1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

Charles B. Mars


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Charles B. Mars Charles B. Mars

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 12 Oct 1866 - New York 1 2 3
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1
         Burial: 12 Jan 1902
 Cause of Death: 

Events
He appeared on the 1870 Federal census on 28 Jun 1870 in New York, New York. 4 Charles was shown as being 3 years old and born in New York.
He appeared on the 1880 Census census on 3 Jun 1880 in New York, New York. 5 Charles was shown as being 13 years old and born in New York.
He worked as a clerk at the U.S. Customs Service starting on 21 Nov 1884 in New York, New York. 6 Charles continued in the employment of the Customs Service until the day of his death. On a form which he filed February 5, 1891, with the Service, he gave his date of birth as October 12, 1866, in New York. The form showed his advancements over the years starting as a Clerk Class A in 1884 and advancing to Clerk Class 4 by 1898, as well as varous salary increases over the years.
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 6 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 2 Charles was shown as being 33 years old and born October 1866 in New York. He was single and worked as a clerk.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 "...was 35 years old and Chief Clerk of the Impost Division of the Auditor's Department, Eighth Division of the Custom House. He entered the United States Custom Service sixteen years ago and rose from the lower grades. He was a member of the Republican Party. Mr. Mars was unmarried and lived with his parents at 33 Lafayette Street, New Rochelle."
He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pionee" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 7 "...was 36 years old and unmarried. He had been a clerk in the Auditor's office in the Custom House since 1887. For several years he had been in charge of the Bureau of Impost with a salary of $1,800 a year. He lived at 33 Lafayette place with his father, Dr. Brice Mars."

"The funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p. m. at his parents' residence. Mr. Mars was a member of the choir of St. John's church. Rev. Dr. S. O. Curtice will officiate."
His funeral was held in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 8 "The funeral of Charles B. Mars, head clerk of the import division ofthe New York Custom House, who was the fifteenth victim of the tunnel disaster, was held on Sunday at his home, No. 33 Lafayette street. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Saul O. Curtice, of St. John's M. E. Church, and was attended by employees of the Custom House, relatives and neighbors. The choir of St. John's Church sang the hymns 'Time and Eternity' and 'Death and Resurrection.' The dead man was a member of the choir and sang in it at the services on Sunday of the previous week."
He had an estate probated intestate on 18 Feb 1902 in Westchester county, New York. 9 10 Letters of Administration were issued February 18, 1902, and filed in Libery Y, page 101. The Letters of Administration assigned his father Bryce Mars full power of attorney to administer his assets.


Parents
         Father: Bryce Mars (1844-      ) 2 
         Mother: Mary Francis (1846-      ) 2 

Notes
Burial Notes:
Funeral services for Charles B. Mars will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in St. John's Church.
General:
Charles Mars 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 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: 11B; Enumeration District: 92. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

3 U.S. Customs Service, Personal Histories of Employees, Collector's Office, Port of New York, 1891-1900 (Department of the Treasury, Customs Service, NARA Record Group 36;), Volume 1, page 195. Repository: National Archives, NorthEast Region (New York, NY), 201 Varick Street, New York, New York 10014-4811, 212-401-1620 / 212-401-1638, Fax, newyork.archives@nara.gov.

4 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: 991; Page: 314; Image: 631. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

5 1880 Federal Census (Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls.]), NARA SEries T9, Roll: 877; Family History Film: 1254877; Page: 421.3000; Enumeration District: 226; Image: 0263. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 U.S. Customs Service, Personal Histories of Employees, Collector's Office, Port of New York, 1891-1900 (Department of the Treasury, Customs Service, NARA Record Group 36;), Vol. 1, page 195. Repository: National Archives, NorthEast Region (New York, NY), 201 Varick Street, New York, New York 10014-4811, 212-401-1620 / 212-401-1638, Fax, newyork.archives@nara.gov.

7 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.

8 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.

9 Surrogate's Court, Card Index to Wills, 1813-1983 (Westchester County, New York), LDS FHL Film # 1570324, File No. 423-1902. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/.

10 Surrogate's Court, Letters of Adminstration, 1901-1905, Liber Y, (Westchester County, State of New York), page 101. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/, Call Number: Film # 0597563.




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