Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George H. Sickles

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George H. Sickles

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George H. Sickles Dead

He Died Yesterday From An Aattack of Paralysis

He Was Eighty-One Years Old and for Half a Century He Had Been a Prominent Figure in Monmouth County Affairs

George Henry Sickles, ex-judge of the Monmouth county court and for many years prominent in Republican politics in Monmouth county, died at Navesink shortly after noon yesterday, aged 81 years. He was stricken with paralysis early in October and he had been gradually failing since that time.

Mr. Sickles was the son of Charlotte and John I. Sickles. He was born at Shrewsbury on the homestead place now occupied by his brother, John R. Sickles. His father was a soldier in the war of 1812. His mother was a Lippincott and was a member of one of the old families of Shrewsbury. When Mr. Sickles was a young man he assisted Rev. Harry Finch in conducting his private school at Shrewsbury. He afterward taught school at Tinton Falls, Parkerville, now Little Silver, and Navesink. When he taught school at Navesink he walked to and from his home at Shrewsbury.

He gave up teaching school at Navesink to engage in the commission business in New York with William Johnson of Navesink. He was in the New York market about ten years and he then opened a general store at Navesink where John M. Johnson's store is now located. His brother, Theodore Sickles of Red Bank, assisted him in the management of the store. About 45 years ago he moved on the farm at Navesink where he lived until his death.

Mr. Sickles father was a Democrat until the civil war, when the entire family changed to the Republican faith as proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln. In 1872 Mr. Sickles was appointed lay judge of Monmouth county through the influence of John S. Sproul, who represented Mr. Sickles's district in the assembly at that time. In 1876 Mr. Sickles was appointed collector Of Middletown township. Charles Montanye of Port Monmouth had been elected collector of the township but he had refused to serve and Mr. Sickles was appointed by the township committee. The financial affairs of the township were in a mixed up condition at that time but they were straightened out during Mr. Sickles's term of office to the satisfaction of the public.

In 1878 Mr. Sickles ran for county clerk on a union ticket and came within 132 votes of defeating Capt. Thomas Arrowsmith, who was the Democratic candidate for the office. The county at that time was overwhelmingly Democratic. In 1890 he was appointed jury commissioner under the new jury law, and he held this office until the law was repealed by the Democrats. Mr. Sickles had also been postmaster of Navesink and he had been for many years a justice of the peace and a commissioner of deeds. For more than a generation he had been a prominent figure in the primaries of Middletown township and in the Republican county conventions. He was a member of the Navesink Episcopal church for nearly half a century and for a long time he was a warden in the church. He was treasurer of the church from the time of its organization until his recent sickness incapacitated him from performing the duties of the office.

Mr. Sickles was married in 1848 to Sarah A. Johnson, daughter of William Johnson, his partner in the commision business. Mrs Sickles was a sister of John M. Johnson, Mrs. R. G. Andrew, Mrs. Charles Green and Mrs. Eliza Brainard of Navesink, and William Johnson of Hoboken. She died about ten years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Sickles began housekeeping at Locust Point in a house that stood on the site of William P. Yalalee's present house. He also lived for a time in what is now the Posten homestead. He sold that place to the late William H. Posten when he moved to the farm on which he lived at the time of his death. Six children survive Mr. Sickles. They are Omar, John L., Fred and Albert Sickles of Navesink, Mrs. Frank J. Davis of Navesink, and William Sickles of New York. He leaves also two brothers, Theodore Sickles of Red Bank, and John R. Sickles of Shrewsbury, and a sister, Miss Charlotte Sickles of Brooklyn.

Mr. Sickles public career was marked by rare fidelity to public duty and the same honesty and fidelity marked his private life.

The funeral will be held at the house at eleven o'clock on Friday morning.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Feb 13, 1901

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