Obituaries-December 1900

Following are obituaries from December, 1900, as printed in The Oakland Daily Evening Tribune.

01 December 1900, Page 2, Column 1


Deserted by her parents, crippled by brutality, and thrown upon the charity of the world, little Nellie Horse? died last Wednesday and was today buried from the home of her benefactress, Mrs. [?] Prescott, Lydia street, near Brush.
01 December 1900, Page 3, Column 4


ALAMEDA, Dec. 1-James C. Sullings died yesterday in a lodging house at the corner of Park street and Webb avenue from the effects of nicotine poisoning. He was a slave to the tobacco habit, chewing the weed constantly, and the death certificate, signed by Dr. C. W. Bronson, gives the cause of death as nicotine poisoning. Even in his last sickness Sullings had a piece of tobacco in his mouth continually. He was a native of Massachusetts, aged 66 years, and had resided here for twelve years.
01 December 1900, Page 4, Column 4

Died of Paralysis

David Wilts died of paralysis yesterday at the King's Daughters' Home. He was a native of Pennsylvania aged 62 years and came to Oakland from Morind House, Nev., about six months ago with his wife, who died here shortly after.

He was the father of Jos. Rourke, who was killed in a railroad accident about a year ago. He was a member of the A. O. U. W.

Deceased leaves a daughter, Mrs. C. T. Mengel, residing at Hawthorne, Nev.

The funeral took place today, the remains being interred in Mountain View Cemetery.
03 December 1900, Page 1, Column 1

Passed Away in the Office of the COntra Costa Water Company.

Thomas L. Merrill, for twenty years a trusted employee in the office of the Contra Costa Water Company, died suddenly this afternoon either of heart disease or apoplexy, presumably the former. He had returned from lunch shortly after 1 o'clock and was busy at his accustomed duties when he suddenly lurched and fell heavily on the office floor.

He was borne to the inner office of the President and laid upon a lounge. Dr. Chamberlain, who was driving down the street, was called in, but life had already fled when he arrived.

Mr. Merrill never spoke after his fall and died within a very few minutes.

President Watkinson was absent, but W. J. Dingee, vice-president of the corporation, happened to be present and he speedily notified the family and the Coroner and made arrangements to have the body removed to the family residence at 1215 Brush street.

Within half an hour Dr. Charles T. Rodolph, son-in-law of the deceased, arrived and superintended the removal of the remains.

Thomas L. Merrill was a native fo Maine and about 64 years of age. He had resided in California since early manhood and was highly respected by a large circle of friends. He was greatly esteemed for his upright character. For twenty years he has had charge of the cash taken in at the collection counter, and was regarded as one of the most capable and trusted employees of the water company.

Mr. Merrill leaves a widow and two daughters, one of whom is married to Dr. Charles T. Rodolph, and the other to D. S. Matthews of the Sunset Grocery Company. The sudden death of the husband and father was a great shock to the family, and is especially distressing to the widow.

The cause of death cannot be definitely determined till the inquest is held, although there is every indication that it resulted from heart disease. For several years Mr. Merrill has been troubled with his heart, but his condition was not such as to excite alarm as he was very punctual and methodical in the discharge of his duties. Dr. Chamberlain said he was quite sure that heart diseases carried him off, but he did not feel like certifying to the fact at the Health Office till the question had been fully determined.

Mr. Merrill's death has cast a gloom over his associates in the office of the water company, for he enjoyed the confidence and respect of them all. Mr. Dingee was much affected by the sad event.
03 December 1900, Page 2, Column 5


HAYWARDS, Dec. 3- A dispatch was received here today stating that Geo. C. Baxter, an old resident of Haywards, died at Redlands this morning.
04 December 1900, Page 3, Column 3

Run Down By a Train Near Emeryville

Samuel Morris, a deacon of the Fourth Congregational Church, while crossing the railroad tracks near the race track at Emeryville, this morning, was struck by the outgoing Calistoga train and instantly killed.

Deceased was a carpenter by occupation and had been employed at the Judson Iron Works. Recently he, together with many others, was laid off while certain repairs were being made at the works.

He went to the works this morning to secure his tools, and being a little hard of hearing, did not notice the approaching train as he crossed the track.

The locomotive struck him squarely, crushing his legs, and in rolling beneath the wheels, his arms were nearly severed from his body, which was horribly mangled.

The remains were removed to the Oakland Morgue, where an inquest will be held.

Deacon Morris was well known as a man of noble traits of character. He was about 6? years old and leaves a widow residing at 2233 Adeline street, besides a son in Los Angeles and a daughter, Mrs Sutherland, living at Lorin.
04 December 1900, Page 5, Column 2

Died at an Old Age

Mrs. Sarah McAnenny, a native of Ireland, aged 80 years, died Sunday at her home in Berkeley and the funeral took place this morning. Deceased was the mother of Mrs. Mary P. Ja?ete.
05 December 1900, Page 5, Column 6


The remains of James H. Worley, who died in East Oakland yesterday, were shipped today to Keokuk, Iowa, his late home, for burial. Deceased was a carriage maker, aged ?0 years and 10 months. He arrived here about a month ago and his death is attributed to valvular heart disease.
06 December 1900, Page 3, Column 4


ALAMEDA, Dec. 6- Mrs. Harriet Beach Perkins, widow of the alte Rev. Alfred T. Perkins, the pioneer rector of Christ Church, died at 2 o'clock yesterday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Bailey, 2169 Santa Clara avenue. Mrs. Perkins had been gradually declining since the death of her husband in New York a year ago, and her death was not unexpected. She was 64 years of age, and had resided here for eighteen years. Besides Mrs. Bailey, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. G. Boyd. It is probably that the funeral will be held from Christ Church on Friday morning.
07 December 1900, Page 1, Column 4

Horrible Death of a Child in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCo, Dec. 7- Lurline Dowe, the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Dowe of 708 Golden Gate avenue, died today, her death being the result of a shocking accident.

She was literally roasted to death as the result of the careless lighing of a match last night.

Shortly after the dinner hour last night the little girl went up to the second-story of the Dowe residence alone, and lighting a match, the flame in some manner ignited the folds of her skirt.

Becoming alarmed the little one ran down the hallway to an open window, and the flames, encouraged by the draft, soon enveloped the child, inflicting such terrible burns that she died this morning.
08 December 1900, Page 2, COlumn 3

Death of Mrs. Gilchrist

Annie M. Gilchrist passed away today at her home, 1616 Fairview street. She was a native of Rhode Island, aged 54 years.
08 December 1900, Page 2, COlumn 3

Victim of Consumption

Annie Breene, aged 20 years, a native of New YOrk, died today of consumption at her home, 1626 Myrtle street.
08 December 1900, Page 8, Column 6

Was the First Justice of Peace in Country Town.
Prominent Member of a Number of Secret Societies.

HAYWARDS, Dec. 8-Justice of the Peace Joseph Pimentel, one of the earliest settlers here, died quite suddenly at an early hour this morning, at his home, corner of C and Second streets.

Justice Pimentel had always enjoyed the best of health until four years ago, when he was taken down with the grip. Since then he has had poor health.

Justice Pimentel's death marks the close of a career that has proved what honest determination, frugality and a sense of duty will do when a man accepts their principles and follows them closely for the betterment of his fellow man.

Coming from Portugal, the place of his birth, in the latter fifties, Mr. Pimentel settled at Haywards, where he opened the first barber shop for many miles around. Frugal and economical, he saved a small income, and invested in Haywards real estate.

A close and earnest student, of cheerful disposition, honest motives, and a readiness to make friends, Pimentel was soon regarded as one of the most intelligent citizens of Haywards, and when the town was incorporated the people chose him as one of the members of their first Board of Town Trustees. In politics he was a staunch Democrat.

Later he was elected Town Clerk, and when age threw its mantle of grey upon him and his popularity continued he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, which office, at the time of his death, he was filling for the second term.

His death is mourned by every citizen in town, for he was on all sides loved as an honest man, just always, kind and charitable in all things.

Justice Pimentel lacked a few days of being 6? years old.

He was a prominent member of the local lodges of the Workmen, Odd Fellows, and the U. P. C. E. He was supreme president of the U. P. C. E a few years ago.

He leaves a wife and seven children, W. E., Albert, Charles, Louis, Eddie and Ada Pimentel and Mrs. J. G. Da?sell.

The funeral will probably take place next Monday morning and the remains will be interred in the Catholic Cemetery at Haywards.
10 December 1900, Page 1, Column 5

Died at Asylum

A. R. Hale of Eden township died this morning at the Stockton State Hospital.
10 December 1900, Page 8, Column 2


The funeral of Aaron Raphael, who died at his home, 271 Ninth street, last Saturday night, took place at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family residence under the auspices of the Workmen and B'nai Brith Society, of which deceased was a member. The interment was at Mountain View Cemetery.

Aaron Raphael had resided in Oakland more than twenty years. He had been suffering from asthma for some time, and to this malady, together with complications, his death is attributed.

Deceased was a native of Germany, aged 69 years. He leaves a widow, two daughters, Mrs. P. Falk, and Mrs. J. Isaacs, and one son, Ralph Raphael, who is a bookkeeper in the San Francisco office of the Sunset Telegraph and Telephone Company.
11 December 1900, Page 6, COlumn 6

Barney Geary, a native of Ireland, and a resident of Haywards for many years, died of old age at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. He was 80 years old.
11 December 1900, Page 6, COlumn 6

One of Haywards' well known characters, Win Lee, better known as Charlie, died Sunday morning of dropsy. The late Win Lee came to Haywards early in the seventies and started a laundry business. Strange to say, the deceased was so well liked that a number of his white friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place in the San Lorenzo Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Win Lee leaves a widow in China.
12 December 1900, Page 2, Column 6

Death of Mrs. C. E. Hurd

Mrs. Catharine Elizabeth Hurd died at her home, 524 Sycamore street, last night. Deceased was a native of New YOrk, aged 81 years and 11 months.
12 December 1900, Page 8, COlumn 3


ALAMEDA, Dec. 12- Mrs. Isabella Best died yesterday morning at her home, 2325 Clement avenue. The deceased was the wife of John Best and mother of Miss Rachel R. Best. She had been gradually weakening since last July, and her death was not unexpected. She had resided here for twenty-five years and had many warm friends. The funeral services will be held at Christ Church at 10 A.M. on Thursday.
13 December 1900, Page 3, Column 2


The 18-months-old daughter of Thomas Medros, proprietor of the creamery restaurant, died early yesterday morning. The deceased had been suffering with lung trouble for some little time.
14 December 1900, Page 7, Column 1

Was a Prominent Architect in San Francisco-Leaves Widow and Four Children

George W. Percy, the well known architect, died at his home, 313 Boulevard Terrace today of heart disease.

Mr. Percy has been troubled with heart disease for a long time.

He was the architect for a number of large buildings across the bay. He built the Odd Fellows' Cemetery in San Francisco. He was also a member of the Oakland jury to decide on the plans for the Oakland Library building.

Mr. Percy was a native of Bath, Me., aged 5? years. He leaves a widow and four children.
15 December 1900, Page 5, Column 7


NILES, Dec. 16.- The reaper death has once more entered a home, already made desolate by the death of the wife and mother a few years ago. Ben Sanborn died Thursday morning. He was seriously ill but two days.
15 December 1900, Page 8, Column 1


Edward O'Malin, who was arrested for being drunk last Tuesday night after being rescued from the estuary, died last night at the City Prison of pneumonia. The lack of hospital facilities at the jail handicapped the prison physician and though every comfort and care was accorded the sick prisoner death came as a solace to his suffering. Deceased was ?3 years old. The remains were sent to the morgue.
17 December 1900, Page 6, COlumn 6

Dies Painlessly at His Home, Aged 24 Years

Frank J. Ball, a well known young newspaper man of this city, and latterly a reporter for the Call's Oakland Bureau, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Ball, 615 Seventeenth street, after an illness of about a year at an early hour yesterday morning.

The deceased had been seriously ill for a year prior to his death, and during the greater part of that time was incapacitated for regular labor. He struggled with fortitude, however, against the malady, which was baffling the efforts of his physicians and himself, and at times returned to his work, only to retire again to needed rest and seclusion in rural districts where the rigors of bay weather could be avoided.

For the past week, owing to extreme weakness, Mr. Ball was confined to his home. He retired Saturday night, feeling fatigued but yet in good spirits. He dropped into restful slumber, a circumstance which afforded pleasure to his parents and attendants. Early in the morning he became restless for a moment, and then again fell into repose, and from that sleep he passed painlessly and serenely into the sleep of death.

The deceased was 24 years of age at the time of death. He was born in San Francisco, and moved with his parents to this city in 1880. He attended the Lafayette school for several years, and subsequently the High school, and in each place he was always considered among the brightest and most promising members in his class.

His first venture into the battle of life was as an attache of the business office of THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE, in a position which he held for several years. Later he engaged in the mercantile collection business, and still later accepted a position on the staff of the Oakland Bureau of the San Francisco Chronicle. Retiring from that paper, he obtained a berth in the Oakland Bureau of the San Francisco Call, and retained the place nearly up to the time of his death.

Frank Ball was the youngest newspaper writer in this city, and yet his value as a reporter was little handicapped by that fact. Whatever he may have been deficient in by reason of want of experience with the world at large, he made up with his superabundant knowledge of everything and everybody in Oakland and the surrounding country.

His recollection of events in local history which had transpired during his residence here was acute and trustworthy. His acquaintance with the doings of men of the time and of their achievements, commercial, political, and social, was equally co-extensive and reliable. These are invaluable qualifications in a news-gatherer. As a writer Mr. Ball had mastered a concise and simple style and, when so moved, was able to invest into his lines a tincture of dry humor which was keenly appreciated. Added to these desiderata, Mr. Ball had an instinctive appreciation of news. The result was a prospect of more than usual success had not death seen fit to intervene.

Personally and socially the deceased was widely known and as deeply appreciated. Among fellow workers on the press there was no one who had other than a kindly word for Frank Ball and those kind words are now changed to expressions of regret and sadness for the ending of his comparatively brief career.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from his parents' residence, at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
17 December 1900, Page 8, Column 1

Death of Mrs. Hanford

Mrs. May Belle Hanford, wife of William T. Hanford, died yesterday at her home in this city. The deceased was the mother of Forrest, Irma, Amy Hanford and daughter of Mrs. P. J. Tollman. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Union street Presbyterian church.
19 December 1900, Page 5, Column 2


ALAMEDA, Dec. 19-George Manley, proprietor of the Hotel Encinal on High street, died last night at his home, aged 67 years. Death was due to dropsy. He had resided here for ten years. He leaves a wife, Harriet T. Manley, and four children, George, May and Charles Manley and Mrs. Frank Brundage. THe funeral will take place from the hotel at 9 a.m. tomorrow, thence to St. Joseph's Church.
19 December 1900, Page 7, Column 2


HAYWARDS, Dec. 19-Joe Cagay of Decoto, who was injured in a runaway ten days ago while driving through Haywards, died yesterday. At the time he was thrown out of his buggy, it was thought the only injury was the breaking of his legs. It has since developed that he also sustained internal injuries. The funeral will take place tomorrow. Interment will be at Centerville.
20 December 1900, Page 5, Column 3


James Sanford Jameson died of a complication of diseases at his home, 1180 Nineteenth street, Tuesday night. The deceased had resided in Oakland during the past thirteen years. He was a native of Palmyra, Mo., aged 70 years.
21 December 1900, Page 3, Column 3

BERKELEY, Dec. 21-Mrs. Mary Foster, a pioneer woman of this city, died at her home, 1411 Oxford street. Her illness was contracted at the time of the death of her husband, D. A. Foster, less than two weeks ago. The deceased was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, aged 61 years. She had resided in this city for the last seventeen years. Mrs. Foster leaves two daughters, Mrs. George Stricker, and Miss Grace Foster, and four sons, Charles, Harry, George and Frank Foster. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence. The interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.
21 December 1900, Page 5, Column 5


The untimely death of Leonidas M. Coleman is laid at the door of the State University authorities, who, the young man's mother and his physician, Dr. Allen, charge with negligence in forcing students to take their winter examinations in the big, cold gymnasium.

Young Mr. Coleman was a freshman in the College of Natural Sciences at the State University. A week ago last Tuesday he had an examination in physics in the gymnasium, which was cold and damp. There he contracted a cold that developed into double pneumonia, and yesterday he died at a local sanitarium. He was a native of Kentucky, aged 22 years, and his home was in San Bernardino, where the interment will take place.

Commenting on the young man's death, Dr. W. Allen said:

"Coleman died of pneumonia. The young man was not feeling well and in that condition had to take an examination in the gymnasium, where he was very much exposed, owing to the cold and dampness of the place. The germ of the disease was probably in him at the time, but that exposure is undoubtedly what made it develop so seriously. The University authorities deserve to be censured for their carelessness. An institution which boasts so much brains ought to have a little common sense. Though this is the only case brought before me, I understand there has been much complaint of the exposure in the gymnasium during the examinations.
21 December 1900, Page 8, Column 2


James Townsend, one of the pioneer lumbermen of this State, died today at his home, 1?11 Fourteenth street, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Townsend came to California in '49 from Lowell, Mass., the place of his birth. He was over 70 years of age.

He had been a member of the L. E. White Lumber Company ever since that concern was established over fifteen years ago.

Mr. Townsend leaves two sons, James Townsend and Fred Townsend, his wife having preceded him to the grave about four years ago.
24 December 1900, Page 6, Column 6


Thomas Copeland, a farmer residing near Livermore, died Saturday from the effects of a kick from a horse. The injury was inflicted some days ago, but it was of such a nature that it did not cause much trouble for several days. Thomas O. Copeland, a son of the deceased, committed suicide by eating poisoned wheat early in the year. He went out in the field for the purpose of putting out the wheat for squirrels, but while engaged in that work ate some of the wheat himself and was found dead in the field some time later.
26 December 1900, Page 2, Column 4


Nathan Reuben Lowell, father of Mrs. John Beckwith and one of the oldest warehousemen of San Francisco, died in this city today after a lingering illness.

He was a native of Maine, 71 years and 8 months old and had resided in Oakland for the past thirty-five years.

The funeral will be held next Friday from his late residence, 541 Twenty-ninth street. The interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.
26 December 1900, Page 6, Column 6


Mrs. Joannetta M. Colquhoun, wife of Joseph A. Colquhoun, the well known journalist, died quite unexpectedly yesterday at the family residence, 678 Twenty-fourth street, this city.

Mrs. Colquhoun was in the best of health and spirits Monday morning. She was preparing the Christmas turkey dinner for the family, when she contracted what seemed to be a slight cold, which quickly developed into pneumonia. Her condition rapidly grew most alarming, and although every medical assistance and comfort ws made available, Mrs. Colquhoun passed away after several hours' suffering. It is presumed that her heart was attacked.

Mrs. Colquhoun ws the daughter of the late Rev. John McMaster, D. D. of Princeton, Indiana. She was about 53 years of age, and besides a husband, leaves surviving her, two children, John McMaster Colquhoun and Edith G. Colquhoun.
27 December 1900, Page 3, Column 4


BERKELEY, Dec. 27-Mrs. Lydia D. Sherrett wife of Edwin Sherrett, died this afternoon at her home, 2120 Magee avenue. Deceased was prominently known in this city, where she had resided for many years. She was the mother of J. C. Sherrett, and grandmother of Mrs. Mark P. Geirrine. Death was due to apoplexy.
27 December 1900, Page 6, Column 6


Mrs. J. M. Worth, an old resident of this place, died Sunday night after a long illness.
27 December 1900, Page 6, Column 7

SAN LEANDRO, Dec. 27- Mrs. Annie Lawrence of First avenue died Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The deceased leaves a husband and an infant child, also a father and mother. Interment took place yesterday afternoon in the Haywards Catholic Cemetery. High mass was celebrated in the St. Leandro Catholic Church, by the Rev. Father Mahoney.
27 December 1900, Page 8, Column 4


Brakeman August Anderson, who was injured at Port Costa on the 23d inst., died yesterday at the Railroad Hospital in San Francisco. The accident occurred on the ferry boat Solano. Two sections of the train were being placed aboard the boat, and Anderson, in watching one section, failed to take notice of the approach of the other. He was struck and knocked down, the cars passing over and mangling both legs. The unfortunate man was removed to the company's hospital, and both legs amputated. He was on the road to recovery when pneumonia set in, resulting in death. Anderson was a native of Sweden, 52 years of age, and married. His body was taken to the morgue.
28 December 1900, Page 3, Column 2


Patrick Henry Sohst, an old resident of Fruitvale, died yesterday at his home on Bray avenue. He had been ill for some time and his death is attributed to apoplexy. He was a native of Ireland, aged 79 years. The interment will be at Mount Calvary cemetery, San Francisco.
31 December 1900, Page 7, Column 7


Eben Stoddar died yesterday at Fabiola Hospital. He was the father-in-law of County School Superintendant Crawford, and had reached the ripe age of 77 years. He had resided in this city several years, and his wife a few years ago preceded him to the grave. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2428 California street, San Francisco, shortly ater ? o'clock, and the remains will be cremated in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery.