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BERKELEY, April 20. – Among those who went down with the Titanic is believed to be James E. McGuire, a graduate of the University of California in 1893, and a famous ball player in his college days. McGuire was underground manager of the Simmer mine, near Johannesburg, South Africa, and it is thought he was on his way to his home in Grass Valley, aboard the ill-fated vessel. The name of J.E. McGuire is listed among the first cabin passengers, and does not appear on the list of survivors.

McGuire was a brilliant student, and made a high reputation for himself. In South Africa he organized a baseball nine which won the Johannesburg district championship.

Another Berkeley graduate, Walter M. Clark, of the class of 1907, lost his life, though his young wife was saved.

The Bulletin
San Francisco, April 20, 1912

Colonel John Weir, a well known mining man of the Pacific Coast, was one of the victims of the Titanic horror. It has been learned by his friends that he took passage on the ill fated steamer on an unexpected trip to California, probably on urgent business connected with mining interests in this State. The Titanic passenger list shows the name of J. Weir, and he was not among the rescued.

Colonel Weir was very well known in San Francisco, where he lived many years. He was president of the Utah and Nevada Mining and Smelting Company at one time.

The Bulletin
San Francisco, April 20, 1912

Native of San Francisco, in Business
in Portland, Titanic Passenger

Herman Klaber of Portland, one of the biggest hop merchants on the Pacific Coast, was a passenger on the Titanic. Klaber was born in San Francisco, went through the schools and entered business here, and since the removal of the seat of his business enterprise to the Northwest has been a constant visitor to San Francisco. His acquaintance among San Francisco business men is wide.

It was on January 18 that he departed from San Francisco for an extended tour to the European branches of the hop establishment. A wife and two-year-old daughter, Bernice, went to Sacramento to remain in his absence.

Sailed on the Olympic.

Klaber sailed from New York for England on the sister vessel of the lost Titanic, the Olympic, on January 14. He went direct to the office of Klaber, Wolf & Netter of London and Portland, a firm that is associated with Wolf, Netter and Company of this city.

From London Klaber traveled through all of the hop-producing countries of the continent and returned to London to sail out on the Titanic on her maiden voyage.

For twenty years Klaber has been looking after the interests of the two firms in the northwest. It was more than ten years ago that he changed his residence from San Francisco to Portland.

Married San Francisco Girl.

He is less than forty years old and was married a few years ago to Miss Gertrude Kinsberg of Sacramento, daughter of Sam Kinsberg, a well-known wholesale merchant of the capital. Mrs. Klaber is now with her parents.

Among Klaber’s relatives in San Francisco is Marcus J. Netter, a cousin and a business partner. Netter lives at the St. Xavier Apartments, in Pacific avenue. Other family connections are Henry L. Auerback of 1801 California street and Henry Abraham of 1035 Geary street, who is connected with the Southern Pacific railroad.

San Francisco Examiner
April 16, 1912


Dr. W.E. Hopkins, an eye, ear and throat specialist of San Francisco, was not a passenger on the Titanic.

As the name of W.E Hopkins appeared on the passenger list great fear was felt by Dr. Hopkins’s friends for his safety, as he was known to be on his way home from Europe, where he had been traveling with Mrs. Hopkins.

Word was received last night that Dr. and Mrs. Hopkins had arrived in New York last Wednesday on the White Star liner Olympic. They are now in that city.

San Francisco Examiner
April 16, 1912


Special Dispatch to “The Examiner.”

SACRAMENTO, APRIL 15.–Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hold of this city were passengers on the Titanic. They were returning from a visit to Mrs. Hold’s father and other relatives in Cornwall, where they were married two years ago.

Hold was well known here, having been employed here as a chauffeur by W.H. Bradley until last November, when Mrs. Hold received word that her father was ill.

Bradley received a letter a few days ago from Hold saying that his father-in-law had recovered and that they would soon return. To-day Bradley received a postal card from the Holds, mailed from Liverpool, stating that they were to take the Titanic home.

Hold is a past president of the order of the Sons of St. George, as well as a member of the I.O.O.F.

San Francisco Examiner
April 16, 1912

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