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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   November 11,   1896

Fritz Selenius Found Dead in His Cellar.

Fritz Selenius , who was about 75 years old and who kept a grocery store near Matawan, was found dead in the cellar of his store on Sunday morning with his head battered. One of his pockets was turned inside out and the cash drawer was rifled of its contents. It is supposed that Selenius was murdered for his money. In connection with keeping a grocery store, Selenius repaired guns and locks. He had been very busy for the past two weeks repairing guns in anticipation of the gunning season and was in the habit of working late at night. He sold cider by the glass and when a customer would come in for it he would have to go down into the cellar to draw it. The supposition is that the murderer went into the store and asked for a glass of cider, and that when Selenius went down cellar for it he was followed by the murderer, who killed him there. A glass with some cider in it was near the body.

Selenius was last seen alive by George Henderson, a neighbor, who left the store at half-past nine o'clock on Saturday night. When he left Selenius said that he would close up in a few minutes. After Henderson had gone to bed he heard several men pass his house. They came from the direction of Selenius's store and were talking in an excited manner.

The first physician who was called in to view the body thought that Selenius had been killed by falling down the cellar steps and crushing his head in the fall. Two other physicians gave it as their opinion that he had been murdered. Coroner John I. Sickles has charge of the case, and officers are making an effort to discover the real facts.

Attacking a Will.

A short time ago Mrs. Mary Muldoon died at Wickatunk. She left a will dividing her estate between her children and grandchildren. Her son, Frank Muldoon, was left only one dollar. He has filed a caveat against probating the will and will bring suit to have the will broken.


Vincent Alleman.

Vincent Alleman died suddenly at his home on the corner of Prospect avenue and Mechanic street early this morning, aged 76 years. He had been sick with heart disease for the past two years, but was able to be at work until about two weeks ago, when he became worse. He had been confined to the house since that time. He retired at eleven o'clock last night. Jacob Braun rented Mr. Alleman's house and made his home with him. Shortly before one o'clock this morning Mrs. Braun went down stairs to give Mr. Alleman some medicine and found that he was dead.

Mr. Alleman was a shoemaker by trade and was born in Breiteinback, Switzerland. He came to this country about fifty years ago and settled at the Phalanx. After remaining there a few years he went to Oceanport and later moved to Red Bank, where he was employed by John W. Stout and Daniel S. Borden. About thirty years ago he went into business for himself on White street, near Maple avenue, and continued there until his death. He was gifted with a wonderful memory. His wife died about four years ago. The nearest relative he had so far as is known was his niece, Miss Pauline Schmidt of New York.

His funeral will be held from St. James's church on Friday morning at nine o'clock and his body will be interred in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

John P. Maxson.

John P. Maxson of Chapel Hill died at that place on Monday after a sickness of about four weeks. He was 80 years old and death was due to the general breaking up of the system. He was born in Middletown township and lived near Chapel Hill all his life. He leaves two children. They are Capt. R. H. Maxson and David Maxson, both of Chapel Hill. The funeral will be held to-morrow at one o'clock from the Baptist church. The interment will be at Fair View.

Milton Holmes.

Milton Holmes, a resident of Asbury Park for 22 years, and a justice of the peace at that place for several terms, died on Sunday of last week. He was an active member of the First Baptist church at Asbury Park and served as senior deacon in the church for seventeen years. A widow and one child, Mrs. Joseph Wiseman of Asbury Park, survive him. Mr. Holmes was 74 years old.

C. V. N. Wilson.

C. V. N. Wilson, a contractor at Long Branch, died yesterday afternoon. He was about sixty years old. He was connected with many lodges and was an ardent Republican. He was grand marshal at the big Republican meeting at Long Branch two weeks ago to-night. He caught a severe cold at this meeting which developed into pneumonia and caused his death.

Benjamin E. Lee.

Benjamin E. Lee, a carpenter, died at Keyport on Tuesday of last week, aged 34 years. He had been sick for over a year and during that time was unable to do any work. He was at one time first lieutenant of Company G, and he was a past councilor of the Keyport lodge of American Mechanics. A widow and three children survive him.

James Conover.

James Conover, aged sixteen years, son of John Conover of Eatontown, died last Friday of typhoid fever. He had been sick for about four weeks. The funeral was held on Sunday at one o'clock at the house. The interment was at the White Ridge cemetery at at South Eatontown.

Miss Mary Weaver.

Miss Mary Weaver, an aunt of James B. Weaver of Red Bank, died at Presteign, England, on Friday, October 23d, aged 82 years. She was well known in Red Bank, having spent considerable time here visiting her relatives.

Mrs. Matilda W. Beekman.

Mrs. Matilda w. Beekman died of consumption at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. G. G. Hoagland, at Keyport on Friday, October 29th, aged 59 years.


  • APPLEGATE - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, November 3d, Mrs. Maggie Appplegate, aged 19 years.

  • ALLEMAN - At Red Bank, on Wednesday, November 11th, Vincent Alleman, aged 76 years and 9 months.

  • BEEKMAN - At Keyport, on Friday, October 30th, Mrs. Matilda W. Beekman, aged 64 years.

  • BREWER - At Manasquan, on Tuesday, November 3d, Mrs. Katherine Brewer, aged 55 years.

  • CONOVER - At Eatontown, on Friday, November 6th, James Conover, aged 16 years.

  • DEAN - At Pleasure Bay, on Wednesday, November 4th, Mrs. Mary Dean, aged 48 years.

  • DONALDSON - In Freehold township, on Thursday, November 5th, William Donaldson, aged 85 years and 5 months.

  • EMMONS - At Jerseyville, on Saturday, October 31st, Daniel W. Emmons, aged 61 years and 7 months.

  • HOLMES - At Asbury Park, on Sunday, November 1st, Milton Holmes, aged 79 years.

  • LEE - At Keyport, on Tuesday, November 3d, Benjamin E. Lee, aged 38 years and 8 months.

  • MARCHANT - At Asbury Park, on Wednesday, November 4th, Rebecca, widow of Edward D. Marchant.

  • McCORMACK - At Freehold, on Thursday, November 5th, Jeremiah McCormack, aged 55 years.

  • PITMAN - At Spring Lake, on Monday, November 2d, Lizzie, wife of George Pitman of Allentown.

  • SMOCK - At New York, on Saturday, October 31st, George S. Smock, formerly of Keyport, aged 59 years.

  • WILSON - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, November 10th, C. V. N. Wilson, aged about 60 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, November 11, 1896

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