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Obituaries - NJ - 1902 - Aaron Castler Hart


Editor A. C. Hart Dead

He Died On Saturday After A Short Illness

He Was Editor of the Atlantic Highlands Journal and Clerk of Atlantic Highlands Borough -A Veteran Newspaper Man.

Aaron Castler Hart, editor of the Atlantic Highlands JOURNAL and clerk of Atlantic Highlands borough, died early on Saturday morning after a sickness of only four days. He was present in his official capacity at the organization of the borough council on Monday night. The next day he was stricken down with sickness and by Thursday his condition had become so serious that Dr. DeGarmo of New York was called in consultation with Dr. Van Mater, the attending physician. His case was pronounced appendicitis but an operation was not considered advisable on account of the weak condition of his heart. Peritonitis developed and he died on Saturday. He suffered greatly during his sickness.

Mr. Hart was sixty years old. He was the son of Elias Hart and was born at Freehold. When a young man he entered the office of the Monmouth DEMOCRAT to learn the printer’s trade. He remained in the DEMOCRAT office for thirty years, rising to the position of assistant editor and business manager. He severed his connection with the DEMOCRAT in 1893 and during the legislative session of that year he was private secretary to Senator James A. Bradley. In 1894 he bought the Atlantic Highlands JOURNAL. He moved his family to Atlantic Highlands and had since made that place his home.

Both in public and private life Mr. Hart was of the strictest integrity. In his official duties and in his private business affairs he was careful and painstaking to a marked degree, no detail being too slight for his consideration. He was of a rather reserved demeanor and was not quick to form friendships, but the friendships he did form were lasting. Before he was 21 years old he joined the Methodist church and he was always true to his religious vows. He was licensed by the Methodist church as an exhorter and he preached frequently as a supply. He was also a lecturer to some extent, his principal lecture being on “The Methodist Hymnal, or Some of the Songs we Sing.”

In his native town Mr. Hart was honored with many positions of trust and responsibility. He was collector of taxes of the town of Freehold, clerk of Freehold township and for many years secretary of the Freehold Masonic lodge. A few years after moving to Atlantic Highlands he was appointed clerk of the borough and he held this position continuously up to the time of his death. He was reappointed for another term at the last session of the borough council he attended.

Mr. Hart is survived by a wife and a daughter, Miss Mary D. Hart. Miss Hart is a stenographer in the office of the Western wheel works at New York. For a number of years she was stenographer for Frank P. McDermott of Freehold. Two sisters also survive Mr. Hart. They are Mrs. Mary Havens of Freehold and Mrs. Emma Roth of Brooklyn. Harry B. Hart, who is manager of the Monmouth PRESS office at Atlantic Highlands, is his nephew.

The funeral of Mr. Hart was held on Monday at eleven o’clock at the Atlantic Highlands Methodist church and at half-past one o’clock at the Freehold Methodist church. The service at Atlantic Highlands was conducted by Rev. Samuel Sargent of West Ocean Grove, a former pastor of the Atlantic Highlands church. Rev. A. B. McLaurin, Rev. Daniel McLaughlin and Rev. E. C. Curtis of Atlantic Highlands took part in the services. Mr. Hart was a Knight of Pythias as well as a member of the Masonic fraternity. Both these lodges turned out in a body and both sent handsome floral offerings. Every business place in Atlantic Highlands was closed during the hour of the funeral.

The bearers were Surrogate David S. Crater, ex-Judge J. Clarence Conover and Charles L. Shepherd, three members of the Freehold Masonic lodge, to which Mr. Hart belonged; and Jacob Swan, C. A. Cruser and Charles Snedeker, three members of the Atlantic Highlands Masonic lodge. The body was buried at Freehold.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 26, 1902

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