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Philip Ackerman

Hessen, Germany
Death 17 Sep 1894 (aged 54–55)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section F, Range B, Site 37.
Memorial ID 100514603 · View Source
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The Washington Post September 21, 1894
Ackerman. On Monday, the 17th instant, Philip Ackerman, native of Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany, aged fifty-five years. Funeral services at Glenwood Cemetery this afternoon at 3:30. Friends and relatives invited to attend.

The Washington Times September 20, 1894
Asking About Ackerman
Inquiry from Canada – His History – The Swede Reichman – Injured Man Better
At the morgue the detective saw Engineer Houchens. The latter said he knew Ackerman and was positive his body was still in the ruins. Ackerman was a German cabinetmaker, fifty-five years of age. He came, about two years ago, from Keyser, West Virginia, where reside his son and married daughter, Mrs. Henner. He boarded with his wife, aged sixty-five years, at No. 634 Massachusetts Avenue North.

On Monday Mrs. Ackerman was almost frenzied at the loss of her life companion. They lived directly opposite the scene of the fire, which she viewed all day, hoping hourly to see him or hear that he had been taken out or to the hospital alive and collapsed completely when she realized that he was among the burned ones in the heap of debris. Last night, however, she had rallied and was attempting to view her bereavement philosophically. One of her children arrived yesterday from West Virginia, but up to a late hour had not succeeded in identifying the remains of Ackerman.

The Evening Star September 18, 1894
Bodies Recovered
Four Have Already Been Taken From the Ruins
Fatality At The Stumph Fire
Two More Believed to Be Yet Under the Debris
The Scenes Today
The firemen at Stumph's mattress factory yesterday afternoon proved to be far more serious, so far as loss of life was at first supposed. Up to 3 o'clock it was not certain beyond a doubt that anyone had been killed, but, as stated in The Star yesterday afternoon, the body of one man was found in the ruins just before the paper was going to press. By the time that darkness had settled over the scene of the accident it was known that at least five men had lost their lives in the great conflagration.

Finding the Dead Bodies
Within two hours of the time the fire started it had burned out so completely that after streams of water had been thrown for a while upon the smoldering ruins it was possible to begin the work of clearing away the walls and rafters to find out whether there was any truth in the rumor that several men had gone down in the fall of the building. Shortly after 3 o'clock an entrance was made from the K Street side of the building. It was a difficult undertaking, but, little by little, the firemen forced their way through to the spot where it was thought the dead would be found. In a few moments the workers had uncovered the first body…..

Four Men Still Missing
Of the four bodies that were at the morgue last evening only two were identified…..Up to a late hour four men were still missing and it was feared that they, too, had lost their lives. They were….Philip Ackerman, a German cabinet maker….

A Talk With Mr. Walter Stumph
Mr. Walter Stumph, one of the proprietors of the factory, was at the scene all day and in conversation with a Star reporter, said that all the men missing, as well as those identified, were at work on the fourth floor.

There were seven men at work there, he remarked, and I thought, last night, that all of them had been lost, but this morning I saw one of them around here – I don't know his name – so there are six to be account for. …. I believe there are two bodies still in the ruins. The four missing men, therefore, are …. Philip Ackerman, a cabinet maker, who was employed on folding beds; Robert Reitzell, a weaver of spring beds and a German who was employed only four or five days ago, but who lived with Ackerman over there across the street at No. 634 Massachusetts Avenue.

Inquiry at No. 634 developed the German's name to have been Philip Reichman, was also a cabinet maker, whose specialty was making folding beds.

The Evening Star September 19, 1894
Bodies Identified
In the meantime, the identity of the charred bodies which had been lying at the morgue since their recovery has been established. The third body taken from the ruins Monday was proven to be that of Philip Reichman, the German cabinet maker, who had been employed but a short while in the Stumph factory and who lived with Philip Ackerman, another victim, at 634 New York Avenue. ….. With the recovery of poor Reitzell's body the workmen redoubled their efforts to find the corpse of Philip Ackerman, which was supposed to be the only other body remaining in the ruins and all night long, beneath a steady downpour of rain, the search was unremittingly prosecuted.





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