Edward Peters

1881 Oswego, New York 1907 Syracuse, New York



Continuation of tree (5th child of Jean Baptiste Alphonse Pitre/Mary Rock; all known surname descendants:

               8           Edward Peters  b: March 1881  Oswego, Oswego, NY; d: 5 November 1907  (Grimesville) East Syracuse, Onondaga, NY

                                    +Mary Langton  b: Abt. 1881  New York; m: Abt. 1903; d: 2 April 1915  Oswego, Oswego, NY

                            9              Anna May Peters  b: 13 August 1903  Oswego, Oswego, NY; d: 5 September 1975  Oswego, Oswego, NY

                                               +Samuel Edward Henderson  b: 2 March 1900  Oswego, Oswego, NY; m: 2 August 1921  Oswego, Oswego, NY [David/Malvina Dubreil]; d: 3 June 1953  Oswego, Oswego, NY

                            9              Dorothy K. Peters  b: 18 November 1905  East Syracuse, Onondaga, NY; d: 5 December 1989  Syracuse, Onondaga, NY

                                               +Nicholas DeStafano  b: 12 January 1899  New York; m: Abt. 1923; d: July 1982  Syracuse, Onondaga, NY

                            9              Edward William Peters  b: 7 December 1907  East Syracuse, Onondaga, NY; d: 25 July 1975  Oswego, Oswego, NY

                                               +Helen Mary Bushie  b: 24 January 1908  Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY; m: 10 May 1938  Oswego, Oswego, NY; d: 18 May 1992  Oswego, Oswego, NY



Notes for Edward Peters:


- 1905 DeWitt, Onondaga, New York:  Edward Peters 23 brakeman, wife Mary 23, Anna M. 1, sister Anna 17


- 1910 Oswego, Oswego, NY:  Herman Schwartz 36 blacksmith/in shop, 2nd wife Marey 27, Helen 12, William 11 months, stepchildren Anna M. 7, Dorothy 5, Edward 3.


- 1920 Oswego, Oswego, NY:  Widower Herman Schwartz 46 blacksmith/shade cloth, stepchildren Anna May Peters 16 wrapper/match fact., Dorothy Peters 14, Edward Peters 12; children William Schwartz 18, Marion Schwartz 9, Marguerite Schwartz 5, widowed mother Lena Schwartz 70.


Obituary:  Syracuse Journal, Tuesday, 5 November 1907:  Peters Roasted to Death - Conductor of East Syracuse Killed - Others hurt near Buffalo:  In a rear end collision between two sections of a New York Central fast freight train at Grimesville, near Buffalo early this morning, conductor Edward Peters of East Syracuse was killed and flagman Claude Stevens of Gertrude Street, this city, was badly injured.  The two trains were east bound and the engine of the second section smashed into the caboose of the first train.  The second engine telescoped the caboose, piled up a half-dozen cars and demolished a number of others.  The four tracks were obstructed for several hours and the body of the dead man and Stevens, suffering from severe injuries were dug from the debris.  The wreck occurred at 1 a.m.  Conductor Peters met a frightful death.  He was in the caboose of the forward train when the crash came, and was pinned under a mass of debris.  The wreckage caught fire and before he could be extricated, he was roasted to death.  Mr. Stevens, the flagman, was buried underneath the wreckage and was dug out by members of the crew of the other train.  Mr. Stevens lives at 230 Gertrude street.  The engineer and fireman of the locomotive of the second train escaped death miraculously.  Both leaped from the engine just before it struck the caboose, and they were but slightly bruised.  All four tracks of the Central were obstructed for several hours.  Wrecking crews from Buffalo and Rochester went to the scene.  Just where the responsibility for the collision will be placed is not known.  At the scene of the wreck this morning inquiry as to who was responsible was met with the reply that an investigation to fix the blame will be carried on, at the Central office at Syracuse.  Trackman Stevens, seeing the collision inevitable, hadn't time to warn the occupants of the caboose and jumped, but on the wrong side.  The wreckage fell to the south and he was caught in it and was badly squeezed.  He was rescued before the flames reached him.  Before assistance arrived the flames were leaping around the cars on all sides, and it was learned that Conductor Peters was missing.  An effort was made to locate the imprisoned man, but the flames drove the rescuers back.  The village firemen were summoned, but with one small engine were unable to accomplish anything that would help the rescuers.  The wrecked cars burned for hours, and then the charred remains of the conductor were carried out.  Dr. Dwell of Lancaster was called to attend Stevens and found him suffering from several fractured ribs, bruises of the face and head and a gashed hip.  He was taken to Syracuse.  Stevens stated that he was standing with his lantern at the rear of the first train.  The second train, which was drawn by a double header of engines the first of which was ----, had entered the block, and to all appearances was coming to a slow stop.  He entered the caboose, but came out within a few seconds, an instant before the collision.  The cars and the forward locomotive were a total loss.  Mr. Peters had recently been promoted to conductor and was returning from Buffalo to his home when killed.  He had lived at East Syracuse for five years, previous to that living at Oswego.  He had been connected with the Central since coming to East Syracuse.  The body was sent to East Syracuse and Undertaker Andrew Behr took charge of it.  Mr. Peters is survived by his wife and two children.  He was 26 years old.

Syracuse Journal, Friday, 15 November 1907:  Mary E. Peters, widow of Edward Peters, has been appointed administratrix in order to sue the New York Central for Peters' death at Grimesville on Nov. 4.

Oswego Daily Times, Monday, 17 May 1915:  Estelle Fitzgerald was appointed guardian of Anna M., Dorothy and Edward Peters, children of Edward Peters, who died in 1908.  The mother died last month.  The children have a one-third interest in $4,000 paid to the estate of Edward Peters in settlement of an action.

Oswego Palladium, Tuesday, 18 May 1915: Estelle Fitzgerald asked for letters of guardianship on Anna M., Dorothy and Edward Peters, whose mother died on April 2d, and who are each entitled to a third -- 1,283.07, the balance of $4,000 received from the New York Central for the death of their father, Edward, who was killed in East Syracuse in 1908.

Oswego Daily Times, Tuesday, 18 May 1915: The Times inadvertently stated in its report of Surrogate's Court yesterday that Estelle Fitzgerald had been appointed guardian of Anna M., Dorothy and Edward Peters, children of Edward Peters, who died here in 1908,  This was an error.  The matter was before Surrogate Miller yesterday but was adjourned until Monday next when a hearing will be given to all the parties interested.  The children have each a one-fourth interest in $4,000 paid to the estate of their father by the New York Central in settlement of a claim for his death.

Oswego Daily Times, Monday, 12 July 1815:  By agreement of the parties interested Herman Swertz, stepfather, has been appointed guardian of Anna May, Dorothy and Edward Peters, who are entitled to about $1,200 from the estate of their father, Edward Peters, who died in Syracuse several years ago.


Tombstone Inscription, St. Paul's Cemetery, Oswego:  Edward / Peters / 1881 - 1907  [photo included on Find-a-Grave site]


Obituaries for the children:

Anna Mae Peters:  Syracuse Post Standard (Syracuse, NY), 8 September 1975:  Mrs. Anna Mae Henderson.  Oswego - Mrs. Anna Mae Henderson, 75, for many years a resident of 32 First ave., died Friday at Oswego Hospital.  She was a life resident of Oswego and a member of Quattrini-Dehm Post 5885, VFW auxiliary, and the Oswego senior citizens group.  She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.  She was the widow of Samuel Henderson.  Surviving are two sons, Edward of Long Island and George W. of Oswego; three daughters, Mrs. Edward Beshures of Oswego, and Mrs. Robert Bailey and Mrs. Raymond Denson of Mexico; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. Marian Deveraux of Syracuse, Mrs. Dorothy DeSteffano of Solvay, Mrs. Helen Morton and Miss Margaret Schwartz, both of Oswego.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the home of Mrs. Thomas Joyce, 193 W. Bridge St., and at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church.  Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by P. J. Cullinan and Sons Funeral Home.

Tombstone Inscription, St. Peters Cemetery, Oswego:  HENDERSON / son / George W. / 1931 - 1983 / mother / Anna Mae / 1903 - 1975  //  Samuel E. / Henderson / 1900 - 1953


Edward Peters:  Syracuse Herald American (NY), 27 July 1975:  Edward W. Peters, 67,  resident of 170 West Sixth St. died unexpectedly Friday afternoon.  He was born in East Syracuse, son of the late Edward and Mary Peters.  Mr. Peters had resided in Oswego for the past 50 years.  He had been employed by the New York Central and Penn Central Railroads for about 25 years and retired as brakeman about five years ago.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.  Surviving with his wife, Helen Mary Bushie Peters, Oswego, are a son, Edward W. Peters, Jr., two grandchildren, of Oswego, and five sisters, Mrs. Marian Devereaux, Syracuse; Mrs. Dorothy DeStaffano, Solvay; Mrs. Anna Mae Henderson, Mrs. Helen Morton and Miss Margaret Schwartz, all of Oswego.  Funeral services will be held from the P. J. Cullinan's Sons Funeral Home, Monday, at 8:30 a.m. and at St. Mary's Church at 9 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday between the hours of 2 and 4.

Tombstone Inscriptions:  St. Pauls Cemetery, Oswego:  PETERS / Edward W. / 1907 - 1975 / Helen M. / 1908 - 1992



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