NORRIS-KEPPLE - On Monday, July 10, 1911, at 11 a.m.,
at Manchester, Ohio, FANNIE KEPPLE (nee Ryan), beloved wife
of Michael Kepple.
Funeral from chapel of J.J Flannery & Bro., Grant
street, on Thursday morning, July 13.
Pittsburgh Press, 25 February 1923, Page 1
"Woman Dies of Burns"
Mrs. Beatrice Ryan of 1031 Gibbon St., died at 11 p. m.
yesterday in the Mercy hospital of burns received early in
the day when her clothing caught fire from a gas fire in her
28 February 1923, Page 36
RYAN -- On Sat., Feb. 24, 1923, at 10:50 p.m. at the Mercy
Hospital, Beatrice, widow of George Ryan and mother of
Charles A. Gardner. Funeral from her late residence, 1031
Gibbon st., on Wed. morning, Feb. 28 at 8:30 o'clock.
Requiem high mass at the Church of the Epiphany at 9 o'clock.
Friends of the family . . .
Mrs. Beatrice Ryan, aged 48 years, widow of George Ryan, of
1031 Gibbon st., died Sat. in the Mercy hospital. She was
born in Shenandoah, Pa., and had been a resident of
Pittsburgh most all of her life. She was a member of the
Epiphany Catholic church. She is survived by a son Charles
A. Gardner of Pittsburgh, a daughter Mrs. Mamie Fisher of
Tyrone, PA. and a sister Mary Kirkwood of Sheraden.
Pittsburgh Press, 20 August 1904
CROSSED WIRES WROUGHT HAVOC
Two Killed and Many Shocked by Electricity On Penn Avenue
Crossed wires and poor insulation caused by
yesterday's rain, resulted in the death of two persons, the
shocking of half a hundred others and setting fire to a number
of houses in the Penn avenue district.
About 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, the illuminating wires of the Allegheny
Heat & Light Co., between Sixteenth and Twenty-eighth streets,
became surcharged with 2,000 volts of electricity,
simultaneously discharging with a noise that threw many
sections into terror. In several places the wires, unable
to stand the strain, snapped off and fell to the street,
telephones were charged with current, so that those who tried
to use them were severely shocked, and fires broke out in
many places. The district affected by the accident was in
darkness last night.
The dead are: John Hock, Jr., of Lowrie street, Troy
Hill, Allegheny, aged 24 years and married, salesman in the
commission house of Henry Wett?, of No. 1704 Penn avenue ,
and George Ryan , of No. 418 Grant Street, Millvale, aged 28
years and married, employed in the wholesale liquor store of
Theodore Geiselhart, No. 1919 Penn avenue. Hock met his
death while attempting to turn on the electric light. The
instant his hand touched the metallic socket, he screamed and
stood transfixed. After the current had been turned off he
fell to the floor dead. Ryan was washing bottles in the
cellar of Geiselhart's establishment when he noticed the fuse
burn out, leaving the place in darkness. He attempted to
screw the socket into place, and was thrown across the room
by the shock. He cried for help, but was dead when found.
In the saloon of P. J. Donley, the sudden increase in
current charged the brass spigots and the damp floor and
counter as well as the beer. Joseph Garvin, the bartender,
was severely shocked, as were also Peter Schmidt, of Mulberry
alley, and Frank Mullen, of Mulberry alley, who were drinking
in the place. The counter and ice chest burst out in flames,
but the fire was easily extinguished.
At the Iron City Produce Co., Charles Muehlbronner
and John Harvey were shocked.
In P. C. Shilling's drug store,
at Penn avenue and Twenty-first street, the soda water became
charged with electricity. At the Twenty-eighth street
pharmacy, bottles were knocked from the shelves and
considerable damage was done. In the No. 7 Engine House all
lights were out and the ceiling caught fire.
district, affected by the accident, the people rushed out
into the street greatly excited, expecting at any moment for
their homes to be set afire by falling wires.