|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1938|
NEW CASTLE NEWS
NEW CASTLE, PA., FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1938
TRAIN KILLS FOUR GIRLS
Four Are Run Down On Penna. R.R. on Thursday Evening
Girls Returning to Homes in Oakland District When Killed
Had Been at Swimming Hole in Shenango River near Franklin Bridge
Trapped on the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad, about 200 yards north of the Franklin Bridge over the Shenango River, just across the sight of the old Carnegie Steel Mill, four young girls of the Oakland District had their lives crushed out by Pennsylvania passenger train No 455, on route from Pittsburgh to Sharon, about 5:40 pm Thursday.
The victims were:
Angeline Ann Jaworski, 15, 48 High Street
Lena Denako, 16, 235 Smithfield Street
Annie Denako, 14, 235 Smithfield Street
Helene Orabinec, 13, 15 Walter Street
Jane Denako aged 18; sister of two of the victims escaped a similar fate when she remained at the Franklin Bridge to comb her hair after swimming in the pool there, while the others went up the tracks to get a drink. Three of the girls, the Denako sisters and Helene Orabinec had been in bathing and the latter had a light wrap on over her bathing suit. Angelina Jaworski had been sent to the store by her mother it was stated but had slipped away and accompanied the Denako girls to the swimming pool. She was carrying two cans of condensed milk when struck.
The girls were preparing to go back to their home when it was decided to walk up the track and get a drink. As they started on their way, a (illegible) train east bound traveling south at that point came upon them and they stepped off to the side of the tracks while it passed. As soon as it had gotten by, they hurried across onto the west bound tracks on where the passenger train was approaching at a fairly high rate of speed. There is a sharp turn at this point and the engineer H.M. Rae did not see the girls until the train was upon them. He frantically applied the air and blew the whistle, but the girls seemed frozen to the spot by the (illegible) of their predicament and seemed powerless to move.
Mrs. Catherine Denako, mother of the two Denako sisters, has also known much unhappiness. Her husband died nine years ago and she has lost three other children by death. Following the death of her first husband, she remarried but was deserted by her second husband and she returned to New Castle with her little brood from Detroit, where they had been living. In needy circumstances, she was (illegible) to have the children being placed in the Crawford-Oakridge home.
About two years ago, the children were taken from the home and given back to her and the family established a home at 235 Smithfield Street, the girls taking care of the home while the mother worked on a WPA sewing project. Michael, now 19, has been employed learning the electrician trade in Youngstown.
Surviving the Denako girls are three brothers, Michael, of Youngstown and John and Peter and a sister, Jane Denako at home. It was stated that Lena Denako had an exceptional scholastic record at Union High School where she attended school.
Services for the two Denako girls will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Simpson M.E. Church. The bodies will be taken to the church from the Offutt Funeral Home at 2 o'clock. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening between 7 and 9 o'clock. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Katherine Souchek Denako (1887 - 1959)
Note: YEAR OF BIRTH IS ESTIMATED FROM AGE AT TIME OF DEATH.
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Record added: Apr 10, 2011
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