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BURNETT, MARY
Miss Mary Burnett, daughter of J. D. Burnett, of Douglas county, died in Santa Rosa, Cal., of consumption on the 3d inst.  She went to California in the vain hope of restoring her health. [The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, April 15, 1882. Submitted by J. Dezotell]

LANGE, HENRY
Death of Henry Lange.
VALLEJO, March 21. — Henry Lange, one of the best-known pioneers of this section, passed away in San Francisco Tuesday. The deceased was a native of Germany, aged 67 years. Lange was the Democratic nominee for the Assembly in 1902, and was narrowly defeated by Percy King. He was prominent in the Order of Odd Fellows and served as noble grand arch of the United Ancient Order of Druids for the State of California. [San Francisco Call, Volume 80, Number 93, 1 September 1896. Submitted by Robyn Greenlund]

EVANS, EVAN F.
Two More Valley Youths Killed in Action—Two northern California youths lost their life in action in the Pacific war zone, their parents were informed yesterday by military authorities. The death toll for the north state now stands at four since the islands were bombed a week ago today by the Japanese. The dead: Jesse Keith Milbourne, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Milbourne of Corning; and Ensign Evan Evans, 25, son of Mrs. Belle Evans of Vallejo and husband of Mrs. Greta Gale Evans of Oakland. Reported dead earlier this week were First Lieut. Hans Christiansen, 21, of Woodland, and Ensign David Lester Cole, 22, of Sacramento. Details of the death of Milbourne and Evans were withheld by authorities. Report stated Evans died in action last Sunday. Milbourne, an apprentice seaman, enlisted in July and spent several weeks in the San Diego naval training station after which he was assigned to duty. In addition to his parents, he is survived by an older brother, Archie of San Francisco and a sister, Miss Zola Milbourne, a nurse in a Chico hospital. Evans was married in June to Greta Gale of Oakland, who said goodbye to her husband just 48 hours before war broke out. Ensign Evans attended Vallejo schools and was graduated from University High School in Oakland and College of Pacific. His father, Lieut. Frederick Evans, retired naval lieutenant, died last summer. [Sacramento Union, Sunday, 12-14-1941]

MEACHAM, ORPHA C.
Death of Mrs. Alfred B. Meacham
From the Walla Walla (Washington Territory) Statesman. Mrs. Orpha Caroline F. Meacham died in this city at the residence of Col. J. W. Redington on Saturday night, Jan. 7. Mrs. Meacham was a lady with a history connected with the early days of this immediate section, and was well known all over the Pacific Coast as a most exemplary Christian. She was born Oct 16, 1827, in Fayette County, Indiana, and at the time of her death was aged 60 years and 3 months. She was one of a large family, who afterward removed to Brighton, Iowa. There she was married Oct. 28, 1852, to Alfred B. Meacham, who came from California for that purpose, and accompanied by his fair young bride returned to the Golden State via New Orleans and the Isthmus of Panama. Upon reaching California they resided in Suisun, Solano County, and there remained until they arrived in Walla Walla in 1863, and located at what has since been known as "Meacham's," on the Blue Mountains. Here they remained, engaged in mining and other enterprises, until 1870, when they removed to Salem, Oregon, when Mr. Meacham was appointed on the Modoc Peace Commission, with Gen. Canby and Dr. Thomas, who were ruthlessly assassinated by the Modocs at the lava beds, and Mr. Meacham, with six or seven bullets in him, left for dead on the field.  He escaped with his life, but never fully recovered, dying in Washington in 1882. Since then Mrs. Meacham has resided alternately in Portland and Walla Walla. She leaves three children, Mr. George Meacham, Mrs. J. W. Redington, and Mrs. Dr. J. N. Prather of Iowa. [January 30, 1888, "The New York Times". Submitted by AFOFG]

BOWLER, T. J.
Fatal Accident—Col. T. J. Bowler, President of the Rough and Ready Mining Association of Lynn, Mass., was knocked overboard and drowned from schr. Harrison in Suisun Bay, Sept. 9. Col Bowler was sitting upon the rail when he was struck by the mizzen-boom. Every effort was made to save him, but he sank to rise no more when the boat was within a few yards of him. Col. Bowler leaves a family at Lynn. [Placer Times, Sacramento, Saturday, 9-15-1849. Submitted by K. Marynik]

FREEMAN, THOMAS M.
Attend Funeral of Relative in Berkeley M. W. Priest, Lon Priest, and Jake Pfosi were in Berkeley yesterday to attend the funeral of the late Thomas M. Freeman, 33, Suisun undertaken and deputy coroner. The deceased recently underwent an operation for appendicitis in an Oakland hospital, at which place he passed away. He is survived by his wife, Amy Freeman, and by a 6-year-old daughter, Barbara, and by several sisters and brothers. The deceased, until about sixteen years ago, resided in Rocklin where his father conducted a furniture store. He is a first cousin of Mrs. M. Priest and is related by marriage to Dr. H. D. Fletcher of this city. [Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 10-25-1929. Submitted by K. Marynik]

HEDDEN, ROBERT WALDO
Body of Former Roseville Lad Recovered Sunday
The body of Robert Waldo Hedden, 6-year-old Rio Vista boy, formerly of Roseville, who met his death by drowning in the Sacramento River on August 19, was recovered on Sunday at the lower end of Grand Island, three miles north of the spot where the lad fell into the water. With his sister, Wanda Hedden, the boy was swimming in the river opposite Rio Vista, when he was seized with cramps. The girl said that as he was drowning, he shouted to her, “Kiss mamma good-by.” The youth was the son of Robert and Ruby Hedden, proprietors of the Eagle Café at Rio Vista. The body was seen floating in the water by F. N. Davis, Route 1, Rio Vista, who was looking for a place to fish. It was taken in charge by Coroner John T. Skelton. [ Roseville Tribune, 9/8/1926. Submitted by K. Marynik]

KENNEDY, GUY ROCHELLE
GUY KENNEDY, CIVIC LEADER, SIES SUDDENLY
Guy R. Kennedy, executive manager of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and prominent civic leader, died suddenly this afternoon shortly after 2 PM at the Community Hospital. Mr. Kennedy had been under treatment since Tuesday for a heart ailment. He had attended the Community Chest dinner Monday night and suffered a heart attack Tuesday. Mr. Kennedy had been with the Standard Oil Company in Vallejo for many years prior to taking over his duties with the Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the outstanding northern California leaders in the Boy Scout movement. The late hour of his death this afternoon precluded a more complete story, which will be carried in the Saturday Times-Herald. [ Vallejo News Chronicle, 10/11/1956. Submitted by K. Marynik]

Guy Kennedy’s Sudden Death Is Community Loss
All Vallejo continues its tribute today to a splendid civic leader and friend of the community, Guy R. Kennedy, 60, executive vice-president and manager of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, whose death yesterday at the Vallejo Community Hospital shocked thousands of his associates and co-workers here. A native of Oregon City, Oregon, Kennedy had lived in Vallejo 12 years, coming here from Redwood City. Prior to becoming associated with the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, he had been an executive with the Standard Oil Company of California for 25 years. In Vallejo he was branch manager of the company’s division for approximately nine years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Millicent J. Kennedy; two sons, Leroy C. Kennedy of Richmond, and Donald E. Kennedy of Portland, OR; two daughters, Faye Ellen and Marilyn Jean Kennedy of Vallejo; his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Kennedy of Chico; a brother, Chester E. Kennedy of La Mesa; six sisters, Mrs. Marshall Alspaugh, Miss Edna Kennedy, both of Oregon; Mrs. Frank Wylde and Miss Veda Kennedy of Chico, Mrs. Eva K. Shearer of La Mesa, and Mrs. G. E. Schmidt; and three grandchildren, Tod M., Patricia Ann, and Kristi Kennedy. Rites are pending at the Chisholm and Dickey Funeral Home. Kennedy, who had been executive vice-president and manager of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce for more than three years, was one of the most active civic workers this community has known. He was a member of the Naval Affairs Committee of the senior chamber; active in Masonic circles, including St. John Lodge No. 37, F and AM of Yreka; Ben Ali Temple Shrine of Sacramento; and the Vallejo Shrine Club; Vallejo Lodge 559, BPOE; a past president of Vallejo Rotary Club; president of Silverado area council, Boy Scouts of America; a member of the Navy League of the United States; past president and co-chairman of the Vallejo Mare Island Community Chest, secretary of the Solano County Water Council; a director of the Army-Navy YMCA; and holder of the Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America. This year, Kennedy continued his active participation in Community Chest work as chairman of the employer-employee contact committee, and was present Monday evening at the kick-off dinner. He attended the event as a Chest worker, despite his apparent illness. Immediately after the dinner, he consented to go to the Vallejo Community Hospital for a check-up, and was immediately hospitalized by physicians for a serious heart condition. Death came unexpectedly at 2 PM yesterday. Kennedy, whose accomplishments in promoting the growth and community welfare of Vallejo has won tribute throughout the state, came originally from Oregon where, after graduation from the University of Oregon, he was associated in building-contracting with his father. Together, the junior and senior Kennedy are credited with constructing many of the larger paper mills of their state, including the Willamette Paper Mill at Oregon City. Later, Guy, the son, continued in his career of construction engineering until he moved to California where he became associated with Standard Oil as an executive. [Vallejo Times Herald, 10/12/1946. Submitted by K. Marynik]

McINNIS, JOHN A.
The Passing of John A. M’Innis – A Pioneer Resident and an Honored Citizen Answers the Last Call John A. McInnis, who died in this city Saturday night, was born at Prince Edwards Island, Canada, March 4, 1839. He took up his residence in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1855, served as a non-commissioned officer during the Civil War. He joined the expedition under General W. T. Sherman, which left Handon Rose, Virginia, in October 1861, for Port Royal, South Carolina. Mr. McInnis was returned to headquarters at Washington, DC, and remained there off duty til December 1863. He then went under orders to Brooklyn, New York, and joined a command under Major A. C. Garland and proceeded by steamer for Mare Island naval yard. While en route from New York to Aspinwall on the passenger steamer Ariel, which was capture, and made prisoner by Confederate States warship Alabama (Capt. Hemmes). All the in command were made prisoners of war, their arms, equipment and military stores being captured and taken on board the Alabama. Later, a bond was signed to the captain of the Alabama, and Mr. McInnis was permitted to proceed on his passage, and arrived at Mare Island December 23, 1863, and was thereupon detained on service in San Francisco til 1864. After leaving the government services he was in charge of the naval canteen, Mare Island, for a number of years, and later engaged in the hardware and grocery business in Vallejo. The deceased served several terms as a member of the Vallejo board of city trustees, was an exempt member of the Vallejo fire department, and was a one time president of the Vallejo board of trade. He was one of our most reliable and substantial citizens and owned much property here. Farragut Theater belongs to the estate. Mr. McInnis devoted much of his time to the upbuilding of Vallejo. He belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent’s Benevolent Society. The deceased is survived by his wife and a number of sons and daughters. The funeral will take place this morning at 9:30 o’clock from the family residence on Virginia Street, thence to St. Vincent’s Church, where a high requiem mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul. [Vallejo Daily Times, 8-7-1904. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik]

MILLER, JAMES MONROE
Oldest Vacaville Native Dies at 95
VACAVILLE (Solano Co.)—Funeral services were held here today for James Monroe Miller, oldest Vacaville native, who died Saturday in his home. He was 95. Miller was born November 19, 1856, on the Matrell Ranch at the mouth of the Miller Canyon. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Miller, who came to the Pacific Coast in 1848, settling first in Oregon and then moving to Solano County in 1852. He was the first postmaster of Vacaville, appointed by President Grover Cleveland. He ran the first telephone line from Vacaville to the Southern Pacific tracks at Elmira, connecting Vacaville with Sacramento and San Francisco, and extending it from Vacaville to Winters. Miller operated the telephone services from his drug store in Vacaville, which he established in 1879. His parents’ ranch supplied the miners of the Comstock Load in the 1850s. Miller was a 60-year member of the Odd Fellows. He is survived by a son, Raines, of Vacaville. The services were held in the McCune Funeral Chapel, with interment in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. [Unknown Newspaper, March 1952.Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]

VANDERBILT, W.W.
Vallejo, Cal., Jan. 2. W. W. Vanderbilt cousin of Commodore Vanderbilt, died here yesterday. He was chief engineer of  the pioneer steamer California when she made her voyage to this coast, and he has remained here ever since. [The Arizona Republican Sunday January 3, 1892. Submitted by Barb Z.]

STILES, MARY S.
Died.  In Vallejo, California, Nov. 20th, 1874, Mary S., wife of Harry N. Stiles and daughter of J. T. Van  Bibber, aged 20 years, 8 months and 5 days, a native of Ashland, Kentucky. [Willamette Farmer, (Salem, Or.). December 11, 1874 . Unknown Submitter]

CROSS, GERTRUDE
DIED At Vallejo, Cal, April 5, 1920, Mrs. Clinton H. Cross (nee Gertrude Purcell), beloved wife of Clinton H. Cross, mother of Gertrude Ruth Cross, sister of Mrs. May Calice, Mrs. Anna French, Mrs. Naomi Pinard and devoted daughter of Mrs. D. T. Purcell of San Jose. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Wednesday, 7 Apr. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

WYNNE, DAN
Vallejo, September 3. – Dan Wynne, the slayer of Special Officer Frank Toal here Wednesday morning in a street fight, died at his home last evening.   Death resulted from internal hemorrhage as in the case of Toal. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Thursday, 3 Sept. 1896; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

LONGMIRE, GLADYS M.
DIED. At Vallejo, Cal., March 7, 1901, Gladys M. Longmire, a native of California, aged 8 years.

SEWELL, W.E.
Vallejo, March 17. – General W. E. Sewell former Governor of Guam died at the Navy Hospital at 3 o’clock this morning. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Thursday, 17 Mar. 1904; transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

CARLTON, MARY C.
VALLEJO, Aug. 16. – Mrs. Mary C. Carlton, 87, a resident of Vallejo for 63 years, died here last night. A son, Frank E. Carlton, of San Jose, survives her. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Wednesday, 16 Aug. 1922; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

LANE, RACHAEL B. Dr.
VALLEJO, Cal., Feb. 18. – Dr. Rachael B. Lane one of the best known physicians of Vallejo died early today from the effects of a stroke of paralysis suffered last night. Dr. Lane was also a noted charitable worker here and is survived by three sisters including Dr. Elizabeth Lane of Santa Rosa and Dr. Jennie Nesbitt of San Jose. [Source: San Jose Mercury News (Tuesday, 19 Feb. 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

LUDWIG, EMILY E.
DIED.
At Vallejo, Cal., Mrs. Emily E. Ludwig, of San Jose, aged 63 years. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Monday, 1 July 1901; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

LISTER, HANNAH
DIED.
In Vallejo, Cal., March 19, 1902, Mrs. Hannah Lister, wife of the late Samuel Lister, beloved mother of Mrs. M. W. Bent of San Jose, Mrs. J. Milman of Vallejo and T. E. Lister of Los Angeles, Cal. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Thursday, 20 Mar. 1902; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

HANSON, BETTY
DIED.
In Vallejo, Cal., Sept. 16, 1919, Betty Hanson, beloved wife of M. C. Hanson of Port Orchard, Wash.; loving mother of Mrs. J. C. Davis of Vallejo, Mrs. O. A. Butterfield, Miss Marie Fredrickson and Miss Edith Hanson of San Jose, Charles Rolkjer of Oroville, Cal., and Andrew Rolkjer of Boise, Idaho, a native of Sweden, aged 79 years, 9 months and 9 days. [Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Friday, 19 Sept. 1919; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

CONROY, JOHANNA
DIED, In Vallejo, February 9, Mrs. Johanna Conroy, aged 29 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Saturday, 16 Feb. 1878) transcribed by FoFG mz]

BECKWITH, MARIA
DIED.
In Vallejo, August 20, Mrs. Maria Beckwith, aged 35 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 25 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG mz]

ROBINSON, GEORGE W.
ROBINSON, JAMES I.
DIED In Sulphur Spring Valley, Solano county, Dec. 13th George William, of croup, aged four and a half, and Dec. 10th, of the same disease, James Iddleton, aged two and a half years, sons of Beedy and Emeline Robinson. [Source: Daily Placer Times & Transcript (San Francisco, CA) Monday, 26 Dec. 1853; transcribed by FoFG mz ]

McCARTY, J.C.
DIED. In Benicia, Nov. 25, J. C McCarty, Military Storekeeper Quartermaster’s Department U.S.A., aged 37 years. [Source: California Farmer & Journal of Useful Science (San Francisco, CA) Friday, 5 Dec. 1862]

NUGENT, W.H.
DIED, In Vallejo, November 15, W. H. Nugent, aged about 50 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 19 Nov. 1872) transcribed by FoFG mz]

BECKWITH, MARIA
DIED, In Vallejo, August 20, Mrs. Maria Beckwith, aged 35 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 25 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG mz]

LINCOLN, NATHAN
DIED, At his residence near Vacaville, August 17th Nathan Lincoln, a native of Taunion, Massachusetts, in the 74th year of his age. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 6 Sept. 1864) transcribed by FoFG mz]

HENRY, MARY
DIED, In Benicia, August 2, Mary, wife of James Henry, aged 55 years. [Source: Territorial Enterprise (8 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

MURCH, WALTER
DIED In Vallejo, September 4, Walter Murch, aged 9 years. [Source: Territorial Enterprise (9 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

BEWS, MARY A.
Mrs. Mary A. Bews, Vallejo Pioneer, Dies
--Vallejo, Feb. 6. Mrs. Mary A. Bews, a pioneer resident of this city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Frazier, in Sacramento Street yesterday following a long illness. Mrs. Bews came to Vallejo in 1874 and was more than 83 years of age. Besides Mrs. Frazier, she leaves another sister, Mrs. J. Warren of San Francisco. [SF Call, Tuesday, 2-7-1911. Submitted by KKM]

CARROLL, MICHAEL
Solano County Pioneer Dead
--Vallejo, Nov. 23. Michael Carroll, a pioneer of Solano, died today at the residence of his son-in-law, D. M. Fleming, on the Orphans' Home road. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Carroll came to Vallejo in 1855, being the first pioneer, with Supervisor Fleming's father, to fence any land in Vallejo township. [SF Call, Tuesday, 11-24-1903. Submitted by KKM]

FARRELL, WILLIAM
Vallejo Pioneer Dies
--Vallejo, March 16. William Farrell, one of Vallejo's pioneer residents, died here late last night. Farrell came to Vallejo in 1872 and accepted a clerkship at Mare Island shortly afterward. The funeral will be held Monday. [SF Call, Sunday, 3-17-1912. Submitted by KKM]

GREEN, JAMES
Vallejo Pioneer Passes Away
--Vallejo, Jan. 9. James Green, for 50 years a resident of Vallejo, died last night. Green came to this city when Admiral Farragut was in charge of the Mare Island Navy Yard and served with that naval officer on the first board of directors of the Methodist Church. He has served several terms as City Trustee and on the Board of Education. He is survived by a widow; one son, Wilson Green of this city; and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Littlefield of Hayward. [SF Call, Wednesday, 1-10-1906. Submitted by KKM]

GRAY, SAMUEL C.
Sudden Death of a Pioneer
--Benicia, June 19. Samuel C. Gray, an old and respected resident of this city for the past 43 years, died suddenly today of heart failure while sitting in a chair at home. He came to California in 1849 by way of the Isthmus, arriving here June 3. He conducted the first store opened in Benicia. He served as County Treasurer in 1861 and has filled the office of Treasurer of this county and other important positions. He was born in Boston, October 11, 1816. He leaves a wife, three sons, and a daughter. The old gentleman will be greatly missed in this community where he had so long been a resident. [Sacramento Daily Record-Union, Monday, 6-20-1892. Submitted by KKM]

HANSCOM, JOHN O.
John O. Hanscom, Navy Yard Pioneer, Dies in Vallejo -
Son of the First Naval Constructor at Island - Rounded the Horn in 1852--Vallejo, Jan. 4. John O. Hanscom, a Vallejo pioneer resident, died this morning after a short sickness. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hamshire, in 1836 and came around the Horn to Mare Island when he was 16 years old. His father, Isaiah Hanscom, who was afterward Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, had been ordered to the navy yard as its first naval constructor. From 1852 to 1857 he was his father's paymaster and chief clerk at Mare Island. In 1857 he removed to San Francisco, where he conducted an iron works until 1872, when he removed to Oakland and edited the Oakland Radiator until 1880. Then he bought the Berkeley Gazette, which he edited several years. In 1892 he came to Vallejo and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He leaves a wife; a son, George E. Hanscom, radio expert of Mare Island; and a brother, M. L. Hanscom, City Auditor of Berkeley. [SF Call, Sunday, 1-5-1913. Submitted by KKM]

MASON, MARY A.
Solano County Pioneer Woman Passes Away -
Death of Mrs. Mary A. Mason at Vallejo--Vallejo, June 25. After an illness of several- years, Mrs. Mary A. Mason passed away in this city last night. She had been a resident of California for over half a century and lived many years in Dixon, this county. She was a native of Ireland, aged 77 years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James Frizell of Dixon. Monday morning the remains will be taken to Dixon, and funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church. [SF Call, Sunday, 6-26-1910. Submitted by KKM]

McGILL, WILLIAM
Death of a Vallejo Pioneer--Vallejo, June 24. William McGill, one of the oldest residents of the state, died today, aged 80 years. In 1840 he was well known in mercantile circles of New York and later was in business in California. [SF Call, Tuesday, 6-25-1895. Submitted by KKM]

MELBOURNE, SUSAN
Pioneer Woman Dies--Martinez, Feb. 8. Mrs. Susan Melbourne, Solano County pioneer, passed away at her home near Suisun yesterday. Mrs. Melbourne was 72 years of age and had lived in the vicinity of Suisun for 40 years. She is survived by her husband. [SF Call, Saturday, 2-9-1907. Submitted by KKM]

O'GRADY, FRANK
Vallejo Pioneer Dies--Vallejo, July 23. Capt. Frank O'Grady, a resident of Vallejo since 1862, died here at noon today. He was well known throughout the state as a veteran of the National Guard. He served as Assemblyman of the State Legislature and was president of the board of city trustees many terms. He was an uncle of Dr. McMettigan, San Francisco. [Los Angeles Herald, Wednesday, 7-24-1907. Submitted by KKM]

TREGASKIS, JOHN MILTON
Vallejo Pioneer Dies After Brief Illness--Vallejo, March 29. John Milton Tregaskis, one of the best: known and most highly esteemed residents of Vallejo, is dead at his home in this city after a brief illness. He was a native of California and was 55 years old. He leaves a wife and an aged mother. At one time he was a member of the board of city trustees and was a prominent Odd Fellow. [SF Call, Wednesday, 3-30-1910. Submitted by KKM]

WILSON, CURTIS
A Suisun Pioneer--Suisun, Nov. 28. Justice Curtis Wilson of Green valley is dead. The deceased was a pioneer resident, having come to California in 1849. He held the office of justice of the peace for Green Valley Township for 43 years. He was one of the organizers of the Solano County Pioneers. Judge Wilson was 71 years of age and a native of Illinois. [Los Angeles Herald, Tuesday, 11-29-1898. Submitted by KKM]

WISE, JOHN
Vallejo Pioneer Dies After Short Illness--Vallejo, Feb. 13. John Wise, one of Vallejo's oldest residents, died last night after an illness of short duration. Wise was 80 years old. He is survived by three daughters and two sons. He came to California in 1850. [SF Call, Tuesday, 2-14-1911. Submitted by KKM]

LANTZ, NORBERT
Private burial will be held for Norbert "Bert" Lantz of Eugene, who died May 16 of age-related causes. He was 100. Lantz was born April 27, 1902, in Richmond, Ind., to Earl and Nora Smoker Lantz. A construction worker, Lantz worked and lived all over the West, working on major dams and large construction sites. His interests included cooking and fishing. He was a member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield. Survivors include a sister, Bertha Nugent of Eugene. His wife, Louise, died in 1995. A son also died previously. Private burial will be at the Masonic and Odd Fellow Cemetery in Rio Vista, Calif. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. [The Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) Tuesday, May 21, 2002. Submitted by Jim Dezotell]

BLACKMUN, GEORGE H.
Former Junction Man Dies Monday
JUNCTION CITY, April 24 – (Special) – Word has been received here of the death of George H. Blackmun at Mare Island marine corps hospital on April 21.  Mr. Blackmun was engaged in the photography business in Junction City for several years prior to the World war. With entry of the United States into the war, Mr. Blackmun enlisted in the marine corps and remained in the service until his death.  He was chief chemist at the Mare Island hospital.  He is survived by a wife.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge. [Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) – Thursday, April 24, 1930. Submitted by JD]

GRAY, FRANKLIN H.
Died. In this city, 18th inst., in the fifth month of his age, FRANKLIN HENRY, second son of Lucy W. and Samuel C. Gray. [California Gazette, (Benicia, CA). January 24, 1852. Transcribed by a FOFG. ]


McDOUGALL, Maj THOMAS A.
Military honors were accorded Maj. Thomas A. McDougall, 69, formerly of Portland, at burial rites in Golden Gate National cemetery, San Bruno, Cal., May 18.  Maj. McDougall who died May 16 in Vallejo, was a native of Canada, who came to Portland in 1900 and as a civil engineer, helped survey the railroad between Portland and Tillamook.  A veteran of the first world war, he was an engineer at the Tiburon submarine net base. Surviving are his widow, Geneva McDougall, two sons, Lt. Richard and Ensign Tom A. Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Wood, Vancouver, B.C.; a second sister in England, and a niece, Mrs. Vivian Portions, San Francisco. [The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Monday, May 28, 1945. Submitted by JD]

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