Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
Contributed by deesar

Description: March 15-20, 1869

Date: March 1869

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co.

>>MONDAY, 15 MAR 1869<<

INQUEST -- On Saturday last, the jury impaneled by Morris H. BOND, County Coroner, to hold an inquest over the body of a man found floating in Stockton slough on Thursday afternoon last, met pursuant to adjournment, elicited the following additional testimony and rendered the subjoined verdict:

MICHAEL HAWKINS, sworn: I saw the corpse spoken of, at the Coroner's office, yesterday; I do not recognize the person. I know a man by the name of Joe DILLON; I was engineer on the steamer 'Clara Crow;' I do not think the deceased is the man; I would know his jack knife if I saw it; I never saw him have the knife shown to me; I saw Joe DILLON last Friday night, March 5th; I was told that he went, into the country, the next morning.

NO FURTHER evidence being presented, the jury rendered the following verdict: "We, the jury, summoned by the Coroner to inquire into the cause of the death of a man found drowned in the Stockton slough, on the 11th of March, 1869, do find the deceased was found drowned on the above mentioned date, in the Stockton slough, near the foot of Commerce street; and whether the same was accidental or intentional, we have no means of knowing; neither can we ascertain his name to our satisfaction, therefore say his name is unknown."
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A TOWN BEING REMOVED -- That railroads make, unmake and cause the removal of towns is practically illustrated by the fact that the people of Liberty, in San Joaquin county, have purchased a new site and are removing their buildings from the old location and placing them on the newly purchased position. They formed themselves into a stock company and purchased the farm of Mr. SHEPPARD, situated about a mile and a quarter south, or nearer, Woodbridge, than they were formerly located; have surveyed the newly purchased land and laid it out in streets, blocks and town lots. The Western Pacific Railroad runs through the center of the new town and a depot is to be established there. Stages from Placerville, Ione Valley, Jackson and other points in Amador county, are expected to connect with the railroad at that point, and prospects are such as to encourage the belief that Liberty will occupy a commanding position as a trading point, and become a flourishing town.

>>TUESDAY, 16 MAR 1869<<

BIRTH -- in this city, March 15th, to the wife of O. de BENDELEBEN, of a son.

BIRTH -- near Woodbridge, March 9th, to the wife of John HUTCHINS, of a son.

BIRTH -- at Columbia, Feb. 26th, to the wife of George BELL, of a daughter.

DIED -- in this city, March 15th, Daniel COFFER, a native of Boston, Mass., aged 30 years. [Iowa papers please copy.]

DEATH FROM SMALL-POX -- On Saturday afternoon last, a man named COFFEY was removed from a railroad camp about 3 miles south of the city to the small-pox hospital. He was in a state of collapse from confluent small-pox and died the following night. He came from Sacramento about 2 weeks since and was, when taken sick, superintending a gang of men on the railroad.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY -- Fenian Ball -- The ball to be given at Hickman's Hall tomorrow evening, under the auspices of Emmet Circle of the Fenian Brotherhood, promises to be grand affair. The following are the Committees:
*Committee of Arrangements -- John O'KEEFE, J.W. FEELY, Lawrence HEARTY, Charles EGAN, Patrick DOLAN, John A. MULDOWNEY
*Reception Committee -- Thomas C. MALLON, M.A. SMITH, Oscar P. BURKE, S.P. SAMPSON, William FOGARTY, M.J. GARVIN, John TUOHY, John MURPHY
*Floor Managers -- Timothy MURPHY, John A. MULDOWNEY, Michael McCANN, J.W. FEELY, Michael GOUGH, John ROCK

SUICIDE at SONORA -- From a stage passenger who arrived from Tuolumne county yesterday, we learn that S.S. RITZWOLLER, of Sonora, committed suicide about 9 o'clock on Sunday night by hanging himself. It appears he closed and fastened the iron shutters and doors of his store (a brick building) and then ended his life, in the house. His body was recovered by cutting a hole through the brick wall. Cause: Fancied financial embarrassment.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, March 15 --
-Joseph JOSEPHINE, who was run over by a truck a few days since, died yesterday afternoon. This morning officer HOGAN arrested J.S. FRENCH, driver of the truck, on a charge of manslaughter.
-A young lady named Annie LEE, residing on Mission street, met with a serious accident by the upsetting of a coal oil lamp, burning her clothes and back.

REPORTED POISONING -- The Solano 'Herald' of the 13th says: Mrs. Annie ROBINSON of Green Valley is now under arrest on a charge of poisoning her husband, John ROBINSON, who died about Jan. 25th, as was supposed of small-pox. Dr. CUSHING went with a party to the place of burial yesterday afternoon, with intent to take up the body and ascertain whether the stomach contained strychnine -- the poison alleged to have been used.

RUN OVER by a HAND-CAR -- The Folsom 'Telegraph' says that Patrick O'DONNELL, a truckman on the S.V.R.R., while on a hand-car, and coming into town, his shirt caught in the handle attached to the crank he was turning, and he was whirled on the track, the car he was on and another following immediately behind, passed over him, injuring him severely. His head, shoulders, arms and legs were badly bruised and cut and he remained insensible until the next day.

SUDDEN DEATH -- The Sonoma 'Democrat' of March 1-th [illeg] says: We learn that a young man named Wm. BAKER died very suddenly at Fau[illeg]'s mill, Russian River township, on the morning of the 11th instant. BAKER felt a little unwell that morning, but went to breakfast as usual. 5 minutes after he was a corpse. Deceased was a single man, aged 34 and born in Johnson county, Arkansas.

LEVI AYERS, druggist and Postmaster at Columbia Hill, Nevada county, attempted to commit suicide Tuesday morning, March 9th, by taking prussic acid. The acid having grown weak from exposure, failed to accomplish the work.

>>WEDNESDAY, 17 MAR 1869<<

MARRIED -- at Farmington, March 14th, by J.A. CAMPBELL, Justice of the Peace; Newton L. MORROW and Miss Mary EUBANK.

SACRAMENTO -- We learn from John O'CONNOR, sub-contractor for the bridge masonry on the Central Pacific Railroad, that while a gang of quarry men in his employ were working near the Summit, on the 12th instant, a monster boulder rolled down the mountain and struck Michael FARREL, one of the quarry men mentioned, killing him instantly. Deceased was a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, aged 30 years.

RED BLUFF 'INDEPENDENT' of March 11th has the following: It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of our fellow townsman, Dr. B.M. ESTERLE, who died very suddenly in Shasta, at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. The doctor was in Shasta on professional business and was struck down in a fit of apoplexy, from which he recovered, was but shortly after attacked by a 2nd fit, which resulted in his death.

BUTTE 'RECORD' of Saturday says that Mr. Wallace CHAPPELL, of Forbestown, while working in the mining claim of Mr. ANDERSON, was caught under a cave of earth, by which his leg was badly broken. His leg will be saved, but he will probably be a cripple for life.

HUMBOLDT 'TIMES' of March 13th says that Albert DeLASAUX, a very worthy and highly esteemed citizen of Hydesville, was shot dead on Monday last, while occupied at plowing in a field close by his home, by Indians concealed in the brush near by.

>>THURSDAY, 18 MAR 1869<<

MARRIED -- in Elliott Township, San Joaquin county, at the residence of the bride's father, March 15th, by J.M. HENDERSON, Justice of the Peace; Henry B. AUSTIN and Martha J. PRITCHARD, both of San Joaquin.

SUDDEN DEATH -- On Tuesday evening last, E.G. HALL, formerly of Hornitos, but lately a resident of Dover, died, after an illness of very shot duration. Mr. HALL was a prominent member of the Masonic Fraternity; also a member of high standing in the Order of Odd Fellows, and was a gentleman highly respected wherever known.

CHAMPION DEAD -- The Sacramento 'Reporter' of March 17th says: "Tom BELCHER, the celebrated champion of light weights of England, died on Monday last at Auburn, Placer county, of hemorrhage of the lungs, and was buried there yesterday. He was assigned the charge of the Central Pacific Railroad station at Elko, but returned, being ill, having frequent attacks of spitting blood. Prior to his deceased, he willed his property -- about $3000 -- to 2 children of Thomas CURLEY, at Auburn. Deceased was about 60 years of age.

>>FRIDAY, 19 MAR 1869<<

A NEW RECTOR -- Rev. W.P. TUCKER, of Maine, Rector elect of St. John's (Episcopal) Church, in this city, arrived at San Francisco on the last steamer from Panama, and is expected to reach his new home this morning, and to officiate in that Church on Sunday next at the usual hours.

>>SATURDAY, 20 MAR 1869<<

BIRTH -- near Tuolumne City, March 13th, to the wife of Wm. COVERT, of a son.

BIRTH -- near Empire City, March 14th, to the wife of James KEO, of a daughter.

DIED -- at Lockeford, Feb. 16th, Dora Ellen, daughter of William and Sarah J. BROOKE, aged 2 years, 6 months, 15 days. [This little flower, too tender for the storm of earth, the Great Husbandsman has transplanted to the Celestial garden above. Weep not, stricken parents! Your trying affliction is her eternal gain.]

MIDNIGHT BURIAL -- A strange scene transpire at the small pox hospital near Hamilton, Nevada, on the night of March 1st. A Swede named Samuel ERICKSON died of small-pox, and it seems no one could be had to dig his grave and place him in it during the day, so a small party of 4 or 5 assembled at midnight to give him Christian burial. After the grave was dug, the body was brought from the pest house and consigned to its dreary home, the physician of the hospital reading the burial service.

WHO HE WAS -- The 'Chronicle' of March 18th says: "Robert LYON, who was dragged from his sick bed at the Empire House on Commercial street [San Francisco] on Tuesday night and left in the street, where he died in a short time, was a nephew of General Nathaniel LYON who was killed at the battle of Wilson creek, in Missouri, at the commencement of the war. He was an industrious, intelligent and peaceable man, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a native of Baltimore and had a sister residing at Oakland. A more heartless and brutal deed than thrusting this man from his sick bed to the street in the middle of the night, because his moaning disturbed the other lodgers, can scarcely be conceived of."

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