1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

George D. Winter


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George D. Winter

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      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 
        Baptism: 22 Nov 1834 - Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland 1
          Death: 11 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 2
         Burial: 14 Jan 1902 - New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York 2 3
 Cause of Death: killed from wounds received in train crash

Events
• He has conflicting birth information of Nov 1836 and Scotland. 4
• He immigrated in 1861. 4 According to the 1900 Federal Census, he arrived in the USA about 1861.
• He was naturalized before 1870. 5 According to the 1870 Federal Census, George was a citizen of the USA. Therefore, his naturalization would have occurred prior to this date.
• He appeared on the 1870 Federal census on 28 Jun 1870 in Bayonne, Hudson county, New Jersey. 5 He was shown as being 33 years old and born in Scotland. He was shown as a citizen of the USA. No occupation was listed for George.
• He appeared on the 1880 Federal census on 5 Jun 1880 in New York, New York. 6 George D. was shown as being 44 years old and born in Scotland. He was employed as an importer of dry goods. The family was living on West 27th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in NYC.
• He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 11 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 4 George was shown as being 63 years old and born November 1836 in Scotland. He had been married for 35 years. Both of his parents were also born in Scotland. He was an importer of linen. He arrived in the USA about 1861 and had since become a naturalized citizen.
• He was employed as an importer of linen in 1901 in New York, New York. 4 6 7 8 9 According to the Trow city directory for NYC, George was the manager of James Duncan & Co. located at 89 Franklin street. The parent company was located in Dundee, Scotland, and manufactured linen for export.
• He resided at 71 Woodland avenue in 1901 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 10 George D. Winter was shown as being an importer in New York City.
• He received medical attention for injuries at the train wreck on 8 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 11
• He was mentioned in an article in New-York Daily Tribune published on 14 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 3 The body of George D. Winter, who died in Flower Hospital on Saturday, was taken to New-Rochelle yesterday. The funeral will be held at the home of the family, No. 71 Woodland-ave., on Wednesday at 10 a. m. The Rev. W. B. Walker, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood.
• He was mentioned in an article in New Rochelle Pioneer published on 8 Feb 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 12 George D. Winter
Mr. George D. Winter was a fine type of a Scotchman who had become thoroughly Americanized.
Public spirited and interested in everything of local welfare.
He was frank and did not hesitate to speak his mind.
Cheerfulness was one of his leading characteristics.
"How friendly Mr. Winter is", was a common remark among his acquaintance. He was proud of his early home and surroundings but devotedly attached to the New World of which he had become a part. He was well acquainted with the father of James Barrie, the novelist, and knew the latter when he was a boy -- as they were living in the same village.
Through Mr. Winter's personal influence the hours of labor of operatives was reduced in several of the large mills in Scotland, and the knowledge of this fact gave him great pleasure in after years.
As a lover of home life and devoted husband and father he will always be remembered. As a kind and good neighbor and as an honorable and energetic man of business affairs.
He was young in s[pirit and delighted in walking and out door exercise.
The pleasure he took in keeping his place attractive was shown from January to December.
He will be missed from the Presbyterian Church where he was a regular attendant, and from all the walks of life.
His presence was always welcome and he will e missed by his neighbors, friends and townsmen.
To his wife and sons and family, he leaves the remembrance of thoughtfulness and devotion.
His best monument is the genuine regard in which he was held by those who knew him and who will always kindly remember his sincerity and worth.
William K. Palmer

• He had an estate probated in the Surrogate's Court on 4 Mar 1902 in White Plains, Westchester county, New York. 13 14 As he died intestate, the Letters of Administration were assigned to his son, William J. Winter, with full power of attorney to administer his assets.
• He was mentioned in an article in New Rochelle Pioneer published on 14 Jun 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 15
Winters Heirs Get $15,000
The New York Central Railroad Company has settled the claim of the heirs of George D. Winter, of this city, who was killed in the tunnel accident, by the payment of $15,000. Mr. Winter was seventy-one years old.



Parents
         Father: James Winter (      -      )1 16 
         Mother: Elizabeth Duke (      -      ) 1 16 

Spouses and Children
1. *Jennie N. Wright (May 1854 - 11 Dec 1917) 4 14 17 
       Marriage: Abt 1865 4
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. William J. Winter (1866-      ) 6 14
                2. Frederick H. Winter (1872-      ) 14

Notes
Birth Notes:
On a search of the newspapers found at Old Fulton Post Cards, I came across a eulogy for George Winter in the New Rochelle Pioneer. In the eulogy, his friend wrote that George "... was well acquainted with the father of James Barrie, the novelist, and knew the latter when he was a boy &emdash as they were living in the same village."
[Source: The New Rochelle Pioneer, published February 9, 1902; eulogy submitted to the newspaper by William K. Palmer.]

WOW! This is the first clue that I have found concerning his place of origin. According to Wikipedia, John M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. Assuming that what Palmer wrote in the eulogy was correct, then the George Duke Winter [see below] found in the IGI at FamilySearch.org is indeed the same George D. Winter.

Name: George Duke Winter
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date: 22 Nov 1834
Baptism/Christening Place: Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Father's Name: James Winter
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Duke
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11299-4
System Origin: Scotland-ODM
Source Film Number: 993443

If George's marriage record to Jennie is ever found, it may either corroborate this or else refute it.
Burial Notes:
According to articles in the New Rochelle Pioneer (January 18, 1903) and in the New-York Daily Tribune, George was buried in "Greenwood cemetery." However, on checking the on-line database of the Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, he was not found there. An email to the Greenwood-Union Cemetery in Westchester county received an answer that he was not buried there either. So, where was he buried?

Although he was presumably buried with his wife, Jennie, her burial location is also a mystery.
General:
George D. Winter was one of 17 people who died resulting from injuries incurred from 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.ancestry.com/~nywestch/NewRoc1902/
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Sources


1 Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, Index (an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following: Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration records.), Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11299-4; System Origin: Scotland-ODM; Source Film Number: 993443; baptismal record for George Duke Winter. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, http://www.familysearch.org/.

2 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #1408. 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 "Attacks on the Central," New-York Daily Tribune, Tuesday, January 14, 1902, p. (illegible), col. 1; digital images, Chronicling of America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1902-01-14/ed-1/seq-2.pdf), Newspapers. Repository: FultonPostcard (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

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: 10B; Enumeration District: 94. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

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: 863; Page: 322; Image: 98. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

6 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: 884; Family History Film: 1254884; Page: 158.2000; Enumeration District: 349; Image: 0032. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

7 George SauerSampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington [London, England], Handbook of European Commerce: What to Buy and Where to But it; Being a Key to European Manufactures and Industry For the Use of Purchasers and Merchants Seeking Direct References for Business Purposes. ., page 70; digital images, Internet Archives http://www.archive.org/details/handbookofeurope00sauerich : accessed 20 Feb 2011.

8 Trow [Princeton University], The Trow (formerly Wilson's) Copartnership and Corporation Directory of New York City, vol. 49 vols., vol. 49: page 133; digital images, Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=7cYpAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA133&lpg=PA133&dq=%22George+d.+Winter%22+Scotland&source=bl&ots=sIE-TqJRbr&sig=OH_VfXy3dSvn6PpHvuGk2Bted3s&hl=en&ei=dqNWTcTtAsb_lgerxc3IBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22George%20d.%20Winter%22%20Scotland&f=false : accessed 12 Feb 2011. Repository: Google Books, http://books.google.com/.

9 The Trow City Directory Company, NYC, The Trow City Directory Co.'s, formerly Wilson's, copartnership and corporation directory of New York City, XXXVIII vols., XXXVIII: 349; digital images, Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=iNIpAAAAYAAJ&dq=intitle%3Acity%20intitle%3Adirectory&lr=&num=50&as_brr=3&pg=PP1#v=snippet&q=james%20duncan&f=false : accessed 12 Feb 2011.

10 W. L. Richmond Manager, Yonkers, New York, Turner's Directory of New Rochelle, Larchmont and Pelham for the year 1901 page 211; digital imagesaccessed 31 Dec 2010. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

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

12 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), published February 9, 1902; a eulogy by a William K. Palmer. 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 Surrogate's Court, Letters of Adminstration, 1901-1905, Liber Y, (Westchester County, State of New York), page 112. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, http://www.familysearch.org/, Call Number: Film # 0597563.

14 Estate Inventory Records. 1775, 1782-1909 (Record Group 4, Series 16, Westchester County Surrogate's Courts, White Plains, New York [Westchester County]), probate files of George D. Winter, A-0303 (247) L, folder 17. Repository: Westchester County Archives, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, New York 10523, (914) 231-1500 / (914) 231-1510 Fax, http://www.westchestergov.com/wcarchives/.

15 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), Artile entitled "Winters Heirs Get $15,000" published June 14, 1902; page illegible. 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.

16 Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, Index (an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following: Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration records.), Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11299-4; System Origin: Scotland-ODM; Source Film Number: 993443; baptismal record for John Winter. Repository: LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, http://www.familysearch.org/.

17 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), published Saturday, December 15, 1917; page 8. Obituary of Jennie W. Winter. 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.




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