Death From The Grip
A Number Of Cases During The Past Week
Colds and Influenza Develop (sic) Rapidly into Dangerous Maladies
John Everett Frazee Dies Suddenly
There have been many serious cases of the grip in Monmouth county during the past month. The disease takes the form of a cold, which, if not quickly checked, leads to dangerous complications and not unfrequently (sic) to death. The grip, or influenza, which has raged through this part of the country for several years, and especially during the spring, seems to be more severe than usual this season, or else the people are becoming more susceptible to the disease. More persons have been afflicted with this disease the present spring than ever before, and several deaths have been occasioned by it, or by diseases which result from it.
John Everett Frazee, supervisor of drawing and instructor of manual training in the Red Bank schools, died on Saturday at his home at Leonardville, in Middletown township, aged 28 years. Death was caused by pneumonia. He had been ailing about two weeks with the grip, but had kept at his duties until last Wednesday, when he gave up work. He sank rapidly from that time until his death at about eight o'clock on Saturday night.
Mr. Frazee was the son of Sarah V. and the late Stephen Frazee and was born at Herbertsville, in Ocean county. As a boy he was naturally bright and at the age of seventeen he was teaching in the public school at Whitings. After teaching there a part of the term and at West Farms for four years he gave up teaching and went to the state normal school to finish his education. He took the regular course of study at the normal, besides a special course in manual training. In the meantime he took a course in art and drawing at the Prang art school at New York. He had a particular liking for manual training and drawing and after graduating from the normal school he devoted his attention to this line of work. He taught these branches of study in the public schools at Cape May City for one year and three years ago he came to Red Bank. He divided his time between the three schools, instructing all the grades in manual training and supervising the drawing. He was skilled in both these branches of study and the scholars made remarkable progress under his guidance.
Mr. Frazee was popular with his associates in school work and also with the scholars. He was a young man of exemplary habits and he had a genial disposition that made him popular with every one with whom he came in contact. His unexpected death was a great shock to the teachers and scholars of the school, as well as to his many friends and acquaintances. He was a member of the Golden Eagles and the American Mechanics lodges of Farmingdale.
Besides a mother Mr. Frazee leaves four sisters and three brothers. His sisters are Mrs. Harry E. Lee of Allenwood, Mrs. Fred B. Allen of South Amboy, Miss Rebecca S. Frazee, who is superintendent of kindergarten work in the public schools at Plainfield, and Miss Etta Frazee, who teaches in the public school at Leonardville. His brothers are Thomas F. Frazee of Manasquan, James A. Frazee of Allenwood and Henry P. Frazee of Elizabeth. Mr. Frazee, his sister Etta and his mother kept house together in Burry Mills's house at Leonardville.
The funeral was held this morning at half-past eleven o'clock at the Methodist church at Allenwood. The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. V. Stultz and his son, Rev. W. D. Stultz. The pastor of the Allenwood church assisted in the service. The children of the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades of the Red Bank school sent a floral piece, and there were other floral tributes from the eighth grade and from the teachers. The pallbearers were Howard Cole, James E. Weaver, Archie Brown and Percy Davis, the four boys of the eleventh grade; and Thomas Bennett and Charles Cumberson of the tenth grade. The body was buried at Manasquan.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 18 1900