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]
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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.]
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]
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]
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]
DIED. At Vallejo, Cal., March 7, 1901, Gladys
M. Longmire, a native of California, aged 8 years.
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.
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.
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]
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
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]
DIED, In Vallejo, February 9, Mrs. Johanna Conroy, aged
29 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Saturday, 16
Feb. 1878) transcribed by FoFG mz]
In Vallejo, August 20, Mrs. Maria Beckwith, aged 35
years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 25 Aug.
1874) transcribed by FoFG mz]
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
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]
DIED, In Vallejo, November 15, W. H. Nugent,
aged about 50 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin
(Tuesday, 19 Nov. 1872) transcribed by FoFG mz]
DIED, In Vallejo, August 20, Mrs. Maria
Beckwith, aged 35 years. [Source: San Francisco Bulletin
(Tuesday, 25 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG mz]
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]
DIED, In Benicia, August 2, Mary, wife of James Henry,
aged 55 years. [Source: Territorial Enterprise (8 Aug.
1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
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
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]
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]
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
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]
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
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
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]
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
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. ]
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]
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 this
Friday afternoon for E. H. Rott who died at his home in
Berkeley on Wednesday at the age of 87. The deceased
former resident of Dixon was born in the State of
Missouri. He came to Dixon over 45 years ago, and Miss
Mary Robben, sister of Frank and H. B. Robben, was
married to him. He was a painter and paperhanger by
trade and worked as such for a while in Sacramento. In
Dixon he bought out the Bradshaw Dray line, which also
included house moving. He finally retired from this,
keeping himself more or less occupied with carpentry
repair work. (The writer remembers him best for the neat
and scrupulously clean way in which he kept up his
property in Dixon.) For many years before going to
Berkeley, the Rotts lived in the house near the Standard
Oil Co. depot in the south part of town. And what a
fine, confidence-inviting, and pleasant man he was! He
is survived by his wife and four children: Bernard, with
the Shell Company at Martinez; Miss Dora Rott in the
employ of the Land and Title Company of Oakland; Mrs.
Marie Skagg of Portland; and Edward in the employ of
Standard Oil Co. as geologist for one of its larger
fields in Columbia, South America. [Dixon Tribune DATE:
December 13, 1940. Submitted by KKM]
UPHAM, EMORY I.
Death of E. I. Upham - Solano County Capitalist Succumbs
to Illness Resulting from a Cold--Sacramento, Sept. 12.
E. I. Upham, one of the largest land-owners and most
widely known residents of Solano County, died at his
home near Collinsville at 11 o'clock today after an
illness of but a few days. Mr. Upham contracted a severe
cold while traveling about his tule ranch on Tuesday of
last week. Last evening, however, his illness took a
critical turn, and his relatives were summoned to his
bedside. Mr. Upham owned extensive property interests in
Solano County. Besides several thousand acres of fine
farming land in the Montezuma hills, he owned the entire
town of Collinsville and a large orchard in Vaca Valley.
He also owned several ranches on the Sacramento River
islands and was interested in salmon canneries in
Alaska. E. I. Upham was born in Maine in November 1836
and came to California before he had reached his
majority. [SF Call, Monday, 9-13-1897. Submitted by KKM]