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Subject: [Bklyn] BSU 10 Aug, 1931 deaths
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 13:45:09 EST

Standard Union, Monday August 10, 1931 Deaths


Two men were struck by a hit-and-run sedan on the Southern State Highway
at Rockville Centre last night and one of them was fatally injured.
Matthew FLYNN, 45, of 167th street, Jamaica, and Eric SCHWEITHELM, 41, of
110-39 163 street, Jamaica were driving in on the highway with members of
their families when a tire went flat. FLYNN pulled to the side of the road
and the two men got out to fixe the shoe.(sic)
As they were working a small sedan approached at high speed. It struck
both men, hurling them against the standing car. SCHWEITHELM's left leg was
torn off his body at the hip. He died a little later at South Nassau
Community Hospital. FLYNN suffered a broken right leg and bruises and cuts
all over his head and body.
State police at Valley Stream, after finding a hub cap and headlight rim,
sent out an alarm for a Chevrolet sedan.
Lawrence POWERS, a truckman, of 320 Forty-ninth street, was drowned while
swimming in Buttermilk Channel, off Coffey street, last night. Friends
discovered that POWERS was missing and notified the police.
An emergency squad from Hamilton avenue police station recovered the body
with grapnel (sic) hooks.
John REISENWEBER, for more than half a century the head of REISENWEBER's,
one of the best known establishments in New York, a former political power as
lieutenant of the late Senator Thomas C. PLATT, died yesterday at his home,
708 Central avenue, Woodmere, L.I. He never recovered from a paralytic stroke
he suffered on June 19, while playing golf at the Inwood Golf Club. He would
have been eighty years old on Oct. 7.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Louis FISCHER,
who were with him at the time of his death. A granddaughter, Mrs. Theresa
F.S. CRUTCHFIELD, of Lexington, Ky., are on the way to attend the funeral.
Funeral services will be held at his late residence at 8:30 p.m. on
Tuesday evening, Aug. 11. Interment will be in the REISENWEBER family vault
at Greenwood Cemetery on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Mr. REISENWEBER was probably the oldest and best restaurateur in this
country. He represented the fast-vanishing school of restaurant men which
included such names as RECTOR, MARTIN, MOUQUIN, HEALY, MURRAY, SHANLEY, and
CAVANAUGH. At an early age, John REISENWEBER assumed the management of the
restaurant bearing his name, which his father established in 1856 at Columbus
Circule, in what was then known as Bloomingdale road. At the time the
establishment was surrounded by miles of farm land, and the patronage
consisted of tourists who drove up in mail coaches.
With the advent of the bicycle craze the house grew and Mr. REISENWEBER
was obliged to install additional facilities for the growing trade.
REISENWEBER's in time began to attract patronage from all parts of the city,
and its fame grew until it was a by-word for the better type of dining. In
1901 he placed his son-in-law, Louis FISCHER, in charge of the management,
and together they laid the foundation of what was destined to become one of
the greatest dining institutions in the world.
REISENWEBER's was the first to initiate dancing for its patrons and was
instrumental in introducing the modern cabaret. They also installed the
modern "cover charge" in 1913, when the fee for witnessing their elaborate
entertainment specialties was twenty-five cents, an exorbitant sum at that
time. The establishment grew in size until it occupied a half block front on
Eighth avenue and extended for hundreds of feet along Fifty-eighth street. It
housed a dozen dining rooms, employed more than 1,000 in help and seated
5,000 diners at one time. With the advent of prohibition, REISENWEBER's
liquidated its business and ceased to exist.
In the late eighties, REISENWEBER became the Republican leader of the
Nineteenth Assembly District, which at that time extended from Fifty-second
street to the northernmost end of Manhattan Island. He became a power in the
political life of New York although he never held public office. His
political opponent in the same district was John F. CURRY, now head of
Tammany Hall.
In 1921 he and Mrs. REISENWEBER celebrated their fiftieth anniversary and
were received at the White House by President Harding. Mrs. REISENWEBER died
three years ago.
John REISENWEBER was one of the oldest members of the Masonic fraternity.
He had been a member of Charity Lodge, No. 727, F. and A.M. since 1876. Three
years later he became its master and was elevated to an office in the Grand
Lodge in 1912. He was a member of many years standing in Lodge No. 1, B. P.
O. E., the New York Athletic Club, The Eighth Avenue Association and was
affiliated with many financial and charitable institutions.

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