Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1915 - Miss Corn Weds Mr. Cobb

Miss Jessie Margaret Corn and Stanley Duncan Cobb were married at noon at the home of Mrs. J. A. Corn on North Santa Fe street. When Cobb went to the clerk of records office to get the marriage license the clerk refused to issue it thinking it was a practical joke. It was not until the bride's mother insisted that the Corn-Cobb wedding was on the level that the license was issued. Cobb shelled out for the license and said he expected to be shelling out for Mrs. Cobb and the little nubbins the rest of his life. -- El Paso Dispatch Los Angeles Times.

Fort Worth Star Telegram
November 5, 1915

Sunday, July 15, 2012

1904 - Fire Hose Attacks Crowd

Nozzle Slipped from Man's Grasp, Injuring Several.
Moved Like Huge Serpent, Striking Persons on Head and Breaking Kenneth H. Gayle's Leg. Special to The Washington Post.

Norfolk, Va., Aug. 20 During the test of a fire engine in Portsmouth tonight Kenneth H. Gayle was severely injured, and the engine, which had just arrived from the factory, was severely disabled. Shortly after 6 o'clock tonight, when the test began, the nozzle slipped from the grasp of the man directing the hose and threw hundreds of gallons of water into a crowd of spectators. Edward Broughton was struck on the head by the nozzle, and Edward Alexander was knocked to the ground and severely injured.

Mr. Gayle was conversing with Chief Murden, of the Portsmouth fire department, and before any one could go to the assistance of the unfortunate man the line of hose, which was wildly sweeping the street with its serpentine coils, would around the body fo the prostrate man. Mr. Gayle was quickly extricated from his perilous position, and it was found that he was suffering from a compound fracture of the leg and other injuries.

Matthew Glenn, fifteen years old, was also struck by the heavy nozzle and received a severe scalp wound. The engine was immediately shut down after the first series of accidents, and shortly after 7 o'clock preparations were made for the second test. The engine was started and the safety-valve immediately blew out, almost creating a panic among the large crowd. The escape of steam from the boiler broke the glass in the windows of the residence of Mrs. Ivey Luke, of 1300 Washington street. Mrs. Luke, who was standing in the door of her home, was knocked down, but was not seriously injured.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC
August 21, 1904

1912 - Sleepwalked into a Well


Talledega, Ms., October 31. - Gus Wallace, a well known negro of this vicinity was discovered early Wednesday morning standing in a well come thirty feet deep holding on to the bucket chain and in four feet of water.

It seems that while asleep he got up out of bed and went out into the yards and with the assistance of the chain used for drawing water let himself down into the well where he remained until morning. When he was discovered he was still apparently asleep. He states that he remembered nothing of the matter except being found in the well.

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Columbus, Georgia
November 1, 1912

1908 - Killed by a Wash Tub

Death Results From Tub Falling on the Baby.

MEAD, Neb., Sept. 3. - Tuesday morning, while Mrs. Peter Hansen, who lives east of this place, was doing some washing, her little two-year-old daughter upset a wash tub which stood on a box. The tub struck the child in the stomach with such force that death resulted from the injury.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska
September 4, 1908

1910 - Saved by a Strong Clothesline

Five-Story Fall Didn’t Feaze [sic] Him
Seven-Year-Old, Emulating Feats of Firemen, Drops Through Tenement Clothes Lines. Four Broke Under Him
Fifth Held and a Neighbor Rescues Him-”I Ain’t Hurt; I Could Do It Again,” His Comment.

The conventional hero of melodrama whose life hung by a single thread was only a humdrum hero compared to 7-year-old Isidore Bloom of 25 Market Street, whose life hung successfully from five clotheslines in a roof-to-courtyard fall yesterday afternoon. Four of the five clotheslines which marked the periods in his fall weren’t as good as they should have been, and broke under him. If it hadn’t been for the fifth-but there by hung the tale-and Izzy.

Isidore thought he’d play fireman late yesterday afternoon, so he stepped out upon the fire escape from a window in his home on the fifth floor of the building, and started up a small ladder to the roof, to perform heroic rescued. While rescuing a non-existent damsel from a place of peril in the cornice under the roof, Izzy lost his balance and fell into some very real peril. In a moment he saw the world upside down.

Mrs. Louis Levine of 109 Madison Street, just across the airshaft, whose eleven-year-old son, Louis, had been killed in a similar fall two weeks ago, saw the boy falling, and, feeling that he would be dashed to death, fainted at her window.

But instead Isidore tested the strength of the clothesline stretched from his fifth floor window. So in passing he grabbed it with one hand, reversed his inverted position, and hung on. Only for a moment, however, then the line sagged, stretched, and broke, and Isidore continued his travels.

There was another clothesline on the fourth floor, and Isidore made it his second resting place. This line also broke. Isidore screamed and continued his descent. The clothesline on the third floor was beneath him, so he reached out for it and grabbed it. There his father, Herman Bloom, attracted to the fire escape by the boy’s scream, saw him. As Father Bloom reached the third floor window he saw the clothesline sag, tremble, and snap, and his boy vanish beneath the window.

But Izzy grabbed the clothesline on the second floor; that also broke, but Providence was steadfast, and the last rope, spanned from the first floor, proved stanch and strong.

There Julius Gessof, who lives on the first floor of the house next door, reached out and rescued him by the nape of the neck. Gessof lifted the boy into his flat and began to feel for bruised and broken bones.

“Aw, let me go!” cried Izzy, “I’m not hurt.”

Then he broke away and ran out into the hall and down to the street.

There he met his father and mother, both of whom were frantic with grief and lamenting him as one that was dead. When they saw the lively young ghost running toward them they almost made him a real ghost in the enthusiasm of their embraces.

“Let me down,” gasped Izzy, “I’m not hurt. I could do it again.”

Nevertheless the parents were sure that some bones must be broken, and insisted on calling a doctor from Gouverneur Hospital. Dr. Eberle, after a minute examination, discovered one tiny scratch in Izzy’s face and a slight abrasion under one arm, where the last rope caught him. Isidore himself cut short the physician’s examination of him:

“Stop, doctor, you only tickle me,” he said. “It wasn’t a real fall. I liked it.”

When Izzy was awakened by a reporter who wanted to question him last night he was very angry.

“I never saw the like,” he said, “I only fell.”

The New York Times, New York, New York
July 31, 1910

Friday, July 13, 2012

1904 - A Button Saved His Life

Button Saved His Life
Special to The Inquirer

READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger when he and several friends were engaged in target practice with a .32-calibre revolver. As one of his companions pulled the trigger, Dunkelberger, who had his back turned, faced about and happened to step in the way. The bullet hit him in the stomach, but encountered a metal button, which broke its force. The bullet penetrated Dunkelberger's flesh, but he extracted it himself and walked home.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 18, 1904

1891 - Man Killed While Lowering Flag

Janitor David Leonard Fatally Injured.

David Leonard, janitor of the county building and a member of the G.A.R., was fatally injured last night while lowering the flag from the top of the building. He went to the fourth floor and then climbed a ladder reaching to the flagstaff. In descending the ladder he missed his footing and fell to the basement. His head struck the electric light wires strung about ten feet from the bottom and almost severed the top of his skull.

Chicago Herald
Chicago, Illinois
May 31, 1891

1880 - Sad Accident - Families Switched Houses Resulting in Two Accidents

Sad Accident.

A little child four years of age, of Mr. Webster of Canaan, was fatally scalded last Friday, by falling into a pail of boiling water, which its mother had prepared for washing the floor. The family had but just that day moved into their new home.

The same day a Mrs. Shackford, a lady about sixty years of age, through a misstep, fell the entire length of the cellar stairs, breaking several ribs, and otherwise seriously injuring her—though not fatally.

The Webster and Shackford families had exchanged houses that day, Mr. Webster moving into Mr. Shackford’s house and the latter into the house formerly occupied by Mr. Webster, and both met with injuries narrated.

The People and New Hampshire Patriot
Concord, New Hampshire
22 Apr 1880

1905 - Felled by a Crowbar

Felled By A Crowbar

Serious Injury to Valley Traction Employee Through Odd Mishap
Special Dispatch to The Patriot.

Boiling Springs, May 19. - Henry Miller, an employee of the Valley Traction Company, suffered a very serious accident yesterday which might have resulted fatally.

A piece of track which had been raised, had been kept in place by a very heavy crowbar, which was fastened under a fence nearby, the entire weight of the track resting on one end of the bar.

Miller, seeing that the other end of the crowbar had a very slight hold on the fence, began to make it more secure, when the end flew up, striking him fairly on the top of his nose, inflicting a very deep and severe wound and knocking him off his feet.

As the workmen were near Carlisle, Miller was taken there to have his wound dressed and was then brought to his home in this place.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
May 20, 1905

1894 - Disaster to a Circus Wagon


Rondout, N. Y., July 14. - A circus, which showed in this city to-night, met with a serious accident while coming here from Rosendale this morning. The heavy wagon in which the big canvas tent was drawn by four horses started from Rosendale about 4 o'clock, but came to a sudden stop near Whiteport, and is there yet.

While going down a steep hill the leadres of the four-in-hand became frightened and ran away, taking the other animals in a mad race down the hill. The wagon was badly broken, and when it struck a gully the driver, HARRY CARTWRIGHT, was thrown heavily to the ground, receiving serious injuries. His back was badly hurt, and his head had several ugly gashes cut in it. He was left at a saloon near by. The two leading horses fell at the foot of the hill and were both badly cut up. Three other wagons broke down during the journey.

The New York Times, New York
July 15, 1894

1867 - Fireworks Explosion NYC


Yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, as EDWARD KENNY, a porter in the employ of Messrs. Purdy & Co., dealers in fireworks, at No. 34 Maiden Lane, was engaged in nailing the lid of a case containing a large quantity of "Union" torpedoes, he inadvertently drove a nail through one of the packages and a terrific explosion ensued, when KENNY was thrown several feet off, and sustained several serious external and internal injuries.

The contents of the case were entirely destroyed, the front window was blown out and the stock in the store somewhat disarranged, though no further explosions took place. The clerk in the store, MR. F. D. SMITH, was slightly injured by the concussion. MR. KENNY was removed to the New York Hospital, where he remains under treatment in a critical condition. The damage occasioned by the explosion to store and stock is estimated at $200.

The alarm bells range out the signal "No. 6" on the supposition that there was a fire. While Engine No. 12 was running down town in obedience to the alarm the engine knocked down and ran over JOSEPH BROCK, a native of Germany, 46 years of age, and residing at No. 96 Cherry Street. The accident occurred in the square in front of the Times Office, and MR. BROCK was very severely injured. He was carried to the New York Hospital. His recovery is considered doubtful.

New York Times, New York, New York
June 16, 1867

1898 Ad - The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington

FLAG DAY, Tuesday, June 14.

Over 10,000,000 flags have been sold in the United States since April 21st.

June 14, 1777, the Congress of the United States adopted our present flag. Celebrate the day by hanging out the Stars and Stripes.

And do not forget to lay in your Fourth of July goods early. Largest stock of fireworks, Flags, Balloons, etc., ever in the city.

John W. Graham & Company.
Flags, Fireworks, Hammocks, Sporting Goods, etc.
Fireworks Store, 818 Sprague.

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington
Sunday Morning, June 12, 1898