Poughkeepsie Eagle-News (Poughkeepsie, New York), 20 Jun 1940, pp. 1 & 5
Victim's Bleeding Nose Causes Sheriff to Start Probe; Autopsy Awaited
Mysterious circumstances centering on the discovery of the body of a man
in the Hudson river about a mile south of the Chelsea station of the New
York Central railroad late yesterday, spurred Sheriff Close and his
attaches to an immediate investigation.
Whether foul play was involved in the death of the man, tentatively
identified through papers found in his clothing as Martin Henry Mogge,
about 55, of 2444 Woodmere, Detroit, Mich., could not be determined.
Sheriff Close said he is awaiting a report from Dr. Howard P/ Carpenter,
deputy county medical examiner, of an autopsy to be performed on the
body, which was removed from the river to the Anderson Funeral Home, 12
"The body was bleeding from the nose," the sheriff said. "There are
other angles which we are checking."
It was shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon when a New York
Central railroad engineer discovered the body floating on the surface of
the river about a mile south of Chelsea station. He notified signal
tower workers and word was sent to the sheriff's office.
Undersheriff Craper and and Deputy Brennan hauled the body to shore.
Close subsequently directed the investigation.
Close said search of the victim's clothing uncovered a picture postcard
of the Hudson River Day line steamer "Alexander Hamilton." Also found on
the man's person were a social security card bearing the name Martin
Henry Mogge, 2444 Woodmere, Detroit, Mich., and a Railway Express
receipt for a travelling bag, shipped from Albany to F.H. Zeck, 16877
Provost, Detroit, last Monday.
An Elks lodge pin was found on his suit coat. No money was found in his
clothing. The sheriff indicated that foul play might be involved in the
man;s death. He said he is checking with Detroit and Albany authorities,
and he is also attempting to gather information from the crew of the
Alexander Hamilton to find out whether or not a man answering the
victim's description was a passenger on the Day Line boat Monday or Tuesday.
Soon after he arrived at the riverfront, Sheriff Close stated that the
body was bleeding from the nose. He thermed the case a "mystery," and
said, "We are checking this case very thoroughly." He explained that in
the event the man was a passenger on the Alexander Hamilton erly this
week, efforts will be made to learn of incidents surrounding his
presence on the boat and his activities. . . .
The sheriff said the man was well dressed. He wore heavy eye-glasses and
a further description stated that the victim is gray-haired, about five
feet, seven inches tall, and weights about 200 pounds. He has a dandy
From U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007:
Name: Martin Henry Mogge
Birth Date: 16 Mar 1888
Birth Place: Bay City, Michigan
Death Date: 18 Jun 1940
Claim Date: 2 Jul 1940
Type of Claim: Death Claim
Notes: 02 Sep 1977: Name listed as MARTIN HENRY MOGGE