08 May '15, 11am

Prominent Angeleno went down with the Lusitania 100 years ago today latimespast: When a German U-boat torped

Prominent Angeleno went down with the Lusitania 100 years ago today latimespast: When a German U-boat torped

When a German U-boat torpedoed the Cunard liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915, one of the people killed was Los Angeles multi-millionaire Albert C. Bilicke. Bilicke was instrumental in the building of the Hotel Alexandria and the Rowan Building, which sit on opposite corners of John Parkinson Square downtown. In 1955, The Times interviewed Leonard F. Brown, who worked for Bilicke in 1915. Before the Lusitania set sail for Liverpool, England, Bilicke wrote a postcard to Brown: “Dear Leonard, We are off and this is certainly a fine ship. Have crossed twice in her and am acquainted with her speed and officers. Expect to get much rest from this trip. Hope you continue well …” From The Times’ 1955 story : According to newspaper accounts of the tragedy, Mr. and Mrs. Bilicke were in their stateroom when the torpedoes struck. They rushed on deck and managed to ...

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