1893 - WILLIAM E. CHAPMAN KILLED.; Crushed by a Tree Weakened by Last Week's Cyclone -- Escape of His Son.
One of the victims of the cyclone of last week was William E. Chapman, the well-known President of the Chapman Wrecking Company. Early on Thursday, the morning after the storm, Mr. Chapman left his Summer home at Preston, Conn., with his son, Isaac E. Chapman, for the railway station. As they drove along the road a tree, which had been weakened by the fury of the storm, toppled over and fell upon their wagon, crushing them and their vehicle to the ground.
The horses broke loose, and as they ran wildly along the road and to the railroad station, they were recognized and it was at once surmised that some member of the Chapman family had met with an accident. Searchers were immediately sent out in a wagon, and it was not long before they found the wrecked wagon and its passengers.
Mr. Chapman was found pinioned to the ground by the fallen tree. He was covered with blood, his skull having been pierced by a splinter from the tree. His son was also held fast to the earth by the tree.
Father and son had been under the fallen tree an hour before relief arrived. Both men, who still breathed, were at once taken to their home, where the elder Chapman died in a few hours. Mr. Chapman's son was not seriously injured, but he suffered from mental and physical shock.
Mr. Chapman's body was brought to his home, at 104 Taylor Street, Brooklyn, where funeral services were held yesterday morning. The pall bearers were officers of the Chapman Wrecking Company and Captains of the fleet - C. F. S. Snyder, A. M. Smith, W. T. Leathbridge, Capt. L. L. Sealy, Capt. George Eral, Capt. T. A. Kennedy, and Thomas T. Quackenbush.
Mr. Chapman leaves a wife and three sons - Isaac E. Chapman, W. L. Chapman, and A. Nelson Chapman, and a daughter, Mrs. Edward Buchanan. He took a warm interest in church affairs, and was a prominent member of the First Baptist Church, Brooklyn. He contributed liberally toward the city missions connected with that church.
In early life Mr. Chapman was interested in the manufacture of brick, but for the past seventeen years he had devoted himself to the recovery of vessels and other property lost at sea. Mr. Chapman was in his sixty-first year. Isaac Chapman will probably succeed his father as President of the Chapman Wrecking Company.
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 29, 1893
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