1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

William Howard


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William Howard

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 28 Dec 1859 - Connecticut 2 3
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 4
         Burial: Jan 1902 - Greenwich, Fairfield county, Connecticut 3
 Cause of Death: 

Events
He has conflicting birth information of Abt 1854 and Pennsylvania. 1
He appeared on the 1860 Federal census on 20 Jul 1860 in Greenwich, Fairfield county, Connecticut. 2 William was shown as being three months old and born in Connecticut which would make his birth to have been about April or May 1860.
He has conflicting birth information of Abt 1862 and Connecticut. 4 According to his death certificate, he was 40 years old which would make his year of birth to be 1862.
He appeared on the 1870 Federal census on 9 Jun 1870 in Greenwich, Fairfield county, Connecticut. 5 William was shown as being ten years old and born in Connecticut.
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 15 Jun 1900 in Washington, D.C.. 6 William was shown as having been born in December 1859 in Connecticut, and both his parents were also shown as having been forn in this state. He had been married to Hattie Woodward for four years and they have one child, Ada, who was living with them. He was employed as a corset merchange in this city.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 William Howard "...was 48 years old. He was a traveling salesman and husband of Mrs. A. F. Howard, also killed. They lived at 26 Morris Street, New Rochelle. They went to New Rochelle a few weeks ago and had only just purchased commutation. He was formerly a dealer in corsets on F Street in Washington, D. C. He leaves one son."
He was mentioned in an article in "The Evening Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in Washington, D.C.. 7 TWO WASHINGTON VICTIMS
Mr. and Mrs. Howard, Who Formerly Lived Here, Killed in Wreck
Two of the victims of the New York tunnel disaster were for many years, up to six weeks ago, residents of Washing -- Mr. William Howard and his wife, Mrs. A. F. Howard. The accounts of the horror give the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard as New Rochelle, but it was only within the last few weeks that they took up their residence there.
Mr. Howard was about forty-five years of age and was well-known in Washington. For ten years or more he was the proprietor of a corset store at 1993 F Street, in the Equitable Building. While there he conducted a successful business. Several months ago, however, he removed to 928 F Street and fitted up a large establishment, but the location was not as advantageous as his old stand. He accordingly sold out and decided to engage in the same kind of business in New York. He had intended locating at Twenty-third Street and Fifth Avenue and was just preparing to open up his establishment.
Mrs. Howard was the widow of the late Harry Hungerford, who for a number of years maintained a grocery store at Ninth and O Streets. She was married to Mr. Howard about two years ago.
Her maiden name was Miss Pearre. Her brother is the manager of the New Rochelle Beef Company at New Rochelle, and it was for this reason that Mr. and Mrs. Howard had decided to make their home at that place while conducting business in New York.
Mrs. Howard leaves a son and Mr. Howard a daughter, both by their former marriages.


Researcher's Note: The above newspaper article refers to Mrs. Howard's maiden name as "Pearre." However, this had not been substatiated and has been found to have been "Cox" instead!
He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 8 He "...who was killed with his wife, a bride of but six months, was formerly a dealer in corsets in Washington, D. C. He gave up his Washington business recently adn moved to Morris street, this city. Mrs. Howard's brother, Mr. Pearre, is the manager of the New Rochelle Beef Company. Mr. Howard was 48 years old and his wife 42. Both had been married before and each had a child by the previous marriage. Mrs. Howard was a Philadelphia woman."

"The funeral services will be held at their late residence in Morris street today at 12 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Curtice will officiate"
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 12 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 9 Services for Mr. and Mrs. William Howard, who met death together on the wrecked train, were held at their late residence, 46 Morris Street, at noon, the Rev. S. O. Curtice officiating. The two caskets were placed side by side in the exact places where Mr. and Mrs. Howard stood when they were married six months ago. The bodies will be taken to Greenwich, Conn., for interment.

[Researcher's Note: The "Mrs. Howard" referred to above was William's second wife, Amanda Cox Hungerford Howard.]
William was buried on 12 Jan 1902 in Union Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield county, Connecticut. William was buried in his parents' family plot along with his wife Amanda who died in the accident along with him.
He had an estate probated intestate on 16 Jun 1902 in Westchester county, New York. 10 11 Letters of Administration were issued June 16, 1902, and filed in Liber Y, page 189. Additionally, guardianship papers were filed for his daughter, Ada B. Howard. The Letters of Administration assigned the Mutual Trust Company of New York with full power of attorney to administer his assets as well as guardianship of his daughter, Ada B. Howard, from his first marriage..
His funeral was held New Rochelle Pioneer on 18 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 12 "Among the sad sights of the day was the double funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Howard. Their bodies were so badly burned that they were placed in metallic caskets and were not opened. Rev. S.O. Curtice conducted the services which were attended by relatives and friends from Greenwich, Conn., and friends from this city. The coffins were covered with flowers. The bodies were taken to the depot and placed on a train for Greenwich where they were interred."

[Researcher's Note: The above reference to "Mrs. Howard" refers to his second wife, Amanda Cox Hungerford Howard.]


Parents
         Father: William McFarland Howard (1824-1883) 13 
         Mother: Ann Agusta Merritt (Abt 1833-Abt 1924) 2 14 

Spouses and Children
1. Hattie Woodward (May 1876 - Between 1900 and 1901)
       Marriage: Abt 1896 - Washington, D.C. 6
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ada B. Howard (Abt 1897-      )

2. *Amanda  F. Cox (8 Jul 1864 - 8 Jan 1902)
       Marriage: Jun 1901 - New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York 9
         Status: 

Notes
Burial Notes:
"They are buried in Union Cemetery in what we call Section 8. The plot faces Milbank Avenue and is 2/3 of the way along from the entrance. There are a number of other Howard stones: Althea, Charlotte, Daniel, Hannah F., Hannah M. Henry S. Martha J., Rachel, William McF. Some of the stones are very hard to read. I also saw an Ann Augusta (on same stone as William McF, her husband) and a Joel Mann Howard."

Find A Grave Memorial# 57760468
General:
William Howard 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/
Marriage Notes (Amanda F. Cox)
According to the New York newspapers, they were married in New Rochelle, New York. However, this had not yet been verified. Washington, DC, newspapers stated that they were married in Washington, DC, prior to moving to New Rochelle.
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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 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. (Ancestry.com. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.]), NARA Series M653, Roll: 73; Page: 16; Image: 18. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

3 Jean Thomson Archives/Union Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut [(E-ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE),], e-mail, 18 February 2009, "Union Cemetery - William and Amanda Howard".

4 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #998. 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.

5 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. (Ancestry.com. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.[ Original data: 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls.]), NARA Series M593, Roll: 97; Page: 533; Image: 514. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 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: 158; Page: 27A; Enumeration District: 7. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

7 "TWO WASHINGTON VICTIMS," The Evening Times (Washington, D.C) 1895-1902, January 9, 1902, p. 2; digital images. Repository: Library of Congress: Chronicling America, Washington, DC, http://www.loc.gov/.

8 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.

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

10 Surrogate's Court, Card Index to Wills, 1813-1983 (Westchester County, New York), LDS FHL Film # 1570172, File No. 309-1902. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/.

11 Surrogate's Court, Letters of Adminstration, 1901-1905, Liber Y, (Westchester County, State of New York), page 189. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/, Call Number: Film # 0597563.

12 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.

13 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificafe #998 of his son, William Howard. 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.

14 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificafe #998 of her son, William Howard. 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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