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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Burger meets violent death

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

FEB. 25, 1909

The top stories in the Norwalk Evening Herald on this date 98 year ago:

Met violent death at W&LE Shops

Frank E. Burger, aged 30 years, son of Joseph Burger, of No. 56 Wooster Street, met a violent deaths at the W&LE railroad shops, where he was employed as a boilermaker, some time in the early part of last evening. He was strangled to death while working inside an engine.

The young man was at work on engine No. 708, performing the job of what is known as rolling flues. He was in the smoke box of the locomotive, which is in the front part of the engine, and was working with a machine operated with compressed air and connected by means of a home so that it can be easily moved from on position to another. The machine works with a rotary motion, the roller or drill being fastened to the motor with a knuckle or set screw.

When he met death, Burger was working on the top row of flues and was seated upon a stool. It is supposed that he had the rod over his right shoulder and that in some manner the knuckle or set screw, which projected out an inch or more, caught in his clothing near the neck, and revolving rapidly wound them up until he strangled to death.

McKinley Club held annual meet

The annual meeting of the Norwalk McKinley Club was held last evening in the city council chamber with a fair attendance. The principal bus lines was the making of reports, which showed the club to be in a flourishing condition and the election of officers which resulted as follows:

President - L.W. Wickham

Vice president - F.B. Cole

Secretary - A.D. Sanders

Treasurer - L.C. Harris

Trustee for three years - J.H. Williams

Executive committee - Ben B. Wickham, E.G. Martin and J.B. Berkley

SSRC Annual Banquet

The ladies of the SSRC delightfully entertained their husbands at their annual banquet last evening at the home of R.T. Knapp on the Norwood Road.

The dining room was tastefully decorated with branches of the pepper berry, sent by absent member, Mrs. W.G. Carpenter, now in California. The place cards were hand painted Gibson heads on post cards. The favors were pink carnations. An elegant dinner was served, after which the following program was rendered:

Vocal solo, Mrs. Frank Wilcox; monologue, Mrs. Sanger; vocal solo, Mr. Wagner; Jolly Joes Lady Ministries.

The guests of the circle were Mrs. Gunlefinger of Warren, O., and Mrs. Brown of Chic ago.

Dies from injuries sustained by fall

Mrs. Isabelle Ashbolt, a pioneer resident of this city, died last evening at 8:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Offord, No. 282 East Main Street. Death was due to a fall in the house sustained a few weeks ago. Mrs. Ashbolt was in her eighty-ninth year, having been born in England in May, 1820.

Isabelle Bedford was united in marriage to Mr. Ashbolt, who preceded her to the grave 24 years ago, at Erith, England. June 1, 1841. Seven years later, Mr. and Mrs. Ash bolt and family came to America and four years later to this city, where they ever after resided. Mrs. Ashbolt has lived for fifty years in the house in which she died.

Mrs. Ashbolt was a sincere, Christian woman and when a young lady joined the Baptist church at Kneedingworth, England. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and by her pleasant ways drew about her a large circle of friends.

Four children survive the aged parent as follows: Samuel W. Ashbolt, Mrs. Sara B. Long, Mrs. Isabelle Offord and W.E. Ashbolt.

Interment will be in the Woodlawn cemetery beside the remains of her husband.

Fraud charged in marriage

Samuel Post filed suit in common pleas court today asking for the annulment of his marriage, which took place in this city in August 1883. The petition states that for the past 16 years his wife has been an inmate in the state asylum at Toledo and that at the time of her marriage with the plaintiff, and for a long time thereto, was insane and incapable of entering into a marriage relation, which fact she concealed from him.

He says had he known of the insanity of the defendant he would never have entered into the marriage relation with her.

No children have been born of the union.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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