New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - James V. D. Gulick

James V. D. Gulick Killed

Death Caused By A Fall From A Telephone Pole

He Was Mounting a Tall Pole on Maple Avenue When His Climbing Spurs Became Loosened-Bones Broken and a Shoulder Crushed In

John VanDyke Gulick of Monmouth street fell from a telephone pole on Maple avenue on Saturday night and received injuries which resulted in his death a few hours later. Mr. Gulick was employed by the electric light company and finished his day’s work in the afternoon. There was some trouble with the wires of the Monmouth telephone company, and Mr. Atkinson, the manager of the company, had located the trouble at the big pole on Maple avenue, opposite John W. Mount & Bros. carriage factory.

Mr. Atkinson asked Mr. Gulick if he could climb the pole and remedy the trouble, and he replied that he could. Mr. Atkinson advised him not to attempt the job if he felt tired, or unless he was certain he could do it without difficulty. Mr. Gulick said that he was confident he could do the work and he started up the pole. He was equipped with lineman’s climbing spurs. He had got up the pole almost as far as the telephone wires, and he straightened himself out to take hold of the crosstree. As he did this he brought his knees close into the pole. This broke the spurs loose from their hold in the pole, and he fell to the ground a distance of about 35 feet.

Several persons who had been watching him climb the pole at once went to his help. His shoulder was found to be crushed in, there was a compound fracture of the arm, and he was injured internally. He was carried to the Central hotel and Dr. Thomas A. Curtis was summoned. He advised Mr. Gulick’s removal to the Long Branch hospital and this was done by the next train, the injured man reaching the hospital about nine o’clock.

He was very cheerful and in good spirits when he reached the hospital. He talked hopefully to the doctors, and said that when they had fixed him up a little he would be all right and would feel like another man. The doctors put him in splints and treated his injuries, but an internal hemorrhage set in and death ensued about one o’clock that night.

Mr. Gulick was born August 31st, 1870, and was therefore 29 years old. Both his father and mother died before he was ten years old and he made his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Fourt, and with his grandmother, Mrs. Sophia C. Gulick, who live on Monmouth street. He leaves one brother, Herbert.

Mr. Gulick was very sickly as an infant. That he lived to grow up was due to his mother’s assiduous care. Even when he was five or six years old he was so weakly and feeble that he had to lie on his back for months at a time, and was unable even to raise his head. During all this period he had to be fed with a spoon. He outgrew this weakness, however, and grew up to be a sturdy, healthy youth. He was kicked in the neck by a horse when a lad, and this injured some of the muscles and prevented him from freely moving his head thereafter.

He was a member of the Baptist church. He believed thoroughly in his religion and carried out its precepts even when such action required great self-sacrifice. People would sometimes smile at his devotion to his religious ideas, but his honesty and integrity were everywhere recognized and admired.

Besides being a member of the Baptist church he was assistant librarian at the Christian association chapel, and was a member of the young men’s club of the Baptist church and of the Christian Endeavor societies of the Baptist church and of the Christian association chapel. He was unmarried but was engaged to a young woman living near New Brunswick, to whom the news of his death came with a terrible shock. He was insured in a fraternal society, from which his relatives will receive a death benefit of several hundred dollars.

A funeral service was held at the Christian Association chapel on Shrewsbury avenue at half-past three o’clock this afternoon. To-morrow morning the body will be taken to Kingston, N. J., where another service will be held in the Presbyterian church and the body will be interred in the family burial plot. The pall bearers at the service at Red Bank were young men connected with the Christian Endeavor society of the mission, and were William W. Letson, Fred Dickman, Augustus V. Evans, Clarence C. Smock, William Johnson and Clarence. M. Johnston. There were several very handsome floral pieces.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, February 22, 1899