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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
Contributed by deesar

Description: April 12-17, 1869

Date: April 1869

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co.

>>MONDAY, 12 APR 1869<<

DIED -- near this city, April 10th, Mrs. Susanna ARMBRUST, aged 25 years. [>Iowa papers please copy.]

-Estate of Frank W. BAKER, deceased -- order made for settlement of final account
-Estate of Calvin T. BRIGGS, deceased -- order appointing day for settlement
-Estate of Frances L. GURNSEY, deceased -- decree showing that due and legal notice to creditors has been given
-Estate of George W. CAIN, deceased -- same decree as above
-Estate of T.C. ADAMS, deceased -- order for sale of real estate
-Estate of G. STEMPER, deceased -- order made admitting will to probate and appointing executor
-Estat of R. FISHER, deceased -- continued

DANGEROUSLY ILL -- Judge HAVENS, Receiver of the United States Land Office, in this city, lies dangerously ill at his residence on Lindsay Point. He was first attacked with inflammation of the lungs. Yesterday and last evening the prostration of the nervous system was so great that a fatal result is feared.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, April 11 --
-John CONWAY, a pioneer, formerly coiner in the Mint and lately connected with the police force, died of paralysis yesterday.
-A man named Henri DELANNEY was found dead yesterday morning in Spofford alley.

>>TUESDAY, 13 APR 1869<<

DIED -- near Paradise, April 7th, Mary Isabelle, eldest daughter of Benjamin and Dianthe SANDERS, aged 15 years, 8 months.

A MAN SHOCKINGLY BURNED -- About sunset last evening, an accident occurred in the saloon of Magner & SAfferhill, which is likely to be attended with fatal results. It appears that the lamps had been newly lighted and were left on a box on the counter -- the man in charge making ready to place them in their proper positions -- when a man, named McNULTY, a harness-maker by trade, being partially intoxicated, took hold of the box, fell, bringing down and breaking the lamps upon him, and saturating his clothes with coal oil. In a moment he was enveloped in a sheet of flames, and in that condition ran into the street, where aid reached him, his clothes removed and the fire quenched as soon as possible. It must have been as much as a minute, however, before the fire was extinguished. He was removed to the office of Dr. LANGDON, and subsequently to the County Hospital. The flesh on 1 side of his breast, 1 arm, 1 side and thigh was so terribly burned that it literally peeled off the bones. It is thought that the sufferer cannot survive. Prompt and energetic work alone saved the saloon from destruction. The burning matting was torn from the floor and thrown into the street, where it was wholly consumed. The unfortunate occurrence created quite a commotion in that part of the city.

FATAL ACCIDENT -- We clip the following from the Sonora 'Democrat' of April 10th: On Wednesday a little son of Mr. James ARTHUR, of Wood's Crossing, was playing with some other boys at Preston's Mill on Wood's Creek (the mill is not running), and in riding on the wheel was caught somehow between the wheel and timbers and was crushed so badly that he died about 18 hours thereafter.

SUDDEN DEATH -- George SAMPSON, a native of Yorkshire, England, aged 44 years, fell dead in the streets of Virginia, of heart disease, when returning home from his work on the morning of April 5th. He was a miner, and employed in the Yellow Jacket mine, Gold Hill.

>>WEDNESDAY 14 APR 1869<<

DIED -- in Philadelphia, March 4th, Mrs. Mary MALSEED, mother of Mrs. Wm. M. BAGGS, of this city. [>San Francisco papers please copy.]

DIED -- at his residence, in this city, April 13th, Geo. C. HAVENS, aged 60 years, 7 months, 16 days. [The funeral will take place today at 3 o'clock p.m. from the First Baptist Church. Friends are invited to attend.]

DEATH of a GOOD MAN and a VALUABLE CITIZEN -- It is with [illeg] that we chronicle the death of Judge G.C. HAVENS. He died at his residence on Lindsay Point in this city yesterday. Deceased was born in Essex county, New York, Aug. 28, 1808. In 1835 he removed to La Porte, Indiana, where he resided until 1853, when he came to California and took up his residence at Shaw's Flat, Tuolumne county, where he remained until June, 1861, at which time he came to this city and assumed the duties of the office of Receiver of the United States Land Office for this District, to which he was appointed by President LINCOLN, and which position he continued to hold until the time of his death. He was one of the first who espoused the Republican cause in California, and was twice nominated on that ticket it Tuolumne and each time run far ahead of the vote of the party, so great was his personal popularity, at a time when the political principles he warmly espoused and to which he firmly adhered, were very unpopular. No words of ours can fully express the sorrow felt by his large circle of friends, at this sudden and unexpected decease. Those who have known him longest and most intimately, most keenly feel the loss of a sterling man and genuine friend. He was a man of acute observation, quiet demeanor, fine feeling, generous nature, strong sympathies, devoted friendships, and all the actions of his well-spent life were marked with the strictest integrity, honor and purity. Unobtrusive and retiring in manner, his friends increased in number as his acquaintance extended, and we do not believe that he even had an enemy. When the hour of his departure came he was ready to go, and departed in peace, his spirit filled with the assurance of receiving the full measure of the reward which awaits the just and upright in a better world. Deceased leaves a wife and son, who have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the community at large in this, the hour of their sad bereavement.

INFORMATION WANTED -- Marion B. HIGGINS, of New Vienna, Ohio, wishes information in regard to Samuel A. MERRITT, formerly of Mariposa county, and once a member of the Legislature of this State.

FATAL ACCIDENT -- A letter from Folsom, published in the 'Bee' of April 12th, says: A sad accident has happened to the 2nd oldest boy of William FLETCHER, employed at the railroad office in this place. About 4 o'clock yesterday evening he took a horse pistol out to shoot at birds, and accidentally discharged its contents into his side. He lived 20 minutes after he was shot and ran for his home, where he died on entering. He was about 12 years of age.

>>THURSDAY, 15 APR 1869<<

MARRIED -- at Telegraph City, April 12th, by the Rev. J.W. BRIER; Peter BELCHER, of Stockton, and Miss Ella BRECKENRIDGE, of Telegraph City.

FUNERAL -- The remains of Judge G.C. HAVENS were interred in the Rural Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church and a large cortege followed the remains to the grave.

PERSONAL -- James GALLAGHER took his departure yesterday for San Francisco, where he goes to take charge of the business of his brother, Thomas GALLAGHER, who leaves on Saturday next on a trip to the Atlantic States and Europe for the benefit of his health. Thomas GALLAGHER located the Gas Works in this city in 1859, commenced to build early in the Spring of '60, and had the works in operation and the city lighted with gas in August of the same year. Aside from the superintendence of the Gas Works, he was extensively engaged in the liquor business, and likewise operated largely in real estate. Mr. GALLAGHER expects to return from Europe in almost a year from the present time. His many friends in Stockton wish him a prosperous voyage and hope he will return with his health fully restored.

HOMICIDE -- A correspondent of the [illeg], writing from Folsom, under date of April 12th says: A man by the name of HOLLIDAY was shot dead in his own house, near Beal's Bar today at 4 o'clock p.m., by a man named LAZARUS, who has lived his neighbor for many years. Bad feelings have existed for some time between them on account of land disputes.

[change of type indicates different, possibly local, writer] HOLLIDAY was from Illinois, was an Odd Fellow, a quiet, inoffensive man, and has a wife in Folsom. LAZARUS is an Italian, gentlemanly in appearance and generally harmless. He went to Auburn to deliver himself to the Sheriff of Placer county.

>>FRIDAY, 16 APR 1869<<

MARRIED -- at his residence on Dry Creek, Stanislaus county, April 15th, by the Rev. Mr. NEIL; Joseph GEORGE and Mrs. Angeline KINKEAD. [Zanesville, Ohio papers please copy.]

DIED -- at San Andreas, April 11th, Henrietta Augusta DENNIS, daughter of Alexander and Mary A. DENNIS, aged 7 years, 20 days.

HOPELESS -- The condition of James McNULTY, who was shockingly burned on Monday evening last, is considered hopeless. He suffers intensely.

STEAMER SUNK -- The steamer 'Tuolumne City,' Captain H. JONES, while on her way from Empire City to this port, struck the stump of a tree while making a landing at Chase's, at the mouth of Old River, stove a hole in her side close to the bow, filled, and in about 5 minutes from the time she struck, sunk in about 80 feet of water. She had on board about 80 tons of wheat, which will be nearly a total loss. We are told that immediate steps will be taken to raise the steamer, and it is expected she will be again afloat within a week from present time.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, April 15 --
-Margaret LAWRENCE was arrested last night on a charge of abduction. She was divorced from her husband a few days sine and the custody of the children awarded to him. The recovery of one of them by her was the cause for the arrest; bail was fixed at $500.
-Jacob BRIEL, a butcher, committed suicide yesterday at his residence on Eighth street by taking strychnine; cause, intemperance. He leaves a family.

A PUBLIC LOSS -- On Monday, April 12th, the Rev. J.H. BRAYTON breathed his last at Nevada City, while en route to Grass Valley. He died of consumption, having been in a rapid decline from that disease for some months. Deceased was one of the earliest pioneers amongst the Presbyterian ministers of California, in which sphere he labored long, diligently and efficiently. Possessed of rare powers of argumentation and persuasion, having a remarkably amiable disposition and mild demeanor, he was greatly and worthily esteemed and respected as a teacher and much beloved as a pastor and neighbor. He resigned from the ministry some years ago, to take charge of the Oakland College School, in behalf of which institution his exertions, inspired by a noble and genuine enthusiasm, were tireless and effective.

>>SATURDAY, 17 APR 1869<<

DIED -- in Tuolumne City, April 2d, Minerva Jane TOMBERLIN, aged 27 years, 9 days.

SUICIDE -- The Oakland 'Transcript' of the 15th instant gives this account of the death by suicide of an old Stocktonian: "A man named Conrad SAUL was taken to the County Hospital yesterday morning in a dying condition, there being 2 pistol shot wounds in his body. He had been found at San Antonio, early in the morning, by a blacksmith, who carried him to the hospital. SAUL lingered until late in the afternoon, when he expired. He stated that he had inflicted the wounds with his own hands. He was a shoemaker by trade, but could not earn a living on account of the recent loss of the sight of one of his eyes. In a fit of despondency he attempted self-destruction. He formerly resided in Stockton and has relatives residing in that place."

JURORS -- The following are the names of the Grand and Trial Jurors, drawn yesterday to serve during the May term of the County Court:

**Grand Jurors --
Benjamin SNOW
Thomas B. DAY
Daniel CASEY
To appear on May 17th

**Trial Jurors --
Geo. B. HALL
Clement DETTEN
Jefferson STEELE
Henry ORTMAN, Jr.
To appear at the Court House on May 3d

**Trial Jurors for the May term of the District Court summoned to appear at the Court House on May 5th --
Mortimer PHELPS
Henry M. PECK

PERSONAL -- Peter ROTHENBUSH, a pioneer of Stockton, returned among us yesterday morning from Oregon, where he has resided for the past 2 years. He brings back the same cheerful and smiling countenance he took away with him and will be welcomed "home again" by many friends. Pete is part of the early history of our city and was elected to the Common Council in 1852, at the time when our town was just emerging from rag tents into frame and brick houses, and took his part in shaping our destinies. He has returned satisfied that California, and Stockton in particular, is the best place he has seen. We are glad to "give him room," and hope he may again "set his pegs" permanently with us.

PROBATE -- In the matter of the estate and guardianship of Samuel RANSON, a minor, it was ordered by the Probate Judge, at Chambers, on the 12th instant, that Prudence A. REYNOLDS be appointed guardian of the estate and person of said minor, and that letters of guardianship be issued to her upon her giving bonds to said minor in the sum of $212, and upon her taking the oath and subscribing the same as required by law.

FOR CHIEF of POLICE -- W.F. FLETCHER, a well known citizen, a sound Union man and an excellent gentleman, is announced in the advertising columns of the 'Independent' today as a candidate for the office of Chief of Police, subject to the decision of the Union Republican Convention, to be held at Hickman's Hall tonight.

[heading illeg] -- The Auburn 'Stars and Stripes' gives the following sketch of M.D. BAYS, who was mysteriously shot at Newcastle a short time ago, while standing in the doorway of his home and bidding farewell to his wife:

Martin Dickinson BAYS was born in Harrison county, Virginia, in A.D. 1841. His parents soon after removed to Missouri, taking the boy with them, and in 1846 joined the DONNER party and crossed the then trackless plains, to meet the frost of Winter and the deep snows of the Sierra at the foot of Donner Lake, where many of the party perished of cold and hunger. The father of BAYS was one of the men who forced their way over the mountains and through the wilderness to Fort Sutter (now the site of Sacramento) for supplies, and returned with provisions in time to save a remnant of the ill-fated party from perishing. The family reached California and located in Coloma. The father of young BAYS was with Marshall in the celebrated Sutter mill-race when the 1st gold was discovered in that locality. Martin Dickinson BAYS, then but 6 or 7 years of age, was the boy that picked up the 1st piece of gold and took it to his mother to see what it was. He lived in the family of W. Dana PERKINS, in Placer county, from 1860 to 1865, when he was married. For 5 years past and at the time of his death he was deputy tax collector in District No. 1 of this county [Placer]. His father and mother now reside in Monterey county and several brothers and sisters in other parts of this State. He left a young and loving wife to mourn over his cruel and untimely taking off, but no children.

MISS IVY I. FALLS is the name of the young lady recently appointed Postmistress at Vallejo by Gen. GRANT. Her father's name is Colonel R.I. FALLS, who now holds a position in the San Francisco Custom House. He with distinction during the rebellion, first as Major and then as Colonel of a Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, and was highly complimented by General GRANT for meritorious conduct at the surrender of LEE. He also served during the Florida and Mexican wars. Miss FALLS is about 18 years of age, is a native of California, quite comely in appearance, and is the 1st woman ever appointed to a Federal position on the Pacific Coast.

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT -- The 'Stars and Stripes' of April 15th says: On Monday the 5th instant, John HAGGARD was caved upon and killed while working in a mining claim at Gold Run. It was a hydraulic claim, and HAGGARD, when dug out, was found with 1 hand hold of the pipe and the other in his pocket, indicating that he was buried beneath the cave without previous notice. He was an old resident of that place and highly respected.


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