Friday, October 4, 1918


Retired Contractor Seriously Injured by Falling In Elevator Shaft at the Jenkins Building

John Marnell, 1010 Ridenbaugh street, a retired contractor, suffered very serious injuries when he fell from the second floor into an elevator shaft at the Jenkins Music Company's building, 713 Felix street, at 10:30 o'clock this forenoon. He fell to the basement.

A police ambulance was summoned by employes who heard the man's cries and he was hurried to Noyes Hospital. He is seventy-three years old. It is possible that his back is broken and an X-ray examination will be made late today to determine this.

Mr. Marnell had gone to the building with a neighbor to get some kindling and his companion is said to have failed to replace the guard rail at the second floor landing. The accident was at the freight elevator, in the rear of the building.

Monday, October 14, 1918


End Comes to John Marnell, Who Fell Through an Elevator Shaft Ten Days Ago.

John J. Marnell, seventy-three years old, who had been a resident of St. Joseph forty-five years, died at Noyes Hospital Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from injuries suffered Friday, Oct 4, when he fell into a freight elevator shaft at the Jenkins Sons' building. Mr. Marnell's back was broken, but he did not lose consciousness until a short time before his death.

Mr. Marnell was born in Ireland, and married to Miss Mary Cody there in 1866. He came to America in 1872 and located in Hoboken, N.J., where he remained three years, and then came to St. Joseph. He was one of the first paid firemen here, and subsequently engaged in sewer and paving contracting. He is said to have laid one-third of the district sewers in St. Joseph. He retired a year ago last August, having been in business for thirty-two years. He was a communicant of the St. Joseph Cathedral parish and was a charter member of the Royal Camp No. 64, Knight of the Maccabees.

The accident which resulted in Mr. Marnell's death happened Friday morning, Oct. 4. He had gone to the Jenkins building with a neighbor to get some kindling. How he happend to fall into the shaft has never been learned, as no one witnessed the accident.

The body is at the family home at 1010 Ridenbaugh street, where he had lived thirty-five years, and the funeral service will be conducted there tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, unless the influenza ban is lifted, in which case it will be at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The dead man is survived by his widow and two sons, John J. and James Marnell of St. Joseph.