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New Jersey News - 1902 - Philemon B. Crelin, Sr.
A Milburn Tragedy
A Former Red Banker, a Principal in the Affair
Philemon B. Crelin, Sr., a former resident of Red Bank and Scobeyville, and father of Philemon
B. Crelin, Jr., of Lincroft, killed his wife at Milburn last Thursday, inflicted wounds on his daughter
which will probably terminate fatally and then tried to take his own life. Crelin moved from Scobeyville
to Milburn a short time age and was employed as a special officer to guard houses that were quarantined
on account of smallpox. The wife whom he killed was once deserted by him for another woman, but he had
gone back to her after the death of this woman a short time ago. His daughter, Mrs. Fulkerson, is a
widow with three children and they all lived together at Milburn.
On Wednesday night Crelin and his wife had a quarrel. The daughter interfered and Crelin threatened
his daughter’s life. On Thursday night he went home with a revolver and said that he was going to carry
out his threats against the daughter. When the first shot was fired his wife dropped to the floor dead.
She was a consumptive and it was thought that she died from a hemorrhage produced by fright. Later a bullet
wound was found under her left arm. Crelin pursued his daughter to an adjoining room and shot her twice,
once in the abdomen and once in the left breast. He then sent a bullet into his own breast and fell to the
floor. He and his daughter were taken to a hospital at Orange. The daughter’s wounds will probably prove
fatal but it is though that Crelin will live to pay the penalty of his crime.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Feb 19, 1902
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