Titanic victim from Horseheads remembered on anniversary of sinking

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William Hull Botsford, a native of the Twin Tiers, died on the RMS Titanic when the cruiseliner infamously sank on April 15, 1912.

Born in Binghamton, Bostford grew up in Millport and attended Horseheads High School until the age of 16. He went to work for an architecture office in Elmira and attended Cornell University.

Bostford was the chief designer for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and designed many stations, including those in Elmira and Bath.

In 1912, Bostford planned on traveling through Europe to study architectural design and techniques. He boarded the Titanic as a second class passenger with a £13 ticket, which equivalates to $1,929.29 today.

Bostford’s body was never identified after the ship tank, and there is a marker in Millport Cemetery.

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