Lincoln, NE Heating Plant Explosion, Jan 1912


Joseph Albrecht Supposed to Have Been but Slightly Hurt, Dies After Walking to His Home.

After walking to his home at 626 North Ninth street from the R street heating plant of the Burlington yesterday afternoon, following an accident in which he was not apparently seriously hurt, Joseph Albrecht, a veteran employe of the railroad sickened and died at noon today. Albrecht has worked for years at the plant, had been retired because of old age and was merely visiting his old haunt at the time.

Albrecht is the second victim of the accident to [sic] Fred Streck, who had taken the place of Albrecht at the plant, died that night from injuries received when scalded with hot steam. At 6 o'clock last evening Master Merchant Deitrich did not himself know that Albrecht was seriously injured, and told a newspaper man that Albrecht would be all right in a short time and he was able to walk home after the accident.

The face, head, arms and hands of Albrecht were badly burned, and he inhaled a good deal of the steam, [sic] with water," said Dr. W. H. Slatters who was summoned to attend to the [sic] late yesterday afternoon. In his opinion Albrecht died from the [sic] and shock [sic]. He was well advanced in year. He was in a semi-conscious condition when he [sic] his home."

After Albrecht arrived home yesterday he washed his face and hands, and then [sic] to members of the family about the accident and related how seriously Streck was hurt. Soon afterwards he grew rapidly worse. He was not conscious when death came.

Albrecht had formerly been employed at the heating plant, but he had been replaced by Streck and given another assignment. Yesterday, having a short vacation, he dropped into the plant to pay his former associates a visit. It as while he was standing a few feet from Streck that the accident occurred.

Joseph Albrecht was one of the very old settlers of Lincoln who are now rapidly passing away. He came to the city forty years ago from Germany. For at least a quarter of a century he has been in the employ of the railroad.

He is survived by a widow, a son and a daughter. The son, William T. Albrecht, lives at the family home. The daughter is Mrs. Will [sic] of this city. Mr. Albrecht was sixty-seven years old.

Master Mechanic Dietrich said that Albrecht was a faithful employe, but the work at the heating plant had become too hard for him because of advancing years, and another place less arduous had been found for the veteran.

Fred Streck, the first victim to die, came to the city five months ago from Hastings and obtained employment at the Burlington roundhouse as a [sic]. Early this week he was transferred from the roundhouse to the heating plant to take the place of Albrecht.

Strack [sic] emigrated to the United States four years ago, settling at Hastings. When he came to Lincoln he made his home with his sister, Mrs. John Schmidt, First and J streets. He is survived by one sister and a brother, Henry Streck of Hastings. The latter is now in the city to attend the funeral. Streck was twenty-nine years old and a single man. His parents are dead.

Lincoln Evening News, Lincoln, NE 6 Jan 1912