Fieldsboro, NJ Auto Wreck Kills Bishop's Daughter, Aug 1934


Bordentown, N. J., Aug. 2.—The Rt. Rev. Philip Cook, Episcopal bishop of the diocese of Delaware, was critically injured and his 19 year old daughter, Harriet, killed near here tonight when their car collided with a truck. A second daughter, Josephine, 20, suffered painful injuries. She and her father are in a Trenton hospital.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 3 Aug 1934



Second Daughter Injured As Auto Hits Truck in Fieldsboro

Miss Harriet Cook, 19, daughter of Bishop Philip Cook, of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, met death last night in an auto crash in which Bishop Cook and another daughter, Josephine, 22, narrowly missed a similar fate. The car in which the bishop and his daughters were riding smashed into a truck on Route 25 at Fieldsboro, above Bordentown.

Her skull fractured, the younger daughter was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital here. Bishop Cook sustained a probable leg fracture, lacerations and contusions. Josephine, who was driving, suffered injuries to her back. Both are under observation at the hospital.

The bishop and his daughters were en route to their home at Bishopstead, Wilmington, from New York, where Bishop Cook had participated in a memorial service. Their car crashed into a truck driven by Earl Crawford, 29, of Stelton, N. J. Crawford was arrested by Columbus State Police on a technical charge of manslaughter and was released pending a hearing today in the office of Prosecutor. Howard Pine, 28, of Plainfield, a helper on the truck, taken into custody as a material witness, was also released.

Crawford appeared at the office of the prosecutor today and posted bail of $1,000.

Miss Josephine Cook was driving down grade where the highway joins the Fieldsboro Road, when her sedan car struck the side of the truck. The light vehicle was telescoped. Harriet Cook was thrown forward, her head striking the top of the windshield. The bishop was hurled from his seat at the impact. Josephine, clinging to the wheel, escaped the brunt of the crash. Passing autoists brought the victims to the hospital here.

Bishop Cook was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1875, according to the Associated Press.

He was educated at Trinity College and the General Theological Seminary, New York City, and was ordained at Fargo, N. D., in 1902.

After serving missionary charges in North Dakota, he served the Chapel of the Incarnation, New York City, and a charge in San Antonio, Texas. He went to Baltimore in 1916 and remained until 1920, except for a time spent during the World War as a Y.M.C.A. secretary on the Veisle front with the American expeditionary forces.

He went to Delaware 14 years ago and has remained there since, generally credited with building various charges of his denomination and taking a vigorous part in civic affairs. he was confirmed as assessor or assistant, to the presiding bishop by home bishops last November.

Bishop Cook has seven children, Harriet, who was killed, made her debut in Wilmington society last December and was a graduate of Stuart Hall School, Scotland, Va.; Josephine, the injured daughter, made her debut in 1931 and attended Vassar.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 3 Aug 1934


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