A cut on Mary Torkos’ cheek saved her life and her family … and other Titanic ties to Monessen

That day, on the Southampton docks in England, the Torkos family wallowed in disappointment. Anxious to head home to Monessen, Westmoreland County, the Hungarian family had been banned from boarding the ship because of the cut on 7-year-old Mary’s cheek. Fearing the spread of infection throughout the ship’s steerage, officials banned Mary, and thus the Torkos family, from boarding. Catherine Torkos and her three children would have to wait a…