Death of Eugene Unger
Newark, N. J., Nov. 20.—The sudden death of Eugene Unger, President of Unger Bros., Newark, N. J., and one of the best known men in the Newark jewelry trade, who died on Tuesday last, as published briefly in the last issue of The Jewelers’ Circular-Weekly, was a shock to the trade. The funeral was held, Thursday, at St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, Madison, N. J.
Mr. Unger had recently removed from Newark, N. J., to Madison, N. J., a suburb, and frequently took horseback rides for exercise. As he was approaching his home, Tuesday morning, about seven o’clock, his horse started to enter the grounds by the north gate. Mr. Unger, it is reported, tried to check him and turn toward the south gate. It is believed that the horse became unmanageable and threw Mr. Unger against a tree. In some way Mr. Unger fell, or was thrown, to the ground and received spinal injuries from which he died within an hour.
For nearly 40 years deceased was associated in the jewelry and silverware business as a manufacturer. At the time of his death he was president of the firm of Unger Bros., a firm that he entered as boy in his ’teens. The business was established by his brother, Herman Unger, five brothers having been associated together. When first established their trade was largely in the jewelry line, but as the silverware trade developed they became more interested in its manufacture, and in the course of years built up a large trade.
The late Mr. Unger represented the firm on the road for a number of years, calling on the trade in the south, principally Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia. He also had an extensive acquaintance in the Empire State. During the last decade however, he devoted more attention to the manufacturing end of the business.
Mr. Unger was in his 59th year, and besides his connection with the jewelry business, was a director in the Manufacturer National Bank, president of the board of trustees of St. Paul’s Church, a member of the Baltusrol Club and a member of the Newark Board of Trade. He leaves two sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Raymond, is vice-president of the company and the younger, Kenneth, is 12 years old. One daughter is the wife of G. Le Rue Masters, who has for a number of years been associated in the management of the business.
It was Mr. Unger's intention, so it is stated, that he would give up active business on his 60th birthday and turn the business over to the younger members the firm.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular- 24th November 1909