1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—




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The Injured and Other Survivors


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The Injured     Other Survivors      The Trainmen      The Lawyers      Sources

The Injured

The injured that fateful date included the following people as shown under the name of the hospital which treated them. However, this is not yet a complete listing of injured or survivors.

New York Hospital
Albert A. Adams, age 51 years old, of New Rochelle. His left leg was amputated below the knee. 1 According to The New York Times5 Albert W. Adams was "51 years old, New Rochelle, a carriage builder at 684 Broadway, this city (NYC), living at 65 Woodward Avenue, New Rochelle; left leg amputated below the knee at New York Hospital; also suffering from scalp wounds and shock; his conditionis grave."
Harry C. Raymond, age 26, of New Rochelle. He had " scalp wound and schocks; expected to leave the hospital to-day." 1

Bellevue Hospital
Peter Murphy, age 32, of New Rochelle." Both legs broken; left leg amputated Thursday; a reaction set in yesterday, but he is still expected to recover." 1 According to The New York Times5 he was "a builder of 20 Sickles Avenue, New Rochelle; both legs broken, scalp wound, possible internal injuries. His conditionis serious, and it was said at a late hour that he might die before morning. Take to Bellevue."
Albert Wadley, age 53, of New Rochelle. "Both legs broken; had improved sufficiently to be removed to Dr. Hull's Sanitarium." 1

New York Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled
Arthur Whitely, age 24, of New Rochelle. "Contusions, scalds, and shock; progressing favorably." 1

Flower Hospital
Edward or Everett Coffin, age 15, of New Rochelle. "Fractured leg and internal injuries; condition somewhat more critical, but is expected to recover." 1 According to The New York Times5 Everett Coffin, "fifteen years old, of New Rochelle, house address not obtained; fracture of leg and internal injuries; first take to the Women's Hospital in an unconscious condition and afterwards removed to Flower Hospital, where he lies in a critical condition."
George P. Fisher, age 46, of Port Chester. "Fractured leg and injured spine; a health reaction had set in." 2, 6
Henry T. Keene, age 50, of New Rochelle. "Fractured ribs, a fractured leg, and internal injuries; still doing well." According to The New York Times5 Henry Keene was "50 years old, of New Rochelle, General Manager of the Siegel-Cooper Company; fractured ribs, fractured leg, and internal injuries; at Flower Hospital; is expected to recover despite his injuries." 1
William McCray of New Rochelle. He was also identified as A. E. McCray. According to The New York Times5 A. E. McCray "of New Rochelle; house address not obtained; employed by the Gorham Manufacturing Company; broken leg and scalds about the arms. At Flower Hospital."

Although both George D. Winter and A. Winfield Slutz were initially listed among the injured and taken to Flower Hospital, they died within the first week after the accident.

Presbyterian Hospital
Richard H. Mollineux, age 23, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 he was " living in New Rochelle; precise house address not obtained; fracture of right thigh and a lacerated wound of the left arm. At the Presbyterian Hospital."
Miss Mabel Newman, age 18, of New Rochelle
Miss Minnie Rice, age 23 or 24, of New Rochelle
Miss Sadie Scott of New Rochelle, sister of Daisy Scott

Roosevelt Hospital
William Brooks, age 31 years old, of Brooklyn. According to The New York Times5 William B. Brooks, "31 years old, a clerk in the United States Army Building in this city (NYC), boards in 278 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, his home being at Erie, Penn.; concussion of the brain and possible fracture of the base of the skull; may die; at Roosevelt Hospital. Mr. Brooks, who is a brother of Major John Brooks of the Ordnance Department of the United States Army, recently returned from the Philippines, where he supervised the erection of a number of buildings to be used for army purposes."
George Carter, age 43, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 he was "forty-three years old, employed by Stern Brothers in West Twenty-third Street, 17 Maiden Lane, New York; compound fracture of the right leg and scalds; at the Roosevelt Hospital."
Mrs. Mollie Lambden, age 28, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 Mollie was "28 years old, of Liberty Avenue, New Rochelle; contusions of both elbows, internal injuries, and shock; in Roosevelt Hospital."

Other Injured
William Brown, age 30, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 William Brown "of New Rochelle; contusion of left hip; treated at the Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled and went home."
S. F. Coudrey, age 26. According to The New York Times5 S. f. Co?drey was "26 years old; bruised on the forehead and slight scalds; went home."
George W. Fearing, age 23, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 he was "twenty-three years old, of 70 Echo Avenue, New Rochelle; left shoulder and three fingers of the right hand broken; at the Presbyterian Hospital."
James E. Harlan, age 33, of Port Chester. One newpspaper identified him as J. E. Haviland. According to The New York Times5 J. E. Haviland was "33 years old, of Port Chester; a hardware salesman; scalp wounds and bruises, not serious; at the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled."
H. Haveland, age 33, of Portchester. He could be the same person as James E. Harlan.
E. Kramer of New Rochelle
Wells McMaster, age 36, of Sound Beach, Connecticut. According to The New York Times5 he had "general contusions; went home."
Miss Margaret Mayers
Thomas T. Murphy.
Francis P. (or W.) Rice, age 40, of New Rochelle
William A. Sawyer, age 28, of Portchester
Daisy Scott of New Rochelle, sister of Sadie Scott
Robert A. Stewart, age 12, of New Rochelle
Miss Jessie Woods, age 23, of New Rochelle

Other Survivors

Some others mentioned as having been on board the two trains that morning but not injured were:

E. A. Bergmeiser of New Rochelle. ccording to The New York Times5 E. A. Bergmeiser, of "New Rochelle, clerk in Ladenburg, Thaimann & Co.'s banking house, 26 Broad Street; was cut about the head and received severe nervous shock. After his wounds were dressed he kept on to the banking house and worked almost to the close of the day with his head swathed in bandages."
Reginald Britt of Portchester
Mr. Calhoun
Harry Comstock of White Plains
Edward T. Devine, general secretary of the Charities Organization Society.1 He was also called upon to answer questions during the inquest.4
Dr. Robert Fairchild. According to The New York Times5 He was "a veterinary surgeon, with an office at 303 West Fifty-ninth Street, this city; bruised eye and severe sparins of the back; treated in the Grand Central Station and left for home."
Mrs. Eva Ferris of Cos Cob, Connecticut. According to The New York Times5 she was " thrown forward on seat ahead, slightly injured; treated at Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled and went away."
Eugene Herrold, age 19, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 E. Herold was " 19 years old; New Rochelle; face bruised by being thrown against the door; went home."
Cassimer Herold, brother of Eugene
Stephen M. Ga Nun of the firm of Ga Nun & Parsons, opticians, who resided in Greenwich, Connecticut, and his two children:
Wilbur Ga Nun, age 16, and
Marybelle Ga Nun, age 15
H. L. Le Count
Louis Loew, Jr., age 19, of New Rochelle. According to The New York Times5 he was " 19 years old, New Rochelle; right hand bruised; went home."
J. H. McKenna of Riverside, Connecticut. According to The New York Times5 he had "right hand cut and leg brusied; went home."
Sandford Mead of Greenwich, Connecticut. According to The New York Times5 he had been " hurt in the chest; taken to his home in Greenwich; teller in First National Bank."
Jose Menendez of Greenwich, Connecticut, and his son, Albert. According to The New York Times5 he had his "spine injured; taken to Greenwich."
George Moore
E. W. Munzinger, age 42, of Hawthorne, Connecticut. In another newspaper, he was identified as E. W. Hunzinger.5
Thomas Pepperdy, age 19
Robert A. Stewart of New Rochelle
John Terry
Philip S. Walker of Mount Vernon
Jessie Woods, age 23, of New Rochelle

The Trainmen

THE HARLAM TRAIN No. 118 of the New York Central & Hudson River Rail Road

Edward C. Flyer,2 fireman on the Harlem train.3
William Campbell, conductor
William M. Kinch, engineer of signals 1
John Wisker, engineer of the Harlem train out of White Plains which rear-ended the Danbury train that was waiting in the Park Avenue tunnel.

THE DANBURY TRAIN No. 223 of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail Road Co.

John Dyas, conductor;
Thomas Dougherty, engineer;
Thomas Sweeney, fireman;
Elmer Purdy, baggagemaster;
Frederick C. Barnum, flagman;
Frank Manent, brakeman;
Felix Dougheerty, brakeman

Some of The Lawyers

J. Addison Young — J. Addison Young was the brother-in-law of Henry G. Dimon. He received a lot of public recognition for his defense of Dimon's widow and later became a District Attorney in Westchester County. In all, Young took on lawsuits for six of the 17 who died, including Alfred M. Perrin and Henry G. Dimon.

For the names of the lawyers involved with the trial against John M. Wisker, please see the Parties to the Trial web page.


Sources

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1 "The Injured in Hospital", The New York Times, published January 11, 1902. Repository: The New York Times Archives; URL: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html

2 "Mayor Seeks Corporation Counsel's Tunnel Views," The Evening Telegram, New York City, published Monday, January 13, 1902; page 2.

3 "R. R. Board To Probe Alone," New-York Daily Tribune, published Tuesday, January 14, 1902.

4 "Tunnel Inquest Opened," New-York Daily Tribune, published Friday, January 17, 1902, page one.

5"The Injured", The New York Times, published January 9, 1902, page 2.


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