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The woman who would come to be known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" was born
on Denkler Alley and Butler Street in Hannibal, Missouri on July 18, 1867. She was born during
a very bad thunderstorm and her mother predicted right then that Molly would not be "just
another pretty face." Margaret (Molly's birth name) grew up in a small town with a surprisingly
small population of less than 20,000 people. (Heroine of the Titanic, 1) Margaret attended
school for thirteen years. It was during these years that she earned her nicknames Maggie and
Molly. She had a very open and close family. There were eight people in her small childhood
home. These eight consisted of her two parents, her five brothers and sisters, and Molly herself.
At the age of ten Molly's father taught her how to row a boat. He insisted that this skill would be
useful for her later in life. If he only knew what laid in store for his daughter! A little known
fact about Molly's family is that they were poor. She tried to keep this fact about her family a
secret because she found it shameful and embarrassing. As a young girl Molly worked at the
Park Hotel. She was soon dismissed for being too opinionated for a young lady. She then went
to work in a tobacco plant, but found the conditions disgusting and vulgar. (The Unsinkable
Molly Brown, 1)
At the age of nineteen, Molly was getting bored in her small "same ol, same ol" town.
When she heard that one of her favorite cousin...