1896

Bookmakers at one of the Brooklyn Tracks around the turn of the century

 

 

May 17, 1896
From the Philadelphia Inquirer...

"NEW JERSEY IN REVIEW"

"Gloucester Gleanings  -  Alexander Harvey, of Philadelphia, formerly prominent in Grand Army circles here, was a visitor during the week."

 

 

 

 

May 29, 1896 -

Philadelphia Inquirer article on
the death of Great Grandma Adelia (not Bridget) Harvey.
(She was actually 56 years old.)

"GROUND TO PIECES"

"A Gloucester City Woman Run Over by a Train Mrs. Bridget Harvey, 63 years of age, of Gloucester City, met with a shocking death yesterday morning.  She was struck by the West Jersey Railroad Salem express train, north bound, due at Gloucester City about 8.40 A. M., and her body was terribly mutilated.  She had gone to the railway station at Monmouth street, Gloucester, for the purpose of taking a train for Camden, and had purchased a ticket and was waiting for a train.  She had walked across the track several times, and was crossing again, although she had been warned not to do so, as the Salem express approached the station.  The engineer whistled but she seemingly failed to hear it and the engine struck her, throwing her body under the wheels."

 

1896 Milestones

Born this Year...

 

Passed Away...
  • George Fitzsimmons (Sunny Jim's father) -
    Around age 50 - from Cirrhosis of the liver.
     
  • May 28th - Adelia Fagan Harvey
    The mother of Jennie Harvey, Adelia Fagan Harvey was hit by a train while attempting to cross a track at Gloucester train station, in New Jersey.  She was killed instantly.

 

The World in 1896...

  • July -  One month after his wife's death, Alexander Harvey and Amanda Wynkoop take a steamship cruise to England together!
     

  • The Elephant Hotel in Coney Island is destroyed by fire.

1896 Photo Gallery...

 

1896 at the track...

 

 
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