Titanic survivors returned to Michigan in style | News
HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Lozier was the priciest, most luxurious vehicle on the road in 1912. And when Titanic survivor Dickinson Bishop of Dowagiac returned to American soil, the first thing he did was call his chauffeur back in Michigan and say: "Come get me - and bring the Lozier."
An identical Lozier is on display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. Jay Follis, the Museum's marketing director, is also a Titanic historian.
"I think one of the fascinating things is they drove a car identical to this that far over to NY to pick them up. They came home to big fanfare. They came home to Dowagiac to this fanfare, first class survivors. They owned Round Oaks Stove Company - but there was another family from Dowagiac that survived the Titanic as well and they came home to no fanfare."
That other family was the Touma's: Helen and her two children. They were in third class steerage, whereas Bishop and his new wife Helen were in first class, on their honeymoon.
Michigan's connections to the Titanic are being elevated now that "Titanic: the Exhibit" is about to open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Saturday.