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Below you will find a complilation of obituaries gathered from various newspapers throughout Placer County. If YOU have an obituary for a Placer County resident and would like to addit to this collection, please contact the county coorinators.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 11-6-1875

Found Dead - As the freight train bound east was nearing Rocklin Tuesday evening, the dead body of an unknown man was found on one of the flat cars of the train. The body was left at Rocklin where an inquest was held, and from papers on his person his name was found to be C. A. Backer. The deceased was an elderly man and is supposed to have been German. He probably got on the car at Sacramento, hoping to get a free ride to some point on the road. The inquest developed that fact that four of his ribs were broken, but there was no external mark of violence, and it is surmised that by a jerk of the train, he was thrown against the smooth round axles of some car wheels with which the car was loaded and against which he was leaning when found. As he was heavily dressed, it was supposed that he might have been so hurt without showing bruises. His death, however, was ascertained to be due to heart disease.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 2-27-1929

On the first day of January 1849, there was born in the city of Bristol, England, Mary Jane Phillips, who with her sister, Anna Maria, suffered the irreparable loss of her parents the same hour as the plague of cholera swept the British Isles when she was but seven months of age. In the providence of God, she found a desired haven in the newly established George Muller School of Prayer in which she derived unusual educational and religious advantages which were abundantly attested throughout her long and useful life. Many were the poems, hymns, and scripture selections that she freely quoted even to the radiant sunset of a beautiful life, in which others so freely shared. Having completed her education so far as school were provided, she accepted the advice of her sister and came to America, locating in Sacramento, California, where she continued to reside for more than forty-five years. On November 8, 1870, she was united in marriage with Mr. Cornelius Bagnall, son of a minister in the capitol city and who had come from London some time previously. To this happy union nine children were born, one daughter having been called in infancy, and three sons, Joseph in 1881, Samuel on March 20, 1901, George M. on October 15, 1911, and William in June 1927. On May 15, 1915, she was bereft of her companion of forty-five years, and three months later she came to Roseville where she made her home with her devoted daughter, Mrs. J. F. Shelley, whose tender solicitude and untiring care as a trained nurse added greatly to the comfort and relief of a self-sacrificing mother who nobly endured hardships in the rearing of a large family while suffering bodily infirmities such as few have known. It was in this pleasant association in the evening of her earthly pilgrimage that her loving granddaughter, Mary Jane Shelley, lent inspiration and cheer to one whom she adores as a mother in Israel whose unerring religious teachings and influence have made an indelible impression on her young life of faithful ministry. Early in life she had united with the Episcopal Church of England, continuing to follow its precepts and attending its services as long as she was able and since coming to Roseville was an adherent of the Methodist Episcopal Church. As a devout Christian, she manifested her true discipleship by her unfailing interest in all that was ennobling while lending a helping hand to anyone in need. Being a lover of nature, she had devoted much of her time to the culture of choice flowers which she freely shared with others. In her observations of common tasks of loved ones, she rejoiced in their success and sympathized with them in losses. Kindness was her watchword, and to the closing of the book of life she prized friendships as the richest of earthly treasures. After the severe testing of prolonged suffering, she entered peacefully into eternal rest February 19, 1929, leaving the precious heritage of one of whom it might rightfully be said, well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. The funeral services were held from the chapel of Broyer & Magner in Roseville Friday morning when Rev. Thomas H. Mee delivered the message, and Mrs. Annie C. King and Mrs. J. L. Boyer with Mrs. H. C. Slater accompanist sang "Lead Kindly Light", "Safe in the Arms of Jesus", and "Nearer My God to Thee". The friends who bore the casket were R. A. Petch, T. M. Sweet, W. M. McBain, G. E. Grigsby, Robert Porter, and R. G. Otten. The interment was in the family plot in East Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento, where a bower of choice floral offerings were placed by many whose lives are made better by having known and honored one whose silent influence will long remain. Those who survive are one son Charles J. Bagnall of Los Angeles and three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Kattenhorn of San Francisco, Mrs. Lillian M. Gussenhauer of Sacramento, and Mrs. Alice E. Shelley of Roseville, and nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchilden.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 8-8-1919

Isaac J. Bailey was born in Ohio February 28, 1832, and passed from this life at Auburn, California, July 30, 1919. At the age of eight, he accompanied his parents to Wisconsin where he remained ten years, coming to California by team in 1850. After spending a short time in mining, he took up farming in the Sacramento Valley, continuing until 1884 when he moved to Shasta County. There he pursued his chosen vocation until 1910 when he retired, moving to Oak Park where he was about completing a home when stricken with paralysis from which he never recovered. During the past eighteen months, he had been a constant sufferer though he was always cheerful and satisfied as he had ever been throughout his long life. He was especially appreciative of the constant ministrations of his brother and nephews who carefully cared for his every need. His honesty, kindness, and sincerity were abounding traits which endeared him to his fellowmen. With more than four score years of benediction, to those who remain he will be greatly missed. The end came peacefully as to one tired with the day’s toil and lying down for the night’s rest is soon unconscious of all about him. The funeral services were held at the Slough House Cemetery in Sacramento County where the deceased had lived much of the time. There, with tender care, he was borne to his final resting place by his nephews who, with their aged father, the only surviving brother, Joshua J. Bailey, were joined by relatives and friends in paying a worthy tribute to a highly respected pioneer.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 3-1-1917

Olive Eunetta Bailey was born near Roseville, November 1, 1884, being the daughter of George K. Cirby, who passed from this life twenty-two years ago, and Mrs. Mary J. Cirby, who survives her. She was a member of one of those large pioneer families who early settled in this section and had much to do with its development. She attended the Roseville schools and churches and was a member of Minerva Rebekah Lodge No. 72, in which much of her activities were expressed, her mother being a charter member of the lodge. On January 29, 1905, she was united in marriage with Mr. James W. Bailey, this union being blessed with one child, Delbert C. Bailey. It was her constant aim to make a happy home so that all who came within the influence of her cheerful sunny life were benefited and made to feel more thankful for having known her. Ever through an illness extending over several years, this same even tenor continued to win and strengthen the friendships constantly being formed. It was not until about a year ago that she found it necessary to finally retire from social and domestic duties. During these long months of waiting, she had borne her affliction with a patience and hope so evident throughout her life. Being one in a family of eight brothers and five sisters, she early developed responsibilities only possible in a large household. Hers it was to keep the Golden Rule, not of duty but because she loved to do so. No words that we might add can enrich the chapters in the book of life she has so carefully written and which are treasured by a circle of friends she counted by the score. The Good Book tells us that “a soft answer turneth away wrath” and that “a merry heart doeth good like medicine.” It was these striking traits of character that endeared many to her and enabled her as well as loved ones to bear up bravely under the impending cloud of separation. For such an event she was ever ready, her only desire being that she might longer remain to serve her loved ones and her God. It was on February 21, following a serious operation, that she answered the welcome summons “well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Even her closest friend will never know what a happy release that was. For months her pain had been well nigh unbearable, though for her friends she ever had a smile and a cheerful word. Besides a loving mother, Mrs. Mary J. Cirby, a devoted husband, James W. Bailey, and an eleven-year-old son, Delbert C. Cirby of Roseville, she leaves to bless her precious memory the following brothers and sisters:Mrs. Nancy J. Bailey of Merced; George H., John W., and Thomas L. Cirby of Roseville; James L. Cirby of Seattle, Wash.; Walter F. Cirby of Folsom; Arthur A. Cirby of Arizona; and Mrs. Lucy B. Darling of Roseville. With these a host of friends union in submission to Him “who doeth all things well.” The funeral services, which were held from the First Methodist Church Friday afternoon, were largely attended by friends who gathered from far and near to pay their loving tribute to her whom they cherished from childhood. The following ladies were chosen as pallbearers:Mrs. Lela Keehner, Mrs. Emma Teal, Mrs. Elva McBride, Miss Carrie Keehner, Miss Alice Sprague, Miss Jessie Purdy, who were assisted by Mr. John H. Holt, Mr. Chester Purdy, Mr. Ted Decater, Mr. Walter Astill. Mrs. M. B. Johnson presided while Mr. E. C. Bedell, Mrs. Anna King, Mrs. Iva Knapp, and Mrs. Alice Hanisch, the family and friends sang “Rock of Ages, “ “Face to Face,” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Rev. T. H. Mee officiated. The members of the Rebekah lodge attended in a body. Many and beautiful were the floral tributes which vaguely told of the deep affection she held in the hearts of all who had known her. Interment was had in the IOOF Cemetery at Roseville.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 3-2-1861
Fatal Mining Accident at the Dardanelles Tunnel

On Monday our community was pained to learn of the sudden death from accident of Mr. D. J. Baker, one of the proprietors of the widely known Dardanelles claim, situated between Todd’s Valley and Forest Hill. An extra from the office of the Placer Courier gives the following particulars of the fatality:  “This morning at eight o’clock, Daniel J. Baker, one of the owners of the Dardanelles claim, accompanied by Bowers, Frazer, and Shaw, entered a tunnel to inspect the works, preparatory to commencing operations. Bowers had gone to the top of the work on the outside and turned on the water, some two hundred inches; but observing that the shaft was ‘clogged’ apparently by a sliding of caving in of the sides, he hastened down into the tunnel to warn the others of the impending danger. He had scarcely reached them, they being then within perhaps twenty feet of the overhanging mouth of the narrow shaft that contained hundreds of tons of water, rock and earth and which was just then, by the force of gravitation, ready to burst through its confinement into the channel below. But a moment or two before Bowers had given the alarm, the party was almost immediately under the shaft, removing a stump or a cluster of roots which had been washed down on Saturday. The one nearest the danger, Frazer, being then perhaps ten feet off, and Baker immediately behind him, hearing the crash coming, turned and said, ‘Baker, we are lost!’ and before they could turn around, the mass fell. Frazer grabbed an upright timber on the side of the tunnel where he sustained himself from being washed away into the gulf of destruction which was yawning to receive them but a few feet off. Shaw and Bowers hastily retreated before death and destruction into a side drift close at hand, while the rocks, earth and water was at least four feet in depth around the lower limbs of Frazer, whose only safety was to cling to his hold. The rush and fall lasted perhaps two minutes, and when the persons who survived recovered from the shock and realized the narrow escape from death which they had made, they found that poor Baker was missing! On the first rush or fall, he seems to have been picked up by the earth and water and carried into the perpendicular shaft of forty feet, down which he was dashed, amid the power and weight of many tons to a rocky tunnel of six hundred feet, through which his body was again carried and then dashed from the mouth of a flume to another fall of fifty feet perpendicular height! Here his body lodged but life was extinct, and the soul of the poor mortal had wafted its way into the presence of its Maker. His remains were brought to his residence near at hand, where his grief-stricken wife and a large number of his friends, in sorrow and tears, received them and are preparing them for their long, last resting place. On examination, it was found that the head was almost entirely crushed and one arm broken.”  Mr. Baker was a native of Riga, Wyoming County, New York, and aged 34 years. The funeral took place at Todd’s Valley on Wednesday and was attended by nearly one hundred Masons (of which fraternity deceased was an honored member) and two hundred other citizens.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 12-1-1926
Theory of Foul Play Advanced in Man’s Death – Body of Frank M. Baker Found Between R. R. Tracks At Rocklin Friday Night

The body of Frank M. Baker, well known retired railroad man of Roseville, was found between the two railroad tracks at Rocklin about ten o’clock last Friday night. The body was first seen by the fireman of a westbound train of which C. M. Troxel was conductor. The body was brought by the crew to the undertaking parlors of Broyer & Magner and on Saturday was taken to Auburn by Coroner Colin B. Hislop. The top of Mr. Baker’s skull was crushed in and the theory is advanced by many that he was struck by an automobile, the driver of which placed the body near the tracks to hide his crime. In the passing of Frank M. Baker Friday, November 26, 1926, the lengthened shadows were again cast over the family residence on Atlantic Street, Roseville, California. Born in Brighton, Sacramento County, February 16, 1865, he there grew to young manhood and then moved to Lander, Placer County, and for several years was identified with the social and fraternal life of Colfax. There he was united in marriage with Miss Louise Goldsworthy, two children coming to bless their home. He joined the Knights of Pythias and eighteen years ago when they moved to Roseville, he transferred his membership here. Having early developed considerable musical ability, he was for several years an active member of a band that rendered valuable service on many public occasions. During the greater portion of his married life, he was in the employ of the Southern Pacific. On January 29, 1924, he was bereft of his companion whose loss was keenly felt, while the fidelity of his children proved an unfailing support. For some time he had been in poor health, though he had been able to be about until the day of departure. Of a social nature he enjoyed the association of his fellowmen who deeply regret his untimely summons to the great beyond. His only brother died shortly after reaching his majority. He leaves one son William and one daughter Sibyl, both of Roseville, besides three grandchildren. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias from the chapel of Broyer & Magner, with Rev. Thomas H. Mee officiating, and Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. J. L. Boyer sang, “My Faith Looks Up To Thee” and “Nearer My God To Thee.” Interment was in the family plot in the East Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 4-6-1916

Mrs. Geraldine Baker died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 71 years. The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church Thursday at 2:30, Rev. Bone will officiate. Deceased was a native of Massachusetts where she was born May 23, 1845. With her husband, she had been a resident of this city about four months. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, Charles E. Baker, and a son, Frank E. Baker. Mrs. Baker was a devoted Christian and during her short stay here has made many friends who will miss her counsel and cheerfulness.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 11-29-1917

Once more we are called upon to chronicle the passing of a pioneer from the ranks of the fast diminishing rank of those we revere as the Argonauts. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Baker was born in DeKalb, Illinois, in 1842. At the age of 17 she came to California to join her father at Brighton, Sacramento County. Three years later she was united in marriage and to the happy union two sons were born, one of whom passed from this life in 1885. For more than twenty years, the family lived at Brighton, moving to Colfax in 1885 where they remained until 1899 when they took up their residence near Auburn. After eleven years spent there, she was bereft of her companion of nearly half a century. Sustaining so great a loss, she came to Roseville in 1910, making her home with her son, Frank M. Baker. Throughout her long and useful life, she had borne the even tenor which made all about her feel the benediction of a patient sacrificial life. Ministering to others was not only her lot but constant blessing to herself and those who learned to love her beneficent and kindly touch. Where anyone was in need she was always found, even beyond the measure of her strength and ability. The eventide of life found her unable to perform her accustomed acts of kindness, which was a cross not easily borne. Her cheerfulness did much to tide her over the strain of enforced retirement. During her active life she had been an earnest Christian worker, being affiliated with the Methodist Church. The faith and trust in God which had so characterized her early life doubtless was her stay in the hour of affliction. Her sympathy entered largely into other lives and was a means of endearing her to many in the different localities in which she resided. A lover of home as she was made its impression on loved ones as well as those who enjoyed her cordial hospitality. Possibly their characteristics were largely cultivated through the early deprivations which it was her lot to endure. Being bereft of her mother when but two years of age caused her to seek a mother’s care at other hands which she graciously found in her grandparents who suffered in part that which every child craves, a mother’s touch. Keenly feeling the value of such ministration, she devoted herself to the end that others would have a little more of sunshine this way. In this she has left us an example that we should follow in her steps. As we tenderly lay to rest these mortal remains, may it be with the anticipation of a brighter tomorrow where sorrow and sighing shall flee and where the weary are at rest. Besides an only son, Frank M. Baker, and two grandchildren, William and Sybil Marie, she leaves to bless her sacred memory a host of warm friends gathered about her throughout the years.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-14-1927

James L. Balcom, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Balcom, was born at New Berry, Indiana, July 6, 1873, and died at the hospital in Sacramento, California, following an operation January 11, 1927; age 53 years, 6 months and 5 days. He, in company with his parents, moved from Indiana to Arkansas about 1866 where he grew to manhood. On October 15, 1899, he was united in marriage to Miss Roxie Henbest. To this union was born two sons and four daughters, Mrs. Octavia Phillips of La Habra, James, Joe, Ruth, Roxana of Roseville, and Juanita, who preceded her father in 1915 at the age of one year. Mr. Balcom moved with his family from Arkansas to La Habra in 1913, where they made their home until June 1925 when they moved to a ranch near Roseville where they resided at the time of his death. He was converted in young manhood and united with the M. E. Church. After moving to his home near Roseville, he united with the Citrus Heights Friends Church where he remained a faithful member until the time of his death. Besides the immediate family, he leaves four brothers and one sister, Harry Balcom of Huntington Beach, California; Henry of Seal Beach, California; John of Cash, Arkansas; Jessie of New Town, Arkansas; and Mrs. Kate Wherry of Stillwell, Oklahoma. Two grandchildren and a host of friends also mourn his departure. While living in the Citrus Heights district, he created a friendship both in the church and community that shall live in the hearts of those who met him. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at 11 o’clock by his pastor, Rev. J. R. Wright, from the chapel of Broyer & Magner, Roseville. After the services, the body was shipped to Whittier for burial.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Friday, 9-13-1872

Last Saturday night at Alta, some miles up the railroad, John Ballenger from Dutch Flat was playing a game of cards with a resident of that place and lost about $100. He borrowed ten dollars from John Wright, saloon keeper, played again and lost. The party with whom he was playing returned him some thirty dollars. Wright then asked him for his ten dollars. Ballenger said he would pay him when he was ready – that he didn’t know if he would ever pay him. Wright then ordered him out of the house, when Ballenger walked off, saying, "I will fix you". He got his rifle, returned toward Wright’s house, hid the rifle and then entered the saloon. Wright again ordered him out, when Ballenger went and got his rifle, and as he was coming towards the saloon, no doubt with the intention of killing Wright, the latter fired from a shotgun through the window and killed Ballenger. Mr. Wright was arrested, examined, and held to await the action of the Grand Jury.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-15-1913
Loomis Items

Mrs. Isabel Bankhead of near Loomis passed to her final rest last Saturday at 2 o’clock at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 8 days. She has been a consistent member of the Loomis Congregational Church for a number of years and was highly respected by all who knew her. During the past few years, her health has been very poor but her sudden death was a shock to her many friends. She was the mother of Mrs. William Swetzer, Mrs. J. S. Ryan, and Miss Jessie Bankhead of Loomis; Mrs. Fred Walker, Mrs. Harry Caldwell of Oakland; Hugh Bankhead of Corning and Willliam Bankhead, Jr. of Bremerton, Washington.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 7-13-1878
Fatal Accident

On Tuesday afternoon, William Barber, aged 22, whose parents reside at Alta, was instantly killed while logging at the Alabama mill. It appears the men had to drop the log some three feet to reach the skids, when the rope with a large hook at the end which Barber was holding, was wrenched from his grasp and swinging around with great velocity struck him, breaking his jaw and neck, and, of course, killing him instantly. This makes the third fatal logging accident in our district within a month.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 7-24-1929
Matt Barich Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Austrian Lodge from the Broyer & Magner Chapel for the late Matt Barich, who died at Weimar Sanitarium at the age of 36 after an illness of nearly a year. Father O’Sullivan of St. Rose’s Catholic Church officiated. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The deceased had no relatives in this country but is survived by a wife and children in Czecho-Slovakia of which country he was a native.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Monday, 7-6-1970

Mrs. Evelyn G. Barnes, 51, a native of Newcastle and a life-long resident of the Newcastle-Loomis area, died yesterday in a Sacramento hospital. She is survived by her widower, Wesley Barnes, postmaster at Loomis; children Wesley Jr., Anne and Mary Barnes, all of Loomis; four brothers, Tony Mangiaracina of Penryn, Nick of Loomis, Ernest of Newcastle and Charles H. of Napa; and two sisters, Marian Perry, Placer County, and Frances Mangiaracina of Sacramento. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10:30 AM at Sands’ Foothill Chapel in Loomis, with the Rev. Richard Ernst, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Newcastle Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newcastle School for Exceptional Children.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-8-1918

James Barnes, a native of California, aged 42 years, died November 1, 1918, of abscess of the brain. Deceased was injured some months ago by being struck a heavy blow in the head, and the abscess resulted. Deceased leaves a wife, mother, and sister, Mrs. J. H. Holt, of this city to mourn his loss.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 9-19-1928
Loomis Man Is Fatally Shot on a Hunting Trip – Walter Barnes Dies as Result of Shot in Hip in El Dorado County on Sunday

The death of Walter Barnes of Loomis, which occurred Sunday from a fatal shot which he received while deer hunting in El Dorado County, was a severe blow and shock to the whole community in which he was born and grew to manhood, as well as to many Roseville relatives and friends. He was at one time employed here by the Southern Pacific Co., but he has been working since as a mechanic for the county in the Placer County Garage at Auburn, and it was with his fellow employee and best friend, Howard Ashley, and two other friends that he went hunting in El Dorado County last Sunday. The four of them were shooting at the same animal when it was discovered that Barnes had been hit in the thigh by one of the bullets, presumably from Ashley’s gun. Ashley is prostrated over the deplorable accident. Barnes leaves a young wife and three small children, his own mother and his wife’s invalid mother, who made her home with the. Two brothers, Melvin and William of Loomis, and a married sister in Rocklin survive him. Other relatives are his aunt, Mrs. John H. Holt, Jr. of San Francisco; an uncle, Al Brown of Gerber; aunts by marriage, Mrs. Minnie Brown and Mrs. E. Birch of Roseville, and Mrs. Annie Barnes of Portola. He was a member of the Masonic and Woodmen lodges of Penryn. Funeral services were conducted from the Congregational Church of Loomis Tuesday at 2 PM. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 12-14-1861

In this place on Thursday morning last, at 9 o’clock, of disease of the brain, Mr. Simeon E. Barrett. Aged about 40 years. Mr. B. had long been a citizen of Auburn and was respected by all who knew him. He was born in the State of Connecticut and lived some time in Ohio and Michigan. During the Mexican war, he was a member of the 1st Regiment of Ohio Volunteers and was at the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista. In 1849, Mr. Barrett came to California and mined in this vicinity. He has relatives living in New York City and in the states of Ohio and Wisconsin. He was taken sick in October, 1860, and has been under medical treatment ever since. After his death on Thursday, Drs. Thomas and Bronson made a post mortem examination. They found a "tumor" in the right lobe of the brain, about two inches in length and one inch in thickness, which was taken out and will be preserved for pathological investigation. Yesterday Mr. Barrett was buried by the Masonic fraternity of which he was a member and for a long time an officer of Eureka Lodge, No. 16, the members of which have been unremitting in kind attentions to their deceased brother.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 5-17-1879
Dutch Flat Items

On Saturday evening, May 10th, Mr. Benjamin H. Bartlett left this place to go to his home; on Sunday morning he was discovered by Joseph Martell lying in a ditch about one mile above town, dead. His body was brought to town, an inquest was held, the jury deciding that he came to his death accidentally by falling into the ditch. Mr. Bartlett leaves one daughter fifteen years of age, also three brothers to mourn his sudden and premature death.

Roseville Register, Friday, 1-1-1915
Rocklin Man Dies Suddenly

Joe Barudoni of Rocklin died very suddenly last week, Wednesday, the cause of death being heart failure. Mr. Barudoni had been at his place of business during the day and had partaken of a hearty supper, after which he was about to lay down for a rest. He was then suddenly taken with the attack and succumbed shortly afterward. Mr. Barudoni was the owner of a meat market at Loomis, one at Rocklin, and the Central Market in Roseville. The home building at Rocklin, where all the meats were prepared for the shops, is reported to have cost over $15,000. He leaves to mourn his death his faithful wife and several children, and a large circle of friends. The funeral was held Saturday under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias. Interment was made in the Rocklin Cemetery.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 8-2-1917
Popular Young Man Passes Away

Chas. Arthur Bass, popular young man of the city, died in a Sacramento hospital Sunday morning while doctors were performing an operation for appendicitis, which had burst before the man was taken to the operating room. The death of this popular and universally liked young man came as a distinct shock to the community, and many of his closest friends can hardly bring themselves to realize that their friend has gone forever. Chas Arthur Bass was a native of Park City, Utah, and was only 31 years old when the death messenger called him away. He leaves to mourn his sudden death a wife and two children, a mother and father, and two brothers. The funeral was held today at Sacramento under the auspices of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of which he was a member. He was up to a short time ago, when owing to his other duties, he resigned as the Chief of Records of the local tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men in the lodge room of which he was beloved because of his interest and kindly disposition. Interment was made in the IOOF Cemetery of Sacramento. He had been a resident of Roseville for the past ten years and previous to that time resided in Placerville where, as here, he was universally loved. He possessed that indescribable something that made all who met him like him. Words fail in an expression of loss to his friends and family. May God love him as we loved him and his soul dwell where it may bring joy and happiness to his friends who so dearly loved him.

Roseville Register, Friday, 10-24-1913
Auburn Woman Commits Suicide

Mrs. Edna Bass early Sunday morning was found hanging dead from the limb of an oak tree in front of the kitchen door. The deed had evidently been committed some time during the night. No reason is positively known for the suicide, although it is hinted that she had been financially embarrassed lately, but whether this had anything to do with the rash act is not known.

California Weekly Patriot, Iowa Hill, Saturday, 4-2-1859
Two Miners Perish

We learn from the Yankee Jim’s Courier that David Bear and Weed Smith met with an accident at Last Chance on the 27th inst.  It appears they were at work in Hell’s Delight claim and attempted to wash out a blockage in the tunnel with the hydraulic, and although cautioned by other members of the company, they still persisted in their undertaking which resulted in their death. Mr. Bear was found about three hundred yards below the mouth of the tunnel, his skull broken in, one leg and one shoulder broken. They were unable to find the body of Mr. Smith.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 1-21-1874

On Sunday morning, Andrew J. Beard, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Township No. 9, died very suddenly, the cause being an apoplectic fit. Mr. Beard has for the past six or seven years been in the employ of the Bear River Ditch Company, and one of his duties was to turn the water on and off from the reservoirs. On Saturday morning between four and five o’clock, he went to the Kentucky Reservoir situated about five miles below Newcastle and near the Franklin House, for the purpose of turning on the water as usual, but did not open the gate. About eleven o’clock, some Chinamen who had been using the water, failing to get it that day, visited the reservoir to find out what the trouble was and found Mr. Beard lying on the bank, frothing at the mouth and unconscious. He was immediately taken to his house; medical attendance procured and everything possible was done for his relief but without avail. He died on Sunday morning about two o’clock.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 5-2-1930
Mrs. Annie Beasmore Will Be Buried Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Beasmore, 83, a resident of Rocklin for more than forty years, will be held at the graveside in the Rocklin Cemetery at 2 o’clock today. Mrs. Beasmore died at her home Tuesday evening. Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Kinkler of Sacramento, and two sons, James J. Watson of Sacramento and J. F. Watson of San Francisco. She also leaves 24 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Friday, 12-27-1872 & 1-3-1873

Just as we go to press, we learn that Conrad Beckman, Supervisor of District No. 3, on Tuesday night accidentally fell over the bank of a mining claim at Forest Hill, a distance of eighty feet, killing him instantly.

In the last issue of the Argus, we stated that it was reported the Conrad Beckman, Supervisor of Revenue District No. 3, had met with an accident which cost him his life, but up to the time of going to press we were unable to obtain any particulars. Since then, the Herald and Sacramento papers have given particulars. We have been furnished by Chas. Fett, Esq. of Forest Hill with the following synopsis of the history of the deceased: Mr. Beckman was born in Mecklinburg, Germany, on the 7th of February, 1833, and emigrated to New York in the year 1852 and came from there to California in 1856. He was engaged for some time at San Francisco in the grocery business, but in the year 1858, like many others, started for Frazier River and there met with the usual success of those who went upon that "wild goose chase". Upon his return, he had the misfortune to be shipwrecked near the Farralone Islands, but finally, after having undergone hardships and privations that could not have been borne by one less robust, he arrived again at San Francisco, having lost everything he possessed—the only covering he had on to protect his body from the ocean storms and the public gaze being a piece of an old blanket. He than went to Mexico and returned to San Francisco in 1860, forming a partnership with Jacob Schmitt in the grocery business at Forest Hill. He remained in business until 1862 when he sold out and went to mining, and although he has not remained permanently at Forest Hill, he always considered that his home and retained his mining interests at that place. In 1863 he was in Central America where he had a grist-mill; he resided for some time in Virginia City, Nevada, and for a short time in one of the northern counties of this state. He has no relatives in this country, except a nephew who resides in Kansas who, it is expected, will come here for the purpose of settling up the estate. Mr. Beckman had received a fine classical education, speaking fluently the German, French, Spanish, and English languages; he was a thorough business man and a polished gentleman. His remains were taken to Sacramento and on Saturday last were interred in the lot of Jacob Gruhler in the City Cemetery. The Harmonic Society attested their appreciation of his worth by attending his funeral in a body and singing a dirge at his grave. Mr. B. was engaged to be married to Miss Pauline Gruhler of Sacramento, an estimable and worthy young lady, a daughter of Jacob Gruhler, and the nuptials were to have been celebrated within a month. At the time of his death, Mr. Beckman was one of the Supervisors of Placer County, representing the third district, and it will be hard to find a person in the district who will be as acceptable to the people for the position made vacant as was the deceased. His views on the railroad questions tallied exactly with the opinions of the people of the county, and his honesty was unquestioned. No one will ever make the accusation “that he was subsidized.”

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-19-1927
Death of Mrs. Bedell Shocks Community – End Came Suddenly on Monday Evening – Funeral This Afternoon

The entire community was shocked and saddened on Tuesday on learning of the sudden death of Mrs. E. C. Bedell, which occurred at the Bedell ranch at 6:50 o’clock Monday evening. Her brother, Robert Porter, and his wife had gone over to the Bedell ranch early in the evening on an errand and fortunately were there when the end came. Just a few minutes before she passed away, she walked across the room and seated herself on the edge of her bed. She called to Mrs. Porter who hastened to her side, and almost immediately after she passed peacefully away in Mrs. Porter’s arms. She was 64 years and 5 months of age. Mrs. Bedell had for some years been a sufferer from heart trouble and more recently with other complications and though her death came suddenly it was not entirely unexpected. She was the wife of E. C. Bedell, well known orchardist of this community and until quite recently secretary of the Placer County Chamber of Commerce. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Alfred and Fred Bedell; one daughter, Mrs. Walter Reynolds; one grandson, Kenneth Reynolds; and two brothers, Robert Porter and G. H. Porter. Funeral services for Mrs. Bedell will be held on Wednesday afternoon, January 19, at 2 o’clock in the First Methodist Church of which she was a member. Rev. Thomas H. Mee will be the officiating clergyman. The funeral will be private.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-21-1927
Mrs. E. C. Bedell Funeral Rites Held Wednesday – Descendent of Pioneer Roseville Family – Was Beloved By All Who Knew Her

On August 12, 1862, Jennie Porter, one in a happy family of eight children, was born on the farm of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Porter, east of Roseville. Here she grew to young womanhood and acquired her education in the public schools and continued her search for knowledge throughout her useful life. On June 21, 1892, she was united in marriage with Edward C. Bedell of Roseville, Placer County, taking up their residence on their ranch near town, where she continued to live until summoned to her eternal home on Monday evening, January 17, 1927. Having early dedicated her life to God, she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church where she devoted her musical talents as well as time and energy for the betterment of the community in which she was ever deeply interested. Their home during all of her active years was one of hospitality, while neighbors far and near cherished her kindly interest. Even during her more than seven years of illness, she continued to hold a thoughtful place for the welfare of others. Her natural generosity was evidenced in many ways that added cheer to other lives. Fond of reading, she filled the hours of confinement with the best thoughts of literature, always endeavoring to keep abreast of the movements of the world. She likewise wished to have a part in every good cause possible, being an inspiration to many not only to acquire learning, but also to impart liberally to others. Her chief regret was that she was unable to accomplish more each fleeting day, and in the family as well as among the older residents she will be greatly missed. Her high Christian ideals and true friendships will ever be fondly cherished by those who came within the reach of her beneficent and consecrated life. Her peaceful passing from her earthly tabernacle was a translation toward which she had made full preparation as she patiently toiled and awaited the Master’s call to join the ransomed and dwell forevermore with Him “whom having not seen she loved.” To revere her memory and to cherish her devoted life, she leaves her bereaved companion, and three children, Albert R. Bedell of San Francisco, Alfred H. Bedell of Roseville, and Mrs. Ethel B. Reynolds of Auburn, and one grandson, Kenneth Reynolds; also two brothers, Robert Porter of Roseville and Harry Porter of Oakland, California. With these, many friends throughout Placer County unite in tender sympathy and appreciation of this worthy member of one of the pioneer families of the state. The funeral services, which were private, were held from the First Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon, under the direction of Broyer & Magner, with the pastor, Rev. Thomas H. Mee, officiating. Mrs. Annie C. King, accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Slater, sang “The Christian’s Good Night,” and Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. E. C. Sawtelle sang “Asleep in Jesus.” The pall bearers were Messrs J. P. Thorell, M. B. Johnson, M. C. Hellar, J. M. Schellhous, Walter Hanisch, and Alvah Sprague. Many were the choice floral offerings that lent their silent tribute of the love and esteem in which one beloved was held. The mortal remains were taken to Sacramento for cremation and will be held in sacred keeping while time shall last.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Monday, 5-13-1969
Rocklin Man Killed In Viet Action

Capt. George J. Bedrossian, 28, of Rocklin, was killed as result of wounds received in Vietnam on May 9. Captain Bedrossian, stationed in Thailand, was reportedly on a mission to Vietnam at the time he received his wounds. A native of France, he had been a member of the Air Force for the past six years, coming to California three years ago. His wife, Glenda Bedrossian, resides at 5120 Third Street, Rocklin. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Elroxie Bedrossian of Rhode Island; a brother, Simon Bedrossian, also of Rhode Island; and his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kosanvich, Jr. of Rocklin. Funeral services are pending at the Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd., Roseville.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 9-20-1929
Auto Fire Burns Prove Fatal to Father of Twelve

Joseph Beith, 37, dairyman west of Lincoln, father of 12 children, was fatally burned Tuesday night when his automobile caught fire as he was returning to his home. The cause of the accident has not been determined as Beith was unable to give any details of the mishap. He died several hours later at the Highland Hospital, Auburn. It is believed that the gasoline tank, which was under the seat, may have exploded. The accident occurred about three and a half miles west of Lincoln on the Nicolaus Road. Beith, with his clothing in flames, was discovered by Harry Chandler of Lincoln endeavoring to extinguish the fire in the machine. Chandler stripped his burning clothes from him and then rushed him to the office of Dr. C. Conrad Briner at Lincoln for first aid. Beith is well known throughout the Lincoln district. He formerly was employed by Postmaster J. M. Cremin of Marysville and Wheatland, orchardist, on the latter’s dairy, but in recent years has been operating his own dairy. Beith, a native of France, is survived by his widow, Barbara, and his 12 children, the oldest of whom is 14 and the youngest 4 months. They are:  Joe, Willie, Annie, Margarite, Rose Marie, Albert, Otto, Johnnie, Lenoir, Mary, Dalphine, and Betty Lou Beith. Beith, a resident of Central School District, delivered milk in Roseville and was well known here. His wife and sons will continue the business. The body is at the Broyer & Magner Chapel. The funeral will be held at the Catholic Church at Lincoln this afternoon.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 5-23-1918
In Memoriam

Mrs. Olive Blanche Bell was born in Linden, San Joaquin County, April 7, 1874, and passed from this life at Roseville, May 15, 1918, being 44 years, 1 month and 8 days of age. At an early age, she accompanied her parents to Oakland where she remained until 12 years of age. After a short time in Sacramento and vicinity, she moved to Roseville which has for the most part been her home. Until her health failed a few years ago, she had ever been actively engaged in community welfare, teaching in Sunday school and lending freely of her musical talent. She also gave private musical lessons. Entirely unassuming, she quietly lived in the hope of recovered health with which to accomplish all that was in her heart. Being denied this coveted gift, she patiently lived up to the full measure of her strength. Everything that loving hands could do was unavailing in prolonging the taper of life. To her, it is a grand release. She was a beloved member of the Eastern Star. Besides a grief-stricken mother, she leaves to cherish her memory two brothers, Edward B. of Roseville and Gilbert B. of Oakland, and one sister, Eva Beatrice Musselman of Oakland.

Auburn-Journal, Monday, 6-19-1917
Mary Ben, Aged Squaw, Is Dead

A noted character in the bygone history of Placer County passed at the Kennett Ranch on the Lincoln Highway near Colfax on Sunday morning, a week ago. Mary Ben, a Digger Indian woman, died at the age of 90 years. The funeral was held on Tuesday, and the Indian “cry” of lamentation has extended throughout the week. Mary Ben’s quaint figure was well known to the people of Colfax. She was almost doubled with age but managed to come to town quite frequently. She never wore shoes and, as long as anyone can remember, always walked with a cane. Her husband, Captain Ben, was the last tribal chief of the Sierra Diggers and was a very prominent Indian figure in his time. He died about a quarter of a century ago.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-23-1929
Funeral Services for Mrs. Julia Benson Held Yesterday

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Benson were held Tuesday at 2:30 PM at the chapel of Broyer & Magner, Rev. H. E. Wells of the First Methodist Church conducted the services, and the favorite hymns of Mrs. Benson, “Rock of Ages” and “Lead Kindly Light,” were beautifully sung as a duet by Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. P. W. Dornfeld. The casket was taken to the Sylvan Cemetery for burial. Pall-bearers were Dr. Hoffman, Herman Lampkin, W. T. Butler Sr., Peter Hanson, R. Rasmussen, and Frank Gaffney. Mrs. Bensonn is survived by all of her four children, P. J. Benson, Mrs. Margie Parramore, W. H. Benson of Roseville, and Grace Carrier of Berkeley. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren living are Mrs. Bonita Lohwasser and children, George and Willie Walrath of Los Angeles; Mrs. Darlene Muir and son Leonard Muir of San Francisco; Raymond Wheeler of Roseville, son of Mrs. Parramore; and William Warren Carrier of Berkeley, son of Mrs. Carrier. Two sisters and a brother also survive Mrs. Benson, Mrs. H. Reynolds and Mrs. Sarah Umlor and John Vandervort, all of Michigan. Julia Vandervort was born in New York state in 1851 and was taken by her parents to the state of Michigan when an infant, being one of a family of twelve children. They traveled to Michigan with an ox team. She lived there continuously until she came to Rocklin in 1887 with her husband, with the exception of five years spent in Florida shortly prior to her coming west. Her marriage to H. L. Benson occurred in 1872, and her first three children were born in Michigan. Mr. Benson was a locomotive engineer and died September 11, 1888, from fatal injuries received while in service near New England Mills the day previous, just eleven months after coming to Rocklin to enter the employ of the Southern Pacific Company. The fourth child was born three months after the father’s death, and Mrs. Benson bravely faced the world alone with her four small children, residing at Rocklin for several years and later going to Sacramento to live with her oldest daughter, Margie. Of late years, she has divided her time among her children’s homes. Her health had been failing for some time, and she passed peacefully away Saturday morning, January 19, 1929, in the arms of her daughter, Mrs. Parramore at the latter’s home in Roseville. She would have been 78 years of age on February 12.

Roseville Register, Friday, 12-29-1911

Once again the messenger of death has entered our midst. After a short illness of pneumonia, Mary Elizabeth Benson passed from this life Sunday evening, Dec. 24, 1911. She was born at Iowa Falls, Iowa, January 18, 1860, and had she lived until the 18th of January would have been fifty-two years of age. When but a little child, her parents moved from Iowa to New Westminster, British Columbia, where she grew to womanhood. On December 13, 1882, she was united in marriage with John Bradley Benson. In 1889 with her husband and children, she moved to Eureka, Humboldt County, California, and since then has lived in this state, moving to Roseville, July 22, 1910. The funeral service was held in the undertaking parlors in Roseville, December 26th, conducted by the Rev. Hugh S. Jackson, and the remains were taken to the Odd Fellows Cemetery for interment. She leaves her mother, husband, and two sons to mourn her loss.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-16-1918

Nellie May Benson, wife of Ira Benson, departed this life at Sacramento, August 11, after a short illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Crowder and was born on the Crowder homestead near this city 32 years ago and was the mother of two children. Together with her husband, she has been making her home on a farm near Fairmead to which place they moved only a short time ago. Born and raised in Placer County, she was beloved by all who knew her and they were many. Of a loving and kind disposition, she never stinted herself in doing good for others. In her sojourn through life, she gave to many that kind word of encouragement which lifts up, and to the sorrowful and stricken her kind and pleasing manner was a Godsend. In her death the community has lost a splendid woman and the husband, heartbroken, the deepest of sympathy is extended by all. Brave though he be, his loss cannot be replaced and his consolation must be in the thought that her kind deeds will live after her, and the many good and kindly acts she bestowed upon others will come back as a rich reward to him who in the darkest hour of his life must plod onward until that time when he shall again meet the loving embrace of her who was to him encouragement, life, and joy. Words fail in an attempt to extend to the stricken friend adequate words of sympathy; may he be ever strengthened by the knowledge that while earth she did to everyone a kindness, and the many loving deeds may be to him an ever enduring pathway to a higher and greater life. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Wednesday afternoon, and interment was had in IOOF Cemetery.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Monday, 7-25-1955

Ernest Berry, 108 Doyle St., died in an Auburn hospital Saturday at the age of 76. Lambert Funeral Home is sending the body to Paris, Ark., for burial. A native of Magazine, Ark., Mr. Berry moved to Roseville 15 months ago. He retired from school teaching 12 years ago, after 29 years as an instructor. Surviving are his wife, Delia Berry of Roseville, and three children - Frances King of Roseville, Zone Mae Berry of Roseville, a teacher at Atlantic Street School, and R. N Reid of Orange, Calif. In addition, the deceased leaves three brothers - . E. Berry of Eldorado Ark., Paul V. Berry of Ft. Smith, Ark., and William H. Berry of Rio de Janero, Brazil - and one sister, Essie Berry of St. Smith, Ark. Also surviving are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 10-12-1916

Mrs. Grace Lillian Berry was called by the Death Angel last Thursday after a short illness. The funeral was held Saturday, and she was laid to rest in the IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Berry was a native of Nashville, Tennessee, but had made this city her home for some time. She was the mother of Mrs. Prescott and Mrs. Boston, who, together with a large circle of friends, are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother and kind friend. The funeral was attended by many people, and many beautiful flowers were sent by her friends and relatives.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 5-28-1930
Lodges Join in Rites for Late Harry C. Biggs

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Broyer & Magner Chapel for Harry C. Biggs, who died Friday night following an operation at Sacramento. Members of the Eagles order of Roseville and Rev. T. H. Mee conducted the service at the chapel. Officers of the Odd Fellows Lodge conducted the service at the cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. Mr. Biggs had lived in Roseville and vicinity for 38 years, coming here from England. His mother, Mrs. Sarah Biggs of Greenway Lane, England, survives. He leaves also his widow, Irene Biggs, and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Little of Roseville. He operated a pool hall on Riverside Avenue. For many years he has been active in the Eagles Lodge. Mr. Biggs had been sick for several months. For the last month he was confined to his home. An operation was performed on him Friday at Sacramento for removal of a tumorous kidney, and he died a few hours afterward. Mrs. Biggs also is sick and was unable to attend the funeral. Her condition yesterday was reported to be critical.

Sacramento Union, 12-5-1919
Banker Meets Sudden Death, J.H. Bickford, Wealthy Land Owner, is Victim of Heart Disease.

Lincoln, Placer Co., Dec. 4. - Heart trouble is said to have been the cause of the sudden death today of J.H. Bickford, director of the Bank of Western Placer, president of the Penryn Fruit Growers' association and one of the largest landowners in the county. He was attending to his business affairs yesterday and seemed in good health. Mr. Bickford was born in Maine 68 years ago and had lived in Placer county about 40 years. He was a past master of the Penryn lodge, F. & A.M. During his life in this section Mr. Bickford took an active interest in all matters pertaining to the promotion of western Placer. He is survived by his widow, three daughters. Mrs. Sada King of Napa, Mrs. Ira Weatherhead of Sacramento and Miss Sadie Bickford of Lincoln. The funeral will take place Sunday.

Roseville Register, Friday, 3-7-1913
Walter Biscoe Died Wednesday - Popular Railroad Man Died from Pneumonia after Short Sickness in San Francisco Hospital - Funeral in Sacramento Today

The news of the death of Walter Biscoe in the San Francisco hospital Wednesday morning came as a distinct surprise and shock to his many friends and acquaintances. When he was taken to the hospital last week, suffering with pneumonia, there was no thought that it would prove fatal as he was a man of vigorous health and powerful physique. However, as death is no respecter of persons and this disease in particular, he grew rapidly worse and died about five o’clock Wednesday morning. Walter Biscoe was one of the most known railroad men in this part of the country, having spent most of his life in Rocklin and Roseville. He was a very successful and capable railroad man as he had held many positions of responsibility and was only 31 years old when he died. He was promoted to traveling conductor about a year ago and made good. He has been railroading ever since he was seventeen years old and had all the qualities that made a good railroad man. At the time of his death, he was trainmaster at Truckee, and as related in last week’s Register, he was taken sick about two weeks ago and was taken to San Francisco. Besides his wife and two sons, he leaves his mother and two sisters, Mrs. James Scott and Mrs. F. E. Van Vliet. They are all residing in Roseville and have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their bereavement. The funeral will take place at Sacramento today.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 3-5-1930
E. P. Bittinger, 60, of Auburn Is Summoned

Edward P. Bittinger, 60, prominent Auburn businessman, died Saturday at the family residence, following a heart attack. He had been ill several days from a slight stroke. Bittinger came to Auburn 11 years ago and has been engaged in the laundry business since that time. He formerly resided in Los Angeles. Surviving are his widow, Eleanor; a son, Ewing C. Bittinger; two daughters, Mis Ruth Bittinger of Auburn and Mrs. Octavia Henderson of Santa Barbara. Funeral services were held Monday under the auspices of the Grass Valley Lodge of Elks, in which Bittinger held membership.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 6-29-1916
Man Run Over by Train; Dies Afterward

LINCOLN, June 27 - Thrown from the platform of a baggage car when Train No. 13 started to pull out of Lincoln at 3:30 o’clock this morning, C. L. Bixler of Apple Creek, Ohio, sustained fatal injuries when the car wheels passed over one leg, ripping it open from the top to the hip. The train stopped to take water here, and it is presumed that Bixler, who was a hobo and who was beating his way, fell asleep. After the train left the station, his cries were heard by a station employee, who summoned Dr. Hyde, the Southern Pacific Railroad physician, who said the injured man’s recovery was unlikely. He was hurried to the County Hospital at Auburn, where he died. The victim was 30 years of age and has a brother, J. T. Bixler, living in Ohio.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 11-7-1968
Loomis Youth Is Killed In Vietnam War

Funeral services for Marine PFS Edwin E. Blagdon, 18, of Loomis, who was killed in action in South Vietnam November 1, are pending at Sands’ Foothill Chapel. According to the US Defense Department, Private Blagdon suffered fatal shrapnel wounds while fighting in Quang Nam Province. A 1967 graduate of Del Oro High School and a Loomis resident since 1961, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis J. Blagdon; and two sisters, Mrs. Linda Leighton of Loomis and Mrs. Barbara Surls of Culver City. The family requested that donations in his memory be made to the swimming pool fund at Del Oro.

Roseville Register, 12-30-1915, Thursday

In the passing of Jesse Blair, Placer County has lost one of its oldest residents, and Roseville one of its best-known and respected citizens. Born in Arkansas May 18, 1836, he was at the time of his death 79 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. As a boy, he journeyed into Texas with his parents who acquired large holdings in that state which proved very profitable until the Civil Way when everything was reduced so materially as to necessitate a change. Believing in the doctrine of “State Rights,” he joined the Confederate Army, serving in the cavalry division and later in the Texas Rangers. During all that long and frightful struggle, he had many narrow escapes but emerged uninjured and with health unimpaired, having never been sick, his strong constitution warding off the disease which laid low many of his comrades. He also was in rescue work during the Indian massacres of the early sixties and saved one young life. Though engaged in many a conflict, he was essentially a man of peace and deplored the circumstances which made the war seem impossible. At the conclusion of hostilities, he, with several other soldiers, made his way into Mexico, journeying by horseback into the western part from whence he took passage to California, landing in San Francisco in 1865. Here he remained but a short time when he came to Sacramento, engaging in business there. In 1876 he was united in marriage with Mary Amanda Cox of Mobile, Alabama. In 1879 he came to Roseville where he has since resided. Throughout these 45 years of residence, he had formed many acquaintances; his whole, open-hearted, frank, generous manner won many friends among young and old alike. The past ten years in the real estate business were especially conducive to enlarging his circle of acquaintanceship. For five years, he was associated with the late L. L. King. His knowledge of values and insight into business possibilities were shared most liberally with his clients, many of whom prospered through his advice. Beloved by his fellowmen, he will be greatly missed. For several years, he was a member of the IOOF. Hale and hearty until a few weeks ago, when he was stricken with a severe cold, he rarely knew a sick day. As he felt the end approaching, he looked toward the future with a calmness which characterized his long life. All that loving hands and medical skill could do were of no avail in prolonging the cherished life. His it was to practice the golden rule. Rarely was he ever known to speak unkindly of anyone, and that only when circumstances warranted severity. He likewise discouraged unfriendly comments of anyone; while he ably defended the weak. A good husband, a brotherly neighbor has answered the final summons, a summons which reminds us that we are likewise subject to that call which terminates our probationary relationship here and ushers us into the presence of the Giver of all life. Besides a loving, devoted widow, he leaves to mourn his demise two sisters and one brother residing in Texas, which a host of friends bestow their loving tribute to the memory of this pioneer and their tender sympathy for the bereaved relatives. May the God of all grace be their comfort and stay. The funeral services, which were held Monday afternoon, were largely attended. Rev. Thomas H. Mee officiated. The pall-bearers were J. Walcott, A. Sprague, K. Robinson of Auburn, C. Darling, P. Campbell, and T. Hellar.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 6-4-1930
Rocklin Girl Killed in Placerville Crash

Mary Blanco, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Blanco of Rocklin, was instantly killed Sunday morning a few miles west of Placerville. She was accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sigsby and their two children, Howard and Maxine, on a fishing trip above Placerville. The car plunged over an embankment at a turn in the road. A small brother of the dead girl, Manuel, was also in the party. All the other members of the party were more or less bruised or cut, but none seriously. Funeral services were held Tuesday.

Roseville Register, Friday, 7-17-1914
Auburn Is Solving Murder Mystery - Alleged That Miss Rinehart Gave Poison to her Sick Friend - Miss Rinehart Married - Warrant for Arrest not Served

Miss Eva Rinehart, a nurse, has been charged with the murder of her friend, Mrs. Kathleen F. Bluett at Auburn last January. The arrest was made at the instance of the life insurance companies who carried large policies on the life of Mrs. Bluett in favor of Miss Rinehart, or better stated, in favor of her estate, which was made over to Miss Rinehart in the will left by Mrs. Bluett. District Attorney Clark had the arrest made at San Jose and brought Miss Rinehart to Auburn. Deputy Sheriff Gum went there to bring Miss Rinehart to Auburn, but he found her too ill to be transported, so she was left in charge of the Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Bluett died of burns received while cleaning some gloves with gasoline, which exploded. She died 5 days after the explosion and was taken to Reno, Nevada, for burial. Now it is alleged that at the time when Mrs. Bluett was suffering from the fire injuries, she was given some poison to cause her death as it is alleged that the burns received in the fire were not the immediate cause of her death. The body was exhumed by the District Attorney, and an examination is alleged to contain poison and hence the arrest of Miss Rinehart. Many people well acquainted with the young nurse hold her innocent of the alleged crime, and the case is causing widespread interest because the accused was such a close and intimate friend of the dead woman. Each had taken out insurance in favor of the other shortly before the death of Mrs. Bluett.

Roseville Register, Friday 8-7-1914
No Poison in Bluett Body - Chemist Reports Nothing but Embalming Fluids - District Attorney Clark Drops Case - Warrant Never Served - Insurance Companies and Heirs to Fight

No poisons were found in the body of Mrs. Katherine Bluett, whose body was exhumed by the request of District Attorney Clark and taken to San Francisco for examination. The chemist reports that the only poisons found were those generally contained in embalming fluid and from this, of course, it is granted that Mrs. Bluett was not poisoned by her friend, Mrs. Eva Rinehart-Kincaid, for whose arrest Clark swore but the warrant was never served, owing to the fact that Mrs. Kincaid was found at her home in Stockton very ill and for the further fact that the District Attorney found that he was not very sure of his case. The insurance company, which carried $10,000 on the life of Mrs. Bluett in favor of Mrs. Kincaid, is the interested party, and they are now up against a fight for the money. It appears now that Mrs. Bluett has some heirs and that they will make a fight for the estate as against the friend, Mrs. Kincaid, in whose favor the last will of the deceased was drawn.

Lincoln News-Messenger, 1-23-1914
Nurse Dies from Injuries

Mrs. Mary Bluett died Wednesday night as the results of injuries sustained from burns. She had been working near a gasoline stove, and her apron accidentally caught fire, and her body was enveloped in flames. Mrs. Bluett was 49 years of age and had been head nurse at Sierra Hospital here. The body was shipped to Reno where it was interred. She lived in that city before coming to Auburn. Three weeks before her death, she took out an insurance policy in the sum of $10,000 and an accident policy for $3,000 from the local agent A. E. Reynolds. It has been stated that the will leaves none of this insurance to relatives.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 6-29-1927

John Pikney Bobo, one in a family of ten children, was born in Galina, Cherokee County, Kansas, November 16, 1886, where he grew to young manhood. When about eighteen years of age, he accompanied his family to California, locating in Auburn, Placer County, after a short time in Roseville. From there he went to San Francisco where he entered college, and upon the completion of his course, he became court reporter and for several years served in this capacity in Auburn. His ambition to assist other young people in acquiring a practical education was the incentive for his opening a school in Marysville where he won much success which his diligence and abilities richly merited. It was not long before The Healds Business College recognized the value of the branch he instituted and purchased the plant. Being free to again launch upon some enterprise, he entered the real estate business in Sacramento in which he was eminently successful until failing health compelled his retirement. It was during the early part of this sickness that he lost his beloved companion in 1923, after several happy years of homemaking. This bereavement, like that of the paralytic stroke he sustained only a few months previous, was borne with the fortitude of a true comrade. The degree of unselfishness and generosity with which he had always been endowed, continued to manifest his kindly nature in increasing measure as the severe testing of his courage increased day after day. Only those who tenderly cared for his every need could appreciate his thoughtfulness for others. As a “big brother,” he had been the stay of the younger members of the family circle. Of exceptional good habits, he excelled in athletics and for a time held the Placer County championship in running and in jumping being a favorite in sportsmanship. Of fine intellectual attainments, he had made a contribution to the educational world by a completed system of shorthand that gives much promise. Ever alert for the best way of doing a given task, he proved himself capable and congenial. In magnifying the good in his associates, he looked upon his acquaintances as allies to whom he was ever ready to lend assistance. To have been deprived of the privilege of active participation in life’s affairs for several years was a severe trial. The tender care he received in the home of his sister, Mrs. Dunkeson, on Manzanita Avenue for several months and that of Mrs. Flint whose personal solicitude in the hospital for more than two years and many others who rendered every possible attention, was deeply felt by the patient sufferer. The end of his earthly journey was peacefully reached on Saturday morning, June 25, 1927, in Sacramento. The funeral services were held from the chapel of Mehl and Hislop in Auburn, Monday afternoon, with Rev. Thomas H. Mee of the First Methodist Church of Roseville officiating. Mrs. Bertha E. Veal and Mrs. E. C. Davis sang, “Abide With Me” and “Face to Face.” Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery of Auburn where many devoted friends bearing floral tributes assembled at the family plot in loving memory of one whose good deeds can never be forgotten. Those who live to bless a brother beloved are the following brothers and sisters:  Floyd and Andy of Auburn; Ike and Melvyn of Newcastle; Marion Bobo of Woodland; Mrs. Earl Dunkeson of Roseville; Mrs. Maza Welch of Auburn; and Mrs. May Moffit of Newcastle. One sister, Mrs. Alice Gurnsey of Newcastle, had preceded her brother about three years ago.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Tuesday, 4-26-1994
Clarence John Bohm, Aug. 2, 1914 – April 20, 1994

Clarence John "Kelly" Bohm, a native of Wisconsin and a long-time Roseville resident, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. He was 79. Mr. Bohm worked for Southern Pacific in Roseville as a machinist foreman for 30 years. There will be no services. Arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society. Mr. Bohm is survived by his wife, Edna Bohm of Folsom; a son, Norman Bohm of Dunsmuir; two daughters, Charlotte Sebacher of Atlanta, GA, and Susan Peterson of Imperial Beach; a brother, Earl Bohm of Roseville; a sister, Marian Woolam of Rocklin; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Roseville Press-Tribune, 4-3-1975

Wayne Richard Bohn, 22, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bohm of Roseville, died Tuesday in Sacramento after an extended illness. He was a student at California State University at Sacramento. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Robert Bohm, and sister-in-law, Patricia Bohm, and nieces, Carrie and Julie Bohm, all of Seattle. Rosary will be recited at the Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd., tomorrow at 8 PM. Funeral Mass will be offered Saturday at 10 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father James J. Corcoran officiating. Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 2-5-1020
Mylo A. Booth Called by Death

Mylo A. Booth passed away at his home January 30 after an illness of some duration. The cause of his death was “Elephanetus,” a very peculiar disease and one for which science has discovered no relief. The funeral was held Monday at 2:30, and a large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to their last resting place in IOOF Cemetery. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masons and was respected by all who knew him for his splendid character. He leaves to mourn his death a devoted wife and five children and many friends who had come to know him as a splendid man and a fine citizen.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 11-2-1878
Death of Mrs. Borland

One of the saddest events that has moved the hearts and excited the sympathies of our townspeople for many years was the premature death of Mrs. James D. Borland, which occurred at Borland’s Hotel, Auburn Station, last Sunday evening. She died in childbirth. Finding her last hours approaching, she affectionately bade good bye to the heart-broken relatives who surrounded her and quietly passed away. Her end was as peaceful as it was possible to be. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the M. E. Church, which was literally packed with people. The services, which were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Holbrook, were more than ordinarily impressive. Peacefully sleeping upon its young mother’s breast lay the beautiful little infant, whose eyes had not been opened to the terrestrial light. The richly-wrought rosewood coffin was placed near the altar rails, in front of which sat the relatives of the dead in sorrow. The subdued light that fell aslant the aisles and the solemn hush of reverential silence begotten of the occasion were unbroken save by the tones of the clergyman and the music of the choir. The funeral cortege was one of the longest we have ever seen in Auburn. In addition to an unusually large turnout of the residents of Auburn, there were relatives present from Virginia and Rye Patch, Nevada, and numbers of friends were present from Forest Hill, Colfax, and one or two other places. At the grave there was some more appropriate and pathetic singing, and many were the moist eyes that looked upon the last solemn scene of returning to mother earth all that was mortal of young Mrs. Borland and her babe.

Colfax Sentinel, Friday, 8-18-1893
An Old Pioneer Gone

Ellsworth Burr Boust, born September 5, 1829 at Petersburg, Virginia, son of John and Charlotte Boust. He was given a liberal education, after which, on account of delicate health, he took an extended sea voyage to the Mediterranean. On his return, he became apprenticed to the Richmond Enquirer where he learned his trade. Afterward, the family moved to Alabama where he was residing when the Mexican War broke out. Being young and enthusiastic, he enlisted in the Alabama Volunteers at Mobile as a member of Company A, Capt. Pickens, First Regiment, Col Coffee commanding. After serving the entire length of the war, he was honorably discharged. He then returned to Alabama where he joined the State Militia, received the rank of Colonel on the Governor’s staff at the age of twenty-one. When the gold fever broke out in California, he, together with the late Robert G. Steel of Merced and others, fitted out an expedition to cross the plains, which started from Fort Smith, Arkansas. After a long and tedious journey, they arrived at Placerville in August 1849 where he at once engaged in merchandising in connection with the late Jesse Blasingame of Fresno County. During the early 50’s, he served as Deputy of Placer County under Sheriff Sam Aston. During this time, he was one of the posse that went in pursuit of the bandit, Joaquin Murietta. In 1857 he started the Placer Courier at Yankee Jims. In 1858 he moved his newspaper plant to Iowa Hill, at that time a booming town, where he changed the name to the Weekly Patriot. In 1859 he married Miss Martha E. Ferguson, a sister of A. A. Ferguson of Dutch Flat and of Mrs. T. F. Bingham of Lakeport, Lake County, Mrs. W. [missing line]  IOOF, and J. W. Ferguson of the Fresno Expositor. In 1860, rich mines having been discovered, he moved his paper to Dutch Flat and at the request of influential citizens, he changed the name to the Dutch Flat Enquirer. In 1866 he divided his plant, part of which he took to Meadow Lake, a then flourishing camp, where he started the Meadow Lake Sun. He also continued publishing the Enquirer. In 1867 the miners at Meadow Lake, having found that the gold was difficult to extract, the camp died out. Then Mr. Boust moved his paper back to Dutch Flat. In 1868 he moved part of his plant from Dutch Flat to Santa Barbara, where he started the Post. He left the Enquirer in charge of J. W. Ferguson, who in a short time moved the paper to Truckee where it was named the Tribune. Afterwards, the paper was moved to Fresno where it was named the Expositor. In 1869 he changed the name of the Post to the Press. Shortly afterward, he sold out to J. A. Johnson who continued to publish the paper. He was Postmaster in Santa Barbara from 1869 to 1871. In 1871 he started the Times. He sold this paper in 1874. Mr. Boust published a campaign paper in 1878 called the Democrat. He was also engaged in farming in Santa Barbara for a short time. In 1881 he moved to Fresno where he continued to farm, besides alternating between the composing case on the Expositor and writing descriptive articles for it, some of which were collected together and were used exclusively in the Fresno Board of Trade pamphlet. Some of the best editorials in the Expositor were from his pen. He had in his lifetime been wealthy, but reverses in business changed his fortunes. He died August 3, 1893, at his residence in Fresno, where his funeral took place on August 6th. He was followed to his last resting place by the Typographical Union of which he was a member, and many friends. He left a family consisting of a wife, five sons and three daughters, most of whom have grown to manhood and womanhood. He also left three little grandsons of whom he was very proud. His friends were legion, and there will be a void felt by all who knew him. He was a kind and loving father, a courteous gentleman, and a true friend.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 9-2-1876
Mining Accident at Bath

Thomas Bowen, a miner in the employ of S. B. Bart at Bath, came to his death last Tuesday afternoon in a shocking manner. He was working alone in a tunnel and was carrying a Hercules powder cartridge in his hand, together with a lighted candle, when the cartridge exploded, tearing off his hand and lacerating his breast frightfully. Recovering partially from the shock, he managed to come out of the tunnel and walked a distance of two hundred feet when he fell to the ground. He still had strength enough to call a boy who was near and send him for help, but never spoke again. Mr. Bowen was an old resident of Bath, a single man, and was respected by all who knew him. His age was about fifty years.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 8-22-1928
Ralph B. Bowerman Found Dead in his Home Here Saturday – Native of Canada, Aged 66 Years; Brother of Mrs. C. H. Neely and Had Lived in this State 46 Years

Ralph P. Bowerman of Roseville was found dead in his home by his nephew, Arthur Neely, on Saturday morning when the Neelys returned home from a few days’ absence. He had apparently been dead two days. He was the brother of Mrs. C. H. Neely and lived in a cabin in the rear of her home. Mrs. Neely for the past few months has lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Neely, in Vallejo. Bowerman is also survived by a son, R. P. Bowerman, Jr. of Vallejo. The deceased was a native of Canada and was nearly sixty-six years old when he died. He had lived in California forty-six years. Funeral services were in charge of Broyer & Magner and were held in Nevada City Cemetery at 11 AM Monday, August 20. The body was laid beside those of his mother and father and his own daughter. Rev. Brooks of the Methodist Church of Nevada City read the services at the grave.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Friday, 4-3-1970
Killed in Combat

Marine Lance Corporal Bruce W. Brace, son of Cecil E. and Betty Brace, 1207 Gerry Way, Roseville, lost his life in combat in Vietnam Easter Sunday. Corporal Brace had received the Purple Heart for wounds received in February. He was hospitalized at that time in Japan and returned to combat duty the first part of March. He was a former student at Oakmont High School. Funeral services are pending and will be conducted at Tacoma, WA.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Wednesday, 2-19-1969

Maurice Joseph Bradbury, who retired as a colonel in the US Army after 33 years of service, died Feb. 18 in his home, 21 Arroyo Drive, Auburn, aged 66 years. He served with the US Army during World War II in hospital administration and, following his retirement, came to Auburn and served as administrator for Highland General Hospital. He also was part owner of the hospital. After selling his interest in the hospital, he owned and operated the Sportsman’s Trading Post with his son, Robert. He was a member of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Auburn Chapter of Reserve Officers Association, a member of the Auburn Boat Club and the Auburn Rotary Club. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary G. Bradbury, and a son, Robert N. Bradbury, Auburn; a daughter, Barbara Jean Hutchinson, Sacramento; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Harriet Kisseberth of Santa Monica and Wilma McCormick of Phoenix. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Foundation.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 9-13-1917
Mrs. Bradway Passes Away

Mrs. Ida Bradway, formerly of this city but of late of Sacramento, passed away in that city at two o’clock Tuesday morning. Death was caused by a hemorrhage of the stomach. The funeral will take place at Sacramento today at 2:30. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery at Sacramento. Deceased leaves to mourn her sudden death a husband, father, and two brothers. Many friends in this city will mourn the loss of a friend and a pleasant companion.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 1-11-1917
Mrs. Braisted Dies

AUBURN - Mrs. Ida Braisted, aged 70, a native of Canada, died at Butcher Ranch several miles from this city. She is survived by two children, Mrs. H. McKinstry and Peter Braisted, both of whom reside at Butcher Ranch.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 2-12-1898

Mrs. Mary Matthews Breese died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. McCormick, on Sunday last. She was a native of Wales and 69 years of age. She came to this country when quite young, locating in Pennsylvania where she was married in 1848 to Richard Breese. In 1858 Mr. and Mrs. Breese came to California, and in 1877 they settled in Roseville where Mr. Breese died in 1881. Ten years later, Mrs. Breese came to Auburn, and she has resided here ever since with her daughter, Mrs. McCormick. Mrs. Breese leaves, besides her daughter, three sisters, two brothers, and six grandchildren. The funeral was held from her late residence Wednesday afternoon, Revs. Wythe and Chisholm officiating. The pallbearers were W. R. Author, J. W. Morgan, H. C. Herrill, G. T. Noe, C. R. Hogan, and H. H. Buhring. Interment in IOOF Cemetery.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 9-25-1929
Miss Bresnin Passes

Ellen Mary Bresnin, a native of Ireland but a resident of the United States for 78 years, a resident of California for 55 years, and a resident of Auburn for 38 years, passed away at her home in Auburn Tuesday after an illness of several months. Death came at the age of 87 years. Miss Scanlon, Mrs. Smith, and several other nieces and relatives are left to mourn the death of Miss Bresnin who was beloved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held from the Catholic Church Thursday in Auburn, and Rev. Father Vereker said Mass over the remains.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), 9-22-1877

Wednesday morning L. W. Brigham was found lying in bed in an insensible condition by the proprietor of Trott’s Hotel, Rocklin, and about noon he died. He was about thirty-three years of age and a nephew of C. A. Brigham of the Pacific Granite Company. He had been drinking deeply of late and ended his troubles, it appears with morphine.

Roseville Tribune and Enterprise, Wednesday, 2-20-1929
Life Comes to Sudden End for Editor F. R. Brill, Well Known Newspaper Man, Citizen Became Endeared to City of Roseville

Without the least forewarning, life’s journey for Fred R. Brill came to its end about one-half hour after midnight, February 14, dealing grief unabated for the stricken wife and sons and spreading sorrow among a sympathetic citizenry where he was so well known and beloved. Attending a party with his wife at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanson, Mr. Brill was in his usual good health and entered whole-heartedly into the party with vim and spirit at a high ebb as always. Coming to the conclusion of a happy evening with his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Brill entered their Dodge and started for home, but Mr. Brill misjudged the turn at the corner of Manzanita Avenue and Sequoia Street and left the car somewhat stuck in the mud in the roadside to the left just beyond the turn and near their home. Leaving the car there, Mr. and Mrs. Brill proceeded to walk to their home which they approached from the rear. Entering the porch, Mr. Brill unlocked the door and they entered the house, Mrs. Brill going to the bedroom. Meanwhile Mr. Brill apparently started to return to the car, but he got no further than the foot of the steps leading to the garage when he was fatally stricken. Kenneth, youngest son asleep in the house, was the first to reach his father. Kenneth had been aroused from his sleep by the barking of their dog, evidently sensing something was wrong. Kenneth went into his mother’s and father’s bedroom and asked his mother where dad was and she said he had probably gone to get the car. Kenneth then went out to the car but failed to see his father. Returning to the house, he found his father prostrate on the ground. Paralyzed with grief, Kenneth scarcely knew what to do but his presence of mind at once asserted itself and he hastened to the phone and called Dr. Kalman to the scene. Mrs. Brill heard Kenneth groaning and hastened out to see what was the matter. Kenneth called Ronald, and neighbors came quickly to help, meanwhile Dr. Kalman made an examination and pronounced Mr. Brill dead of heart failure. Mrs. Brill was prostrated with grief and under the care of Dr. Myers for several hours but possessed with indomitable spirit and a will to do, she gathered herself together and was able to go nobly through the trying ordeal. Frederick Richard Brill was born in Hoosier Grove, Illinois, January 5, 1870. Not long after his birth his parents moved to Hampshire, Illinois, where he spent his boyhood days, and it was here that he grew to manhood. Young Brill attended the public school at Hampshire and was making splendid progress in his studies as a sophomore in the high school when his father suffered financial reverses, making it necessary for the young man to aid in securing the family necessities. He then went to work in his father’s four and grist mill.

Meanwhile, and with the vision of greater things ever before him, his evenings were spent in study. With the thought in mind to still further increase his earning capacity and broaden his scope of learning, this energetic youth a short time later took a position in the office of the Hampshire Register. As an evidence of his inherent journalistic ability, young Brill in his high school sophomore year founded "The Literarian", the high school paper which he then printed in The Register office, but which was abandoned when he had to leave school. Thus it was the logical outcome that one year after entering the employ of The Hampshire Register, he became the sole owner and editor. With all this to occupy his mind, knowledge and the pursuit of learning was yet uppermost in his mind for the young editor studied law and also completed the course in the Scientific and Literary Society of the National Chautauqua. Just at this time in the career of editor Brill, politics became enticing to him. Meanwhile he became acquainted with such men as Senator H. H. Evans and Congressman A. J. Hopkins of Illinois. Shortly after he had reached the age of twenty-one, Brill was elected to his first public office, that of clerk of Hampshire Township, Kane County, Illinois. Being a Republican in politics, his next advancing step was in 1896 when he served as sergeant-at-arms in the national Republican convention at St. Louis, Missouri. These activities led up to his appointment as postmaster at Hampshire under President McKinley, serving with credit to himself and his constituency over successive re-appointments for eighteen and one-half years. To him fell the honor of being the first postmaster appointed by President McKinley in the State of Illinois, and he was among the last of the hold-over appointees to be released. Upon his appointment as postmaster and during this time his brother, William C. Brill, now publishing the Elk Grove Citizen at Elk Grove, California, became interested jointly with him in publishing the Hampshire Register under the firm name of Brill Bros., which partnership was dissolved in 1914 when Wm. C. Brill came to California. Holding some kind of public office continuously since he was twenty-one, Fred Brill had in the meantime become a stockholder and director in the State Bank of Hampshire, and after completing his long tenure as postmaster, he was elected as supervisor from his township to the county board of supervisors in Kane County, which office he resigned when he came to Roseville March 1, 1920. Mr. Brill’s marriage to the companion of his young manhood took place on December 29, 1897, to Miss Nellie M. Backus, who was born in Connecticut, a daughter of J. L. Backus, a Connecticut farmer, and being a descendent of the Revolution. She grew to womanhood and was educated in Connecticut and Oswego, New York. She taught in the public schools of Windham County, Conn., and first met Mr. Brill while on a visit to her brother in Illinois.

Early in 1920, having decided to come to California and having kept in close touch with his brother at Elk Grove, Mr. Brill prevailed upon this brother to find him a suitable location in the newspaper business in this state, whereupon the brother set about to do so, and after having investigated other propositions, recommended Roseville to his brother. A deal was at once consummated for the Tribune, and the oldest son, Ronald F., was taken into co-partnership. In commending this brother of mine to you, dear people of Roseville, I sought to find a station in life for him commensurate with his capabilities, arms, and energies and at the same time complement you as a people of men among men. Next to Mother and Father, this brother of mine has been the ruling spirit of my life, and in all that I am or ever hope to be he was and ever will be the symbol in my activities or my efforts of emulation. In this period of bereavement for us, I have learned that Roseville by the gracious attitude of her people has come to know him as I knew and loved him and that you dear folks have enjoyed to the utmost his brief sojourn here. Let me commend now to you, dear people of Roseville, this son, Ronald F. Brill, who as co-partner with his father, wishes to “carry on” and to pursue to the letter the policies of the paper as maintained under his father’s direction. That the confidence of the people of Roseville has not been undeservedly bestowed, and that Mr. Brill was equal to the task assigned in his chosen field of endeavor here, is evidenced by the fact that three years after his arrival here, the subscription list and good will of the rival paper, The Roseville Register, was purchased and the combined publication was changed from a weekly to a bi-weekly publication and assumed the name of Roseville Tribune and Register. From a small paper with a meager subscription list, it was grown by leaps and bounds until it has a gratifying number of subscribers and wields an influence for the moral uplift of the city and county that is remarkable and its editor became known as one of the most forceful writers of the state and with all fair and impartial to all. It was possible for him to sell much space in the paper, but with marvelous generosity he gave much of its space to anyone who wished the use of the columns to secure the consummation of the higher and better things of life. It may be aptly said of Mr. Brill that he was a firm believer in the contention that genius is one-third inspiration and two-thirds perspiration. He was a man of indefatigable efforts, working many times through the night while others slept. He came to the last day of his life working to within a few hours of his death to prepare the makeup for his beloved paper. Truly, he plowed out the furrow to the end. One of the finest things about the deceased was his superb manhood. His was a splendid and sublime moral courage ever ready to interest himself in the building of the institutions that were to contribute to the uplifting and up-building of the manhood and womanhood of the boys and girls of the city. He was ever tolerant to a weakness but always a foe to those who sought to tear down the finer ideals and destroy the institutions that had been built in the interest of the conservation of manhood and virile character. To the discouraged he was ever ready with the cheery word of inspiration. To the man in need he never turned the deaf ear, and if everyone to whom he did a kindly deed and of whom he entertained a loving thought were to place a bloom upon his grave, he would sleep beneath a marvelous bower of beauty and grandeur. In his citizenship our friend took a distinct part in every effort to engender patriotism and love for flag and country. His devotion to his country amounted to almost a passion, and when the great war was launched, it found him ready to serve his flag and, when his boy departed to follow that flag wherever it led, it was a proud father who bade him good-bye and Godspeed. While he remained at home he became a great force and factor in the liberty loan drives, using his golden voice to help put over the task. It may be truly said of this splendid man that in his relation to his country and loyalty to its higher and finer ideals he was worthy of emulation. In his home relations the deceased sustained a relationship that was beautiful to behold.

The finest thing that one of his friends had to say in this direction was that he and his companion were just pals. Mr. Brill was always glad to testify to the beautiful influence that his loved one had been in his life and the inspiration that she brought in the sometimes sad hours that must inevitably come in life’s journey across the years. As a father he manifested an interest in the welfare of his boys that has helped them over many difficulties. Mr. Brill was a firm believer in the power and influence of the fraternal societies as they sought to minister to the sick, the discouraged, the weak, and lowly of life. He was a member of Camp No. 19 MWA, at Hampshire, Ill., and served as clerk for thirty years. He was also a member of the Royal Neighbors, Hampshire Lodge, No. 730 IOOF, of which he was a past noble grand; a member of Minerva Rebekah Lodge, No. 772, in Roseville; a member of Roseville Encampment, No. 23, IOOF, demitted from Hampshire Lodge, No. 743, AF&AM to Roseville Lodge, No. 222, F&AM, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory at Sacramento; Rose Chapter, No. 292, OIS; social member of Roseville Lodge, No. 1293, LOOM, and Minneopa Tribe, No. 244, IORM; Rose Camp, No. 9363, RN of A of Roseville. At the time of his death he was a candidate for membership in the newly organized chapter of Royal Arch Masons and was also an honorary member of the Roseville Women’s Improvement Club. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church in Hampshire, Ill., and during his stay in Roseville was a consistent friend of all the churches, making a contribution regularly to each one. He cooperated in their efforts to make the city a better place in which to live and always gave the free use of his paper to make known their various activities. He truly has a warm place in the hearts of the church constituency of Roseville. The death of our friend coming so suddenly and unexpectedly was a distinct shock to his many friends, and yet for him instant death was instant glory. He leaves behind the memory of a life whose influence can never die and a fragrance that will be wafted across the years with an undying, imperishable perfume.

The following relatives are left to mourn yet to rejoice in the memory of a good and noble man:  the loving wife, Nellie M. Brill; two sons, Ronald Frederick and Kenneth Lyon Brill; two brothers, Henry Brill of South Range, Wisconsin, and William Cass Brill of Elk Grove; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Arkle of Charleston West Virginia. Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in charge of Broyer & Magner as funeral directors. Rev. T. H. Mee of Colonial Heights, Sacramento, and who was pastor of the First M. E. Church here for thirteen years, preached the funeral sermon after Rev. H. E. Wells, who assisted with the services, had read the 91st Psalm. The singing was by Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. Carl Sawtell, who were accompanied on the piano by Mrs. H. C. Slater. The pall bearers were Frank A. Baker, J. W. Hanson, J. S. Wingate, S. F. Neely, M. W. Nason, and C. M. Layton. Interment was in the new section of IOOF Cemetery. The funeral was one of the most largely attended ever held in Roseville. Floral tributes to the numbers of 110 were sent, literally covering the burial spot with a mound of flowers, ferns, and foliage to a depth of nearly two feet. Expressions of sympathy were sent to the bereaved by telegram from across continent, to telephone and by letter and similar messages continue to comer to the bereaved family.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 9-26-1874
Death of Capt. Bristow

Elder Woodruth of Roseville, thinking our notice of the death of Capt. Bistow did not quite come up to the mark, has sent us the following with a request to publish:  Capt. John Bristow was a native of Kentucky and served with distinction in the Mexican War. He arrived in this state in 1850, coming across the plains. He was a resident of Placer County for many years and was well known in the lower end of the county, besides having intimate friends in Auburn. He was much respected for his honesty, industry, and intelligence, and was esteemed by all who knew him. He was once township assessor and was invariably appointed a member of the election board for the past fifteen years. The Captain was an uncle of Hon. B. H. Bristow, the present Secretary of the Treasury, and had one daughter married and living in Missouri, and it is thought two sisters living in Jackson, Illinois. Capt. Bristow died suddenly at his house near Roseville, about five o’clock Wednesday evening, August 25th, in the seventy-third year of his age. He had been complaining for several days of a heavy weight and pain in his stomach and a choking up of the lungs. But a short time before his death, he visited the post office and was advised to return home and rest from business, which he did, stopping only at the well when he was told to go on to the house and a boy would be sent with the water. The boy arrived in about five minutes and found him sitting in his chair, alive but speechless. The boy went for Doctor Taylor while the neighbors were gathering in. The doctor arrived in a few minutes and found him dead. The coroner was sent for and an inquest held, but no other facts were elicited, the doctor giving it as his opinion that he had died from congestion of the lungs. The funeral services were well attended, the body being buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery at Roseville. Capt. Bristow died a Christian and a member of the Baptist Church.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 8-29-1874

Capt. John Bristow, an old citizen of this county, died suddenly at his cabin near Roseville last Tuesday evening in the 73rd year of his age. About four o’clock, a boy passing saw him sitting in his chair and apparently suffering greatly. To the inquiries of the lad no answer was returned beyond a groan. The boy immediately ran for Dr. Taylor who, in a few minutes arrived, only to find Bristow dead. An inquest elicited no facts further than the opinion of the physician that he died from congestion of the lungs. Capt. Bristow has been a man of some consequence and but a few years ago was in comfortable circumstances, but as old age crept on, his means became scattered and lately he has lived in comparative poverty. The present Secretary of the Treasury is his nephew, but the old man as he fell into poverty quit corresponding with his family in Kentucky, and they had lost track of him entirely. A few months ago, W. B. Lyon, the former editor of the Argus, wrote a line to Hon. B. V. Bristow, telling him of his uncle’s whereabouts and condition. In due time, he received a replying, thanking him heartily for the information and enclosing a draft for a hundred dollars, adding that his wants should be supplied as long as he lived. Capt. Bristow preferred spending the remainder of his days here to returning to his old home and has lived quite alone in his unpretending cabin in the edge of Roseville, dying at last unattended by friend or acquaintance.

Sacramento Daily Union, 27 Apr 1857

At Damascus, Placer county, April 21st, John D. Brohard, aged 27 years, a native of Virginia.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 2-2-1878

C. J. Brown, a prominent citizen of Dutch Flat and well-known throughout the county, was accidentally killed last Sunday night by falling off a bridge on the road between Alta and Dutch Flat. He had been visiting at the house of a friend named Solomon Williams and left for home about 8 o’clock. The night was dark and Mr. Williams expressed regret at not having a lantern to lend his visitor. The latter replied to the effect that he did not need one, he could go home blindfolded. This was the last seen of him alive. He was a native of Connecticut, forty-two years of age. He was buried on Tuesday by the Caucasian Society of Dutch Flat. The bridge in question crosses a cut about seventeen feet deep, through which the Cedar Creek Company runs their water. On the south side of it there is a railing, but on the northern and more dangerous there is none.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 8-17-1878
Paralysis and Death

On Friday morning of last week, an old man known as Charley Brown or French Charley was found in a helpless condition in a ravine near his cabin on the road to Manhattan Bar, a mile and a half from Auburn. Word was brought to town to Mr. Andrew Kelly, his nearest neighbor and on whose land the cabin stood. A wagon was dispatched to bring the unfortunate man to the County Hospital. He was found in a partially nude state as though he had got up and gone out during the night and had suddenly been stricken with paralysis, which, it was afterwards ascertained, was the case. In this condition, he lay until discovered between 10 and 11 o’clock Friday forenoon with an almost torrid sun baking the flesh on his bare back and legs. He was conscious but unable to speak and had been taken care of by the kind-hearted Mr. Kelly until assistance was obtained. He was brought to the hospital where he died on Sunday. Deceased had eked out a very precarious living, partly by mining in the ravines, partly by hunting. He was a Frenchman, apparently about 55 years of age. He had no relatives in this part of the county.

Auburn Journal, 8-5-1943
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.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 10-25-1879
Burned to Death

A man named J. A. Brown was burned to death on Wednesday at Coppertown on the Bear River, about twelve miles from here. He was at work on French’s Ranch, piling cordwood when, by some means not yet ascertained, the wood pile fell upon him and was set on fire. His fate was unknown until it was seen he was late for dinner, when Mrs. French went to notify him. When she arrived on the scene, the fire was smoldering and the unfortunate man was dead. He was burned so badly that his remains were no longer to be recognized. He was a man of middle age and unmarried.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 8-23-1917

LINCOLN - John Brown, track-walker on the S. P., was killed Tuesday by being struck by Train 14. It is supposed he was riding on the track bicycle and was run down by the train. He was 45 years of age and had lived in this section several years. The body was brought to Lincoln for the inquest.

Roseville Register, 11-18-1909

Died: In Roseville, November 12, 1909, Mrs. Matilda Brown, aged 50 years. She had been a sufferer for a year past with a cancer of the stomach. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, J. H. Brown, besides the following seven children:  H. N., H. H., L. H., E. L., Josie M., Alice E., and Mrs. Herbert York, all grown and living in Roseville. The family came here from Lassen County a year ago, the two boys, Bert and Henry, being well known in Roseville and Auburn. The funeral was conducted last Sunday from the residence, Rev. J. P. Macauley conducting the services. The interment was in the IOOF Cemetery, and a large concourse followed the remains to the grave. The family has the sympathy of the community in their affliction.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 4-15-1876
Killed on the Railroad

On Wednesday the railroad section men found the body of a man at Cascade, between Cisco and the Summit, who had evidently been killed by being run over by the cars during the night. He was finally recognized as a man named Brown, said to be a sailor who was making his way on foot and by the aid of such rides as he could snatch on the cars from Sacramento or San Francisco to Virginia City. His body was taken to Truckee where an inquest was held on Thursday.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-22-1912
Old Timer Died Saturday – Fifty Years in Rocklin

Otis Brown, for fifty years a resident of this county, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. For half a century, Otis Brown lived in the canyon above the Spring Valley ranch. He was a cattleman in the early days of California. Later he planted a vineyard and was one of the experimenters when that industry was in its infancy. He was one of the most known and most liked men in Placer County. Deceased leaves a sister who resides in the east and a nephew in the southern part of the state.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Friday, 12-6-1872

Died - At Doty’s Flat, December 2d, of enlargement of the heart, Mrs. Rebecca Russell Brown, wife of James B. Brown, aged 45 years and 3 months. Mrs. Brown was born in Bangor, County Down, Ireland, and when quite young removed with her family to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where she lived until 1859 when she came to California. Mrs. Brown was a true and exemplary Christian, a kind and devoted wife, and affectionate mother. She leaves a large circle of friends, aside from her own family who sincerely mourn her loss.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-20-1915

F. G. Browning, an old and esteemed resident of Roseville, died at his daughter’s home, Mrs. G. W. Prosser’s, August 1, 1915. He was known by his many friends as Judge Browning, having held that office for a number of years in this place. He was born in Washington Co., Kentucky, on June 24, 1832. In his boyhood days, he moved to Missouri where he taught school. He resided there until 1849 when he joined the rush of gold seekers for California. He came by ox team; remained here until 1850; returned to Missouri by way of Isthmus of Panama; suffering many hardships and experiencing a touch of the yellow fever. While in the east, he married Miss Susan Bayne in 1855. To this union six children were born, four boys and two girls. Then with his family, he once more came to California and located in 1876 at Pleasant Grove, Sutter Co., where he was engaged in the hotel business and keeping the old stage station house. He resided there until 1881 when his health failed. He moved to Sacramento and then to Roseville where he resided until his death. His wife passed to the great beyond some five years ago. The children who are left to mourn his death are:  T. W. Browning of Truckee, L. L. Browning of Los Angeles, L. C. Browning of Pleasant Grove, Mrs. T. W. Trevathan of Pleasant Grove, Mrs. G. W. Prosser of Roseville, and thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 3-1-1917

Mary Browning departed this life February 27 at the home of her daughter. She was a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and was 48 years old. The funeral services will be held today at the chapel of Guy E. West at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Obituary notice will be published next week.[Submitter’s note:There was no follow-up obituary.]

Placer Press-Tribune, Thursday, 1-14-1965

Lena Margaret Brusso, 70, of 107 Keehner Avenue, died in the Roseville Hospital where she had been a patient since November. The daughter of the late Gerdt H. Langrehr, she was born and grew up in Sacramento where her parents were early-day residents. She was the widow of the late Joel H. Brusso, well-known engineer of the Southern Pacific Railroad. A resident of Roseville for 49 years, she had been a member of Heber Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, since 1926, and served as treasurer of the chapter since 1936. She was especially honored by the chapter some years ago for her long period of service. She also was active in the Treasurers’ Association of Eastern Star and was a member of the GIA, Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Three daughters survive, Ruth Perry of Roseville, Helen Gold Chamberlain of Auburn, and Margaret Ostman of Courtland. There are four grandchildren. A brother, Fred H. Langrehr, lives at Dunsmuir. Funeral services will be at 2 PM Friday in the Lambert Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Barnard of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Cremation will follow at East Lawn, Sacramento. Memorial gifts may be made to the Placer County Heart Fund, and to the Presbyterian Church of Roseville.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 3-15-1873

On Wednesday afternoon last, a boy named Nelson residing at Rocklin, while hunting for his cows, discovered the body of a man named William Bryan lying under the shade of a small tree about a quarter of a mile from town. From appearances, he had laid down, taken a dose of medicine from a bottle he had with him, and died without a struggle. Bryan had been ill for some time past. The body of deceased was taken to the residence of his brother.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 5-1-1875

Terrible Accident - On Thursday last about noon as the gravel train was backing down a few miles east of Clipper Gap as the train was on a curve, two cows were seen lying on the track, and before the train could be stopped, it ran into them which resulted in throwing the train off the track. Six of the cars were smashed to atoms, but no harm was done the engine. George Hoth, brakeman, and E. H. Sweeney, engineer, and A. S. Buck of Georgetown, a passenger, were on the rear end of the train when the collision occurred. Hoth and Buck were killed instantly, the latter being so mangled that his remains bore no semblance to a human body. Sweeney was thrown about forty years, striking on his head in a pile of rocks, and is fatally injured. Hoth’s remains were sent to Rocklin Thursday night where he will be buried on Saturday at 1 o’clock PM by the Masonic fraternity. Buck’s body is at the station in charge of the coroner. Sweeney is at Borland’s Hotel, receiving every attention that can be rendered, with physicians in constant attendance. He is also a member of Rocklin Lodge, F&AM.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 6-2-1877
Sudden Death

Last Friday a six-year-old daughter of M. Buckley, residing near Clipper Gap, died after an illness of only two days. She had been attending school every day but on Thursday morning, just before school time, suddenly became unconscious and remained so until the next day when she breathed her last. Dr. Shackleton was sent for on Friday but arrived there only a short time before she died. Her remains were interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Auburn, on Sunday.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 2-15-1879
Sudden Death at Borland’s Hotel

A man named P. P. Budd, a traveler registered at Borland’s as belonging to Eureka, Nevada, was yesterday morning found dead in his room. He had arrived only the evening before from Stockton, so we learn, and he seemed to be a respectable-looking miner. He had in his possession $605 in money and a note for $1200. His death is believed to have been caused by disease of the heart. He was about 35 years of age. The news of his death was telegraphed to Stockton where it was thought his friends lived. But the answer came that, so far as known, he had no relatives there. The Odd Fellows of Austin, Nevada, telegraphed to the Lodge here to take charge of the remains, which was done.

Roseville Register, Friday, 5-29-1914
Pioneer Woman Died Early this Morning

Mrs. Hannah Buddecke, a native of Ireland, died this morning at her home near Roseville at the age of 82 years. Mrs. Buddecke is an old resident of this section and has many relatives, friends, and acquaintances who will miss her greatly. The funeral will be from the St. Rose’s Catholic Church Saturday, May 30 at 2 o’clock and the interment in IOOF Cemetery.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Thursday, 10-14-1937
Applegate Boy, Aged 9, Dies of Sleeping Illness

Fred James Burgen, 9, Applegate school boy, died at an Auburn hospital Tuesday from sleeping sickness after an illness of several days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan J. Burgen of Applegate. A private funeral service was conducted in the Hislop Chapel at Auburn Wednesday.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 11-15-1879

James Burke of Forest Hill was killed at Bea’s Mill Monday by a log rolling upon him. He was part owner in the mill and was married but a few months ago. He seems to have been a man universally respected by all who knew him. He was about forty years of age.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 12-10-1908
Death of D. Burkhalter

Superintendent D. Burkhalter of the Sacramento division of the Southern Pacific Co. died at 7 o’clock last Wednesday morning at the railroad hospital in Sacramento. Mr. Burkhalter had been a sufferer from liver trouble for the last two years and the cares of his position at the head of the division undoubtedly strengthened the grip of the disease. He was a bluff, hearty man who treated all men alike. Among all California railroad men, he was known as “D. B.,” and when the news came that his long career was ended, there was deep grief among them. Mr. Burkhalter was born in New York State and raised on a farm. He was a veteran in the Civil War, enlisting from New York and serving four years in the artillery division. In 1875, he came to California and entered the service of the S. P. Co. at Rocklin as a freight brakeman. From that time, his advance was rapid. He became in succession a freight conductor, trainmaster at Truckee, assistant superintendent of the Sacramento division, superintendent of the Mojave division in 1891, and superintendent of the San Joaquin division in 1894. In August 1907, he was placed in charge of the Sacramento division, but most of the time since then, he has been disabled by illness and merely the nominal head. Mr. Burkhalter was 67 years of age. He was next to oldest division superintendent on the Southern Pacific lines. It was his desire to remain at work until he was 70 years of age and then to go into retirement. He leaves a wife and four daughters. His eldest daughter is in Europe. The interment took place at Los Angeles last Saturday.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 4-14-1877
The Funeral of George Burt

The remains of George Burt, the unfortunate engineer of engine No. 70 who was killed in the collision at Cascade on the 4th, were interred at Rocklin last Saturday with impressive ceremonies. After the conclusion of the inquest on the night after the accident, the body was taken to Sacramento where it was prepared for burial. The hearse was escorted to the depot by members of Sacramento Tribes, Improved Order of Red Men, where it was placed on a flat car attached to a special train provided by the railroad company for the transportation of the remains and attendants. The train reached Rocklin at 3 PM where it was met by Delaware Tribe, No. 48, Imp. O. R. M. of Newcastle, of which deceased was a member, and also by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. These, with a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the dead engineer, escorted the remains to the round-house which was tastefully decorated and draped in mourning. The casket was placed on a handsome catafalque erected near the center of the building and around it in appropriate order were ranged the officiating clergyman and friends of the deceased, the Red Men, and the Brotherhood. Elder Peck of Ophir delivered an impressive funeral discourse, and a choir and organ rendered the music selected for the occasion. At the conclusion of the services, the Red Men took charge of the remains, those in attendance forming in procession to accompany them to the cemetery where the burial service of the Order was read over the grave. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the county, large numbers coming from a distance to testify their respect for the memory of the dead.

Sutter Appeal Democrat, 04-09-2011

William F. Burtis "Bill" - passed away on March 18, 2011 in Roseville at the age of 85. He was born in Marysville on March 9, 1926 and grew up in the town of Sutter, CA. Bill attended public schools in Sutter at Brittan Elementary and Sutter Union High School where he graduated in 1943. During his senior year he joined the U. S. Navy and was accepted to participate in the V12 U.S. Navy College Training Program to train men for assignment as officers. He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The equivalent of four years of regular college was completed in three years. Study was year 'round. Bill was one of approximately 60,000 V12 participants who were commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marines as a result of this program. After completing this program Bill served as an officer aboard a Naval ship that transported food supplies from the western ports of the U. S. to military troops serving in the Far East. After completing his service in the Navy, he worked as an engineer for Owens Corning Corporation where he was involved in the construction and operation of a new Fiber Glass plant in the San Jose area. He later held management positions with United Airlines in San Francisco and at Lockheed Aircraft located at Sunnyvale, CA. Bill continued his own education both during and after he retired as an engineer by earning an M. S. Degree in Management and Business Administration and also a Ph.D. in Psychology. He also taught several classes relating to Business Administration at DeAnza Community College in Cupertino, CA. He said he loved being a teacher and helping others to learn. Bill is survived by his wife, Janelle Heyes Burtis of Orangevale and by his brother, Donald Burtis and his wife Beryl of Yuba City. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd P. and Genevieve Burtis of Sutter and his sister Mrs. Evelyn Monnie and her husband J. F. of Lodi. It was Bill's wish to be cremated and have his ashes scattered at sea and that services be private.

Sacramento Bee, The (CA) - Sunday, April 10, 2011

BURTIS, William Floyd 'Bill' - Born in Marysville, CA on 3-9-26 and departed on 3-18-2011 in Roseville, CA. For a bio on his active life, send request to He is survived by his wife Janelle, and brother Don (wife Beryl). He asked that gifts be in the form of donations to the Personology Research and Development Center, Inc. that carries on his life long pursuit of developing structure/function personology.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 11-20-1919

Mrs. Elizabeth Bush, a respected and honored resident of Rocklin, died at her home Monday, November 17. The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church at Rocklin, and the remains were tenderly laid to rest in IOOF Cemetery. She was a native of Switzerland, having been born in that country in 1842. She came to America in 1869 and took up her residence at Rocklin, where she has since resided. More than 19 years ago, she was bereft of her husband, leaving her alone in the world with no near relatives, and because of this she formed many close friendships with her neighbors, and she had the love and respect of all who knew her. Her religion was early established, and she maintained a close relation with her chosen church, taking an active part in all of its work.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 3-16-1911
Shocking Death of Roseville Switchman

Charles Howard Butler had his life crushed out in the Roseville railroad yards at 4:17 o’clock in a most shocking manner. The time of death was indicated by the battered watch taken from his mangled body. He was “field man” of the switching crew, whose duty it was to receive the cars cut out from the string and set the brakes on them so they would not bump into and damage other cars. He was last seen alive by Switchman Roy Cree and Engine Foreman J. E. Threxton when he was riding the first cut of three cars about 4:10 o’clock. After finishing switching the string of cars at 5:55, Cree walked down No. 6 track and stumbled across Butler’s body lying across a rail, cut entirely in two and horribly mutilated, the body having been rolled about 50 feet after he fell under the cruel wheels of the car. Coroner Bisbee was notified and came down from Auburn at 8:30 and an inquest was held. Trainmaster Knightlinger, Switchman Cree, and Engine Foreman Threxton were the witnesses examined and the above facts brought out. No other evidence was obtainable, and it will never be known just how the fearful accident occurred. It is assumed that Butler missed his footing while attempting to board a cut of cars and fell to his death under the wheels, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death while performing his duty. Deceased had been in the employ of the company about five years, two years in Truckee, and the last three years in Roseville, and was an experienced and reliable man. He was born and raised in Roseville, 29 years old, and leaves a wife and little daughter. He was the son of Thomas W. Butler of Roseville and Mrs. Sarah Butler of Sacramento, full brother to George E. and Frank Butler, and a half brother to W. T. Butler. There is a married sister in Lassen County. The funeral will be conducted from the home in the Schellhous, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Charles Butler was universally known and liked here, and the entire community sympathizes with his bereaved ones and is greatly shocked over his sudden and cruel death.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 5-8-1929
Pneumonia Brings Death to Little Girl

A very sad death occurred at five o’clock Sunday when Clare, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Butler, passed away at the Sutter Hospital, after an illness from pneumonia of only a week’s duration. She was eleven years of age and in the fifth grade at grammar school. The little girl was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon. She possessed a loving, sweet disposition and was loved by her playmates and everyone with whom she came in contact. She is survived by her parents and by two brothers, Alyn, 10 years, and Keith, 6 years of age. Funeral services are to be held from the Broyer & Magner Chapel this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3:30 o’clock when school children are to attend in a body accompanied by teachers. Interment will be made in the Roseville Cemetery, and she will be laid to rest side by side with her uncle, the late Alyn W. Butler. Rev. W. E. Coen will conduct the services.

Roseville Register, Friday, 2-14-1919
Mrs. William Butler Dies Suddenly

Mrs. William Butler, wife of W. Butler, died at a Sacramento hospital Monday, following an operation for appendicitis. She had been in the best of health up to a short time ago, and when she became ill was immediately taken to the hospital for the operation. The funeral was held yesterday at 2:30 from her late residence; interment at IOOF Cemetery. A large number of friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place.

Roseville Register, Friday, 2-21-1919

Mrs. Estelle Butler was born August 13, 1885, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Burns; she passed away Monday, February 10, 1919, aged 33 years. She was a native of California, being born at Fremont Solano County. She spent the major portion of her life in the city of Sacramento and was widely known as an excellent pianist, having taught many Roseville people on the piano. Two years ago, she was united to William Butler in marriage, since which time she resided in Roseville. She leaves to mourn her early death a devoted husband, mother and father, and Mildred and William Butler, Jr., and a large circle of friends who had learned to love her for the splendid character she was and the loving disposition she displayed towards all her acquaintances. She was a prominent member of the Eastern Star, and the members of the organization will greatly miss her from that circle. To the bereaved, the entire community extends its heartfelt sympathy.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 8-22-1928
George W. Butler Called by Death Sunday Evening – Well Known Business Man Will Be Laid to Rest this Forenoon

The news of the death of George W. Butler on Sunday evening was received by the people of Roseville and vicinity with deep sorrow. He passed away at the Joslin Sanitarium at Lincoln with his wife, daughters, and other close relatives at his bedside. He was sick about a month, suffering from a nervous breakdown. Funeral services will be conducted at the Broyer & Magner Chapel this (Wednesday) morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. T. H. Mee of the Methodist Church will deliver the sermon, and the Roseville Independent Order of Odd Fellow, of which the deceased was a member, will be in charge of the services. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Left to mourn his death are his widow, Mrs. Fairy Butler; and daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Neugebauer and Miss Hazel Butler; his mother, Mrs. Ida Butler; his sisters, Mrs. Ella Oliver of New Pine Creek, Oregon; Mrs. Mary Wiley of Eugene, Oregon; Mrs. Blanche Manuel of Yuba City; Mrs. Myrtle Hoffner of Roseville; and brother, Fred Butler of Roseville. William T. Butler, Sr. and George E. Butler are cousins of the deceased. George W. Butler was born April 27, 1883, at Antelope and has lived all his life at Antelope and Roseville. He was married to Miss Fairy Slater, also of this community, and two daughters, Dorothy and Hazel, were born to them. They have resided recently in a new home at 146 Nevada Avenue. For many years, he was associated with his cousin, Wm. T. Butler and son William, Jr. in Butler’s Market. About a year ago, he entered into partnership with W. F. Royer in the Sanitary Market on Vernon Street.

Roseville Register, Friday, 4-18-1913
Death of Mrs. Wm. T. Butler - Highly Respected Roseville Woman Died Monday Morning after Short Illness

The death of Mrs. William T. Butler from cerebral-spinal meningitis was a great shock to this community as it has only been a short time since she was in fairly good health. She was taken sick less than two weeks ago, and at first the exact nature of her illness was not known, but on medical advice being summoned from Sacramento, it was determined that she had the above-named disease which is almost incurable. On Sunday her life was despaired of, and on Monday morning she died. Mrs. Butler was comparatively a young woman, being only thirty-nine years old, and her death is a severe blow to her husband and children. Owing to the nature of the illness from which she died, the funeral was private and took place Monday afternoon, interment being in the Roseville Cemetery. Mrs. Butler was a native of Placer County, having spent a large part of her life in Roseville where she was well known and highly esteemed. Besides her husband, William T. Butler, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Berry; two children, a girl and a boy; and three sisters, Mrs. H. E. Boston, Mrs. Frank Madison, and Mrs. E. O. Preskett. Mrs. Butler was a respected member of the Women’s Improvement Club and had taken active part in the work of the club. This organization will hold memorial services Sunday afternoon.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 7-17-1929
Many Pay Tribute at Bier of Late William Butler Jr. – Profusion of Flowers Marks Funeral Yesterday of Young Business Man

One of the largest companies that has ever attended a funeral in Roseville gathered yesterday afternoon to pay final tribute at the bier of William T. Butler Jr., whose death occurred Saturday evening at the Sutter Hospital, Sacramento. The funeral was held from the Broyer & Magner Chapel. Interment was at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Rev. T. H. Mee, pastor of Colonial Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, Sacramento, and for long a friend of the family, conducted the funeral service. Members of the Eagles and Red Men of Roseville attended. As a tribute, nearly every place of business in the city was closed for two hours yesterday. The casket was banked high with one of the most profuse arrays of flowers ever seen here. Special music during the funeral service was furnished by Mrs. Margaret Roth of North Sacramento and her father, Norman Mullen of Sacramento. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Turner, Dr. E. E. Myers, Dr. Louis Jones, Lucas Schafer, Dr. R. H. Eveleth, and M. T. McCallen. Active pallbearers were J. M. MacNeur, Edward Lebtola, Earl Barber, Hanford Crockard, Walter Freeman, and Pete Priest. Death came to William Butler after an illness of less than a week. It was Tuesday that he was removed to the hospital. He died Saturday morning. Born on December 31, 1904, he spent all his life in Roseville, graduating from Roseville elementary and high schools. The shock of his passing was felt over a wide circle for everyone knew William Butler and everyone loved him. The following, penned by Rev. T. H. Mee, tells graphically of the life of William Butler and of the place he held in the hearts of hundreds:

“On December 31, 1904, there was born to William Thomas and Lena Maude Butler, a son who was named after his father and grandfather, who cherished this young life as he developed into manhood. Here he played and studied, completed the grammar and the high school with the class of 1923, in which he was a favorite, as he was among his associates throughout his short life in our midst. Following commencement he entered his father’s employ, taking a keen interest in the well established business that had been built steadily by industry and integrity. April 18, 1924, he was united in marriage with Miss Coral Mary Stone, this happy union being blessed with one daughter, Diane Garnet, whose presence has gladdened many hearts. As a respite from the busy rush of business affairs, his home offered unfailing satisfaction, while fraternal and social engagements claimed a rightful share of his ambitious life. As past president of the Lions Club, the entire membership responded to his enthusiastic leadership and cheerful nature. Ever interested in athletics, he early became a champion of baseball and other games intended to strengthen physical as well as the social well being. He stood for patriotic citizenship and was ready to foster every community enterprises. His friendship for the Boy Scouts was constant both locally and throughout the Tahoe Council, while his gifts of time and means are deeply appreciated by the many beneficiaries. Kind and thoughtful, he was constantly making new friends. As a co-partner with his father in business since his marriage, he made every endeavor to shoulder a heavy responsibility in the hopes of relieving others and later acquiring a measure of freedom from exacting toil. In the close application he possibly exceeded his strength in the vigor of youth. It was not until a week prior to his untimely death in Sacramento, July 13, 1929, that he was obliged to retire, and even then he had high hopes of an early recovery. But this was not to be, the end coming while surrounded by loved ones who coveted his continued companionship amid the familiar scenes of life. Here we dare not question either the wisdom or love of our heavenly father, who likewise called his devoted mother in his early childhood. A good friend and husband leaves a father’s benediction and a neighbor’s good-will we fondly retain awaiting the Master’s summons and the resurrection day".”

Besides the grief-stricken father and grandfather, a devoted widow and daughter and one sister, Mildred G. Butler of Roseville, he leaves many loved ones and friends who share in a common sorrow and irreparable loss.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 9-11-1969
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This is a tribute to the memory of Marvin Butterfield, Chief Warrant Officer, US Army, and to his parents, sister, wife, and four children. It is written to try to express the sorrow and the deep sense of loss felt by friends and neighbors. Marvin was killed August 30 when a cargo helicopter crashed and burned in Vietnam. News of the tragedy was received here the following Tuesday, September 2. Marvin, a former Penryn resident, had spent 15 years in the Army and had recently re-enlisted. He was an instructor at Ft. Wolters, Texas, and enjoyed teaching. He had unusual rapport with the young helicopter “pilots-to-be,” and several attempts were made by his superiors to keep him stateside. However, at the end of July, after a visit spent with his parents and his family in his home in Mineral Wells, Texas, he left Travis Air Base for his second tour of duty in Vietnam.

Like many of his contemporaries, Marvin will not return. We read it in the news each day, hear it shouted from the TV sets and the radio about other young men, and we are sorry, but this fills us with sick misery and disgust for war because Marvin was one of our own. To all who have called to inquire about remembrances, we have a suggestion: Marvin Butterfield had started a class in his church in Texas, teaching a group of mentally and physically handicapped children. This had become very important to him. His wife, Mary, and his parents feel that remembrances to this personal class would be a fitting tribute to his memory.