Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MANHATTAN - 1896 Death of a Colorado Politician Near a Harlem Casino

Found "in a lot of weeds, on the west side of Eighth Avenue, between 152nd and 153rd streets at 2:45 o'clock [November 19, 1896]," Frank P. Arbuckle, Chairman of the Democratic Committee of the State of Colorado.  Last seen alive at Maj. George W. Sauer's Atlanta Casino, which stood on the southwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 155th Street. His death was of natural causes, his body had been robbed.

The Buffalo Commercial, November 19, 1896, page 1
The Tammany Times, December 1, 1896, page 6

The casino burned down February 11, 1898.

I might mention here that the St. Nicholas Park Hotel was also owned by Germans; Edward and Martin Grassmuck.   

There was a period of time, perhaps from 1850 to 1900, that Harlem was in deed dominated by Germans.  There were German churches (like St. Joseph's, on 125th Street, also mentioned previously in this blog) and German shops like H. C. F. Koch & Co. on West 125th Street.  They left with the arrival of the blacks.

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