1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

Alfred M. Perrin


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Alfred M. Perrin



      Sex: M
AKA: Alfred Mead Perrin
Individual Information
          Birth: 21 Dec 1858 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga county, Ohio 1
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 2
         Burial: Jan 1902 - Alton, Madison county, Illinois 2
 Cause of Death: 

Events
Alfred M. Perrin He appeared on the 1860 Federal census on 13 Jun 1860 in Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio. 3 Alfred was shown as beng one year old and born in Ohio.
He appeared on the 1870 Federal census on 30 Jun 1870 in Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio. 4 Alfred was shown as being 11 years old and born in Ohio.
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 2 Jun 1900 in Evanston, Cook county, Illinois. 5 Alfred was shown as being 44 years old and born Dec. 1855 in Ohio.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 Perrin "...was thirty-nine years old and Vice President of the Union Bag and Paper Company, at 1 Broadway, New York City, and lived in Popular Street, New Rochelle, to which place he had come from Chicago recently. Mr. Perrin was born in Toledo, Ohio, but was long a resident of St. Louis where he was connected to the Samuel Cupples' Woodenware Company until about ten years ago. He was a widower, and leaves four children, the eldest about eleven years old."
His obituary was published in the "Norwalk Daily Reflector" on 9 Jan 1902 in Norwalk, Huron Co, OH. 6 A NORWALK BOY
Killed in the New York Central Railway Wreck
"Albert M. Perrin, 43 years old, recently from Chicago, secretary and second vice president, residence, New Rochelle, N. Y."
The above named was among the fifteen persons who were killed, Wednesday, in the New York Central railway tunnel accident near New Rochelle, in the suburbs of New York, as first announced to the people through The Reflector.
This young man was a former resident of Norwalk, having been born in this city. He was a son of Oliver H. Perrin, who was killed thirty-three years ago near the East Main street Lake Shore crossing by falling into a cattle-guard, Mr. Perrin then residing in the house on the southwest corner of East Main street and the Old State road, where W. R. Griffin now lives and which was built by Mr. Perrin.
The son who met his death yesterday has not been a resident of Norwalk for a number of years, having left here when about 18 years of age. For a number of years, he was a traveling salesman for Babcock, Hurd & Co., of Cleveland. He afterwards went to Chicago and thence to New Rochelle, N. Y., where his family now resides. This morning's dispatches state that Mr. Perrin whose wife died some time since, leaves four children, the eldest ten years of age. They are at New Rochelle, still in ignorance of their loss.
The young man was a nephew of John F. and Walter R. Perrin, of Norwalk.
The following was taken from this morning's Cleveland Leader:
Mr. Perrin was a stepbrother of Mrs. E. G. Tillotson, her father having married Mr. Perrin's mother when Mr. Perrin was a young man. After graduating from the Cleveland high school he entered the employ of Babcock, Hurd & Co. He was quickly promoted and was holding a responsible position when called to St. Louis, where he accepted a position with Cupples & co., wholesale grocers. He afterwards became a director of this company and later became interested in the Union Bag and Paper company, of Chicago. He was subsequently elected second vice president of this company. He was only recently sent with F. Washburn, one of the directors, to take charge of the New York office of the company, and was with Mr. Washburn when the accident happened. Both were killed almost instantly.
some years ago Mr. Perrin married Miss Jennie Dennison, of Bay City, Mich. She died two years ago, leaving four young daughters. Mr. E. G. Tillotson left last night for New York, where he will arrange the details of the funeral.

He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 7 Perrin "... was Second Vice-President and manager of the Union Bag and Paper Company of 1 Broadway. The company moved to New York City from Chicago last April and Mr. Perrin came with it. He lived last summer at Larchmont, and in the fall moved to 41 Popular place, this city. He was about 45 years old and a widower with four children, the oldest of whom is 12 years old. He also leaves two brothers and a sister who are in the West."

"The body was sent direct from New York to Chicago for interment."

Researcher's Note: It would seem that the newspaper reporters were often confused about Mr. Perrin's first name. While in the above short bio he was called "Alfred" in the next bio of Frank Washburn, his business colleague, Mr. Perrin was called "Alexander." Additionally in other newspapers he appeared as either Alexander or as Albert.
He was mentioned in an article in "Alton Evening Telegraph" published on 11 Jan 1902 in Alton, Madison county, Illinois. 8 "Funeral of A. M. Perrin"
The body of Alfred M. Perrin and the escort of friends and relatives arrived this morning from New York. The body was taken to the Presbyterian church .... and the funeral services were conducted this afternoon by the pastor, Rev. H. K. Sanborne. Those accompanying the body on its arrival in this city were Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Bousfield, of Bay City, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Felton, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Tillotson, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Felton, of Cleveland, Ohio, and three daughters of Mr. Perrin, Misses Juliette, Pauline, Eleanor Perrin, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and W. L. Sparks of New York. Among those who came from St. Louis, to attend the funeral were Mrs. Homer P. Knapp, E.S. Pierce, F. E. Alexander, M. E. Wallace, Harold Maxwell, Henry Meier, W. R. McCann, James Hewitt, Messrs. Cowan and Lacroix."
"There was a large attendance at the funeral services in the church. During the period of his residence in Alton, Mr. Perrin had made many warm person friends who have been deeply affected at his sad death, and there were many expressions of the common sorrow at the funeral. The pallbearers were person friends of Mr. Perrin, E.S. Pease, F.E. Alexander, M. B. Wallace of St. Louis, E.M. Bowman, Robert Hann, H. B. Sparks, Carl Weaver and W. L. Sparks, of Alton. Burial was at city cemetery beside the grave of Mrs. Perrin, whose death one year ago was equally sad. The floral offerings were rich and beautiful. A large cross was sent by the Samuel Capples Woodenware Company's employees and others were received from St. Louis and Chicago friends of Mr. Perrin. "
He had an estate probated on 22 Mar 1902 in Westchester county, New York. 9 His will was admitted for probate March 22, 1902 and filed in Liber 141, page 157. The Letter of Testament were also issued at this time and filed in Liber W, page 245. A transfer tax was later paid on Novembe 14, 1902 as filed in Liber 3, page 590. Presumably guardianship papers were also issued for his four daughters. .
He was mentioned in an article in "Algona Courier" published on 13 Feb 1903 in Algona, Iowa. 10 Greatest Damage Suit
New York, Feb. 6, -- The largest suit on record for the loss of a human life will be tried in the supreme court at White Plains today when the New York Central Railroad company will be asked to pay $250,000 damages for the death of Alfred F. (sic) Perrin of New Rochelle, in the Park avenue tunnel crash.

He was mentioned in an article in "Buffalo Center Tribune" published on 13 Feb 1903 in Buffalo Center, Iowa. 11 Greatest Damage Suit
New York, Feb. 6, -- The largest suit on record for the loss of a human life will be tried in the supreme court at White Plains today when the New York Central Railroad company will be asked to pay $250,000 damages for the death of Alfred F. (sic) Perrin of New Rochelle, in the Park avenue tunnel crash.
The action is brought by a trust company as executor for the Perrin estate and guardian of the children.
He was mentioned in an article in "Daily Independent" published on 21 Apr 1903 in Monessen, Pennsylvania. 12 HEAVY DAMAGES AWARDED
New York, April 21. -- A verdict for $75,000 damages was awarded by a jury in the supreme court in the suit brought against the New York Central railroad by the heirs of Alfred M. Perrin, of New Rochelle, former president of the United States Paper Bag company, who was killed in the Park avenue tunnel accident.

He was mentioned in an article in "Marion Pilot" published on 30 Apr 1903 in Marion, Iowa. 13
ANOTHER BIG VERDICT
Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars for the Death of One Man
White Plains, April 29 -- The four young daughters ofn Alfred M. Perrin of New Rochelle, who was killed in the Park avenue tunnel wreck on Jan. 8, 1902, got a verdict of $75,000 damages in the supreme court against the New York Central railroad company. The girls, whose ages range from 10 to 16 years, were present in court attired in mourning.
Mr. Perrin was vice president of the Union Bag and Paper company, and got a salary of $10,000 a year.
The widow of every man what sat behind or opposite Mr. Perrin in the New Haven coach has received a big verdict, among them being Mrs. Henry G. Dimon, $60,000; Mrs. William Leys, $100,000; Mrs. E. C. Hinsdale, $40,000; and Mrs. H. S. Slutz, $38,500.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 6 Dec 1903 in New York, New York. 14
"New York Central Meets Two Verdicts Aggregating $145,000, Making $1,250,000 So Far"
"White Plains, N.Y., Dec. 5 -- The New York Central Railroad to-day settled the claims of the estates of Alfred M. Perrin, President of the Union Bank Company of New York, and Ernest F. Walton of the brokerage firm of Decoppet & Doremus of New York. Mr. Perrin and Mr. Walton were killed in the Park Avenue tunnel accident. A verdict for $75,000 was awarded in the Perrin case and of $70,000 in the Walton suite. The company carried both cases to the Appellate Division, which sustained the verdicts."
"John F. Brennan, for the railroad company, and Guthrie, Cravatte & Henderson, for the Perrin estate, and Carey & Whitridge, for the Walton estate, met here today and the damages, $3,000 was paid as interest."
"The tunnel accident has so far cost the New York Central: $1,250,000 and several cases are still pending."


Parents
         Father: Oliver Helm Perrin (1829-1870) 
         Mother: Matilda E. Judson (Abt 1834-      ) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Jennie Rae Denison (17 Jul 1866 - 23 Apr 1900)
       Marriage: 15 Sep 1886 - Bay City, Bay county, Michigan 15
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Juliette Perrin (1887-1978)
                2. Pauline Perrin (1889-      )
                3. Eleanor Perrin (1892-1982)
                4. Kathryn Perrin (1893-      ) (Father: Biological ) (Mother: Biological )

Notes
Burial Notes:
Find A Grave Memorial# 57760755
General:
Alfred M. Perrin 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 #1048. 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 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: 991; Page: 239; Image: 112. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

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: 1225; Page: 463; Image: 449. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

5 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.]), Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 "A Norwalk Boy," (Norwalk)Norwalk Daily Reflector, January 9, 1902, p. 3, col. 6. Repository: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420-2796, 419-332-2081 , http://www.rbhayes.org/.

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 "Funeral of A. M. Perrin," Alton Telegraph, January 11, 1902, p. 5, col. 4; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com.

9 Surrogate's Court, Card Index to Wills, 1813-1983 (Westchester County, New York), LDS FHL Film # 1570478, File No. 521-1902. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, htp://www.familysearch.org/.

10 Algona Courier, February 13, 1903, p. 2; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com.

11 "Greatest Damage Suit," Buffalo Center Tribune, February 13, 1903, p. 6; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com.

12 Daily Independent (Monessen, Pennsylvania) [database on-line]. (Ancestry.com. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. [Original data: Daily Independent. Monessen, PA, USA. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.]), April 21, 1903. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

13 "ANOTHER BIG VERDICT," Marion Pilot, April 30, 1930, p. 3; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com.

14 The New York Times, December 6, 1903, p. 1; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com.

15 Bay County, Michigan Dibean Marriage Index [on-line] (Dibean Marriage Index, <http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/mi/bay/vitals/marriage/dbn-feb-de-2007.txt>).




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