LEWISTON, Idaho -- Benjamin Howard had been ailing for some time when he and his wife, Ellen, decided a sea voyage to America would benefit his health.
Two of their sons had settled in Idaho, and the couple planned to visit them in the spring of 1912. They left their home in Swindon, England, and took a train to Southampton, setting sail on the Titanic the next day.
The Howards were among the 1,514 victims when the ill-fated vessel collided with an iceberg and sank in the freezing North Atlantic Ocean 100 years ago this month. Several of their descendants live in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, including Mary Pell, Richard Smith and Megan Ah Hi.