Publication Date

December 1911


Vol. 3, sec. 6 (pp. 1663-1802)

WILLIAM GREENSPAN, employee (defendants’ witness, p. 1663), received raise after fire, no longer employed by Harris & Blanck; describes actions of self and others on day of fire; questioned at great length about previous testimony

HARRY KESTENBAUM, court clerk (People’s witness, p. 1695), questioned about witnesses at the Coroner’s inquest

WILLIAM GREENSPAN resumes the stand, asked to identify James Sheridan; does not recognize him

ROSE ROSENFELD, operator (defendants’ witness, p. 1704), describes actions on day of fire

NATHAN SALUB, night watchman (defendants’ witness, p. 1707), assisted by interpreter, testifies that he routinely locked all the doors; unlocked all of them the day of the fire; describes how he escaped; describes string on key; questioned about previous testimony

Adjourned, resumed December 22, 1911

SALUB continues

FRANK PASTERNECK, machine operator (defendants’ witness, p 1723), assisted by interpreter, describes layout of premises, actions on day of fire

EVA KAPLAN, forelady/operator (defendants’ witness, p 1731), testifies Washington Place door was always open in summer, closed in winter; describes routine way she and others left building

MARY ALTER, stenographer for Harris & Blanck, related to both (defendants’ witness, p 1737), describes messages sent on switchboard and other devices between floors on day of fire, appearance of reflection of flames

LOUIS ALTER, inspected bags of female workers as they left each day, (defendants’ witness, p 1750), described process; related to Harris & Blanck

EDWARD N. MARKOWITZ, in charge of shipping department (defendants’ witness, p 1755), describes attempts to evacuated others; appearance of flames

DORA TIGER, operator (defendants’ witness, p 1768), describes routine way of passing between floors

THERESA ELBAUM, forelady (defendants’ witness, p 1786), describes routine way of passing between floors

PETER WORTMAN, in charge of stock department (embroideries and laces) (defendants’ witness, p 1789), had girlfriend on another floor; describes routine way of passing between floors

IDA OKAN, button marker (defendants’ witness, p 1792), describes routine way she and others passed between floors; notes Washington Place door was open in summer, closed in winter

MICHAEL IACOVELLA, buttonhole maker (defendants’ witness, p 1799), describes routine way of passing between floors; notes employees were able to dance during strike when phonograph was provided; noted seeing Blanck try the door several times