Paterson, NJ (near) Plane Crash, Dec 1948

Birth, Marriage & Death Records

PLASTICS MANUFACTURER BADLY HURT; WIFE, 3 CHILDREN ARE KILLED.

Paterson, N.J., -- (UP) -- RICHARD E. REEVES, plastics manufacturer of Georgetown, S.C., was in critical condition today from injuries received in the crash of his private plane, in which his wife and three children were killed. Two Negro servants were injured seriously.
Police said REEVES, who was piloting his twin-engined craft, apparently lost control and crashed into Smoke Rise mountain west of here about 9:15 p.m. yesterday. The plane immediately burst into flames.
REEVES managed to drag MRS. ONEATHEA JENKINS and CHARLES KYLER, the family's maid and butler, from the wreck, but his wife, MRS. CLARA REEVES, 31, and their three children were trapped.
Attendants at St. Joseph's hospital said the three survivors suffered multiple fractures, abrasions, cuts and burns.

Dunkirk Evening Observer New York 1948-12-13

RICHARD REEVES and CHARLES KYLER died the following day in a hospital.