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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   July 15,   1896

Arthur E. Chandler and James Sweeney, Who Were Employed by the Coast Electric Railway Company, Run Over and Killed.

The first fatal trolley accident which has occurred in this county happened yesterday, when two men who were employed by the Long Branch and Asbury Park trolley railroad company were run over and killed. The accident happened at Long Branch, near Hollywood.

The men who were killed were Arthur E. Chandler and James Sweeney. Both men lived at Long Branch. Chandler was the road master of the railroad and had lived at Long Branch a year. He superintended the construction of the road. He was a bachelor and previous to moving to Long Branch he had lived at Brooklyn. Sweeney was the foreman of the construction gang. Up to a few weeks ago he was the flagman at one of the crossings of the New York and Long Branch railroad. He was a married man and leaves a widow and seven children.

At the time of the accident the two men were engaged in carting refuse from the track near Hollywood. They had hauled away one load and were returning for the second load when they were killed. The Long Branch and Asbury Park road has a double track and the men were driving the wagon between the tracks when the trolley car came up. The men got out of the wagon and held the horses by the head for fear they would get frightened. The car was in charge of George Bennett. He rang the gong repeatedly for them to get further out of the way and as he came closer he called out to them. Seeing that they did not move he pushed the brake down hard, but not hard enough to stop the car before reaching them. As the car neared the wagon the houses gave a jump and threw the men down. The jump the horses made carried the men over on the track and they fell directly under the car. They were jammed under the forward truck of the car and were instantly killed. They were held so firmly under the car that machinery had to be sent for to lift the car before the bodies could be taken out.

Chandler's skull was cut open, and the two parts were spread apart nearly an inch. One leg was broken and the body was covered with cuts and bruises. Sweeney's face was cut from top to bottom, one ear was cut nearly off, and the body was crushed and bruised. The tracks and ground where the accident occurred were spattered with blood.

The only damage done to the wagon was the breaking of the pole. Neither of the horses was hurt.


William W. Wilson.

William W. Wilson, a veteran of the late war, died of dysentery at Freehold on Tuesday of last week, aged 58 years. He had been sick only two weeks. He was born at Eatontown. When a young man he moved to Freehold, where he learned the carpenter trade. During the war he was a member of Company E, 29th Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers. He was a member of the United Workmen and the Knights of the Golden Eagle. His widow and three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Soden, Mrs. Oscar Wolcott and Miss Lucy Wilson, survive him.

Mrs. Hannah Lane.

Mrs. Hannah Lane died of a complication of diseases at Long Branch on Monday of last week, aged 70 years. She had been sick about three weeks. Her husband and six children survive her. The latter are Hubbard, James H., George, Maria, Frank and Nora Lane, all of Long Branch.

Mrs. Mary Brown.

Mrs. Mary Brown, wife of Captain John M. Brown, died at Brielle on Tuesday of last week, aged 88 years. She was a member of the Methodist church. Four children, Captain T. S. P. Brown, O. H. Brown, Mrs. A. J. Scheible and Mrs. Henry Wainwright, survive her.

Willie C. Brighton.

Willie C., son of Elizabeth and Alfred Brighton, died at Oceanic yesterday of cholera infantum, aged 8 months. The funeral will be held to-morrow and the body will be buried at Rumson.

Mrs. Elizabeth Wack.

Mrs. Elizabeth Wack, wife of Adam Wack, died July 4th, aged 39 years. Her death was caused by heart disease. She leaves two children.

Aloysius McDonald.

Aloysius McDonald died at Long Branch last Thursday, of consumption, aged 48 years. He had been sick for six years. A widow and one son survive him.

Pauline Smith.

Pauline, the eight-months-old daughter of Allen Smith of East Red Bank, died of spinal meningitis on Sunday.

Charles S. Magee.

Charles S. Magee died at Marlboro on Tuesday of last week, aged 45 years. He leaves a widow and one son.

Riviere H. Sneden's Estate.

The late Riviere H. Sneden was insured in the Northwestern life insurance company for $2,500. The policy was made payable to his estate. Mr. Sneden left no will and the money will therefore be paid over to the administrator as soon as one is appointed by the court. It is expected that Mr. Sneden's widow will be made the administrator. Mr. Sneden left no estate beyond his insurance policy and his personal effects. Last spring he contemplated taking out another life insurance policy for $2,500, but he finally concluded to defer it until next fall.


  • BROWN - At Brielle, on Tuesday, July 7th, Mrs. Mary Brown, aged 88 years.

  • GRANT - At Allentown, on Tuesday, July 7th, Beatrice, infant daughter of Ivins Grant.

  • HARVEY - Near Englishtown, on Thursday, July 23d, Esther, infant daughter of Daniel Harvey.

  • HALEY - At Keyport, on Friday, July 3d, Michael Haley, aged 71 years.

  • JACKSON - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, July 7th, Carrie Jackson, aged 38 years.

  • LANE - At Long Branch, on Monday, July 6th, Mrs. Hannah Lane, aged 70 years.

  • MAGEE - At Marlboro, on Tuesday, July 6th, Charles S. Magee, aged 45 years, 3 months and 1 day.

  • McDONALD - At Long Branch, on Thursday, July 9th, Aloysius McDonald, aged 48 years.

  • STOUT - At Keyport, on Sunday, July 5th, Rebecca, infant daughter of TenBroeck Stout.

  • SWEENEY - At Fair Haven, on Sunday, July 5th, Helen, infant daughter of Vandie C. Sweeney.

  • STRATTON - At North Long Branch, on Thursday, July 9th, the infant child of William Stratton.

  • SMITH - At Red Bank, on Sunday, July 12th, Pauline, daughter of Allen Smith, aged 8 months.

  • WACK - At Long Branch, on Saturday, July 4th, Elizabeth, wife of Adam Wack, aged 39 years.

  • WILSON - At Freehold, on Tuesday, July 7th, William W. Wilson, aged 58 years and 6 months.

    Source: Red Bank Register, July 15, 1896

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