New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Samuel Ely Conover

Ely Conover Killed

His Skull Fractured Last Saturday

He Was Walking on a Railroad Track at Sheepshead Bay When a Train Came Up Behind Him and Struck Him

Samuel Ely Conover of Lincroft was struck by a train at Sheepshead Bay last Saturday morning. He died half an hour later. The body was brought home and the funeral was held at his late residence at two o'clock this afternoon. The burial was at the Holmdel cemetery.

Mr. Conover was a breeder of racing horses and had several entered at Sheepshead Bay this season. He was on his way to the race track when he was killed. He had taken a trolley car to the Sheepshead Bay station, and from there he was to take the train to the race track. The trolley carried him past the station and in going back to the station he walked on the railroad track. A train came up behind him at a slow rate of speed. The engineer blew the whistle and rang the bell, but Mr. Conover was deaf and he did not hear it. The train struck Mr. Conover and the cowcatcher knocked his legs from under him. He fell back on the engine and the back of his head struck the bumper of the engine. His skull was fractured and his death ensued shortly afterward. There were no other marks upon his body except a slight bruise on his legs, where they were struck by the cowcatcher.

Word was sent to Mr. Conover's family and Undertaker Robert T. Smith went to Sheapshead (sic) Bay on Saturday afternoon to take charge of the body. Luther Schenck, who has charge of the Withers farm at Lincroft, accompaned (sic) Mr. Smith. The body was brought to Red Bank Monday afternoon and was then removed to Mr. Conover's late home in Lincroft.

Mr. Conover was 72 years old. He was born at Lincroft and had lived there all his life. He was a successful breeder of running horses and some of his horses were the fastest in their day. Some of his horses were sold at very high figures and he is said to have made considerable money out of the business

Mr. Conover was twice married. His first wife was a Miss Holmes and was a sister of ex-Sheriff Smock's first wife. She died a good many years ago. His second wife was Miss Emeline Polhemus, daughter of Elias Polhemus of the Phalanx. She survives him. He leaves two children by his second wife. They are Holmes and Rachel A. Conover, both of whom live at home. He leaves also five brothers and two sisters. His brothers are Sidney Conover of Red Bank, Alfred Conover of Asbury Park, James Conover of Holmdel and Elias and John Conover of Hoboken. His sisters are Mrs. Thomas Seeley of Brooklyn and Mrs. Emma Allaire of Arlington. One brother, Joseph Conover of Red Bank, was killed by a train at Branchport about ten years ago.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 13, 1899