|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1881|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1923|
Enos D. Achenbach, Formerly of Plainfield Tsp., Killed at Allentown
Buried beneath twenty tons of pea coal which he was unloading from a car in the yard of the Allentown Supply Company, 123 Hamilton street, that city, Enos D. Achenbach, 247 North Ninth street, Allentown, senior member of the firm, died from suffocation and other injuries suffered when struck down by the avalanche of coal at 10:30 o'clock yesterday morning. He was 41 years of age.
Mr. Achenbach shortly after the car had been "spotted" on the company's siding, prepared to have it unloaded. Accompanied by George Snyder, for years an employee in the yard, he mounted the storage bin, crawled beneath the car to open the trap which would release the coal from the carrier. The heavy iron trap-door dropped and knocked Mr. Achenbach from his perch. Fully twenty tons piled upon the unfortunate man before the bin was filled to a point where further release of coal from the car was impossible. In the meantime, Mr. Snyder ran into the company's office for help. Except the stenographer, a young woman, there was no one in the office. He ran to the warehouse of Reichenbach & Son, and there secured the aid of Arthur D. Reichenbach and Truman Fogel. Mr. Fogel ran to the bin and Mr. Reichenbach apprised city hall of the accident and ran across the street to Swift & Company's plant, where several men were secured to aid in digging out Mr. Achenbach. News of Mr. Achenbach's tragic death came as a great shock to his many friends and business associates. His widow, Laura, and his only daughter, Helen A., are prostrated .
Besides his immediate family, Mr. Achenbach is survived by these brothers and sisters: Louis, Plainfield township; Edward Bangor; Mrs. Lucinda Gaum, East Bangor; and Mrs. Minnie Hahn, Bangor. Scenes at the Achenbach home were exceedingly pathetic. Mr. Achenbach's success in business had led to the purchase of a beautiful home which the family was to occupy this week. All of the furniture in the North Ninth street apartment was packed ready for transfer and the news of his death came at a time when mother and daughter were planning great things for their new home. Brief funeral services will be held at his late home at 12:15 o'clock with regular services in Plainfield Reformed church at 2:30 p.m. .
Interment will follow in the cemetery adjoining the church.
For ten minutes a group of eight men, including Snyder, Reichenbach and Fogel, worked feverishly. Ton after ton of coal was turned out of the pit and four feet down Mr. Achenbach's body was found. Mr. Fogel and Mr. Snyder drew him out of the coal just as he was breathing his last. In the meantime quite a crowd had been attracted to the scene and the almost lifeless form was placed in an automobile and rushed to the Allentown hospital. Mr. Achenbach, however, had passed away when the machine arrived at the hospital. Mr. Achenbach, though only in Allentown for three years, made many friends. He was born in Plainfield township the son of David and Sabina Ruth Achenbach and was in his forty-second year. For years he served in clerical capacities with firms around Bangor. When he came to Allentown he purchased the coal and ice business of E. J. Lumley and entered a partnership with Charles Gerlacher, trading as the Allentown Supply Co. From the outset the two were successful, gradually adding to their lines until today the firm handled complete stocks of poultry accessories and feed.
Pub.Easton Express 6/29/1923 Easton PA.Plainfield Cemetery, Plainfield Twp., PA
Created by: Tom Romano
Record added: Feb 16, 2013
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