The Free Lance
The Free Lance
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Description: Births, Marriages, & Deaths, etc. - Weekly Publication

Date: September 1905

Newspaper published in: Hollister

1 September, 1905

Died -- PORTER -- in Hollister, Aug. 25, Dr. Geo. C. PORTER, a native of England, aged 52 years, 7 mos., 19 days. [The Final Summons – Last Friday, in the early hours of evening, Dr. Geo. C. PORTER, a man who occupied a high position as a physician and citizen, was cut down by death. He was a man of positive character, strong purpose and untiring perseverance, yet kind, considerate and exceedingly charitable… Dr. PORTER had been lying dangerously ill at his ranch in Grass Valley, where he had gone for rest early in the summer for the past 2 months. A week before his death, realizing that the end was near, he requested to be brought to his home in this city, where the final summons came…He was born in England, January 6th, 1853. After he was graduated from school, desiring to become a druggist, he was apprenticed to an apothecary in his native city, the apprenticeship to last 7 years. Becoming convinced that the man for whom he was working was not treating him fairly, he decided to come to America. As he was working for his board and clothes, he had no money, but finally managing to borrow enough to pay his passage steerage, he set sail, arriving in New York without a dollar. The desire to become a druggist was still strong within him. He worked and saved until he succeeded in getting enough money together to take through the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After working at his profession in the east a few years, he went to South America to try his fortune and finally decided to come to California, arriving in San Francisco in 1877. In 1881 he came to Hollister engaging in the drug business until 1890. In that year he disposed of his business to attend medical college in Philadelphia, returning here immediately after his graduation. His rise in his profession was rapid and marked…The funeral was held from his late residence on Monterey street, Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. The body was taken to the Cypress Lawn cemetery, Monday morning, and was cremated.]

Died -- BESSAC -- in Hollister, Anah O. BESSAC, a native of California, aged 24 years, 4 mos., 24 days. [Anah Orielle BESSAC was born in Minneapolis, Kansas, April 3, 1881, and died in Hollister, Cal., Aug. 27, 1905...Miss BESSAC was a young lady of rare qualities…She was kind, thoughtful and sweet-spirited, and the gentle influence of her life will long be felt…Miss BESSAC prepared herself for a public school teacher and was teaching her 3rd term when compelled to forsake her chosen work by ill health. For 2 years she suffered greatly although not always confined to the house. During her last illness, she suffered extreme pain which she bore with rare patience, and she was happy and resigned…The funeral services were held at the residence of her parents, Rev. Hugh COPELAND officiating…Those left to mourn her death are her parents, Mr.&Mrs. H.W. BESSAC; her grandmother, Mrs. Grace BAGNALL; her sisters, Mrs. Virginia JOHNSON of San Francisco, and Miss Grace BESSAC; her brothers, H.W. BESSAC, Jr., of Stockton, H.B. BESSAC of Tesla, Richard, Charley and Genie BESSACE, of Hollister, and her affianced, F.E. BAGNALL, of Oxnard.]

Invitations are out for the wedding of Judge A.M. CUNNING and Miss Ruby A. REID, which will take place in San Francisco, Sept. 6th…will make their permanent home in San Jose…

Mrs. Mary A. JANES, a pioneer California mother, died at her home in San Jose, Monday, at the ripe old age of 97 years. Mrs. JONES [spelled 2 ways] was the mother of Mrs. Elizabeth SALLY and the grandmother of J.J. BURNETT. [F.E. SHORE attended the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. JANES, at San Jose, Wednesday.]

PON NON, the well known Chinaman, who has been employed on the FLINT ranch for a number of years, left last week for Victoria, B.C., where he will engage in business. PON, who is American born, is a well educated, gentlemanly fellow and will make friends wherever he goes.

The lifeless body of an unknown man was found near Sargents, Wednesday. A coroner’s jury decided that death resulted from heart disease.

W.W. FORD, principal stockholder of the Charles FORD Company of Watsonville, died at his home in New Jersey, Monday.

8 September, 1905

Born -- EBI -- in Hollister, Sept. 6, to the wife of Archie EBI, a daughter.

Born -- ROSS -- in San Francisco, Sept. 2, to the wife of L.G. ROSS, a son.

Married -- FOGG-ACUNA -- in Hollister, Sept. 7, by Judge AGNEW, J.P.; Royal Webster FOGG and Dianna ACUNA, both of Santa Cruz.

Married -- JOHNSON-FERRIS -- in Bur Oak, Mich., by the Rev. Valentine; Wm. JOHNSON and Miss Mary FERRIS. [When Wm. JOHNSON left some weeks ago for Michigan he failed to tell his many friends that he intended to bring a bride back with him, but such was his intention nevertheless, as may be seen from the following item, taken from the Burr Oak (Mich.) ‘Acorn’ -- “At the home of the bride’s father, John FERRIS, in this village, Thursday evening, Aug. 23, 1905, Miss Marry FERRIS, of Burr Oak, Mich., and Wm. JOHNSON, of Hollister, Cal., were united in marriage by the Rev. VALENTINE. Hollister will be the future home of the happy pair, who leave for that city about Sept. 15th. The bride’s universal popularity is well known to us all and she will be greatly missed at the post office where she has held a position for many years. The well-to-do groom, a widower, and son of the late Mrs. Joseph WOOD, has in the past spent several years in Burr Oak, where he has made hosts of friends.”]

Died -- BUTTERFIELD -- in Bear Valley, Sept. 3, G.A. BUTTERFIELD, aged 71 years. [George M. BUTTERFIELD, an old resident of this county died at his home in Bear Valley, Sunday, Sept. 3d. Mr. BUTTERFIELD was a native of Maine and was 71 years of age. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Cordelia BUTTERFIELD, and 3 sons, Oscar I., Elmer E. and Eben T., to mourn his death. The deceased came to San Benito county in 1873 and had always borne an enviable reputation as a man and citizen. Though a man of strong convictions, which he fearlessly expressed, he was always considerate of the opinions of others. Every movement for the public good had his hearty support and his death is sincerely mourned by his friends -- they were many -- and his neighbors who knew and greatly admired him. The funeral was held from the local M.E. Church, South, Monday afternoon, and was largely attended.]

Margaret BREEN, daughter of Mrs. Kate BREEN and the late Judge James F. BREEN, died at the Hollister Sanitarium last Sunday morning from the effects of a capital operation. She had been a patient sufferer for many years, so uncomplaining that few knew that she was ill at all. She was a devoted daughter and sister and her last thoughts were for those whom she so dearly loved. In a letter written but a few days before her death she implored a friend to comfort her mother, intimating that she would not survive the operation. Margaret BREEN was a native of San Juan. Most of her time of late years was spent in San Francisco where she was a society favorite. The funeral mass was held in the San Juan mission, Tuesday morning, and in compliance with her request everything was as simple as possible. She was laid to rest in the old cemetery at San Juan by the side of her father, whom she almost idolized.

Mrs. E.V. COGGSWELL, mother of L.W & C.G. JEFFERSON, died in Oakland last Sunday evening. Mrs. COGGSWELL was well known in Hollister where she frequently visited. The funeral was held in Modesto, Wednesday.

A marriage license was issued Tuesday for Joseph REINOSA and Clarinda BERNAL, both residents of this city.

Otto NOLTE, quartermaster on the U.S. Transport, Solace, is visiting with his parents, Mr.&Mrs. C.R. NOLTE. Since joining the navy, 5 years ago, Otto has seen a great deal of the world, though most of his time has been spent in Oriental waters. During the Japan-Russia war, he was stationed at Chefoo, China, on the U.S. Gunboat, Frolic. While in this harbor he saw the fight between a Japanese cruiser and a Russian torpedo boat and has a high opinion of the dash and pluck of the little brown men. Soon after the first of the coming year, Otto expects to be promoted to Chief Quartermaster.

The ‘Examiner’ of Tuesday published the picture of Miss Ruby REID, who was married to Judge A.M. CUNNING at the West Side Christian Church in San Francisco, Wednesday. Mrs. CUNNING is a charming looking lady…]

15 September, 1905

Born -- GARRETT -- near Hollister, Sept. 8, to the wife of L.M. GARRETT, a daughter.

Jules GRANGER died suddenly at San Benito, Sunday. Coroner BLACK was notified and at the inquest it was found that the old man died of senility. GRANGER, who was over 80 years of age, had been in the employ of Al. LEONARD for more than 30 years, and was well known to all the old settlers of the San Benito section. Although a resident of the United States for a great many years, he never became a citizen of this county. GRANGER was a native of France.

From Santa Clara ‘News’ -- Last Wednesday morning, at the Catholic church, Miss Ida R. FREITAS was married to Joseph P. SILVA of Hollister. Rev. A. MAZZETTI performed the nuptial rite, and the couple were attended by Miss Anna VEREIRA and her brother, Francis VEREIRA. Mr.&Mrs. SILVA will reside in Hollister.

Miss Alice M. WEHRLY, daughter of Mr.&Mrs. J.I. WEHRLY, formerly well known residents of this city, was married in San Jose last week to Floyd Huston HAWKINS, a young fruit grower of Aromas. The young couple will make their home at Aromas.

Corwith Benson, the infant son of Mr.&Mrs. N.C. BRIGGS, Jr., was christened at St. Lukes Episcopal church last Sunday morning, the Rev. Dr. WILLIAMS officiating at the ceremony. An elegant dinner was tendered the christening party Sunday afternoon by Mr.&Mrs. N.C. BRIGGS, at their pretty home on Fifth street.

Senora Dolores C. de MIRANDA died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.B. WINN, at Berkeley. Death came as the result of a paralytic stroke. Senora MIRANDA was the widow of General MIRANDA, one of the warriors in the ill-fated army of Emperor Maximillian and was herself a conspicuous figure in the turbulent political struggles of Mexico. During the reign of the Emperor Maximillian, she was maid of honor to the Empress Carlotta, and when the Emperor was overthrown, was banished with her husband to Cuba. Senora MIRANDA was a former resident of this place, living here in the late 80s.

Mrs. S.A. KEYES has during her 4 years’ residence in Hollister, won many friends, and last Tuesday afternoon she was surprised by the number who kept calling on her, but they had found out that the day celebrated her 80th birthday, and had come with congratulations and beautiful presents…

Dr. R.G. CURTIS, lately from the Hawaiian Islands, has purchased the practice of the late Dr. G.C. PORTER, and will be located at the old stand in the Lathrop building. Dr. CURTIS is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, the alma mater of the late doctor whom he succeeds. Dr. CURTIS comes highly recommended, having served 1 year in the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia; 1 year at St. Luke’s, San Francisco; 6 months in the Queen’s Hospital, Honolulu, and was for 2 ½ years surgeon for the Olaa Sugar Co., Hawaii.

22 September. 1905

Born -- ZACHES -- in Hollister, Sept. 18, to the wife of H.J. ZACHES, a daughter.

Married -- STICH-WATERMAN -- in San Jose, Sept. 17, by J. Wilmer GRESHAM of Trinity Church; Ralph G. STICH and Miss Corinne WATERMAN, formerly of San Juan.

Died -- DALY -- near Hollister, Sept. 18, Kate, beloved daughter of Mr.&Mrs. John DALY, native of California, aged 28 years, 7 mos., 24 days. […died at the home of her parents near Hollister…She had been in poor health for some years and a severe cold contracted this spring, owing to her weakened physical condition, developed rapidly into consumption…Possessed of a sunny disposition, kindly nature and generous impulses, her life was of great usefulness, inviting friendships strong and enduring. The funeral was held Wednesday morning from the Catholic Church, where a requiem mass was celebrated.]

Died -- LOPEZ -- near Hollister, Sept. 16, Janie, beloved daughter of Mr.&Mrs. R. LOPEZ, a native of California, aged 16 mos., 6 days.

Died -- INGHAM -- near Hollister, Sept. 21, Mary M. INGHAM, native of California, aged 32 years.

George CHICK and Miss Frances FINLEY were quietly married in the parlors of the Christian Church, Monday evening, the Rev. G.T. MEEKER, officiating. The bride is the charming daughter of Mr.&Mrs. J.M. FINLEY, and the groom is a trusted employee of the Sperry Flour Co…

Mrs. Catherine WARBURTON, mother of John G. WARBURTON and Mrs. Samuel JACKSON of San Felipe, died at her home at Santa Clara Sunday, aged 76 years. She was a highly respected resident of the Santa Clara valley, where she had resided since 1855.

Notice is hereby given that I will not be responsible for any bills contracted by my wife, Mary S. MARTIN, after this date. Anyone purchasing stock from her will take chances on same. Manuel MARTIN, Sept. 18, 1905.

Miss Ella COTHRAN, of San Jose, was married to Mr. John H. SWICKARD of Edenvale, Sept. 9th. The bride is the daughter of Dr. COTHRAN, a former well known resident of Fairview.

Mrs. M. ROSENBERG left Saturday for San Francisco to meet her sister, Mrs. OLCOVICH, who has just returned with her husband and daughter, Miss Viola, from a lengthy stay in Central America.

From the Modesto ‘Herald’ -- Saturday the Clerk of this county issued a marriage license to George O’FARRELL and Miss Inez LANGFORD, both of San Francisco. The couple will be married in this city this morning and will then leave for San Francisco to reside. The parties are members of the Frank COOLEY Company, playing in this city the past week. Their engagement with the company has been severed. From the ‘Free Lance’ -- Miss LANGFORD is the talented daughter of Judge LANGFORD of Panoche.

Mr.&Mrs. R.P. LATHROP went to San Francisco yesterday to attend the funeral of W.W. CHASE. Mr. CHASE was one of the most prominent hay merchants in the State.

Mrs. Lem HORTON and family left, Thursday morning, for Conway, Wash., to join her husband, who has a lucrative position as foreman of a large ranch near that place.

29 September, 1905

Born -- WITTER -- in Hollister, Sept. 10, to the wife of C.A. WITTER, a daughter.

Born -- BOYD -- in Hollister, Sept. 22, to the wife of A.E. BOYD, a son.

Married -- DAWSON-BARBER -- in Hollister, Sept. 25, by the Rev. A.J.CABLE; George D. DAWSON and Alta P. BARBER.

Married -- SCOTT-SNIBLEY -- in Hollister, Sept. 26, by Rev. G.T. MEEKER; William SCOTT and Alice A. SNIBLEY. […quietly married shortly after midnight…in the presence of the immediate relatives of the contracting parties. The novel hour was chosen so that the bride’s birthday and wedding anniversary might always be celebrated together. The bride is the charming daughter of J.J. SNIBLEY…The groom is a brother of John SCOTT, foreman of the Bonnie Brae, and is deservedly popular.]

Married -- NORIEGA-MARTINEZ -- in Hollister, Sept. 26, by Gilmore AGNEW, J.P.; Enez NORIEGA and Luciana MARTINEZ.

Died -- KENNEDY -- in Hollister, Sept. 25, Mary KENNEDY, aged 79 years. [Mrs. Mary KENNEDY died at her home on Sally street last Friday, at the ripe old age of 79 years. She had been in poor health for several years and the passing of her husband, the late Stephen KENNEDY, some months ago, hastened the end. She was an old resident of this county, enjoying the friendship and esteem of a large circle of friends. The funeral, which was held from the family residence Monday, was largely attended.] [G.W. McCONNELL, by his attorney, H.W. SCOTT, has filed a petition for letters of administration on the estate of Mary KENNEDY, deceased. By the terms of the will filed, the entire estate, which is valued at $2600, is bequeathed to Mary KENNEDY, step-daughter of deceased. The estate consists of a ½ interest in the KENNEDY ranch at San Benito; a ½ interest in the HAMMOND ranch in Mulberry and a house and lot on Sally street.]

Died -- GARCIA -- at Bitterwater, Sept. 19, Miss Laura GARCIA, beloved daughter of Mr.&Mrs. Trinidad GARCIA, aged 25.

Fred TAYLOR, an early resident of San Benito, died recently at his home in Sonoma county.

Mrs. Margaretta NUNEZ, an old and highly respected resident of the southern end of the county, died at her home in New Idria, recently. She was the mother of Juan and Ignacio NUNEZ and Mrs. Manuel GONZALES.

J.M. HERNANDEZ, a prominent stockman of Las Vegas, N.M., died at his home in that city on Sept. 9th. Deceased, who was 52 years of age at the time of his death, was the son of Stanislaus HERNANDEZ, formerly owner of the Santa Anita and Quien Sabe ranches in this county and was well known to many of the old timers. Deceased leaves a brother, Dan, at Monterey.

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