Benjamin Hendrickson in the War Zone
Red Bank (NJ) Register, from some time in late 1914: "Benjamin Hendrickson [my mother's father] of Worthley Street, Red Bank, got back yesterday from Germany after going through some of the most exciting and harrowing experiences of his life. He was at Eberheldt, Germany when the great war broke out. He is employed as a chauffeur by Henry Schniewind of New York and he went to Europe to tour the continent on a long automobile trip.
"When the war broke out there was a general scramble of American tourists in Europe to get steamers for the United States. Mr. Hendrickson got separated from his boss. The New York man [Schniewind] got a train to a seaport and was one of the first Americans to return home. Mr. Hendrickson drove his automobile across three countries to Rotterdam, Holland, to get passage home. He was repeatedly stopped by soldiers and while in Germany was arrested four times as a spy.
"On each occasion he was put in prison for several hours and was stripped of his clothing and searched. Nearly every garage in Germany has been requisitioned by the government for war purposes and when the automobile ran out of gasoline Mr. Hendrickson was unable to get any. He borrowed a small amount from another American and drove his car back to Eberheldt, where he got a big tank of gasoline from his employer's garage."