Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Charles Louis Laug

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Charles Louis Laug

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Charles Louis Laug, the first manufacturing confectioner to locate in Red Bank, died at this home on Mechanic street last Thursday morning. Death was caused by pneumonia, he having been taken sick with this disease about a week before his death.

Mr. Laug was born in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1824. His father, Valerianus Laug, was a noted French physician, and his mother was Frances Coler, a sister of Archbishop Coler of England. Mr. Laug came to this country when he was eighteen years old and he learned the confectionery business in New York. He learned the business at the same time as the late A. H. Brummell of New York, and they were among the first confectioners in the United States to introduce many of the new styles and new ideas in the manufacture of candy.

Mr. Laug moved to Red Bank in 1855 and started the first candy manufacturing concern ever in the place. He was skillful at the business and he built up a large trade, considering the size of the town. Two years after he moved here he married Miss Mary Beck of New York, who survives him. From the time Mr. Laug first came to Red Bank up to the present time he or his family have been in the confectionery business here with the exception of a few years when they engaged in the business in Long Branch. His three daughters and his youngest son are at present carrying on the business in the Navesink bank building at Red Bank, and their store has the reputation of being the finest and best appointed confectionery store in the county.

Mr. Laug had been a member of the Baptist church nearly all his life. While he was in New York he was licensed as a local preacher, and he also held many official positions in the church while in New York.

Several years ago Mr. Laug's mind began to fail. He was at first sent to an institution in the hope that he might be benefited, but he failed to improve under the treatment there and he was then brought back to Red Bank, the family preferring to have him under their personal care.

Mr. Laug would have been 74 years old had he lived until the 11th day of next month. He leaves five children - two sons and three daughters. The sons are Charles E. and John L. Laug, and the daughters are Elizabeth J., Emma and Mary B. Laug.

The funeral was held at the house on Monday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. W. B. Matteson preached the sermon. The bearers were John W. Mount, Isaac H. Adlem, William J. Sickles, Marvin Kelsey, Leonard Davis and Captain John Abbott Worthley. The burial was at Fair View cemetery.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 30, 1901