South Amboy Citizen newspaper, Friday, June 19, 1925
OLDEST RESIDENT CLAIMED BY DEATH
Orlando Perrine Passed Away Last Tuesday in Ninety-Fifth Year
Late Friday afternoon of last week the long lifetime of the oldest citizen of this city came to an end when the death of Mr. Orlando Perrine ensued. After a lingering illness the end came slowly and peacefully at his home at 400 Feltus Street. Funeral services were held from the Spotswood Church on Monday morning at ten o'clock and interment made in the family plot in the Spotswood cemetery. The Rev Mr. Morgan, Pastor of the Episcopal Church at Spotswood officiated and E. S, Mason & Son, of this city, had charge of the arrangements. The pall bearers were two sons, John and Orlando, and two brothers, Harry and Frank Perrine, and J. M. Parker. Born at Spotswood on December 17th, 1830, Mr. Perrine spent his youth there and entered the grocery business after attaining his majority. When twenty-three years old, he came to South Amboy and opened a grocery store at the foot of Main Street, and later moved into the building formerly occupied by the late Herman Kollish. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Perrine left to follow the Union forces in the capacity of a sutler and as such he remained until the downfall of the Confederacy. After that memorable event, he entered the glass business in the southern part of this state, making window glass, but soon abandoned that field for the wholesale fish business with the late Harry Perrine and J. L. Parker. In 1870 Mr. Perrine again returned to this city and again entered the grocery business, continuing until his retirement a number of years ago. In his political beliefs, Mr. Perrine elected early in life to follow the destinies of the Democratic party and on that ticket was elected to the State Legislature two terms. He has also served this city as a School Trustee and held the office of City Treasurer for two terms, of three years each. Shortly after coming to South Amboy the first time Mr. Perrine took as his bride Miss Mary Virginia Skinner, who passed away in 1880. Two sons survive, Orlando Jr., who is with the New York and Long Branch Railroad at Long Branch and John, proprietor of the Bide-a-Wee, this city. Besides being the city's oldest resident, Mr. Perrine also enjoys the distinction of being the oldest resident member of St. Stephens Lodge, No. 63, F. & A. M., having become a mason in 1866.