|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1843|
|Death: ||May 26, 1894|
Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen
Wednesday May 30, 1894
Malcolm DeRonzo Peckham, who was assaulted in his office in New York, May 15, by George W. Marcellus, died Saturday. Both men were born and reared in New London, and are well known throughout this section. The parents of Marcellus still live in New London.
Peckham was the president of the Rheumatic Electric Ring Company. On May 15, Mr. Peckham had an appointment to meet Marcellus at his office, and after their interview the door was opened. Marcellus left and Peckham was found lying unconscious on the floor, He was removed by Bellevue hospital, where he was treated for alcoholism. Edgar Peckham, deceased's brother, protested against such treatment, saying that his brother did not drink and the injured man was finally removed to another hospital, where he received proper treatment. He regained consciousness, sufficient at time to recognize his friends. Edgar called in Dr. Joseph E. Winters, who declared that M. D. was suffering from a fractured skull and the autopsy revealed such to be the case. Edgar Peckham, who is wealthy has demanded that an investigation be made. Just after the assault Marcellus was arrested, but was released on $500 bail to await developments. The police are now looking for him. Marcellus had at one time been in the employ of the deceased, The remains arrived in Rome Sunday and were taken to Rathbunville for burial Monday morning. Edgar Peckham, brother of the deceased, with his wife and daughter, Miss Peckham, accompanied the remains. Deceased was 51 years old and leaves no family.
Speaking of the autopsy the New York World says: "An autopsy was held on the body by Deputy Coroner Cuff and Lenahan, and Dr. Winters, to settle the cause of death,
It was learned that injuries of the head as stated had been received sufficient to cause death, and no traces of alcoholism was apparent. This convicts the Bellevue surgeons of error in their diagnosis.
EDITORS ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN;
Mr. Peckham's family is well known both in Rome and New London. His father, the late Cyrus O. Peckham, was a wealthy and respected citizen of New London and a prominent
member of the Methodist Church, always extending a warm welcome to all ministers, and contributing liberally to the support of the gospel. The deceased leaves two brothers
and one sister, Cyrus O. Peckham of "Plymouth Rock, Ia., Edgar Peckham, a well known business man of New York, highly esteemed for his integrity and charitable works, and Mrs. Charles T. Smith of Eustis, Fla. Malcolm D. Peckham was a member of the Rheumatic Ring Company of New York, with offices on East Tenth street and was also connected with other industries.
Although Mr. Peckham had not lived in Rome for some time, many who remember his as a genial, kind hearted man, especially fond of children, will morn his dad and untimely
end. Sympathy is extended to the surviving member of his family by their many friends.
obituary provided by Find A Grave Member Bea Lastowicka
Cyrus Peckham (1810 - 1871)
Deronza E. Peckham (1834 - 1837)*
Malcolm DeRonzo Peckham (1843 - 1894)
Adelbert J. Peckham (1849 - 1886)*
New York, USA
Created by: Tombstone Hunter
Record added: Mar 08, 2006
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