The Burden of Ninety-one Years Removed

The Mountain Democrat

Friday, Jan. 28, 1899

Col. Simon S. Alter, one of the oldest men and residents of the city, died last Tuesday, at his home on Sacramento Street. At the age of ninety-one the "grasshopper was a burden" that made him an easy prey to the prevailing scourge of pneumonia. He was a native of Pennsylvania, whence he came to this state in the very early fifties. He was for many years an agent of the Ditch Company in this city and was one of the most accommodating, genial and respected of our citizens. Some years ago as a remedy for failing health he removed to Los Angeles, but returned and spent the last months of his life in Placerville. He leaves a wife, a son, George, and a daughter Marian.

His funeral Thursday was conducted by the Rev. W.H.P. McDonald, from his late residence on Sacramento street. The interment was in Union Cemetery.

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