YUBA COUNTY OBITS
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WILLIAM GREEN MURPHY & FAMILY
MURPHY, DEMERES [sic] K.
Marysville Daily Appeal - 5/27/1900, p4 - Died: In this city, May 26th, Demeres K., beloved wife of W. G. Murphy, a native of West Tennessee, aged 54 years, 7 months and 13 days. Funeral private.
Marysville Daily Appeal - 5/29/1900, p1 - Laid at Rest - The funeral of the late Mrs. W. G. Murphy took place at 10:30 yesterday morning from her late residence on Fifth street where Rev. L. B. Coggins of the Christian Church officiated. - The following members of the family acted as pallbearers: Charles Murphy, Lee Murphy, C. J. Covillaud and Warnack Waldron. The interment took place in the family plot Yuba City cemetery. Both the funeral and interment were private.
MURPHY, LEANDER BYRD
Appeal-Democrat - 7/29/1957, p4 - Descendant of Pioneers Succumbs - Lea Byrd Murphy, whose parents were among the survivors of the ill-fated Donner Party, collapsed and died this morning at his Marysville home, 622 Fourth St. - Death occurred about 10 o'clock when Murphy was in the yard. Although he had not been feeling well lately, he had not been believed to be seriously ill. - He apparently died as result of a heart attack. - Murphy was 79 years old. He had been retired for many years as a paint company representative. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. William G. Murphy, his father being one of the early-day attorneys in Marysville. - For many years, the Murphys lived in Portland, Ore., returning here 14 years ago. - Survivors include his wife, Edna Bryden Murphy; a daughter, Mrs. Harry Cheim of Marysville who was returning today from a Lake Tahoe vacation; a grandson, Heiman Cheim of Marysville, now on a European tour, and a granddaughter, Herriles Cheim, of San Francisco. - Funeral services are pending at Lipp & Sullivan Chapel.
MURPHY, WILLIAM GREENMarysville Daily Appeal - 1/16/1902, p4 - His 66th Birthday - Wm. G. Murphy Yesterday Celebrated That Interesting Anniversary - Wm. G. Murphy is the only person now residing in this part of California who resided here before the discovery of gold. Yesterday he celebrated his 66th birthday. His eleventh birthday was spent in the territory that formerly was a part of Yuba county. He has, as he tells it, "Always been a resident of this county," having been registered as a resident of Marysville, Cal., when East at school in the early days. He was on the first assessment roll of Marysville, and has been a continuous taxpayer ever since in the county. He was temporarily absent in the early 60's, having gone to Washo, Nevada. He was admitted to the Bar here in January, 1863, and to the Supreme Court of Nevada in the same year, at Carson City. He was elected District Attorney of Yuba county in 1869, serving two years; was also City Attorney of Marysville for two administrations. - Mr. Murphy has four sons, all born and registered voters in the Second Ward. He has also three daughters grown up in Marysville. - Mr. Murphy uses his bicycle in his tours of inspection as Health Officer of the city and considers himself as equal to the "young fry" on the "byke." - Mr. Murphy has witnessed the evolution of this county from nude Indians in the "Stone Age" and later the Pioneer days, to the present; through gold and grain to its present fruit development. Mr. Murphy's life history is parallel with the history of Yuba county, and especially with that of Marysville. - The Appeal hopes, and it knows the entire community will gladly join with it, that Mr. Murphy will live to enjoy many another birthday. His present "spryness" shows the stock the Pioneers were made of, and the longer we can keep such men among us the better.
(Sacramento) Evening Bee – 2/04/1904 Pg. 6 – Donner Party Pioneer Dies At Marysville – (The Bee’s Special Service.) – Marysville. February 4.--- The pioneer of Marysville Pioneers passed away at 5 o’clock last evening when William Green Murphy succumbed to a lingering illness at his home on Fifth Street. Heart disease, which followed an attack of grippe two years ago, was the cause of dissolution. He was a native of Tennessee and 60 years of age. Mr. Murphy came to California in 1846, being, with his mother and other members of her family, of the ill-fated Donner party, of which so much has been written. Then a boy of 1o years he was forced to suffer the hardships and privations of that terrible time, and to his recollection of that affair does history owe much of what is chronicled. He was the only member of his family to escape death, and on horseback he made his way to what was then known as Johnson’s Ranch, near the present town of Wheatland. He had resided in Marysville since 1847, excepting the time given to study in a Eastern college, preparatory to entering his profession of the law, and three years spent in Virginia City. He was admitted to practice in 1863, and was probably the best known of the old-school lawyers in Northern California. Seven children, three daughters and four sons, survive him. His wife died three years ago. Mr. Murphy was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows, A. O. U. W., and the California Society of Pioneers. The interment will take place Friday afternoon in the family plot in the Yuba City Cemetery. The services will be under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. The Bar of Yuba County met today and passed a set of resolutions in respect to the memory of the deceased. (B. S.)
Marysville Daily Appeal - Thur 2/4/1904, p1 - William G. Murphy Is Now No More - After a Lingering Illness the Spirit of a Pioneer Passes to Its Reward - End of An Eventful Career - Crossed the Plains and Arrived in California After Most Arduous Experiences, Three Years Prior to Discovery of Gold - Although it has been known for several days past that intelligence might come at any time of the passing of William G. Murphy, the pioneer lawyer, still the community in which he had resided so long was shocked yesterday afternoon when the news of his death was reported. - Mr. Murphy had been ill for the better part of the past two years, in the beginning stricken with an attack of the grip, eventually other complications ensued which operated to break down his system and render recovery impossible. - At a few moments prior to 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the final summons came, when, sinking back into the arms of one of his sons, our old friend passed away without effort and lay as a child asleep. - The dead pioneer was a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 45, and of Marysville Encampment, No. 6, I.O.O.F., of Marysville Lodge, No. 38, A.O.U.W., and of the Marysville Pioneer Society and the Society of California Pioneers of San Francisco. - The funeral services will take place, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. The interment will be made in the family plot, Yuba City Cemetery. - William Green Murphy came of good American stock. His people were of Scotch and English origin, and early in the seventeenth century, shortly after the founding of Jamestown, settled in old Virginia. Richard Murphy, his first ancestor upon this continent, was a dissenting minister and was married in 1680 to Elizabeth Byrd, in the "Old Dominion;" from this union sprang several well-known Southern families, the subject of this sketch being a descendant of the North Carolina branch. Mrs. Frank W. H. Aaron, her son Charles Francis Aaron and her sister, Mrs. Patrick O. Hundley of this city, are descendants of Richard and Elizabeth through another branch. Jeremiah Burns Murphy was the father of Mr. Murphy and was born in North Carolina on March 3, 1805; in 1833 his family moved to Weakley county, near the city of Dresden, in Western Tennessee, where on the 15th day of January, 1836, the subject of this sketch was born. In the early forties the family moved to Illinois, where they resided a short time, returning to their old home in Tennessee. In March, 1846, his father being dead, Mr. Murphy's mother packed the household goods and with her entire family, consisting of sons, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren, started with ox teams for California, a country of which very little was then known. The family numbered thirteen, and formed part of the ill-fated Donner party of which so much has been written, and whose hardships and privations are now embodied in the history of this State. They crossed the Ohio river near Paducah, passing up through Illinois, crossing the Mississippi at St. Louis. From there they traveled to Independence, Mo., at which point they took up their journey to Fort Kearney; thence to Fort Laramie; thence to Fort Bridger, and thence south of Salt Lake through the desert, striking the old emigrant trail on the Humboldt, a short distance above its sink. Following the old emigrant trail, they arrived at the foot of Donner lake the latter part of October, 1846. - The story of the terrible trip across the Colorado desert, the loss of the cattle belonging to the company, the awful fall of snow and the frightful privations endured by the party at Donner lake, are matters of history. - Mr. Murphy's mother and five other members of the family were lost in this historical disaster. Starved, frostbitten and naked, the subject of this sketch, who was then but a boy of 10, walked over the deep snow to Mule Spring, fifteen miles from Johnson's Ranch on Bear river, where the first relief was obtained. From here Mr. Murphy rode on horseback, being utterly unable to use his frozen feet, to Johnson's Ranch, which was situated just above the present town of Wheatland. This was in February, 1847. The following summer he came to Marysville, which was then called Cordua's Ranch, and consisted of an adobe house at the foot of what is now D street. His mission was to bring a measure of wheat, (two bushels and a peck) to gauge the wheat measure at this place. During the summer of that year in company with his brother-in-law, Michael C. Nye, a member of the John Bidwell Company and a pioneer of 1841, he went to Linda township, where they built an adobe residence about three miles southeasterly from Marysville. Here he lived until the discovery of gold in 1848; he then moved back to Cordua's Ranch (Marysville). At this time there were but few white men in this section of California. There was a small settlement on Bear river, known as Johnson's Ranch; old Nicolaus. Allgeier lived at what is now known as Nicolaus in Sutter county; "Harry," a Kanaka, kept Hock Farm for General Sutter, Charles Roether and Moyette lived near the Honcut; Sam Neal at Butte Creek; Farwell on Chico creek, near its junction with the Feather river, and General Bidwell at Chico. - There were a number of Indian rancherias here and there; one was located at what is now the foot of A street in this city; one where the Grangers' warehouses formerly stood in Yuba City, and one of considerable size at Hock Farm. Although at this time only thirteen years of age Mr. Murphy had picked up the Spanish and Indian languages sufficiently well to speak them fluently. This knowledge enabled him to act as interpreter during the years 1848 and 1849 along the Yuba and at Bidwell's and Foster's Bars, which were large and important settlements after the discovery of gold. In the summer of 1849 Mr. Murphy, with his younger brother, Simon P., was taken by the Nyes to Benicia to attend school. They traveled overland. The Nyes left the two boys at school at Benicia and proceeded south. - Just two weeks afterward the school closed, and the two young hopefuls, with true American independence, collected their few belongings and started out to find their relatives. They paid a man $1 to ferry them across Carquinez straits, and then footed it with packs on their backs across the country to San Jose, where, after two days of inquiry, they found their friends. - In December, 1849, Mr. Murphy, in company with Michael C. Nye and his wife and daughter, went from San Jose to San Francisco, where the party took passage in the old steamer Panama for the Isthmus, which was crossed on muleback to Cruces; at Cruces they took canoes down the Chagres river to the town of the same name. They met General Sutter's wife and daughters at Gargona on their way to California in charge of an escort who had been sent after them to Europe. They were anxious to hear the truth about the discovery of gold in California. Mr. Murphy being well acquainted with the General and his wife, and being still a boy, they placed more reliance in what he told them than they did in the stories of older people. - The party proceeded on their journey to New Orleans, which they reached on January 1, 1850. From New Orleans, Mr. Murphy went to his old home in West Tennessee, and while there his friends proposed sending him to the State University at Columbia, Mo., but having had no previous education to speak of he could not enter. However, Jesse Boulton (the grandfather of Arthur H. Boulton of this city), an old acquaintance and friend of Mr. Murphy's people, fortunately arrived at the same time to teach the district school at that place. He took him into his family to live with him and prepared him for college. Mr. Murphy afterward entered the State University of Missouri for the session of 1852-53; but some friends having returned from California at this time to buy cattle to drive back, he threw up his studies and joined them, traveling about the country until a large herd had been procured. - Once again he began the long and tedious journey across the continent to Marysville. This time the trip was not beset by as many difficulties as were encountered during the memorable journey of 1846; but, nevertheless, traveling to California in 1854, particularly with a large band of cattle, was a most arduous undertaking. - After arriving in Marysville, Mr. Murphy went to Butte county, where he herded cattle for a year or more. Returning to Marysville, he engaged in farming and friut [sic] growing with one of his brothers-in-law, Charles Covillaud, a pioneer of 1846. - In the summer time, he teamed to the mines. Often he and Edward Mathews, now of Marysville township, who teamed at the same time for Gabriel N. Swezy, slept together under the same tree. Mr. Mathews, who is now an old man of 80, in speaking of Mr. Murphy, said recently: "William was a good boy. He did not smoke or drink, or swear. In fact, he had no bad habits. But we used to have good times together all the same." - At this time Mr. Murphy was pursuing his studies until late in the evenings. In the winter of 1857 he bought a half interest in a livery stable which stood where is now the Peri block on D street, in this city. He sold it the following summer to James B. McDonald, the pioneer brick mason. - Being determined to complete his education he again visited his old home in Tennessee, entered the University of Missouri soon after and was graduated from the Agricultural Department in 1860 and as a bachelor of science in 1861. - The Civil War was raging in Missouri at this time, and during his examinations for final honors the young man could hear the thunder of cannon at the battle of Booneville only a few miles away. - From college Mr. Murphy returned to West Tennessee in order to attend to some business matters there. He intended to enter the Lebanon Law School in Tennessee, but was prevented by the war. While at his old home Mr. Murphy's name was entered upon the list of citizens available for military duty and subject to draft. In the drawing his card contained the word "Stay;" so, fortunately, he did not have to enter the army and fight against his friends and relatives. Being of a religious turn of mind, he now became an Evangelist of the Christian Church and traveled about holding meetings and expounding the Gospel. But the then young man was not destined to be a preacher. - In his old home there was a fair young girl who loved him. She chose for him the law, and so in deference to her wishes he concluded to become a lawyer. In fact, he had been studying law for some time. - On December 3, 1861, William Green Murphy and Damaris Kathleen Cochran became husband and wife. By a strange coincidence, on the very same day that Mr. Murphy gained his wife, by far the greatest treasure he ever had in life, he lost all his possessions in California by the most disastrous flood that ever visited Marysville. But of this he knew nothing at the time and thus fortune favored him still. - Dresden was within the rebel lines, and how to get back to California was the all-absorbing question. It was solved in this way: Mr. Murphy purchased a horse and buggy, taking his wife to ride quite frequently. Very little attention was paid to him by the soldiers. On one occasion he managed to reach Paducah, Ky., then in the hands of the Union troops. Once beyond the Confederate lines he sold his turnout, and procured a pass from General C. F. Smith, the Union officer in command, which enabled him and his bride to reach New York city. This pass and another pass signed by the Confederate General Polk, are at this time in the possession of his family. The oath of allegiance which Mr. Murphy was obliged to take at Paducah is indorsed upon the back of his pass, bearing date January 16, 1862, and is worded in the strongest possible language. - From New York to Panama and from Panama to San Francisco Mr. Murphy and his bride had a journey filled with romance and happiness. They, no doubt, looked back upon the terrible scenes of the war raging in their native State and forward to their future home in far away California with mingled emotions. But loving friends welcomed them to Marysville. A few days after his arrival in Marysville, which was on the 27th day of February, 1862, Mr. Murphy entered the law office of Mitchell & Swezy. - The minutes of the District Court, in and for the County of Yuba, State of California, show that on February 2, 1863, upon motion of Henry K. Mitchell and after due examination by Charles E. De Long and Charles E. Filkins as to his qualifications, William G. Murphy was duly admitted to the practice of the law. A few months later Mr. Murphy moved to Virginia City, in the Territory of Nevada, where he practiced law for three and a half years successfully. He was one of the leading attorneys in the case of Millikin vs. Sloat, the most important case that up to that time had arisen in Nevada. Although defeated in the lower court, Mr. Murphy gained his case on appeal. The decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Milliken vs. Sloat annulled the "specific contract act" (which made all debts payable in United States gold coin) and allowed all obligations to be paid thereafter in "greenbacks," which were then worth about thirty cents on the dollar. Consternation followed this decision and wide-spread disaster resulted in the business world, leaving a trail of ruin everywhere throughout Nevada. All over Virginia City were signs which bore the words "For Sale," "To Let," "Selling out and below cost." - Returning to Marysville Mr. Murphy opened a law office here in 1866 and ever since has been in regular practice in this city. In 1869 he was elected District Attorney of Yuba county, serving one term of two years. He was also City Attorney of Marysville from 1876 to 1882 during the time when our great levee system was beginning to assume its present permanency, which necessitated a great deal of work on the part of the city's legal adviser. At this time he compiled most of the present city ordinances. - In 1870 Mr. Murphy edited the Democratic Standard, a daily newspaper published in Marysville, a position which he filled with ability, at the same time carrying on his extensive practice of the law. He has been Court Commissioner of the Court of Record for this country continuously for more than twenty-seven years. - As a lawyer Mr. Murphy was eminently successful. During a long period of time his income from the practice of law was over $10,000 a year; and recently, although confined to his room by wasting illness and suffering great pain, he continued to attend to his legal business almost to the last. - Mr. Murphy was a Democrat, and as a stump speaker for that political party won renown and applause wherever he went. As an orator he was voluminous, argumentative and clear. When the Prohibition party was organized in 1884 he became one of its most ardent supporters, and down to the day of his death remained a stanch and loyal temperance advocate. In 1886 he was the regular nominee of the People's and Prohibition parties for Supreme Judge of the State of California. He received a large complimentary vote. In 1894, as the People's party candidate for District Attorney of Yuba county, he polled as many votes in Marysville as both of old parties combined and had he gone over the county canvassing, as other candidates do, he would have been elected without doubt. Had Mr. Murphy remained with the Democratic party he might have held a high State office; but he preferred to be in the minority rather than yield up his ideas of right. He was always an uncompromising, thorough-going, outspoken adherent of what he deemed to be the truth, whether other people agreed with him or not. - He was the founder of the Christian Church in this city and to its welfare he has devoted his best energies. - In May, 1869, Mr. Murphy made a memorable address before the California Pioneers, who had assembled at Sacramento to celebrate the driving of the last spike of the iron road which was to link California with the East. Although Governor Haight and many noted orators were present and delivered addresses Mr. Murphy's speech was praised beyond all others. Those who heard it say that it was an effort in which he held his audience spellbound by his eloquence and pathos. An example of Mr. Murphy's oratorical powers is still fresh in the memories of the people of Marysville, who heard his address at the McKinley memorial services a few years ago in Cortez Square. - Only two of his relatives who suffered with him at Donner lake survive, his aged sister, Mrs. Sarah A. C. Foster of San Francisco, and his niece, Mrs. John S. Schenck of the Dalles, Or., who was formerly Naomi L. Nye. - Mr. Murphy's good wife preceded him to the grave and now lies buried in the family plot in the Yuba City Cemetery. He left seven children, four of whom are married, and three grandchildren. His three daughters are Kate Nye Mason, Tallulah T. Murphy and Harriet Murphy of this city. His four sons are William G. Jr. of San Francisco, Charles S., Ernest H. and Leander B. Murphy of Marysville. The other relatives in this city are Charles J. Covillaud and Mrs. Mary E. Waldron, nephew and niece, and May Waldron, grandniece of the deceased. - Mr. Murphy was a man of striking appearance, standing over six feet high. He was an accomplished athlete and understood horsemanship thoroughly. He was fond of all kinds of sport and greatly loved to go forth on camping expeditions with his family. He was exceedingly fond of children, and it is a noteworthy fact that in a private drawer in his office are pictures of all the members thereof when they were little more than babies. No other portraits are there. Not a great many years ago it was not an uncommon sight on the streets of Marysville to see our old friend driving his four-horse stage couch filled with a score or more of happy children whooping and yelling with all their might. The driver could make as much noise as any of the children. This familiar sight meant that on the following day Mr. Murphy was going upon a camping expedition with his family to Humbug Valley, to Yosemite, to the wilds of Mendocino county or to the Coast.
Marysville Daily Appeal - 2/4/1904, p4 - Died: In this city, February 3, 1904, William G. Murphy, a native of Weakley county, Tennessee, aged 68 years and 19 days. - The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from his late residence on Fifth street, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Interment, Yuba City Cemetery.
[same issue & page] - IOOF - Funeral Notice - Officers and members of Marysville Encampment, No. 6 - You are hereby notified to meet at your hall on Friday, February 5, 1904, at 1 P.M., for the purpose of attending the funeral of our deceased patriarch, William G. Murphy, P.C.P. All visiting patriarchs are requested to be present. W. B. Green, C. P. J. A. Maben, Scribe
Marysville Appeal - 2/5/1904 - Bar Association Meets - Take Fitting Action in Connection With Death of Late Brother - A meeting of the members of the bar of Yuba county called by Judge McDaniel convened in the Superior Court room at 10:30 yesterday morning to take suitable action in connection with the death of the late William G. Murphy, who was father of the Yuba county bar, having been admitted to the practice of the law in the old District Court on February 2, 1863. - The following members were present: W. H. Carlin, Richard Belcher, District Attorney M. T. Brittan, Waldo S. Johnson, E. B. Stanwood, J. E. Ebert, E. A. Forbes and W. Dinsmore. - Judge McDaniel in addressing those assembled remarked that he thought it would be proper on this occasion to consider as to the fitting thing to do regarding the death of their brother, William G. Murphy. He suggested that they should hold a meeting on some near date to give proper expression to their feelings of deep regret. - Richard Belcher moved that the members of the bar attend the funeral in a body, and that the Court appoint a committee of seven members to draft resolutions and take such other action as they might deem fitting. - The following committee was appointed by the Court to draft proper resolutions: Richard Belcher, chairman, W. H. Carlin, E. A. Forbes, E. B. Stanwood, M. T. Brittan, Waldo S. Johnson and W. Dinsmore, who were instructed to report next Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. - On motion of W. H. Carlin, seconded by Waldo S. Johnson, it was agreed that the members of the bar attend the funeral this afternoon in a body, and Richard Belcher was appointed a committee of one to take charge and make all the necessary arrangements on behalf of the association. - The meeting then adjourned until next Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Marysville Daily Appeal - Sat. February 6, 1904, p1 - Last Sad Rites For The Late William G. Murphy - Relatives and Old Friends Come As One to Pay Final Mark of Respect to His Memory - Rev. Bohannon's Tribute to the Pioneers - The many friends of the late William G. Murphy gathered at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock to pay the last tokens of respect to his memory. The services were conducted by Oriental Lodge, No. 45, and Marysville Encampment, No. 6, I.O.O.F., while representatives of the legal fraternity, the Marysville Pioneers, Labor Association, Ancient Order of Workmen and the Mayor and Common Council of Marysville were all present to show their respect to the memory of their late friend. The casket had been covered with smilax and drooping grasses, and many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence. One bouquet of pink and one of white carnations and an exquisite wreath of fragrant blossoms rested upon the casket, the others being placed near by. The beautiful services of the Odd Fellows were read by Charles J. Becker, noble grand, while Rev. Gerald L. Bohannon acted as chaplain of the order, and F. H. Day as marshal. During the services Mrs. G. H. Baird tenderly sang the three consoling hymns, "Lead Kindly Light," "Some Sweet Day" and "Asleep in Jesus," Mrs. F. W. Johnson playing the piano accompaniment. - At the conclusion of the services by the Odd Fellows the following address was made by Rev. Gerald L. Bohannon, pastor of the Christian Church of this city:
"We have gathered here, dear friends, to
pay our last mark of respect and final tribute to our departed friend. The
sterling pioneer who helped to build the city of Marysville has passed to the
world beyond. The life of Mr. Murphy from his early boyhood had been identified
with the history of Marysville and California. His biography is one replete with
interesting facts that have been published in the papers of this city, and a
repetition now would not be news to you. William Green Murphy was born in
Weakley county, West Tennessee, in 1836, and at the time of his death was 68
years of age. In 1846 he crossed the plains with that ill-fated, historic,
'Donner party.' The deceased was a devout member of the Christian Church, and
was the founder of that edifice in this city. He leaves seven children, a
nephew, C. J. Covillaud, and niece, Mrs. Mary E. Waldron, to mourn his demise.
"The California pioneers are fast yielding to the demands of remorseless time, which is steadily and surely cutting them down in its silent course. Nearly all of those heroic men have joined the silent majority. Soon the pioneers will only be counted as a memory. The decree of fate must have their sway, but memory rises above their graves. To the few that now remain, who have lived in the past and accomplished so much, we owe devotion and honor. While the pioneer may soon become only a memory this does not mean oblivion. The great monument of his achievements rests in the Golden West, with her vast commerce and wealth, her great cities and fabulous resources. Those only are truly great who have contributed something to mankind, and the California pioneer has met that obligation to his fellow men. That which is great or lovely never dies, but passes into other greatness, into other loveliness.
"Death has dealt sternly with the founders and builders of our golden State during the past two years. As the shades of the forest and fields have changed, and as the sere leaves have fallen, the spirits of many of the men who helped to make the history of the West, who were instrumental in forming the laws of the State, in developing its natural resources and extending its trade, whose efforts were directed toward elevating the social plane of the young common-wealth, have flown.
"Among the stalwarts of California's pioneers who have recently departed were such as the late Louis Sloss, Thomas Magee, Levi Strauss, General W. H. L. Barns, Isaiah W. Lees, Charles L. Fair, Colonel George H. Mendell, George W. Prescott, J. W. Mackay, Hiram T. Graves, Louis Gerstle, Dr. Levi Lane, Captain Oliver Eldridge, Henry L. Dodge, Edgar Briggs, John Taylor, Andrew B. Forbs and scores of others.
'He is passing down the valley and he soon will cross the
From the golden land he wrought us in the days of '49.'
"On his head the frost is gathering; and his foot that once was light
On the scorched and heavy desert or the craggy mountain height
Slower moves and yet more slowly down the widening path of time
And his dull ears hear the echo of life's evening vesper chime;
He is passing down the valley and he soon will cross the line-
From the golden land he wrought us in the days of '49.
"There's a dimness o'er his vision. His was once the eagle's glance,
Piercing thro' the misty valley like the singing of a lance;
Now the form that crossed the mountain with a lithe and eager bound
Like a dying, falling cedar, stoops toward the waiting ground;
He is waiting in the valley underneath the golden dome; -
He is waiting for the summons that shall come to call him home.
"In the vale the orange blossom twinkles white amid the green,
And the apples of Hesperides shine with a golden sheen;
Oh, the paradise he molded when upon the living stage,
With his humble pick and shovel, he worked out our heritage!
Just an old and broken miner; but his work is all divine
And we place the wreath of laurel o'er the Man of '49.
"What shall be the theme of poets when the world has found its best
In the wondrous hills and valleys of the broad and mighty West? -
When within the peaceful harbor-throngs the shipping of the world,
With the flags of all the nations o'er the gathering unfurled?
Who shall fall to give the glory to the men of iron wills
Who broke out the fettered slope and tamed the wild and sullen hills?
"He is passing down the valley; but his name is with us yet;
And his dauntless heart and handiwork we never shall forget;
On the smiling poppy mesa and the canyon wild and dark
With his rusty pick and shovel he has left his lasting mark;
He is passing down the valley and he soon will cross the line;
But he leaves a lasting monument - the Man of '49.
"The memory of California's great orators, statesmen, writers, editors and lawyers, will always find a place in the hearts of future generations, such names as Fremont, Sutter, Stockton, Sloat, Riley, Kearny, Carson, Edwards, Stanford, Huntington, Winans, McClatchey, Caffroth, McKune, Catlin, McKinstry, Bidwell, Burnett, Wallace, Kewen, Sherman, Bigler and others will remain forever as potent factors in the founding of this State, in shaping its rules of action and its future.
"To this list God has seen fit to add the name of our beloved friend and brother, William Green Murphy - one of our earliest pioneers, having been one of the surviving members of the ill-fated Donner party, the advent of which into California being a most notable event. No other journey so authentically records the trials, the fortitude and the sufferings of our pioneer fathers and mothers, or typifies more clearly the sterling manhood and womanhood, the sublime virtue, the brotherly love and the self-sacrificing spirit of those who blazed the way to the Great West, and here upon the confines of our Nation laid strong and deep the foundations of our American commonwealth.
"The enthusiasm of our pioneers had nothing of the dream or vision, but was a living, lasting reality. No suffering, no fatigue, no danger, retarded those heroic men and women as they braved the furious storms of the cape, and the arid plains, the wild forests, the pathless mountains.
"To them California was not only the land of promise, but the land of realized hopes. Her forests were more ancient than those of Lebanon. Her mountains, canyons, hills and valleys were teeming with gold, and soon to become the land of the olive, the vine, fig tree and orange. Her lap was overflowing with gold and her valleys with nature's offerings.
"After all the trials and hardships in reaching the land of gold, the pioneer's life was rough and hazardous; men only of nerve and fortitude could exist. It was of such material the California pioneers were made, and of such was our brother, William, [unreadable] lies cold in this casket before us. A man of valor and of courage, kind, careful and thorough, holding to the last the love and confidence of an innumerable company whom he has left, together with his family and relatives, to mourn his passing.
"Grandeur sleeps along the hillsides - beauty in each
And the stirring trees chant vespers to the evening gale
Far beyond the cities' tumult, and thronging passers tread,
Stands the beautiful cemetery - city of the dead.
"Statesmen with their tasks unended, poets with rare songs unsung,
God's true nobles yet loyal honored brows, from many a clime
Gently rest where gates of silence shut them out from time.
"They have left the sunny vineyard, and the classic palm trees shade;
Turned them from the green Savannah, and the healthy glade,
Looked their last on Alpine's glaciers, or the dreary northern snows,
And the Orient's bowers enchanting; there to find repose.
"They have braved unnumbered dangers, tempests of the roaring main,
Perils of the mountain passes, languors of the plain;
All the treacherous miasma, and the tropic's fervid breath,
Amid nature's peaceful beauty, thus to learn of death.
"Walls of unavailing anguish, from all climes beneath the sun,
Have gushed forth for these mute dwellers, though their griefs are done,
Cheeks have blanched with secret sorrow, silvered heads have bowed with care,
Childish mirth been hushed in weeping, for the sleepers there.
"Winter, as in soft compassion, for the strangers none may weep,
Leaves his snows, to scatter roses, where they lie asleep;
Spring and summer light the valleys with a wilderness of bloom,
Every season weaves in passing, garlands for the tomb.
"When the morning's ruddy luster breaks along the eastern hills,
O'er their graves like tears of amber, the righ light distils,
Hour by hour in dreamy splendor, the clear heaven above them lies,
With the mellow depth and beauty, of Italian skies.
"Murmurs of the blue Pacific, which the wandering winds have caught,
With a sadder sound than silence, overlean the spot,
And when twilight's lucent splendors, flush and pale along the west,
Pilgrims by the gates of glory seem they, taking rest."
Following the services at the house the funeral cortege moved to the cemetery in Yuba City, and after brief exercises by the Odd Fellows, the interment took place in the family lot.
The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: Judge E. P. McDaniel, Judge K. S. Mahon, J. A. Maben, John Learmont, A. H. Boulton and Justus Greely.
Marysville Appeal - 7/9/1904 - Resolutions of Respect - Capable, Honest, Kindly - The Bar Association of Yuba County Honors a Departed Member Thereof - High Estimation in Which The Late William G. Murphy Was Held by His Fellow Lawyers - A meeting of the Bar of Yuba county convened pursuant to call at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon to adopt resolutions concerning the death of William Green Murphy. The following members were present: W. H. Carlin, Richard Belcher, Waldo S. Johnson, E. T. Manwell, A. H. Redington, J. E. Ebert, E. B. Stanwood and W. Dinsmore; Judge E. P. McDaniel presided. - When the meeting was called to order Richard Belcher, the chairman of the committee appointed by the Court at the meeting held last Friday, submitted the following report: - "Whereas, Death has called from the Bar of Yuba county its pioneer member, William Green Murphy, its only member who could say that he grew up with the laws of the State; one whose experiences carried him as a child of 12 years through difficulties in immigrating that have inseperably linked his name with the early history of the State, and as a youth through the exciting times of the discovery of gold; one whose family was so closely connected with the founding of this city that from his sister its name was taken; one whose life is interwoven with its life and growth; a man who was a good citizen, an ever kind and indulgent husband and father; and a lawyer in whose death this bar loses perhaps its most striking figure, surely a kindly spirit, a keen wit and a brilliant mind; therefore be it - "Resolved, by this bar, That in the death of William Green Murphy, there has been taken from our midst not only an historical figure, but one who as a citizen and a man will ever be remembered with feelings of kindness by the people among whom he moved; a good lawyer, always aiming to be courteous in his relations and dealings with his fellow practitioners, bright and acute in intellect, and apt and witty in expression, often to the extent of genius; to know and meet him in contest or controversy, even though as an adversary, was but to like him, and he has left behind him in the hearts of his fellow members a recollection and remembrance containing naught but love for his character. In the wide and extensive practice which for many years he enjoyed and honored in this community, he has made a record for ability and learning. - Respectfully submitted, Richard Belcher, Chairman. Waldo S. Johnson, E. B. Stanwood, M. T. Brittan, W. H. Carlin, E. A. Forbes, W. Dinsmore, Committee. - He moved the adoption of the resolutions, that they be inserted on the minutes of the Court, and an engrossed copy be sent to the family, and that when they adjourn it should be out of respect to the memory of William Green Murphy. - W. H. Carlin seconded the motion. He stated that as one of the members of the Bar of Yuba county he desired to say a few words out of respect of the memory of William G. Murphy. When he came to Marysville in 1890 Mr. Murphy was enjoying a large practice; he had at that time the largest circle of clients of any member of the bar, although the Court's predecessor on the bench (E. A. Davis) had probably the most lucrative practice. It had been his privilege to try cases against Mr. Murphy and at such times he had always realized that he had a bright man to contend with from whom witty expressions exuded in such manner that while they might burn they left no scar. His wit was genuine, and his geniality made it difficult to tear oneself away from him. When he had viewed his face for the last time in the casket it looked as though he had but passed into a peaceful slumber. From a bare-footed boy at Donner lake Mr. Murphy had become the leader of the bar of Yuba county. He believed that his life as a lawyer, as a citizen, as a member of the bar was a success, and expressed the belief that it would be a long day before the void created by his passing would be filled. He would always remember him as a genial, bright and witty man, a courteous gentleman and one who had never conceived a feeling of ill will toward any citizen. - Waldo S. Johnson remarked that he could only speak for the younger members of the bar. The recollection he should cherish of Mr. Murphy was that of a courtroom man, who had given him many valuable suggestions. He had never deplored the fact that younger men were joining the profession who must needs secure some of the practice of the locality. He had never heard his integrity questioned, and he left behind a reputation as unblemished and a character as clean as any member of the bar might be proud to possess. - A. H. Redington stated that Mr. Murphy had always been kind, considerate and courteous to him, and had on various occasions rendered him assistance that was appreciated. He regretted that he was absent from Marysville when he died and was not able to attend the funeral with the other members of the bar. - Richard Belcher stated that very member of the bar, old or young, met with courtesy from the deceased. Had never heard his integrity questioned. His kindly spirit, his love for his fellow man would be always remembered. No man could die leaving a better heritage. - J. E. Ebert, E. T. Manwell and E. B. Stanwood each spoke of his courtesy and kindness to the members of the bar. - Judge E. P. McDaniel stated that he thought that he had perhaps known the deceased longer than any member of the bar, as he was born in this city, and was the son of a pioneer. The Bar of Yuba county in early days was composed of some of the greatest lawyers in the State, and Mr. Murphy practiced with many of them. To that bar belonged Judge Stephen J. Field, Isaac and W. C. Belcher, Jesse O. Goodwin, General Rowe, G. N. Swezy, Charles E. Filkins, James G. Eastman, E. A. Davis, J. H. Craddock and many others. Among the men with whom Mr. Murphy practiced law were many bright intellects, and he was considered one of them. He was a man of force, ability and aggressiveness. It was not, however, as a successful lawyer that he preferred to remember their departed friend. He was a good m an, whose life was an open book, and who said what he believed. He never did a dishonorable act and was without a peer in indulging in repartee. Had never heard him say an unkind word of an absent person. He loved children, and knew the names of the boys of all the old families. He did not think that he ever intended in word, thought or deed to do wrong, he lived according to the high code of morality he followed. He had many generous traits and his kindness to all the members of the bar should not be forgotten. He should always cherish his memory in loving remembrance. - He then ordered the Court to stand adjourned out of respect to the memory of William Green Murphy.
Marysville Appeal - 2/16/1904 - In Memoriam - At a meeting of the City Council of Marysville, held February 15, 1904, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted: - "Whereas, It has pleased the allwise Ruler of the Universe to call from a useful life and an honorable career our late friend, William Green Murphy, a former official of this city; and, - "Whereas, By his removal from our midst, we keenly feel the loss of a good and worthy citizen, of a man of learning and intellect, and of an historical figure whose name and fame have figured intimately and closely with the growth and life of the city of Marysville even from its birth; therefore, be it - "Resolved, by this Common Council That in the death of Mr. Murphy the city of Marysville loses an upright, worthy citizen, and its inhabitants a kindly friend and generous neighbor, one who will always live in the hearts of those who knew him as genial, kind, cheerful in disposition, generous to a fault, ever willing to lend the hand of assistance to his neighbor in adversity, and without an enemy in the land he has made his home now for more than fifty years; - "Resolved, That we hereby tender to his sons and daughters, our sympathy and condolence in this hour of affliction; - "Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this Common Council, and that a page of the record be devoted to the same; and further, - "Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of our deceased friend and fellow citizen."
At a meeting of the Marysville Labor Association, February 25, 1904, the following resolutions were passed: - "Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom, to removed from our midst our beloved friend, the Hon. William G. Murphy; - "Resolved, That we recognize the divine will of him who doeth all things well, and humbly bow in submission to His summons; that in his death we have lost a most worthy member, one who, as a man was upright and conscientious in all his dealings, as a father dutiful and exemplary, and as a friend steadfast and true; that while we deeply sympathize with those who were bound to him by the nearest and dearest ties we share with them the hope of a reunion in that better world where there are no partings; - "Resolved, That this, the Marysville Labor Association, tender their warmest sympathy and sincere condolence to the bereaved family of our deceased member, and may heavenly balm be poured upon their hearts in this, the hour of their sad affliction, knowing too well that their loss is even greater than ours, the removal of a true and faithful father, whose duty to his own was undeviating, followed with all the truest favor that can emanate from a loving heart; - "Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to his family as a mark of our respect and that a copy be inscribed on the minutes of this association. - J. H. Shaffer, J. P. Arnoldy, J. A. Bilhartz, Committee.
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