Thomas Nelling Falls Dead While Drinking Beer
Thomas Nelling of New York dropped dead at Little Silver on Saturday as he was about to drink a glass of beer. Nelling had gone to Little Silver to accept a position as coachman for Oscar S. Straus of Rumson. He reached the Little Silver station about two o’clock. It was extremely hot at that hour.
As he got off the train Nelling complained of not feeling well and he inquired where he could get a glass of beer. He was directed to the bottling establishment near the Little Silver station. He bought some beer and was about to raise a bottle to his lips when he fell forward and in a few minutes he was dead.
Dr. W. C. Armstrong of Red Bank made an examination. He pronounced death to be due to heart trouble, super-induced by the heat.
Coroner Tetley was notified and a coroner’s jury was at once empaneled. The juryman were William Miller, J. W. Campbell, John Sawyer, B. T. White, Abbott Worthley and A. Holmes Shoemaker. An inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that the man died of natural causes.
Nelling was about sixty years old. He leaves a wife but no children. The body was taken in charge by Undertaker Robert T. Smith and on Monday it was sent to New York.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 15, 1900