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William S. McConnell
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Birth: 1869
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1910
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

One of 13 Philadelphia firefighters who died in the horrendous Friedlander Leather Remnants factory fire on December 21st and 22nd, 1910. The walls of the factory collapsed on the firefighters. The fire remains the worst death toll in Philadelphia Fire Department history. A ceremony was held at the location of the site at 3rd Street and Girard Avenue in December 2010 commemorating 100 years since the disaster. The area is the site of an apartment complex and stores.

The Philadelphia Press; Sunday, December 25, 1910, Page 7:

"McCONNELL Suddenly, on December 22, 1910, William S., husband of Mary McConnell (nee McDonald), aged 41 years. Relatives and friends, also Captain Philip R. Schuyler Circle, No. 49, B. of A.; James G. Blaine Council, No. 766, O. of I. A.; Anti-Cobden Club, and Philadelphia Fire Department, are invited to attend the funeral services, on Sunday, at 2 P. M., at the First Mennonite Church, Diamond Street, near 5th. Interment private."

His parents were John McConnell, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and Rachel Jones, born in Philadelphia, PA.

Cause of death: He died on the way to Roosevelt Hospital (now defunct). Cause of death: "General injuries and burns accidentally received by collapse of wall at a fire at 1132 Bodine Street in performance of his duty. Said fire originating by overheated stove in drying room." 
Northwood Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Donna Di Giacomo
Record added: Jun 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92161383
William S. McConnell
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