1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

H. Franklin Crosby

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H. Franklin Crosby H. Franklin Crosby

      Sex: M
AKA: Horace F. Crosby
Individual Information
          Birth: Oct 1880 - New York 2
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 3
         Burial: 11 Jan 1902 - New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York 4 5
                   Beechwood Cemetery
tombstone of Norman and H. Franklin Crosby
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 7 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 2 Frank H. was shown as being 19 years old and born in October 1880 in New York. He was an office clerk. The family lived at 38 Trinity Street.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 Crosby was "... 21 years old, resided at 58 Trinity Place, New Rochelle. He was the son of Horace Crosby, a civil engineer of New Rochelle, with whom he was engaged in business, and was a veteran of the war with Spain."
He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 6 Crosby "...was the eldest surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Crosby, of Trinity place. He was employed under Charles E. Patterson in the offices of the American Locomotive Co. in Broad street, New York. He was a popular and exemplary young man, a member of St. John's Church, the Epworth League, the High School Alumni, Y.M.C.A. and social organizations. He attended Cornell University and was 21 years of age. Death was instantaneous. Two years ago, the death of his brother, Norman, from illness contracted in the Cuban war, caused much sadness in the city."

"The young man's death has caused much sorrow and the grief of Mr. Crosby and his daughters was among the most pitiful of the heart-breaking scenes at the railroad depot on Wednesday."

"The body of Mr. Crosby arrived here Thursday in charge of Morgan Bros. and was taken to his parents' home on Trinity place."

"The funeral will take place to-day at 2 p.m. from the house. Rev. Saul O. Curtice will conduct the service. The interment will be in the family plot in Beechwood Cemetery, alongside of his brother, Norman W."
A bio was published for H. Franklin Crosby in "Cornell Alumni News" on 15 Jan 1902. Horace Franklin Crosby, ex-'02, who was also killed in the wreck, was 21 years of age and was the son of Horace Crosby, a well known engineer of New Rochelle. He entered the course in Arts at the university, but remained only one year, leaving at the end of that time to enter business Life. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was employed in the office of the American Locomotive company and was on his way there when the accident occurred. 7
He had an estate probated intestate on 27 Jan 1902 in Westchester county, New York. 8 9 According to the Card Index for Westchester County, the Letters of Administration were filed Jan. 27, 1902, in Liber Y, page 72. The Letter of Administration assigned his father Horace Crosby as excutor of the estate.

         Father: Horace Franklin Crosby (1839-1914) 10 
         Mother: Jennie Briggs (1850-1926) 2 5 

Birth Notes:
According to The New York Times article, he was 21 years old which would make his year of birth to be about 1881.
Death Notes:
According to his death certificate, his father's name was Horace and his mother's name was Jane.
Burial Notes:
"The funeral of H. F. Crosby took place from the home of his parents in Trinity Place this afternoon, a large number of relatives and friends being present, as well as representatives of the Cornell Alumni, of the New Rochelle Young Men's Christian Association, and of the Epworth League of St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church. The Interment was in the family plot in Beechwoods Cemetery."

Find A Grave Memorial# 57760227
H. Franklin Crosby was one of 17 people who died in a train collision in the Park Avenue tunnel outside of Grand Central Station in New York City on January 8, 1902. For additional information concerning these people and their families, please visit the following web site:


1 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), January 9, 1902, pages 1-2. Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

2 1900 Federal Census (Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.]), NARA SeriesT623 , Roll: 1176; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 95. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

3 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate # 970. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

4 Tunnell Victims' Funerals (The New York Times (1857--Current File), Jan. 12, 1902, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The New York Times (1851-2003), page 3.), January 12, 1902.

5 Francis Ferdinand Spies, Inscriptions from Beechwood Cemetery (Part 2) (Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; 1933. Copy of Typewritten Manuscript held at New York Public Library [Online version at Ancestry.com]), Part 2, page 25. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), January 11, 1902, Volume 43, No. 43. Repository: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10801, 914-632-7878 , http://www.nrpl.org/, Call Number: microfilm collection. Copies of some of this newspaper are also available on-line at Old Fulton Postcards web site.

7 Cornell Alumni News (Press of Ithaca Publishing Co., Tioga St., Ithaca, NY), Vol. IV, No. 14, issue date January 15, 1902, page 3. Repository: Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York.

8 Surrogate's Court, Card Index to Wills, 1813-1983 (Westchester County, New York), LDS FHL Film # 1562536, File No. 132-1902. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/.

9 Surrogate's Court, Letters of Adminstration, 1901-1905, Liber Y, (Westchester County, State of New York), page 72. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/, Call Number: Film # 0597563.

10 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

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