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Miscellaneous Early California Obituaries


 Fresno Morning Republican, Sept. 2, 1920 ===== SMITH -- In Fresno, at a local sanitarium, Aug. 31, 1920: Thomas D. Smith, loving brother of Mrs. Ida Eason of Georgia, Wesley J., Jr., of Washington D. C., Mrs. Eva Eason, George W., John J. and Willie G. Smith, all of Fresno, Calif; a native of Georgia and 42 years, 2 months, and 25 days of age. The funeral services to which friends are invited will be held from the M. E. Church of Fowler, Friday morning--Sept 3, commencing at 11 o'clock. Rev D. P. Shaw officiating. Interment to be in the Fowler cemetary. Beall-Clements Co., funeral directors.

STURGEON -- in Fresno, August 31, 1920; Mrs Lucy Sturgeon, aged 72 years, a native of Vermont. Devoted mother of W. H. and Frank Sturgeon, Mrs. Hettie C. Walker and Fred Sturgeon all of Fresno, sister of Miss .....Texas. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services to be held at the home this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in Mt. View Cemetary.

CLINE -- In Fresno, August 31, 1920; Mrs. Irene Evelyn Cline, aged 40 years, a native of Minnesota; devoted wife of Harry Cline, loving mother of Harry, Jr., Laverne and Lulu May Cline, all of Fresno, sister of W. e. Bonall of San Pedro. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services to be held at the chapel of Lisle and Ross this thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Mt. View cemetary

GOOD -- In Fresno, August 31, 1920, Thomas Renton Good, aged 72 years, a native of Pennsylvania, Loving father of Mrs. N. M. Simpson, Mrs. Besale Rye, W. S. and E. E. Good, all of Fresno; borther of I. S. Good of Seattle. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service to be held at the chapel of Lisle and Ross this Thursday afternoon at 3:30. Cremation.

PAGE -- In Fresno City, Sept. 1, 1920, William Booth Page, loving husband of Lola Page, a native of Mass., aged 46 years, 1 month, 29 days. Prvate funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon from the funeral chapel of Stephens & Bean. Cremation at Fresno crematory.

Death Takes Mrs. Hewitt - The Daily Report, Ontario, California   7 Oct 1940 Rites Tomorrow For Upland Woman Mrs. Josephine  Hewitt, widow of the late Franklin Hewitt and resident of Upland for the last 32 years, died yesterday at her home, 478 West street, at the age of 90 years. A native of Wash. County, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Hewitt came to California from Roscoe, Pa., 58 years ago and resided in Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Francisco valley before coming to Upland. Surviving Mrs. Hewitt are a son, W. F. Hewitt, Upland; a foster daughter, Mrs. Paul D. Cushing, Ontario; a brother, Otho Furlong, Upland; and a sister, Miss Letitia Furlong, Roscoe, Pa. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow, 2 p.m., at the Stone mortuary, 329 East Ninth street, Upland. The Rev. W. B. Brown, pastor of the First Seventh Day Adventist church, of Ontario, to which Mrs. Hewitt belonged, will officiate. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

From Monterey Daily Cypress, dated 25 January 1917:


Last Rites to Be Conducted at Family Home in This City, and Remains Will Be Laid to Rest in Protestant Cemetery--Rev. H. A.  Fisk to Conduct the Services

The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary C. Jacks, who died in San Francisco Tuesday, will be held from the family home in this city at 2 o'clock this afternoon, under the direction of J. K.  Paul.  Rev. H. A.  Fisk, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will conduct the obsequies.

The following pallbearers have been selected: Henry Winham and W.W. Zabala of Salinas; W. S.  Clayton, John Clayton and W. S. K.  Brown, of San Francisco; and W. G.  Hudson, of Monterey.  From the family home at the corner of Scott and Pacific streets, the remains will be borne to their last resting place in the Monterey Protestant cemetery. Mrs. Jacks was one of the few remaining old pioneers of this section of California.  She was born in Oajaca, Mexico in 1838, her maiden name being Maria Cristina Soledad Romie, the daughter of J.F. and Maria A. Frohm Romie, native of Germany, who settled in Mexico in 1834, and who came to Monterey in 1841. As a child she attended the school of Dona Anita Castanares, being taught to read and write Spanish.  When nine years old, in 1846, Mrs. Jacks was present when the American flag was raised, and could give many interesting accounts of this famous occurrence. Mrs. Jacks, having been born and raised in a country where Spanish was the only language, was a fine Spanish scholar, and it is told that in 1859, when she went to school in Santa Clara, she would have to think in Spanish and mentally translate her thought and express them into English.  Besides Spanish and English, Mrs. Jacks could also speak German, the tongue of her parents. On April 20, 1861, she married the late David Jacks in San Luis Obispo, and resided in Monterey until she moved to San Francisco a few years ago.

From Monterey Daily Cypress, dated 26 January 1917: MANY ATTEND FUNERAL OF MRS. MARY JACKS The funeral of the later Mrs. Mary C. Jacks yesterday brought to this city a large number of old time friends of the deceased and her family, all parts of the county being represented. Simple but impressive services were held at the family home at 2 p.m., the officiating clergyman being Rev. H. A.  Fisk.  The pallbearers were Henry E. Winham and W.W. Zabala of Salinas, W. S.  Clayton, John Clayton and W. S. K. Brown of San Francisco, and W. G.  Hudson of Monterey.  The floral tributes were numerous and of great beauty. The remains were followed to their last resting place in the Monterey Protestant cemetery, the funeral cortege numbering thirty-six automobiles.

Fresno Bee July 22, 1947 Grandson of Founder of Bakersfield Dies Bakersfield (Kern Co.) July 22.-- James E. BAKER, 74 year old grandson of the founder of Bakersfield, died yesterday in a local hospital of injuries suffered in a prospecting expedition in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bakers [sic] retired last year after operating an electrical appliance store for 20 years. He was the son of James BAKER and a grandson of Colonel Tom Baker. He grew up in Visalia, where he became a telegraph operator, later going into the electrical business. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Louise White BAKER; a brother, Nate Baker, and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph BREWER, and Mrs. Pearl KNAPP, all of Bakersfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 A.M. in the Doughty, Calhoun & O'Meary Funeral Home. The Caledonia Masonic Lodge will be in charge.

Napa Register on Monday Evening November 9, 1953 Mrs. Campbell, Kin of Bear Flag Pioneers, Passes    Mrs. Nettie Belle Campbell, 86, whose parents were pioneer settlers in the Napa Valley, died yesterday at her home at 15 DeWitt Ave.    She was the daughter of the late T. B. Edington and the former Malvina Stice, whose families settled here in 1847, participated in the Bear Flag Rebellion and played an active part in the early history of Napa County. She was born in Oakville.    Mrs. Campbell was first married to John F. Grigsby of St. Helena and lived at White Sulphur Springs for 10 years.  After the death of her first husband she was married to Finlay Campbell and resided on the Campbell ranch at Union Station from 1912 to July, 1951, when the couple moved to Napa. She had been ill for the past 16 months.    She is survived by her husband and was the mother of Mrs. Jennie Hansen of Watsonville, Percy F. Grigsby of Chowchilla, Mrs. Irene Kelly of Oakland, Mrs. Ida Harris of Vallejo, John Grigsby of Napa, Mrs. Malvina Jouvnal of Oakland, Mrs. Helena Galbraith of Sacramento and the late Lottie McCallum.    She was the sister of John Edington of Everett, Wash., and George Edington of Lake County. Four brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Twenty grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren also survive.    Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Cuff and Pierce Funeral Service. Burial will be at St. Helena Public Cemetery.

San Francisco Chronicle, April 29, 1950 p.7 PARKER -At rest, April 27, 1850. May L., beloved sister of Carrie MCALLISTER and John C. GARRETT, loving aunt of Wendell and Elwood GARRETT.   Friends are invited to attend the funeral Saturday, April 29, 1950 at 2:30 p.m. from the mortuary of Julius S. Godeau, Inc. 41 Van Ness Ave, near Market St.

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, January 6, 1913 - Captain F. F. Weed, Maricopa Pioneer, Passes Away
Prominent Light in Oil Fields Dies After Two Weeks' Illness
Maricopa, Jan. 6 - Captain F. F. Weed died at the Maricopa Oil Company's lease near Maricopa at 6 o'clock Sunday morning after being confined to his home with an attack of heart trouble for the past two weeks. Captain Weed was one of the first oil operators to do any developing on the Maricopa flat. He had taken an interest in everything that had the development and good of his community at heart and was active in religious work up to the time of his demise. The early upbuilding of Maricopa was promoted by his capable co-operation and his name was connected with many enterprises of great value to this section of the oil fields. As early as 1900 he became interested in the oil industry in Kern County and organized the Maricopa Oil Company and served as that company's secretary and manager for many years. Under his supervision were drilled the first oil wells on the Maricopa flat. His company put down ten holes, all of which became producers. Their tract of forty acres was leased to Gate City Oil Company in 1909 and that same year they also sold off seventeen acres which was subdivided into Maricopa City lots and formed the townsite of the present city of that name. When the first National Bank was organized, he became a large stockholder and has since served as Vice President. Backbone Of Church To his efforts was largely due the organization of the First Congregational Church of Maricopa and at the time of his death he was serving as chairman of it's board of Trustees. That the church was one of the most helpful institutions promoted by the Captain is manifested by the part it has taken not only in the religious but also in the social life of the frontier town and it's influence has been on the side of a permanent moral uplift. Captain Weed was born in Illinois Oct. 28, 1839 and taken to Missouri at the age of 6 years. At the opening of the Civil War he offered his services to the confederacy. His name was enrolled as a private in the ninth Missouri Infantry under General Shelby and Gen. Richard Taylor. He was soon made a Corporal and later a Sergeant and finally was commissioned a captain of his company, a position which he held with efficiency and loyalty until the end of the conflict. Fought Many Battles Among the engagements he participated in were at Springfield, Missouri Aug. 10, (poss. 19) 1861, in 1862 in the several engagements at Corinth and at Lexington, Missouri with Gen. Taylor; in Louisiana in the battles of Mansfield for Sabine Crossing, and Pleasant Hill during the year 1863. After the close of the war, Capt. Weed engaged in business in St. Louis for one year and then settled upon a farm in Pike Co., MO where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1875. He then spent two years in Texas and a similar period in the Indian Territory. In 1883 he settled in Grenola, Kansas and later returned to Missouri and located in St. Joseph. In 1891 he came to California to act a s general agent for the Northwestern Life Insurance Company in San Francisco. He entered the oil business on the West Side in 1900.

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, April 21, 1942
McDaniel, Lula Mae - Services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Greenlawn Chapel for Mrs. Lulu Mae McDaniel, 63, who died at a Bakersfield hospital Tuesday. She was a native of Arkansas and had resided here for 4 years. She is survived by her husband John Rice McDaniel of Bakersfield; three sons, Savoy S. and Ivason of Bakersfield and J. D. McDaniel of Borger, Texas; and two daughters, Mrs. Peachi Kimmel of Bakersfield and Mrs. Lynn Yancey of Yuba City. There are also 4 grandchildren. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Dillon Wesley Throckmorton, and interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, July 13, 1946
       McDaniel, John Rice - funeral services for John Rice McDaniel, 70, of Route 7, Box 328, who died Friday in a local hospital will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Greenlawn Chapel with the Rev. Arthur H. Wallace in charge.   Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A native of Waldron, Arkansas,  Mr. McDaniel, a farmer, had resided in this county 8 years.

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