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Obits - NJ - Monmouth - Obadiah Stilwell
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
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- Interment.net ~ Cemetery Transcriptions on the net.
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