Wednesday, September 3, 2008


New York, 1895

Reckenbach Caught Under a Descending Car and Crushed.

Charles Reckenbach, a 19 year-old boy, who worked in the Lalance & Grosjean factory at Woodhaven, was crushed to death in the elevator shaft on Friday. Reckenbach wanted to go to an upper story and leaned over a guard rail to see if the car was coming up. The elevator was coming down at the time and struck Reckenbach upon the head.

The car continued its descent, and the youth's body was lifted two foot from the floor. When the car first struck him Reckenbach gave a series of frightened screams. When his body was taken from the shafting the neck was found to be broken. Frank Dominge, who was running the elevator, says he saw Reckenbach, but could not stop the car.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 28, 1895, p. 8.

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