Obits - NJ - 1888 - Obadiah Stilwell

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Obits - NJ - Monmouth - Obadiah Stilwell

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Killed at the Crossing

An Aged Man Makes all the Arrangements for His Own Funeral

Obadiah Stilwell, of Matawan, was killed about ten days ago by a train on the Freehold and New York railway near Mount Pleasant station. He was over ninety years old. He had crossed the track just ahead of the train, and just as he crossed he fell backward. His head was struck by the locomotive and he was killed instantly.

Mr. Stilwell had his tombstone made and engraved with his name several years ago. A short time before his death he engaged a hearse to attend his funeral and bought gloves for the pall-bearers. He had also had his coffin made and prepared for the occassion, and seemed to take great interest in superintending the getting ready of his own funeral paraphernalia. He did not have enough money to pay the entire bill, and a week before his death he sold a cow to make final payment on his purchases. One hour before he was killed he went in Worrell's restaurant at Matawan and ordered a stew. He told Mr. Worrell to put plenty of oysters in it as it might be the last oyster stew he would ever eat. He had also deeded his property over to his children, with the provision that he was to have a home as long as he lived.

Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, May 9, 1888