I don't know if my family is particularly superstitious but a number of times in our family history we have experienced death coming in three's. The hardest part of this is that the people who are left behind have a lot of sadness to deal with at one time. This happen when my Uncle John went a way for fourth of July weekend with his sister Gertrude Ohnmacht in 1921. It just so happened that the 4th of July fell on a Monday that year so the two of them drove up to Esopus to spend the weekend with some family and friends. Esopus is known for its scenic beauty and the river is absolutely gorgeous. The death certificate states "that the cause of death was as follows: accidental drowning while in swimming." This happened on the 3rd of July and his sister had to make the arrangements to bring him home. We don't know if she had to transfer the body herself or whether he was brought home by a hearse. I can't imagine how difficult it was to tell your parents that your brother drown when you were swimming on vacation. John was laid out in the parlor of the house which was the custom during those days. Here is a picture of Esopus's River and another one of my Aunt with a few of her friends going for a drive.
New York State Tenement House Act the same year he died. The family was living at 413 West 48th Street, NY, as seen in the photograph to the left.
The third death occurred when my Aunt Gertrude died on December 27, 1923. She died from accidental
This is a picture of the whole family before the three deaths. From Left to right, Grandfather Gottlieb, Uncle Al, Uncle John, Aunt Gertrude, My Mother, Tillie in the front next to my Grandmother Gertrude.