor, but rather a simple steel worker. No fame had come his way.
Gravestone for Titanic Survivor
That all changed last April 15 when Tulocay Cemetery officials found out through an article about Lindquist in a local newspaper. The Napa Valley Register wrote that Lindquist was buried there in an unmarked grave and the cemetery's board of directors decided to honor his having survived the disaster and lived in their area with a gravestone, which they paid for.
Local historian Nancy Brennan said that a Sat. June 9 ceremony will mostly be about placing the gravestone at his site. “It (the gravestone) is going to be very simple,” Brennan told the Register earlier this week. “It’s going to say he survived the sinking of the Titanic, worked in steel mills.”
100 Year Anniversary sparks Titanic interest
These kinds of events surrounding the Titanic have occurred in other parts of the world during the centenary of the ship's sinking, and leading up to it. In the Belfast City cemetery in July of 2011 a boy considered to be the first victim of the Titanic had his grave marked. Samuel Scott was 15 when he fell to his death on April 20, 1910 while working on the construction of the Titanic.