Obits - NJ - 1900 - Fred M. Randall

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A Summer Resident of Little Silver Commits Suicide

Fred M. Randall, a piano plate manufacturer of Brooklyn and a summer resident of Little Silver, committed suicide at the latter place on Monday morning by shooting himself in the head with a rifle.

Mr. Randall's family lives in one of Richard Borden's houses. Mr. Randall arose before any other member of the family on Monday morning and he was heard going down the back stairs. Immediately afterward a rifle shot was heard. Mrs. Randall hurried down stairs. In the butler's pantry, near the foot of the stairs, she found her husband lying with a bullet hole in the right side of his head, not far from the temple. He was in his night clothes. Dr. Field and Dr. Warner of Red Bank were sent for, but Mr. Randall was dead when they arrived.

Coroner Tetley of Red Bank made an investigation. All the circumstances of the case pointed to suicide and Mr. Tetley gave a death certificate to that effect without deeming an inquest necessary. Mr. Randall's business affairs are in good shape as far as is known and the causes that led to his suicide are not known.

Members of Mr. Randall's family say that the shooting was accidental. They say that the rifle was standing at the foot of the stairs, where it had been put temporarily the night before; that Mr. Randall must have picked it up to put it in its accustomed place and that it was accidentally discharged.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Sep 26, 1900