Jersey City, NJ Hudson River Tunnel Cave In, July 1880

Inside the building the first thing one sees is the working shaft, which resembles a great well. It is thirty feet in diameter and its walls are five feet in thickness, painted white in the inside. This shaft is sixty feet deep and yesterday it contained about fifty feet of water. In the rear of the shaft along one side of the building are the powerful engines by which the air is forced into the tunnel, the tall air reservoir, constructed of iron, and the small magneto-electric machines which supply the light for workmen in the tunnel. Back of these are the steam boilers. The office of the works is in the end of the building further back from the river. Pasted on the walls inside are working drawings of sections of the tunnel, illustrations of the work, etc.
All day long a force of over fifty men was engaged in digging and hauling away earth from over the shaft where the man are buried, and work was advancing in the direction of building a coffer-dam and rigging pumps to remove the water.
It was thought for some time that of the twenty-eight men who were in the tunnel at the time of the disaster eight had been fortunate enough to make their escape, but it was finally learned that one man reported as saved had been lost, and that the number of the lost was twenty-one. The unfortunate men were Swedes, Danes and Irishmen in great part. The sombre character of the accident is somewhat relieved by the fact that only a few of the dead men were married.
The following is a correct list of the lost:
OTTO ANDERSON, age twenty-three. He was a single man, and came to this country from Sweden about five months ago. He was without any relative in America. Previous to his coming to this country Anderson had been a sailor. He boarded at No. 234 Thirteenth St., Jersey City.
WILLIAM BAGLEY, age thirty. He was married and leaves a wife and two sons, ages eight and seven years respectively. He had been working on the tunnel for about two months. His father and mother live at No. 111 Chapel St., Brooklyn. Bagley's home was at No. 563 Henderson St., Jersey City.
OTTO BESELEN, a Swede, aged twenty-eight. He was unmarried and without relatives in this country. He boarded at No. 200 Fourteenth St., Jersey City.
MICHAEL BRODERICK, age twenty-five. He was unmarried. He began work in the tunnel on Tuesday at midnight. He had worked on the tunnel before this, but had not been there for two months. He had been in this country for some time. He has a sister living in Philadelphia. He lived in Henderson St., Jersey City.
FRANCIS BURKE, age not known. He was a married man, and had a family. He had been engaged on the tunnel for some time. It was stated at the office of the Tunnel Company that he lived in Hoboken, but nothing more definite than this could be learned.
THOMAS BURNS, age twenty-one. He was an Irishman, and had been in this country about three years. He was unmarried. He lived at No. 567 Henderson St., Jersey City. He left a mother and four brothers and four sisters. He held the position of foreman of one of the gangs of men.
PATRICK COLLINS. He was a single young man, and had only lately arrived from Ireland. His brother James Collins, lives at No. 214 East Fifty-sixth St., this city. Patrick boarded with Francis Burke in Hoboken. Burke was also lost.
JOHN CREEVY, age thirty-five. He leaves a wife and two children, both girls, ages four and two and one-half years. Mrs. Creevy said yesterday: "His brother-in-law, Patrick Corrigan, brought me the first news of his death this morning. He left home at 11 o'clock last night to go on the 12 o'clock shift, and he was to be back by 8 o'clock this morning. But he was one of the unlucky ones. He has been in this country nine years, and worked on the tunnel ever since it was begun, unfortunately.
Creevy was a native of County Kildare, Parish of Stplestown, Ireland." He was a fine-looking man and of fine family, added a neighbor, who had come in to console the widow; and Mrs. Creevy burst into sobs.
THOMAS CRIMMINS, age twenty-five. He was born in Ireland, and had not been in America more than a few months. He was not married. His boarding place was in Fourteenth St., Jersey City, between Henderson and Grove Sts.
ANDREW ERICKSON, a Swede, age fifty. He was a single man, and had no relatives in America. He boarded at No. 209 Fourteenth St., Jersey City.
PETER FISHER, age twenty-one. He was a Swede, was unmarried, and had been in American only about six months. For several years he was a sailor. He boarded at No. 234 Thirteenth St., Jersey City.
ANDREW JACOBSON, age twenty-nine. He was a Russian Finn, was unmarried and was alone in America. He boarded at No. 200 Fourteenth St., Jersey City.

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