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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.

Roseville Register, Friday, 5-11-1923

Katherine Emily Daniels was born in Ohio, November 1, 1857, and passed from this life at the family home on D Street Sunday, May 6, 1923, at the age of 66 years, 7 months, and 5 days, after but a six weeks’ illness. All her life was spent in the east until five years ago when she accompanied her family to California and had since made her home in Roseville where her kindness and helpfulness to those in distress and her sweet and cheerful disposition endeared her to all who came in contact with her. She was a devoted Christian and an earnest worker in the Baptist Church, of which she was a member, and her many acts of kindness will ever be remembered. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Roseville on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Hobart of Sacramento officiating, assisted by a choir consisting of Mrs. T. J. Hamlin, Mrs. Black, and Mrs. Copeland. The comforting words of the sermon and her favorite hymns brought much consolation to the bereaved ones. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery where the many beautiful floral tributes bespoke the esteem of a host of friends. Besides a grief-stricken husband, Elam Daniels, she leaves to mourn her passing, a daughter, Mrs. A. D. Frederick of Holt, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. L. McCarty of Evon, Ohio; a brother, John Anderson of Springfield, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Mrs. Irene Highfill of Folsom, Clarence L. Frederick of Lincoln, Ray Frederick of Reno, and Katherine and Goldie Frederick of Holt; and a large circle of sorrowing friends.

Roseville Register, Friday, 7-5-1912
Well Known Minister Dies at Penryn

The Rev. Cassius H. Darling, well known comrade of the Grand Army of the Republic and a popular minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died at the family home in Penryn last Friday night at the age of 67 years. During the past few years, he had suffered several strokes of paralysis, and the last one, suffered about two weeks ago, proved too much for his weakened condition. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Susan Darling. The interment took place at Shasta, Shasta County, last Sunday.

Few ministers were better known and loved in the counties of Northern California and Nevada where for over 30 years he had labored in many pulpits. He was an orator and a man of education and took an active part in the civic life of the communities where he had been a pastor. He was known to nearly all the old soldiers, as he was, until a year or two ago, a prominent figure at all meetings of the GAR. While the Rev. Mr. Darling was pastor of the church at Fall River, Shasta County, he was appointed chaplain of the state senate and was popular with the legislators as a man and a minister. After the session of the legislature, he was stationed at Honcut, Butte County, about seven years ago. From Honcut, the Rev. Mr. Darling was sent to Penryn where he served five years and retired from the ministry about a year ago.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-12-1927
Mrs. Eugenia Dauger Passed Away Friday in Eightieth Year Having Lived in this Vicinity Nearly 60 Years – Funeral Held Sunday

Mrs. Eugenia Dauger of Roseville, widow of the late George J. Dauger, passed away at 9:30 PM Friday, January 7, 1927, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Green, on Park Drive. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 10th at 9:30 AM from St. Rose Catholic Church in Roseville, and burial took place in St. Joseph Cemetery in Sacramento, with Broyer & Mahner in charge of the funeral. The pall bearers were Messrs F. D. Spark, A. A. Aureguy, J. E. Cooney, D. P. Mulligan, J. B. Gilman, and M. J. Royer. Mrs. Dauger had lived in Roseville and vicinity for fifty-nine years. She was a native of Alsace-Loraine and lacked just a month of being eighty years of age at the time of her death. She was the mother of E. P. Dauger, A. B. Dauger, and G. L. Dauger of Sacramento, and Mrs. George W. Guptill and Mrs. George W. Green of Roseville. Mrs. Dauger was sick but a few days, and her death came as a surprise to her children and her large circle of friends.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 4-18-1928
Funeral Service Held Here Monday for Mrs. Raymond C. Davis Who Passed Away at Weimar Sanitarium Saturday at the Age of 33 Years

The hosts of friends of Mrs. Raymond C. Davis were deeply saddened at the news of her death on Saturday afternoon, April 14, 1928, at two o’clock at the Weimar Sanitarium where she was taken three months ago with the hope that her life might be prolonged. It had seemed of late that she would recover sufficiently to be taken to Arizona, but her trouble was at too advanced a stage for recovery and the end came to this young matron and mother of two small sons at the age of thirty-three years. Mrs. Davis was a native of Portland, Oregon, where her parents reside. After a short service held at the Broyer & Magner Chapel on Monday afternoon, the remains were shipped to Portland, Oregon, for cremation, and the ashes are to be scattered over the Willamette River. The services at the undertaking parlors were under the auspices of the Christian Science Society of Roseville. Mrs. Roberts of Loomis was the reader and Miss Mildred Butler sang two hymns with Mrs. N. S. Young as piano accompanist. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband Raymond C. Davis and two little sons, Raymond C. Jr. and Robert A.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 1-19-1861
Todd’s Valley Correspondence – Todd’s Valley, January 14th, 1861

David F. Davis, late a member of Rising Star Lodge, No. 83, F&AM, was a native of Wales and aged 38 years. For several years, he had been a successful miner at Bath, Placer County, California. Some time since he became the owner of a ditch which furnishes water at Deadwood and changed his residence from Bath to that place. On the 24th of December, 1860, contrary to the earnest entreaties of his friends, he left home during a violent snow storm in company with a Mr. Williams for the purpose of going upon his ditch, stating that he should not return till he could bring the water with him. Some four or five days after their departure, some men employed by Mr. Davis near the upper end of the ditch came down to Deadwood for assistance and then, for the first time, they and the citizens of the place learned that Messrs. Davis and Williams were missing. A large party of friends immediately started out in search of the missing men, and on the 9th of January inst. succeeded in finding Mr. Davis, dead, stretched at full length in the ditch about five miles above Deadwood. His arms were folded across his breast, indicating that before becoming unconscious, he solemnly prepared himself for the great change which he felt coming upon him, or that his friend Williams was with him at the time of his decease and thus disposed him as decently as he could. Williams has not yet been found. The remains of brother Davis were brought to this place and buried on the 11th inst. by the brethren of the Lodge, of which he was a member, assisted by a large number from Michigan City Lodge, No. 47.

Resolved, By the brethren of Rising Star Lodge, No. 83, That we deeply deplore the untimely decease of our esteemed brother David F. Davis, who has been thus suddenly cut down while in the vigor of manhood.

Resolved, That we sincerely condole with the friends and relatives of deceased, wheresoever dispersed, in this their sad bereavement.

Resolved, That these resolutions be sent to the county papers and the Sacramento Union for publication.

By order of the Lodge. J. W. Harville, D. J. Baker, N. Benedict, Committee.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 4-3-1875

Death - At Rocklin on Saturday afternoon while the yardmen were switching cars, a boy named W. M. Davis, about 16 years old, in jumping from one car to another, fell to the track, was run over, and instantly killed. The railroad employees at Rocklin, we are informed, have done their best to prevent boys from playing on or about the cars, but it has been found almost a matter of impossibility to keep them away.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 7-6-1878

Last Wednesday night, a man named John Dean was run over by the cars at Roseville. His head was completely severed from his body. Deceased formerly lived near Lincoln. He was about 40 years of age and a native of Ireland. No one knew how the accident happened.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 8-14-1952
Weimar Youth Killed in Korea

Word of the death of Pvt. Henry DeBusk of Weimar in Korea was received by his mother, Mrs. Ada Walley, from army officials in Washington. DeBusk was killed in action on July 21, the report stated. He was serving with the 7th Infantry. DeBusk, who was 18 years old, was a lifelong resident of this area. He was born at the Lost Emigrant Mine near Soda Springs. He received his training at Fort Ord and left for Korea in November 1851. Surviving are his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Walley of Weimar; his brothers, Lee, Norman and Marion DeBusk; and sisters, Mrs. Betty Green and Emily DeBusk.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-22-1918

On August the 30th, 1915, there came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Decater, a son whom all loved to call Charles Albert. His bright, short life gladdened the hearts of all who knew him while to his loving parents he was the source of unfailing comfort. In him, his two brothers found companionship which was enriched with each passing day. Scarcely did anyone realize that the departure of one deeply entwined in their affections was so near at hand. For one week the patient little sufferer was in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and on Sunday morning, November the 10th, his pure soul was carried by the angels to his heavenly home, safe from the temptations and trials of life. He was a member of the Cradle Roll department of the First Methodist Sunday School and had looked forward to the time when he could meet with the older boys and girls. But our all-wise Father has seen fit to promote him to higher associations where he will be a learner in Christ’s own school. Besides many other relatives and friends, he leaves to mourn his untimely departure his grief-stricken parents and two brothers, John and Clarence. The bereaved parents have the heart-felt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 3-23-1927

When e’er Thou callest, Lord, I’ll come,
    Nor time, nor place, mean aught to me,
My work I’ve done as best I can,
    The rest my God, I leave with Thee,
Full long Thou’st left me here alone,
    The friends of youth all passed before,
I’m wearied, Lord, I’ll be at rest,
    When e’er Thou wilt, swing ope the door.

The call came, the door gently swung open, and quietly the spirit took its homeward flight as morning dawned on March 15th. Laura Jane Whaley was born at Leonidas, Michigan, on October 3rd, 1846, and died at the age of eighty years at the home of her daughter in Citrus Heights on the morning of March 15, 1927. At the age of fourteen, she drove a team when her father migrated from Michigan to Nebraska where he settled in Pawnee County. Here she met, and on September 2, 1865, married Louis Clearman DeCoudres, a veteran of the Civil Way. Being both daughter and wife of pioneers, Mrs. DeCoudres went through many hardships and many an interesting tale had she to tell to her children and grandchildren of hardships and adventures. In 1894 the family moved to Oregon where they lived for about six years, since which time the home has been in California. Mr. DeCoudres preceded his wife to the long rest by fourteen years. Of this union ten children were born, six of whom survive:  Mrs. Ruth Daugherty of Watts, California; Mrs. H. M. Cady of Yakima, Washington; J. L. DeCoudres of Nevada; Mrs. C. C. Wiley of Citrus Heights; Mrs. C. Norton of Hawthorn, California; and Mrs. Ethel Brady of Citrus Heights. There are also 28 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren surviving. Mrs. DeCoudres was united to the church in early womanhood and to the last tried to live acceptably to her Lord. She had long been expecting the call of the Father to “Come home” and willingly laid down the burden.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 10-21-1876
Sudden Death

Charles DeForest, bar-keeper and clerk at the Empire Hotel, was found dead in his bed on Sunday morning. He has been suffering from disease of the heart but retired on Saturday evening as well as usual. Mr. DeForest was a native of Vermont and was about fifty years of age. He leaves no family except an adopted daughter, now married and living at Antioch. His remains were buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 10-16-1929
Pioneer Teacher Dies

Death Saturday night called Miss Favinda A. DeMaria, 54, who for 33 years taught school at McKeon, now known as Spring Garden. The veteran teacher attended a meeting of the county board of education that day and was stricken on her return to the foothill community that night by a heart attack.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 2-22-1928
Placer Police Officer Killed in Auto Crash – F. H. Dependener Meets Instant Death Monday Night – Sheriff Gum Seriously Injured

Deputy Sheriff F. H. Dependener of Auburn was instantly killed and Sheriff Elmer H. Gum was seriously injured when the car in which they were riding toward Auburn with two other deputies and a prisoner crashed into another car near the Wise power house below Auburn about 7:20 Monday evening, Gum’s car being hurled to the opposite side of the highway due to the force of the crash and rolling down a twenty-foot embankment. It is thought that Dependener suffered a broken neck when hurled from the car to the ground as it went down the bank and died instantly from the results. Sheriff Gum, who was driving, was thrown out of his car and suffered several broken ribs on the left side, three breaks in one wrist, and possibly internal injuries. The other occupants of the car, Deputy Sheriff Al Pilliard of Loomis, suffered a broken collar bone and several body scratches; W. W. Poulson, operative of the district attorney’s office, suffered minor scratches and cuts; the prisoner, Joe Poeta of Loomis, suffered a badly broken arm. Deputy Sheriff Poulson was able to extricate himself from the wreckage after the crash and ran to a nearby ranch house where he telephoned to Auburn for assistance. All of the injured were taken to the county hospital, and later Sheriff Gum was removed to another hospital where he is resting comfortably at present. Dr. McKay, county physician, attended the injured and stated that it was not possible as yet to determine whether or not Sheriff Gum had sustained internal injuries. Deputy Sheriff Dependener was taken to Coroner Hislop’s office, awaiting funeral arrangements. The inquest over his death will be held depending upon the condition of Sheriff Gum and Deputy Poulson, if they are able to attend. The driver of the other car, Frank Manes, a rancher from the Long Valley district who was accompanied by his wife, was uninjured. Manes was held for investigation following the accident and later released. His car was only slightly damaged and was towed to Newcastle. Sheriff Gum’s car was completely wrecked. None of the injured were able to give a comprehensive account of the accident, according to Deputy Sheriff G. W. Seaton, who is investigating. It is thought by those in charge of the investigation that Sheriff Gum’s car glanced off the other as the two came together, swerved completely around and crashed down the bank, rolling into an orchard and hurling some of the occupants from the car. The cars met on a straight of way between a ranch known as Adams’ Cold Spring and the recent cut in a hill where a curve was eliminated in the highway near the Wise power house. Sheriff Gum and deputies were returning to Auburn with their prisoner following a raid made on an alleged bootleg establishment near Rocklin, Two partly filled barrels of wine taken as evidence had been lashed to the rear of the car and rolled down the hill after the accident. The entire county mourns in the loss of Deputy Sheriff Dependener, better known and beloved by hosts of friends, acquaintances, and police officers in northern California as "Big Dip" by reason of his six feet, seven and one-half inches in height. He was one of the most widely known and popular police officers in California by reason of his 37 years’ service in Placer County. He was first appointed deputy sheriff in 1886 by Sheriff William Conroy and has served almost continuously ever since. “Big Dip” had been under gun fire more than twenty times, being in some of the most desperate criminal battles ever fought in this county. He carried about a dozen bullet wounds, and for several years three bullets were still lodged in his body. He is survived by two daughters, Misses Mignon and Beatrice of Auburn, to whom the entire county extends its sympathy. Two brothers, Sam and Fred, both of Auburn, also survive, besides two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Sawyer and Mrs. Mary Skinner of Oakland.

Roseville Register, Friday, 1-31-1919

Joseph Dias, son-in-law of Judge and Mrs. John Gregory of Rocklin, died at his home last Saturday after a short illness with influenza. His death came as a shock to many people at Rocklin as the deceased was well and favorably liked in that community where he had for many years been a resident.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Thursday, 9-11-1980

Orpha Edith Diedrich, 75, a native of New York and a resident of Citrus Heights for 15 years, died Sept. 10 in Carmichael. She is survived by a son, Richard Danaher of Citrus Heights; daughters, Mary Donahue, Glendale, AZ, and Georgette Dilday, Sylonier, OH; a brother, Jim Hall, Carmichael; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Graveside services at Sylvan Cemetery were today at 2 PM with the Rev. George Dawson of New Hope Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements were made by the Lambert Funeral Home of Roseville.

Roseville Register, Friday, 1-10-1913
Mrs. Catherine Diem Dies of Pneumonia - Respected Woman Passed Away Last Saturday

Mrs. Catherine F. Diem, a highly respected Roseville woman, passed away at her home last Saturday, the cause being pneumonia. She was the wife of H. C. Diem, who has been an employee of the Southern Pacific for several years. The family lived in Rocklin before coming to Roseville. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Diem was 49 years old and was the mother of six children.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 10-2-1929
Pneumonia Fatal

Miss Dorothy Grace Dill, 21, died at her home at Colfax Sunday following a week’s illness from pneumonia. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Dill, Colfax hotel owners. Miss Dill was born at Goldfield, Nevada, April 26, 1908, the family later moving to Dutch Flat and Colfax. She was a graduate of the Placer Union High School. Funeral services were held today from the Catholic Church at Colfax.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 11-9-1878

Died - At Iowa Hill, November 4th, Nathan Dixon, a native of Indiana, aged 45 years and 9 days. The funeral of Mr. Dixon took place on Wednesday and was attended by a large concourse of people from Damascus, Sunnysouth, and other places. Rev. Mr. Stanley delivered a very appropriate and eloquent address. I never heard a sermon which seemed to me to be so earnest and suitable to the occasion, nor have I ever seen a more attentive audience. The choir sang two beautiful hymns appropriate to the occasion with much sweetness and taste. The ceremonies were concluded by the Odd Fellows. Much sympathy is shown for the afflicted wife and orphaned child so sadly bereft. “Leaves have their time to fall, And flowers to tremble at the north wind’s breath; And stars to set, But thou, thou hast all seasons for thy own, O Death!”

Lincoln News-Messenger, 1-23-1914

ALTA -- Mrs. Kate Doan, a resident of this section since childhood, died here January 16, aged 44 years. Surviving are two daughters, Una and Ruth Pierney; two brothers, John Dresler, San Francisco, and H. N. Dresler of Alta; and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Herroid of Truckee, and Mrs. Mary Burgen of San Francisco. The funeral was to be held Sunday, with interment at Dutch Flat.

Placerville, Mountain Democrat, 8-19-1893
Death of C. J. Dobbas

C. J. Dobbas, formerly of this place and Greenwood, the wellknown butcher,dropped deas on the street at Rocklin about 8 o'clock las Saturday evening, presumably from heart disease. Mr. Dobbas was a native of Switzerland, aged about 53 years. He leaves a wife and two sons - Bart and Arthur,young men all highly respected in this community [Georgetown Gazette].

The foregoing notice from our respected contemporary is received at the last moment before going to press. To us, the death of Cherubino Dobbas was unexpected and startling. It is sincerely deplored as a personal and public loss. He was a good citizen, a big-hearted friend and an honorable gentleman. Missed and mourned by friends and relatives, he will always be held in kind and respectul remembrance by a yet wider circle of business associates and asquaintenances.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 5-15-1929
After Long Illness Death Comes to Eva Harris Dodge – Native of Iowa and Resident of Roseville Since 1912 – Was Member of First M. E. Church

Following a long illness borne with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Eva Harris Dodge passed to the great beyond Saturday at eleven o’clock at her home on Folsom Road. She was a native of Iowa and had lived in Roseville since the year 1912. She had endeared herself to a wide circle of friends and relatives here. She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church early in life and was a member of the First Methodist Church of this city at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, E. P. Dodge, two brothers, C. C. Harris of Los Angeles and Herbert E. Harris of Whittier. Funeral services were held at Broyer & Magner Chapel Tuesday morning at ten o’clock, the services being conducted by Rev. H. E. Well. Interment was made in Sylvan Cemetery.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 10-21-1876
Brakeman Killed

Last Saturday a fatal accident occurred at Roseville to Patrick Doherty, brakeman of a freight train. He was walking on the roof of a car and happening to strike his foot against something was precipitated to the ground, alighting upon his head with such force and in such a position that his neck was broken, causing instant death. The remains were taken to Sacramento and buried on Monday. The deceased was an old railroad man having been employed for several years on the San Jose road before commencing work on the Central Pacific and was much thought of by his acquaintances.

Placer Tribune and Register, Friday, 2-14-1930
Mystery Seen in Man’s Death by Colfax Train

The mysterious death of a man believed to be J. E. Dolan, El Paso, Texas, railroad worker, apparently beneath the wheels of a westbound train near Colfax, is being investigated by Coroner Colin B. Hislop. The body was found near Landers, just west of Colfax, by a train crew and brought to Auburn. The partial identification of the body as that of Dolan was made by Hislop from a card found in a wallet a short distance from the body. Efforts, however, to communicate with anyone in El Paso who has been able to identify the body from the description Hislop wired south have been to no avail. Marks found along the track indicate the body had been dragged more than a mile. It was badly mutilated. More mystery attached to the death when the man’s wallet was found to have been rifled. His bedding, some distance away, had been unrolled.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 10-4-1929
Mrs. Mary Dolce of Loomis Is Summoned

Mrs. Mary Dolce, 64, a resident of Loomis for more than 45 years, died at the family home there yesterday. Funeral services will be held from the Rocklin Catholic Church Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Father Sullivan will officiate. Interment will be at Rocklin Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her husband, Colgers Dolce and five sons and one daughter, Charles V. of Loomis, Frank E. of Sacramento, Angelo of Loomis, and Lillian Dolce Liuzza of San Francisco. There are five grandchildren who survive: Jacqueline Liuzza, Marie Liuzza, Johnnie Dolce, Raymond Dolce, and Theodore Dolce.

Placer County Republican (Auburn), Friday, 2-23-1894
A Sad Accident

On Monday last, news reached this city of the drowning of Mrs. F. I. Adge and Mr. Ed Donaldson which occurred near Colfax in the forenoon of that day. A party consisting of Wm. Sherritt, Mrs. Adge, Isador Adge, and Ed Donaldson was coming over the Iowa Hill to Colfax in a covered spring wagon, from which latter point it was intended to take the local train for Auburn where Mrs. Adge had business before the Superior Court. The road between the points named is rough and dangerous at its best, but the raging storm of Sunday night had washed it into great ruts and had swollen every little rivulet into a raging torrent. The trip was made all right; however, until within about a mile and a half of Colfax where one of these streams was encountered. Wm. Sherritt, who was handling the lines, started to drive into the stream, but seeing that the current was too strong for the team, he endeavored to back the horses out of the water. It is stated that at this juncture, Donaldson excitedly grabbed the lines and swung the horses around into the stream in such a manner as to cramp the wheels of the vehicle and upset it with its occupants into the rushing waters. The vehicle turned over and over, and after being carried down the stream some distance, finally found lodgment against two big trees. Mr. Sherritt and young Adge got out somehow, but Mrs. Adge and Mr. Donaldson were swept away by the rushing waters and were drowned. When news reached Colfax of the accident, searching parties were organized and hurried to the scene of the calamity. After considerable search, the bodies were found wedged in among the driftwood and trees in the stream, and it was with much difficulty that they were finally recovered. They were placed in a vehicle and taken to Colfax where an inquest was held by Coroner Mitchell who went up on the evening train. Mrs. Adge was the wife of F. I. Adge and conducted a hotel at Iowa Hill. She was the mother of four or five children, Isador, the son who was with her at the time of the accident, being the eldest. At the time of the catastrophe above related, Mrs. Adge was on her way to prosecute divorce proceedings against her husband. Mr. Adge had just arrived at Colfax by way of the trail when news reached there of the drowning of his wife, and he was with the first at the scene of the accident to render all the assistance in his power to recover the body. Donaldson was about sixty years of age and a widower.

Placer Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-3-1930
Little Paul Dornfeld Is Laid to Rest Here

Funeral services were held at Broyer & Magner chapel yesterday afternoon for Paul William Dornfled, little son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Dornfeld, who passed away Monday in San Francisco. A large crowd was in attendance. Rev. Harry O’Kane conducted the funeral, and Mrs. B. C. Knapp acted as soloist. Eight little boys, cousins and playmates of the deceased, acted as pallbearers. They were: Jack Omohundro, Whitney Kennedy, Harry Preisser, Eugene Bock, Bobby Scott, Arthur Bass, Jerald Blair, and Vernon Weldon. The baby was laid to rest in the Roseville Cemetery amid a profusion of lovely flowers. Among out-of-town people in Roseville yesterday to attend the funeral of Paul Dornfeld were: Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kennedy and family and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Davis of Carmichael, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Vincent of Fair Oaks, Mrs. John Viera and Mrs. Preisser of Loomis.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 4-17-1875

Sudden Death - On Thursday last Charles Dorser of Ophir died on the road between Ophir and Sutter Creek. He was driving his team at the time of his death, having on his wagon a load of household goods for a family he was moving. Deceased was a native of Missouri, aged 45 years. The funeral will be held at Ophir at 11 o’clock AM tomorrow.

Roseville Register, Friday, 7-19-1918
Brakeman Crushed in Car Smash

Arthur Dougherty was instantly killed yesterday morning when two switch trains met end to end. Dougherty was riding on the car end of a string of cars going into a switch. He was talking to a car checker riding on the other side; the car checker kept on the alert. From the other end of the tracks came another train with no one on the oncoming end. And the two trains came together, and Dougherty could not get out from between in time to save himself. Arthur Dougherty was about 42 years old, unmarried, and leaves a sister here to mourn his death. He had worked in the local yards only three days although he was an experienced man. It is believed that he met death because he was attempting to save the young car checker as he was heard to say, “Lookout!” so evidently he realized the smash was coming. The inquest by county coroner Colin Hislop will be held today.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 6-21-1873

On last Friday John W. Drury, one of the oldest residents of Placer County, died very suddenly at his ranch near Damascus of apoplexy. Deceased was well and favorably known on the Forest Hill, Michigan Bluff, and Iowa Hill divides, having resided in that vicinity for about twenty years. His remains were followed to the cemetery at Michigan Bluff and there interred by the Masonic fraternity of which order he was a highly esteemed and exemplary member. Brethren from Iowa Hill, Forest Hill, Damascus, and Last Chance were in attendance.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 9-28-1878
The Valley of the Shadow

The grim reaper has been busy with his sickle hereabouts during the past week. … William Duck, formerly a supervisor of this county and an old-time resident of Yankee Jims, died at Reno, Nevada, last Saturday. His death was occasioned by an overdose of morphine taken to produce sleep. The dose was enough to kill three ordinary men, though he lived quite a considerable time after taking it. He was a man much respected by all who knew him. This could not be better attested than by the fact that 240 school children were in attendance at his funeral which was one of the largest every seen in Reno.

[Submitter’s note:  First and second paragraphs are transcribed elsewhere.]

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 6-4-1930
Melvin Due, 16, Killed by Auto, to Lie at Sylvan

Funeral services will be held from the Broyer & Magner Chapel at 2:30 today for Melvin Ahlman Due, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will F. Due. Rev. T. H. Mee of Sacramento will conduct the funeral services. Interment will be at Sylvan Cemetery. Young Due was killed late Saturday near Galt when he was returning home from a visit with relatives at Stockton in company with Gilbert B. Durand. A tire blew out on the car which Due was driving as he turned sharply to let another car pass. The steering gear locked, and Due was thrown back in his seat in such a way as to break his neck. Afterward, the car turned over fracturing Due’s skull. He was dead when extricated from the wreck. Durand also was injured when the car was upset and is confined at a Sacramento hospital where he is being observed for possible internal injuries. Melvin Due was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Will F. Due. He was a member of the senior class at the Roseville High School and also worked as call boy in the Southern Pacific yard office. His elder brother, William, is a cadet at West Point. The younger brother, Kenneth, lives at home. He was born October 11, 1914, at Fruita, Colorado, moving to California soon afterward with his parents. The family has lived in Roseville about ten years. Melvin and young Durand had been visiting Melvin’s uncle, Richard Ahlman, at Stockton and were returning home when another car sounded its horn back of them. Melvin, who was driving, turned sharply to let the car pass and one of his tires blew out, causing the car to rear suddenly. The body was taken in charge by Coroner Garlick of Sacramento County and later was brought to Roseville. Durand was removed to a Sacramento hospital. Will F. Due, the father, left here about two weeks ago to join the staff of a Downey newspaper near Los Angeles. He was notified of the accident and came here Sunday night.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 10-4-1917
Man Dies Inside Engine Boiler

Richard F. Dunbar died inside of a locomotive boiler at the S. P. shops Friday. Death was due to heart failure and was unexpected. Dunbar was an assistant machinist and was assisting in riveting the plates in a boiler. The machinist was on the outside, and Dunbar, who had complained of being ill and wishing he were home, had been found not able to properly place the rivets for some cause. Then the light went out and the machinist went for a new one, and when he returned, the light inside the boiler was again burning but Dunbar sat upright, dead. An inquest held by Coroner Hislop showed death from heart failure, and a post mortem showed the same thing. The remains were shipped to Oakland Sunday for interment in the family plot. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to those who are left to mourn the death of a young man with a bright future.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 11-8-1929
C. D. Duncan, 75, of Lincoln Is Called

Charles D. Duncan died at the family home in Lincoln Wednesday at the age of 75 years. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and had made his home in California since 1875, many of the succeeding years being spent in Sheridan and Lincoln. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Johanna Duncan of Lincoln; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Airhart of Sparks, Nevada; a son, E. H. Duncan of Sheridan; and seven grandchildren. Duncan was a member of Gold Hill Lodge of Masons and Friendship Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services, under the auspices of the Masonic order, will be held from the Odd Fellows’ hall at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in the Rocklin Cemetery.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 5-16-1918

Mrs. Jennie Duncan was born in Canada on April 26, 1863, and passed from this life in San Francisco on May 3, 1918, at the age of 55 years and 7 days. When but a child, she accompanied her parents to this state and for a time lived in Sonoma County. About thirty years ago, she located in Rocklin which had since been her home. Here she became identified with the community life in which she was always deeply interested and contributed to its betterment. She was a member of the Improvement Club from its organization and assisted in its numerous undertakings. She was also a member of the Minerva Rebekah Lodge, No. 72, of Roseville. In this and all her public activities, she was conscientious and devoted. For several months she had been a patient sufferer, especially during the last four months she endured much pain. Amid it all she possessed courage and trust which did much to lighten her heavy burden. While her acquaintance was large, she won and retained some devoted friends who feel the loss of a sister beloved. Her kindness to many will ever be remembered with gratitude. Being one in a family of seven children, she early learned the lessons of unselfishness and devotion to others. Her industry and thrift was manifest as an asset early acquired and constantly cultivated. Her loyalty to her friends was the natural expression of her sincerity. Called as she was in the afternoon of life, there was much left undone that she had hoped to complete. Being deprived of the long eventide of life, we may fondly trust that it was she might rest her careworn, tired body while her spirit drinks of the fountain of life eternal. Besides a large circle of friends in Placer County and elsewhere, she leaves to revere her cherished memory one brother, John McQuigg of Rocklin, and a sister, Mrs. Orphenia Martin of Sacramento.

Sacramento Union, 08-03-1913

In Dutch Flat (Placer Co.), July 29, 1913, James Fletcher Dunn, a native of New York, aged 65 years 10 months and 3 days.

Roseville Register, Friday, 12-12-1913
Two Men Killed in Saloon Brawl

William Till, formerly of Ophir, shot and killed William Dunn and John Hoos in the former’s saloon in Dutch Flat Friday night. Elmer Peters, formerly of Auburn, was wounded in the shoulder. It is due to the bravery of T. L. Bison, who disarmed Till, that he and others were not killed or seriously wounded. Sheriff McAulay and Deputy Sheriff Gum arrived promptly on the scene by automobile and thus stopped any possible attempt at lynching. It appears that Dunn had attempted to collect a debt from Till and that this angered Till to such an extent that he armed himself and went to the saloon and opened fire on the men there.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-14-1913
Placer County Pioneer Was Buried Last Sunday at Loomis

The funeral of Mrs. S. B. Dunton was held at the Congregational Church in Loomis Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. Mrs. Dunton was born in Missouri but crossed the plains at two years of age. She was 61 years old and is survived by an aged mother, her husband, and a large number of relatives.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 5-16-1928

On February 5, 1852, in the state of Indiana, Emma Adelaide Durand, one in a family of seven children, came to bless the home of her parents whom she accompanied in crossing the plains before reaching her teen age. For several years she lived in Linden, California, and for some time in Sacramento. She was united in marriage with J. E. Durand, who preceded her thirty-two years ago, leaving her the responsibility of rearing her family whose appreciation of her toil and sacrifice was registered in many ways. For the past eighteen years, she had resided in Roseville, Placer County, where she greatly endeared herself to all with whom she came in close contact. Being hard of hearing, she did not mingle in public affairs as much as her interest measured but read extensively so that she was ever well informed. In addition to the current events, she was a student of the Bible whose precepts she loved and endeavored to practice in her daily life. For some time she had been in poor health, and especially the past three months did her strength wane until the peaceful end came on Wednesday, May 9, 1928. She leaves the following children:  Edward B. Durand of Sacramento, Gilbert B. Durand of Roseville, Mrs. Eva Bates of Roseville; also three brothers, Oscar Wooten of Lodi, Joseph and Frank Wooten of Berkeley; and one sister, Mrs. J. L. Zuver of Roseville; and one grandson, Gilbert Durand of Roseville. A loving mother, a good neighbor, and a true friend is no longer with us, but the companionship of her devoted life may be perpetuated in the happy expression of the poet:  "She is not dead – She is just away". Amid a bower of floral offerings, the funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the chapel of Broyer & Magner, with her pastor, Rev. T. H. Mee, officiating, and Mrs. D. W. Parker, Mrs. A. S. Teal, Mrs. J. L. Boyer, and Miss Mary Pasold singing "Nearer My God to Thee", and "In the Sweet By and By". The pallbearers were Messrs M. F. Pfann, J. H. Shearer, E. M. Gardner, and P. Flannery. The interment was in the family plot in the Odd Fellows Cemetery where relatives from far and near assembled in offering a fitting tribute to one whose life was an open book and whose sympathies were deep and her kindness unmeasured.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-22-1913
Prominent Pioneer of this Section Died Monday

In the passing of John Dyer, one of the best known of the old settlers of this part of the county has passed beyond. He died at the age of 80 years and had been in fairly good health up to the time of his death. He was a native of Missouri and came to this section in 1851. He has been engaged in farming in the vicinity of Roseville nearly ever since that time. He leaves three sons and three daughters, most of who are well known here.

DYER, JOHN, son of
Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 10-12-1878

A little son of Mr. John Dyer died of diphtheria at Colfax, Tuesday.