Early Chronicles (Part 9) 1910 Census Data for West South Midwood

78% of Argyle Heights Residents in 1910 Were Immigrants And/Or Children of Immigrants

Note: Data derived from the 1910 Census.  See Part 8 post for summary of data.  "Oak Crest" was the name used to described the area from the south side of Avenue H to the LIRR cut.  List sorted by house number.

Address Name Note Born Year Arrived In USA Parent(s) Immigrants? (Origin) Oak Crest?
1117 Glenwood Road Orin S. Byrd (Renter) 23 year old telegraph operator from Virginia. There were 5 young male boarders residing with him: another telegraph operator (Harold Wiley, age 28), a landscape engineer (age 24), an advertising design artist (age 24), a bookkeeper (age 24), and an 18 year old teenager. A 40 year old housekeeper was also in the home. All 7 occupants were native born to native-born parents.



1121 Glenwood Road David Probstein (Renter) 32 year old diamond merchant who emigrated here from Austria in 1897. His wife of 4 years, Sadie, was born in NY to Austrian immigrant parents. Her mother, Bettie Kosches, a widow, lived in the home. She emigrated from Austria in 1874. An 18 year old Polish-speaking servant, Mary Mohyln, emigrated from Austria in 1905. Austria Austria Austria (Servant) 1897 1874 1905

1121 Glenwood Road Daniel Smith (Owner) 32 year old diamond merchant who emigrated from Belgium in 1897, the son of Dutch parents. His wife of 6 years, Rose, emigrated from Hungary in 1888. They had a one year old son and employed two servants, both 18, who emigrated here in 1909 Josephine Mollock, a Polish speaker from Austria and Annie Miller, a Polish speaker from Russia. Belgium Hungary Austria (Servant) Russia (Servant) 1897 1888 1909 1909

1122 Glenwood Road Eugene B. Daby (Renter) 37 year old son of Irish-English immigrants to New York who worked as a varnish salesman. He and his wife employed an 18 year old African-American servant from Virginia, Matilda Baskerville.

Yes (Irish-English)
1122 Glenwood Road Addie Braun (Renter) An unmarried school teacher, Addie lived with her two sisters. All three were born in NY to a native New York father and a mother who was born in Maine. One of the sisters was widowed and her 22 year old daughter, Adelaide Harrison, also lived in the home and was also working as a school teacher.



1128 Glenwood Road John C. McIntire (Owner) 38 year old Pennsylvania born real estate salesman. His wife of 15 years, Laura, also hailed from Pennsylvania, as did Laura's mother, Mattie Eckert, age 62, who also lived in the home, along with McIntire's teenage son, who was born in Indiana in 1897, suggesting that the family had migrated East fairly recently. They also employed a 21 year old Norwegian servant, Gyda Westermick, who entered the US in 1908. Norway (Servant) 1908

12 Waldorf Court James A. Fairley (Owner) 44 year old high school teacher born in England who emigrated here at the age of 2. He and his wife Elizabeth had a 6 year old son, Lincoln, and employed a 34 year old African American servant, Martha B. Williams, from North Carolina. Arrested in 1908 for election fraud when Police claimed Waldorf Court did not exist. Promptly freed along with many others by magistrate. (See Cornelius Behan below.) England 1866

1200 Avenue H Jean Werther (Owner) A Chiropodist in general practice, Werther was born in Germany in 1866 he emigrated to the US in 1878. His wife of 20 years, Rose, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. Their 20 year old son, Jean Jr., also resided in the home and was listed as a Chiropodist too. Germany 1878 Yes (German-Wife) Y
1202 Glenwood Road Frank S. Danforth (Renter) 26 year old private secretary from Massachusetts residing with his newly-wed wife, Katherine, a native New Yorker. Owned a 1910 Oldsmobile per Eagle listing on 1/14/1911



1207 Glenwood Road William J. Wilson (Owner) 66 year old dry goods merchant who emigrated from Ireland in 1864. His wife of 44 years, Leticia, was born in Kentucky to Nebraskan-born parents. Three sons in the home (age 32 to 43) were born in Kentucky and Kansas. A 34 year old daughter-in-law, Couidena, was born in Denmark and emigrated here in 1880. Ireland Denmark 1864 1880

1211 Glenwood Road Charles W. King (Renter) 33 year old secretary for a railroad company born in Iowa. His wife of 12 years, Blanche, was born in Michigan. Their 9 year old daughter was born in NY.



1212 Avenue H Holiday R. Ewing (Renter) 68 year old railroad agent who hailed from Pennsylvania, his father was born “at sea”. His wife of 25 years, Nellie, was a New Hampshire native.


Y
1212 Glenwood Road Charles D. Stephenson (Owner) 40 year old lawyer in general practice born in NY. His wife of 14 years, Sarah, was also born in NY to an English mother. They employed a 28 year old Irish servant, Margaret Lynch. Ireland (Servant) UNK

1212 Glenwood Road Robert W. Gillispie (Renter) 27 year old steel salesman. His mother was born in Ireland. He and his wife of 2 years, Marion, hired a 17 year old servant, Marie Nelson, whose parents were born in Norway, to help with their 10 month old son.

Yes (Irish; Norwegian)
1215 Glenwood Road Fred M. Heimann (Owner) 57 year old real estate broker who emigrated from Germany in 1873. Resided with his wife of 29 years, Louise, who emigrated from Germany in 1864. Their 22 year old son, Charles, an automobile agent, who was born in Missouri, was also in the home, along with a servant, a 19 year old Magyar speaking Hungarian immigrant, Mary Dere, who emigrated here in 1906. Germany Germany Hungary (Servant) 1873 1864 1906

1216 Foster Avenue Ralph E. Bortel (Owner) 40 year old widowed cigar manufacturer born in Cuba to Spanish speaking parents, he immigrated to the US in 1871. His 20 year old son, Riggola, worked for him as a salesman. His two daughters, age 17 and 15, were born in the West Indies and emigrated here in 1905. Cuba West Indies West Indies 1871 1905 1905

1219 Glenwood Road Frank L. Strong (Owner) 50 year old butter and cheese broker. Born in NY to native New Yorkers, as was his wife, Margaret. Also in the home were three children, ages 11, 16 and 18 and a 30 year old Polish speaking Russian emigre, Annie Lieschnack. Russia (Servant) 1905

1252 Glenwood Road Eleanor F. Danforth (Renter) 53 year old widow residing with her 21 year old daughter. She was a native New Yorker born to NY-born parents.



1304 Foster Avenue Michael Sullivan 40 year old pawnbroker born in Ireland.His wife of 18 years, Josephine, a native New Yorker, had an Irish-born mother and a father who hailed from Massachusetts. Their son, John J. Sullivan, became a US Army officer. Ireland 1881 Yes (Irish)
1304 Glenwood Road Edward D. Soule (Owner) 47 year old manufacturer of hats and capes born in Massachusetts to a German immigrant father. His wife Jeanette was born in Illinois to natives of that state. Arthur Leslie Soule, 27 year old son of Jeanette's first marriage, also in home, sold hats. The family employed a 39 year old African American servant from Virginia, Jesse Thompson.

Yes (German)
1309 Glenwood Road Francis Burke (Owner) 47 year old physician in general practice, born in NY to Irish immigrant parents. His wife, Hannah, was also born to Irish immigrants. Their servant, Mary Shelly, was also born in NY to Irish immigrant parents.

Yes (Irish; Irish)
1310 Avenue H Helen Twigg (Renter) The only divorced head of household. She was born in New York in 1850, the child of an English father and NY mother. She lived with her brother, Eugene Twigg, 9 years her junior, a house carpenter, and her brother-in-law, Herbert Taylor, a 48 year old clerk in a freight shipping office, who also had an English father. He and his wife Cynthia had a 12 year old adopted daughter.

Yes (English) Y
1311 Glenwood Road Walter L. Fleischman (Owner) 36 year old oil salesman born in Virginia. His wife of 10 years, Jessie, was born in NY to German immigrants. Her 62 year old widowed mother, Frances Ehrlick, also lived in the home with her two small sons. They hired a 19 year old Polish immigrant, Mary Markowski, as a servant. (Walter also listed in Eagle in 1907 as owner of a “Special” automobile.) Germany Poland (Servant) 1854 1909

1312 Glenwood Road George M. Smith (Owner) Born in Greenwich, CT, in 1871. Moved to NYC in 1889 and bought his home in 1905. Was a real estate broker. Smith died in his home of pneumonia in 1928. His mother-in-law, Lena Dittmer, who immigrated from Germany in 1865, resided in the home with Smith's wife, Bertha (born in NYC) and their servant, 21-year old Victoria Slawinsky, who had emigrated from Poland in 1909. Germany Poland (Servant) 1865 1909

1315 Glenwood Road Lena M. Schilling (Owner) 63 year old widow born in Germany. A son and daughter provided income as a pipe mechanic and office stenographer. Germany 1859

1316 Avenue H Joseph Rittel (Renter) 27 year old retail butcher born in New York to German-born parents. His wife, Amelia, was also a New Yorker with a German-born father. They had a boarder, John Schlosser, who was born in 1891 in Germany who emigrated here in 1907. Germany 1907 Yes (German) Y
1316 Glenwood Road John A. Burke (Owner) Born in 1857 in Connecticut to Irish immigrants, he owned his own barber shop. His wife, a native New Yorker, was born to Irish immigrants in 1863.

Yes (Irish)
1318 Avenue H Jack Willing (Renter) 35 year old diamond factory bookkeeper who emigrated from Holland in 1900. His 25 year old wife, Emma, was born in New Jersey to German-born parents. Holland 1900 Yes (German) Y
1318 Avenue H Richard Koehne (Owner) A retail grocer born in Holland in 1880 who emigrated here in 1893. His wife Millie was born in Washington in 1883 to German-born parents. They had a boarder, Henry Ricker, who was also born in Holland, in 1887, emigrating here in 1893 and who worked in Koehne's grocery. Holland Holland 1893 1893 Yes (German) Y
1320 Glenwood Road Lucretia Van Walkenbrugh (Owner) Lucretia was a widow born in New York in 1842 and with her 31 year old daughter, Lula, who also taught school, operated her home as a boarding house. She had 10 boarders in 5 apartments. 3 of the apts were occupied by 2 widows and a single woman. The other 2 had families of 3 and 4. Advertised as a “desirable” boarding house with connecting rooms available per 9/3/1911 Brooklyn Eagle ad. Boarder Sarah A. Smith, age 73, a widow, was born in England in 1837 and emigrated here in 1849. Married boarder Thomas F. Sloane, who working in manufacturing, was born in England in 1876 to Irish immigrant parents and emigrated here in 1884. Single boarder Mary J. Hughes, a “private companion”, was born in NY in 1883 to Irish immigrant parents. Married border, James J. Hunter, a son of native New Yorkers and a linen importer, had a wife, Anne, both of whose parents were born in Ireland. And finally, widow boarder Kate Ropke, was born in NY in 1857 to immigrant German parents. England 1849 Yes (3 boarders had Ireland-born parents and one had German-born parents)
1321 Glenwood Road John D. Helinken 46 year old produce merchant born in Germany. His wife of 17 years, Busha, was also born in Germany. Germany Germany 1880 1895

1403 Glenwood Road James J. Masterson (Owner) 45 year old born in NY to Irish immigrant parents, as was his wife of 13 years, Josephine. 2 children, a sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew also lived in the home but no one was employed – depending on Masterson's “own income”. (Enumerated twice!).

Yes (Irish; Irish)
1404 Glenwood Road John Bratton (Owner) 43 year old theater manager residing with his wife, Dorothy, age 27, both of whom were native New Yorkers born to NY parents. They employed a 20 year old German immigrant, Frieda Neubert who emigrated here in 1907. Germany (Servant) 1907

1406 Avenue H William H. Slaughter (Renter) 31 year old physician in general practice, he and his wife Winnona were born in New York to native New Yorkers.


Y
1409 Glenwood Road Peter F. Sheffler (Owner) 50 year old insurance agent born to French immigrant parents in NY. His wife of 24 years, Merey, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. A son worked as an insurance clerk and another as a sporting goods clerk.

Yes (French; German))
1410 Avenue H William E. Hart (Renter) 45 year old hardware merchant. He and his wife Elizabeth were both born in New York to native New Yorkers. They employed a servant, Elizabeth Gibney, whose parents were both born in Ireland.

Yes (Irish) Y
1410 Avenue H George Leverich (Owner) 61 year old self-employed. He and his wife Limma were both born in New York to native New Yorkers.


Y
1410 Glenwood Road Oscar Williams (Owner) 41 year old house contractor from Iowa, he and his Alabama wife of 13 years, Florence, employed a 24 year old African American servant, Lucy McDaniel, who emigrated from Jamaica (then noted as “West Indies”) in 1907 West Indies (Servant) 1907

1414 Avenue H Earl Dermoss (Renter) Born in Kansas in 1883 to mid-western parents. Worked as a lawyer in an office. His wife, Esther, also born in Kansas, in 1886, had a New York father. Employed a servant, Annie Donnelly, born 1887 in Ireland, who emigrated here in 1906. Ireland (Servant) 1906
Y
1414 Avenue H Fred W. Waterman (Renter) 38 year old office clerk, he and his two children had recently moved from Illinois. A widower, he employed a 58 year old servant, Maggie Castleman, also from Illinois.


Y
1415 Avenue H John F. Stage 54 year old produce salesman born in NY to an Irish mother and a native born father. His wife of 26 years, Adele, was born to a Swiss German father and an Irish mother.

Yes (Irish; Swiss-Irish)
1416 Avenue H John D. McCarrier (Owner) 53 year old mining broker. Native New Yorker born to Irish immigrant parents. His wife of 44 years, Ida, was born in Virginia to Virginia-born parents.

Yes (Irish) Y
1419 Avenue H Henry Stadlmair (Owner) 48 year old VP of a musical instruments company. His father was born in Germany and his mother, Anna, age 84, emigrated from Ireland in 1830 at the age of 4. His wife of 22 years, Augusta, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. They employed a 24 year old servant, Annie Laurich, who emigrated from Austria in 1907. In June 1917, Henry's daughter, Gertrude, became engaged to Ernst Kreusler, serving in Troop C of the First Cavalry. Ireland Austria (Servant) 1830 1907 Yes (German-Irish; German-German)
1420 Avenue H Alice E. Pullman (Owner) A widow born in 1853 in New York to English immigrant parents. She was the widow of an Irish-born man with whom she had a son in 1879, William, who resided with his mother and was a general salesman.

Yes (English) Y
1420 Avenue H Frank H. Weed (Renter) A lumber salesman born in NY in 1849 to a New Hampshire father and New York mother. His wife, Kate, born in Maryland in 1853, had an Irish born father and a Pennsylvania mother. They had a boarder, K. Wright-Redfield, born in Connecticut in 1885, who was a statistician for corn products

Yes (Irish) Y
1421 Glenwood Road Floyd G. Ten Broeck (Owner) 37 year old consulting engineer. He and his wife of 14 years, Anna, were both born to native New Yorkers. They employed a 23 year old Norwegian, Marie Jensen, to help with the care of 4 children. Floyd listed as owner of a Cadillac automobile at this address in 1912. Norway (Servant) 1907

1422 Avenue H David McLean (Owner) 64 year old oil salesman born in Scotland who emigrated here in 1886 with his Canadian born wife of 28 years, Sheber. Scotland Canada 1886 1886
Y
1423 Avenue H Herman Michaelson (Owner) 54 year old liquor store keeper who emigrated from Germany in 1872. His wife of 22 years, Anna, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. Germany 1872 Yes (German)
1426 Avenue H Charles A. Lefferts (Owner) 70 year old iron foundry merchant residing with his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth. Both were native New Yorkers born to native New Yorkers. Their son-in-law, John J. Jung, age 37, also lived in the home with their daughter, Jennie. He was born in NY to a German father and a Danish mother.

Yes (German-Danish) Y
1427 Glenwood Road Thomas Miller (Renter) 58 year old cement manufacturer born to a Scottish father. His wife of 28 years, Camille, was born in NY to native NY parents. Two sons, a stock broker and flooring salesman, lived in the home as well. They employed a 25 year old Irish servant, Mary Kelly. Ireland (Servant) 1904 Yes (Scottish)
1429 Avenue H Ella A. Boole (Owner) 57 year old widow from Ohio (her deceased husband was born in Canada) residing with her two daughters, she earned an income through her lectures on temperance. She hired a 22 year old African American servant from Virginia, Belle Morris (“Mulato”) . She also had a lodger, Anne Hathaway, a 25 year old high school teacher.



1430 Avenue H Frederick W. Hearn (Owner) 48 year old “butter & eggs” merchant born in NY to an English immigrant father and a Dutch immigrant mother.

Yes (English-Dutch) Y
1433 Avenue H Nathan R. Thayer (Owner) 31 year old physician in general practice, born in Maine, he and his newly-wed wife from Massachusetts, Gertrude, hired a 49 year old African American servant from the West Indies, Elizabeth Wiggins, who entered the US in 1907. West Indies (Servant)
Yes (Canadian)
1434 Glenwood Road Fred K. Mabon (Owner) 41 year old piano salesman born in Illinois to a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother. He and his wife of 15 years, Delia, employed a 49 year old African American servant from North Carolina to help with the household which included two daughters, age 14 and 2.

Yes (Scottish-Canadian)
15 Dekoven Court Clarsman Dixon (Owner) 29 year old office auditor. He and his wife were both born in NY to native New Yorkers. They employed a 19 year old Irish servant, Rudgisle Flaherty. Ireland (Servant) 1907

15 Waldorf Court Charles H. Hawphurst (Owner) 68 year old water meter inspector for the City of New York, he was born here to native Americans. His wife, Louise, and her sister Maggie Harris, age 76, both were born to Welsh immigrant parents in NY. They had a lodger, Julius Vonkiss, a 40 year old consulting engineer who was born in Hungary and immigrated in 1904. Hungary 1904 Yes (Welsh)
15 Wellington Court Everette G. Haymaker (Owner) 39 year old civil engineer for the Public Service Commission, he was born in Ohio. His wife of 10 years, Emma, was also born in Ohio. A 9 year old son was born in New Hampshire, while 2 sons, ages 7 and 5 were born in Washington DC, indicating the Haymakers had moved frequently in the previous decade.



1502 Avenue H James A. Brown (Renter) Born in England in 1849, he and his India-born wife, Annie, two years his junior, both emigrated here in 1876, presumably as a married couple. Annie's parents were also English. James was a corporation inspector for the City of New York. England India 1876
Y
1502 Avenue H John N. Tonjes (Renter) Born 1863 in Germany, he emigrated here in 1879 and became a confectionery manufacturer. His wife, Mary, was also born in Germany, in 1884, and came here as an infant. Germany 1879 1884
Y
1504 Avenue H Albert Thanhauser (Renter) Born in 1855 in Germany, he emigrated here in 1875 and married a Maryland native, Rebecca, born 1871, whose own parents were born in Germany. Her father, Herbert Schloss (born in Germany in 1844) was also residing in the home. Their son, Seymour, then age 23, was killed in action in France during World War One on 10/15/1918 as a member of Company M in the 306th Infantry Division. He had been drafted in September 1917. He had attended Erasmus HS. Germany 1875
Y
1504 Avenue H Louise C. Callen (Renter) 29 year old widow residing with her step-son. Her father was born in Germany.

Yes (German) Y
1506 Avenue H Selina McKenty (Renter) Born in 1876 in Illinois to a Canadian born father and an Irish born mother.


Y
1510 Avenue H Alexander Dickson (Renter) Born in 1872 in Ireland, he emigrated here at age 12 and became a house contractor. His wife, a native New Yorker, bore him 7 daughters before passing in 1908. Ireland 1884
Y
1510 Avenue H Carold M. Smith (Renter) 28 year old “indoor electrician” born in Pennsylvania, his wife of 5 years, Susan, was born in NY to an Irish father and a native NY mother.

Yes (Irish) Y
16 Dekoven Court Edward Randall (Owner) 44 year old bank clerk born in England. He and his native NY wife, Clara, employed a 21 year old Swedish servant, Hester Lundbergh England Sweden (Servant) 1875 1907

16 Waldorf Court Charles Hartman (Owner) 69 year old school teacher who was born to a German father and an English mother. Resided with his Connecticut born wife of 31 years, Sarah. They employed a 35 year old Danish servant, Elizabeth Larsen. Denmark (Servant) ~1890

16 Wellington Court Fred M. Williams (Owner) Cement salesman born in 1863 in Germany who entered the US as a baby through Boston with his parents. His wife Louise was born in NY to German immigrant parents. Her mother, Anna Springer, age 78, also lived in the home – she emigrated here in 1849. Per a 1910 Eagle listing, “Fred L. Williams” owned a 1908 Oldsmobile here. Germany Germany 1863 1849 Yes (German)
19 Dekoven Court Edward P. Harris (Owner) 29 year old real estate salesman born in the West Indies. His wife, Louise, was born in Peru to English parents. His 20 year old brother, John C. Harris, also emigrated from the West Indies and was a chocolate salesman. West Indies Peru West Indies 1898 1891 1906

19 Waldorf Court John Strassel (Owner) 37 year old cotton goods salesman, born in NY to a French father and German mother. His wife, Mary, was born in NY to an Irish immigrant father. They employed a 30 year old widowed Hungarian servant, Cornelia Czrnadia, as well as a native born 21 year old servant, Mary Corbett. Per 1/14/1911 listing, H. E. Harris owned a 1907 Pope Hartford automobile at this address. Hungary (Servant) ~1900 Yes (French-German; Irish)
19 Wellington Court Jeremiah R. Williamson (Owner) 56 year old coffee & tea merchant. He and his wife of 29 years, Louise, were both native New Yorkers with a single child, Cornelius.Louise's parents were from MA and VA.



20 Waldorf Court Alva H. Blanchard (Owner) 38 year old general manager of an automobile dealership. He and his wife, Lucy, were both native NY children of native New Yorkers. They had two children and employed a 23 year old Norwegian servant, Hannah Rodberg. Norway (Servant) 1905

22 Dekoven Court Thomas Malleson (Owner) 54 year old factory manager whose parents were born in England. His 18 year old son was a clerk in his factory. His wife of 20 years, Henrietta, was born in NY to native New Yorkers.

Yes (English)
23 Waldorf Court Pool Lurdhard (Owner) 38 year old mechanical engineer for a cement business, he was born in Denmark and emigrated here in 1898. His Danish-born wife of 5 years, Rigmod, emigrated here in 1903. Denmark 1898 1903

23 Wellington Court William Beyer (Owner) 74 year old retired widower, he emigrated from Germany in 1854. His 42 year old son, a real estate dealer, Louis, and a 45 year old unmarried daughter also lived in the home. Per a 1909 Eagle listing, Louis Beyer owned a Buick at this address. Germany 1854

24 Wellington Court Edward Bush (Owner) 48 year old manager for American Express, he was born in Ireland and immigrated to the US in 1887. Per a 1909 Eagle listing, Edwin E. Bush owned a 1909 Chalmers automobile at this address. Ireland 1887

25 Dekoven Court Francis A. Tower (Renter) 61 year old widow born in NY to Massachusetts father and native New York mother. Her 38 year old single son was the bread-winner, working as a traveling salesman for a paper company.



26 Dekoven Court Louis Dietrich (Owner) 62 year old jewelry enameler born in Germany. His wife, Anna, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. Two daughters from Louis's first marriage lived in the home. Germany 1854 Yes (German)
26 Waldorf Court Victor Shinn (Owner) 54 year old high school teacher. He and his wife of 13 years, Ella, and mother-in-law (Mary Norton), also in the home, were all natives of Ohio.



27 Waldorf Court Edward G. Baltz 41 year old magazine editor born in NY to German immigrant parents, he and his wife of 7 years, Anna, employed a 17 year old servant from Germany, Erma Schaltz. Baltz served as the First VP of the Flatbush Board of Trade per an Oct 1910 letter to the Eagle complaining of high gas rates in the 31st Ward. Germany (Servant) 1902 Yes (German)
27 Wellington Court Theodore Schiele (Owner) 39 year old cotton goods manufacturer whose parents were born in Germany. He and his wife of 12 years, Matilda, a native New Yorker, employed a 24 year old Irish servant, Della Ryan. Ireland (Servant) 1906 Yes (German)
28 Waldorf Court William Sohmer Jr. (Owner) 31 year old fire insurance underwriter born in NY to a German immigrant father and a native New York mother. He and his wife Jane employed a 21 year old African American servant from Virginia, Cora Hodge.

Yes (German)
28 Wellington Court Charles W. Muhlhausen (Owner) Comptroller at a savings bank, then 55, who was born to German immigrant parents in New York. Their servant, Florentine Biclitz, was a 29 year old emigre from Russia who entered the US in 1903. Russia (Servant) 1903

29 Dekoven Court Lee W. Beattie (Owner) 51 year old clergyman born in NY to NY native parents. His wife, Carrie, had an English born mother. They employed a 48 year old widow as a servant, Annie Kindley, an African American from South Carolina.

Yes (English)
30 Dekoven Court Margarite F. Gill 76 year old widow born in NY to an Irish father and an English mother. 2 sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and 2 grand children lived in the home. The sons were store decorators.

Yes (Irish-English)
31 Dekoven Court John Heitmann (Owner) 61 year old German immigrant with his own income source. His wife of 8 years, Freda, emigrated from Germany in 1895 at age 20. Germany Germany 1866 1895

31 Waldorf Court John H. Sevtt (Owner) 31 year old physical training director. A native New Yorker but his wife, Edith, had a French Canadian mother. They employed a 17 year old Connecticut-born Servant, Lolita Gifford.

Yes (Canadian)
32 Dekoven Court Herman Brandt (Owner) 41 year old hat store proprietor born in NY to German immigrants. His wife of 16 years, Anna, was also born in NY to German immigrant parents. They had a teenage daughter, Annette, and employed a 21 year old Swedish servant, Frieda Johnson. Sweden (Servant) 1909 Yes (German; German)
33 Wellington Court Aaron Hautman (Owner) 37 year old steamship clerk whose father was born in Germany and mother in Ireland. He and his wife of 19 years, Annie, a native New Yorker, employed a 24 year old Norwegian servant, Helga Omland. Per a 1910 Eagle listing, “Aaron Houtman” owned a Buick here. Norway (Servant) 1907 Yes (German-Irish)
34 Dekoven Court Lambert B. Becker (Owner) 47 year old moulding manufacturer born in Massachusetts to a German father. His 2nd wife, Sadie, was born in NY to an English father. Sadie's sister, Edna Partridge, lived in the home and was a stenographer for a railroad company. The family employed an 18 year old white female from NJ, Elizabeth Hardee.

Yes (German; English)
34 Waldorf Court Harry Jones (Owner) 29 year old coffee salesman born in Pennsylvania to NY-born parents, residing with his wife of 8 years, Anna, born in NY to a Pennsylvania father. Their 2 year old daughter was born in Michigan, suggesting the family might have moved to this home circa 1908.



34 Wellington Court Peter A. Cameron (Owner) 67 year old office clerk. Peter and spouse, Margaret, age 58, born in the West Indies, emigrated here from Scotland in 1885 with their three young children (typo on census has 1858). Their 23 year old servant, Margaret, emigrated from Ireland in 1905. Scotland Ireland (Servant) 1885

35 Waldorf Court Thomas Jones (Owner) 56 year old coffee merchant. He and his wife of 29 years, Emma, were both native New Yorkers. Thomas's parents were both born In Ireland.

Yes (Irish)
35 Wellington Court William J. MacArthur (Owner) 39 year old lawyer in general practice, his mother was born in Scotland. His wife of 7 years, Maude, had a father born in Ireland. They employed an 18 year old Norwegian, Emma Toryieson, who emigrated here in 1909. Norway (Servant) 1909 Yes (Scottish; Irish)
36 Wellington Court William A. McCleary (Owner) Born 1873 to Irish immigrants. Was a traveling linen salesman. Their servant, Dora Stokke, age 20, was a Norwegian immigrant Norway (Servant) 1909 Yes (Irish)
659 Rugby Road James L. Crosby (Owner) 36 year old railroad clerk. His wife of 10 years, Katherine, made dresses at home. 3 other females resided in the home. They also employed a 34 year old Irish servant, Brigit Kennedy. Ireland (Servant) 1895

661 Westminster Road George W. Holmes (Owner) 27 year old jeweler who grew up in Flatbush, to an English-born Father and a Scottish mother. In 1908 he married another Flatbush resident, Ethel, who parents had emigrated from Canada.

Yes (English-Scottish; Canadian-Canadian)
663 Argyle Road James J. Brooke (Owner) 31 year old lawyer in general practice who emigrated from Russia in 1895 (he spoke German). His 26 year old wife, Blanche, was born in NY to a Russian father (who spoke Polish) and a Hungarian mother (who spoke German). They employed a 22 year old Hungarian servant, Nelly Shifman, who like her mother, spoke Magyar, but whose father spoke German. Russia Hungary (Servant) 1895 1907

663 Rugby Road Charles H. Polhemus (Owner) 46 year old produce merchant born in NJ. His wife, Katherine, was a native New Yorker born to NJ parents. They employed a 27 year old Norwegian servant, Nathelda Nicholson. Norway (Servant) 1902

665 Westminster Road Albert E. King (Owner) 33 year old public school teacher born in Massachusetts to an Irish-immigrant mother and a NH father. His wife of 5 years, Florence, was also born in Massachusetts. They had a 38 year old boarder, Frank D. Edgell, born in Vermont, who also was a public school teacher.

Yes (Irish)
667 Argyle Road Willy The Losen (Owner) 35 year old silk merchant who emigrated from Germany in 1895, two years after his future wife of 12 years, Anna. They had 3 school age children in the home and a 21 year old Norwegian servant, Agnes Pederson. Germany Germany Norway (Servant) 1895 1893 1906

667 Rugby Road Alice Warburton (Owner) 38 year old unmarried public school teacher. Both her parents were born in England. She employed a 62 year old housekeeper, Anna Knox, from NJ.

Yes (English)
668 Argyle Road Julius A. Munkelt (Owner) 57 year old manager of an art materials business at 298 Broadway in lower Manhattan (headquartered in London). He emigrated from Germany in 1894, the same year his wife of 26 years emigrated from England with their two daughters, Edith & Gertrude, and son Ernst. At that point they had been married for 10 years so presumably, given the London locale of his business, Philip was living in London as a German national. Germany England England England England 1894 1894 1894 1894 1894

668 Rugby Road Augustus D. Rude (Owner) 58 year old magazine publisher born in Ohio. His wife, Emma, was born in Missouri. They employed a 24 year old Swedish servant, Alice Singstrom. Sweden (Servant) 1908

671 Argyle Road Philip Surval (Owner) 45 year old art dealer who emigrated from Russia in 1884. His wife of 17 years, Ray, also emigrated from Russia the same year. Both spoke German. Their three school age children were all born in NY. Russia Russia 1884 1884

672 Argyle Road Alathea Bamford 61 year old widow (born in NY) residing with her 66 year old brother, Harry W. Hawley born in Illinois).



677 Argyle Road Edward Hetherton (Owner) 67 year old messenger in the Mayor's Office. Born in NY to Irish immigrant parents. His wife of 35 years, Sarah, was born in England and emigrated here in 1857 with her 60 year old widower brother, Joseph Burnop (working as a messenger in the City's tax office), who also resided in the home with 43 year old Nellie Baldwin, born to Irish immigrants, who provided nursing care, presumably to Sarah. Two Hetherton children in the home worked as an office bookkeeper (Ella) and a grocery store clerk (William). England England 1857 1857 Yes (Irish; Irish)
678 Argyle Road Henry Whittemore (Owner) 77 year old “author” and “granologist” born in Connecticut. His wife of 46 years, Elizabeth, was born in Louisiana. Died 10 days after the census cut-off date of 4/15/1910. Also in the home was his 68 year old brother-in-law, Benjamin Hobron, a magazine publisher.



678 Rugby Road Henry J. Hall Jr. (Owner) 46 year old manager of an oil company, he was born in England. His wife, Counna, was born in NY to an English immigrant father. They employed a 34 year old Irish servant, Mary McGuire. England Ireland (Servant) 1869 1898

681 Argyle Road Gustav Kimpel (Owner) 55 year old importer of human hair whose parents were born in Germany. His wife, Amelia, was born in Ohio to German immigrants as well. (Gustav served on a Brooklyn Grand Jury in March 1912- all grand jurors' names were published at that time).

Yes (German; German)
682 Argyle Road Albin Gustafson 49 year old electrical contractor who emigrated from Sweden in 1886. His wife of 19 years, Ella, emigrated from Sweden in 1881. Two teenage children resided in the home. Sweden Sweden 1881 1886

686 Rugby Road Frank E. Miller (Owner) 48 year old knit goods merchant. He and his wife, Evelyn, were both born in NY to native New Yorkers. Also in the home was his wife's widowed sister, Mary Melius. They employed a 22 year old Irish immigrant as a servant, Margaret Boland. Ireland (Servant) 1904

687 Rugby Road Emily McBride (Owner) 75 year old widow. Born in NJ to native Jerseyites. A 45 year old son-in-law in the home, William McCabell, was a newspaper editor whose parents were both born in Ireland. Another son-n-law, Alexander Findlay, was a manufacturer's agent and his father was born in Scotland. Finally, a 19 year old West Indian servant was employed in the home, Ella C. King. West Indies (Servant) 1907 Yes (Irish)
691 Rugby Road Emile E. Reisner (Owner) 37 year old merchant whose mother was born in Germany. His wife, Ella, was also born in NY and her parents were both born in Germany.

Yes (German; German)
692 Rugby Road George W. King (Owner) 37 year old native New York meat market butcher. His wife, Emma, was born in NY to German immigrant parents. Her 71 year old mother, Sophie Van Axte, was living in the home. Germany 1853 Yes (German)
706 Westminster Road Eleanor M. Roberts (Renter) 64 year old widow born in New York to native Americans. Her daughter Mary Warnock, also lived in the home along with her husband, a 26 year old costume salesman, David K. Warnock, who was born in New York to an Irish father and a Canadian mother.

Yes (Irish-Canadian)
715 Argyle Road Cornelius J. Behan Born 1873, Ireland; buyer for Abraham & Strauss. Wife Letitia born NY in 1882 to English immigrant parents. Their 19 year old servant, Katie Zavadski, was born in Poland. Daughter Gertrude born in 1905. Behan was arrested in 1908 for election fraud when Police claimed Argyle Road did not exist. Promptly freed along with many others by magistrate. Ireland Poland (Servant) ~1875 1910 (Servant) Yes (English)
715 Rugby Road George A. Powers (Owner) 45 year old printer who was born in Canada to a German-born father and a Canadian mother. He emigrated here sometime prior to 1890 (exact date not noted). His wife of 20 years, Margaret, was a native New Yorker. Canada ~1890

716 Argyle Road Harry F. Palmer (Owner) Born in 1869 in NY to native New Yorkers, he was a book printer who was married to Lillie, born 1868 in New York to German-born parents. They employed an African-American servant, Agnes D. White, who was born in 1892 in Virginia.

Yes (German)
716 Westminster Road Alfred de Lorimer (Owner) 42 year old department store buyer whose parents were born in France. His 34 year old wife of 11 years, Nellie, was born in Massachusetts to parents also born there.

Yes (French)
716 Westminster Road George N. Stickler (Renter) 35 year old metal furniture salesman born in Pennsylvania to an English immigrant father. His wife of 5 years, Anna, was born in Ohio. In addition to two pre-school children, there was a 14 year old African American born in Virginia, Donna Crown, listed here as a boarder.

Yes (English)
719 Westminster Road John H. Jube (Renter) 62 year old widower, a native New York born to NY parents, residing with his son and daughter. All three had no occupation but had their “own income”. They employed a 19 year old Norwegian servant, Anna Larsen, who entered the US in 1906. Norway (Servant) 1906

719 Westminster Road John H. Jube Jr. (Renter) A wagon materials salesman born in NY in 1879 who resided with his NY wife and 2 children.



720 Rugby Road John Davis (Owner) Born in 1860, the son of native New Yorkers, he was a wholesale fish dealer. He had a widow servant, Sarah E. Hall, who was born in England in 1865. England (Servant) UNK.

721 Rugby Road Marie D. Kurau (Owner) 54 year old widow (native New Yorker) residing with her 24 year old son, William, a bank clerk.



722 Argyle Road Louise Knobloch (Owner) Louise was a widow who was born in 1858 in New York to a French-born father and a German-born mother.

Yes (French/German)
722 Westminster Road Ogden Merril (Renter) 32 year old bridge contractor residing with his wife of 4 years, Laura, whose mother was born in Cuba. They hired a French servant, Mary Stephen, age 37, who emigrated here in 1891. France (Servant)
Yes (Cuban)
725 Rugby Road Arthur L. Sims (Owner) 41 year old newspaper stereotyper born in NY to an English immigrant father. His wife of 6 years, Jane, was born in NY to Scottish immigrant parents. They employed a 23 year old Swedish servant, Anna Johnston, who came here in 1904. A 19 year old son from his wife's prior marriage, James Morison, also in the home, worked for a neck-tie manufacturer. Sweden (Servant) 1904

725 Rugby Road Roy Peck (Owner) A book publisher born in 1875 in Ohio to native Americans. His wife, Ruth, was also born in Ohio (in 1873) to a father who emigrated from England and a mother from Canada.

Yes (English & Canadian-wife)
725 Westminster Road Lawrence Merk (Owner) A book salesman born in 1861 in NY to German immigrant parents. His wife of 13 years, Winifred, was born in Canada in 1877 to English immigrants, entering the US with them as an infant. Her mother, Emma S. Honsberger, age 60, a widow, also resided in the home. Canada 1877 Yes (German)
725 Westminster Road Wendel McKown 32 year old general practice lawyer born in Maine, his wife of 6 years, Alice, was also born in Maine.



726 Argyle Road John Egolf (Owner) John, born 1880 in NY to New York parents, was a banker. They employed Annette M. Lally, born in Ireland in 1888, as a servant. Ireland (Servant) UNK

726 Rugby Road Moritz Meyer (Owner) Born in Germany in 1850, he was a silk salesman. His wife, Carrie, was born in 1854 to German immigrant parents. Also in the home was Carrie's unmarried brother, Israel Herman, a silk salesman born in 1844, and single sister, Pauline Herman. All the Hermans were born in NY. Germany 1868 Yes (German)
728 Westminster Road John C. Aikman (Renter) 42 year old advertising agent for a medical journal, he was born in Canada and emigrated here in 1889. His wife of 14 years, Myra, was born in Wisconsin, as was her 25 year old son from an earlier marriage, Ira Medberg, who also lived in the home and worked with his step-father. Canada 1889

728 Westminster Road James M. Stewart (Owner) 40 year old cut glass merchant, he was single. Both he and his younger brothers, William (33), Wallace (22) and David (19), were born in NY to a Gaelic-speaking Scotsman while their mother, also in the home, was born to German-Irish immigrant parents. The three brothers were all bookkeepers at different companies.

Yes (Scottish (3); Irish-German)
729 Westminster Road Charlotte R. Burnett (Co-owner) 62 year old widow, born in Ireland who emigrated to the US as a baby during the great famine. Also in the home was her son, Chauncey, a newspaper proofreader, and his wife, Annie, who was born in 1878 in NY to a English father and NY mother. Ireland 1848 Yes (English)
729 Westminster Road William E. Brush (Co-owner) 30 year old auditor for a “law books” company, he resided with his wife of 2 years, Harriet, age 35. Both were born in NY to native New Yorkers. They employed a 24 old servant, Rose Lizzik, who emigrated from Poland in 1908. Poland (Servant) 1908

730 Rugby Road John G. Rahaly (Owner) John was a feather importer born in Syria in 1862 who emigrated here in 1876. His wife, Gabrielle, was born in NY in 1867 to native New Yorkers. He had an 18 year old servant, Julianne Steckler, who immigrated from Russia in 1906. Syria Russia (Servant) 1876 1906

731 Argyle Road William G. Gove (Owner) A civil engineer for a “car company”, he was born in Ohio in 1874 to native Ohioans. His wife, Mabel, born in Massachusetts in 1875, had a NY father and Canadian mother.

Yes (Canada)
732 Argyle Road Theodore B. Chancellor (Owner) Born 1870 in NY to native Americans, he was a lawyer in general practice. His wife, May Sprague Chancellor, passed away in the home on 12/15/1909. He employed an unmarried servant, Hilda Larsen, born 1871 in Norway, who emigrated here in 1889. Norway (Servant) 1889

732 Westminster Road William F. Schutte (Renter) 34 year old general manager of a cash register business, he was born in Germany and emigrated in 1878. His wife of 7 years, Frabelle, had parents who were born in Germany. They hired a 17 year old servant, Celie Kelly, whose parents were born in Ireland, to help care for their two small children. Germany 1878 Yes (German; Irish)
732 Westminster Road Elias Kohler (Renter) 47 year old manager of a musical instruments business, he was born in Germany and emigrated here in 1881. His daughter, Hilda, followed him here in 1894, when she was 3, presumably with her mother, who subsequently passed away, leaving Kohler a widow. He had an 18 year old boarder, Matthew Hohner, also born in Germany, who was employed as a salesman in Kohler's business.. Germany (All 3 members of the household) 1881 1894 1908

733 Westminster Road Carl Wegemann (Renter) 40 year old mechanical engineer for a fibre company, born in Wisconsin to native Wisconsin parents, his wife of 10 years, Sadie, was a 34 year old native New Yorker.



735 Argyle Road Devan P. Bloodgood (Owner) 42 year old book-binder, he and his wife of 17 years, Lilie, were childless but had two boarders: 29 year old John A. Woods, a handkerchief salesman who migrated from Ireland in 1903, and Roland S. Sturgeon, a 32 year old motion picture clerk from Illinois. Ireland 1903

735 Rugby Road John D. Scott (Owner) 33 year old “motion picture proprietor” he was born in NY to a Scottish father and a Canadian mother. His 47 year old wife of 7 years, Lola, was born in West Virginia to natives of that state.

Yes (Scottish-Canadian)
736 Argyle Road Sadie A. Hill (Owner) A widow born in 1866 in New York to an England-born mother and an Ireland-born father. Her 24 year old step-son Edwin H. Hill worked in a broker's office. Her widowed mother, Helen Jones, age 75, was also residing in the home (she herself was born in 1835 to Scottish parents). They employed a servant, Hilda Wahlquirt, born in 1884 in Sweden who emigrated here in 1898. England (Mother) Sweden (Servant) UNK 1898

737 Westminster Road William J. Piruong (Renter) 31 year old fruit merchant born in NY to New Yorkers, his wife of 11 years, Jeannette, was born in Massachusetts to a German father and an English mother. They employed a 19 year old Finnish servant, Sandra Seppanon, who entered the US in 1909. Finland (Servant) 1909 Yes (German-Irish)
737 Westminster Road Eugene C. Williams (Owner) 46 year old furrier, his wife Eugenie's mother, Albertine Drevet, born in France, emigrating here in 1860 at age 15, was also in the home. A 16 year old NY-born servant, Ellen Nielson, had Danish-Swedish parents. France 1860 Yes (Servant:Danish-Swedish)
738 Westminster Road Frederick H. Richardson (Owner) 32 year old dry goods salesman born in NJ. His wife of 7 years, Ada, had a father who was born in Canada. They employed a 22 year old Swedish servant who emigrated to NY in 1906. Sweden (Servant) 1906 Yes (Canadian)
738 Westminster Road Elias G. Parker (Renter) 35 year old superintendent in a paint factory; his parents were born in England. His 65 year old father-in-law lived in the home and his father was born in Germany.

Yes (English; German)
739 Argyle Road Fanny Sing (Owner) Fanny was born 1849 in Rhode Island to native American parents. Her husband, William Bostwick Sing, died in 1903. Fanny employed a servant, Adelia Collier, a widow born in Ireland in 1858 who emigrated here. Fanny was not employed but had “her own income”. Her daughter, Katherine Millington Sing, a graduate of Pratt, was married in September 1909. Ireland (Servant) UNK.

741 Rugby Road Luke O'Reilly (Owner) 42 year old lawyer in general practice, he was born in NY to Irish immigrant parents. His wife of 11 years, Elizabeth, was a native New Yorker. They employed a 24 year old Norwegian immigrant, Bertha Syverson. Norway (Servant) 1907 Yes (Irish)
741 Westminster Road Arthur Wallace (Renter) 49 year old poultry salesman born in NY to Scottish immigrant parents. His wife of 13 years, Ella, was born in NJ to NY/NJ parents.They employed a 20 year old maid, Hilda Nielson, who emigrated from Denmark in 1889. Denmark (Servant) 1889 Yes (Scottish)
741 Westminster Road Harry L. Blackman (Renter) 40 year old native NY bank clerk. His wife of 5 years, Emma, age 38, had a father who was born in Germany.

Yes (German)
744 Rugby Road John C. Roche (Owner) 48 year old men's necklace manufacturer residing with his wife of 26 years and their 3 children, who worked in the father's business as a stenographer and in sales. All were native New Yorkers born to native New Yorkers.



744 Westminster Road Herman O. Fuchs (Owner) 26 year old chemist in a paint/dry cleaning factory. Born in NY to a German immigrant father and a NY mother. Also in the home was his 71 year old grand-mother, Eliza Tilly, who emigrated from England in 1850. England 1850 Yes (German)
744 Westminster Road George N. Yates (Renter) 36 year old tobacco company clerk born in NY to English immigrant parents. His wife's parents were German immigrants to NY: Sophia Militens, his mother-in-law, emigrated from Germany in 1870 and lived in the home. Germany
Yes (English)
745 Argyle Road Bernard Rosencrans (Renter) Born in 1856 in Germany, he emigrated here in 1875 and became a leather merchant. His wife, Gertrude, was born in Germany in 1868 and emigrated here in 1886. Their children were born in Massachusetts in 1889 & 1891. Also living in the home was their son-in-law, Joseph Orthoff, a “knit goods department” manager, was born in Austria in 1875 and emigrated to the US in 1905. Germany (Husband & Wife) Austria (Son-In-Law) 1875 1886 1905

745 Rugby Road Walter G. Read 49 year old English born immigrant who entered the US in 1882, he worked as a sketch artist in a lithographic business. His 36 year old wife, Nellie, was born in NY to Irish immigrant parents. England 1882 Yes (Irish)
745 Westminster Road John Vagts (Owner) Born in Germany in 1840 he emigrated to NY in 1857 where he met his wife, Sophie, the daughter of German immigrants, and they married in 1873. Vagts owned a butter store. His daughter, 30 year old Margaret, had moved into the home the previous year following the disappearance of her husband of 14 years, Joseph Van Winkle, with whom she had been residing at 2714 Glenwood Road in South Midwood. Van Winkle was the Deputy Tax Commissioner and a well-liked member of the Cortelyou Club when he failed to come home from his job in the Brooklyn Municipal Building and was never seen again. It was presumed by most he ran away with 24 year old Ernestine “Tina” Lauer. Germany 1857 Yes (German)
745 Westminster Road John W. Davis (Renter) Born in NY in 1877 to a NY father and an Irish immigrant mother. His 33 year old wife, Adelaide, was born to a German immigrant father and a NY mother. Listed in Rotary Club Directory published by Brooklyn Life in May 1918 as a partner of “Midwood Associates-Suburban Development, 936 Flatbush Ave Phone Flatbush 1400” Home address was 745 Westminster with a phone of Kenmore 938.

Yes (Irish; German)
746 Argyle Road William N. Ruhlke (Owner) Born in 1874 in NY to native New Yorkers, as was his wife, born a year later. Ruhlke was a silk salesman.



748 Argyle Road Samuel T. Buzzee (Renter) The office manager for a brass goods business, Buzzee (born 1885) and his wife Victoria (born 1886) were native New Yorkers whose parents were also born here. They employed an unmarried servant, Mathilde Blomberg, who was born in Sweden and emigrated here in 1895.They were the youngest home-owners in the neighborhood. A 1/19/1908 Brooklyn Eagle story noted Mrs. Samuel T. Buzzee was a member of the Alpha Gamma Euchre Club and would be hosting the next club meeting at her 748 Argyle Road home. By 1938 the Buzzees had moved to Woodbury, Connecticut. Sweden (Servant) 1895

748 Westminster Road Adrian C. Grover (Co-Owner) 29 year old secretary in a law office, he was born in Vermont, while his wife of 3 years, Clara, was born in Connecticut.



748 Westminster Road Harriet P. Leonard (Co-Owner) A widow born in 1847 in Connecticut to Connecticut parents. Also in the home was a 40 year old daughter, also born in Connecticut.



750 Rugby Road William Blanchfield (Owner) 73 year old Magistrate Court attendant born to Irish immigrants in Canada in 1837 who emigrated to New York at age 19 in 1856. Canada 1856

751 Argyle Road Samuel S. Erns (Owner) 46 year old engine and boiler salesman born in NY. His wife of 19 years, 52 year old Benedicta, was also born in NY but her parents were both born in England. Two teenage sons, Wallace H. & Samuel Jr, were also residing in the home.

Yes (English)
751 Rugby Road Horace Thurlow (Owner) 45 year old newspaper editor born in Pennsylvania. His wife of 4 years, Ethel, was born in India to English parents and emigrated here in 1890. Horace's widower father, Stephen L. Thurlow, age 77, also lived in the home. India 1890

751 Westminster Road A. Lewis Closson (Renter) 43 year old superintendent for a biscuit company born in Connecticut to Connecticut parents. His wife of 14 years, Louise, was born in Canada and emigrated to the US at age 16 in 1889. They were wed in Massachusetts in 1898. Canada 1889

751 Westminster Road Samuel D. Petit (Renter) 38 year old chief clerk for a locomotive company. He and his wife Ann (born 1876) were both born in Pennsylvania. Ann's parents were both born in Wales.

Yes (Welsh)
752 Argyle Road Joseph Sassol (Owner) Born in Italy in 1882, he was a retail grocer. His wife, Justina, 2 years his junior, was born in NY to an Irish immigrant father and a native New York mother. The mother also resided in the home, then age 60, whose own parents had been born in Ireland. Italy 1892

752 Westminster Road Charles Kunz (Owner) 28 year old silk salesman residing with his wife of 4 years, Erma, whose mother was born in Germany. They hired a 26 year old Norwegian to help care for their 2 children. Norway (Servant) 1908 Yes (Germany)
752 Westminster Road John J. Sinclair (Renter) 31 year old electrical engineer born in NJ to NY parents. His wife of 4 years, Alice, was born in Pennsylvania to a Welsh immigrant father. They employed a servant, 24 year old Josephine Johnson, who arrived from Norway the year before. Norway (Servant) 1909 Yes (Welsh)
754 Rugby Road James E. Martin (Owner) 40 year old merchant salesman born in NYC to NY natives. His 30 year old NY-born wife, Elvira, was the daughter of an immigrant father from England.

Yes (England)
755 Argyle Road Herbert Peake (Owner) A lawyer born in 1873 to native New Yorkers, his wife Corrine, was born the same year in Massachusetts to a Canadian mother and a Massachusetts father. Their servant, May B. Dickson, was an African-American born in 1887 in North Carolina.

Yes (Canada)
755 Rugby Road Giovanni Starace (Owner) 62 year old ship broker born in Italy who emigrated to the US in 1869 at age 21. His wife of 28 years, Lina, born in Germany in 1858, emigrated here in 1870. Also residing in the home was Giovani's brother, Achille, age 55, a food products importer, who immigrated here in 1870 as well (died 1914). They employed a 35 year old, Katie Rosa, who emigrated from Austria in 1899. Italy Germany Italy Austria (Servant) 1869 1870 1870 1899

755 Westminster Road Walter C. Hodgson (Renter) Born in NYC in 1873 to a English immigrant father and a native New Yorker mother, Walter was a men's clothing retailer. They hired a 20 year old Norwegian servant, Marie, who entered the US in 1909. Norway (Servant) 1909

755 Westminster Road Charles Downes (Owner) Born in Connecticut in 1845, Charles, a general merchant, and his wife Francis (8 years his junior) moved to New York in 1874 soon after the birth of their first son. They had a boarder, William L. Seabrooke, born 1875 in NYC, who was a mechanical engineer for a dredging company.



756 Argyle Road William Wilcore (Owner) Born in 1864 in Pennsylvania to native American parents, he was a paint jobber. His wife Georgiana born in Pennsylvania in 1876 had a German-born father and an Irish-born mother. A servant, Margret Slavin, was born in Ireland in 1888 and emigrated here in 1906. A boarder in the home was James M. Peake, born 1877, the apparent older brother of Herbert Peace who owned 755 Argyle Road directly across the street. Like Herbert, James was an attorney in general practice. Ireland (Servant)
Yes (German/ Irish)
758 Westminster Road William D. Van Roden (Renter) 38 year old cashier in an electrical company born in NY to NJ parents, his wife of 16 years, Mary, was born in 1876 in NY to an English immigrant father and Louise E. Edmonds, a Canadian immigrant mother within a year of her arrival here. Also in the home was Mary's sister and her husband, Pierre L. Bateson, a leather goods salesman, whose mother was also born in Canada. Canada 1875 Yes (English; Canadian; Canadian)
758 Westminster Road Henry W. Simpson (Owner) 28 year old native New Yorker who operated an iron foundry. His wife, Nathalie, had a mother who hailed from Louisiana.



759 Argyle Road Charles F. Hegeman (Owner) Born in 1865 to native New Yorkers descended from early Dutch settlers, Charles was a manufacturer's representative for a stationery business. His wife, Mary, was also born in 1865 in New York to native New Yorkers. In 1906 they had a daughter, Helen Hegeman. When the house was purchased in 1991 by its present occupants, Sandy & Dawn Weiss, the property was sold by “Elsie M. Ready, 765 Argyle Road, as specific legatee under the last will and testament of Helen Hegeman”.



760 Argyle Road John P. Kenny (Owner) Born in 1870 in NY to Irish immigrant parents (as was his wife, Mary, 6 years his junior). John worked in the NYC Comptroller's Office. Also residing in the home was his mother, Margaret, born in Ireland in 1847 who emigrated during the famine. Ireland
Yes (Irish)
761 Westminster Road Alexander N. Taylor (Renter) Born in 1878 in Kansas to a NY father and a Rhode Island mother, Alexander was a secretary and treasurer for a railroad supplies company. His wife, Louise, was an immigrant from Canada, born there in 1883 to an English father and an Irish mother. Alexander and Louise had been married less than a year when they were recorded in the 1910 Census. Their 20 year old Swedish servant, Hannah Westersund, also entered the US in 1910. Canada Sweden (Servant) UNK 1910

761 Westminster Road Mary Smith (Owner) A widow born in 1866 in NYC to Irish immigrant parents. Her 40 year old unmarried sister Laura also resided in the home, and was a school principal.



762 Westminster Road Charles W. Gerstenberg (Renter) 28 year old lawyer in general practice residing with his wife of two years, Lolita. Both were born in NY to native NY parents



764 Rugby Road Louis R. Schenck (Owner) 38 year old NY-born son of NY natives. Was a cashier in a Manhattan stock brokerage.



765 Argyle Road Jacob Schloeder (Owner) An orchestral musician born in 1865 in New York to German immigrant parents. His wife, Angela, was born in 1868 to Irish immigrant parents.

Yes (German; Irish)
765 Westminster Road George C. Clifford (Renter) Born in NYC in 1876 to an Irish-born father and a Scottish-born mother. His wife, Elizabeth, a year younger, was an immigrant from England who entered the US with her mother, Edna Bednall (born 1845 in England) when she was only three. Edna was also living in the home. England England 1880 1880 Yes (Irish/ Scottish)
766 Argyle Road Harry A. Crofts (Owner) A general agent for a mercantile agency born in 1878 in New York to New Yorkers. Servant, Ella Bartley, was an African-American born in 1890 in Virginia. By 1931 the Crofts family had moved to 699 Ocean Avenue per wedding notices for their daughter Audrey.



766 Westminster Road Robert S. Orsor (Renter) 33 year old banker - native New Yorker. His wife of 9 years, Gertrude, was born in Pennsylvania in 1879 to German immigrant parents.

Yes (German)
769 Argyle Road Emma Simis (Owner) 60 year old widow born here to native New Yorkers.



770 Argyle Road Sarah Brown (Owner) A widow born in 1840 in Ireland who emigrated here in 1860. Her deceased husband had also emigrated from Ireland. Also living in the home and providing income were 3 sons employed as a hater, a dry-goods salesman, and a dry-goods buyer. Ireland 1860

770 Rugby Road Joseph H. Hart (Owner) 39 year old tailor born in NY to German immigrants. His 40 year old wife, Josephine, was born in NY to French immigrants.

Yes (German; French)
770 Westminster Road Frederick G. Platt (Renter) 26 year old Massachusetts native employed as a “physical culture director”. His wife, Ethel, emigrated from Canada in 1904 at age 21. They also had a 27 year old Scotland-born printing designer, John B. Reid, who emigrated here in 1890. Canada Scotland 1904 1890

770 Westminster Road Emma J. Phillips (Owner) 59 year old widow, she had 7 relatives under her roof, including two nieces whose father was born in Ireland.

Yes (Irish)
771 Westminster Road Elizabeth Zeh (Renter) 45 year old widow born in Pennsylvania. Her father was born in Maryland and her mother in Delaware. One child but not residing with her.



771 Westminster Road William M. Wilcore (Renter) Born in 1854 in Pennsylvania, he was a fruit shipper who lived with his wife of 14 years, Dora (born 1870), a native New Yorker. They had a 21 year old boarder, a single woman, Elizabeth McGill, a stenographer in a “printing ink house”. Both of Elizabeth's parents were born in Ireland.

Yes (Irish)
775 Argyle Road Harrison Colburn (Renter) A banker born in 1877 in Massachusetts to native-born Americans; his wife, Bessie, was born in Ohio in 1882 to Ohioan parents. They employed an African-American servant, Frieda Lipscomb, who was born in Virginia in 1891 to Virginian parents.



775 Westminster Road Fred H. Qulcott (Renter) Born in Canada in 1880 to an English father and a Canadian mother, Fred, a bank clerk, entered the US at age 23. The next year he and his Canadian-born wife, Ina, age 29, were married in New York soon after Ina's arrival here. They employed an18 year old servant, Anna Soppe, who entered NY from Finland in 1909. Canada (Husband & Wife) Finland (Servant) 1903 1904 1909

775 Westminster Road Burt L. Rich (Renter) 37 year old lawyer in general practice. He and his wife of 15 years, Mary, were both born in NY of NY-born parents. Their 21 year old servant, Irene Farrell, was also a native New York born to NY parents.



776 Argyle Road Margaret A. Gibson (Renter) A widow born in NY in 1861 to Irish immigrant parents. She did not work but had “her own income”, presumably from her son, William L. Gibson (born 1882) and Edith M. Gibson (born 1885) both of whom were stage actors. Also in the home was Margaret's father, Hugh Connors, born in Ireland in 1829 who migrated here in 1845 during the great potato famine. Ireland 1845

776 Westminster Road Robert F. Cuthbert (Renter) 39 year old undertaker supplies manager born in Wisconsin to Irish immigrant parents. His wife of 10 years, Christine, was born in 1876 Missouri to French immigrant parents. To help with the rearing of their two daughters, hey employed a 21 year old Norwegian servant, Annie Lauve, who emigrated here in 1908. Norway (Servant) 1908

779 Argyle Road David Lennon (Owner) A traveling hardware salesman born in 1878 in Illinois to Irish immigrant parents. He was unmarried and living with his sister Ellen, 5 years his junior.

Yes (Irish)
780 Rugby Road August E. Koever (Renter) 44 year old immigrant from Germany who was a salesman for a gravel roofing company. He emigrated in 1882. His wife, Alice, was born in NYC to immigrant German parents. Germany 1882 Yes (German)
781 Westminster Road Gordon E. Hopper (Owner) 38 year old NY-born draftsman for the Board of Education. Lived with his 77 year old mother, Adelaide, born 1833, in England, who emigrated here as a toddler. England 1835

781 Westminster Road Carl F. Bubendey (Renter) 31 year old German immigrant who entered the US in 1905 and obtained employment as a bank clerk. Married Anna, born 1888 to German immigrant parents in NYC, in 1909. They employed a servant, Anna Brandt, age 22, who emigrated from Germany in 1908. Germany (Husband & Servant) 1905 1908 Yes (German)
782 Westminster Road Albert G. Relyen (Renter) 39 year old traveling textile salesman who resided with his 29 year old wife of three years, Lillian, who emigrated here in 1894 from England with her sister, Millicent Powell, age 25, who also resided in the home. England England 1894 1894

783 Argyle Road Fred W. C. Nieberg (Owner) A watch-maker born in Germany in 1842, he emigrated to the US in 1868 with his wife, Johanna, three years his senior, and their new-born daughter. They employed a servant also named Johanna Mikleze, born in 1889 in Austria who arrived here in 1906. Germany (Husband & Wife) Austria (Servant) 1868 1868 1906

783 Rugby Road Ottokar Smith (Owner) 40 year old manager of a cabling company born in NY to a German immigrant father and an Irish immigrant mother. His wife of 20 years, Ida, was also born in NY to an Irish immigrant mother and a Massachusetts-born father.

Yes (German-Irish; Irish)
784 Argyle Road Louis Koch (Owner) An orchestral musician born in 1858 in Missouri to German immigrant parents. His wife, Mary, was born in NY in 1860, also to German immigrant parents.

Yes (German)
784 Rugby Road Marcus H. Horton (Owner) House contractor born to native New Yorkers in 1867. His wife, Gertrude, was born in 1864 in Pennsylvania to native-born parents.



785 Westminster Road Walter A. Carpenter (Renter) Born in 1847 in Massachusetts to Connecticut-born parents, he was a widower working as a bookkeeper in a publishing house. His 3 unmarried daughters, aged 20 to 33, all born in Minnesota, resided in the home with him.



785 Westminster Road Samuel Knoop (Renter) Born 1869 in Indiana, to Ohio parents, he was a produce merchant. His wife of 5 years, Minnie, was also born in Indiana to Ohio parents, in 1876. They had a boarder, Harriet McWhirk, age 41, an Ohio native, who worked as a bookkeeper in Knoop's produce shop.



786 Westminster Road William H. West (Renter) 55 year old clerk in a brokerage house, he resided with his wife of 32 years, Alice. Also in the home was a divorced daughter and another daughter married to a shoe salesman, Royden Owens, along with a 9 year old grand-daughter. All six occupants were born in NY to NY parents on both sides.



786 Westminster Road Thomas J. Muldoon (Renter) 41 year old clerk in the US Customs House, both his parents were born in Ireland. As were the parents of his 29 year old wife of 5 years, Ann. A 19 year old foster-sister, Genevieve Donlen, had a mother born in England.

Yes (Irish; Irish; English)
789 Rugby Road Peter E. Strom (Owner) Furniture salesman born in 1870 in Sweden. He emigrated to the US in 1886. Also in the home was Peter's father, Jonas E. Strom, who had followed his son here in 1888. Peter's wife, Rose, was born in NYC in 1872 to Swedish immigrant parents. Sweden Sweden 1886 1888 Yes (Swedish)-
789 Westminster Road Alfred W. Burg (Renter) Born in 1881 in Pennsylvania to a German immigrant father and an Ohioan mother, Burg was a treasurer/ secretary for a vacuum cleaning company. His wife of 9 years, Nellie, was born in 1880 in Ohio to an Ohioan mother and a German father, who resided in the home: Carl C. Markert, a widower shoemaker, who emigrated to the US in 1869 at age 20 . Germany 1869 Yes (German; German)
789 Westminster Road Herman Kleinleich 25 year old book buyer residing with his wife of 23 years, Margaret, and their two children. Both of Herman's parents were born in Germany.

Yes (German)
790 Argyle Road Kate Tilton (Owner) A widow, born in NY in 1853 to native New Yorkers. Also residing here was her daughter and son-in-law, Irvine McMeikan, a “colors manufacturer”, born in NY in 1880 to Irish immigrants.

Yes (Irish)
790 Rugby Road Myron A. Smith (Owner) An Estates Auditor born in Wisconsin in 1856 to Massachusetts natives. His 38 year old wife Minnie was born in Tennessee to natives of that state. Their 25 year old adopted daughter, Irma, was born in New York to a Scottish father and a French mother. Their 23 year old servant, Hannah Redlund, was born in Sweden and entered the US in 1907. Sweden (Servant) 1907 Yes (Scottish-French)
790 Westminster Road Ira L. Beebe, Jr. (Renter) 34 year old wood pulp salesman. He and his wife of 11 years, Ethel, were both native New Yorkers with an 8 year old son who employed a 17 year old Finnish servant, Mindi Melander, who emigrated here in 1908. Finland (Servant) 1908

790 Westminster Road Ira L. Beebe (Renter) The 69 year old father occupied another floor with his wife, a niece, and a 32 year old African-American servant from Virginia, Charity Ellis.



793 Argyle Road Percy Russell (Owner) A manufacturer's agent for dental apparatus, he was born in Maryland in 1867 to native Marylanders. His wife, Aggie, an Iowan born in 1871, bore him a child in Maryland in 1896 but by 1901 they had moved to New York where their son Charles was born.



793 Rugby Road William R. McClellan (Owner) Born in 1848 in Pennsylvania to native Americans, he was a coal transporter. His 30 year old single daughter, Adda M. McClellan, also born in Pennsylvania, lived here too.



794 Argyle Road Thomas S. Hill 46 year old VP of a steam company, born in Ohio to West Virginia and Connecticut born parents. His wife of 21 years, Marie, was born in Florida in 1866 to a French father and a Floridian mother. They employed a 28 year old African American servant from South Carolina, Nancy Macintosh. Hill's wife owned a Ford automobile per a 1908 Eagle listing.

Yes (French)
794 Rugby Road Wendall P. Davis (Owner) A publishing manager born in 1862 in Massachusetts to a Canadian father and a Massachusetts mother). His wife, Mariette, was born in 1867 in Connecticut to Irish immigrants. Miariette's 73 year old mother, Margaret B. Martin, born in Ireland in 1837, also lived in the home. She immigrated here in 1850. Ireland 1850 Yes (Canadian)
796 Westminster Road Benjamin Dinkelspiel (Owner) A 45 year old traveling ribbons salesman, Benjamin was born in NY to German immigrant parents, as was his wife of 9 years, Gabriel, age 35. They employed a 26 year old Russian servant, Fannie Bryen, who entered the US in 1905. J. H. Dinkelspiel bought the house from T. B. Ackerson Construction Co. in October 1905. Russia (Servant) 1905 Yes (German; German)
800 E. 13th Street 11 separate households in this apt building. Only two of the 10 households had immigrants. One of the tenants, Frederick G. Cooper was employed as a cartoonist and had his own studio. Cooper was born in Oregon in 1884 to a Kentucky father and a Missouri mother. His wife of 4 years, Josephine, was born in California in 1885 to a Vermont father and a NY mother. Canada Holland 1905 1898 Yes (German-Julian C. Shachno, realtor) Y
800 E. 14th Street 9 separate households in this apt building Carl A. Bushlinder: German immigrant. Delia Plummer (wife of Charles): Columbian immigrant. Anna Reinheimer (wife of Charles): Canadian immigrant. Lillian Mandell (sister of Anna): Canadian immigrant. Olga Wayrymen (Finnish servant of Reinheimer's) Bushlinder was a pharmacist; Plummer was a dry goods merchant; Reinheimer a real estate broker. Germany Columbia Canada Canada Finland (Servant) 1884 1904 1897 1897 1905
Y
805 E. 13th Street John A. Lieb (Owner) 38 year old hardware store salesman whose parents were born in Germany. His wife, wife of 5 years, Alice, emigrated from England. England 1886
Y
805 E. 13th Street Lemuel G. Andrews (Renter) 55 year old manager of an adding machine business. He was born in Illinois and his wife of 30 years, Anna, in Pennsylvania.


Y
807 E. 14th Street Clifton Mallaileu (Renter) 35 year old paper & twine salesman. He and his wife were born in NY to native New Yorkers.


Y
809 E. 13th Street David McInnes (Owner) 35 year old liquor store owner, his parents were born in Scotland. His wife of 3 years, Sarah, was born in England. England 1885 Yes (Scottish) Y
809 E. 13th Street William W. Taylor (Renter) 25 year old lawyer who worked in an office, residing with his newly-wed Pennsylvania-born wife, Helen.


Y
813 E. 15th Street Perley C. Boardman (Owner) 41 year old law books salesman residing with his wife, Sarah, a native New Yorker, and his widowed 71 year old mother, Hattie, who like himself, hailed from Vermont, as did her own parents.


Y
814 E. 13th Street Louis Berg (Renter) 39 year old patrolman for the City of New York Police Department, residing with his wife of 6 years, Charlotte. Both had parents born in Germany.

Yes (German; German) Y
814 E. 15th Street George B. Smith (Co-owner) 33 year old lawyer in general practice. His wife's father was born in Ireland. They employed an 18 year old Finnish servant, Olga Granholm. Finland (Servant) 1910 Yes (Irish) Y
814 E. 15th Street Ardelia Overton 58 year old widow living with her 22 year old son, Grant Overton, a newspaper reporter.


Y
815 E. 12th Street Charles R. Thomas (Owner) 40 year old native New York plumber with his own shop, he resided with his wife of 15 years, Clare, age 34, whose father was born in Ireland. They had no children. Present Residents: Linda Howell and her husband Bob O'Neill.

Yes (Irish) Y
815 E. 14th Street Walter D. Hopkins (Co-owner) 40 year old school teacher. He and his wife of 6 years, Alice, were born in NY to native New Yorkers.


Y
815 E. 14th Street Robert P. St. John (Co-owner) 40 year old school teacher. He and his wife of 9 years, May, were born in NY to native New Yorkers.


Y
816 E. 15th Street Severn Marschauer (Renter) 50 year old water inspector for the City of New York. Germany 1877
Y
816 E. 15th Street Charles H. Dennison (Renter) 56 year old house builder born in Pennsylvania. A widower, he lived with his two daughters and his mother. One of the daughters worked as a “cloak model” in a factory.


Y
818 E. 15th Street Roy H. Wilson (Owner) 33 year old real estate dealer residing with his wife of 10 years, Lena, and a daughter. All of their parents were born in NY.


Y
820 E. 14th Street John Murphy (Owner) 39 year old water inspector for the City of New York. He emigrated from Ireland in 1881. His 38 year old wife of 16 years, Mary, emigrated from Ireland in 1888. They apparently married in Massachusetts and moved to NY in 1898. Ireland Ireland 1881 1888
Y
821 E. 13th Street Frank Traphangen (Renter) 45 year old life insurance adjuster born in NY to native New Yorkers. His wife of 15 years, Minnie, was born in Canada, as was her widowed mother, Sarah Smith, also in the home. Canada Canada 1885 1888
Y
821 E. 13th Street William B. Alford (Owner) 38 year old native NY bonds salesman. His 55 year old widowed mother-in-law, Lottie Billingham, and his wife's brother, Percy Billingham, a 19 year old bank clerk, also resided in the home with his wife, also named Lottie. Lottie's father was born in England and the mother in NY. They employed an African American servant from Virginia, Emma J. Reed.

Yes (English) Y
821 E. 15th Street Arthur F. Mottt (Owner) 37 year old bank clerk and native New Yorker. His wife of 9 years, Sadie, had a father who was born in England.

Yes (English) Y
825 E. 12th Street George F. Berry (Owner) 39 year old inspector of buildings for the Board of Education, he was born in England and emigrated here in 1888 where he met his wife of 17 years, Mary, who was born in NY to immigrant Irish parents in 1875. Together they had 8 children. England 1888 Yes (Irish) Y
825 E. 14th Street Kirk H. Pierce (Owner) 32 year old office accountant from Massachusetts. His newly wed wife, Lillian, born in Georgia, had her mother also residing in the home.


Y
825 E. 14th Street Arthur E. Claus (Renter) 36 year old drug broker. His parents were born in Germany. His wife of 7 years, Agnes, who hailed from Pennsylvania, had a father born in the West Indies and a mother born in Ireland.

Yes (German; West Indian-Irish) Y
826 E. 14th Street Thomas Mullen (Owner) 58 year old department store porter residing with a wife and 7 children, 6 of whom were employed (trolley conductor, bookkeeper, dress maker, sales woman in a dept. store, and two house masons). Both parents were born in NY of Irish immigrants on all sides.

Yes (Irish; Irish) Y
829 E. 12th Street William F. Bennett (Owner) 39 year old real estate broker whose father was born in Ireland. His wife of 14 years, Julia, also had a father born in Ireland.

Yes (Irish; Irish) Y
829 E. 12th Street Walter F. Gardner (Renter) 44 year old bank telegrapher born in Massachusetts, married for 21 years to Nellie, who was born in Maine.


Y

2 comments:

Irene M said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this because this post has, strangely, closed the loop on something that has haunted me for a while. My mother and I were on the hunt for the history of our house and ended up in the Queens Library today, looking at their T. B. Ackerson records. We found nothing on our house's owner or renter, but did stumble on a transfer of property to Frederick W. Holmes. We decided to pull Holmes' file because Holmes was one of the names on your list -- George W. Holmes, the jeweler.

By connecting the two and doing some judicious googling, we came across an interesting story. George seems to have worked for the family jewelry business and it was either his father or his brother who helped him buy the house in West Midwood. George was killed in the Malbone Street Wreck, the deadliest crash in the history of the New York City subway. In 1918, the same year George was called for the WW1 draft, he was coming home on the Brighton Beach "L," probably intending to connect to our local B/Q line at the Prospect Park station. The conductor took the turn into this station far too quickly and caused two of the wooden cars to fly off of the tracks, hit against iron support pillars and a concrete wall, and overturn completely. This demolished the cars and crushed many of the passengers inside. 93 people died in total, George among them. He's buried in Greenwood Cemetery, and he provides an interesting link between our area and one of the worst local disasters of its era.

I first read about the Malbone Street Wreck about five years ago and thinking about the commuters who died and the way they went kept me up nights. I could never quite figure out why it was such an obsession. Weirdly, finding out that one of those people lived so close by makes me feel a little better about my anxiety. In terms of years, the Malbone Street Wreck is pretty far away, but geographically it's a disaster that haunted my backyard!

Anyway, thanks again for the post. And R.I.P. to George.

Irene M said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this because this post has, strangely, closed the loop on something that has haunted me for a while. My mother and I were on the hunt for the history of our house and ended up in the Queens Library today, looking at their T. B. Ackerson records. We found nothing on our house's owner or renter, but did stumble on a transfer of property to Frederick W. Holmes. We decided to pull Holmes' file because Holmes was one of the names on your list -- George W. Holmes, the jeweler.

By connecting the two and doing some judicious googling, we came across an interesting story. George seems to have worked for the family jewelry business and it was either his father or his brother who helped him buy the house in West Midwood. George was killed in the Malbone Street Wreck, the deadliest crash in the history of the New York City subway. In 1918, the same year George was called for the WW1 draft, he was coming home on the Brighton Beach "L," probably intending to connect to our local B/Q line at the Prospect Park station. The conductor took the turn into this station far too quickly and caused two of the wooden cars to fly off of the tracks, hit against iron support pillars and a concrete wall, and overturn completely. This demolished the cars and crushed many of the passengers inside. 93 people died in total, George among them. He's buried in Greenwood Cemetery, and he provides an interesting link between our area and one of the worst local disasters of its era.

I first read about the Malbone Street Wreck about five years ago and thinking about the commuters who died and the way they went kept me up nights. I could never quite figure out why it was such an obsession. Weirdly, finding out that one of those people lived so close by makes me feel a little better about my anxiety. In terms of years, the Malbone Street Wreck is pretty far away, but geographically it's a disaster that haunted my backyard!

Anyway, thanks again for the post. And R.I.P. to George.