Monday, January 21, 2013

A Peculiar Accident

Found at

Saturday Morning Citizen, Beverly, MA, 18 June 1892, page 2

"A Peculiar Accident
Alonzo Hoogerzeil, clerk for Mr. Joseph A. Wilson, met with a peculiar accident Wednesday noon.  He was leaning into a window to obtain some article, and as he did so he kicked a bottle of "pop."  The bottle exploded and a pice of flying glass struck him on the third finger of the right hand, cutting it to the bone at the knuckle.  He could not leave the store for he was alone.  Mr. Charles H. Woodbury was passing and he came in and bound up the finger, which was bleeding profusely.  As soon as Mr. Wilson returned the young man went to Dr. Stickney and had the wound dressed.  It is painful, but will heal all right and he will not lose the use of the finger."

Alonzo Hoogerzeil, son of Peter Hoogerzeil and Mary Etta Healey, was born 29 May 1875 in Beverly, Massachusetts, died 23 January 1946 in Beverly; married on 30 May 1895 in Danvers, Massachusetts to Mabel Thurston Cressey, daughter of Eben Flint Cressey and Elizabeth A. Whittier.  She was born 25 July 1874 in Danvers and died 27 September 1951 in Salem, Massachusetts.  Four children born in Beverly:

1.  Roland Gale, born 22 August 1895, died 14 March 1972 in Norfolk; married Helen Josephine Sullivan.
2.  Marion Cressey, born 15 January 1904, died 1953; married Charles Francis Howard
3.  Norman Peter, 10 October 1905, died 24 December 1992 in Danvers; married Helen Preble
4. Hilda Lucy, born 10 December 1915, died 13 May 2000; married Harold Kingston

Alonzo was my 2nd great grand uncle, brother to my great grandmother, Florence Etta Hoogerzeil (1871 - 1941).    Over the years he went from being a clerk to owning his own shop.  He sold books, stationary and periodicals in Beverly, and then was a clothing salesman.   Among the ordinary things I found about his life was this odd tidbit:

"Catalog of Copyright entries"  by Library of Congress Copyright Office, 1920, Part 4, page 319
"Alonzo Hoogerzeil of Beverly, Massachusetts held a copyright for a "Hinduphone" on July 16, 1920, 2nd c. August 19, 1920. K 14807"

Does anyone know what a "Hinduphone" might have been in 1920?

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Isn't it copyrighted with works of art? It could be a photograph or painting. What do you think?

    1. This book also lists pamphlets, books, articles - I was thinking maybe it was a scientific article. It could be anything! Google doesn't seem to help...

  2. Amazing: "He could not leave the store, for he was alone." Dedication to duty while you are bleeding profusely!