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Obituaries for 1943

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Section Hand Killed
—Manuel Albelo, 45, a worker on an extra section gang at Weimar, was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a locomotive at West New England Mills. Coroner Francis E. West, who conducted an investigation, reported Albelo apparently was sitting on a rail and failed to hear the locomotive which was running light down grade. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 1-14-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Local Citizen Commits Suicide at Mother’s Home
—Merle L. Alspaugh, well-known citizen, a young man of only 36 years, committed suicide here last Sunday afternoon by shooting himself with a shotgun in the home of his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Alspaugh. Merle had recently returned from Los Angeles where he went in search of defense work. Not being successful in securing the kind of work he sought, he seemed somewhat despondent, but his family did not realize his real mental condition. He had returned from town Sunday and after talking to his mother and sister a while, he remarked that he believed he would take a rest and went to his brother’s bedroom to lie down for awhile, when in a few moments a shot rang out from the bedroom. His mother and sister rushed in to find him lying face down across the bed, apparently dead. They immediately gave the alarm, and Deputy Coroner Frank Farnsworth responded. He made a closer examination, finding that he was not dead but badly wounded, and called Dr. McArthur, who though knowing there was no hope, sent him immediately to Highlands Hospital in Auburn where he lingered until Monday evening at 7:00 o’clock when he died. Despite his serious wound of having his face entirely blown away from the forehead down, both eyes destroyed, he never lost consciousness and was able to write requests to his family as to what he wanted done with his effects, etc. The manner of Merle Alspaugh’s demise has cast gloom over this community as he was well known and popular and had many friends who are deeply grieved. The funeral will be held from the Farnsworth Mortuary Chapel on Saturday at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon; interment will be made in the family plot in Manzanita Cemetery under the auspices of local Mendota Tribe, No. 270, Improved Order of Red Men, of which he was a prominent member. He is survived by his wife, Emma Alspaugh; and their two children, Norman and Lois of Lincoln; his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Alspaugh; two brothers, Noah and Albert Alspaugh, also of Lincoln; two sisters, Mrs. Viola Garrett of Lincoln and Mrs. Luella Manke of Los Angeles. [Lincoln News Messenger, Thursday, 2-4-1943. Submitted by KKM]

G. W. Brown Is Called
George W. Brown, 63, native of Clarksburg, Yolo County, passed away in the Highland Hospital in Auburn Saturday, July 31. The deceased purchased the stone house of the late E. C. Klinker, located on the highway near Colfax where he had made his home the past few years. He was interested in a Chinaware store in Sacramento. Services were held from St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Sacramento on Tuesday morning with Rev. James J. Hynes of the St. Joseph Church of Auburn in charge of 9 o’clock mass. Interment followed in the Sacramento City Cemetery. The deceased is survived by a wife, Louise, and the following brothers and sisters: Miss Rose Brown, Mrs. Clara Rose, Mrs. Minnie Enos, King K. Brown, Manuel E. Brown, and Albert M. Brown. The Lukens, Vettestad, Bryan Memorial Home of Auburn was in charge of all arrangements. [Auburn Journal, August 5, 1943. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]

Mrs. Chappell Services
—Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Lukens, Vettestad & Bryan Chapel in Auburn for Mrs. Nellie Chappell, 82, a life-long resident of Placer County, who died at her home on Reamer Street on Monday. Before the services, Rosary was said Tuesday evening at the chapel. Mrs. Chappell is survived by her sister, Miss Julie T. Murphy. She was a sister of the late John W. Murphy of Bowman and Mrs. Mary A. Leary of Newcastle. Interment was in the family plot at the Auburn District Cemetery. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 8-19-1943. Submitted by KKM]

C. B. Dunnam Is Called
—Charles Benjamin Dunnam, Auburn resident for many years, passed away at his home on Tennis Way on Monday, May 31, 1943. Death followed a long illness which for several years had prevented Dunnam from following his trade as a painter and paper hanger. Charles Dunnam was born in Michigan Bluff on December 6, 1866. He lived in Placer County his entire life. He moved to Auburn when a young man and for many years followed his trade as paper hanger and painter. His work was outstanding, and many of the old homes of Auburn today possess paper on the walls and interior decorations which were placed by Dunnam when in his prime. He was one of the oldest members of the Downtown Fire Company. He is survived by a wife, Mrs. Hettie Dunnam, and three step-daughters, Mrs. M. C. Wheaton of Monterey, Mrs. Mabel Dunn of Auburn, and Mrs. C. A. Cunningham of Colfax. Services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday, June 2, 1943, from the Lukens, Vettestad, Bryan Memorial Home in Auburn, with Rev. C. Aaron King of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment was in the family plot at the Auburn District Cemetery. Pallbearers included: William M. Haines, Walter Crosby, Herb Morrow, Harvey Smith, Richard Frankland, and George Morvan. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 6-3-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Auburn Author Passes
—Funeral services for the late Jackson Gregory, 60, author, educator and screen writer, were held early Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Auburn. Gregory died at the home place of his brother, E. M. Gregory, near Auburn on Saturday night. Rosary services were held Sunday night. The remains were shipped to Oakland later in the week. Arrangements for a final resting place were to be made in Oakland. The Lukens, Vettestad and Bryan Chapel was in charge. Gregory was a resident of Hollywood at the time of his death, but he frequently came to Auburn to do his literary work in a small retreat on the suburban home of his brother, E. M. Gregory. Gregory and his family resided on Acolia Heights in Auburn for many years. Gregory had been working on a novel “The Hermit of Thunder King” at the time of his death. He was said to have completed a draft of the closing chapter just before he died. He was taken seriously ill about two weeks ago. His wife, Mrs. Lotus M. Gregory of Hollywood, and his son, Jackson Gregory, Jr. of Hollywood, were called. When he showed improvement, they returned. When the final attack came, death came so quickly they could not be summoned. Mrs. Gregory arrived Sunday to make the funeral arrangements. Another son, Roderick Gregory, residing in Boston, Mass., was unable to come. Gregory came from a pioneer California family, his father being the late Judge D. S. Gregory, well-known Central California jurist. His grandfathers were the late Jose De La Guerra and W. E. P. Hartnett, both prominent figures in early California history. Educated at the University of California in Berkeley, Gregory early showed literary talent and was editor of the Blue and Gold published by the class of 1906. He served as principal of the Meadow Lake Union High School at Truckee. While residing in Truckee, he met and married Miss Lotus McClashen, daughter of the expert on Donner Trail history. Determined to become a writer, Gregory worked on the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several Pacific Coast newspapers. He also worked as a cowpuncher in Nevada and studied in England. “Ru, The Conqueror” and “Lords of the Coast” were his two outstanding books, although hundreds of thousands of readers of the western thrillers he wrote knew him better for that type of writing. Later in life he turned to mystery stories. “House of the Opal” was a mystery novel with a Tahoe region background. His books were published in all popular languages excepting Russian and Japanese. Screen adaptations of his books were popular, especially “Six Foot, Four” featuring Bill Hart, the two-gun hero of the silent film era, and “Ladyfingers.” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer sent him a contract shortly before his death. It was found on a table in his room, unsigned. Graveside services for Gregory took place Wednesday morning at 11 AM in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 6-17-1943. Submitted by KKM]

George Greitman Dies at Age of 88, Funeral Saturday
—One of our oldest citizens in point of age, 88 years, and residence in this community, George John Greitman, passed away in an Auburn hospital on Wednesday, January 13. The funeral was held at the Sierra View Mausoleum, Saturday, January 16. The remains were cremated, and the ashes were placed beside his wife in the family plot in Sheridan Cemetery. George Greitman was born in Sonoma County of parents who were real pioneers, having crossed the plains by ox team and were on their way to Placer County where they resided the remainder of their lives. Mr. Greitman, Sr. engaged in the merchandise business at Sheridan in which he was succeeded by his son, George, who continued the business for years but afterward became a farmer of that district. He was, no doubt, one of the oldest living native sons of California. Mr. Greitman attended the Manzanita School in the old days, also the Sheridan School. He inherited the spirit of the Old West, took things as they came along, and did not grumble. He was friendly and enjoyed his friends of whom he had many. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Louise Stagner of Berkeley and Miss Emma Greitman of Sheridan; three sons, Fred A. of Sheridan, Charles Edward of Roseville, and George Dewey in the armed forces and stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky; also a niece, Mrs. Hattie Gauthier of Berkeley. [Lincoln News Messenger, Thursday, 1-21-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Funeral rites were held Monday at the Broyer Mortuary for Frederick  George Guilbert, 21, who died December 10 in Sacramento.  Rev. Clifford  Ford officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The deceased, a  native of Roseville, was a graduate of local schools. He was employed as  a draftsman at McClellan Field at the time of his death. Surviving are  his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Guilbert; two sisters, Eleanor J.  and Marylou; and a brother, William B. Guilbert. [Roseville Press-Tribune Date: Wed. 12-15-1943 Submitters Name: KKM ]

Liniment Blast Proves Fatal
—Burns caused by the explosion of a bottle of liniment, which he held close to a stove, proved fatal early Sunday to John Hallbom, 73, Auburn carpenter. He was an arthritis sufferer. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon in Auburn with burial at the Auburn District Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jennie Hallbom of Auburn; his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson of Hayward; and a brother, Arvid Hallbom of Auburn. Hallbom went to Auburn in 1922 after residing in Truckee for 16 years. He was a native of Sweden. [Roseville Press, Wednesday, 11-24-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Mrs. Hansen Services
—Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Lukens, Vettestad and Bryan Chapel in Auburn for Mrs. Sophia Hansen, 92, who died at her home in Auburn on Christmas Day. Mrs. Hansen had been a resident of Auburn for 67 years. Following the services, burial took place in the Auburn District Cemetery. Mrs. Hansen was a native of Denmark. She is survived by two sons, Peter Hansen and Lawrence Hansen, both of Auburn. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 12-30-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Tragic Death of Soldiers—Services will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning from the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn for Corp. Emilio Salazar. The tragic death of two young men from the local army camp last Friday afternoon cast a gloom over the entire community. Both had been stationed in this territory for many months, and one had married an Auburn girl. The deaths were the result of an accident on the back road to Colfax just a short distance from Clipper Gap. An army truck containing a number of soldiers from Camp Placer turned over when passing a lumber truck driven by R. B. Monroe and owned by the W. S. Watkins & Son of Reno, Nevada. The trucks were traveling in opposite directions. When the army truck turned over, the gas tank exploded and Corp. Emilio Salazar and Pfc. Arthur L. Henry were burned so severely that they died at the Highland Hospital in Auburn where they were rushed for medical attention. Salazar died while being placed on the operating table, and Henry died a few minutes later. Corp. Salazar, who was driving the army truck, also suffered internal injuries. Corp. Salazar is survived by a wife, Mrs. Genevieve Salazar, who resides at 146 Linden Street in Auburn. The couple was married about two months ago. He entered the service from Weston, Colorado, and was known by almost everyone in Auburn as he was the driver of the jeep which called for the mail at the post office and made other business trips to and from the army camp and city of Auburn. Pfc. Arthur Henry entered the service from Rugby, ND. Corp. Peter Conduracki, who was in the air corps branch of the army and was attached to Company D, 754 M. P. Bn. for ration purposes, suffered two broken legs, burns, and other bruises in the accident. Pfc. Donald Rode and Pfc. Kenneth Burt, both of Company D, were bruised and burned. They are patients at the Camp Beale army hospital where Corp. Conduracki was also taken. Corp. Earl Lambert was injured slightly but was on duty the next day. Staff Sergeant Ivan E. Simpson, who was riding on the army truck at the time of the accident, was thrown clear of the wreck, and the army investigation disclosed Sgt. Simpson endangered his own life by removing the injured from the burning army truck. An army investigation held none to blame. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 9-2-1943. Submitted by KKM.]

Funeral Today for John Hopping, Old-Time Citizen
—John Hopping, native of Illinois, passed away at his home in Lincoln, Monday, January 18, 1943, at the age of 79 years. He had resided here for the past 50 years and had engaged in farming interests. He is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Mabel Hopping of Lincoln, and three sons, Vernon E. of Lincoln and Stacy R. and Erwin Hopping of Roseville. Also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ida A. Tofft and Mrs. Mae H. Hoffman of Sacramento and Mrs. Fanney Neilsen of Mosier, Oregon; and two brothers, Luther of Yakima, Washington, and Luman Hopping of Los Gatos, California. Funeral services under the direction of the Farnsworth Mortuary were held at 2:00 PM today in the Full Gospel Church, Lincoln, Reverend J. E. Peterson officiating, with interment in the Lincoln Cemetery. [Lincoln News Messenger, Thursday, 1-21-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Georgia Kerhoulas Dies at Mercy
—Funeral services were pending last night at Broyer Chapel for Mrs. Georgia Kerhoulas, resident of 209 Ash Street, who died yesterday afternoon at Mercy Hospital, Sacramento, following a long illness. Mrs. Kerhoulas, a native of Vresthena, Greece, had resided in Roseville for 39 years and in California for 40 years. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Helen Hasapis, Mrs. Katherine Harris and Mary Kerhoulas, all of Roseville, and Mrs. Tula Demas of Sacramento; and Nicholas P. Kerhoulas of Roseville. [Roseville Press, Wednesday, 7-28-1943. Submitted by KKM.]

Funeral Tomorrow at St. Rose for Capt. LaPorte—Catholic funeral rites will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock in St. Rose Church for Charles Joseph LaPorte, late captain of the Placer County office of the California State Highway Patrol, who died late Wednesday at his home, 301 Mariposa Avenue, after an illness of several weeks. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sacramento. Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o’clock at the Broyer Chapel, and friends may view the remains there until 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning. Charles LaPorte was a native of Coxsackie, New York. He had resided in Roseville the past 23 years and was a member of Alyn W. Butler post, American Legion, and Roseville Aerie Order of Eagles. He also was president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. Surviving are his wife, Rose; a son, Charles J. LaPorte Jr.; and a sister, Mrs. George Massi of Sacramento. [Roseville Press, Friday, 11-19-1943]

Chas. LaPorte Is Laid to Rest—Grieving relatives and friends of the late Charles LaPorte, Placer County captain of the State Highway Patrol and a resident of Roseville for many years, gathered Saturday in St. Rose Catholic Church for final rites. A Highway Patrol guard of honor stood by the casket at the Broyer Chapel on Friday night and Saturday morning until time for the service. Members of the Patrol served as pall bearers. Gordon H. Garland, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, attended the rites in the absence of E. Raymond Cato, Highway Patrol Chief. Organ music was contributed to the service by Mrs. Madeline Aimo. [Roseville Press, Wednesday, 11-24-1943]

Final Rites Held for Resident of Loomis—Last rites were held Saturday afternoon at the Broyer Chapel for Frank Mihas, retired Southern Pacific Company employee. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mihas died late Thursday in the Southern Pacific Company’s general hospital, San Francisco. He leaves a nephew, Nicholas Lamperas of Oakland. [Roseville Press, Wednesday, 8-4-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Death Calls Pioneer
—Death, on Friday, January 22, called John Rainey, one of the pioneer residents of the Wolf district near Auburn. The deceased was 85 years of age and had resided in the Wolf district for the past 50 years. He was taken ill several weeks ago, suffering from complications brought on by advanced age. Death came quietly as he rested in bed at his Wolf district home. John Rainey was one of the early settlers in the Wolf district. He devoted his life to the up building of his ranch and making a home for his family. His wife passed away in 1937. Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. B. S. Ward and Mrs. Ray Johnston; and two sons, John Rainey, Jr. and Robert Rainey. Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Hislop’s Little Chapel of the Hills in Auburn, with Rev. C. Aaron King, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment was in Sacramento. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 1-28-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Funeral Wednesday for Rocklin Resident—Last rites were held Wednesday in the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Rocklin, for Carl Rauta, 66, who died Monday in an Auburn hospital. Interment followed in Rocklin Cemetery. Rauta is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hilma L. Rauta of Rocklin, and a son, Dr. Archie Rauta of Los Angeles. He had been a resident of Rocklin for 32 years and was a native of Finland. [Roseville Press, Friday, 1-15-1943. Submitted by KKM]

Death Comes to Pioneer
—Maggie May Robinson, widow of the late A. K. Robinson, passed away at the Highland Hospital in Auburn on January 7, 1943. Death followed a paralytic stroke which she had suffered a few hours previous. Assistant Postmaster John Robinson had visited his mother on Wednesday evening, and City Attorney K. D. Robinson found his mother suffering from a stroke when he called the next morning. She was rushed to the hospital, and the end came quietly a little after 5 o’clock that afternoon. Both sons had talked with her just a few moments before her passing. Maggie May Robinson was born in Portmouth, Ohio, April 25, 1860. With other members of her family, she moved to the state of Tennessee where she resided until 18 years old when she moved with her parents to Quincy, California. They later moved to Roseville where she met and married Attorney A. K. Robinson in 1886. When he was elected district attorney of Placer County, the couple moved with their family to Auburn where they became such an important part of the community. The deceased possessed a remarkable disposition. Living her life for her husband and children, she left community affairs to others and contented herself with making her “home” everything it should be in providing love and care for children and husband. Her devotion to her family provided this community with an example worthy of all imitation. She was a Christian woman in every sense of the word, holding membership in the Methodist Church in Auburn from the time the church was dedicated until the time of her passing. A regular church attendant for many years, the infirmities of age had prevented her attendance during the past few years. She was also a member of Crystal Chapter, No. 57, Order of Eastern Star in Auburn. The closing days of her life were saddened by the death of a son, Kent Robinson. The shock of this death to a devoted 82-year-old mother seemed a little too much to bear, yet she continued to carry on for the love of her remaining four children until the very end. Her last words to her sons in Auburn were that she was “Going Home.” What appropriate words to come from the lips of one who had devoted so much to make her home on earth such a lovely place. The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Madeline Rexinger of Stockton; three sons, K. D. Robinson and John Robinson of Auburn and Captain Stephen B. Robinson, US Navy, who is now in New York. Two half-brothers, Charles Graham of Dayton, Kentucky, and Hewett Graham of Cincinnati also survive. Services were held Saturday afternoon from the Pioneer Methodist Church with Rev. James Phillips officiating. The Lukens, Veitestad, Bryan Memorial Home was in charge of arrangements. Committal was at the Sierra View Crematory at Marysville. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Dahlberg sang at the services. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 1-14-1943. Submitted by KKM]

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