Albany, NY Airplane Crash, Sept 1953
She was graduated from Duluth Central High School and Duluth Junior College. She was born January 23, 1929. She lived at 5120 Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, Ill., in the Chicago Beach Hotel guest house. Next of kin was given as her father, Ernest C. Thornquist of 618 East 9th Street, Duluth, Minn.
Identification of Plane Victims Grim, Slow Job
By John J. McNamara
The grim task of identifying the flame scarred-victims of yesterday's American Airlines plane crash near Albany Airport moved slowly last night in the morgue at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany.
State Police took fingerprints and photographs and carefully checked personal properties of the victims found at the disaster scene and in their clothing as the processing work continued long into the night. Several bodies were claimed by relatives within a few hours after the processing work began.
(The complete official list of the victims of the plane disaster as given The Troy Record last night by Inspector Joseph A. Sayers of the State Police B.C.I., will be found on page 19.)
In a large room in the basement of the hospital the covered bodies of the crash victims laid on the floor. Each victim was carefully checked by the troopers, who worked with the Albany County Coroner J. Gregory Nealon. Each victim was numbered to avoid confusion in the work and their personal belongings were carefully wrapped. The troopers' work of fingerprinting proved difficult due to the condition of many of the bodies.
Bodies claimed last night included those of SAMUEL L. ORME of Albany, MR. AND MRS. CHARLES MITCHELL of Fort Johnson, N. Y., IRWIN GINSBURG of Newton, Mass., and A. ALEXANDER CLARK of Miami, Fla.
Caskets were provided by the American Airlines for the shipping of the bodies out of town. As positive identifications were made by the investigators and some of bodies embalmed immediate steps were taken for shipping them out.
MR. AND MRS. MITCHELL were returning from Boston, where MR. MITCHELL had received a medical checkup at the Leahy Clinic. He was a surveyor attached to Amsterdam's municipal engineering department.
Clothing was burned from most of the bodies, making identification very difficult. Two watches found on victims' bodies were stopped at 9:27 and 9:28 a. m.
All of the bodies had been removed from the tragedy scene during the afternoon. As workers dug through the wreckage the first ten victims were identified through papers in their possession.
However, the official list was not available until the list of passengers on the plane was checked with the officials of the American Airlines.
Workers at the scene also found their task a difficult one. Some of the bodies had been thrown clear of the wreckage. They were left where they were found while the workers cleared the debris from the remains of other victims in the ill-fated plane. Undertakers called to the scene found it difficult to keep sufficient equipment on hand for removal of the bodies of the victims.
One of the victims of the crash, WILLIAM B. McGOLDRICK of Cambridge, Mass., was employed by the Hathaway Bakeries, which has a plant in Watervliet. He reportedly expected to become a father for the first time within a few months.
Another victim of the crash, JUDSON W. WEBB of Waukegan, Ill., had made his reservation from Albany.
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