William F. Hanna

Late in the afternoon of Friday, May 7, 1915, as the city’s many factories released their workers for the day, the Taunton Daily Gazette hit the streets with a shocking headline:

Lusitania is Torpedoed. Many Americans on Board

The accompanying story went on to say that several hours earlier the Lusitania, the luxurious British passenger liner operated by the Cunard Line, one of the fastest ships in the world, had fallen victim to a German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland. In a report that would soon be updated, the…