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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   July 3,   1895

Robert Test Buried Beside His Intended Bride.

Robert Test, the owner of a small farm near Perrineville, was choked to death at the house of Washington W. Anderson on Saturday, June 22d. Test had been to Freehold and on his return he stopped at Mr. Anderson's place. While there he ate a piece of meat. Part of the meat stuck in his throat and he was choked to death. Test was a member of the Golden Rule council of American Mechanics of Perrineville. He was a young man of excellent character and also a member of the Siloam church. He was buried in the Perrineville churchyard. In the plot adjoining the one in which he is buried lies the body of Helena Anderson, who was suffocated by gas in a room at the Anderson house last January. She was Test's intended wife and after her death he asked her parents for the betrothal ring he had given her. This he always wore in remembrance of her and it was left upon his finger at his burial.

Run Over by a Hose Cart at Long Branch.

Joseph Parker, brother of W. S. B. Parker of Long Branch , was run over by a hose cart at Long Branch last Thursday night and received such injuries that he died before morning. There had been an alarm of fire and the hose company was taking the cart to the fire when Parker jumped on the cart. He fell after riding a short distance, and the hose cart, which weighed 3,500 pounds, ran over his body. He was 24 years of age and unmarried.

Mrs. Leah Crawford.

Mrs. Leah Crawford, widow of the late William Crawford, died on Friday at the house of William S Crawford, aged 84 years. She was stricken with an attack of paralysis on Sunday, June 16th. Previous to this she had been sick with appendicitis and seemed to be improving up to that time. The day after she was paralyzed, and while she lay in an unconscious condition, the house took fire from some unknown cause and burned to the ground. When the fire was discovered she was carried to the front lawn and later on to the house of Wm. S. Crawford, a neighbor and a distant relative, where she died without regaining consciousness. She celebrated her 84th birthday last December by holding a family reunion. At that time she was in excellent health. Crawford Hall, her home, which was destroyed by fire, was built about the year 1600. In 1700 a wing was added, after which nothing beyond ordinary repairs was made to it. It had been in the possession of the Crawford family for over a hundred years.

Mrs. Crawford was a member of the Holmdel Reformed church. The funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon by Rev. Garrett Wyckoff, pastor of that church, assisted by Rev. P. K. Hageman, who was a former pastor there. The interment was in the Holmdel cemetery.

Two sons and two daughters survive her. The sons are Charles Crawford, who lived at home, and John B. Crawford, who owns a farm adjoining he homestead. The Daughters are Misses Jamesanna and Jennie Crawford, who lived with their mother.

Richard B. Fowler.

Richard B. Fowler died at this home on Spring street on Saturday, aged 41 years. He was taken with typhoid fever about two weeks ago and seemingly was getting better, but the change in the weather brought on an attack of bronchitis. His system was too weak to withstand it and he gradually grew worse until he died. He was a printer by trade and had worked in many newspaper offices in the county. He was a man of exemplary habits and was respected by all his associates.

He was a member of the Empire lodge of Odd Fellows of Long Branch, of which he was Past Grand and Past District Deputy Grand Master. He was the son of S. A. Fowler of Mechanic street and was born at Hightstown, New Jersey. His wife and one child survive him. His widow will receive $150 benefit from the Odd Fellows and $500 from the Prudential insurance company, in which he was insured. The funeral services took place yesterday at one o'clock at the house and the interment was at Long Branch.

Bridget McCormack.

Bridget McCormack, died at her home at Shrewsbury on Sunday, aged 64 years. She had been sick with chronic rheumatism, which finally affected the heart and caused her death. The funeral services were held this morning at St James's church, the interment being in the Catholic cemetery at Fair View. Besides her husband, four grown-up children survive her.

Elsie C. Cooper.

Elsie C. Cooper, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper, Jr., died at her home on Irving street, Red Bank, yesterday morning. She was twelve years old and had been in poor health for about a year. About two weeks ago she became so sick that she was confined to her bed. The funeral will take place from the house at two o'clock on Friday afternoon.

Harry Parker.

Harry Parker died of old age at his home on Central avenue on Saturday, aged 80 years. His funeral took place on Sunday, the interment being at South Eatontown.

Mrs. Gertrude E. Campbell.

Mrs. Gertrude E. Campbell died at her home at Matawan last Wednesday, aged 78 years.


  • CAMPBELL - At Matawan, on Wednesday, June 26th, Mrs. Gertrude Campbell, aged 78 years.

  • COOPER - At Red Bank, on Tuesday, July 2d, Elsie Cooper, aged 12 years.

  • CRAWFORD - At Crawford's Corner, on Friday, June 28th, Mrs. Leah Crawford, aged 84 years.

  • FOWLER - At Red Bank, on Saturday, June 29th, Richard B. Fowler, aged 41 years.

  • MCCORMACK - At Shrewsbury, on Sunday, June 30th, Mrs. Bridget McCormack, aged 64 years.

  • PARKER - At Red Bank, on Saturday, June 29th, Harry Parker, aged 80 years.

  • PETERSON - AT West Long Branch, on Monday, June 24th, Mrs. Ann Peterson, aged 75 years.

  • REID - At Englishtown, on Monday, June 24th, Mrs. Lavinia Reid, aged 72 years.

  • STILWELL - At Farmingdale, on Thursday, June 20th, Elisha Stilwell, aged 79 years.

  • SMITH - At Long Branch, on Wednesday, June 26th, Webster, son of Lloyd Smith, aged 6 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, July 3, 1895

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