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New Jersey Obituaries - November 3, 1897 - Charles Cothren

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Charles Cothren died suddenly last Thursday at his home on Broad street of heart trouble and asthma. He was 75 years old and had lived in Red Bank since 1880.

Mr. Cothren was born in Farmington, Maine, June 16th, 1822, on the old Cothren homestead. He worked on the homestead farm until he was a young man, and he then entered Boudoin college. He graduated in 1849, and for a number of years thereafter he taught school in Maine, Connecticut and New Jersey. One of the schools where he taught was the old Ocean institute, back of Long Branch, which building is now known as the Home for the Friendless. After a number of years spent in teaching he engaged in the manufacture of gas fixtures in New York, but this not proving as successful as anticipated, he disposed of the business and moved to Red Bank. He bought property on Broad street, which he improved, and he lived here until his death. Six years ago he was elected justice of the peace and served for five years.

He was twice married, first to Miss Hinman of Connecticut in 1854. She bore him two children who died very young. His wife died in 1861. In September, 1862, he married Miss Alice Rodcliffe of Connecticut, who survives him.

He seemed to have a premonition of his death the past summer. He visited during the summer many scenes of his childhood and early manhood, remarking at the same time that this was his last review, and that he never expected to see these objects again. He went to the commencement of his college and saw many of his old college friends throughout New England. He was especially interested in his birthplace; every scene of his childhood, the rocks, the trees, the orchords (sic), the house where he was born, the brooks where he had his miniature waterwheels, and a thousand other objects received his careful attention.

The funeral was held on Monday at his late residence. The bearers were six of his old pupils, who had attended the Ocean institute while he was teacher there about forty years ago. They were William T. Corlies, W. Tabor Parker, R. F. Hopper, Charles Wardell, Albert C. Harrison and Dr. Green. The burial was in the Presbyterian churchyard at Shrewsbury.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, November 3, 1897

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