New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Henry Johnston and son

Two Deaths In One Family

Doctors disagree as to the Cause of Death

Two deaths have occurred within the past week in the family of Henry Johnston, who lives at the corner of Bridge avenue and Chestnut street. One of the deaths was that of Mr. Johnston himself and the other was that of his youngest son. Several of the other members of the family have been sick, and one of them was left deaf as the result of the sickness.

When the members of the family were first taken sick Dr. J. E. Sayre was called in to care for them. In a few days he declared the sickness to be scarlet fever, and he notified the Red Bank board of health of the matter, as he was required to do in all cases of contagious diseases, by the laws of the state. The board of health took no action whatever in the matter, but as soon as the family learned that Dr. Sayre had reported the case to the board of health they fired him as the family physician and secured the services of Dr. Rafferty. Dr. Rafferty declared that the sick people had none of the symptoms of scarlet fever and he said that the sickness was measles.

Frank Johnston, who was one of the sick children, died on Friday. A public funeral was held in St. Jamesís church on Sunday. On Monday Mr. Johnston died presumably from the same disease which had caused the death of the child. Dr. Rafferty gave the cause of death as measles. Mr. Johnstonís funeral will be held at St. Jamesís church to-morrow morning at half-past nine oíclock. Mr. Johnston was a section boss on the Central railroad for many years. He was a member of the Union hose company and of the Red Bank tribe of Red Men. Six members of the Red Menís lodge will act as pall bearers. They are John Eagan, Thomas Mooney, Thomas Norman, Joseph Reilly, Edward Cole and Roger Tansy. The burial will be at Mt. Olivett cemetery.

Mr. Johnston was 54 years old. Besides the son who died Mr. Johnston leaves a widow and eight children. The children are William E. and John, who are married; Charles, George, Clarence, Joseph, Mamie and Kittie.

The doctors say that scarlet fever has been more or less prevalent in that locality for three or four years past.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, March 1, 1899