Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George F. Brewster

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - George F. Brewster

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Neck Broken By A Fall

George F. Brewster Meets A Violent Death

He Was Walking Along the Railroad track near Middletown on Monday Night When He Fell Down an Embankment

George F. Brewster of Centerville, near Keyport, fell down a railroad embankment near Middletown on Monday night. His neck was broken by the fall and the next morning he was found dead at the foot of the embankment by Patrick Salmon, a track walker.

Brewster had been to a stillhouse for a jug of whiskey and was taking a short cut home by way of the railroad track. About seven o'clock members of the Dorsett family, who live at the foot of the railroad embankment about a mile north of Middletown, saw him acting wildly on the track in front of their house. He was waving his vest and yelling at the top of his voice. He staggered all over the tracks and finally fell down the embankment, almost into the Dorsett door yard.

The Dorsetts did not pay any attention to the man, thinking that as the night was warm he could sleep off his drunk where he was, as well as anywhere else. About ten o'clock Mrs. Dorsett's attention was attracted by the man's heavy breathing. She could not sleep and getting a lantern she made an investigation. Bending over Brewster with the lantern she discovered that something serious had befallen him but supposed it was simply the shaking up he had received in the fall, and she went back to the house and went to bed.

About five o'clock the next morning Patrick Salmon discovered the body in making his trip of inspection over the tracks. The man was then dead. Beside him was the jug, which had not been broken in his fall, and which still contained all he had not drank of the whiskey he had gone to the stillhouse for.

Coroner Tetley of Red Bank was summoned and after learning of the circumstances of the man's death he gave a burial permit without deeming an inquest necessary. The body was taken home by Undertaker Robert Smith of Red Bank.

Brewster leaves a wife, but no children. He worked for the farmers of the locality by the day and occasionally he worked in Lorillards brick works. He was 45 years old.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jul 3, 1901

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