Saturday, February 16, 2008
Helen Bishop was born om May 19, 1892 and was very rich, social and very beautiful. Dickinson Bishop acquired his fortune by marrying the heir to Round Stove Company. His wife died in may of 1911 and got married to Helen on November 7, 1911. They went on a 4 month honeymoon to Egypt, Italy, France, and Aliegers. While in Egypt, Helen was told by a fortune teller that she would survive a shipwreck and earthquake before being killed in a car crash. Dickinson, (25) and Helen, (19) were returning home on the TITANIC in cabin B-49. They brought along a dog that they acquired in France named Frou Frou and 6 hand bags for Helen. When the TITANIC struck the iceberg, Helen was asleep and Dickinson was in bed reading. A steward woke them up later on and told them to dress warmly, get their life belts on, and go up on deck. When they got to the boat deck, the officers told them to go back to their cabin. As they were getting ready for bed again, a friend went to them and told them and said that the ship was sinking. They decided that human life was more valuable and locked Frou Frou in his cage forever. When they got to the boat deck again, they were the first ones on board Boat No. 7 after the officer called for couples to get in. They survived the wreck and later survived an earthquake while they were on a vacation in California in November of 1913. They were later in an accident when the car went out of control and ran into a tree. Helen was thrown 25 feet from the car and landed on the pavement. Helen's skull was fractured and she was expected to die, but she thankfully survived. Dickinson also survived with minor injuries. The damage to her skull left her mentally ill and helped to lead to her divorce of Dickinson in January of 1916. She became ill while she was visiting friends 3 months later and died. Dickinson remarried at the time of Helen's death and later served in WWI. Dickinson died on February 16, 1961.