New Brunswick, NJ Auto Wreck, Aug 1909

Death Rides In Pleasure’s Wake

Automobile Strikes Pole and Chicago Merchant and Son Are Killed.

Two Others May Die

While Taking Boy to Princeton, MacLean Family Meets Horrible Fate.

New York, Aug. 21.-A giant automobile carrying George MacLean, his wife, his son, his daughter, two girl guests and his chauffeur, all of Chicago swerved from the roadway and crashed against a telegraph pole four miles south of New Brunswick this evening.

Half an hour later when help arrived, MacLean’s 17-year-old son, George, was found lying dead with his head crushed frightfully against the telegraph pole, the father lay unconscious 75 feet away, dying with a broken back. Mrs. MacLean was hurled underneath the debris of the car also dying from internal injuries, and two broken legs.

Their 18-year-old daughter, Dorothy, had been flung against a fence and lay unconscious beside it, her arms both broken and her spine badly hurt and the Misses Jeannette and Harriet McDonald were also unconscious in each others’ arms near the ruins of the machine, each with a fractured leg. The chauffeur, a colored man, named Oscar Scott, escaped with two fractured arms.

Dies in Hospital.

At St. Peter, a hospital at New Brunswick, where the victims were removed, Mr. MacLean died. It was said his wife could not survive and that Miss Harriet McDonald was probably also fatally injured.

The tragic accident came as the result of a journey the MacLean family made from Chicago in order to arrange for the entrance of their son, George, into Princeton.

The senior MacLean was manager of the Marshall Field stores in Chicago and with his wife and daughter were socially prominent in the western city.

Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK 22 Aug 1909