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In Years Past

December 21, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, Jacob Hardenburg, a wealthy retired grape farmer, whose home was in Westfield at the corner of Franklin and Jefferson streets, was struck by a Nickel Plate passenger train at the Franklin Street crossing the previous morning and instantly killed. Hardenburg was returning to his home from the Arnold Hotel in a light buggy and in the buggy had 150 pounds of dynamite, together with the percussion caps, fuses, matches, etc., ready for use. As it happened, the dynamite did not let go, one of the freaks of this explosive which could not be explained. The buggy was demolished but the horse Hardenburg was driving escaped practically unhurt. Hardenburg, well-known in Westfield, was in his 90th year.



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