Martha Minnie Cerwinsky

Martha Minnie Cerwinsky

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Jul 1911 (aged 18)
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Paint, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 77874719 · View Source
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Parents Andrew d. 1909 and Regina Yentoch Cerwinsky who later married Michael Bonetta.
Siblings Augusta Scalese 1891 Charley 02/13/1896-08/01/1951, Paul 05/28/1897-04/01/1971, Annie 1901, Edith Emma Dill Varner 1903 and Willie 1905

ONE FOURTH VICTIM OUT AT WINDBER: Piece of Exploding Pipe Kills Girl Standing on Porch Watching the Fireworks
Tribune-Democrat, July 5, 1911
So far as Johnstown was concerned, the Fourth of July was celebrated generally in a safe and sane manner. A canvass of the physicians in the city failed to find many serious accidents. The most serious yet reported from outside the city occurred at Windber, where a young woman was killed in a most peculiar manner. Miss Martha Selinsky, eighteen years old, was standing with forty or fifty people on the second-story porch (The Juliette Balcony) of the Midway Hotel, watching the display of fireworks put off under the direction of the Windber Fire Company, on Graham Avenue. A number of pieces had been discharged without accident. A large skyrocket was placed in a piece of heavy steel pipe, six inches in diameter and three feet long. The pipe was used to guide the rockets into the air. There was a deafening report. The rocket had refused to leave the end of the pipe, which burst into many pieces. One of the pieces was hurled with terrible force to the porch of the Midway Hotel and Miss Selinsky dropped to the floor. She was struck on the right side of the neck, just above the shoulder. So great was the speed of the piece of pipe that it almost tore off her head. The jugular vein was severed and the spinal cord injured. Friends pulled her out from under the porch swing, where she had fallen, and Dr. Smith was hurriedly called. The girl died within ten minutes. The celebrators and the spectators, of whom there were probably 10,000 in front of the Midway Hotel, unaware that a girl had been killed, continued the celebration. When the news of the death spread, however, the gay crowd became hushed and the remaining fireworks were not set off. A remarkable fact in connection with the accident is that no one else was injured by the pieces of pipe, as far as can be learned. Windows in the Midway Hotel, in the Big Four store, and in the Mills building were broken, and a large hole was cut in the weatherboarding of the Big Four store. Miss Selinsky was very popular in Windber. For a number of years she clerked in the five-and-ten-cent store and for the past year was a clerk in the dry goods department of the Eureka Supply Company. Her father died about seven months ago. Her mother lives in Windber. The remains were taken in charge by Undertaker Meek, but no funeral arrangements had been made yet this afternoon.

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  • Added: 8 Oct 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 77874719
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Minnie Cerwinsky (4 Jan 1893–4 Jul 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 77874719, citing Mount Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Paint, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by gardengirl (contributor 47349735) .