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Edward Havlicek
Male 1908 - 1950

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  • Birth  4 Nov 1908 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 May 1950  South Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: muntions explosion at South Amboy (body not recovered) 
    Memorial Service  12 Jun 1950  Woodside, Queens, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St. Jacobus Evangelican Lutheran Church 
    Person ID  I103  myTree
    Last Modified  26 Dec 2006 
     
    Family  Edna M. Reichert,   b. 3 Jun 1913, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1950, Woodside, Queens, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 May 1935  St. Jacobus Evangelican Lutheran Church, Woodside, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified  03 Jul 2006 
    Family ID  F33  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Reichert / Braun Family
    Reichert / Braun Family
    Status: Located. (L to R) Werner Meyer, Elizabeth ("Betty") Meyer nee Reichert, Lillian Braun nee Reichert, George Braun & I believe Edna Havlicek nee Reichert and Edward Havlicek, little girl unknown
    Wedding of Elizabeth (Betty) Reichert & Werner Meyer
    Wedding of Elizabeth (Betty) Reichert & Werner Meyer
    Status: Located. Spouses of the Reichert FamilyBACK ROW (L to R): Joseph Boes (husband of Grace Reichert), Sadie (friend of William 'Pop' Reichert), Anne Reichert nee Buckley (wife of Albert Reichert), Werner Meyer (husband of Elizabeth Reichert), Marie Reichert nee Harty (wife of William Reichert), Joseph Karolewski (husband of Mildred), Edward Havlicek (in…
    Church - St. Jacobus Evangelican Lutheran Church, Woodside, New York
    Church - St. Jacobus Evangelican Lutheran Church, Woodside, New York
    Status: Located. This church was the site of baptisms, marriages and memorial services for several members of the Reichert family.
     
    Documents
    Obituary - Havlicek, Edna M. (Reichert)
    Obituary - Havlicek, Edna M. (Reichert)
    Status: Located.
     
  • Notes 
    • (Medical):The South Amboy Explosion of 1950

      Sadly, three short-months after his wife died from cancer leaving the widowed father to raise 3 daughters, Edward was killed on the job. He was working as the chief engineer of the JAMES HEALING, a wooden hulled lighter of 40 gross tons, owned by Healing & Sons and operated by the James Healing Company of Jersey City, N.J. On this day four "lighters" [barges] were docked at what was known as the "lighter pier" at South Amboy, New Jersey where the transfer of munitions and dynamite was to be made from railway cars.

      At approxiamately 6:30 PM, May 19th, 1950, an explosion occurred which destroyed the 4 barges, damaged 14 other vessels (many of which were total losses) and damaged nearby homes and businesses. As a result, 5 people were killed, 26 were missing and presumed dead, 52 people were treated at local hospitals and 150 others received medical treatment. Edward HAVLICEK was among those missing and presumed dead.

      According to newspaper articles about the event, Albert REICHERT (Edna's brother & Edward's brother-in-law) had been employed by this same company and had given up his job on the barges to work a tug based on Long Island. He rushed to the scene of the accident upon learning about it from the radio.The South Amboy Munitions Explosion was an event that defines the city of South Amboy to this day.
     

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