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Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« on: Tuesday 14 January 20 18:29 GMT (UK) »
I was wondering if anyone could help me find the date of a specific event.

The information I know about it mostly comes from oral tradition.  I'm told it was a scaffolding collapse at Downtown Crossing in Boston, at Jordan Marsh, which was an old Boston department store.

What I definitely know is the name of a man who died (I am not sure how many died), and the date of his death.  His name was Thomas O'Connor, and he died May 2, 1909.  His death certificate gives the information that he died of septicemia and a compound fracture, resulting from an accidental fall.  I'm not sure how long he may have lived after the accident.

I'm told that it definitely appeared in newspapers, but in my previous efforts, I haven't been able to find it.  One problem is that if you do a text search for "Jordan Marsh" there are a lot of ads.  I've also tried to browse for it on microfiche, but I think I must have skipped over it or something, or else I don't have the right searching technique.

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 22:00 GMT (UK) »
My first thought is don't google for "Downtown Crossing" because the area wasn't called that back then. Figure out Jordan Marsh's address and try for that. some number on Washington St. The name of the section of town changed in my Boston lifetime, 1965 - 1993, if that helps.

edited to add:
He died May 2, but he was admitted to the hospital April 18, if you start looking by date.

also edited to add
Jordan Marsh was at 450 Washington Street according to wikipedia, which also has a picture of the place in 1910.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Marsh

and it isn't/wasn't the same as Jordan's Furniture in Mass., which is still in business under that name.

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 22:14 GMT (UK) »
someone else was looking in 2017, unless this is you:
http://www.rootschat.com/links/01ov7/



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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 22:25 GMT (UK) »
You can apparently set up a free account to search the Boston Globe archives here:

https://bostonglobe.newspapers.com/choose-a-plan/?iid=619
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 22:37 GMT (UK) »
Some excellent Boston disasters here but unfortunately not the one you're looking for:

http://www.celebrateboston.com/disasters.htm
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 15 January 20 00:05 GMT (UK) »
Afraid the 2017 chap was me.  I think that was a little after I tried the microfiche angle of attack.

Embarrassingly, I didn't realize that Downtown Crossing wasn't an old name.

How did you figure out he was admitted April 18?  Is there a second page to the death cert, or a second death cert for his home address of Somerville ?  It is not on what I have for Boston. 

Big thanks!  That date might be the key to what I'm looking for.

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 15 January 20 00:12 GMT (UK) »
Okay, I found it.  I never saw that image before, but it looks like a double page.  Afraid the April 18 is a different guy.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99QR-LS8X?i=162&cc=2061550&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AQ2QK-X38H

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 15 January 20 00:31 GMT (UK) »
Okay, I found it.  I never saw that image before, but it looks like a double page.  Afraid the April 18 is a different guy.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99QR-LS8X?i=162&cc=2061550&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AQ2QK-X38H


Glad you caught the overlapping records, I missed that.
I don't think there would be a record in Somerville.
You've been through the microfilm rolls at the Boston Public Library already?

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Re: Scaffolding Collapse, Boston 1909
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 15 January 20 00:42 GMT (UK) »
Yes, I made the trip to the library back a few years ago.  Maybe, I should have asked the staff to help me, but funnily enough, they were having some meeting on missing items, so nobody was really around.

I think I only tried to look through the Boston Post. That might have been my mistake.  Not trying to look through several papers near the date of death, rather than using one to go further and further back.

Another big problem that I had is that I wasn't sure where to look.  You know, how many pages in.  I don't know what would be a good number for something like that.  Whether it would definitely be on the main page or not.