436. Edith Gladys10 DOTY (Edward Milton9, John H.8, Samuel S.7, Elizabeth6 SUTTON, Uriah5, Zebulon4, Patience3 MARTIN, John2, John1) was born in Roselle Park, Union County, New Jersey November 23, 1902.(518) Edith died August 20, 1959 at Memorial Center in New York City, New York County, New York at 56 years of age.(519) She was interred August 22, 1959 at Fairview Cemetery, Arborvale Section, Lot 4148 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.(520)
She married twice. She married Edward Nash MARSHALL February 14, 1925 at First Presbyterian Church in Bound Brook, Somerset County, New Jersey.(521) Edward was born April 1901 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Edward was the son of Robert Albertsen MARSHALL and Gertrude M. HARDWICK. Edward died May 9, 1929 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey at 28 years of age.(522) He was interred May 1929 at Fairview Cemetery, Ward C, Lot 47, Grave 1 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.(523)
Edward Marshall was born in New York and moved to Cranford, NJ at an early age. He attended local schools and, later, the Peekskill Military Academy, Peekskill, NY.
The following marriage announcement appeared in the March 5, 1925 edition of the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle newspaper:
Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Doty of 5 Kensington avenue, Cranford, announce the marriage of their daughter, Edith Gladys, to Edward Nash Marshall of 405 Union avenue, North, February 14, at Bound Brook, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Clifford O. Blanton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
Accounts of the aircraft accident which resulted in Edward's death appeared in the May 16, 1929 edition of the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle, the May 10, 1929 edition of the Camden Evening Courier, and the May 10, 1929 edition of the Camden Morning Post which is quoted as follows:
PLANE HURTLES OWNER TO DOOM NEAR MT. HOLLY AS MOTOR DIES
CRANFORD MAN AND MARYLAND PILOT FALL 1000 FEET
WHEN SECOND-HAND SHIP SUDDENLY NOSEDIVES
FACING DEATH BRAVELY, VICTIM DIRECTS RESCUE
PINNED DOWN BY ENGINE, EDWARD MARSHALL LIVES
TO REACH HOSPITAL AND SEE PAL GET CHANCE TO SURVIVE
FARMER LEADS RESCUE
Mt Holly, May 9. - A passenger in his newly-owned Waco No.9 plane hurtled to his death near here tonight when motor trouble sent the craft 1000 feet into a field 250 yards from a farmhouse. His pilot was injured seriously, but has a chance of recovery.
Edward M. Marshall, 27, Locust avenue, Cranford, lay dying in the wreckage, the plane's motor rammed in his stomach, and directed the rescue of himself and Walter Becker, 42, Hebron. Md., the pilot, that brought speedy removal to the Burlington County Hospital. For himself only death awaited, for his partner - a chance.
The accident occurred at 8 p.m., just as dusk was falling. Motorists and rural folk noticed the plane in the air, circling, banking, its motor sputtering. It was over the countryside perhaps 10 or 15 minutes. Suddenly the engine died as William Reed watched from his farmhouse. The plane plunged in a nosedive. A second later it was over, and the craft lay twisted and broken with its victims pinned under it.
FARMER GOES TO RESCUE
Reed, who had been watching the maneuvering with John Gardner and his two sons, Nelson, 20, amd Joseph, 17, his employees, ran the 250 yards to the machine. Both the occupants were conscious, barely visible in the wreckage.
"The engine's in my stomach," Marshall groaned. "Put the plane on its Wheels."
Four shoulders heaved to the task and the Waco turned over. But the wreckage still held fast to his foot. The rescuers wrenched it loose with a crowbar.
Becker, less tenaciously held in the debris, was freed and motorists who had seen the fall were ready for a two mile run to the hospital here. They are Charles Sahol and Stephen Wagner, both of Roebling.
DRIVEN TO HOSPITAL
The Roebling man's automobile, which had drawn up into Burrs road, leading to the Ellis farmhouse, about 150 yards off the Burlington-Mt. Holly road, took the injured to the hospital.
Both men were conscious all the way. Marshall, game to the last, dying and knowing it, talked but little as the pain of his punctured vitals gradually weakened him. Becker told of the difficulties in the air.
"Marshall bought the machine in Philadelphia today from Starlighter, Inc. We took off from the Philadelphia airport and were on our way to Cranford, where he had lived. He had paid $1450 for the machine second-hand.
MOTOR FAILS SUDDENLY
"We were making good time and were over Mt. Holly when suddenly something went wrong. The motor began sputtering and I started looking for a place to land. It looked bad. Then the motor stopped and we went into a nose dive. That's all."
The two men were in the hospital 20 minutes after the crash and Marshall died at 8:25 as surgeons were preparing to operate.
Marshall had a private pilot's license and had been an aviation enthusiast for several years.
Coroner Benjamin F. Farmer, Burlington County, issued a certificate of death and took charge of the body. He announced he would begin an investigation immediately with Ellis H. Parker, chief of county detectives.
She married James Campbell Watson RANKIN Jr. October 28, 1930 at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.(524) James was born November 10, 1897 at 340 Centennial Avenue in Cranford, Union County, New Jersey.(525) James was the son of James Campbell Watson RANKIN and Caroline A. RAMSIN. James died May 18, 1966 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey at 68 years of age.(526) He was interred May 21, 1966 at Fairview Cemetery, Arborvale Section, Lot 4148 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.(527)
James Rankin was born and lived on Centennial Avenue in Cranford, NJ from 1897 until 1959. When he was about seventeen years old he began a trucking business. The 1915 NJ Census lists he and his brother David as Coal Dealers. During World War I, he hauled military airplanes from a factory in New Jersey to a training facility on Long Island. In the nineteen twenties and thirties he was primarily engaged in hauling and selling sand, gravel, brick and other building materials. He worked as a Lathe Operator in a factory producing Anti-Aircraft Guns during World War II. He worked as a Truck Driver for a Building Supply Company during 1945. After an extended period of disability, the result of internal hemorrhaging probably caused by an aortic aneurysm, he returned to work as a Crane Operator at a Stone Quarry until his retirement in 1958.
In early 1959, he sold the home where he had lived his entire life and moved to Toms River, NJ. Following the death of his wife, Edith, that same year, he lived alone there until his death. He died in 1966, following surgery to remove a brain tumor.
The following obituary appeared in the May 20, 1966 edition of the Newark News newspaper:
JAMES RANKIN JR.
TOMS RIVER - James Rankin Jr. of 1062 Bay Ave. died Wednesday in Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. He was 68.
Born in Cranford, Mr. Rankin moved here seven years ago. He worked as a crane operator in the Summit Stone Quarry for 10 years until his retirement in 1958.
He leaves two sons, Milton J. of Rome, N.Y., and John R. of Fanwood; a stepson, Robert E. Marshall of Forked River; a brother, David of Cranford; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Ward of Cranford and Mrs. Florence Porter in Florida, and 11 grandchildren.
Services will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Gray's Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield.
OCT 1930-APR 1959 Cranford, Union Co., NJ (340 Centennial Avenue)
APR 1959-MAY 1966 Toms River, Ocean Co., NJ (1062 Bay Avenue)
Edith's family had moved from where she was born in Roselle Park to Mountainside by 1905 when the NJ State Census was taken. At the time of the US Census of 1910 the family was in Cranford. The family was living in Westfield when censuses were taken in 1915 and 1920.
In the early nineteen twenties she accompanied her parents and her younger brother John to Daytona Beach, Florida where they lived for a short time before returning to New Jersey.
Shortly after she and her second husband, James, moved to Toms River, NJ in early 1959, she was diagnosed as having cancer. She died of complications resulting from the cancer.
The following obituary appeared in the August 20, 1959 edition of the Plainfield Courier-News newspaper:
MRS. JAMES RANKIN JR.
Westfield - Mrs. Edith G. Rankin, 56, of 1062 Bay Ave., Toms River, a former Westfield resident, died in Memorial Center, New York City today (Aug. 20, 1959) after a long illness. She was the wife of James Rankin Jr.
Born in Roselle Park, Mrs. Rankin had lived in Toms River about a year. Before that she lived in Cranford 29 years and prior to that in Westfield.
She is survived besides her husband by three sons, John R. Rankin of Cranford, Milton J. Rankin of Toms River and Robert E. Marshall of New Market; one sister, Mrs. Olive Wesp of Point Pleasant; two brothers, Milton S. Doty of Point Pleasant Beach and John H. Doty of San Pedro, Calif., and six grandchildren.
Services will be held in Gray's Saturday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Richard Hardman, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Edith Gladys DOTY and Edward Nash MARSHALL had the following child:
Edith Gladys DOTY and James Campbell Watson RANKIN Jr. had the following children:
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