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Daily Appeal - Sun 4/30/1876, p2 - Died:  At West Jefferson, Madison county, Ohio, March 26th, Mrs. Elizabeth Oakley, aged 95 years, 7 months and 11 days.  Mrs. Oakley was the mother of A. W. Oakley, Mrs. Phoebe Armstead and Mrs. Charles Mansfield of Wheatland.


Daily Appeal - 9/12/1901, p4 - Coroner's Jury Sits:  Render a Verdict in Accordance With Testimony Given by Dr. S. B. Swift - Coroner A. B. Hopkins held an inquest last evening to ascertain the cause leading to the death of August Obarg.  The following jury were sworn:  O. F. Leborveau, J. B. Moody, J. P. Helweger, F. Gould, J. Mulnix, and Charles Greub. - Dr. S. B. Swift who made the autopsy, testified that the immediate cause of death was syncope, due to fatty degeneration of the heart.   There was a strangulated inguinal hernia which acted as a primary cause by reason of persistent vomiting. - Testimony was given to show that the deceased had been sick about a week. - The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the Doctor's testimony.


The Daily Democrat - Sat 10/10/1896, p4 - The Tomb - In this city, October 10, 1896, Franz Obermeyer, a native of Austria, aged 70 years. - Funeral services will be conducted at the Salvation Army barracks on Second street to-morrow afternoon commencing at 3 o'clock.  Interment City cemetery.

Marysville Daily Appeal - Sun 10/11/1896, p1 - A Salvationists Death - Peaceful Passing of an Honest Shoemaker - Franz Obermeyer died at his room on Third street at 11 o'clock yesterday morning.  The deceased was a shoemaker and recently had charge of William Manch's shop while he was at the Springs. - The deceased was an earnest worker in the ranks of the local corps of the Salvation Army and was honest in all his business transactions.  He was a widower and has a daughter, a resident of Chico.  He was a native of Australia.  He ranked as a sergeant in the Salvation Army. - Services will be conducted at barracks on Second street this afternoon at 3 o'clock.

The Daily Democrat - Mon 10/12/1896, p1 - Funeral of F. Obermeyer - Laid to Rest Under The Auspices of The Salvation Army - That was a plain, yet affecting, funeral service conducted over the remains of the late Franz Obermeyer at the barracks of the Salvation Army yesterday afternoon.  In lieu of a regularly ordained minister the Captain of the corps officiated, directing with simple grace the prayer and song service appropriate to the occasion.  There was no display of rich vestments, no leather-bound nor gilded book from which to read the psalms and hymns; no organ loft for the choristers, nor upholstered pulpit for the one who exhorted the large assemblage to give heed to the lesson to be learned from Sergeant Obermeyer's life history, that they might profit thereby. - Yet there was that sincerity about the ceremony that left a lasting impression. - About the bier of their departed comrade the male and female members of the corps, each wearing a wide band of white on their arm-the army's symbol of mourning-testified to the good qualities of deceased.  Some had known him before his conversion.  These held up for contrast the days in which he had served the devil and the moments in which he was a worker in the field of the Lord. - During the services the American flag and the blood and fire flag of the army rested upon the coffin, with some pretty floral pieces, the offerings of deceased's friends. - The army followed the hearse in the journey to the City cemetery, carrying their flags and singing hymns.  At the grave the same plain, but moving, ceremonies were entered into. - The following members acted as pall-bearers:  William Hixson, George McCoy, J. S. Moore and A. Trevillyan.

Marysville Daily Appeal - Tue 10/13/1896, p1 - A Salvation Funeral - The funeral of Franz Obermeyer took place on Sunday afternoon, services being held in the Salvation Army Barracks, where the captain of the local corps officiated.  The services were very interesting to the large audience.  The interment took place in the city cemetery where the last prayer was said.  The following acted as pallbearers:  William Hikson, George McCoy, J. S. Moore and A. Triellyan.


Marysville Daily Appeal - 7/17/1897, p1 - A Prominent Merchant Dead - San Francisco, July 16. - Information reached this city this morning of the sudden death of J. J. O'Brien, at Highland Springs, where he was enjoying a brief vacation with his wife and family.  At the time of his death Mr. O'Brien was out hunting with a party of friends and it is supposed that the exertion proved too much for him, as he was found sitting under a tree in an attitude of repose some hours after he was missed.  He was 53 years of age and a native of Tipperary, Ireland.


Mountain Messenger – 9/04/1915 – Died – In Smartville (Smartsville), Cal., August 29th, 1915 James O’Brien, a native of County Cork, Ireland, aged 85 years.  (B. S.)


Marysville Appeal - 10/27/1918, p8 - John O'Brien, a native of Illinois, aged 36 years, died in the Yuba Co. hospital yesterday.  The remains are at the undertaking parlors of Kelly Bros.


Marysville Democrat - 4/19/1920, p1 - Death Claims Wm. F. O'Brien After Lingering Illness - Death Sunday claimed William F. O'Brien, well known young man of this city and son of W. S. and Mary O'Brien, following a lingering illness of more than a year's duration.  He was born in Marysville on August 28, 1893, being about 28 years of age and made his home in Marysville and Yuba City practically all of his life with the exception of a few years spent in Sacramento.  He was educated in the public schools and attended the University of Santa Clara one year.  He was a member of Court Pride No. 24, Foresters of America. - The funeral services will be held from his late home, 629 Fourth street at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and entombment will be made in the mausoleum in Yuba City cemetery by Kelly Brothers.  Both services and interment will be private.  He was a member of Company B, Sixty-third infantry during the war. - Deceased was taken ill about a year ago while visiting his grandfather at Alturas, Modoc county, and was confined to his bed there for some time suffering from a severe cold.  When he was able to be up he returned home here.  Last Fall he was taken to Arizona in the hope that the climatic conditions there would benefit his health but to no avail and his condition gradually became worse, and he was returned to his home here. -  "Bill" O'Brien as he was familiarly known among his legion of friends here, was a young man of sterling qualities.  He was a true friend.  His devotion to those he loved would make a bright chapter in any life.  Of a genial and kind disposition he was always ready to help a friend in need.  While he has gone from the sorrows and pleasures of life he will still live in the hearts of those who knew him best.  It is sad indeed, to see one so young and well equipped for life taken away by death. - To the broken-hearted father and mother, who sit in sorrow, where his footsteps shall never again find echo we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Marysville Appeal - 4/20/1920, p4 - Bill O'Brien Passes Away at Family Home - A host of his friends in Yuba and Sutter County were grieved to learn of the untimely death of William F. O'Brien, widely known young man of this city, who passed away at his home on Fourth St., Sunday, following a lingering illness.  His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. O'Brien, are left to mourn their son's death. - "Bill" O'Brien as he was known to his scores of friends, was well liked in this community and wherever he had occasion to travel.  Practically all of his life was spent in this city, where he attended the local schools.  Later, he became a student at the University of Santa Clara.  "Bill" enlisted when the war broke out, and spent some months with Company B, Sixty-third infantry. - His fatal illness came on while he was visiting relatives in Modoc County.  He was taken to Arizona in the hope that he might regain his health, but returned to California shortly afterward. - Funeral services will be held from the family home this afternoon, and will be strictly private.  Entombment, which will be made in the Yuba City mausoleum, and also will be private, will be made by Kelly Bros.


Marysville Daily Appeal - Tue 10/8/1867, p2 - Died:  In this city, October 7th, Charles O'Conner, aged 84 years, 4 months and 17 days. - The funeral will take place from the residence of his daughter, opposite Gen. Rowe's residence, this afternoon at 2 o'clock.


Sacramento Daily Union - 7/25/1882 - Barney O'Donnell died at Smartsville, Yuba county, yesterday, of injuries received at the fire in that place on the 17th instant.


Sacramento Daily Union - 4/2/1863 - Died:  In Marysville, March 31st, Mary Ellen, daughter of Daniel and Margaret O'Farrell, aged 2 years, 5 months and 21 days.


Weekly Appeal – 2/07/1879 – DIED – In this city, February 2d, Mamie Louisa, only child of Joseph G. and Louisa Ogden, aged 6 years, 2 months and 8 days.  (B.S.)

That little voice, no more I hear,
No laughing child I see,
No little arms around my neck,
No feet upon my knee,

Mourn not, father and mother, dear,
Now I live, the Saviour near;
Through him free from all sin and pain,
Believe ye in him, we will meet again.



Daily Democrat - 2/13/1897, p1 - Aaron Ogle's Watery Grave - There is no longer any doubt about the identity of the man drowned in Yuba river yesterday afternoon.  The raft floated down stream last evening and on it was found Aaron Ogle's coat, in one of the pockets of which was an empty morphine bottle.  Although several attempts were made to-day to locate the remains, no trace of their whereabouts is now at-hand.


Appeal-Democrat – 10/11/1965, p. 14 – OBITUARIES – HENRY P. OGLE – OGLE – Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. today for Henry Paul Ogle, 62, of Olivehurst, who died Thursday in an area hospital. – A native of Missouri, he had lived in this area for the past 29 years and made his home at 4450 Mary Ave., Olivehurst. – He is survived by two sons, Roy of Marysville and Larry of Yakima; a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Shoemaker of Marysville; a stepson, Harold Poston of Los Angeles; and one grandchild. – Burial was in Sierra View Memorial Park.  Arrangements were by Hutchison’s Colonial Chapel.


Daily Appeal - 11/17/1917, p2 - Keefe Funeral - The funeral of the late Edward O'Keefe, took place in San Francisco yesterday morning from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Clara Williams, 1668 Fulton street, thence to St. Agnes' church where a requiem mass was said for the repose of his soul.  Interment was in Holy Cross cemetery. - O'Keefe is a native of Marysville and brother of Mrs. Clara Williams and Mrs. Joe Ray and a cousin of councilman Thomas Matthews, who attended the funeral.


St. Joseph's death records: " July 1879 - Mary O'Keefe died in this city July 5th and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery July 6th 1879.  Aged 44 years.  Born in Ireland - Widow" (Transcribed and submitted by Barbara Mathews - Note:  Mary Ann O'Keefe was the daughter of Redman (not Rodman) Cody and was the widow of Andrew O'Keefe who died in 1877 and is buried in St. Joe's also.  She was the sister of Tom's great grandmother Catherine Cody Mathews.  After their parents death,  Edward and Catherine Cody Mathews raised the two daughters of Andrew and Mary Ann, Katie and Clara O'Keefe.  They are in the 1880 census with this family and are shown as "niece" in each case.  I have more information on this family, and have a photo of Andrew and Mary Ann's son Edward James O'Keefe, daughter Clara O'Keefe, and Clara's daughter Mary "Mayme" Williams.)


Marysville Daily Appeal - Wed 1/31/1900, p2 - Died:  In Wheatland, January 30th, J. A. Oleson, a native of Sweden, aged 37 years. - The funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon.  Interment Wheatland cemetery.


Appeal-Democrat – 04/09/1936, p. 2 – Funeral Service Is Held for A. J. Oliver – Funeral services for the late Asa Jerome Oliver were held at the Jones Funeral home in Yuba City Wednesday afternoon, Rev. E. L. Freeland officiating in the religious rites.  Mrs. Margaret Payton sang to accompaniment of Mrs. Leonard Betty. – Interment was made in the cemetery at Roseville, pall bearers being Robert Hall, Joe Sheridan, F. J. Blackburn, Robert Morrison, L. R. Peason and Frank Butler. – Oiliver, who lived in Yuba City was a member of the Masonic lodge in Pittsburgh, Kansas and of Century Lodge No. 1 of Philadelphia.


Marysville Evening Democrat - 12/22/1894, p1 - A Young Man Suicides - The Drug Which Accomplished the Work Not Determined as Yet. - At an early hour this morning, or some time during last night, a young man named Edward Oliver, aged about 20 years, made a successful attempt at self-destruction in a room built in the loft of the Waters', or old McCoy Stable, on Third street. - Oliver was employed by Waters last summer to wash buggies, and was so engaged up to a few days ago, when he was discharged.  He has been despondent for several months and often hinted to those with whom he worked that he would one day commit suicide.  He has been sleeping at the stable, and this morning at 7 o'clock when his room mate, who sleeps in a separate bed, awoke, he did not notice anything unusual about Oliver.  As he was not working he did not attempt to awake him.  - Half an hour later the attention of Mr. Waters was attracted to the room by repeated groans which seemed to eminate therefrom.  He ordered one of the men to investigate and the man returned with the startling intelligence that the young man was dying.  Oliver was found in a state of collapse, breathing heavily and irregularly, and with scarcely any pulse.  - Dr. Stratton was summoned and he soon pronounced the young man beyond medical aid.  A few injections were made, and the electric battery applied, to no avail. - Oliver died at 2 o'clock to-day. - On October 25th last Oliver purchased laudanum at the Market Drug Store and drank it with suicidal intent.  The next day he confessed to his fellow employe, Edwin Wright, that he had attempted suicide, and gave the name of the drug.  The register at the drug store shows that he complained of ear-ache at the time of making the purchase. - Yesterday he handed a ticket for his laundry to one of the men in the stable and remarked that he would never have any use for the clothes again.  He attended the theatre last evening and on returning invited a friend to take coffee with him at one of the restaurants.  He insisted on paying for the coffee, and remarked that money would be of no use to him hereafter. - A few days ago he visited an aunt, Mrs. Cal Jordan, who lives in the Fourth Ward, and when invited to Christmas dinner replied that he did not think he would be in these parts at that time. - Dr. Stratton is of the opinion that Oliver took the poison, the nature of which has not been determined before retiring last night.  He left no trace of the drug in the room or about the bed.  A search of the stable was made for a bottle or box to-day which might give a clue to the drug, to no end. - An aunt of the suicide, Mrs. M. Deck of Wheatland, has been notified by telephone of his death. - Deceased leaves two brothers and a sister, the latter lives at San Jose and one of the boys is in the north. - Coroner Bevan has taken charge of the remains but deems an inquest unnecessary.

Evening Democrat – 12/24/1894, p. 1 – TOOK THE LAUDANUM ROUTE. – The Bottle Without a Poison Label Found at the Stable. – On Saturday evening Coroner Bevan came into possession of the bottle from which Edward Oliver drank the potion that ended his life.  The dregs of the poison were visible at the bottom of the phial which bore the stamp of G. Hornung, druggist.  At the drug store the Coroner learned that Oliver purchased a two ounce bottle of tincture of opium on Friday saying that he would use it for ear-ache. – A sister of the young man arrived from San Jose Last evening. – The funeral will take place at Wheatland Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.  (Transcribed and submitted by Michelle Moore - Note: Son of William Jasper and Mary E. Jordan Oliver.)

Evening Democrat – 12/24/1894, p. 4 – The Tomb. – OLIVER—In this city, December 22, 1894, Charles Edward Oliver, beloved brother of George Oliver and Mrs. Wm. Flagg and Joseph Oliver, a native of California, aged 21 years, 9 months and 10 days. – The funeral will take place from the Methodist church in Wheatland Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.  Interment Wheatland cemetery. – San Jose papers please copy.


Obituary - Wheatland Free Press 1/9/1875 Page 3 - Died: At Chico, December 28th, Ella Oliver (Formerly of Wheatland), aged 16 years, 1 month and 20 days.  (Transcribed and submitted by Michelle Moore - Note: Daughter of William Jasper and Mary E. Jordan Oliver.)


Appeal-Democrat – 10/06/1950, p. 11 – FRED ISHMEAL OLIVER – OLIVER—Fred Ishmeal Oliver, 37, a native of Kentucky whose residence was at 737 A St., Yuba City, died yesterday in Rideout Memorial hospital.  He had lived in this community for five years and was a bartender. – Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son, Harry Gordon; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Oliver of Marysville. – Oliver was a member of the bartenders’ union and was a veteran of World War II. – Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Lipp & Sullivan chapel, Marysville, and interment will be in Sierra View Memorial park.


Appeal-Democrat – 04/06/1936, p. 1 – DEATH CLAIMS OLIVER – Death claimed J. A. Oliver, 79, Saturday night in a local hospital after a lingering illness.  Hogle, Byrne & Otis are arranging the funeral.

Marysville Star [?] – 04/07/1936, p. 2 – J. A. Oliver Dead – J. A. Oliver, 79, died in a local hospital after a long illness Saturday night.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.


Daily Appeal – 02/08/1895, p. 1 – L. J. Oliver Dead. – Lewis J. Oliver, a native of Ohio, and 54 years of age, died at the County Hospital yesterday morning of dropsy.  The deceased was a blacksmith by trade and worked on the Riley Lane ranch for several years.  He has a brother living near Nevada City. – About two years ago he reported to the police officers that Al Benson, who was riding out of town with him, had jumped into the Yuba river from the D street bridge.  Search was made for the body but no trace of a suicide was found.  It was thought at the time that as he had been drinking, that it was all imagination although he gave a graphic description to the reporters.


Daily Appeal – 12/09/1916, p. 4 – STOCKTON MAN IS FOUND DEAD – Michael A. Oliver, foreman of the Jenkins & Wells Construction Company of Stockton, was found dead in bed in his tent at the construction camp five miles north of this city yesterday morning.  Heart failure is believed to have been the cause of death. – Oliver was 45 years old and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sherman Clark and Mrs. J. Stewart, both of Stockton.  The body is in charge of Kelly Bros.


Appeal-Democrat – 01/09/1948 – World War Veteran Succumbs in Sleep – Oscar Edward Oliver, 50, native of Missouri, died yesterday in his home on route 2, Marysville.  He apparently died from an overdose of sleeping tablets.  Oliver was a veteran of World War I, and was employed by the Army engineers in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.  For many years he was employed in the fishing industry in various parts of Alaska and lately with the Morrison Knudsen Co. at Granite Creek in the Feather river canyon. – He is survived by his wife, Florence and four sisters. – Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hutchison’s Colonial chapel.


Sacramento Daily Union - 11/23/1860 - Died:  In Marysville, Nov. 10th, Mary Julia, only daughter of Jas. P. and R. A. Olmstead, aged 1 year and 1 month.


Appeal Democrat - 2/22/1973, p10 - Obituaries:  Bertha Olsen Rites Planned - Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow for Bertha Belle Olson, 86, a native of Yuba County, who died yesterday at Rideout Hospital following a long illness. - Born in Smartville, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Peckham, pioneer Yuba County settlers.  She made her home at 101 D St., Wheatland. - Survivors include a sister, Anita Woodworth of Yucaipa, and a brother William T. Peckham of Rio Oso. - Graveside services are scheduled at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Wheatland Cemetery with Rev. Hoffman Hurley of the Fairview Community Church officiating.  Arrangements are being handled by Lipp and Sullivan Chapel.


Appeal Democrat – 06/04/1964, p. 21 – IRENE OLSON – OLSON—Irene Olson, 67, of Gridley died last night in the Driftwood Convalescent Hospital in Yuba City. – A native of Arkansas, she was a member of the Gridley Presbyterian Church. – Survivors include a son, Joe Olson of Gridley; two sisters, Mrs. Fay Knudson of Anderson and Mrs. Marie Lothe of Yuba City; three brothers, Dane Phelan of Anderson, Paul Phelan of Bellflower and Glenn Phelan of San Francisco; and two grandchildren. – Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Gridley Funeral Chapel. – Rev. John Reimers of the Winters Presbyterian Church will officiate.  Burial will be at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.


Daily Appeal - 7/30/1908, p7 - Wheatland Woman Dies Io [sic] Truckee - Mrs. Margaret Olsen, wife of Martin S. Olsen, died at Truckee on Tuesday evening, July 28th.  News of her death was received in this city yesterday morning.  She was the mother of Manford, Arthur and Nellie Olsen, a native of Nova Scotia, aged 56 years. - The body will arrive in Wheatland today at 1 o'clock, and will be taken in charge by Kelly Brothers.  The funeral will take place from the family residence Friday morning at 9:30, and services will be held in the M.E. church at 10 o'clock.  Interment will be in the Wheatland cemetery.


Appeal Democrat - Mon 11/12/1984, p A-15 - Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Stanley Peter Olsen, 70, of Linda, who died Friday at his home. - A native of Harvard, Mass., he had lived in the Yuba-Sutter four years.  He was a machinist. - Survivors include his wife, Elaine of Linda; two sons, Dennis of Hawthorne and Robert of Inglewood; two daughters, Linda Nebeker of Marysville and Pauline Stalions of Yuba City; a brother, Raymond of Massachusetts; a sister, Anges Monroe of Massachusetts; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. - Services are to be conducted at Hutchison and Carnes Chapel.  Burial will be in Sierra View Memorial Park.



Appeal, 03/26/1925, p. 7 – THOMAS OLSEN BURIED – The funeral of Thomas Olsen was held yesterday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Bevan-Bricker funeral home with Rev. Westerfeld of the Methodist church officiating.  Burial was in the City cemetery.


Marysville Daily Appeal - 12/27/1887, p2 - Deaths: In Wheatland, December 25th, Edward J. O'Malley, aged 39 years and 10 months.


Marysville Daily Appeal - 5/8/1872, p3 - Chinese Homicide - About 7 o'clock last evening a Chinaman known as "One-eyed Jack," was instantly killed on the corner of First street and Maiden lane by another Chinaman known as Tom, under the following circumstances:  It seems that Jack owed Tom $5, and upon being dunned for the amount replied, "If you can whip me I will pay you," and without waiting for any response drew an iron bar out from under his jacket and struck Tom three heavy blows on the head.  Tom started to run, but Jack followed him up closely, when Tom turned suddenly and drawing an immense knife thrust it into Jack's bowels, slashing upward, and inflicting a terrible gash through which the bowels protruded and which resulted in the instant death of the victim.  A great crowd gathered immediately, and in the excitement of the moment Tom escaped.  Deceased formerly worked for Pat Slattery, while Tom has been employed recently in Cumberson's grocery store on Third street.  Both men belonged to the Yung Wo company.


Marysville Daily Democrat - Sat 8/12/1893, p1 - A Horrible Accident - The Lower Extremities of a Human Being Mangled and Severed From the Body - A Ghastly Sight - John O'Neil was to-day the victim of a shocking accident.  About 10 o'clock this forenoon train No. 31, an accomodation [sic] freight, was backing down the railroad track toward the depot at a rapid rate when O'Neil, who was standing near the Fourth Ward House, concluded to board the approaching caboose and speak with Conductor Wright who was seated therein.  One of the train-hands boarded the steps that first approached and O'Neil waited for the other end of the caboose next to the box car.  At the first switch north of the passenger depot he made an effort to grasp the guards on the car but in some way missed, and slipping, the steps of the car struck him on the side of the face and head, throwing him under the wheels of the bus car. - Both of the unfortunate man's feet were instantly severed from the body at the shoe tops and before a spectator, who noticed his awful predicament, could reach him, five cars had passed over O'Neil's legs mangling to a jelly both members to a point several inches above the knee. - The mutilated victim was dragged from beneath the cars by two men and taken to the porch of the Fourth Ward House on a cot.  Medical aid was immediately summoned and Doctors C. E. and E. E. Stone arrived in time to keep the unfortunate man from bleeding to death.  The Rev. Father Coleman administered the last rites of the Catholic Church to O'Neil who, during the while the physicians were attending him, showed a remarkable constitution.  He did not utter a cry or a groan, though his feet lay fifty feet away and his limbs looked anything but human. - The curious from all quarters were soon present and many turned away from the sickening sight. - O'Neil expressed a desire to be taken to the railroad hospital at Sacramento and his wishes will be gratified if the officials agree.  O'Neil has not been in the employ of the company for two months and a half, leaving the McGregor carpenter crew about the first of June.  He had worked steady all of last winter for McGregor.  He has a brother, James, working at present on the Oregon bridge north of here with the W. R. Skidde gang. - O'Neil's mother lives at Cherokee, and is said to be in very comfortable circumstances.  The lady has been notified of the sad mishap that has befallen her son, and will arrive in this city to-morrow morning. - When O'Neil had been somewhat revived he was carried upstairs to a room in the Fourth Ward Home, and made as comfortable as possible. - At a quarter past 2 o'clock this afternoon the poor fellow died, having suffered greatly during the last two hours of his existence. - O'Neil was about 35 years of age.  The remains are now lying at Coroner Bevan's office. - Coroner Bevan swore the following ten jurors to listen to the evidence at the inquest this afternoon:  T. A. McKenna, E. F. Smith, J. F. Sellinger, Dan Holland, L. J. Bennet, Carl Gjoby, Eugene Stakem, A. Helverson, W. H. Plymire and P. Brannan. - Conductor N. A. Irwin, of the work train, with several other witnesses testified to the details of the awful accident.  The jury viewed the remains and returned a verdict of accidental death, fixing the blame on no one.


Marysville Appeal - 10/30/1918, p5 - Thomas J. O'Neil died yesterday at the county hospital from tuberculosis.  He was a native of California, and 38 years of age.  Kelly Bros. will make interment in the city cemetery.



 Daily Appeal – 1/24/1912  Pg. 7 – Strawberry Valley Woman Dies of Appendicitis – Mrs. Addie Jane Onkens of the North Star hotel of Strawberry Valley died Jan. 17 at the Oroville hospital of appendicitis. Mrs. Onkens was 36 years of age and had spent her life in Butte and Yuba counties. She was a woman of great industry and kindliness, ever cheerful, ever willing to bear the burdens along her way and lighten those of others. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, William Onkens, three young daughters, Sophia, Minnie and Virginia May; three sisters, Mrs. Peter Babb, Mrs. Joe Taber, Mrs. Annie Hughes, and two brothers, Bert Tompkins and Frank Tompkins. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in the undertaking parlors of Reynolds & Hamilton. (Note: Although the name is spelled Onkens in this article, all other historical records show it spelled correctly as Onken). (B. S.)



Daily Appeal – 7/24/1893 – ( Note: Newspaper account mistakenly reports death as that of William F. Onken, who died in 1927. It was actually William’s brother, Eddie who committed suicide and was 22 years old at the time. Yuba County Undertaker’s records for the year 1893, as well as the headstone at Strawberry Valley Cemetery confirm this.) – A Young Man Takes His Life – William F. Onken, of Strawberry Valley, Shuffles Off This Mortal Coil by the Rifle Route. – Stage Driver Whalen, of the La Porte stage, conveyed the sad intelligence to this city, on Saturday evening of the death, at his own hands, of William F. Onken, the 26-year old son of Frederick G. Onken, the keeper of the North Star House, situated three miles above Strawberry Valley. The suicide took place a few minutes previous to the arrival of the stage, Whalen hearing the report of a rifle when a few hundred yards away. Onken was pierced through heart by the bullet, and died instantly. Coroner Bevan has received no details of the occurrence and it is not known at present writing what could cause the young man to perform the rash deed.  (B. S.)

Daily Appeal – 7/27/1893, Pg. 1 – ONKEN’S SUICIDE – Further Particulars of the Sad Affair Near Strawberry Valley. – Some further particulars were received last evening by an Appeal reporter concerning the suicide at North Star House, three miles above Strawberry Valley last Saturday. It now appears that it was Edward H. Onken and not his brother, William F. Onken, who shot himself through the heart. The young man had been working at Forbestown, but he became reckless, quit work and commenced to run into debt. When he owed between $250 and $300 to the storekeepers and his credit became shaky he returned to his home at the North Star House. He had not been there long before he committed the rash deed. He lefty a note asking his father to square up all his honorable debts at Forbestown. As far as can be ascertained no inquest was held and Coroner Bevan has not as yet received official notification of his death. The rumor that he committed suicide because a young girl he was in love with had married another is denied by his friends but it may have been the cause of his drinking so hard. He was a general favorite in the community in which he lived and was only 22 years of age. He generally worked in the mines.  (B.S.) 

Daily Appeal – 8/01/1893, Pg. 1 – The Onken Suicide. – Justice of the Peace E. B. Sparks has written to Coroner Bevan regarding Edward Herman Onken, who committed suicide at the North Star Hotel. He states that he did not think it necessary to hold an inquest, as he had left a letter which sowed that the deed was premeditated. He accounts for the delay in notifying the Coroner of the fact that the Justice who was elected did not qualify and that he was compelled to leave his own district in order to look after the case. (B.S.)


( Note by Brad Sharpe: Shows up in various records as Gerhard F. Ouken, Frederick DeGerhard, Will Onken, William Onken but most often as F. G. Onken as shown in the Notice to Creditors below, during the administration of his estate by son William.) 

Oroville Daily Register – 5/09/1910, Pg. 3 – PIONEER INNKEEPER DEAD – STRAWBERRY VALLEY, May 8. William Onken, keeper of the North Star Hotel at this place for nearly fifty years, passed away on Thursday. The funeral was held on Saturday from the hotel. The residents throughout the surrounding mountains paid their last respects to the deceased.  (B. S.) 

( Note by Brad Sharpe: Although the above article indicates that F.G. Onken owned the North Star Hotel for nearly 50 years, he purchased the North Star Hotel in Oct. 1875 and actually owned it for 35 years.  Peter Delay’s 1924 History of Yuba and Sutter Counties states “ Mr. Onken reached the venerable age of eighty-two” in the biography of son William Onken. Frederick was born in October, 1829 in Germany and was actually eighty years of age at the time of his death. This is clearly supported by the 1880 and 1900 census as well as the 1908 voter registration and other records for the North East Township of Yuba County.) 

From the diary of C. F. Adams – ( Oro Lewa ) – 1910 – Thurs. May 5 – Billy Onken died.  (B. S.) 

Daily Appeal – 5/28/1910, Pg. 4 – NOTICE TO CREDITORS – In the Superior Court in and for the County of Yuba. In the matter of the estate of F. G. Onken, deceased. Estate of F.G. Onken, deceased. Notice is hereby given by the undersigned, administrator of the estate of F.G. Onken, deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said deceased requiring them to exhibit them, with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice to the said administrator, at the law office of Wallace Dinsmore, 406 Third street, Marysville, Yuba County, California, the same being hereby designated as his place for the transaction of the business of said estate.  Date of first publication, may 28, A.D. 1910.  William G. Onken, Administrator of the estate of F. G. Onken, deceased.  Wallace Dinsmore, Attorney for Administrator.    (B. S.)


Marysville Appeal - Fri 2/11/1898, p1 - Mrs. Wm. Onken Dead - The aged wife of William Onken died at the North Star House, two miles north of Strawberry Valley, last Tuesday, and was buried on Wednesday.  Deceased was 73 years of age, and leaves a husband and three children to mourn her loss.

Mountain Messenger –3/19/1898 – In Memoriam – Died: At her home near Strawberry Valley, Feb. 7, 1898, Mrs. S. D. Onken, a native of Germany, in her 63rd year. She leaves a husband, son and daughter to mourn her loss. She has always been a faithful, kind and loving wife and mother, devoting her life and energy to those she so faithfully loved and cared for. Always a kind word for every one. Ever since the death of her youngest son, over four years ago, she has been gradually failing, until now the end has come. (B.S.)

                                                  Silently one by one we are passing
                                                            Over to the other shore,
                                                    Rest dear friends, thy sorrow o’er
                                                    On earth we ne’er shall see thee more
                                                    But in that land of promise fair,
                                                    We all shall meet, all free from care.


The Grizzly Bear - November 1911, Page 10 - The Passing of the Pioneer - Mrs. Nancy Onstott - Mrs. Nancy Onstott, who went to Camptonville, Yuba County, in a mule wagon, in the early ‘50s, passed away at Nevada City, where she had resided since 1879, October 13th.  She was a native of Maine, and was one of those who witnessed the exciting times at the height of the Comstock.


Rabbit Creek Journal – November 12, 1985 – Bereavement – Graveside services were held Saturday, November 9, for David Cannon Ormiston, 67, of Clipper Mills. Ormiston, a lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area, was born in Marysville, served in the U. S. Army and worked as a supervisor for the Social Security Administration for 20 years before retiring. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Fisher Ormiston of Clipper Mills; three sons, David of Marysville, John of San Luis Obispo, and Richard of Maui, Hawaii; two daughters, Julie Matlin of Chico and Jane Hart of Castro Valley; a sister, Nelda Clark of Clipper Mills; and eight grandchildren. Contributions to the Yuba Feather Home Hospice was suggested as a memorial by the family. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hutchinson and Carnes Colonial Chapel.  (Transcribed & submitted by Brad Sharpe.)


Rabbit Creek Journal – 1/17/2008, Pg. 6 – Obituary – Mary Ann Ormiston – Mary Ann Fisher Ormiston, 89, of Davis died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Courtyard Health Care Center in Davis. A native of Kansas, she was a Mid-Valley resident and lived in Clipper Mills for a number of years. She was a homemaker. She attended University High School in Oakland and was a 1940 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is survived by two daughters, Julie Ormiston Matlin of Chico and Jane Omiston Hart of Castro Valley; three sons, David C. Ormiston Jr. of Rocklin, John F. Ormiston of Atascadero and Richard S. Ormiston of Alaska; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Cannon Ormiston Sr. A virtual guest book may be signed at www.lakesidecolonialchapel.com. Services were held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Challenge, arrangements were under the direction of Lakeside Colonial Chapel in Marysville.  (B. S.)


Evening Democrat - 1/11/1916, p8 - A Former Resident - Myron D. Ormsbee, wealthy pioneer of this city, died at his home, 730 Fifth street, following a long illness.  Deceased was a native of New York, where he was born June 11, 1833.  With his parents he crossed the plains in 1859, and settler [sic] in Nevada City, Nevada County.  Several years later they moved to Marysville, where they resided until 1898, when he moved to Chico.  Until recent years Ormsbee farmed thousands of acres of land in Butte County.  At one time he was employed by the pioneer merchandise firm of E. Pond at Nord.  Deceased is survived by the widow, Margaret Ormsbee, one son, Daniel Ormsbee of Ogden, Utah, one daughter, Mrs. H. H. Bernhard of Oakland, and a nephew, George Ormsbee of Oak Park, Sacramento.


Daily Appeal – 1/04/1908, Pg. 3 - J. C. West Suffers a Stroke of Paralysis – Superior Judge McDaniels received a letter yesterday morning from Strawberry Valley in which he was given the news of the severe illness of three prominent residents of that section. J. C. West, an old resident of Strawberry Valley had a stroke of paralysis of the left side on Sunday. He was taken to Challenge Mills to be placed under the care of a physician and his condition is considered serious. Two other residents of Strawberry Valley are also reported to be very ill, Carl A. Osbeck, 79 years of age, an early day miner, and John Tolon (Tolin/Toland), over 80 years of age, are reported to be near death’s door. (B. S.)

Daily Appeal – 1/30/1908 – Carl A. Osbeck Is Numbered With The Dead – Carl A. Osbeck whose serious illness was told about in the Appeal of several days ago, died at his home at Strawberry Valley on Saturday, January 25th, and the body was buried the following day. Mr. Osbeck was a native of Sweden, at 78 years of age. The internment was in the Strawberry cemetery and what was mortal of the pioneer was ( word not viewable ) beside the body of his wife, who preceded him to the great unknown. (B.S.)


Daily Appeal – 07/07/1895, p. 1 – DEATH OF MRS. OSLAND – Mrs. George Osland, after several months of patient and painful sufferings died at her home on Fifth street last evening.  She had borne her trial with a fortitude that was quite remarkable.  The cause of death was cancer in the most malignant form.  She leaves a husband, two daughters, Mrs. John Cunningham, and Miss Mamie and a young son.  Announcement of the funeral is made elsewhere.


Marysville Daily Appeal - 9/27/1907, p8 - Mrs. Chas. J. Otis Has Passed Away - Mrs. Charles Joseph Otis died at her home in this city at about 1:30 yesterday morning. - The deceased was a native of California and was aged 42 years.  Her husband is employed at the Marysville water works, where he has been for some time. - She leaves a husband, two daughters and one son; also three sisters, Mrs. Drown of Los Angeles, Mrs. Kennedy of San Francisco and Mrs. W. L. Norton of Linda, and a brother, James Kelly of Bakersfield to mourn her demise. - She was a most devoted mother as well as a kind and affectionate wife and before her marriage resided in Linda, where she was known as Bessie Kelly.  She was a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood. - Her death was rather sudden, although a doctor had been in attendance for several days. - The funeral of Mrs. Otis will take place from her late residence Saturday morning at 9 o'clock thence to St. Joseph's church, where a requiem mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul, commencing at 9:30. - Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery.

Marysville Daily Appeal - 9/28/1907, p1 - Mrs. Otis' Funeral to be Held This Morning - The funeral of Mrs. Charles J. Otis will take place from her late residence this morning at 9 o'clock, thence to St. Joseph's church where requiem mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul, commencing at 9:30. - The interment will take place in the Catholic cemetery.


Sacramento Daily Union - 8/19/1869 - Died:  In Smartsville, Yuba county, Aug. 9th, Eugene Wm. Otis, son of Isaac B. and Anna Otis, aged 7 years and 9 months.


Sacramento Daily Union - 1/8/1873 - Died:  In Smartsville, Jan. 6., Isaac B. Otis, 40 years.


Weekly Appeal – 6/18/1875 – DIED – In Smartsville, June 3d, Mabel, only daughter of the late Isaac B. and Anna Otis, aged 2 years and 4 months.  (B. S.)


Appeal - 5/19/1867, p2 - Died:  At Mooney Flat, May 18th, the wife of T. P. Otis, aged 34 years.  The funeral will take place at the residence of the bereaved husband tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.


Marysville Daily Democrat - 9/24/1903, p3 - Death of Mrs. J. M. Owens - Did Not Recover to Recognize Family After the Sad Accident - After hovering between life and death fourteen days, and in an unconscious condition, Jennie, beloved wife of J. M. Owens, died at the home of W. T. Binninger yesterday afternoon.  The result was not unexpected as the grave nature of her injury, a fracture of the skull at the base of the brain, caused by being thrown from a vehicle, gave little hope for her recovery. - Her death is a sad climax to a pleasure party that she attended at her old home in Dobbins Ranch on Admission Day.  It was while returning home that the deplorable accident occurred, the wagon striking a stump, throwing Mrs. Owens and her two children to the ground. - Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Merriam of Dobbins Ranch, where she was born, and she was 28 years of age.  Her excellent personal characteristics made her a general favorite.  Her death is particularly sad and her husband and relatives have the profound sympathy of the community. - Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the residence of Jos. Merriam in Dobbins.  Interment to be made in Indiana  Ranch cemetery. - - - same paper, page 5 - The Tomb:  At the Summit House, Sept. 23, 1903, Jennie, beloved wife of J. M. Owens, a native of California, aged 28 years.