1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—



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When I first began researching this project, my initial aim was to locate any photographs or pictures of at least four of the 15 people who died on January 8, 1902. The pictures were to be used in the documentary on the history of Grand Central Station which was to air on the television program American Experience. The video production company representative who contacted me asked me to locate the families or the descendants of the 15 deceased people and inquire as to whether or not they had any photographs of these people. As a genealogist, I began to research the deceased and began trying to put together each person's respective genealogy in the hopes that it would lead me to any descendants.

To identify these people I started with a newspaper article which listed the names of the people who died on January 8, 1902. However, that article contained many, many errors. People who survived were included as having died that day. In reading over the newspapers for several days after the event, I also learned that two of the survivors died from complications of their injuries. Additionally, many names of the deceased in the newspapers were misspelled or just wrong. In fact, one man had was identified with four different names in various newspapers! How can one research him if he can't be correctly identified? False information was contained in the newspaper articles including one man who was allegedly the brother of the editor of a local New Rochelle newspaper. This relationship turned out to be entirely wrong. What a nighttmare!

Normally in genealogy, we begin researching what we know and then seek out records and information about things that we don't know but which are connected to that which we already know. So, we start with ourselves and our immediate families which are known to us and work backwards through our ancestral lines. However, with this project I knew nothing factual other than that the train collision had happened on January 8, 1902. And I couldn't even rely on the accuracy of people's names as found in newspapers of that day. Not surprisingly, confusion reigned that fateful day long ago, and my initial research also began in confusion.

This journal will attempt to show how I began to work my way out of that initial confusion as well as identify any brick walls I hit and what I did to tear them down. Some of the journal entries will relate to specific people and some will relate to the search for specific records.

All my general comments into this research will be shown under the topic of General Research Journal and will also include my approach to this project. If you have specific suggestions for my research into these people or the records, please feel free to contact me with your suggestions.

Record Type
 
Name
Research Journals
Genealogy
General Research Journal   H. Franklin Crosby
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Photos   Henry G. Dimon
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Probate Records   Theodore Fajardo
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Civil Law Suits   Walter Forbes
Inquest Records   Byron D. C. Foskett
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Newspaper Research   Edward C. Hinsdale
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Cemetery Research   Amanda (Cox) Howard
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
Events of the Day   William Howard
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
    William Leys
    Charles B. Mars
   
Oscar W. Meyrowitz

    Albert E. H. Mills
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
    Alfred M. Perrin
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
    A. Winfield Slutz
    Ernest F. Walton
Research Journal
(Under Construction)
    Frank Washburn
   
George D. Winter

    John M. Wisker



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