New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Charles D. Hendrickson

Charles D. Hendrickson of Keyport was found dead last Friday morning, sitting on the edge of his bed in his room at H. J. McCabe’s, where he had evidently died while in the act of dressing. He had been a great sufferer from rheumatism and it is supposed that it went to his heart and caused his death. On Thursday he went to New York to get new fire caps for the members of the Keyport hook and ladder company, of which he was president, and he attended the meeting of the company that night. On his return from the meeting he complained to Mrs. McCabe of a pain in his back. At five o’clock the next morning he called for Mr. McCabe, who rubbed him until he was somewhat relieved. Two hours later Mrs. McCabe went to his room with a cup of coffee and found him dead. A comb was lying on the floor and he was evidently in the act of combing his hair when the end came.

Mr. Hendrickson was the son of ex-Senator William H. Hendrickson and was born at the old homestead near Middletown about 53 years ago. He was educated at Lawrenceville academy. He engaged in politics and in 1875 and 1876 represented this county in the legislature. In the latter year he was the Democratic nominee for speaker of the house.

He was a member of the staffs of Governors J. C. Bedle and Leon Abbett, with the rank of colonel, and from 1885 to 1889 was collector of internal revenue under President Cleveland.

His wife was Miss Mattie Rue, of Bristol, Pa., and she and a daughter, Miss May Hendrickson, survive him. He and his wife had not lived together for several years.

Mr. Hendrickson served for some time as a lieutenant in company G and was elected captain in 1884, but declined to serve. He was a member of the association of veterans of Raritan Guard and was at one time captain and president of the organization. He was a member of Caesarea lodge of Free Masons of Keyport and held the position of junior deacon. He was one of the charter members of Bayside lodge of Odd Fellows and was president of the Middletown and Keyport Turnpike company, having held this position for many years.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, February 15, 1899