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George E. Pease

    George E. Pease

      George E. Pease, 85, one of the more colorful of Keyport's old-time residents, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 1961, at his home, 70 Church St. Mr. Pease, a successful businessman, was a retired butcher, but his main life-long interests were Democratic politics and horse racing.

      Mr. Pease took an active part in politics, served for many years as committeeman in the second district, but never ran for an office. He held a record for a good many years as the first to cast his ballot in his district.

      In the mid-twenties he owned a stable of 12 horses which he raced in Detroit and Canada and one time was the winner of the Toronto Cup. He was very proud of his racing colors.

      Mr. Pease also was interested in sports, particularly baseball, and used to hire big league players, including Christy Mathewson, to play at the end of the regular season. Games were played between Keyport and Matawan and later Keyport and Red Bank.

      Born in South Amboy, Mr. Smith [sic] had lived in Keyport for 56 years. He was the son of the late Mathias and Melissa (Deboe) Pease.

      Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Evalina (Thorne) Pease; two daughters, Mrs. Walter G. Bolte and Mrs. Bernice Brown; a grandson, George Pease Bolte, and three great-grandsons, all of Keyport.

      Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Bedle Funeral Home, Keyport. The Rev. Harry R. Pine, pastor of Calvary Methodist Church, Keyport, officiated. Interment was in Green Grove Cemetery, Keyport.

      Matawan Journal. October 26, 1961, Page 8, Section 5

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