New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Eugene Schenck

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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Eugene Schenck

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Eugene Schenck Killed

Struck By An Express Train Last Thursday

He Drove a Milk Wagon for Peter Patterson and Was Crossing the Railroad Track at Beach Street When He Was Killed.

Eugene Schenck, who drove a milk wagon through Red Bank during the winter for Peter Patterson of Newman Springs, was struck and instantly killed by a train last Thursday at the Beach street crossing of the Southern railroad. Schenck was coming toward Red Bank with a milk wagon. His horse had just crossed the track when the wagon was struck squarely by the Lakewood express going north. The horse was unhurt and stood still in its tracks for several minutes after the accident happened. The wagon was cut loose from the horse and was rolled over and over down the track in front of the train, pieces of it being scattered along the track. The running gear of the wagon was all that was left intact and that was badly twisted. The top of the wagon, the wheels and the body were ground to pieces.

The Lakewood express is due at Red Bank at 8:45 A.M. It does not stop at Red Bank and goes through town at a high rate of speed. After striking Schenckís wagon the train went nearly to the Red Bank station before it could be stopped. When the train came to a stop the body of Schenck was found on the front part of the engine, where it had been thrown when the wagon was struck. His skull was crushed and this injury had caused instant death. The injury to his head was apparently the only one that he had suffered.

The body was taken to the oilerís room adjoining the baggage room at the station. Coroner Tetley was notified and after viewing the body he gave a permit for its removal to R. T. Smithís undertaking establishment. Later in the forenoon he empaneled a coronerís jury, composed of Elwood Minugh, Solomon Prince, Pierson Hendrickson, Jr., Edmund T. Woolley, George A. VanBrunt and William A. VanSchoick. The jury viewed the body and the scene of the accident and adjourned till Tuesday to hold the inquest.

The crossing where Schenck was killed is a very dangerous one. No flagman is stationed there and there are no gates. It is impossible to see whether or not a train is coming until the track is reached. A row of freight cars usually stand on a siding at that point to still further shut off a view of the track. Miss Thompson, who lives near the railroad crossing on Beach street, was watching Schenck as he approached the track the morning of the accident. He seemed wholly unconscious of any danger. Miss Thompson did not hear the train coming and knew nothing of its approach until she saw the wagon hurled into the air in front of the engine.

Eugene Schenck was the son of Henry D. Schenck of Belford and was 27 years old. He was born on the Hartshorne place at the Highlands and for several years he lived at Navesink. For the past eight years, until this winter, he had been engaged in clamming off Belford. Last year he clammed with a boat owned by Capt. W. H. Seeley of Belford on shares. The Saturday following his death he was to have left Mr. Pattersonís to again engage in the clamming business. Besides a father Mr. Schenck leaves two sisters, who were formerly Gertie and Nora Schenck. Gertie married John Maxson of Chapel Hill and Nora married Frank Wilson of Belford. Schenck married Miss Caroline Bennett, daughter of Benjamin Bennett of Wayside, formerly of Lincroft. Shenck and his wife separated shortly after their marriage and Mrs. Schenck has been married twice since.

Schenck was insured for $144 in the Prudential insurance company and the policy was made payable to his sister, Mrs. Frank Wilson. He had been insured less than six months and on this account his sister will get only half the amount for which he was insured.

The inquest was held at town hall on Tuesday afternoon, and this verdict was returned:

    We, the jury empaneled to take evidence in the case and cause of the death of Eugene Schenck at Red Bank on the morning of March 22d, 1900, find by the evidence here produced that he was killed by the train known as the Lakewood express, No. 310 of the Central railroad of new Jersey. We exonerate the crew of said train of all blame, but we do censure the Central railroad of New Jersey for not protecting life and property at Beach street crossing, where the above accident happened.

The engineer of the train was William Mooney and the conductor was Thomas W. Dawson, both of Atlantic Highlands.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 28, 1900

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