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Brooklyn Daily Eagle for April 11

Ethel Kennedy. Wikipedia photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 101st day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of April 11, 1902, carried a story about a man, Benjamin Schaefell of Graham Avenue in Bushwick, who fatally shot Emma Gross of Hamburg Avenue, then shot himself. Mrs. Gross had refused to accept Schaefell’s son as a tenant in her small apartment house, where she also maintained her own apartment. Schaefell came over, started arguing with her, and things got out of hand.

The article went on to read that because of all the noise, some of the other tenants ran to Mrs. Gross’ apartment, but when they saw Schaefell waving a gun, they ran out and called the police. When Schaefell saw that the police and the pursuing tenants had caught up with him, he shot himself.

As for Hamburg Avenue, there’s a good reason why you haven’t heard of it. Its name was changed to Wilson Avenue during World War I because of anti-German sentiment.

Well-known people who were born today include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman; Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy; actress Louise Lasser (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”), former baseball player Bret Saberhagen and actor Joel Grey (“Cabaret,” “The Seven Percent Solution”).

April 11, 2013 - 9:15am


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