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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA



Galbraith,Cyrus Hoope
7 March 1845-15 April 1887
Co. D, 203 PA Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino (Lot 20 E)

A Fatal Accident. – Quite a sensation was created in this place yesterday morning by the news that C. H. Galbraith, proprietor of the saloon near the City Hotel, had been accidentally killed during the previous night. The facts of the case as we learned them from the testimony adduced at the inquest held yesterday morning are as follows: About half-past ten o’clock Thursday night Mr. James Klein, who with his mother, lives in the house back of Galbraith’s saloon, was sent by his mother to see if Mr. Galbraith had closed his saloon. He went to the door of one of the rooms back of the saloon, and finding everything dark he called Galbraith’s name. Receiving no answer he went back to the house where his mother was, and procured a light, expressing his intention to look for Galbraith. His mother followed him, and as they entered the room at the back of the main building, and where the stairs leading to the upper portion of said building are situated, they found Galbraith lying near the bottom of the stairs, apparently stunned by a fall. Mrs. Klein sent her son after Dr. McCormack, who, upon examining the body, pronounced Galbraith dead.
A. Heeser, Justice of the Peace, was sent for, and upon his arrival he sent for Constable Brunner and placed him in charge of the premises and the body. Yesterday morning Mr. Heeser empanelled a jury consisting of A. R. Calder (foreman), A. V. Mahlman, W. T. Wilson, C. C. Johnson, C. Gray, W. H. Kelly, Jacob Stauer and E. B. Salsig. Dr. McCormack held an autopsy on the body and found that his injuries consisted of a bad cut on his head, which the doctor testified was likely caused by a heavy fall. He further testified that it was his opinion deceased came to his death by concussion, and congestive apoplexy caused by the strained position of the body, which when found lay with the head down and the feet up the stairs, falling on his head which caused death, and that said death was accidental. The deceased, Cyrus H. Galbraith, was a native of Pennsylvania, but had resided in Mendocino a number of years, having formerly worked in the mill at this place. He was well known, and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his untimely death. He has no relatives, we believe, in this State. At the time of his death he was in good financial circumstances. Mendocino Beacon, 16 April 1887, p. 3, c. 5.

THE funeral of Cyrus Galbraith took place last Sunday. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave in Evergreen Cemetery, where appropriate ceremonies were conducted by Rev. J. P. Rich. Mendocino Beacon, 23 April 1887, p. 3, c. 1.
Gallagher, Patrick
ca.1846 Ire.-23 September 1890
Co. I, 50 MA Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

Death of P. Gallagher – Mr. Pat Gallagher of this city, died suddenly yesterday morning at 1:20 o’clock of neuralgia of the heart. He complained of not feeling very well Monday afternoon and in the evening went up town and took a Russian steam bath at 8:30, going to bed immediately after. About 1 o’clock in the morning he sent for medical aid and relatives, saying he was dying, but when they arrived he was dead.
Deceased came to this coast in 1876 and by his kind and genial disposition, made many friends, who will be extremely pained to learn of his sudden demise. He was born in County Louth, Ireland, and was 47 years of age. He served in the 50th Massachusetts Infantry, and was to have taken an active part in the Post to be organized here next Saturday.
He leaves a mother and sister, two brothers – Thomas and George – and a son in Colorado – John – to mourn his loss. The funeral will take place this afternoon. 
– All soldiers are requested to meet at the post office this afternoon at 1 o’clock to attend the funeral of Comrade Gallagher. Fort Bragg Advocate, 24 September 1890, p. 2, c. 2.

– The funeral of Mr. P. Gallagher took place last Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended by people from up and down the coast, who assembled to pay their respects to a good and generous man – a kind and loyal citizen. He was buried with the rites of Redmenship, and laid to rest in the soldiers burial plot of our beautiful cemetery. The soldiers – to the number of about thirty – marched in the procession and covered the new made grave of their late comrade with a profusion of beautiful flowers. By the death of Mr. Gallagher, Fort Bragg has lost one of her most useful citizens, a man of broad liberal views, who was always ready to help the needy and to take part in any enterprise for the benefit and advancement of the community. His memory will long be cherished by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Requiescat in pace. Fort Bragg Advocate, 1 October 1890, p. 2, c. 1.
Glazier, James Edward
12 March 1834-28 August 1920
Co. F, 23 MA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (J-12, Lot 4)
Pension No. 895,679

TAPS SOUNDED FOR CIVIL WAR VETERAN – J. E. Glazier, well known pioneer resident and veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in this city last Saturday morning after an illness extending over several months. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from St. John’s M. E. church, the Rev. M. O. Brink officiating.
Mr. Glazier was born in Gardner, Maine March 12, 1834. He was ordained as a minister of the Methodist church in 1868, shortly after his marriage to Mrs. Mary O’Dell of Geyserville. Six children were born of this union. He was married again in 1893 to Miss Martha V. Powers, who survives him. Ukiah Republican Press 3 September 1920.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah, ED 70, p. 385-A, sheet 23, dwelling 456, family 456, James E. Glazier; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Graves, Alfred Augustus
ca. 1843-April 1893
Co. M, 1 ME Cav. 
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena

The remains of poor Gus Graves were laid away Tuesday afternoon in the Odd Fellows cemetery by his brethren of Garcia lodge, I. O. O. F. deceased broke his upper jaw when he jumped from the window of the hotel, but the immediate cause of his death was heart disease, the excitement of the hour being more than he could stand. Mendocino Beacon 15 April 1893.
Green, Wright Wrenshaw 
ca. 1829 NY-19 March 1891
Co. F, 2 CA Cav. (wagoner)
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR?)
Pension No. 379,341

W. W. Green, well known in the vicinity of Ten Mile River and Kibesillah, died in the County Hospital a week ago last Friday. Fort Bragg Advocate 8 April 1891.
Griffith, Carey Franklin 
12 December 1841 OH - 6 January 1903
Cpl., Co. I, 124 IL Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 571,097

At Rest. -- The Battles of Life of a Worthy Man Ended. -- Cary F. Griffith, one of Point Arena’s oldest and most respected citizens, after a painful and lingering illness of eight weeks, passed peacefully to his final rest Tuesday afternoon last surrounded by his family – Mrs. Alice Phelps-Griffith, J. D. Griffith, L. F. Griffith and Miss Luella Ellen Griffith – whose deep affliction is felt by the entire community.
Mr. Griffith was born December 12, 1841 in Highland county, Ohio, but a little later Illinois became his home. On August 12, 1862, his patriotism was strikingly manifested. In this his twentieth year he enlisted in his country’s defense as a private soldier in Company I, 124th Ill. Inf. On account of his great valor he was very soon promoted to color sergeant, when for three years, or till the close of the rebellion, no braver man was found in the rank or file of the army of the west than Cary F. Griffith. He was the recipient of testimonials from no less authority than General U. S. Grant bearing upon the same. He was mustered out and honorably discharged at Chicago, September, 1865. For three years and during nineteen engagements the flag that to him was dearer than life was borne aloft without blot or stain from the hand of treason or that of cowardice, and among his treasures was a fold of the dear old flag that to him was the symbol of all that was true and holy.
Among the engagements in which he participated were those of Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hills, Brownsville, Chimky Station, siege of Vicksburg and Spanish Fort. On the 4th day of July, 1863, when Pemberton, after forty-five days of siege at Vicksburg, surrendered his 30,000 troops to General Grant, Cary F. Griffith planted the first Union flag to stay on those frowning works that had been the objective point for weeks of the silent, invincible Grant in the greatest siege of modern history.
Mr. Griffith was a man of domestic tastes, loving the quiet life of the home rather than the noise and strife of public life. But as a man of affairs he was chosen by McDonough county, Illinois, as coroner, which office he filled with great acceptability to all. Soon after he was the unanimous choice of the Republican party as candidate for sheriff of the same county, but the nomination was refused.
In california he followed the undertaking business, and his universal kindness and sympathy endeared him to a multitude of friends up and down the coast.
The funeral, under the auspices of the G. A. R., of which deceased was an active member, took place Thursday afternoon from the M. E. church, being escorted there from his late residence by the Point Arena band, Rev. S. E. Crowe conducted the services, paying an eloquent tribute to the dead fellow-citizen.
The following veterans acted as pall bearers: J. S. Quimby, J. A. Maddox, H. B. Scott, John Miller, John Dehl and Rube Willits.
The interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery, where the ceremony of the G. A. R. was performed in the presence of a large concourse of people.
The great profusion of flowers, many pieces of which were exquisite arts of beauty, spoke of the esteem in which the departed had been held by his friends and acquaintances. Point Arena Record, 9 January 1903, p. 3, c. 3.
Grist, George Otis 
1847-31 October 1919
Co. G, 7 CA Inf.
Valley View Cemetery, Round Valley
Pension No. 1,157,306

George O. Grist, a pioneer settler of Round Valley, died at Jackson, Amador county, October 31st, of pneumonia, and the remains were shipped to Covelo for burial. Mr. Grist was employed at Round Valley Indian reservation for some years and is well known by the old timers. He was 72 years of age and leaves several grown children. Mr. and Mrs. Will Grist of Oakland went up Monday to attend the funeral. Willits News, 7 November 1919.

1910 U.S. census, Amador County, California, population schedule, Township 1, ED 2, p. 19-A, sheet 8, dwelling 111, family 111, George O Grist; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 73.
Griste, Thomas Hillier 
1842 OH-13 August 1917
Co. I, 32 OH Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 1,084,656

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIED AT FORT BRAGG MONDAY – Fort Bragg, Aug. 14 – Tom Grist, Civil war veteran and coast pioneer, died here Monday. He was 75 years old, a native of Ohio, and had resided hereabouts for the last thirty years.
Mr. Grist served in the 32nd Ohio infantry through the entire war, marching a distance of over 3000 miles. Dispatch Democrat, 17 August 1917, p. 2, c. 6.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Tenmile River Township, ED 66, p. 250-A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 7, family 7, Thomas H Griste; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Gross, James A. 
d. 21 September 1879
Sgt., Co. C, 11 ME Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 291,345

I learn that a man named Gross was killed by falling from the cars at the Gualala mills last week. Ukiah City Press, 3 October 1879, p. 4, c. 4..
Guptill, Oscar 
9 July 1845 ME-28 April 1907
Co. I, 26 ME Inf.
Little River Cemetery
Pension No. 872,147

Crosses the Great Divide – Oscar Guptill died at Comptche last Sunday. He was on his way home to Little River after having visited Ukiah where he had been to consult the county seat physicians relative to his health. He had been troubled with kidney complaint for some time and it is thought that he succumbed to that malady. His body was brought to town and laid in J. D. Johnson’s undertaking rooms until Thursday morning waiting the arrival of the two daughters from Los Angeles, who arrived Wednesday evening. The funeral took place Thursday morning from the Little River hall, Rev. Hough conducting the ceremonies. The interment was at the Little River cemetery.
The deceased leaves two daughters, Miss Edith Guptill and Mrs. Al. Smith, and one son, Herbert Guptill.
Guptill was acknowledged by mill men generally as being one of the cleverest millwrights in the county. He had held a number of positions of responsibility on the coast. Mendocino Beacon 4 May 1907