Death Cheats Wife of Mate’s Surprise

Funeral Undertaker Coffin Stock Photo

Camden Courier-Post – February 14, 1930

Bus Kills Husband Returning Unexpectedly, From Distant Work

Fate and the heavy wheels of a bus turned to tragedy a surprise planned by Arthur Hickman, 45, of 2021 Howell Street, for the wife he had not seen for five weeks.

Returning unexpectedly last night from Auburn N. Y., where he had been working as an asbestos pipe coverer, Hickman was but a few blocks from his home when he was struck by a bus and killed instantly. The tragedy occurred on Twenty-seventh Street, between Howell and Thompson Streets.

Hickman had written a letter to his wife, Lottie, telling her that his work soon would be finished and that he expected to arrive here Saturday. The work, however, was completed earlier than he had expected and Hickman arrived in Camden last night.

He left a bus at Twenty-seventh and Howell Streets and stopped for a moment at the home of a friend nearby. Shortly after 6 p. m. he stepped from the curb and ran across Twenty-seventh Street in the path of a Schultz Pennsauken-Philadelphia bus. The front right wheel passed over his head. Identification was made possible only through papers in his pockets and his suitcase.

William Renfrey, 24, of 2936 Cramer Street, driver of the bus, was held in $1000 bail on a charge of manslaughter by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Hickman was well known in Camden as a pigeon fancier. Beside his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph, 24, attached to the aviation corps at Honolulu.


Join the discussion!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.