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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 Tribune and Register, Friday, 11-16-1928
Wife of Roseville Merchant Died in Weimar Tuesday

The wife of C. T. Saiki, proprietor of the Roseville Fish Market, passed away at the Weimar Sanitarium Tuesday, November 13th, after months of intense suffering. Burial took place in Sacramento on Thursday. Mrs. Saiki was well known to many Roseville customers since she was always in the store on Church Street until her health began to fail. Sue is survived by her husband and several step-children.

Roseville Register, Friday, 4-30-1915
Watchman Killed at S. P. Crossing – Man Gives Life to Save Autoload – Old Watchman Dies a Hero – Was Well Known

Tom Salling, also known as Tom MacAllister, gave up his life Tuesday evening about 9:20 to save an auto and its occupants. Mr. Debock was coming from the south in his automobile and in with him were several ladies. He saw the watchman and tooted his horn to warn him of his approach. MacAllister, the watchman, saw a train coming and walked into the center of the roadway to warn the approaching autoist. He did not, however, it seems, notice the speed at which the train was approaching and before the train could be brought to a stop, it had caught Mr. MacAllister and his life had been crushed out. Salling stood in the middle of the eastbound track when the train struck him. He made an attempt to get out of the way, but it is believed that he was caught by the running board of the engine and thrown under the engine. He was run over by the engine and one car. The left leg and left arm were cut off and rolled together, while the right leg was nearly severed. The back of the head was cut open, and the body was rolled and cut into an almost unrecognizable mass. The face was not cut, but bore the marks of bruises. Had not Salling stopped the auto, its occupants would have been hit by the engine and more lives perhaps been lost. He gave up his life that these might live. County Coroner Hislop was brought down and empanelled a jury to hear the evidence. The verdict of the jury was: “That said Tom Salling came to an accidental death while in the performance of his duties.” The jury was composed of J. T. McGreanor, foreman; H. T. Malone, C. H. Root, T. P. Duff, R. C. Ingalls, M. E. Farnum, O. B. Conrad, O. C. Moore, J. B. Miller, A. E. Drake, and J. O. Farrell. The engineer on the switch engine was A. O. Noble and the fireman was H. E. Hanson. Both of the men did all in their power to stop the train and save the life of the faithful old watchman. The body was shipped to San Francisco today where it will be placed at rest besides those of other relatives.

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

Funeral services for Susan Sanborn, 87, will be tomorrow at 10 AM in Cochrane’s Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, with Pastor John A. Monroe of the Roseville Church of the Nazarene officiating. The body will be sent to Harrison’s Funeral Home at Tama, Iowa, where services will be Monday at 2 PM. Burial will be in the Tama Cemetery. Mrs. Sanborn, a native of Steeltown, Ireland, came to the United States in 1907 and made her home in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Iowa in 1911 and to Roseville in 1954. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Marion, Iowa. Her home in Roseville was at 107 Fremont Street. The widow of the late Joseph W. Sanborn who died in 1936, and the mother of the late Joe Sanborn who died in 1918, she is survived by a son, Bryan B. Sanborn of Laramie, WY, and a daughter, Matilda P. Anderson, Roseville. There are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 2-19-1898
Death of C. C. Sanders – An Old and Respected Pioneer Passes Away

On last Saturday evening at about ten o’clock occurred the death of one of Placer County’s most prominent and most respected citizens – C. C. Sanders of Lincoln, who died suddenly at his home in that town. The cause of death was due to a stroke of apoplexy, and Mr. Sanders lived only a short time after its sudden visitation. He was conscious of the fact that he could not recover but brave and resolute to the last. He passed from life with tender words to his wife and a message to his absent son. C. C. Sanders was not only well known to all the residents of lower Placer, but his acquaintanceship extended beyond the confines of the county and throughout the northern portion of the state. Born in Trigg County, Kentucky, on October 10, 1834, the deceased left his native state in 1854 to find a home in the Golden State and located in this county. During the sixties, however, Mr. Sanders had business connections in Idaho and Nevada. In the year 1864 occurred the marriage of Mr. Sanders and Miss Mary Burdge. The widow and two children survive, viz: Mrs. Lottie Allen of Lincoln and Frank L. Sanders, one of the editors of the Herald. Mr. Sanders took a great interest in the early development and improvement of Lincoln and was ever ready to advance the interests of his town. At the time of his death, he held the position of City Trustee at that place. He was also County License Collector for one term – both positions being filled satisfactorily to his constituents. Ever since the year 1875, or from the founding of that institution, deceased had the contract for hauling the clay for the pottery. Mr. Sanders stood high in Masonic circles. He was a charter member of Gold Hill Lodge, F&AM, No. 32 of Lincoln, and was elected and served as Worthy Master of that lodge from 1879 to 1882; and so popular was he that in 1884 a re-election followed. "Kit" Sanders, as he was widely called by his friends, possessed an honest, rugged nature that inspired confidence in every one with whom he came in contact. He was a typical pioneer of the old school and hewed out his fortune with lusty and courageous strokes, depending upon his own exertions – truly a self-made man in every respect. Strictly honorable, charitable, fearless, and sincere his memory will be held in universal esteem by those whom he was wont to meet in the daily walks of life. The funeral occurred at Lincoln on last Tuesday afternoon and was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge, Worthy Master John M. Fulweiler of Auburn conducting the ceremonies. Friends from all over the county attended to pay the last tribute. The funeral was one of the largest every held in Lincoln, and universal expressions of sympathy were heard on all sides for the bereaved family. The remains were interred in Manzanita Grove north of Lincoln, the following gentlemen acting as pall bearers: Messrs G. Gray, A. C. Fleming, T. B. Harper, Wm. Ingram, A. J. Gladding, and J. S. Mariner.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 6-21-1929
Mrs. Mary Burd Sanders, Lincoln Pioneer, Dead

Mrs. Mary Burd Sanders, pioneer resident of Placer County, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lydia B. Gerber of Alameda, on Monday. She was the mother of Mrs. Charlotte Sartain and of the late Frank Sanders, and grandmother of Beverly Allen and great-grandmother of Bobby Allen, all of Lincoln. The deceased crossed the plains at an early date. Funeral services were held Thursday at 1:30 o’clock in Lincoln from the Methodist Church under the auspices of Friendship Chapter No. 67, Order of the Eastern Star, of which the deceased was a charter member.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 2-2-1967

Two Placer County youths lost their lives in the Vietnam War in recent days, both in action against the enemy. The latest known combat casualties involving county men are Navy Hospital Corpsman Joe F. Kelley, 19, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Kelley of Applegate, and Pfc. Sander C. Sanderson, 20, of Kings Beach. Kelley’s parents were notified Sunday night that he had been killed by a sniper’s bullet while on patrol with a First Marine Division unit near Kuang-Nga. The youth is the youngest of four children, including brothers Stephen of Fair Oaks, Michael of Orangevale, and a sister Patricia Palmer of Carmichael. He was graduated in 1965 from Colfax High School where he played baseball, basketball, and footfall. After undergoing basic training at San Diego following engagement in July of 1965, he was assigned to St. Alban’s Hospital, Long Island, NY. He had served in Vietnam since November 7, 1966. Announcement of funeral services at Quinn’s Sierra Chapel in Colfax will be made as soon as possible.

Sanderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Sanderson, is survived by three brothers, Richard, James, and Han, Jr. He was killed in action during an offensive in the Iron Triangle on January 12, according to an army spokesman. He entered the army on April 13, 1966 and for the past three months had been in Southeast Asia as a tank crewman with a Ranger unit of the 11th Armored Cavalry. An avid outdoorsman and skier, he attended Tahoe-Truckee High School, after moving to Kings Beach with his family from Arizona in 1960. Funeral services were held in the Truckee Colonial Mortuary. Interment was in Trail’s End Cemetery, with full military honors.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 10-18-1956
Ida Sandow Dies in Auburn

LINCOLN, Oct. 18 - Services were held in the Bergren Funeral Home in Nevada City Tuesday for Ida May Sandow, 76, who died in Auburn, Thursday, October 11. A native of California, she was the widow of the late William Sandow and had resided in Lincoln for the past 40 years. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Neva May Lewis of Santa Rosa and a brother, Robert S. Corbett of Colusa. Interment will be in the Nevada City Cemetery.

Placer Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-29-1930
Ed Sands of Auburn, Aged 68, Is Called

News reached Mrs. R. J. Ricci yesterday of the death of her brother, Ed Sands of Auburn. He was 68 years of age. He was a member of the firm of Winkelman & Sands, grain dealers of Auburn, and was well known in Roseville. His wife preceded him to the grave several years ago. The following sisters and brothers survive him:  Mrs. R. J. Ricci of Roseville, Mrs. Minnie Castillo of Greenwood, Mrs. C. P. Richardson of Oakland, Mrs. George Hodkins of Sacramento, Jesse Sands of Hilt, Tom Sands of Folsom, and Roy Gordon of San Mateo.

Roseville Register, Friday, 1-17-1919
Pete Santini Victim of the Spanish Influenza

Pete Santini, well-known young man of this city, died at a Sacramento hospital Tuesday, a victim of the mysterious Spanish influenza. He was taken sick last week, and the illness developed into pneumonia, resulting in death. The funeral will be held this afternoon, and interment will be made in the IOOF Cemetery. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a prominent member of several other orders. He leaves many relatives to mourn his death, and a host of friends will mourn his passing. He was a young man of splendid habits, a good citizen, having disposed of his business interest early in the last year so as to be able to at once answer the call of his country when it should come. He had of late been engaged as a salesman of beans and other farm products and was building up a nice business.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Friday, 8-12-1966

Taft Kokichi Sasaki, born in Japan 79 years ago and a fruit rancher in the Rocklin area for 60 years, died August 11 in the Roseville Hospital. He was a member of the Placer County Japanese-American Citizens League (JACL), the Placer County Farm Bureau, and the First Methodist Church of Loomis. He is survived by his wife, Asa Sasaki; sons Jay and Ernest Sasaki, all of Loomis; and daughters Mildred Iida and Clara Hattori, both of Seattle. There are 12 grandchildren. Funeral services, under the direction of Sands Foothill Chapel, will be Monday at 10:30 AM in the First Methodist Church in Loomis. Burial will be in the Rocklin Cemetery.

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

Robert E. Saunders, 47, of 512-1/2 B, Church Street, died Feb. 13 in Auburn. A native of Oregon City, OR, a jeweler, he came to California 15 years ago and to Roseville one year ago. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Marie Comeau of Melverkee, OR. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 PM at the Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd., with the Rev. Robert Pirtle officiating. Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 7-25-1874
Horrible Accident at Roseville – Man Torn to Pieces by the Cars

John Savage, a wood chopper living at Penryn, was killed in the most horrible manner by the night freight train at Roseville last Friday night, the 17th. Savage, who was generally a sober man, had been in Sacramento and was returning to his home on the freight train that leaves the city at 9 o’clock in the evening. He had been drinking and was a good deal intoxicated. The train arrived at Roseville at 11:15 and Savage got off to get a drink. It is supposed that he did not undertake to board the train until it started and missing his footing, fell under the wheels and was crushed to death. The accident was not discovered till next morning when the down freight arrived about 4 AM. The engine and some of the cars of this train had passed over the body before it was noticed. Dr. Taylor had the mangled remains of the unfortunate man removed to the platform and telegraphed to Coroner Sweet of this place, who went down Saturday afternoon and held an inquest. The verdict was in accordance with the facts above set forth. As may well be supposed, the body, having been run over by two trains, was frightfully mangled. Both legs were cut off, the right arm had been torn from the body, and there was a large hole cut in the right side, just below the ribs. The head and face were also badly cut and cruised. The scattered portions of the body were gathered up and on Saturday afternoon were decently buried at Roseville. Savage was about forty-seven years of age and left no family.

Roseville Register, Friday, 12-22-1911
Mayor Answers Last Roll Call – William Sawtell Dies Very Suddenly Monday Evening After Attending Trustees Meeting.

A spirit of gloom was cast over this community last Tuesday morning by the announcement of the sudden death of Wm. Sawtell, which occurred on Monday evening, just after he reached home from attending a meeting of the city trustees. He has been suffering for several weeks from a paralytic stroke, of which he has had several during the past three years, but was thought to be improving and was going about his regular duties. On Monday evening he attended the trustees meeting, as usual, but complained of feeling sick and went home. Mrs. Woodbridge met him on his way home and as he was feeling badly, she accompanied him home. Dr. Ashby was summoned and Mr. Sawtell complained of great pain in his chest, and while the doctor was making an examination, he passed away without a struggle or word of warning. It was a great shock to his wife and two children, Gladys and Carl, who were present. The news quickly spread, and kind neighbors were soon on hand to render assistance. Wm. Hughes, a brother-in-law from Lincoln, and wife, were summoned, and Mr. Hughes took charge of the arrangements. In order to give relatives a chance to be present, the funeral was postponed till yesterday at 10 AM. The services were conducted from the house, Rev. Hugh Jackson officiating and members of the M. E. choir furnishing the music. The interment was in the IOOF Cemetery, and the attendance was large, many coming from a distance to attest their sorrow and respect. The interment was in charge of M. Hogle of Lincoln. Besides the immediate family, there are four brothers and three sisters to mourn this good man’s loss, as follows:  J. N. Sawtell, Sacramento; G. E. Sawtell, Hickman, Cal.; N. Sawtell, Latimer, Iowa; Phillip Sawtell, Elgin, Illinois; Mrs. Ruth Pascoe, Chapin, Iowa; Mrs. Wm. Hughes, Lincoln, Cal.; Mrs. Chas, Keehner, Berkeley, Cal. The entire community of Roseville will sympathize deeply with the bereaved ones, and all realize that a dutiful husband, a kind father, and an honorable and upright citizen has been removed from our midst and his place will be hard to fill. Mr. Sawtell was a native of Wisconsin and came to Roseville over 30 years ago. He was married Christmas Day, 1886, to Stella Schellhous, and they would have celebrated their silver wedding next Monday. Mr. Sawtell was engaged in ranching and brick-making in his early days here and later engaged in the mercantile business in which he continued till about three years ago. In all his business dealings, he proved scrupulously honest and charitable, and many families here will testify to his generosity. When the Roseville Banking & Trust Company was organized in 1906, he went in as a director and has been president most of this time. When the town was incorporated, he was elected trustee and has been mayor ever since. He was universally respected and liked by everyone, and we do not know that he had an enemy. By his attention to business, he has accumulated some property, though he was by no means a rich man, but has left his family, to whom he was always devoted, well provided for. The editor of the REGISTER has had considerable business with the deceased, and our relations were always most pleasant. We found him a kind neighbor and a faithful friend and regret as much as anyone his sudden demise.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 11-13-1929
Lincoln Woman Dies

Funeral services were held at Lincoln Friday for Mrs. Eliza Scamman, who has made her home in that city for the last six years and who died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Crowell. The rites were said at the Crowell home, and the body has been shipped to Columbus, Kansas, her former home, for burial. The daughter and son-in-law accompanied the remains.

Sacramento Daily Union, 01-23-1916

Died - In Colfax (Placer Co.), January 20, 1916, Mrs. Kate Scanlon, mother of Robert and W.D. Scanlon, a native of Wisconsin, aged 63 years.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 12-4-1919

Erwin J. Schellhous, who passed away last week, was a native son of Placer County and aged 29 years at his death. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his beloved wife Mrs. Hazel Cushman Schellhous, a son, his father John M. Schellhous, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a splendid young man of good habits and of a happy disposition which had endeared him to a wide circle of friends. A year ago, he contracted the every-present white plague, tuberculosis, and although he and his friends did all that medical science could to stay the death-dealing progress of the disease, he finally fell victim to its onslaught when yet in the prime of youth and with prospects of a bright future. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, and the services at the grave were under the auspices of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he was an honored member. The remains were laid to rest in IOOF Cemetery in the presence of mourning relatives and many friends. The Register extends to the bereaved wife and father the heartfelt sympathy of the community and the membership of an order which will ever mourn his departure.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 11-24-1910

Mrs. Jennie Schellhous died at her home, 1-1/2 miles west of Roseville, Friday, November 18th, 1910. Jennie Harris was born near Guelphe, Canada, December 8, 1868. When only a child, she came with her parents to Roseville where she grew to womanhood. She was married to J. M. Schellhous in 1892, and to this union were born seven children. Mrs. Schellhous was all her life interested in the church, being for a number of years organist in the Presbyterian Church in Roseville. The assurance of her life was that she was a Christian. In the full tide of life, God has called her from husband and children when the mother hand to guide and the mother love to counsel were so much needed. The loved ones have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of sorrow. The funeral was held from the house on Sunday afternoon, November 20th, and the body was interred in the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery. Rev. Hugh S. Jackson, assisted by the M. E. choir, conducted the services, and W. H. Harmer had charge of the interment. Besides her husband and children, she left three sisters, Mrs. J. G. Peck of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. T. C. Nixon of San Francisco; Dr. Isabella Holm of Bakersfield; and one brother, Geo. Harris of San Francisco.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 9-26-1928
J. M. Schellhous Called by Death Here Suddenly – Age 67 Years – Funeral Held Monday Afternoon

The community was saddened Saturday by the sudden passing from this life of John M Schellhous, well known and highly esteemed rancher and son of one of the oldest pioneer families of Roseville and Placer County. Mr. Schellhous retired at his usual hour Friday night, apparently in his usual good health, and was found dead in bed Saturday morning, September 22, 1928, by his daughter, Mrs. Doris Howard. Mr. Schellhous was a son of Martin Andrew and Caroline Ferris Schellhous, who crossed the plains from Michigan in 1852. John M. Schellhous was one of a family of eleven children, ten of whom lived to reach manhood and womanhood. The parents of Mr. Schellhous were among the most successful of the early ranchers in this vicinity, accumulating a large acreage of land near Roseville, now owned by their descendants. John M. Schellhous was born on this ranch on December 6, 1861. He attended the district school and grew to manhood on the home farm. His father passing away in 1873, he assisted his widowed mother in carrying on the ranch. He was united in marriage in 1892 with Miss Jennie Harris, a native of Canada, who came here with her parents. To them were born seven children. One son, Erwin J., was united in marriage with Miss Helen Cushman of Roseville. He passed away during the influenza epidemic in 1919, leaving one son, Erwin. The other children are Mrs. Nina Leicher, Mrs. Doris Howard, Mrs. Florence Sawtell, Howard Jack, Hubert and Miss Ellen Schellhous. Mrs. Schellhous passed away in 1910. After his marriage, Mr. Schellhous bought his first forty acres of land and afterward increased it to eighty acres. The whole of this he planted to orchard and vineyard and brought under a high state of cultivation, making it one of the most productive ranches in this vicinity. Here the devoted father reared his family of splendid sons and daughters, giving them all possible educational advantages. Mr. Schellhous was of a very genial nature, which won him many stanch friends; the personification of kindness and generosity in his home life, for which traits his loved ones will every revere his memory and which are worthy of emulation. He always did by others as he would have done by himself. He was a neighbor well worthy to be so called. Besides those named above, Mr. Schellhous is survived by five brothers, George C., Martin A., Loren F., Edwin J., Earl, and three sisters, Mrs. Stella Sawtell, Mrs. Annie Haines of Modesto, and Miss Carrie Schellhous. Simple funeral services, as he would have wished, were held for Mr. Schellhous under Christian Science auspices from the First Methodist Church at 2 o’clock PM on Monday. Mrs. Roberts was the reader and Mrs. C. H. Parroti sang. The church was filled to capacity with the large concourse of friends who came to pay tribute of love to one who was held in high esteem by one and all. The casket bearers were A. B. McRae, W. S. Perry, J. H. Herring, M. C. Hellar, J. P. Thorell, and E. C. Bedell. Interment was in the Roseville Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Sacramento Union, 12-26-1954

LINCOLN—Services were pending here for Gilbert E. Schmidt, who passed away suddenly in his home near Lincoln on Thursday. He had suffered from a heart ailment. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Jill; and two stepsons, Eric and Jon Engellener, all of Lincoln. He had been employed as a gatekeeper at the local plant of Gladding McBean and Company.

Sacramento Bee, 7-22-1999
Margaret K. Schmidt Taught for 40 Years in Lincoln Schools

Margaret K. Schmidt, a retired Lincoln teacher, died Tuesday of heart failure in Lincoln Manor Convalescent Hospital where she had resided for five years. She was 91. A native of Chico, she taught in Lincoln schools – principally kindergarten and first grade – between 1928 and 1968, when she retired. During that time she gained a reputation as a serious-minded teacher with an unrelenting and irrepressible sense of humor. Until recently, her room in Lincoln Manor Convalescent Hospital was where virtually everyone went when they wanted to hear the latest jokes, many of them slightly off-color. "That’s true. That was Margaret", hospital employee Barbara Garcia said with a laugh. "She always had a sparkle in her eye, and did she love those stories.” Many of Mrs. Schmidt’s former students remembered her with respect and affection. When her first class of students celebrated its 50th anniversary of graduating from high school, Mrs. Schmidt was invited on a trip with them to Ireland, recalled her son, Jon Engellenner of Roseville. Although she was unable to attend because of her age and health, the gesture stands as a testament to the respect in which she was held after her students left school, Engellenner said. She was the youngest of 11 children born to a Chico family of modest means. Many of the eight children who survived to adulthood were able to live at home, attend Chico State College, and become teachers. Mrs. Schmidt often told her family that teaching jobs were hard to find in the late 1920s and that she readily accepted the chance to teach in Lincoln. This, however, was with the idea that she would move on to teach in a larger community. She soon changed her plan, family members said, adopting Lincoln as her permanent residence and eventually moving to a rural Lincoln homesite in 1947. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Amos P. Engellenner in 1942 and Gilbert E. Schmidt in 1954; and a son, Eric Engellenner, a retired Placer County sheriff’s deputy in 1997. Over the years, Mrs. Schmidt was a member of gardening clubs, the Business and Professional Women and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Her former students remembered and recognized her partly for her effectiveness as a teacher and partly for her prematurely gray hair. In fact, family members reported, Mrs. Schmidt remained devoted to that image. She had her last hair appointment just a few days before her death. What friends and former students seem to remember most about Mrs. Schmidt, however, was her sense of humor. "We used to drive her crazy by constantly calling out, 'Mrs. Engellenner, Mrs. Engellenner, Mrs. Engellenner', recalled former student Shirley Russell". And she said, ‘If you don’t stop that, I’m going to change my name!’ Well, when she came back to school the next Monday, her name was Mrs. Schmidt. Of course, we didn’t know she was going to get married over the weekend.” In addition to her son, survivors include a daughter, Jill Kennedy of Lincoln; stepsons Dutch Engellenner of Carmichael and Jerry Engellenner of Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 AM today in Fruitvale Community Hall on Fruitvale Road in rural Lincoln.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 8-25-1877
Sad Death of a Young Man

Last Sunday evening Frederick Schneider, a young man in his twenty-first year, met his death under the following circumstances. Having contracted to work for Mr. John P. Gaines who lives about three-quarters of a mile from Auburn on the Grass Valley Road, he came to his employer’s house on the evening named after the latter had gone to bed. Before going in, he pulled off his boots as it appears to wash his feet. Mr. Gaines, meanwhile, had got up and come out to talk with him. There was sufficient moonlight to enable one to see, though somewhat dimly. After awhile, Gaines observed Schneider stagger and immediately interposed to prevent his falling. He asked the young man “What was the matter?” Schneider replied that “It was nothing serious; that he had had similar spells before,” or something to that effect. Mr. Gaines directed his attention to a tub that stood a few yards off near the well. A few moments later as Mr. Gaines was re-entering the house, he heard a considerable racket made by the well-wheel and buckets. Returning in alarm, he found the unfortunate young man had fallen down the well. Mr. Gaines could do nothing being an old man and living alone but hurry off to the nearest neighbor’s for assistance. When taken out, young Schneider was dead. It was found that his skull had been badly fractured by striking against some planking on the sides of the well. This of itself was sufficient to cause death. A coroner’s jury on Monday returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was a steady, honest, hard-working young man; the eldest of a large family who were left without father or mother. The younger children of the family were adopted by friends. Frederick was the main support of the three larger ones. He was buried on Tuesday in a private grave near the scene of his death. Rev. Mr. King conducted the burial services.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 2-7-1874

Murder and Robbery - From a correspondent at Virginiatown, we learn that on Tuesday that town was thrown into excitement by the discovery of the murder of Edward Scholer, better known as "Butch". He was found by Thomas Glass lying at his cabin door with the top of his head shot entirely away, the shot striking about the center of the forehead and ranging downwards and coming out at the base of the skull, tearing the top of the head entirely away but leaving the face intact. His gun was so placed as to indicate that he had shot himself, but his cabin was robbed of most of its contents. There were two pair of twelve dollar blankets taken. An inquest was held on the body, the verdict being murder by some person or persons to the jury unknown.

Roseville Press-Tribune, 1-23-1980

Services for Mabel Martha Schott, 64, will be Thursday, Jan. 24 at 2 PM at Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd.  Pastor James Berner of Ascension Lutheran Church of Citrus Heights will officiate. Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery. A native of Iowa and a resident of Roseville for the past 18 years, she died Jan. 21 in Roseville. She was a past president of the Emblem Club of Roseville. Survivors include her husband, Jack H. Schott of Roseville; four sons, Duane and Robert Boderman, both of Sacramento, Jerome G. Schott of North Carolina and Jack P. Schott, Fair Oaks; a daughter, Margot B. Ross, Citrus Heights; her mother, Agnes Hannamann of Roseville; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial gifts may be made to the heart fund.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 3-14-1928
Pneumonia Takes Frederick Schroeder after Brief Illness

The death of Frederick Schroeder at 1:45 PM Sunday, March 11th, at his home on Oak Street came as a great surprise and shock to the community where he was well known and respected as his illness was known to but few persons. Death came from pneumonia shortly after he was stricken. He was born at Fairplay, El Dorado County, September, 1880, and moved with his family to Roseville from Oleta, Amador County, in 1914 where he was employed in the S. P. shops for a number of years, later in the P. F. E. shops. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Schroeder, and by two children, Fred, aged 17, and Dolores, aged 20. He also leaves to mourn his loss his mother, Mrs. Mary Schroeder, aged 86 years, of Oleta; Miss Anna Schroeder of Roseville; and Mrs. Kate Cowan of Oleta; three brothers, George of Sacramento and Will and Grant Schroeder of Oleta; and two nephews, Lew and George Schroeder of Roseville. The funeral will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home, corner Oak and Judah streets. Interment will be in Sacramento. Other relatives who are in Roseville for the funeral are Mrs. M. J. Bell and C. C. Bell of Oleta, mother and brother of Mrs. Schroeder; also a sister, Mrs. Nichols of Sacramento.

Lincoln News-Messenger, 4-3-1914
Killed at Mine

Anton Schukle, a native of Austria and 32 years of age, was electrocuted in a cabin at the Dairy Farm Mine Wednesday afternoon. Schukle had quit work and had gone to his cabin to change his clothes. Stepping upon a stove to adjust a pipe, in some manner his head came in contact with the rosette of an electric light. His death is supposed to have been instantaneous. The fuse connecting the light carried 35 amperes of current, or a 220 voltage. There were no marks on the dead man, and the supposition is that the deadly fluid hit him on a vital spot about the head. Dr. Barry was immediately called after Schukle was discovered by some of his companions, but the unfortunate man was beyond aid. Schukle had been in this country about 11 years and had been employed by the Dairy Farm Mining Co. for the past eight months. He owned property in Lincoln and was an expert miner and a good citizen. He was unmarried and leaves a number of relatives here and elsewhere. The funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in Lincoln Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of the local Woodmen of the World, of which deceased was a member.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 4-13-1878
Killed by an Explosion

From a letter written by Mr. Hartson, dated Iowa Hill, April 9th, we learn that Charles F. Schwab was killed by a powder explosion a few days ago. The exact date of the melancholy occurrence is not given. Deceased was carrying a quantity of powder down a ravine near his mining claim when, from some unknown cause, the powder exploded, killing him instantly. Deceased was a man of 34 or 35 and had lived there about sixteen years. He leaves a wife (the daughter of George Hawkins, a merchant of Iowa Hill and one of its esteemed citizens) and three small children. Mrs. Schwab is represented as being almost paralyzed by the blow. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen at Iowa Hill. At the grave, even strong men wept like girls for deceased was a man well liked by his neighbors. In his death the community loses a good, industrious citizen, and his family a loving husband and father.

Placer Herald (Auburn), Saturday, 7-27-1901

Dave Scoon, a prominent citizen and railroad man of Rocklin, was suddenly taken with appendicitis on Thursday of last week, and an operation performed at the Railroad Hospital at Sacramento. He lingered till Sunday morning when he died. The funeral was held in Rocklin Tuesday under the auspices of the Masons, Revs. Yarrow and Burgess assisting. Representatives from the Foresters, fire company, and Brotherhood of Engineers were present, and many handsome floral pieces gave testimony as to the esteem in which deceased was held. Dave Scoon was a native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and had resided in Rocklin nine years. Besides a wife and two small children, a father and two sisters in Ontario, one brother in Australia, he leaves a sister in Auburn, Mrs. D. E. Bourne, to mourn his loss. Mrs. Scoon is a sister of Mrs. F. A. Stuart of this city.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 3-19-1930
Mrs. B. B. Scott, 44, of Lincoln Succumbs

Mrs. Bertha Blanche Scott, 44, died at Lincoln Sunday. She was a native of Norton, Kansas. She was the wife of Charles C. Scott and the mother of Ross, Ralph and Hazel Scott, all of Lincoln, and Mrs. Helen Cooper of Billings, Montana. The Scotts formerly lived in Willows and Nevada City. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the McTyeire Memorial Church with the burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Boy Scouts participated in the service. Scott is scoutmaster of troop No. 5.

Roseville Register, Friday, 5-22-1914
Loomis Man Meets Accidental Death

LOOMIS, May 21 - Alexander Scroggs, brother of John C. Scroggs, the Sutter Fort gardener of Sacramento, was found dead on the J. M. Layard Ranch, three miles from Loomis Wednesday forenoon. At first it was thought the man had committed suicide, but accidental death was accepted by the Coroner’s Jury at the inquest Wednesday night. Scroggs came to his death from a gunshot wound. The gun was found beside him, and the fact that the shell burst led to the acceptance of the theory of accidental death. The man was preparing to leave for St. Helena Sanitarium. He was a sufferer from nervousness for some time. His son was in town waiting for him to come and take the train and only learned of his father’s sudden death when he went back to the ranch to inquire the reason for his absence. Scroggs was a native of Sacramento, 59 years old, and was the father of Chester A. and the late Charles E., and Jennie Viola Scroggs, as well as brother of Mrs. P. G. Wermuth, Mrs. F. E. Reichert, and John C. Scroggs.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 1-29-1920
Death Claims Famous Game Warden at Loomis

Chester Scroggs, famous state game warden, died at Loomis this morning, a victim of the influenza. He leaves to mourn his passing a wife and small daughter, and it is reported that the daughter is very ill with the influenza. The funeral will be held Sunday at Loomis.

Roseville Register, Friday, 9-10-1915
O. F. Seavey Passes Away

O. F. Seavey died suddenly at Auburn, Thursday. He had been in poor health for some time, but the end came at a time when he was thought to be improving. Mr. Seavey was the County Auditor of Placer and had held that position for six years, having been re-elected to the position last year after serving the first two years of the term, the office having been created at that time. Previous to that time, he had served as Superintendent of Schools several terms. He was a graduate of Harvard College and was a widely read man. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Men and was a past grand Sachem of the Order. The funeral services will be conducted by the Order for which he did so much. He came to Placer County 45 years ago and had become acquainted with every man in the county. He leaves to mourn his death a wife, two sons, and four daughters.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 2-13-1875
The Suicide at Dutch Flat

Editor Argus:--I ask the courtesy commonly extended by editors to those who have been grossly misrepresented in their columns and direct attention to the following dispatch from Dutch Flat contained in your last issue:

“A dispatch from Dutch Flat of the 3rd says: A traveling jeweler named George Seesly committed suicide at Dutch Flat Hotel this morning. He had been drinking very hard for several days. The hotel proprietor scolded him for getting drunk and not paying his board. He answered that he would settle his bill and went to his room and shot himself in the ear, causing instant death.”

That is to say, the immediate cause of, or incentive in death, was the landlord’s ill-timed importunity for his pay. Nothing could be wider of the truth, and the most charitable construction that can be placed on the motive of the author of the dispatch, who had every opportunity to correctly inform himself, is gross carelessness, coupled with personal disrespect of the proprietor of the Dutch Flat Hotel. The facts connected with the suicide are these:At a late hour of the night previous thereto, and long after I had retired, Constable Ferguson brought George Seessle to my house from Alta where he had been disturbing the peace and put him to bed. I did not know that he was in my house until the next morning when a number of my boarders complained to me that they had been kept awake by wild noises coming from a room that Mr. Seessle had occupied when in town for about three weeks. Upon going up to the room, I found the door locked and looking over the transom, I saw Mr. Seessle, pale and haggard, sitting in a tilted chair with his feet resting on the bed and the furniture of the room in great disorder. I reproved him for creating a disturbance in the house and attempted to reason with him but found him irrational, and retired. I did not say a word to him about money. About a quarter of an hour after I had gone downstairs, the report of a pistol rang through the upper hall, and upon going up to Mr. Seessle’s room, I found him dead. When I looked through the transom, the door was locked and the furniture of the room in great disorder. When I found him dead, the door was unlocked, the furniture in place, and he was washed and dressed, presenting, to my mind, a somewhat planned and methodical case of suicide. In regard to the habits of deceased, I will say in justice to his memory that, though it is reported he occasionally drank to excess, I do not know that I ever saw him greatly under the influence of liquor. His bearing was at all times strange and remarkable. He was undoubtedly insane and to be pitied, which is also a charitable way of dismissing further reference to the dispatch above quoted. -- John B. Marconich.

Sacramento Daily Union, 10 Mar 1873

Auburn, Placer co., March 7 - B.B. Sellon, 67 years.

Roseville Register, Friday, 9-3-1915
H. L. Sexton Passes Away

H. L. Sexton, proprietor of the Puritan Candy Store, passed away at the home of his mother in Placerville on Saturday following a long illness. He had been suffering from asthma and malaria, and this was the final cause of his summons. He had gone to Placerville to visit his mother and in the hopes that a change of climate would benefit his health. On August 18, Mrs. Sexton was summoned to the bedside of her husband, and she remained there until the end came. Mr. Sexton was a respected and well-liked businessman and had a great number of friends here who will be grieved over his death. He was a member of El Dorado Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and the funeral services were conducted by his lodge. H. L. Sexton was born at Rock Canyon, El Dorado County, on June 12th, 1875, and received his education in the schools of that county. On November 29th, 1910, he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Peyton of Plymouth, and shortly after that they came to Roseville to make their home. Besides his estimable wife, he leaves to mourn his death, his good mother, Mrs. Sarah Sexton; a sister, Mrs. Nellie McBeth; and a brother, Wm. Sexton. Mr. Sexton was a fine citizen and in his business dealings was a man who never took advantage of anyone, and thus he had obtained a reputation which was the envy of all. The Register joins with his many friends in extending to the bereaved their sincere sympathy.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 5-11-1878
Death of Mrs. Shackleton

Mrs. Shackleton, whose death on the 6th inst. is announced in another column, was a lady whose loss is deplored not only by her family and relatives but by our townspeople generally, for she had endeared herself to many by her gentle winning manners and charitable nature. She was a niece of the late Lieut. Gov. Walkup of this state and sister to Miss Cinda Lytle, sometime teacher in the Auburn public school. Mrs. Shackleton was a native of St. Mary’s, Auglaize Co., Ohio, where she was born April 19, 1841. At the early age of thirteen, she embraced religion and ever afterward remained loyally true to her spiritual allegiance. A little less than a year ago she, with her mother and her two little girls, cheerfully bid adieu to scenes and friends of her childhood’s home to join her husband who had preceded her here in quest of health. She was of a delicate physical organization but enjoyed her usual health until about seven months ago, since which time she was an invalid, suffering much until she peacefully passed away on Monday last. As she felt her end approaching and when the anguish of her relatives was keen and inexpressible, she became not merely resigned to death but expectant and cheerful. The funeral which took place at 10 o’clock AM Wednesday was very largely attended, and all the principal places of business in town were closed. On the verandah of the house, an organ had been placed and a choir comprising several of the best voices in Auburn sweetly sang "Home of the Soul" and "I Would not Live Always", her own selections. The scripture lessons read were from the 23d Psalm and a part of the last chapter of Revelations—favorite passages with the deceased lady. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. T. Ashley, S. M. Stevens, E. L. Craig, D. W. Lubeck, J. A. Filcher, Dr. T. M. Todd, J. T. Kinkade, and A. Hinkle. Of her immediate family, there remains her husband, Dr. E. L. Shackleton, two daughters, her mother and father.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 12-28-1916
Died at Newcastle

Mrs. Della Shannon, wife of John Shannon, died at Newcastle Christmas Day at the age of 25 years and three months. Deceased had trimmed a Christmas tree during the day and was in good spirits when she suddenly felt a pain and went to bed, and in a short time passed away. She had made her home in Roseville with her husband and has many friends here who will deeply regret her sudden taking away. The funeral was held in Roseville yesterday at 10 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church, and interment was at IOOF Cemetery. She was a splendid character, and her death at such youthful years was a hard blow to her devoted husband and a large circle of friends and relatives.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 1-4-1917
Mrs. J. L. Shannon Summoned on Christmas Day

Newcastle was visited on Christmas Day by the death angel, and her people generally were simply speechless for a time when the word went out that Mrs. J. L. Shannon had been summoned. While seemingly in the best of health and happy in her preparations for gift giving and arranging for the holiday dinner even she, herself, little though that her passing out would be a matter of few hours and through circumstances most sad of all. Soon after arising Monday morning in fine spirits, she was taken with convulsions which followed with such frequency that an operation was determined upon by Dr. Allen, but all efforts were unavailing, and death came about three o’clock in the afternoon. Della Teresa Shannon (nee Rockey) was aged 25 years and three months, and a native of Truckee. She was married in Auburn to John L. Shannon, May 17, three years ago and much of their happy wedded life has been spent in Roseville and Newcastle. She was an honored member of La Rose Parlor, Native Daughters of Roseville, and took deep interest in the welfare of the order. Always of a cheerful disposition and tasty and busy habits in her home circle and to all who were fortunate in knowing her, her sunny personality radiated an influence of happiness and progress. Besides her devoted husband and her father-in-law Judge S. F. Shannon with whom they resided, she leaves an uncle, Bert Cassidy of Nevada and three aunts, Mrs. Charles Fogus of Roseville, Mrs. Charles McGovern of Law Vegas, and Mrs. Sims of Reno, to mourn her untimely passing.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 11-15-1929

Mrs. Mary Sheehan, 77, passed away suddenly at her home in Rocklin Sunday morning. Mrs. Sheehan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1852, and came to California 54 years ago. She married Arthur J. Weadick and resided in Truckee where this union was blessed with three children:  Mrs. M. Bradley of Roseville, Mrs. J. C. Brunson of Rocklin, who survive, and the late Maggie Weadick. After the death of Mr. Weadick, she moved to Rocklin where she married Timothy Sheehan in 1882. Six children were born to this union, of which two are living:  Mrs. H. E. Sprague of Roseville and William Sheehan of Rocklin. Mrs. Sheehan made her home in Rocklin for 47 years. She held the hearts of many friends and was loved by everyone who knew her. Beside her grieved husband and sorrowing children, she leaves seven grandchildren:  Mrs. J. DiSano, Mrs. Ben Ambrose, Mrs. Fred Fankhauser, Arthur Bradley, Darliene Brunson, Beryl Sprague, and Burdis Sheehan. She was great-grandmother to four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sheehan was buried in Rocklin from the Catholic church with Father Sullivan officiating.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Monday, 8-15-1966

Mrs. Stella Mae Shepard, 73, a native and long-time resident of Missouri who came six months ago to make her home with a daughter in Meadow Vista, died August 11 in an Auburn hospital. Services were set for today at 2:30 PM in the Chapel of the Hills with burial in the new Auburn Cemetery. The Rev. Phillip T. McGallian officiated. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Viola Barnard of Meadow Vista, Mrs. Edna Alexander of Sepulveda; two sons, Leslie Scott of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, and Elmer W. Scott, Saudi Arabia; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 8-21-1929
Heart Attack Claims Pismo Man in Hotel

Leonard D. Sheridan, 51 years old, who came here two weeks ago from Pismo Beach, died suddenly Monday morning in his room in the Rex Hotel a few minutes after he had asked that a physician be summoned. He was dead when the physician arrived. Death is believed due to heart failure. The body is at the Broyer & Moyer morgue awaiting arrangements for burial by relatives of the dead man. One brother lives in Nevada and another in Maryland. There is a sister in Springfield, Missouri. Sheridan was a veteran of the World War and is believed to have seen overseas service. A receipt among his effects indicated that he carried a government insurance policy of approximately $10,000. He had been employed since his arrival here by C. H. Conn at the West House. He worked there a few months about a year ago, going from here to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo County.


Journal-Republican, Auburn, Thursday, 2-23-1939
Andrew Shumate of Auburn Dies

Andrew J. Shumate of Auburn passed away in a local hospital last Saturday following an illness of three months’ duration. He was 55 years of age. A native of Kentucky, Shumate had lived in California for the last 30 years. He made his home in Truckee for a long time before he moved to Auburn about two years ago. Funeral services were conducted in Hislop’s Chapel of the Hills Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Reverend Blake Hadlow of St. Lukes Episcopal Church officiating. The remains were taken to East Lawn in Sacramento for cremation. Shumate is mourned by his widow Mrs. Irene Bishop Shumate, manager of the Women’s Exchange in Auburn.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 12-5-1928
Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shuper Died Friday

Mickey, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shuper, died at the home of his parents at 324 B Street last Friday. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of Broyer & Magner. Interment was in the Roseville Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-30-1929
Mrs. Siggins, 87, 50-Year Resident Passed Away at the Auburn Hospital Monday – Funeral and Burial Here This Afternoon

Mrs. Mary Siggins, well known and long time resident of Roseville, passed away at the Auburn Hospital at 7:30 AM Monday, January 28, at the age of 87 years. Funeral services will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon from the chapel of Broyer & Magner at two o’clock. Rev. Thomas H. Mee of Sacramento will conduct the service. She will be buried in the Roseville Cemetery beside her husband and stepson. Mrs. Siggins came to Roseville with her husband P. V. Siggins and his son in the late seventies of the last century, fifty years ago. From about 1890 to 1898, Mr. Siggins was in partnership with Mr. Sawtell, father E. C. Sawtell, in a building located between the alley on Lincoln Street north of the present Lewis Drug Store to Pacific Street. They conducted a general country store. Mr. Siggins passed away about twenty years ago. Mrs. Siggins for a number of years conducted a dressmaking and millinery shop. After her husband’s death, she went east for several months and upon her return built the little cottage on Grove Street which she has occupied ever since. Up until the time of her accident a week ago last Sunday, she has kept her own house and done her cooking and washing, and seemed extremely active for her years. She had the flu a few weeks ago but had recovered. She was lying down on Sunday afternoon and, thinking she heard someone at the door, started to get up and caught her toe, either in the bedspread or the rug and fell, breaking her hip. She was removed to the hospital at Auburn on Monday for X-ray examinations and lived until the next Monday. Her death was probably due to the shock and her age. Mrs. Siggins never had any children of her own. Her only living relatives are an elderly sister and niece residing in Pennsylvania.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 2-1-1929

In the passing of Mary Siggins at Auburn, California, on Monday, January 28, 1929, one of Placer County’s oldest residents has been called from a useful life. Gifted as an intelligent, industrious citizen, her long sojourn in our midst was marked by constant adherence to the welfare of the community, being thoughtful of any whom she might encourage by her winsome, cheery personality. Wherein she lacked in her own resources, she more than compensated in interesting others, setting an example in diligence and enthusiasm. Her attention to public matters both local and national was the result of wide reading and observation, with a deep sympathy of one of unusual health and capacity to appreciate. In 1870 she was united in marriage with Mr. P. V. Siggins and came from the east to Antelope, and after eight years to Roseville where this devoted couple and his son made their home. In the mercantile business for many years brought them in contact with practically all of the early settlers of the community where the impress of her noble life will long be felt. When bereft of her companion about twenty years ago, she engaged in millinery and dressmaking, a calling in which she was successful and built a comfortable home on Grove Street where many friends were entertained and from which she was obliged to go to the hospital one week before her translation. Aside from a short visit with her sister in Pennsylvania, more than a half century was devoted to the welfare of Roseville and vicinity. An excellent homemaker and sister beloved by all, she leaves a rich heritage, not the least of which has been her unceasing efforts on behalf of the best institutions of the community. For many years she was a valued member of the Methodist Ladies Aid where her devotion and fellowship added much to the Society’s accomplishments. By young and old she will be missed, but her good works follow her in the lives she was blessed, while an abundant reward awaits the crowning of the journey spanning almost nine decades. With a courage and fortitude that characterized her entire life, she obeyed the final summons of her Lord whom she early learned to love. Many friends with floral offerings assembled at the First Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon when Rev. Thomas H. Mee offered a worthy tribute, and Mrs. B. C. Knapp accompanied by Mrs. M. B. Johnson sang three favorite hymns. Directed by Broyer & Magner, the mortal remains were placed by those of her companion in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Roseville. The pall bearers were Messrs Ed Hammill, William Haggerty, A. B. McRae, Wm. Hamna, E. Preskett, and J. H. Herring. Besides one sister, Mrs. Ada Ruhlman of Warren, Pennsylvania, and one nephew, F. M. Siggins of Anderson, Shasta County, and two nieces, Mrs. Sarah Thompson of Jamestown, New York, and Mrs. Mary Pierce of Akron, Ohio, she leaves many warm friends throughout this section of the state. Mrs. Siggins was greatly beloved by her neighbors. While she did all of her own housework, certain of her neighbors, in a wonderful spirit of neighborly kindness, kept a watchful care over her and in times of sickness were ever ready to render any needed assistance. In this connection The Tribune is informed by one who has for several years noted these kindly ministration, that among those who are deserving of unstinted praise are Mrs. M. J. Prosser, Mrs. C. D. Hite, Mrs. LaMar, and Mrs. P. H. Dunbar, all residing in the 300 block of Grove Street.

Roseville Register, Saturday, 8-15-1908

P. V. Siggins was born in Warren County, Pennsylvania, in May 1833 and died at his home in Roseville on August 8, 1908, so he had passed the three score years and ten. He came to Roseville with his wife and son Louis 34 years ago and ran a blacksmith shop here for several years and also conducted a shop at Antelope two or three years. In 1892 he engaged in the general merchandise business in Roseville with Wm. Sawfell. Owing to ill health, he sold out to Mr. W____ in a couple of years time, but after remaining idle a year, again engaged in the grocery business by himself, which he conducted till April 1906 when he sold his location to the S. P. Co. and retired from business. We met Mr. Siggins when we first arrived in Roseville two years ago, and our acquaintance with him has been mutually agreeable. His friends and neighbors speak of his business dealings in high terms, and he was counted one of Roseville’s solid citizens and his reputation was above reproach. He leaves no relatives here except his wife, and she remarked to friends who visited her in her bereavement that “she could spare him better than he could spare her.” The funeral was conducted by Rev. Smith on Monday afternoon at 2:30, assisted by the M. E. choir, representative business men being the pall bearers and a large concourse following his remains to the grave. One by one the old settlers who helped build up this grand old valley are passing away.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-1-1918
William C. Simpson Answers Last Call of “Thirty”

“Thirty,” the mystic number of the print shop which calls printers at the end of the day’s work, is always answered with a smile. When Gabriel blew his horn Tuesday and called “Thirty” on Sim in his life’s work, Sim answered it with a smile. And as he reposed in death, the smile still lingered. William O’Clarence Simpson died Tuesday forenoon in his cabin on Vernon Street, and in his passing the profession lost a true and trusted disciple of the Art Preservative. He was a true soldier of fortune. His had been the privilege to see many lands and to accumulate much knowledge so that he had become a true philosopher. A true adherent of the printer’s trade, he had entrusted to him the secrets of many print shops, and in all his lifetime, not once did he ever take undue advantage of any information he might have had. He learned the trade in the old school, and he lived it like a prince. William O’Clarence Simpson was an honored member of the International Typographical Union. He was an honored soldier, having fought in the Philippines as a private in the 34th US Volunteers in Company E under Capt. W. E. Dame, regimental commander Col. L. W. Kenyon, and with that outfit was General Pershing, then a captain. In his younger days he was the editor of one of the leading newspapers of Arkansas of which state he was proud to have been a native. He had made his home in Roseville for the past four years, being employed as foreman at The Register office from time to time, and he proved himself to be a trustworthy disciple of the Art Preservative and a printer who was a PRINTER! He was tenderly laid to rest in IOOF Cemetery by the printers of Roseville and many friends who had learned to know him and respect him for his true worth. His son is with Pershing in France. Reported wounded a short time ago, his father read the paper with eyes bedimmed with tears and straightening himself to his full height, made the military salute in token that his offspring was carrying out the proud traditions of his worthy sire. To the editor of The Register, he was more than a printer, he was friend and counselor. His advice was sought on many occasions, and his years of experience, his learning, and his experience proved of much worth to the editor. In his death the writer feels that he has lost not only a true [line missing] And to the tender mercies of the Master Craftsman, we assign his soul, the soul of a man among men.

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

Mrs. Susan Slater of this city succumbed to pneumonia Tuesday, and the last rites will take place this afternoon at 2:30 from the residence on Huntley Heights. Interment will be in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. Mrs. Slater was a native of Canada, aged 58 years. On the second of May 1871, she was married to G. R. Slater at Hillier, Prince Edward County, Ontario. They moved to the State of Missouri where they resided for about twenty years. About three years since, they came to Auburn. About two and a half months ago, Mrs. Slater returned here after a visit in Dutch Flat and later fell a victim to the dread disease, which proved fatal. Besides a husband, the deceased leaves to mourn her loss, a son, E. T. Slater; a daughter, Lottie M.; a sister and brother in Canada; and a brother in Michigan.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 6-29-1928
Obituary – Della Rose Smethurst

On October 24, 1875, in the city of Marysville, California, Della Rose Smethurst was born, and there grew to young womanhood. After completing her education, she moved to Sacramento where she was united in marriage with Mr. Richard Cleveland, who was called from this life many years ago. In 1908 she was joined in marriage with Mr. C. W. Smethurst of Sacramento, and in 1915 this devoted couple took up their residence in Roseville which had since been her home. Her neighborly nature found expression in many ways that lent happiness to others. For several years, her health had been impaired, necessitating confinement to her home for five years during which every loving attention and the best medical skill were bestowed. Amid all of her trial, she sustained a remarkable fortitude while she calmly confided in her God, whose word she found more precious with the passing days. Her thoughtful interest in others and her loving solicitude for their welfare were given in large measure, and the memory of her devotion offers much consolation. Released from the anxieties and cares of this life, she passed peacefully away from the family abode on Placer Street, Roseville, Monday, June 25, 1928. Besides her devoted husband and mother, Mrs. Dow Andrews of Sacramento, and son, Guy Stanley Cleveland of Sacramento, she leaves three grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters:  Frank McCreary of Valley Springs, Calif.; Vinal McCreary, Bridgeport, Conn.; Vandy McCreary, Sacramento; Mrs. Jerry Monahan of Dixon, Calif.; also many friends she had made along life’s pathway of half a century. As an esteemed member of the Ladies Society to the B. of L.F. and E., she prized the association of those with whom she came in contact and whose circle she enriched by her faithful adherence to the ideals of the organization. It was under their auspices the impressive funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the chapel of Broyer & Magner, with Rev. T. H. Mee assisting, with Mrs. D. W. Parker, Mrs. A. S. Teal, Mrs. J. L. Boyer, Mrs. A. L. Phelps and Miss Mary Pasold singing “Rock of Ages” and “Some Time We Will Understand,” accompanied by Mrs. A. E. Stewart. Interment was in the Sylvan Cemetery where a large concourse of friends assembled with many choice floral offerings as an evident token of the love and esteem in which this loyal daughter, devoted wife, and mother was held by all who knew her. The pallbearers were Messrs. J. J. Hayes, F. Knudsen, R. Rasmussen, L. McRae, J. DeReemer, and H. E. Brown.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 10-4-1917

Mrs. Amelia Smith, a native of Nevada City, California, died in this city October 3. She was aged 61 years and leaves to mourn her death her husband Henry J. Smith. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2:30 PM from the Guy West parlors. Interment will be had in IOOF Cemetery.

Placer Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-10-1930
B. Frank Smith, 63, To Be Buried Today

Funeral services will be held at Rocklin at 2 o’clock this afternoon for Benjamin Frank Smith who died at his home there Wednesday. The funeral will be from the late home of the deceased. Interment will be at Rocklin Cemetery. Roseville Lodge No. 222, F&AM will have charge of the services. The deceased was born at Clipper Gap, Placer County, May 22, 1867. He was retired several years ago after a lifetime in the service of the Southern Pacific as an engineer. After retiring from railroading, he went to Idaho and engaged in farming. About ten years ago, he returned to Rocklin and has resided there ever since. He is survived by a sister and three brothers:  Mrs. Jane Garrity of Rocklin, Preston W. Smith of Auburn, Albert Smith of Los Angeles, and Clarence Smith of Dallas, Texas.

Placer Herald (Auburn), 12-17-1892
Death of Emma Smith – A Most Popular Young Lady Now with the Great Majority

Miss Emma Smith died at her home in Rocklin last Thursday morning. She had been sick but a few days, the cause of death being peritonitis. Miss Smith was without exception the most popular young lady, not along in Rocklin but in all eastern Placer. Hers was a disposition to favor others and deny herself. Wherever she was known her friends were many. At the time of her death, Miss Smith was the Postmistress at Rocklin, having held that position for some time. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock and was probably the largest ever held in Rocklin. Quite a number of Auburn people attended.

Sacramento Union, 05-05-1916

In Colfax (Placer Co.), May 2, 1916, father of Frank L. Smith, a native of California, aged 55 years, 1 month and 14 days.

Roseville Register, Friday, 7-31-1914
Civil War Veteran Answers to Last Call of Bugle

Henry Gardner Smith, aged 69 years, was found dead in a chair on the porch of his home Sunday afternoon, and at the Coroner’s inquest it was ascertained that death was due to dilation of the heart. Mr. Smith had complained of a soreness in his left side, but Sunday morning seemed to feel better and he proposed to spend the afternoon on the porch reading. When a member of the family went to call him for dinner, life had vanished. He was living with his son-in-law R. R. Moore, an engineer on the Southern Pacific. He served as a soldier through the Civil War and was for 20 years was bridge and building foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad. The body was shipped to Colorado Springs for interment. Mr. Smith was one of the honored men who saved the nation when Abe Lincoln called for volunteers, and he proved himself as good a soldier for the commonwealth after the war as he was during the strife, an honor to everything he did.

Roseville Register, 12-1-1910
Death in Placer County During the Past Week

While driving home from Auburn in company with his daughter Alma on November 20th, Jason Clark Smith fell suddenly forward and dropped the reins. His daughter, thinking that her father was only momentarily indisposed, took the reins and attempted to raise him and was shocked to find that he was dead. The cause of the death was heart failure. Mr. Smith owned a ranch in the Edgewood district and was on his way home after a trip to Auburn on business. He was well known throughout the county, having lived here for about 22 years. He was 76 years old and is survived by one daughter, his wife having died a number of years ago. He was at one time in business in Auburn, being a member of the company of Barnett & Smith. He owned considerable property. At the recent primary election, he had the distinction of having been elected as a delegate to both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 8-22-1928
Funeral Services for Mrs. Julia Smith Here Sunday

The funeral of Mrs. Julia Smith was held at the Broyer & Mahner Chapel Sunday afternoon. The services were under the auspices of the Seventh Day Adventists, and a reader from Lodi was present to conduct them. Burial took place in the Rocklin Cemetery where the husband of the deceased was buried nineteen years ago. Mrs. Smith died at her home in Chico at the age of 80 years, 8 months. She was the mother of Reuben D. Smith of Roseville and Albert Smith of Sacramento.

Lincoln News-Messenger, 10-17-1913
Woman’s Body Found

The body of a woman found last Saturday by Roy Chase near Colfax has been identified as that of Lillie Smith, formerly of Truckee, Nevada County. Examination showed that the woman had been dead four or five weeks. The remains were badly decomposed, but it is thought death was from natural causes and that she died during the night while sleeping. Lillie Smith came into notoriety a little more than a year ago when she was shot by her paramour in Truckee. Thinking he had killed her, the man shot himself. Later she was arrested as a vagrant and served a term in the county jail in Nevada City. After leaving jail she went to Colfax but did not take up her former life, seeming to prefer to wander through the streets begging for money to buy whiskey. The hammock which was found under her body was stolen August 26 from the Dunning home. The woman was seen in Colfax a few days afterward, but she disappeared from sight and nothing was seen of her until her body was found. The position of the body showed that the woman had lain down on a mattress made of the stolen hammock and one of her skirts.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 1-18-1879
Iowa Hill Item

A miner named Stanbury Smith, working at the Succor Flat mine five or six miles from Iowa Hill, was blown to atoms on the morning of the 9th by an explosion of forty pounds of giant power, the box containing which was placed in a crevice in the side of the tunnel. The powder had become frozen, and one of the men undertook to thaw it by means of a heated stone. Deceased was a middle-aged man, having no relatives in this state. His widowed mother and a brother are living in Michigan, of which state Smith was a native. He was buried at Iowa Hill last Saturday.

Lincoln News-Messenger, 9-4-1914

The sad death of little Venlo Smith, the nine-year-old son of Mrs. And Mrs. George Smith, which occurred at a Sacramento hospital Wednesday, has touched every heart with sympathy for the stricken parents. Most of his short but happy life was spent in Lincoln where he was born. For nine bright sunny years he had been the joy and comfort of the home – a promising child to the parents, from whose fireside the light has fled – a home now left empty and desolate – from playmates much sunshine and happiness. Yet above all comes the comforting thought that the gentle child has been spared earth’s cares and sorrows, and his memory will but form another cord to draw his loved ones to the brighter home beyond. The funeral services will be held from the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. Let us not think of little Venlo as dead but as living; not as a flower that has withered but as one transplanted and blooming in richer color and sweeter fragrance than those of earth. Death resulted from septicemia of the bowels. An operation for appendicitis was of no avail.

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, 3-15-1873

Sudden Death - On last Saturday, William H. Smith, who has been for some time past a resident of Ophir, was standing on the sidewalk of Main Street in that town, talking to George Ten Eyek about the accident which had a few moments before happened at the Crater Mine, when he suddenly raised his hands to his head, exclaiming, "How strange I feel", and immediately dropped dead. Deceased was a native of Kennebec, Maine, and __ years of age. He enlisted as a private in Company B, Ninth Regiment of Infantry, in April 1866, served three years and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service, receiving an excellent character from Captain and Lt. Col. J. D. Devins, commanding at Camp Independence. He leaves a wife to mourn his sudden demise.

Auburn Journal, Wednesday, 1-16-1918
Thomas Snedicor, Michigan Bluff Pioneer, Is Dead

Another pioneer miner of Placer has taken the long journey “over the divide.” The death of Thomas Snedicor, aged 89 years and two months, occurred at the Placer County Hospital this morning. For a period of 40 years, Snedicor lived at Michigan Bluff where he engaged in mining. Late in the 70’s, he officiated as jailer at the county jail under Sheriff James McCormick. Years ago he was night watchman at Michigan Bluff. Fourteen years ago, Snedicor became an inmate of the County Hospital, remaining there until called by death. Only recently, the old man said he expected to die when he arrived at the hospital 14 years ago. Steward William Walsh of the County Hospital has been unable to locate any relatives of the deceased. The burial will take place at the expense of the county as the old-time friends of Snedicor at Michigan Bluff either have died or drifted into other parts of the country.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 3-31-1938
H. J. Snook Dies at Weimar

H. J. Snook, age 81 and native of England, passed away at his home in Weimar at 11:41 last Friday evening. Services were held from the West Funeral Home in Colfax on Monday, under the auspices of the Colfax Lodge of Knights of Pythias. Dr. Bane, pastor of the Colfax Methodist Church, officiated. Snook settled in the Weimar district in 1884 and has made his home in that district ever since. He was one of the first farmers to settle in Weimar. He was a charter member of the Colfax Knights of Pythias, having joined some 44 years ago. During his long residence in the Weimar district, he became one of the outstanding citizens of eastern Placer County. He had never been sick a day in his life up to the time of his fatal illness. He was the type of man who did much to bring prosperity to the west. Putting in many hours at labor without thought of how much he was going to get out of it, but rather how could he make life easier for others. He is survived by four sons: Cyrl Snook and George Snook of Weimar, and Percy B. Snook of Texas and Frank Snook of Michigan; a sister in England; and two brothers, Walter Snook of Monterey and Dr. James Snook of National City.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-25-1929
Funeral Services for Mrs. George D. Snyder at Colfax This Afternoon – Wife of Engineer Snyder Passes Away at Sutter Hospital Tuesday Evening Following Operation

Funeral services for the late Mrs. George D. Snyder, who passed away about 11 o’clock Tuesday evening, January 22, 1929, at the Sutter Hospital in Sacramento following an operation, will be held at the West’s Undertaking Parlors in Colfax this (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in the Colfax Cemetery. Mrs. Snyder was taken suddenly ill last week and was taken to the Sutter Hospital where she underwent an operation. She rallied from the effects of this but became worse and died Tuesday evening at the age of 44 years, 11 months, and 17 days. Mrs. Snyder was born in Colfax on February 5, 1884, and was reared to womanhood in the city of her birth. She was united in marriage to George D. Snyder, who survives her, and with him moved from Colfax to Roseville where they have resided the past eighteen years at 354 Main Street. Besides her bereaved husband, Mrs. Snyder is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sarah Williams of Colfax; four sisters and two brothers:  Mrs. Ed. Hutchinson of Portland, Mrs. Lily Black of San Francisco, Mrs. Mary Dressen and Mrs. Anna Schillinger of Colfax, John Williams of Colfax, and Robert Williams.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 2-13-1929
Death of Ben Soares Occurred at Rocklin Sunday Evening

The death of Benjamin Soares occurred at the home of his brother in Rocklin, February 10, 1929, following a short illness from pneumonia. He would have been 66 years of age on February 17th. Funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in Roseville Thursday at 10 o’clock AM, and interment will be in the Rocklin Cemetery. Broyer & Magner will be in charge of the services. He is survived by his widow Katherine Soares; two daughters, Mrs. Laura Carroll of Oakland and Mrs. Delma Collins of Applegate; one son John Soares of Rocklin; three sisters, Victoria Marshall of Rocklin, Minnie Roberts of Dunsmuir and one living in the east; two brothers Joseph Soares of Rocklin and Emil Soares of Montague; and three grandchildren. All will be present at the funeral except the sister in the east. Mr. and Mrs. Soares owned a small ranch near Rocklin and also a rooming house and cottages at Yreka. He divided his time of late years between the two places. Mrs. Soares was in Yreka at the time of his death, not knowing that he was ill.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-26-1927
Infant’s Life Snuffed Out in Auto Accident – Little 4-Year-Old Peter Soda Died Sunday Night from Injuries

A tragic automobile accident which occurred at the Roseville city limits on Riverside Avenue between 3 and 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon resulted in the death of little Peter Soda, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Soda, who reside on Fifth Street. The little boy, who had just come out of the store of D. J. Lee where he had purchased some candy, started across the street to go home when he was struck by a Dodge sedan driver by Mrs. J. E. Marriott of Nevada City. A car ahead of the Marriott’s had slowed up, and the little fellow stopped in the middle of the street, only to continue and run in front of the Marriott car. Mrs. Marriott slowed up her car but was unable to avoid hitting the little fellow. He was struck in the chest by the front bumper, where he was caught and dragged along the car about seventy feet before the car was brought to a stop. He was picked up from the car, where he was hanging partly on the fender and partly on the bumper, by Tom Ridley, and with the assistance of D. J. Lee and others in the vicinity he was rushed to Roseville in the Marriott car and was given first aid treatment by Dr. E. E. Myers, only after some delay in locating a local physician. Breathing was difficult for the little fellow but he bore up bravely. He was then rushed to the Sutter Hospital in Sacramento, where every effort possible was made to save his life but to no avail. He died late Sunday evening from the effects of the ribs, which were fractured when he was struck, having punctured the lung cavity. Mrs. Marriott was accompanied by her husband, J. E. Marriott of the Maryland Mine of Nevada City; Marriott’s uncle, J. E. Marriott of Roseville; and her daughter. They were bound in the direction of Sacramento when the accident happened. Mrs. Marriott was overcome with grief over the accident and was unable to drive the car any further. The little boy’s sister, who had accompanied him to the store, narrowly escaped being hit by the same machine when she attempted to reach for him to pull him out of the way of the car. An autopsy was performed on the body in the coroner’s office in Sacramento, and the attending physicians pronounced death due to hemorrhage of both lungs. A coroner’s inquest will be held in Sacramento Friday evening. The body was brought to Roseville Monday. Funeral services for the little fellow will be held this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Rose’s Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Kiely officiating, with Broyer & Magner in charge of the services. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Roseville. Little Peter Soda was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Soda and passed away at the age of four years. He was born in Roseville, his parents having come here to reside from Austria about six years ago. Besides his grief-stricken parents, he leaves to mourn his tragic loss a little sister about two years old and an older sister about nineteen years of age.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 12-12-1928
Death of Mrs. D. Sodoretti Occurs Here Saturday

Mrs. Lucy Sodoretti passed from this life at her home, 512 Alola Street, in this city on Saturday, December 8, 1928, at the age of 33 years. She is survived by her husband, Dominic Sodoretti; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Corlott; and a brother, Luther Corlott. Funeral services were held at St. Rose’s Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Fr. P. J. O’Sullivan officiating.

Placer Herald, Auburn, Saturday, 9-4-1915
Death of W. T. Somers

William Todd Somers died at his home on the Newcastle Road last Saturday after a long illness. Deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, aged 78 years. Mr. Somers had been a resident of the Newcastle section for over thirty years, and he was a very successful fruit grower. He was a quiet and unassuming man but absolutely just and fair with all his fellows. He was a number one citizen in every sense of the word and had been a kind and indulgent husband and father. The funeral was held Monday morning, interment being in the Red Men’s Cemetery at Newcastle. Three daughters mourn his loss, to wit: Mrs. Carries MacLennan of Livermore, Mrs. Cora Taylor of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Helen Dearborn of Loomis.

Roseville Register, Friday, 5-8-1914
Death Occurs at the Granite City

P. A. Sonne, one of Rocklin’s oldest and best-known citizens, died at his home in that city Wednesday night. He was 78 years old, and his death was the result of old age as much as anything. Mr. Sonne came to Rocklin in the early days and acquired a good deal of real estate and built a large number of cottages to rent and had followed that line of work up to the time of his death. While Mr. Sonne had his peculiarities, he was always liberal and willing to help a good cause along, and there are many people who will miss him and his kind deeds.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Friday, 6-9-1955
Xenia Sparhawk Dies 4 Mos. Short of 100

Xenia Minerva Sparhawk, who would have been 100 years of age October 13 had she lived until then, died Wednesday in an Auburn hospital. She had made her home in Roseville with her son F. L. Sparhawk since 1920. She was 99 years, seven months, and 24 days old. Funeral services will be held from West Chapel, Colfax, at 2:30 PM tomorrow. Burial will be in Colfax. Mrs. Sparhawk held the record of being the oldest Roseville woman. She was born in Hubbard, Ohio, and moved to California in 1885, settling in Iowa Hill. She was the last living member of a large family of brothers and sisters. Her grandfather lived to be 97 years old. Her husband died in 1919 at the age of 68 years. She was married in Manhatten, Kansas, October 20, 1874. Mrs. Sparhawk was the mother of F. L. Sparhawk of 809 Douglas Street, with whom she lived, and R. D. Sparhawk, both of Roseville; J. F. Sparhawk of Iowa Hill; and Mrs. N. E. Booth of Colfax. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Ruby Brown, Mrs. Ellen Erway, and Mrs. Theresa Donaldson of Roseville; Mrs. Lois Dillard of Napa; and Elmer Booth of Colfax. She leaves five great-grandchildren.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 3-7-1928

William B. Spray was born in Ohio, May 8, 1854, and there grew to young manhood, acquiring his education which proved most useful in the discharge of the numerous responsibilities that were his during his long life. At the age of 24 he moved to Minnesota where he was united in marriage with Miss Lavine Custor of the same state, where they continued to reside for some 25 years, when they moved to Montana for seven years. In 1917 they came to California, remaining for a short time in Orangevale, Sacramento County, and later to Roseville where they made their home for about six years. For the past three years, he had been in failing health, during which he had patiently borne his affliction with a manifest courage that had characterized his entire life. His natural disposition was to make friends and, being a good conversationalist, many were the gatherings that he enriched by his affable manner, generosity, and kindly solicitation. Being well read, he was ever ready to discuss the questions of the day in an intelligent and interesting way that made for frankness and better understanding among his fellowmen. His parents were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, so that he shared liberally in the important teachings of the Bible with which he was familiar and from its message to men derived much satisfaction as he endeavored to translate it into the every-day experiences of life. Strong of conviction, he was ever ready to stand by what he thought to be right and was especially interested in supporting the cause of the weak and those on whose behalf a sympathetic voice should be raised. His honesty and integrity was always appreciated by the communities in which he had lived, and frequently he was singly honored with positions of public trust, serving for some time as Justice of the Peace in Minnesota. The greater portion of his long life which came to a peaceful close at Auburn, California, on Sunday, March 4, 1928, was devoted to agriculture in which he took increasing interest until deprived of its pleasures by the advancing years that culminated at seventy-four, lacking but a few days. His family reared, his tasks completed, he was resigned to the divine will, leaving many friends and the following relatives whose lives were enriched by the care of a devoted husband, a loving father and brother beloved:  His bereaved widow and three sons and one daughter, William Stith of Winters, California, Clyde D. and Asael B. Spray of Minnesota, and Mrs. O. E. Saugstad of Roseville, California; also sixteen grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters had been summoned before this last member of the family was called. The funeral services were held from the chapel of Broyer & Magner Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thomas H. Mee, with Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. E. C. Sawtell singing “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “Nearer My God To Thee.” The following pall bearers with one exception had been associated with the Saugstad Bros. Ford Agency on Vernon Street where the deceased was a trusted watchman for some time:  Messrs Hanford Crockard, Edward Saugstad, Earl Barber, Earl Ferry, George Bass, and I. Leroy Burns. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery where beautiful floral offerings were bestowed by sympathetic friends, who reverently noted the visitation of the heavenly messenger.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 5-18-1916
Body of Aged Man Is Found in Cabin

Roland Johnson Stacy was found dead in a cabin on the ranch of Buddicke four miles from this city Monday. The victim had evidently been dead about ten days. Heart failure was given as the cause of death at the inquest. The funeral was held Tuesday. Deceased was 82 years of age and had lived in California 42 years. He had long ago retired from active work and had been given a cabin by Buddicke on whose ranch he had resided for years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annette Stacy, who resides in San Francisco. He was well known by many of the older settlers of this community. A pathetic incident was the finding of Stacy’s horse in a nearby stable. The animal had been without food or water since the death of Stacy and was near to death from thirst and starvation.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 10-21-1915
Double Death in Family

Death stalked into the home of a Roseville family two times last week. First the angel of death called to his last reward Charles P. Stafford, who died at Corning and the body was brought to Roseville for burial. The cause of his death was a complication of disease and old age. He left a loving wife and two daughters to mourn his departure. The services were conducted by Rev. Mee of the M. E. Church, and the funeral was conducted by the Masonic Lodge, of which fraternity he was a member. The services took place Friday, and interment was had in the local IOOF Cemetery.

Daughter’s Death Follows Saturday Morning at 1:30 PM

Myrtle A. Sterner, daughter of Charles P. Stafford, passed away at the age of 35 years at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. H. Thexton. The funeral services were held at the home of J. H. Thexton, and the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mee of the M. E. Church. The interment was at IOOF Cemetery, and the pall bearers were composed of Masons of the Roseville lodge. The funeral took place Monday at 3 PM.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Thursday, 2-1-1990
Noble Stanton, June 19, 1910 – Jan. 30, 1990

Noble “Stan” Stanton, who was proud to be known as the last Nash mechanic in Placer County, died Tuesday of natural causes at Roseville Hospital. Born in Tyler, Texas, he moved to Las Cruces, NM, in 1935 and lived there until he came to Roseville in 1950. He opened a car repair shop on Atlantic Street in 1953 and ran it until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Roseville Rotary Club, the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, and the First United Presbyterian Church in Roseville. He also was actively involved in Roseville Little League. His other civic activities included serving as a member of the 1970 Placer County Grand Jury. He was a veteran, having served in the Army during World War II. A service will be held for Mr. Stanton at 11 AM on Monday at the First United Presbyterian Church, 515 Sunrise Avenue. Visitation will be held from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and from 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday at Cochrane’s Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville. Interment will be in Roseville District Cemetery. Mr. Stanton is survived by his wife, Equilla Stanton of Roseville; a brother, Ray Stanton of Yuba City; a sister and brother-in-law, Naomi and Fred Baker of Sacramento; two other sisters, Algoma Walker of Kansas City, MO, and Tessie Craig of Oakland; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He is the brother of the late Quinn Stanton.

Auburn Journal, Thursday, 2-17-1966
First Auburn Man Killed in Action in Vietnam

The first Auburn man to give his life in Vietnam was Henry M. Starkey, 23, who was killed in action Tuesday. Word of their son’s death was received from the Army by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Starkey. The message reported that young Starkey was killed by mortar fire while serving in the infantry with the Second Brigade Task Force. Henry Starkey was born in Auburn, attended schools here, and was known as a talented artist, athlete, and marksman. He had served his apprenticeship as a gunsmith and looked forward to opening his own gun shop in Auburn upon completion of his military duties. He entered the Army in April of 1965.In addition to his parents, Mr. Starkey is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Camp, Mrs. Dolly Suehead, Mrs. Jean Kaiser, and brothers, Sam and Harold, all of Auburn, and many nieces and nephews. Plans for funeral services for Mr. Starkey await word from the Army.

Sacramento Union, 3-6-1913

In Auburn (Placer Co.), March 1, 1913, Andrew Steel, a native of England, aged 74 years.

Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 6-22-1878
Killed in a Mine

At the Julian mine on Monday evening, an accident occurred resulting in the death of a young man named Joseph Stephens. It appears that the deceased, in company with two other of the hands, were being hoisted up in the bucket or skip, which commenced to roll. This caused two of the men—deceased and another one—to fall out of it. One of the young men providentially caught hold of a timber or some other support and thus saved himself, assistance being soon rendered. Stephens, however, fell to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 800 feet, and was instantly killed. He was a single man, 24 years of age. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 4-23-1930
Two Children Die of Ptomaine Poisoning

Two deaths of ptomaine poisoning have occurred in a week in the family of H. J. Stetson of Christian Valley. The first child, Hermina, 6, died April 8. The second, Perry, 8, died Friday. The poisoning is believed due to eating canned food. The family recently came to Placer County from Oakland.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 10-15-1926
Death Takes Well Known Former Roseville Girl When Mrs. Alice Hook Stevenson Passes Away at Marysville Tuesday – Funeral Held Thursday

Roseville friends of Mrs. Alice Hook Stevenson were much surprised and grieved to learn of her death which occurred in a hospital at Marysville on Tuesday, following an illness of but a few weeks. Mrs. Stevenson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Hook of Roseville. She was born in Sacramento and was 23 years, 9 months, and 13 days of age. She spent the greater portion of her life in Roseville, where she attended the grammar and high schools, graduating from the latter in 1921. She attended the State Teachers’ College in San Jose and graduated from that institution in 1923. After fitting herself for the calling, she taught school at Hammonton. She was united in marriage on May 10, 1924, with Merton E. Stevenson of Marysville, where she had since resided. Mrs. Stevenson was blessed with a sunny disposition which won her many warm friends. Besides the bereaved parents and husband, she is survived by three sisters, Blanche and Mary of Roseville and Gladys Hook of Oregon, and her grandmother, Mrs. M. C. Hook of Sacramento. Funeral services were held at Marysville Thursday morning, and interment was in East Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento, at one o’clock PM.

Roseville Register, Friday, 8-29-1913
Is Killed by Freight Train

Coroner J. G. Bisbee was at Colfax Saturday to hold an inquest over the remains of H. S. Steward, aged 45 years, who had been killed by an extra westbound freight No. 4047. The man was sitting on the track when first seen by the engineer, and when the whistle was blown, he fell back over upon the track and was run over. He had been working near Gold Run for the Utah Construction Company.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 12-5-1928
Isaac Steward, 71, Eleven-Day Resident, Died Here Monday

Isaac Steward, aged 71 years, a resident of Roseville only eleven days, died at 111 E Street, Monday, December 3, 1928, as the results of the flu. He was a native of London. The body will be shipped to Baker City, Oregon, for burial. He has a sister living in Sacramento, and relatives from Billings, Montana, will arrive to take care of the remains.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 11-7-1874
Shooting at Tahoe City

The Truckee Republican of the 3rd says:  James Stewart, a well-known desperado, was shot and killed about 8 o’clock on Sunday evening at Tahoe City by a Mr. Scott, barkeeper for Messrs. Campbell and Forbes. It appears that Stewart was enough intoxicated to be ugly and in a fighting mood. He had been quarrelsome all the afternoon, and several persons whom he had threatened avoided him as much as they conveniently could. Our informant, a gentleman from Tahoe City, states that Stewart openly boasted that he would take the life of J. B. Campbell or Mr. Scott before the day was ended. Knowing the desperate character of the man, Mr. Scott armed himself. About 8 o’clock in the evening, Stewart came around where Scott was attending to his duties. An altercation ensued, Scott shooting the man in self-defense. The ball passed through the back and shoulder, causing death in about half an hour. Stewart’s real name is said to be Jas. McLaughlin. He was from Cincinnati, Ohio, and had lived for many years in El Dorado County at Wild Car Bar, Greenwood, and other mining camps in that region. Four or five years ago, he killed a man at Glenbrook upon a slight provocation, was tried and acquitted upon some technical point of law. It is also said that he has killed still another man and by some accident evaded the just penalty of the law. He had long been known as a quarrelsome and dangerous man, and it seems to be the opinion of all who knew him that he has met the end he deserved. Deceased was about thirty years of age.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 4-6-1916

Daniel Stine passed to the great beyond Wednesday afternoon at the age of 72 years, four months and 20 days. He was born in Columbia, Pa., Jan. 16, 1844. Daniel Stine and Lavina Mayes were united in marriage in 1874 and to this union were born five children, four sons and one daughter, who together with the good wife are left to mourn his death. There are also five grandchildren, all girls. Daniel Stine was one of the brave men who helped Abe Lincoln save the Union, having enlisted in Co. 1, 126 Reg., Penn. Volunteers, on May 1864 in the 20th Penn. Cavalry, and honorably discharged on July 13, 1865. He took part in some of the important battles of the war, namely: Chancerville, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Spottsylvania, and a section of the battle of Bull Run. The funeral services will be held at Guy West’s Funeral Parlors, and interment will be made in the IOOF Cemetery. He was a splendid citizen and one of whom any community might be proud.

Roseville Register, Friday, 11-7-1913
Killed by Train near Colfax - Man Was Picked up on Track near Colfax Early Last Monday Morning

An inquest was held last Monday afternoon over the remains of Gabriel Stone, a Swedish-Finn who was picked up by the train crew of No. 19 about 3 o’clock Monday morning about three-quarters of a mile west of Colfax. Engineer Kopka saw the man lying on the track, but before the train could be stopped the engine and four cars had passed over him. He was still alive and was placed on the train and taken to Auburn but died before reaching there. The trainmen of No. 19 say the man had been run over by a train or light engine preceding them as the body was not touched by any part of their train. The jury found that the man came to his death by being run over by some train or light engine which was unknown to them. Stone was a member of the Miners’ Union and Swedish-Finland Association of Bisbee, Arizona, where he has a brother living. He appeared to be about 35 years of age.

Roseville Register, Thursday, 7-14-1910
Death of Four-Year-Old Benj. Raymond Stowers

The sudden death of the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stowers who reside in Cherry Glen addition, Monday after, was attended with a most pathetic incident. The little fellow had been ill with a malignant attack of diphtheria for the last ten days but was getting along nicely, and every indication was favorable to early recovery. A little after noon Monday, the lad suddenly arose from his bed, and not heeding the gentle remonstrance of his grandmother, went to the window to talk to his mother. He stood there for a moment or two and prattled with his mother and laughed heartily, perhaps at the thought of being able to be up and around the room. In the midst of his childish glee, he suddenly fell backward, and when his grandmother rushed to him, his child spirit had fled to its maker and he was dead. The shock to the family was a severe one, coming so suddenly and unexpected. It is thought the exertion was too much for his frail form, emaciated by disease, and the heart suddenly ceased to perform its functions. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved family. The funeral was private, owing to the malignant character of the disease.

Just before going to press, the death of the daughter has been announced, death resulting from the same disease. She was thought to be improving. It seems that the hand of affliction has laid heavily on this family.

Roseville Tribune and Enterprise, Wednesday, 6-8-1927
Nine-Year-Old Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Strader Passed Away

Betty Jane Strader, nine-year-old daughter of Percy W. and Verna G. Strader of Antelope, passed away Sunday morning, June 5, 1927, following an illness of about three months, the cause of which was unknown to any of the physicians who were called in for consultation. At the time of her death, she was at the home of her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Strader in Hagginwood. Funeral services were private and were held at the parlors of Clark, Booth & Yardley in Sacramento on Tuesday morning. Betty Jane Strader is survived by her parents, Percy W. and Verna G. Strader; a younger sister, Rosemary Ruth; her grandparents, Dr. Harvey W. and Adriana Strader; and Rudolph and Sarah Lauppe.

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

Last Wednesday there occurred the death of Mrs. Jane Straight at her residence in this city. Mrs. Straight was a native of New York and while living at Williams, that State, and when about twenty years of age was married to John Straight. For a time they resided in New York, and there their first son was born but lived only one year. Mr. and Mrs. Straight removed to Wisconsin, and three other sons were born:  LeRoy and Wesley, who survive, and a third who grew to manhood and then passed away. Mr. Straight died in Wisconsin and in 1873 the widow came to California in search of health. After spending three and a half years in Placerville, she came to Auburn and made this city her home until death claimed her. For twenty-five years, she suffered from dropsy and heart trouble, and for the past few months life must have been a burden, yet patience and cheerfulness were characteristics to the last, and release came at the ripe age of 73 years and 9 months. In early life, Mrs. Straight united with the Baptist Church, and Rev. L. M. Protzman of Penryn conducted the funeral services at the home Thursday afternoon. The bearers were Geo. Lawrence, J. C. Smith, C. H. Lillibridge, C. R. Hogue, O. F. Seavey, and J. F. Locher. Mrs. Straight was an honored member of the Auburn Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and as long as strength permitted, attended the meetings. Her membership was retained to the last and but a few days before the end, she expressed her interest in the work and her intention to continue as one of the “white ribboners.” Quiet, unassuming, and conscientious, Mrs. Straight had many warm friends in Auburn and vicinity.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 5-31-1873
A Horrible Murder

The citizens of Michigan Bluff were horrified on last Saturday morning on learning that one of the oldest and most esteemed residents of that place had been brutally murdered sometime during Friday night. It appears that the murderers, after affecting an entrance to the room occupied by Chas. Stroble, attacked him with an axe, beating him over the head with the sharp edge and smashing in the skull. A close examination of the wounds shows that there were at least ten blows struck. In addition to the wounds on the head, the murderers stabbed the unfortunate man twice in the breast, inflicting two deep and of themselves necessarily fatal wounds. The murderers then removed a small safe from the room and carried it about two hundred feet from the house, cut it open, and appropriated its contents which it is supposed amounted to about $600 or $700 in gold dust and ore. Mr. Strobel was in Auburn on Friday morning on his way home from San Francisco where he had been in attendance upon the Grand Lodge, IOOF, and it is supposed his returning home led the assassins to believe that he had brought considerable money with him. There has been great excitement in regard to the murder, but up to the present time no reliable clue has been obtained as to who did the deed. Three Spaniards were arrested, but as it was evident that they were innocent, they were discharged. It is now generally believed to have been done by Greeks. We understand that a specimen known to have belonged to Mr. Strobel was found on the trail between the Bluff and Horse Shoe Bar, indicating that the murderers made their escape in that direction. Mr. Strobel has resided at Michigan Bluff continuously since 1853 and was formerly a resident of New Orleans. He was a worthy and exemplary member of Mountain Lodge, No. 14, IOOF, which Lodge offers a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of his assassins.

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

Death - The Record-Union of the 31st says:  The remains of J. W. Stryker, superintendent of the bridge construction yard of the Contract and Finance Company at Oakland Point, who was found dead in bed last Sunday morning, having died of heart disease during the night and so quietly that his wife was not aware of it, were yesterday conveyed by passenger train to Colfax for interment. Deceased was one of the oldest and best men in the service of the company.

Lincoln News-Messenger, 12-5-1913
Died at Auburn

Mrs. Josephine Sullivan, an aged woman, was found dead early Saturday morning by a daughter of John Rambattini in the latter’s home where she was living. She was a native of Michigan, 65 years of age. The dead woman was found sitting in a chair, and the surroundings indicated she had suffered a hemorrhage of the lungs during the night, resulting in her death, although none of the family heard any sound that would indicate that she made any struggle or attempt to call for help. She had lived in this vicinity for about forty years, but little was known except to the family with whom she lived. Coroner Bisbee held the inquest, and the jury found according to the above facts.

Placer Weekly Argus (Auburn), Saturday, 5-8-1875

Died - E. H. Sweeney, the engineer and conductor of the gravel train who was injured in the accident which occurred on Thursday, died on Saturday night last. He received every attention that could be given him by the members of the Masonic fraternity and of the Red Men, of which orders he was a worthy and respected member. His remains were taken to Rocklin where he was buried with the honors of the orders to which he belonged. He had been married only five weeks at the time of his death.

Roseville Register, 4-14-1910
Death of an Old Resident of Rocklin

George Sweeney, a well-known and old-time resident of Rocklin, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gifford, at Stockton, Monday of last week. The remains were buried in the Rocklin Cemetery last Thursday under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of that town. Deceased was 69 years old. In the busy days of Rocklin, Mr. Sweeney served as postmaster and as agent for Wells Fargo Express Co. He was highly respected, and a large concourse of his old-time friends attended the funeral. One daughter, Mrs. Gifford, is the old surviving member of his family.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 10-25-1929
Funeral Yesterday for Bobbie Sweeney

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Broyer & Magner Chapel for Robert Sweeney, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tell Sweeney of Riverside Avenue. The services were conducted by the Rev. T. H. Mee of Sacramento. Interment was at Sylvan Cemetery. The boy died Tuesday night at Alhambra Hospital from pneumonia following an operation for bowel obstruction. Besides the parents, four brothers survive.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 7-4-1928
Loving Tribute Paid by Many Friends to Mrs. John R. Swindell When Funeral Services Are Held for her Last Saturday – Final Summons Comes After Brief Illness

Following a brief illness, the final summons to the great beyond for Mrs. John R. Swindell came at her home in Roseville about 5 o’clock on Thursday, June 28, 1928, bringing sorrow to many hearts, while remembrance of her good deeds will be treasured by those in different walks of life where she was ever at home. Amid a bower of choice floral offerings, the largely attended funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the chapel of Broyer & Mahner in Roseville with Rev. T. H. Mee in charge, and Mrs. J. L. Boyer accompanying Mrs. B. C. Knapp who sang “Rock of Ages” and “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” The members of the Improvement Club assembled as a body. The pallbearers were William Haman, R. R. Thomas, H. T. Miller, J. H. Vaughn, Frank Madison, and H. E. Dunwoody. Interment was in East Lawn Mausoleum in Sacramento. Carolyn Emily Galbrath Swindell was born on November 25, 1884, in Simco, Ontario, Canada, where she grew to young womanhood. On June 20, 1903, she was happily united in marriage with John R. Swindell. In coming to the United States, they had lived in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1911 went to Kansas where they remained some time. Moving westward for a short period, they had been in Michigan, Idaho, and Nevada. In 1916 they came to California and in 1921 to Roseville, Placer County, which had since been their home. Here as in the other places where she had lived, she took an active part in public matters, giving of her time even beyond her strength. In the Roseville Women’s Improvement Club, her wise counsel, her friendly consideration, and her untiring energy added much to the advancement of the organization. It was not until recently that she found it necessary to relinquish her task, and even her loved ones did not realize the approaching end of her earthly labor. As this became evident early in the week, everything known to the medical world was done for her relief, while loving hands tenderly cared for her who had ever been mindful of others, contributing untold good on behalf of the needy. Taking a deep interest in her home, she was ever alert in enriching its comforts, while her queenly manner was as natural as it was sincere. Besides her bereaved companion and daughter, Mrs. J. J. Brennan, Jr. of Loomis; and brothers, Frank Galbrath of Ridgeway, Ontario; and Edward Galbrath of Cleveland, Ohio; and Mrs. Ella Shepherd of Saint Francis, Ontario she leaves a host of friends whose lives are richer for having known and loved her.