Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bridge Disaster, May 1883

Brooklyn Bridge in 1899

AH LING, aged 54, a Chinaman, who came to New York from the West Indies about ten years ago. His home was in Baxter street, and his occupation was peddling tobacco and snuff from house to house in small quantities. He was trampled upon on the bridge and his face was horribly disfigured. He had no relatives in this country, but he was identified by ex-Deputy Sheriff TOM LEE.

JAMES O'BRIEN, aged 45, a delivery clerk at Pier No. 39, Pennsylvania Railroad, lived at No. 88 Haight (not sure) street, New York. He was in company with his daughter ELIZABETH, who is among the injured, his daughter, MARY, and MATTHEW WELCH, who also was accompanied by his daughter, when the disaster occurred. He took the dead man's wife and mother to the hospital. MR. WELCH himself narrowly escaped death. His face was bruised and clothes torn.
ELLEN RIORDAN, aged 45, married, lived at No. 36 Montgomery street, New York. She was in company with a woman friend and one of her sons on the bridge. They were separated, and the son did not find his mother until he recognized her mangled remains at the hospital.
MARGARET SULLIVAN, aged 15, residence No. 137 Monroe street, New York, was identified by her father JAMES SULLIVAN, at 8:15 o'clock last evening. He is a laborer. He was with MARGARET and KATE, a younger daughter, upon the bridge. In the panic he found that he could not same both of them unaided. He passed KATE over to the care of another man. The latter, however, had another woman to aid and he put KATE into the hands of still a third man and thus she was taken out alive, although badly bruised. The father meanwhile was striving to prevent MARGARET from being crushed. He failed. She fell under the feet of the struggling throng and was taken out dead. Her father first found her body at the hospital.

EMMA C. SHERWOOD, wife of Captain SHERWOOD, of Bridgeport, Conn., was visiting in New York. Her host, whose name could not be learned, with his little body, was accompanying her across the bridge when the crowd began to press upon them. The man saved his boy, but MRS. SHERWOOD was torn away from him. Her dead body was carried to the Chambers street hospital where it was afterward identified.

GEORGE SMITH, aged thirty-five, truck driver, who worked for Baker & Clarke, grocers, No. 235 Greenwich street, and lived at No. 41 Watts street, New York. Accompanied by his wife he had just reached the top of the steps at the New York anchorage when the panic occurred. He was thrown down the steps and was crushed by the people falling upon him. Although alive when picked up he died soon after reaching the Chambers street Hospital. His wife although overcome by grief, had escaped almost uninjured from the disaster.

The following persons were more or less seriously injured:
BARBARA ATTINGER, aged 18, of 443 Sixth street, N. Y., slightly injured about the head, but went home unaided.
FRANCIS BARRETT, aged 9, of 19 Mott street, N. Y., his left arm and leg were broken.
OTTO BISCHOFF, of 7 Manhasset place, Brooklyn, slightly hurt, but went home unassisted.
ALBERTINE BOHNET, of 139 Division street, N. Y., was internally injured and taken to the hospital.
MRS. MARGARET BAYLEY, aged 34, of No. 15 Willett street, N. Y. She was in company with MARGARET GALLAGHER, who was injured. She received injuries on her head and left arm and was taken home.
MRS. DAVID CHAMBERS was injured internally and was suffering from hemorrhage. MISS CHAMBERS, aged 19, had a fracture of the lower limbs. They were in company with MR. CHAMBERS, who immediately after the accident conveyed them in a carriage to their home, No. 116 King street.
F. E. DALE, of No. 79 Henry street, received slight scalp bruises. He was able to go home.
SAMUEL DALTON, aged 33, of No. 330 West Twenty-ninth street, escaped with a slight contusion of the back, and was taken home in a carriage.
DAVID DELMONTE, aged 35, of No. 108 Avenue B, fell at the foot of the steps and received a slight contusion of the side.

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