Walter Reeves Birdsall, the only son of Sarah and George I. Birdsall of White street, died on Monday. He
was twenty years old last March. About two weeks ago he was taken sick with malarial fever. This
developed into pluero-pneumonia and caused his death. He had been confined to his bed only four days.
Walter was a member of the First Methodist church and Sunday-school. When he was taken sick he was
employed in W. H. Knapp’s grocery store. He was a boy of sunny disposition and he leaves many young
friends to mourn his death. Besides his father and mother he leaves two sisters, Laura and Mildred
Birdsall. A service was held at the house at half-past eight o’clock last night and Rev. Clarence
M. Johnston, pastor of the Fort Hancock Methodist church, officiated. The body was taken to Barnegat
this morning for interment.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 15, 1900