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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 County Reader (Auburn), Thursday, 1-17-1898

Mrs. Addie Oakeshott of Gold Hill passed away on Saturday after a brief but severe illness. The funeral took place on Monday with interment in Red Men’s Cemetery, Newcastle. Mrs. Oakeshott was a daughter of Mrs. L. K. Newcomb and had many friends in Auburn where she resided for some time before her marriage. She was a native of Lynn, Massachusetts, but Placer County had been her home for years. On October 20, 1897, she was married to Philip S. Oakeshott, the ceremony being a double one for at the same time her sister, Flossie, became Mrs. Ernest Belmore, and it seems very sad that at this early date one of the sisters should be called away. Besides husband and mother, two sisters, Mrs. Belmore and Ethel Newcomb and three brothers, Clarence, Ed, and Frank, are left to mourn the loss of the loved one. The bereaved family has the sympathy of a large circle of acquaintances in the county.

Placer County Reader (Auburn), Thursday, 1-12-1899

Last Thursday evening, Charles Miner O’Bannon died suddenly of heart trouble at the home of his son W. S. O’Bannon at Colfax. The deceased was a native of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and was born December 31, 1833. In 1859 he came to California and lived in El Dorado County where he followed mining. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Anna E. Miller, whose death occurred in this city in January, 1887. Mr. O’Bannon made Placer County his home for several years past and leaves two daughters, Mrs. George Morgan of Los Angeles and Mrs. W. S. Graham of this city, and a son, W. S. O’Bannon at Colfax. The remains were brought to this city from Colfax and laid to rest in the Auburn Cemetery Saturday morning.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 2-12-1898

Last Sunday evening another pioneer resident of this section, Mrs. Ann Carroll O’Brien, died after a short illness at her home in the Rock Creek District. Mrs. O’Brien was born in Ireland in 1830 and came to this country when quite young, locating in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1856 she came to California and settled in Placer County where she has resided ever since. In 1861 she was united in marriage to B. N. O’Brien, and four children, all of whom are living, blessed this union. Mrs. O’Brien was a devout Christian, a kind and indulgent mother, and an affectionate wife. Her death not only renders a happy home desolate, but legions of friends will mourn the love of a kind-hearted and charitable woman whose entire life was the exemplification of all that was good and true. Mrs. O’Brien leaves a husband and four children, Frank M., Thomas D. and Austin O’Brien, and Mrs. J. W. Clark, Jr. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from her late residence in Rock Creek, thence to the Catholic Church in Auburn where impressive services were conducted by the rector, Rev. Father Van Schie. The funeral was very largely attended. The bereaved family wishes to return their heartfelt thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted them in their hour of affliction.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 12-7-1878
A Young Lady Killed

Miss Delia O’Brien, a young lady of Sheridan, was so seriously injured by a collision of hand-cars Thanksgiving evening that she died on Sunday night. It appears she was about to be married to a gentleman living near Marysville who came to Sheridan for that purpose, but as he had obtained his license in Yuba County, he found it necessary either to obtain a license in this county, which would necessitate a trip here to Auburn, or else return to Yuba County and have the ceremony performed there. They chose the latter alternative as being the less bothersome, and accordingly, a company with some friends started in the evening for Wheatland on a hand-car. Another hand-car containing some of their friends from Wheatland met them on the track in violent collision with the result that Miss O’Brien lost both legs by the accident. These injuries and the shock to her system produced death, as already mentioned.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Wednesday, 12-18-1969
Services Set for Roseville Viet Victim

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday for Gunner Sgt. John V. O’Connor Jr., 42, of Roseville, who died Dec. 9 at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands after being wounded Thanksgiving Day in Vietnam. Moving to Roseville as a child, he was the husband of the late Ellen O’Connor and resided at 210 D Street. Sergeant O’Connor is survived by three sons, John V. O’Connor III of Tallihana, OK; Gary L. O’Connor and Mark A. O’Connor, both of North Highlands and Leland Emerson of Roseville; and two sisters, Marjorie Haynes of Sacramento and Mary Haynes of Idaho. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and had four months remaining on his tour in Vietnam. He intended to retire from the Marine Corps on his return to the United States. Services will be conducted at the Roseville Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Joseph Sorenson officiating. Burial will be in Roseville District Cemetery. Friends are welcome to call at Cochrane’s Chapel of the Roses until 11:30 AM Monday.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-29-1913
Another Man Is Run Over - Killed by Freight Train in the Colfax Yards Friday

A. C. Oliphant was killed in the yards at Colfax Friday evening by the second section of train 209. Letters found on his body identify him as an accountant with his home at 4531 Seventy-first Street, Portland, Oregon. The train pulled into the yard, and it was being backed up when his body was discovered. An inquest will be held.

Placer Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-8-1930
Auburn Man Buried

Funeral services were held at Auburn Saturday for W. B. Oliver, 72, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph B. Francis, after an illness of 10 days’ duration. Oliver came to Auburn several years ago from Sacramento. Prior to that time, he resided at Salt Lake City.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 12-12-1928
J. M. Ornelas Funeral Services Held Friday

Funeral services for Jesus M. Ornelas, who died at his home, 106 C Street in this city on Wednesday, December 5, 1928, were held at St. Rose’s Catholic Church on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. Fr. P. J. O’Sullivan celebrating high mass. Interment was in the Roseville IOOF Cemetery. Mr. Ornelas came to Roseville nine years ago and was employed by the Southern Pacific Company until about four years ago when he was obliged to quit on account of his health which has previously become impaired through working in mines. He is survived by his wife and five small children, the oldest five years of age, and his mother, Josephine Mendez.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Friday, 11-15-1872

Sudden Death - Again are we called upon to perform the sad duty of announcing the departure of an old and respected citizen of Auburn to the unknown land. Mr. Gould Osborn died very suddenly on Sunday last. He had been complaining for three or four days of feeling unwell but was around, attending to his business as usual. On Sunday morning he got up and went into the store of T. E. Stephens and remained there, sitting by the stove until Mr. Stephens went to dinner. Upon his return, he found Mr. Osborn lying over a tub which was sitting on the floor near the stove, and upon going up to him found that he was insensible. Restoratives were immediately applied, and he so far recovered as to be able to recognize and speak to those around him, but the relief was only temporary as he soon passed away, calmly and without a struggle. Mr. Osborn has been a resident of Auburn and vicinity for about twenty years and had, by his kind and courteous demeanor, endeared himself to a large circle of friends who sadly and sincerely mourn his sudden taking off.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 3-23-1916

Luigi Osello died Tuesday morning at Sacramento at the age of 51 years. He was a native of Italy but made his home in this country for a number of years and had come to be a staunch citizen of his adopted land. He leaves a devoted wife and children to mourn his death. The funeral services will be held this afternoon from the Guy West Parlors at 2 PM, and interment will be had in the IOOF Cemetery. He was a member in good standing in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the local court of the Ancient Order of Foresters, and his last request was that his funeral services be conducted by these two orders, which will be done this afternoon. Luigi Osella, because of his kindly disposition and cheerful manners, had made many friends, staunch and true friends, and these join us in tending to the bereaved heart-felt sympathy.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 10-6-1926
Mrs. Christian P. Otter Succumbs In Sacramento, Wednesday, Sept. 29th

Mrs. Christian P. Otter passed from this life in Sacramento, September 29, 1926, at the home of her aunt, Mrs. A. C. Hellman, 1649 36th Street. Funeral services were at St. Francis Church at 2 PM Friday, and interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in that city. Blanche Balltrick-Otter was born in Sacramento twenty-two years ago but had lived in Roseville for a number of years, where she attended school and grew to young womanhood. She won the esteem of all who knew her by her many splendid traits of character. She was united in marriage with Mr. Otter August 26, 1924, and lived at 208 Earl Avenue in this city until her final illness. Besides the grief stricken young husband, she is survived by an infant son one month old; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Falltrick; two brothers, Edward and George; and one sister, Mary Rose.

Roseville Tribune and Enterprise, Wednesday, 5-25-1927
Mrs. Earl Otwell Died Here Saturday

Virginia Elizabeth Otwell was born in Ogden, Utah, January 18, 1896, and passed from this life from the home of her mother, Mrs. Alta Virginia Peck, 317 Grove Street, Roseville, California, Saturday morning, May 21, 1927. When eight years of age, she accompanied her parents to California and for several years lived at Rocklin, Placer County, when she moved to Roseville where she completed her education and made many friends, as she did wherever she went. On August 19, 1911, she was united in marriage with Earl V. Otwell of Roseville, two sons being born. Two years ago, the family took up their residence in Sacramento where she very successfully filled a position of trust in Hale Brothers’ department store. Her courtesy and industry merited the success she rightfully attained in this business concern, where her ever widening acquaintance added to her efficiency, her generosity was large, as was her nature of forgiveness and good will. For some time, she had been a member of the Pocahontas Council in Roseville, only severing her connections when she moved to the Capitol City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Roseville for several years. In all of her industry, she worked and planned that her children might have every educational advantage and comforts of home. Her sudden passing will be more keenly felt because of her perseverance and toil for her family as well as those in need. Besides her sorrowing mother and husband, she leaves two sons, Kenneth William and Jack Edward Otwell of Sacramento, her father Frank P. Costell of San Francisco, and one brother Clarence Nelson Peck of Roseville, and a large circle of friends. With but two days’ illness, it will be difficult for these to become reconciled to her untimely death amid life’s activities. The funeral services were held from the chapel of Broyer & Magner of Roseville, Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. T. H. Mee officiating, and Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Miss Doris Kelley singing, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling,” “Sometime We’ll Understand,” and “Nearer My God To Thee.” The pall bearers were Messrs. Lewis Ray, Leo Reardon, Don Bass, Roland Karns, Elliott Broyer, and Jack Vick. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento, many floral tokens of friendship being presented.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 6-13-1918
Young Man Meets Sudden Death

Arthur Ousley came suddenly to his death yesterday morning when he was thrown under the wheels of a moving train and his head severed from the body. Young Ousley was a car sealer and was attempting to board a moving train when the accident took place. He is reported by eye-witnesses to have grasped the handles on a passing car and lost his grip, and the impetus threw him under the train head first. Besides cutting off the head, the right leg was severed at the ankle and the left hand was madly mangled. The body was taken in charge by Deputy Coroner Guy E. West, and a coroner’s jury will hold an inquest some time today. The deceased was a native of Arlington, Missouri, and his parents have been notified of the accident. The young man was only 19 years of age and came to Roseville from his home in Arlington the fore part of the year. He was of a retiring nature and friendly disposition and during his stay here had made many friends. He had planned to go to his home Monday, accompanying a brother who is in the army and whom he expected down from Vancouver Barracks, Washington, on Monday. A sister lives at San Bernardino, and his parents are well-to-do people of Arlington. The body will be shipped to his old home as soon as instructions are received from there. Among the young men with whom he had associated while in the city, there is genuine regret over his sudden and fearful death, and among these young men are some of his school-mates, boys who learned to love Arthur Ousley as a brother who are not ashamed of the tears that come when they tell of his fine qualities and his good character.