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Valley natives remembered on anniversary of Titanic sinking

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It's been 107 years since The Unsinkable Ship made history. 

"So most of the accounts just talk about how quickly it happened," said Traci Manning of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. 

Aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic were several Valley natives. 

"A lot of us are familiar with the Wick family, and George Dennis Wick who perished with the disaster and the rest of his family made it home. We have several third class passengers that were also Youngstown residents that were aboard the ship and some other Valley connections as well," Manning said. 

There aren't many accounts from that night. Some who told their story recalled the lack of safety precautions by the crew on the ship. 

When news of the Titanic sinking spread back to the Valley, it made front-page news in the Youngstown Vindicator for weeks.

"Initially there were reports that he (Wick) had survived. There were reports that he didn't survive. We had declarations by the mayor, city memorials, so people did want to remember him and the importance that he had and then when his family came back they're kind of welcomed back to the community," said Manning.

Manning will be hosting a free in honor of the Titanic's anniversary this Thursday at noon at the Tyler History Center. 

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