New Brunswick, NJ drowning, Jun 1909


Kobatch Walked Off an Open Draw in the Dark.

Special to the New York Times.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J., June 14. - While on his way from South Amboy to New Brunswick with his sweetheart to be married, Joseph Kobatch of South River walked into the open draw of the New York & Long Branch Railroad bridge across the Raritan River, early this morning, and was drowned. The girl, Miss Anna Kish of 522 Eighteenth Street, Manhattan, who was visiting friends at 53 French Street, New Brunswick, was only prevented from throwing herself into the water after her betrothed by William Spice, one of the bridgetenders.

The girl was taken back to the home of her friends.

She said Kobatch persuaded her to cross the railroad bridge with him in order to save time. He carried a suitcase and had about $50 in his pocket. The night was very dark, and Kobatch did not know the draw was open and walked right off into the water.

The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Jun 1909