New York, NY Christmas Blizzard, Dec 1909

Eighteen Perish From New York’s Fierce Blizzard.

Some From Exposure and Others From Accident

New York, Dec. 27.-Eighteen persons in and near New York perished in the Christmas blizzard or died in accidents caused by it. Six of this number died from exposure after being caught in snow drifts which they were unable to penetrate. Others were drowned and several were killed by trains.

Today New York and its vicinity is rapidly digging itself out from under cover of the 10-inch snowfall. By noon traffic conditions approached something like the normal as the result of the labors of nearly ten thousand men in the employ of the city and the traction lines, while steam railroad conditions were rapidly improving all around.

Wires Fairly Good

Wire communication, which was badly interrupted during the worst of the blow, was again fairly good today except to New England points. The Western Union had a few wires working to Boston, but the Postal wires to that city were all down and telephone lines had to be utilized to get in roundabout touch with the Massachusetts capital through Portland, Me. Wires to the West and to New York State points were working fairly well.

The storm’s effects were severely felt by the poorer classes of the population. Blockades on railroads created a shortage of food supplies and a consequent increase in prices, which contributed to the hardship of the poor.

Much courage was displayed by the hundreds of linemen employed during the day to disentangle and restore fallen or broken wires. Thousands of feet of telegraph, telephone and electric light wires had been put out of service by the snowfall, many poles were leveled and streets rendered dangerous for pedestrians. In the face of a cold wind that whirled snow about them in a thin cutting spray, the linemen worked for hours to permit a resumption of service, which in Overlook particularly, had been almost completely cut off. The residences of Judge AUDENRIED, WILLIAM F. HARRITY and others in that suburb, were lighted by lamp or candle only during Sunday and last night owing to all electric current being cut off from them.

The following are the deaths caused by the storm:

STEPHEN BURK, 112 Counaroe Street.

Manay(sic) unk., found unconscious early yesterday morning in the car barn at Ridge and Susquehanna Avenues. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. It is supposed that he succumbed to exposure.

UNIDENTIFIED man found in a snow bank and Frankford Avenue and Oxford Street, on Christmas day, taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where it was found that he had been frozen to death.

FRANK MARAGELLO, aged 42 years, 1218 Huntington Street, collapsed from exhaustion at Seventeenth Street and Lehigh Avenue while on his way with his wife to make a call. He died a few minutes later at a neighboring house.

ROBERT FREW, aged 52 years, 2441 North Garnet Street, foreman of the repair crew of the Ridge avenue trolley barn, collapsed at home after working fifteen hours superintending clearing of snow. Died at the German hospital.

JOHN FINNEGAN, aged 76 years, of 1719 Ellsworth Street, fell dead in front of 713 Chestnut Street after he had been shoveling snow for several hours. When he was found he was taken to Jefferson Hospital, where heart disease was given as the cause of death. The unusual exertion brought on by shoveling snow is supposed to have brought on the attack which caused his death.

MRS. JULIA PIPER, 53 years old, 1129 West Dauphin Street, fell in the snow while running for a train at Philmont, Pa., and perished before the next train arrived.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 28 Dec 1909