This Day in History: September 30th, 1920

This Day in History: September 30th, 1920


Joseph Serederski, Better Known as Joseph Bender, Dies as a Result of Attack with Shears Assault Occurred at Milltown Factory.

Joseph Bender of 100 Causeway, South River, who was stabbed last Thursday afternoon in an altercation with a fellow employee at the Michelin Tire Company plant in Milltown, died late last night at St. Peter’s Hospital in this city from his injuries. While the deceased was commonly known by the name of Bender, his true name was Joseph Serederski.

Walonsi Wisneski of Milltown, who was arrested last Saturday afternoon in South River on charges of attacking Bender and has been held in the county jail without bail since then, will be formally charged with murder this afternoon. This was announced this morning by Chief County Detective Richard Peltier.

Initially, Bender’s injuries were not deemed severe, but his condition deteriorated the day after the attack. The prosecutor’s office was promptly directed to apprehend his assailant. Bender exhibited signs of improvement earlier this week, leading many to believe he would recover. However, Wisneski was denied bail pending the outcome of Bender’s injuries. Bender’s condition declined swiftly last night after a sudden relapse, resulting in his death.

Wisneski has declined to comment on the incident. It is alleged that both men were working together at the Michelin plant last Thursday afternoon when a dispute arose. Wisneski is said to have grabbed a large pair of shears, typically used for cutting rubber, and thrown them at Bender. The shears penetrated Bender’s abdomen, damaging his intestines. Chief of Police Ebberwein arrested Wisneski in South River on Saturday afternoon based on a warrant issued in Milltown by their colleagues. Wisneski was subsequently handed over to the prosecutor’s detectives. His case is expected to be presented to the grand jury in their upcoming session.

The late Joseph Serederski was 27 years old. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Serederski, along with a brother and sister. The funeral will take place from his recent residence on Causeway, South River, on Sunday afternoon at 2:15 o’clock, followed by a service at the South River Polish Church at 2:30 o’clock. Undertaker Maher is overseeing the funeral arrangements.

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