Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cavanaugh

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cavanaugh

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Accidents to Man and Wife

Misfortunes to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cavanaugh of Tinton Falls.

Martin Cavanaugh of Tinton Falls was badly burned last Friday while he was making a call on Dr. Thomas A. Curtis of Red Bank. Mr. Cavanaugh's wife, Ann Cavanaugh, died about three weeks ago. She was 45 years old, while her husband is nearly eighty years of age.

For the past three years of her life Mrs. Cavanaugh had been subject to epileptic fits and about two and a half years ago she fell during one of these fits and broke her left elbow. The fracture healed, but the bones grew together and her elbow became stiff. Several months ago she went down stairs one morning to make a fire. While thus engaged she had another epileptic seizure and fell with her right hand in the fire. Before she was rescued the flesh had been burned nearly entirely off the back of her hand. This injury healed up but with the bones of her left elbow grown together and her right hand almost useless she was nearly helpless. About three months ago her clothes got on fire and before the fire could be put out her legs had been severely burned. A patch of skin and flesh about five inches square was burned off of one leg, leaving the muscles and sinews exposed, and a place nearly twice as large was similarly burned on the other leg. She died before these injuries had healed. She was treated by Dr. Thomas A. Curtis of Red Bank.

Her husband is in feeble health and he called on Dr. Curtis last Friday partly for medical advice and partly to see about having the physician's papers prepared in order that he might get his wife's insurance, which she had taken out on her life in his favor. He was smoking at the doctor's office and in some way his trousers got on fire. His right leg was burned from his thigh to his calf. The skin is burned off almost the entire length of the leg. He is not laid up, but the injury is quite severe.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 9, 1901