1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

Theodore H. Fajardo


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Theodore H. Fajardo



      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth:  1867 - Bogota, Columbia 1 2
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 2
         Burial: 11 Jan 1902 - New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York 3
 Cause of Death: 

Events
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 1 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 4 He was 33 years old and born in Bogata. He arrived in the USA about 1887 and was naturalized by 1900.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 He "...was fifty-five years old, and connected with A. M. Capens & Co., exporters, at 60 Pearl Street. He lived at 43 Lincoln Avenue, Homestead Park, a suburb of New Rochelle. He leaves a wife and three children."
He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 5 "...was a native of Spain. He was employed in New York City as a buyer for the Cuban Importing house of A.M. Capen & Co., No. 60 Pearl street. Mr. Fajardo married a few years ago a Miss Burpo, of New Rochelle. They lived in a new house which they had built in Homestead Park a year ago. Mr. Fajardo was formerly the New York correspondent for a number of Spanish newspapers, but gave this up in the Spanish-American war because he was in sympathy with the attitude of this country and did not want his friends and neighbors to construe his feelings as disloyal. He was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church and a number of Catholic societies. A widow and three small children survive him."

"Funeral services over the remains will be held at 9 o'clock this morning St. Gabriel's church."
His funeral was held in Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 6 "The first funeral of the day was that of Theodore H. Fajardo, who resided with his wife and family in Homestead Park. The funeral left the house at about 10:30 o'clock and proceeded to St. Gabriel's Church where a solemn requiem mass was said. At the house the features of the dead were viewed by hundreds. The procession to the church was led by members of the Holy Cross Society and a delegation of the Knights of Columbus. Rev. Father Kelly, assisted by Fathers Kellner and McLonghlin, conducted the services. A large number of employees of A. M. Capon & Co., of No. 60 Pearl street, New York City, with which the deceased was associated, attended the solemn ceremony. A handsome floral piece was sent by the fellow employees of the dead. The church was crowded by relatives and friends of the stricken ones. The address of Rev. Father Kelly was full of the highest praise and commendation for the departed. The remains were taken to the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for interment."
He had an estate probated intestate on 1 Feb 1902 in Westchester county, New York. 7 8 According to the Card Index of Wills, the Letters of Administration were filed February 1, 1902 in Liber Y, Page 83. Guardianship papers were also filed for Carlos T., Rosalia C. and Mercedes, his children. The Letter of Administration assigned his wife, Elizabeth Fajardo, full power of attorney to administer his assets.


Parents
         Father: Estanolaus? Fajardo (      -      ) 9 
         Mother: Rosalia (      -      ) 10 

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth Burpo (Apr 1869 -       ) 4 
       Marriage: Abt 1891 4
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Rosalia Fajardo (1893-      ) 4
                2. Carlos T. Fajardo (1895-1950) 4
                3. Mercedes Fajardo (1897-      ) 4

Notes
Death Notes:
According to his death certificate, he was born in Bogota, Columbia and had been in the USA for 13 years.
Burial Notes:
The funeral of Theodore Fajardo took place from St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, where a requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. John A. Kellner. The church was filled with members of the order of the Knights of Columbus and other Catholic societies of which Mr. Fajardo had been a member. A long line of mourners followed the body to the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
General:
Theodore H. Fajardo 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:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nywestch/NewRoc1902/
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Sources


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 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #960. 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.

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

4 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 Series T623, Roll: 1176; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 99. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

5 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.

6 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), January 18, 1902. 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 Surrogate's Court, Card Index to Wills, 1813-1983 (Westchester County, New York), LDS FHL Film # 1570092, File No. 204-1902. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/.

8 Surrogate's Court, Letters of Adminstration, 1901-1905, Liber Y, (Westchester County, State of New York), page 83. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/, Call Number: Film # 0597563.

9 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #960 for Theodore Fajardo. 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.

10 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Theodore Fajardo, Certificate #960. 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.




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