Calhoun County author takes a look at the connections between Iowans and the Titanic

Following the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, a photo of two young brothers, presumed to be orphaned, was transmitted worldwide.

It was an early 20th century version of today’s viral image – a picture that captures the attention of people everywhere. And Iowa, far removed from the Atlantic Ocean, had a small connection to the boys in the photo, Calhoun County author Darcy Maulsby told a group of listeners last month.

The story started with Michel Navratil, who was going through a difficult divorce and custody battle with his wife, Maulsby said during a program at Historic Central School.

Navratil abducted his two sons and took them on the Titanic to escape to America. He changed his name and his sons’ names, and spent much of the voyage with the boys, who were 3 and 5 at the time.

Read more in the Oct. 10 edition.