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New Jersey Obituaries - September 1, 1897 - Robert Estell

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Killed By The Cars

Robert Estell Struck by a Freight Train last Friday

Last Friday morning Robert Estell, who is well known throughout Howell township, was struck by a freight train and almost instantly killed. He was on his way to Freehold to buy a load of peaches when the accident occurred. He was on the road which divides Ocean and Monmouth counties and was crossing the track when he was struck by the locomotive of the freight train which runs between Red Bank and Bridgeton. Rufus Burdge was conductor of the train and John Hurley was engineer. The engineer signaled (sic) for Mr. Estell not to undertake to cross the track, but Mr. Estell probably did not hear either the noise of the approaching train or the engineer's signal. He was 84 years old and was partially deaf.

The only marks on Estell's body were a cut on the hand and a slight contusion on the head. One of the horses was instantly killed and the other was not hurt. The wagon was not much damaged. The funeral was held on Sunday.

Mr. Estell leaves three sons and one daughter. One of the sons is William Estell of Shrewsbury avenue.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 1, 1897

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