The following article from a Baton Rouge, LA newspaper, January 17, 1937 - 77 years ago - gives us a prescient and haunting glimpse at the future for 1937 - a future that is now our present world.
In 1937, even without the specter of our current technological capabilities of radar, cell phones, satellite images, the basic facts are the same. A plane still disappears at sea, all hands "lost."
And as the writer of this thoughtfully-penned article points out, disappearances of ships at sea have been happening since Ulysses. Still, families wait for news with a mix of grief, hope, confusion, denial, and unending questions. With all our technology, the stages of longing for missing loved ones does not seem to have changed one iota. Seventy-seven years later, we still pace the "Widow's Walk," hoping against hope for good news from the invisible realm.
Here is the article in sections - author unknown:
Source of Article: "Lost with all Hands," Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, Lousiana: January 17, 1937 edition: page four. Author unknown. Digital database: Genealogybank.com.