Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George L. Woods

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George L. Woods

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An Aged Man Drops Dead

George L. Woods Suddenly Expires

He Had Been to the River to See the Racing on the Ice-He Fell After Walking Up Wharf Avenue Hill and Died Almost at Once

George Lawrence Woods of Monmouth street dropped dead on Monday afternoon in front of John Bailey's cigar store at the corner of Front street and Wharf avenue. He had been down to the river to see the sports on the ice. When in front of Mr. Bailey's store on his way home he sank exhausted on the sidewalk. He was carried into the store and Dr. Whitmore was summoned. In a few minutes after the doctor arrived Mr. Wood(sic) was pronounced dead.

Mr. Woods was 91 years old. He was not afflicted with any particular disease and his death was due to the general giving away of his vital powers. The climbing of the steep hill up Wharf avenue is supposed to have overtaxed an already failing strength and brought on exhaustion. Mr. Woods was remarkably active for one of his years. He ate a hearty dinner just before going to the river and seemed to be in his usual good health.

Mr. Woods was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was married there to Miss Annie Langan and in 1845 he and his wife came to Red Bank. He was a grader and landscape gardener by occupation. He had charge of the work on the deep cut of the Southern railroad at Headden's corner and he did the grading on a number of the properties along the Shrewsbury river.

In 1859 Mr. Woods went to California in search of gold. At the outbreak of the civil was he enlisted in Company I of the 61st California volunteers. In 1862 he was assigned as commissary commander under General West in the department of New Mexico and was detailed for special service on the Rio Grande. He was honorably discharged at Fort Union, New Mexico, on August 8th, 1861. He returned to Red Bank and resumed his occupation of grader. For the past twenty years he had lived a retired life.

Besides a wife Mr. Woods leaves three sons. They are George Woods, who lives on Bridge avenue; and Frank and Joseph Woods, who live at home. A daughter, Miss Annie Woods, died about a year ago. An adopted daughter, Miss Mary Woods, lives at home and conducts a dress making establishment.

The funeral will be held to-morrow at ten o'clock at St. James's church. The service will be conducted by Rev. James A. Reynolds and the body will be buried at Mt. Olivet cemetery. Mr. Woods was a member of the Grand Army Post of Red Bank and members of the post will act as pall bearers.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Feb 20, 1901

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