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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Henry Striker
Henry Striker of Oceanic Died of Bright's Disease
He Was the Grandson of Frederick Striker, who Fought in the Revolutionary War
Henry Striker of Oceanic died on Monday night of Bright's disease and dropsy, aged 78 years. He had been in failing health for about eight
months. Previous to that time he was remarkably active for one of his years.
Mr. Striker was born at New York city, his ancestors for several generations back having lived there. His grandfather, Frederick Striker, fought
in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Striker was born at the corner of Broadway and Howard street. When he was a boy the family moved into a house near
French's hotel, and the site of the Striker house is now occupied by the approach to the Brooklyn bridge. Mr. Striker's father kept a barber shop
and when the elder Striker died the son succeeded to the business. Just around the corner from where the Strikers lived, Mrs. Bennett, mother of
James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald, kept a small general store, and Henry Striker bought his socks and suspenders there. Henry J. Raymond,
who founded the New York Times, Horace Greeley of the Tribune, and P. T. Barnum, the great showman, were patrons of Mr. Striker's barber shop and at
one time were personal friends of his. Mr. Striker used to do Tom Thumb's tonsorial work when he was exhibited by Mr. Barnum. During the closing
years of Mr. Barnum's life he and Mr. Stryker communicated with each other by letter regarding the days of their early manhood.
About twenty years ago Mr. Striker began going to Oceanic to board for the summer. In 1885 he located there permanently and established the general
store which he maintained at the time of his death. He was of a very genial disposition and was held in high regard by all who knew him.
Mr. Striker married Rachel Bloomfield VanBrunt and the couple celebrated their golden wedding three years ago. Mrs. Striker is still living and is
very active. She is within a few days of the same age as her husband. Thirteen children were born to the couple, six of whom are living. Those
living are Cortland I. and Lincoln Irving Striker of Brooklyn; Mrs. Henry Hoe of Jersey City Heights; Mrs. Samuel Blum of New York; Henry H.
Striker, postmaster at Oceanic; and Richard W. Striker, who lives at home and conducts a barber shop in part of the store building. Mr. Striker
is also survived by a brother, Frederick Striker of Wahoo, Nebraska; a sister, Mrs. Susan Bacon of Brooklyn, and a half-sister, Mrs. Sarah Posey of
Washington, D. C.
The funeral was held this afternoon at four o'clock at the house and was conducted by Rev. Robert MacKellar of Red Bank. The body will be buried
tomorrow at the convenience of the family in Fair View cemetery.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jul 31, 1901
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