Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Heinrich "Henry" Fromm

Male Cal 1858 - 1878  (~ 20 years)


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  • Name Heinrich "Henry" Fromm 
    Born CALC 10 Jan 1858  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lutheran 
    Misfortune 1878 
    killed in accident 
    Name Henry Fromm 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-138942 
    Died 30 Sep 1878  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I138942  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Carl Fromm,   b. CALC 27 Dec 1827, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1878, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Wilhelmina,   b. 1825, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F33954  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • DEATH IN A PIT: TWO MEN BURIED ALIVE AND SMOTHERED TO DEATH - HEARTBREAKING SCENE.

      At about a quarter to twelve o'clock this (Monday) fore-noon, a report came to town that Carl Fromm and his son Henry had been buried twenty feet underground. As a matter of course there was a rush of the people of the Town to the place of the accident - about a quarter of a mile behind the Grand Trunk Station. It took over two hours of hard work before the men were got out and both were dead. Perhaps the best way to describe the sad event is to take the information received from George Helm, a young man who was helping. Mr. Fromm, Senior, was the owner of a piece of ground, near the Waterloo Branch of the Railway on which is a marsh covering about half an acre - he conceived the idea of draining this piece of waste land by digging through an embankment about 100 feet across, at the middle of which the depth would be about 25 feet, and sloping at both ends. The greater part of the work was done, as they finished it in sections, by putting in a wooden tile and then covering it up. They got more than half through when the accident happened. This morning they engaged young Helm to help them, and at the time of the accident he was right between the other two. The ditch was boarded up at the sides, but that did not seem to be sufficient. They all saw that it was dangerous to stay any longer, and decided to get out and put in another piece of tile. But just that instant the side caved in. They all three jumped and struggled to keep above the falling sand, but Helm was the only one that succeeded. He happened to catch hold of a plank and thus helped himself somewhat. He was covered right up to the shoulders, but worked himself out. The others were covered entirely. As soon as Helm got out he called for help, which a man nearby heard. He commenced to dig the others out, and succeeded in uncovering both of them down below the shoulders. Henry kept shrieking "for God's sake help me out!" But they were so fastened in that they could not get out, when another fall of earth took place and they were again totally covered up. He was then exhausted and could do no more, but other help arrived, and with great exertions on the part of many of our citizens, they were again reached and their heads uncovered. Dr. Wright examined them and found they were both dead. But they were wedged in that it still took a considerable time to get them out. At last, however, at about half-past 2 o'clock, they were got out, and as already stated were corpses. The scenes presented by the members of the family, when they saw their dead brought out, can better be imagined than described. The old man was about 50 and Henry about 20. Both were highly respected by all who knew them. Henry had for some time been a clerk with Mr. Moffat, and lately with Mr. C.E. Moyer. The father had for many years been in the employ of Mr. Breithaupt. We presume Dr. Wright will hold an inquest.

      BERLIN DAILY NEWS SEPTEMBER 30th, 1878

  • Sources 
    1. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 62.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 3 Oct 1878.
      Died 30 Sep 1878 Heinrich Fromm died in Berlin at the age of 20 years, 8 months and 20 days

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 10 Jan 1858 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Sep 1878 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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