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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   October 9,   1895

John J. Graczyk Commits Suicide.

John J. Gracyzk, a tailor of Long Branch, committed suicide on Thursday by taking laudanum. He went to his bedroom and took the poison. His mother-in-law, Mrs. Samuel Hall, entered the room and saw him drinking out of the bottle. Graczyk told her what he had done and said he was going to die and also told her whom he wanted to bury him. Medical assistance was summoned but he died in a couple of hours. Graczyk was under indictment for assault and battery upon William J. Fleming and his case was to come up tomorrow. He worried over the matter very much and said that he would rather die than go to jail, and on several occasions told his wife that he would kill himself. He was member of the Royal Arcanum and the Ancient Order of Forresters. Besides his widow he leaves two children.

Killed at Atlantic Highlands.

Matthew Corian, a brakeman in the employ of the Central railroad, was crushed between two cars at Atlantic Highlands, and in a short time died of his injuries. Corian was at the end of the pier and in some way got caught between the bumper of a car and the stop at the end of the pier. He was thirty years old and unmarried. He lived in Philadelphia.


Mrs. Deborah A. Hendrickson.

Mrs. Deborah A. Hendrickson, widow of the late Daniel T. Hendrickson, died at her home in Middletown on Saturday afternoon, aged 69 years and 8 months. Her death was due to a stroke of paralysis she had received over two years ago. Since that time she had been in poor health. She suddenly grew worse about half-past four o'clock on Saturday morning and died at two o'clock in the afternoon. She was a native of Middletown, her maiden name being Deborah Morris. Five children survive her. They are Mrs. Henry Roberts, Mrs. Hannah Patterson, George and Daniel C. Handrickson of Middletown and Charles T. Hendrickson of Lakewood.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. W. H. J. Parker. The interment was in the Reformed church cemetery.

It was a request of Mrs. Hendrickson's that her brothers George W., Abraham, Gerardus, and Aaron Morris and her brother-in-laws George Luyster and W. I. Stilwell, should act as her pall-bearers and this request was complied with.

Mrs. Grace W. Holmes.

Mrs. Grace W. Holmes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob K. Shoemaker at Shrewsbury, last Wednesday night, aged 83 years and 9 months. She had been sick for nearly two months with gastritis, which was the cause of her death. She was the widow of Abraham Holmes, who died over twenty years ago. Three daughters and one son survive her. They are Mrs. J. K. Shoemaker, Mrs. John Trafford and Joseph W. Holmes of Shrewsbury, and Mrs. James Steen of Eatontown. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon,

Benjamin Wells.

Benjamin Wells, a well-known resident of Navesink, died at his home on Friday, aged 71 years. His death was caused by a complication of diseases. He was born in New York, where he worked at his trade as a wood worker. He moved to Navesink about twenty years ago. He leaves a widow and four sons. His funeral took place on Sunday from the Methodist church and he was buried in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Lydia Bowne.

Mrs. Lydia Bowne died at her home in Middletown on Thursday night, aged 77 years. She had been sick for a number of years. She was the widow of the late George Bowne. One daughter and two sons survive her. They are Mrs. George Crane, George A Bowne and Theodore Bowne, all of Middletown. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon from her home, Rev. P. K. Hegeman conducting the services. The interment was in the Reformed church cemetery.

Frederick J. Meinzer.

Frederick J. Meinzer, a prominent resident of Cliffwood, died at his home at that place last Wednesday from heart disease, aged 81 years and 3 months. He had been sick for over a year and had suffered with gangrene in one of his feet. He was one of the first members of the Cliffwood society of Odd Fellows, having joined the order about 45 years ago. He was married twice and besides his widow he leaves one son and three daughters.

William H. Chasey.

William H. Chasey, an old resident of Long Branch City, died on Friday, aged 70 years. He had been sick for a long while. He was a blacksmith by trade. He was a member of the Long Branch lodge of Odd Fellows for forty years. One son, Dr. James Chasey, survives him.

Mrs. Elizabeth Woolley.

Mrs. Elizabeth Woolley, wife of Montillion Woolley, died at West Long Branch on Tuesday morning at four o'clock, of consumption. She leaves a husband and two children. The children are Mrs. Charles E. Clayton and Henry Woolley.


  • BOWNE - At Middletown, on Thursday, October 3d, Mrs. Lydia Bowne, aged 77 years.

  • CHASEY - At Long Branch city, on Friday, October 5th, William H. Chasey, aged 70 years.

  • CRUMMELL - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, October 1st, Mrs. Margaret Crummell.

  • FERGUSON - At Keyport, on Thursday, October 3d, William Ferguson of New York, aged 59 years.

  • HENDRICKSON - At Middletown, on Saturday, October 5th, Mrs. Deborah A. Hendrickson, aged 69 years and 9 months.

  • HOLMES - At Shrewsbury, on Wednesday, October 2d, Mrs. Grace Holmes, aged 83 years and 9 months.

  • MEINZER - At Cliffwood, on Wednesday, October 2d, Frederick J. Meinzer, aged 81 years and 3 months.

  • WELLS - At Navesink, on Friday, October 4th, Benjamin Wells, aged 71 years.
    A Child Drowned

    The three-year-old son of Benjamin Fees was drowned in a brook at Asbury Park last Wednesday. Fees lives on South Main street and back of his house a brook runs into Wesley lake. The child had evidently been playing on the banks of the brook and fell in.

    Source: Red Bank Register, October 9, 1895

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