Thomas Cusack of Brookfield drowned at the factory


Publication: The New Brunswick Times

New Brunswick, NJ, United States
p. 1, col. 1




Thomas Cusack, Employee of

the Brookfield Glass Works

at Old Bridge

Drowned in a Hatch.


Missed at Luncheon the Hatch

Was Emptied and His Body

Found at the Bottom.

Thomas Cusack fell from a elevator, a distance of ten feet, into a hatch containing a preparation for making glass and was drowned yesterday at the Brookfield Glass Works at Old Bridge. His death was purely accidental.

Cusack is a Russian Pole and was a sober and industrious workman. He was about forty-five years of age and had been in the employ of the Brookfield works for several years. He has a wife and family living in Europe and also has a brother residing at Old Bridge.

How Cusack really met his death will never be known for not a single workiman saw him fall. Coroner John Hubbard, of this city, made a careful investigation yesterday and it is his belief that Cusack had an attack of appolexy and fell over into the hatch.

It was stated last evening at Old Bridge that Cusack was subject to apoplectic attacks.

Cusack probably met his death between 11.30 and 1.30 o'clock. He was last seen alive at 11.30 o'clock by one of the workman. He was then working on the elevator, which was directly above the hatch. On this elevator cars are transported with the compound ready to be put into the hatch. Cusack had charge of dumping these cars. Although the theory is advanced that he was stricken with apoplexy he could have slipped and. losing his balance, tumbled into the hatch.

Following the noon-day luncheon Cusack was missed by the foreman. Cusack was never known to be late. When he did not report at his post at 1.30 o'clock, the foreman became alarmed and ordered a search for him. It was then recalled that Cusack didn't leave the plant with the other workmen for his luncheon.

The hatch into which Cusack had fallen is six feet in depth. The contents were emptied out and on the bottom laid Cusack. His body was removed and Coroner Hubbard notified. After an investigation a permit for burial was issued by the coroner. Undertaker William Morgan, of South River, took charge of the body and had it removed to his morgue. No arrangements have yet been made for the burial.

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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:July 12, 2010 by: Bob Stahr;