New Jersey Obituaries - November 16, 1898 - Umbrella Kelly

"Umbrella Kelly" Dead

He Died of Alcoholism in White's Woods Last Night.

"Umbrella Kelly", a well known character in Monmouth county, died of alcoholism last night in White's woods between Red Bank and Little Silver. Kelly got his name from the fact that he was a traveling umbrella mender. Kelly and several companions who were camping in the woods had been drinking hard all day. The men were sitting around the camp fire last night when Kelly suddenly threw up his hands and fell backward. He died in a few minutes. Frank Morris, James Flemming and William Chapman, three of the men who were camping with Kelly, came to Red Bank and notified the authorities of his death. The men were arrested pending an investigation. Kelly's body was taken to Robert T. Smith's undertaking shop and coroner Anderson held an inquest this morning. After the examination he concluded that Kelly had died of alcoholism and the three men were released. Kelly will be buried today at Lincroft.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, November 16, 1898