Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Mrs. Hendrick VanPelt

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Mrs. Hendrick VanPelt

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A Double Affliction

Death of a Young Wife Who Had Nursed Her Husband Back to Life

The wife of Hendrick VanPelt of Bayonne, son of the late Obadiah VanPelt of Matawan and a former resident of that place, died a few days ago in a hospital at Newark. Last May Mr. VanPelt, who was employed as brakeman on a freight train, fell from the train, and while lying prostrate on his face between the tracks a train of forty cars passed over him. He was struck several times by the bottom part of the cars, and his spine was injured. For a time it was thought that he could not possibly recover. Two weeks after the accident, and while still at the point of death, he married a girl to whom he had become engaged. She remained in constant attendance at his bedside and nursed him back to life. She overtaxed her strength and about two weeks ago she was obliged to go to the hospital, where she gradually grew worse until her death. Mr. VanPelt's first trip out after he recovered from his injuries was to see his wife at the hospital. Mrs. VanPelt was seventeen years old.

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