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Helene Orabinec
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1925
Death: Jul. 7, 1938
New Castle
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA



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. Katherine Orabinec, mother of Helene Orabinec is a widow, her husband dying 10 years ago. She had managed to keep her family together, however. Today she is a very ill woman suffering from a heart ailment and the terrible accident yesterday has further aggravated her condition.

Surviving little Helene Orabinec are her mother, Mrs. Katherine Orabinec, four brothers and a sister, Nick and George, of this city; John of Clairton, Pa, Joseph of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Stull of New Castle. Helen would have been 14 years of age on August 2, the mother stated.

The services for Helene Orabinec will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home at 15 Walter Street. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church and the pastor, Rev. Paul Chernyavsky will be in charge. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. 
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  Katharina Orabinec (1885 - 1938)
Greenwood Cemetery
New Castle
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Apr 10, 2011
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Helene Orabinec
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 Added: Apr. 10, 2011

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