New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - James Walsh

James Walsh's Funeral

An Immense Throng Attend The Service

Floral Pieces From Organizations and Friends - Burial at Manasquan - No Will Left by Mr. Walsh - His Estate

James Walsh's funeral last Friday afternoon was attended by a very large number of the business men and residents of Red Bank. The funeral was held at his late residence on Borden street, and the house could not accommodate the throngs that wished to pay the last honors to their dead townsman.

The service was conducted by Rev. W. B. Matteson, pastor of the Baptist church. No formal sermon was preached, but Mr. Matteson gave instead a general talk on the qualities of Mr. Walsh, which he had exhibited both in private and public life.

The floral pieces were many and fine. They included a shield from the Monmouth county organization of justices and constables, a broken column from the business men of the town, a pillow from the Red Men, another pillow from the Degree of Pocahontas, a wreath from his daughter, Mrs. Paul Jaehnig of Newark, an elaborate bouquet from John T. Lovett, and a number of other bouquets and smaller pieces.

The body showed but little trace of the murder, the bullet wound in the face having been concealed. There were, however, a few powder marks on the face which could not be removed.

Mr. Walsh was a member of the Independent fire company, the Red Men's lodge and the Degree of Pocahontas. A large number of the members of these organizations were present at the funeral. Three of the pall bearers were firemen and three were Red. Men. The firemen were Cornelius N. Mount, Charles H. Borden and Wallace Bennett. The Red Men were Henry N. Supp, William Hessenger and George Woods, Jr.. A delegation from each of the organizations of which Mr. Walsh was a member accompanied the body to Manasquan, where the burial was made. The service at the grave was in charge of the Red Men. One of the features of their burial service is dropping an olive branch on the grave and releasing a white pigeon.

Mr. Walsh was 66 years old. His wife was 45 years old the day of the funeral. Mrs. Walsh and her daughter Carrie have gone to Newark to spend a week with Mrs. Walsh's other daughter, Mrs. Paul Jaehnig. They will return to Red Bank next week and will then break up their home here and will move to Newark, where they will make their permanent home hereafter.

Mr. Walsh's estate consists of the wheelwright shop on Mechanic street in which he conducted business a good many years; a farm of twelve acres south of Tinton Falls; a farm of 25 acres at Pine Brook, N. J., and a farm of 33 acres a little below Pine Brook. Each of the Pine Brook farms has a house on it. It is not known that he ever made a will and none has been found among his papers. The house on Borden street in which Mr. Walsh lived belongs to his wife. Mrs. Walsh also owns a building lot on the shore front at North Long Branch.

The Red Men's lodge pays a death benefit of $100, and a check for this amount was given to Mrs. Walsh last Wednesday night. The Degree of Pocahontas pays a death benefit of $50, and this sum has also been paid to Mrs. Walsh. Mr. Walsh belonged to the exempt fireman's association of Red Bank. This organization has a funeral benefit branch which pays $40. Mr. Walsh had made application to join this branch, but his application had not been acted on, and hence his family will not receive this money. Up to within a few months ago Mr. Walsh was a member of the Heptasophs of Red Bank. The dues in this lodge are high and a few months ago Mr. Walsh resigned from the order. Had he continued a member his family would have received $2,500 from this lodge.

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