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Nicholson, James William 1834-30 May 1909
Co. B, 97 IL Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 685,130

NICHOLSON – James W. Nicholson died at Fort Bragg on Thursday, May 30 [20]. Deceased was a member of the Grand Army. Little Lake Herald 29 May 1909.
Nutter, Charles Edward 23 November 1845 NH-27 December 1902
Co. E, 14 NH Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (S-5. Lot 20, NW)
Pension No. 612,684

Death of Charles E. Nutter – Shortly after noon last Saturday the people of Ukiah were saddened by the news that Charles E. Nutter, an old and respected citizen of our town, had passed away after an illness of about four weeks of typhoid pneumonia. The deceased had lived in Ukiah for many years, and was known by nearly every man, woman and child in this valley. He was nearly 58 years old and leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters to mourn his departure.
Mr. Nutter was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was also a member of Eagle Fire Company and of the Order of United Workmen. The funeral took place Monday afternoon from the christian church, Rev. J. W. Pew, the pastor, conducting the service assisted by Rev. L. O. Ewing. The Eagle Fire Company, the Workmen and the G. A. R. marched in procession from the residence to the church and thence to the cemetery as a mark of honor and respect. The church was filled with sympathising friends and acquaintances, and the general expression was that Mr. Nutter’s demise was a great loss, not only to his family, but to the community. Dispatch Democrat 2 Jan 1903.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 49, p. 208-A (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 124, family 126, Charles Nutter; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Ogden, William M. 26 July 1840-4 July 1917
Co. C, 1 WI Cav.
Hopland Cemetery
Pension No. 857,154

DEATH OF WM. OGDEN – Wm. Ogden, a well known resident of Ukiah and Hopland passed away at his home in this city last Thursday. The remains were taken to Hopland for interment, the funeral taking place there Saturday. Rev. Badger, of the St. John’s church, holding the services.
Mr. Ogden had resided here for the past seven years, and had made many friends here, who heard of his demise with much regret. Previously to coming here he had lived at Hopland some 13 years.
Many beautiful floral offerings were sent in by his friends in both places.
He was a Grand Armey man and would have been 77 years of age in a few weeks. 
He leaves a widow, five sons and one daughter to mourn his taking. Dispatch Democrat 13 July 1917.
Ornbaun, Andrew Marion 9 October 1842 IN-3 January 1944
Co. G, 20 IN Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Boonville
Pension No. 585,482

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AGED MAN DIED – Amos [sic] Marion Ornbaun, Civil War veteran and long resident of the Cloverdale section, was buried Saturday. Mr. Ornbaun had lived to the remarkable age of 102 years.
He was born at Crawfordsville, Ind., October 9, 1842. His wife was Lydia Anna Crane, of Wisconsin. Seventy years ago, after fighting through the Civil war on the Union side, he came to California. Later he returned to Indiana and brought back with him his wife and two small children, Howard Ornbaun, now living in Ukiah, and Ellen, who later became Mrs. Ray, and who has passed on. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Miss Hattie Ornbaun, who always made her home with him, and by three sons, Howard of Ukiah, and Clarence and Albert of Yorkville. Two sons and two daughters have passed on. There are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Marion Ornbaun was a farmer. He acquired a large ranch near Yorkville and operated it until he retired 30 years ago and moved to Cloverdale. He was the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in this part of the state. Mr. Ornbaun engaged in several historic battles of the war as a member of Company G of the 10th Indiana regiment. Before the eyes of Marion Ornbaun have unfolded approximately two thirds of of the history and the great expansion and development of the nation. During the century and more of his life the western two-thirds of the United States have developed from a wilderness. Much of that territory was acquired by the nation during his lifetime. The Mexican war, the Civil war, the Spanish-American war and the first and second World wars were fought during his time. Great nations have developed and other great nations have declined during his time. Monarchies have been wiped out and new monarchies have come into existence. Ukiah Republican Press 10 January 1945.

Osborn, John William 24 October 1839 IN-22 October 1923
Co. H, 63 IN Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Q-7, Lot 17)
Pension No. 1,017,300

AGED PIONEER PASSES – Funeral services will be held in Ukiah today at two o’clock for John W. Orsborne who died at the hospital here Monday following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Orsborne had resided in California 45 years and in Ukiah 33 years where he was held in universal esteem. He was born in Indiana, Oct. 24, 1839. The funeral service will be from the Baptist Church, the Rev. Raymond Couch officiating. Mr. Orsborne is survived by a son, F. M. Orsborne, of Berkeley. Ukiah Republican Press 24 Oct 1923.

J.W. OSBORN PASSES AFTER USEFUL LIFE – Rounding out eighty-four years, lacking two days, of a well lived and useful life, J.W. Osborn, pioneer of this state and county, passed away in Ukiah last Monday. He was born in Fountain county, Indiana, October 24, 1839 and crossed the plains by ox team in 1852 with his father, two brothers, an uncle and several cousins. They remained in California about three years, engaged in gold mining in Eldorado and Placer counties. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in Company H of the 63rd Indiana Volunteers, serving for three years. He then moved to Kansas and returned from there to California again in 1879 and settled in Santa Rosa. He came to Ukiah in 1890 and has made his home here ever since.
He was married in Indiana in 1865 to Miss Matilda O. Jones who passed away in Ukiah in October 1916. Two children were born to their union, of whom one survives, F.M. Osborn, of Berkeley.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, a large cortege of old time friends following the remains to their last resting place in the Ukiah cemetery.
Mr. Osborn was a man of quiet unassuming manner, scrupulously honest and upright, and held the respect and regard of all who knew him.
His loss is keenly felt by his son and his many friends. Dispatch Democrat 26 October 1923.
Overmeyer, Quincy A. 7 Aug 1845 IL-24 March 1903
Co. K, 8 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Q-7, Lot 9 SE)
Pension No. 589,446

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY – A RACE FOR LIFE – QUINCY A. OVERMEYER OF THIS PLACE MURDERED BY HIGHWAYMAN – Blood Hounds and Heavily Armed Officers Pursue Bandit. Stage Horses Shot – Mendocino County and the State are moved as they have not been for a long time over a murderously desperate attempt of a hell-deserving outlaw to hold up and rob the Ukiah Mendocino stage. No such determination to accomplish his deadly purpose, has been manifested by a stage robber in California since the days of Joaquin Murietta and Three-fingered Jack. The circumstances briefly told, are as follows:
Last Monday’s stage for Mendocino City left Ukiah at 1:30 p. m. with Quincy A. Overmeyer of this city as messenger, or guard, there being a large amount of treasure on board, and proceeded to Handley’s where it stopped for the night. Early Tuesday morning the stage started on its way, with Harry Ousley as driver, and Mr. Overmeyer on the box with him armed with a loaded shot gun. Suddenly, when about a mile this side of the Halfway House, the startling cry of “Halt!” was heard from the roadside on the right. Mr. Overmeyer told the driver to keep going, and he did so. The concealed bandit then opened fire on the horses, the first shot wounding one. Messenger Overmeyer raised his gun to fire, and did fire, but while in the act, was himself shot by the robber, the ball passing thru the cuff of his coat, grazing his uplifted arm near the wrist and entering his left breast just above the heart and coming out about the middle of the back. All this time Harry Ousley was plying the whip to the horses and soon had them on a run. Mr. Overmeyer lurched forward and fell out, taking one wheeler line with him, leaving the driver only three lines, on a crooked mountain road. Then ensued one of the most remarkable races in the history of staging. Another horse was shot but managed to recover his feet. The driver, dropping into the boot, lashed the team to a swifter run and the murderous robber came out into the open and poured shot after shot after the fleeing vehicle from his 30-30 repeating rifle and giving chase on foot for nearly half a mile, as was proved by the empty cartridge shells found along the road. Ousley drove up to the Halfway House on a run, two horses grievously wounded and the other two well fagged. Meantime the bandit returned to his station, and is supposed to have thrown Overmeyer’s gun to the bottom of the canyon, as it was afterward found there. From the Halfway House Mr. Eiler Oppenlander, who is a deputy Sheriff, went to the scene of the tragedy to hunt for Mr. Overmeyer, not knowing that he was yet dead. The body was found beside the road and it is certain that he died almost instantly. Opportunely a teamster named Mathews came along and the body was taken to the Halfway House. Oppenlander then came on to Orr’s Hot Springs to telephone the news to Ukiah, but by the time the word reached here it was noon. Undersheriff Gibson at once sent men out, the first four being Will Ornbaun, Ben Melton, Raymond Hill and Nelse McClure. Sheriff Smith being absent in the southern part of the State, Sheriff Grace was notified and came up by special train, bringing Deputy Gist and his two famous blood hounds. He was met at the train by a carriage and without the loss of a moment started for the front, arriving too late to use the hounds that night. Before daylight Wednesday morning the officers, with the hounds, were at the place of the attempted holdup. As the day dawned so that the tracks could be seen, the dogs were taken to the tree behind which the robber had been concealed, and readily got the scent of the tracks. The deputies had made a search of the immediate vicinity and found where the robber had been camped about a quarter of a mile outh of the road. Apparently he had been there several days. The hounds took up the track from the tree, and restrained by a chain, followed it across the road and down a canyon in a southerly direction, seeming eager for the chase. Will Ornbaun and Ben Melton then returned to the road and started on horse back by another route for Wendling and Boonville to get in advance of the pursuing party.
Tuesday afternoon J. A. Jamison, Jr., of Ukiah and James Jamison of Redwood Valley, and later G. A. Keller and F. L. Brunson, went out to the Halfway House to bring in the body of the murdered guard, returning with it at noon Wednesday.
The pursuing party, having cut loose from all communication by wire, no news of their movements during the greater part of Wednesday could be obtained. Rumors of all kinds floated about town all day but nothing could be verified. About 8 o’clock Wednesday night a phone message was received from Deputy Ornbaun stating that the pursuers would soon be at Boonville. Yesterday Sheriff Grace came in from Boonville to Ukiah. He stated that the trail had become too cold to be followed by the hounds, and he brot them in and returned to Santa Rosa. His opinion was that the highwayman had gotten thru the Anderson Valley country and was headed for the south end of Lake county.
Driver Ousley did not reach Mendocino Tuesday night until 11 o’clock and he reached Ukiah about 12 o’clock next night. He declares he has no desire for a similar experience again, but says he was not frightened until it was well over and he had unhooked is team. Ousley is a native of Napa county, 22 years old, but has resided here for several years. Tho young, he handles the lines like a veteran, and the fact that he saved Wells Fargo’s treasure box at the imminent risk of his own life, proves that he is not a man to surrender easily.
But worst and saddest of all is the death of Mr. Overmeyer. He was not employed as the regular messenger, but went as a substitute for J. L. Johnson, the owner of the stage line, who generally goes as his own guard. Mr. Johnson had business in San Francisco, and Mr. Overmeyer went this trip as a matter of accommodation, as he did several times before. The deceased was known to be a man absolutely fearless. He was Constable of this Township for several years and was always prompt and efficient in his duties. He was 58 years, 7 months and 17 days old and was a native of Illinois. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which order he carried an insurance of $2000. He was also an exempt member of the Eagle Fire Company.
He leaves a heart broken wife and four daughters, three of whom are married. They are Mrs. E. J. Bush, of Woodland; Mrs. Frank Howell and Mrs. Frank Collier of Ukiah and Miss Nellie Overmeyer of Ukiah. The funeral service took place yesterday at 2 o’clock p. m. at the M. E. Church, South, Rev. W. O. Waggener conducting the service. The Workmen attended in a body as did also the Eagle Fire Company. The whole town and community is inexpressibly saddened by the untimely and violent death of the brave, good man, loving husband and father and upright, faithful citizen. Dispatch Democrat 27 March 1903.
Painter,James M.  11 October 1839 VA-16 July 1920
Co. K, 11 VA Inf. CSA
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits

PIONEER OF ‘58 TAKEN BY DEATH JULY 16TH – WILLITS, July 19. – James M. Painter died at the home 
of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Matteson, July 16 after an illness of several months’ duration. Several weeks 
ago he was stricken with a third stroke of paralysis and it left him helpless.
Mr. Painter was born in Winchester, Virginia, October 11, 1939 [sic]. He first came to California 
in 1858 and afterwards joined the group of Indian fighters and guides under the command of Lieut. 
Sublette and Kit Carson. When the Civil War broke out he returned to his old home in Virginia and enlisted 
in the Confederate army under General Green. He was in thirteen battles and was finally made prisoner at 
Vicksburg and sent to a prison camp in Illinois.
He returned to California in 1866 and the following year followed the gold rush to Montana, but 
was unsuccessful in his quest for gold. He then returned to Virginia and married, and three children were 
born to this union, only one of whom, William, is living. In 1868 he again returned to California and followed 
farming near Petaluma until 1882 when he moved to this county and settled in Ukiah valley.
He moved to this valley about 1866 and rented the old Frost ranch which he farmed for several 
years. He then went down on the Outlet and took up a claim near what is now Arnold station.
His second wife died while he lived at Ukiah, and one daughter, Anna, now Mrs. Matteson, was the 
only child of this union. Dispatch Democrat, 23 July 1920.

1870 U.S. census, Lewis County, Missouri, population schedule, Monticello post office, dwelling 67, family 67, 
James Painter; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 787.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Little Lake Voting Pct., ED 60, p. 232-A 
(stamped), dwelling 41, family 41, Jas M Painter; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
Paxton, Samuel Dihel 4 July 1838 OH-7 December 1908
Co. A, 30 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6, Row D, sp 7)
Pension No. 16,815

SAM D PAXTON HAS ANSWERED LAST CALL – Samuel Dihel Paxton died in this city Monday afternoon and the funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon from the Masonic hall under the auspices of Abell lodge Number 146 F & A M. The deceased had been a sufferer for years and some months ago was partially paralyzed. Of late he had been steadily failing and for the past two weeks his demise was expected at any time.
S. D. Paxton was born in Ohio near Cincinnati July 4, 1838. He enlisted in the 30th Illinois and attained the rank of lieutenant. He was severely wounded February 15, 1862, the second day of the engagement at Fort Donaldson, a bullet fracturing his right wrist and leaving him a cripple for life.
He came to Mendocino county in 1873 and with the late Samuel Dihel bought what was known as the Dihel and Paxton ranch west of Ukiah. In 1885 he was elected county clerk on the Republican ticket against an overwhelming democratic majority in the county. He was reelected clerk and in 1890 was elected assessor, which office he held one term.
The deceased was a strong Republican and was at one time part owner in the Republican Press, having purchased an interest in the paper when the firm of Poundstone & Mathews failed and maintained it until he and Judge Mannon sold the property to the present owner.
The deceased will always be remembered as a kind and generous individual whose every thought was for his friends. In his active days he was one of the most popular men in the county politically which was shown by his being elected and returned to office when the county was safely democratic. In his public career and his private life the deceased was scrupulously honest and was a good citizen in every sense of the word. D. E. Paxton of this city is the surviving brother of the deceased. Ukiah Republican Press 11 December 1908.

SAM D. PAXTON ANSWERS CALL – Death Ends Career of Prominent Political Character and Good Citizen – Sam D. Paxton died in this city last Monday about noon after a lingering illness of several years duration. He was a patient sufferer and was cheerful up to the last. He was stricken with paralysis a few years ago and was unable to get around except in an invalid’s chair.
He was born in Ohio 70 years ago. When the call for volunteers was issued in ‘61 young Paxton offered his services to his country and enlisted with the Ohio volunteers. He fought throughout the war but was wounded in the wrist in one of the engagements, practically losing the use of the right arm for the rest of his life. After the war he came to California and located near Ukiah going into the stock business on the Paxton range west of Ukiah.
Sam Paxton was an ardent Republican and was one of the strong men of that party. In the early 80's Mendocino county was Democratic by 400, and straight tickets were voted by the great majority of both parties. It was a remarkable thing for anyone to run ahead of his party ticket. In 1886 Sam Paxton and Dan Orsborn broke the Democratic charm and were elected on the Republican ticket to office, Paxton winning the clerkship over Major Cunningham by three votes and Orsborn winning the sheriff’s office over Doc Standley by three votes. There was much dissension in the ranks of the Democracy in 1886 on account of the hot primaries locally. Paxton and Orsborn saw their opportunity and plunged into the fight and were the first Republicans ever elected in the county. In 1888, Paxton was re-nominated and was elected, defeating the Democratic war horse E.C. Fousbee by a narrow margin. In 1890 he plunged into the assessor’s fight, took advantage of a factional fight in the Democratic party and won the office over C.P. Smith, the Democratic nominee, by a small majority. He filled out his term as assessor but did not run for re-election. He ran for supervisor against C.P. Smith in 1896, but Smith turned the tables on him and won the fight by a large majority. After this Paxton retired to private life.
He was a member of the G.A.R., and was a prominent Mason, being a Knight Templar. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Masonic hall and was held under the auspices of the order. There was a large turnout. In the death of Sam Paxton the county loses a good citizen. His death is generally regretted by all who knew him. Mendocino Dispatch Democrat 11 December 1908.
Pearce, Lemuel Taylor 19 April 1841 OH-29 January 1920
Co. H, 18 U.S. Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah

COAST PIONEER DIES AT COUNTY HOSPITAL -- L. F. Pearce, a pioneer resident of the Albion section passed away at the County Hospital Thursday after a short illness. Death was the result of old age. Deceased spent most of his life in the coast section where he was well known. Fort Bragg Advocate, 4 February 1920, p. 1, c. 2.
Pennington, William Higham 3 August 1825 Eng.-9 January 1912
82 NY Inf.
Westport Cemetery
Pension No. 1,372,458

OBITUARY – Wm. H. Pennington, one of the oldest residents of Westport, died at his home in that place Tuesday, jan. 9, 1912, after a illness of several weeks. He was well known in this section and his familiar, cheery face will be greatly missed.
The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Westport Church, of which he was a member for many years, Rev. W. A. Chapman conducting the services.
William Higham Pennington was born in Preston, England, Aug. 3, 1825, was married there, and moved with his family to the United States in 1857. He served three and a half years in the Federal army during the Civil War, was captured, but escaped and succeeded in making his way back to the Federal lines.
After the war, he rejoined his family, living in Philadelphia, but soon afterwards during the cholera plague he lost his wife and five children in one week. This left him with only one child, a daughter, who is now living in Oregon. Mr. Pennington, being now left almost alone, drifted aimlessly about for several years, finally coming to California about 40 years ago and 10 years later settled at Westport, where he lived until the time of his death. It was here he met Miss Ellen Aiken and on Nov. 1, 1883, they were married. To this couple one child, Albert E. Pennington, was born Dec. 5, 1884, who, with the aged widow, are left to mourn his loss. Fort Bragg Advocate, 17 January 1912, p. 2, c. 5.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Westport township, ED 71, p. 390-A, sheet 1, dwelling 2, family 2, William H. Penington; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army.
Peterson, William Henry 2 February 1840 NY-3 October 1913
Co. F, 2 CA Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino
Pension No. 777,358

PIONEER COASTER CALLED HOME – “Taps” Are Sounded for Civil War Veteran – On Saturday, October 3d, at 3:05 p. m. William H. Petersen, for more than half a century a familiar figure on the Mendocino coast, and for the past twelve years a resident of Mendocino, passed to the beyond after a brief illness from pneumonia, aged 73 years, 8 months and 1 day.
Mr. Petersen was born at ransom Hill, New York, February 3, 1840, one of a family of 8 boys and 2 girls. His mother dying when he was 12 years of age, he was early initiated into the “school of hard knocks.” From the meagre and erratic instruction of the “early days,” he graduated into a sturdy manhood, and being of an adventurous turn, took advantage of an opportunity to “go West” in 1860 when he crossed the plains as a teamster, arriving at the Golden Gate the fall of the same year.
The Civil War having begun, he enlisted in Company F, of the 2d regiment of California Volunteers (infantry) September 12, 1861, expecting to go to the front; but the Indians taking advantage of the unsettled conditions of the times to start a disturbance, the local troops were kept in the West, and he saw a considerable amount of hazardous and exciting Indian fighting. In one engagement Mr. Petersen was shot in the leg and carried the bullet the rest of his life. He saw a number of years of service along the coast and sustained a permanent injury at Fort Gunnison, Humboldt county, by being struck on the back by a portion of scaffolding which gave way.
His four years’ term of service ended, he was honorably discharged at Fort Wright, California, in February, 1864, the discharge giving him an excellent reputation for morality and deportment. The war not being ended, he reenlisted the 29th day of the same month to serve for a period of two years, or to the end of the war. He received his final discharge May 4th, 1866 at the Presidio. After his discharge, he served for two years as a government teamster, then took service with E. J. Whipple for like employment for a term of three years. While in the employment of Whipple, he became acquainted with Sarah A. Vickers Wymer, to whom he was united in marriage September 21, 1869 by Rev. S. P. Whitney. To this union five children, Hattie J., Wm. Henry, Roxania Davenport and Laura A, were born, all of whom reside on the California coast.
After leaving the service of E. J. Whipple, Mr. Petersen worked as engineer at Gualala, then at Greenwood, where he had his leg broken, then at Albion, and later at Fort Bragg. For the past twelve years he has been in the employ of the Mendocino Lumber Company, first in the plaining mill and for the last six years as nightwatchman. This service he continued to discharge until September 28th, when he was taken ill with pneumonia.
Mr. Petersen was a kindly disposed man of the rough-and-ready type, and during his long residence on this coast endeared himself to many. He was a faithful and loving husband, a kind and considerate father and a good citizen.
The children of the Flat will long miss “Dad” with his kindly ways and ready retort; and friends and loved ones his familiar presence.
Aside from the immediate family, he leaves seven brothers and two sisters residing in the East; a step-daughter, 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A large number of friends and neighbors and fellow employees of the Mendocino Lumber Company were present at the funeral which was conducted by the Rev. J. Melville Fisher at Evergreen cemetery. A quartette composed of Mesdames Fisher and Peirsol and Frank N. West and Joshua Grindle sang several beautiful and appropriate selections during the service and while the casket was being lowered into the grave. The pall bearers, four veterans of the G. A. R., then cast each a sprig of evergreen upon the casket which was covered with a flag, and A. G. Stone sounded “Taps,” after which the service was concluded with the committal and benediction. Mendocino Beacon, 11 October 1913, p. 5, c. 5.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River township, ED 58, p. 68-A (stamped), sheet 8, dwelling 168, family 169, Wm H Peterson; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army.
Philbrick, Dudley Orville 2 July 1848 ME-22 December 1938
4th Battery, 1st Battalion, ME Light Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah
Pension No. 1,172,666

NONAGENARIAN LAID TO REST – D. O. Philbrick, Early Settler, Lived To Ripe Age – Dudly Orville Philbrick, who would have reached his ninety-first birthday next July and who for years resided in this county, passed away at his residence in San Jose December 22 following a short illness. Although his health has been failing, due to infirmities of age, he was confined to his bed but one week.
Came Here In 1866 – Mr. Philbrick was born of English parents on a farm near Mt. Vernon, Maine, July 2, 1848. At the age of 16 years he enlisted in the Union Army and fought through to the close of the Civil War, being wounded at the battle of Petersburg. At the cose of the war he returned to his native state and in company with his widowed mother and youngest sister came to California, via the Isthmus of Panama, landing in Mendocino March 17, 1866.
Worked In Mill – He went to work in the lumber mill at Mendocino and attended night school, later going to San Francisco, where he obtained a business education at the College of the Pacific.
Merchant And Rancher – He went into business in San Francisco, later selling to return to Mendocino, to enter the retail meat business, in the building he had constructed, and which still is operated as a retail meat market. In 1874 he bought the interest of the late Andrew McKay and Neil McDonald in what is now Known as the Philbrick ranch. He sold his ranch and timber interests about 20 years ago and moved to San Jose where he purchased property and conducted furnished apartments and remained active in business until about three years ago, when he retired.
Sorrowing Relatives – On August 1, 1883, he was married to Annie M. Thomson and to them four children were born: John C. Philbrick,... Ukiah Republican Press 28 December 1938
Pike, Horace L. (or P.) Abt. 1844 ME-25 March 1875
Sgt, Co. B, 7 ME Inf.; 1st Lt., 1 U.S. Artillery
Pension No. 531,582 (Widow’s application)

OBITUARY. – It is with feelings of sincere regret that we are called upon to chronicle the sudden death of Col. H. L. Pike, of this place, who died Thursday night, the 25th inst., of exhaustion.
The Colonel fought in th late war for the Union, was a brave soldier, an able writer, a great thinker, and an honest and upright citizen. He was affable, genial and pleasing in his manner almost to a fault. He came to California about three years ago, and soon after his arrival was employed on the editorial staff of the S. F. Chronicle, where he remained for some time. In 1873 he came to Mendocino and with us commenced the publication of the STAR, and since that time has resided in this place. His father, Hon. Daniel T. Pike, and mother reside in Augusta, Maine, of which place he was also a native. Col. Pike was about 31 years of age and was on the retired army list with the full pay of Colonel. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances on this coast to regret his sudden and untimely death. West Coast Star, 27 March 1875, p. 2, c. 2.
Pitner, Berryman 4 Dec 1840 IL-16 Aug 1902
Co. E, 5 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (P-8, Lot 5, NW)
Pension No. 807,303

Death of Berry Pitner – Last Saturday morning Berry Pitner, for many years a resident of this county, died in this city. His age was 62 years. Mr. Pitner took sick while out camping at Reeves’ Canyon, and was brot in the Monday before his death. He leaves one son, Fred, and two daughters, Miss Birdie and Mrs. Al Scott. The funeral took place from the residence of the latter, Sunday at 3 o’clock p. m. Dispatch Democrat 22 August 1902.
Pittam, Edwin 1 April 1830 Eng-10 November 1902
Corp., Co. K, 152 NY Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 867,678

Edwin Pittam of Noyo has been granted a pension for services rendered in the late civil war. Mendocino Beacon, 7 April 1894.

RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT. – At a meeting of Missionary Ridge Post, G. A. R., held December 13, 1902, it was
Resolved: That we sorrow over the sudden death of our comrade Edwin Pittam. He was much respected by his comrades, and was a man of kind disposition, and though suffering from the infirmities of age and disease, he was cheerful and patient. He was faithful to his country, and now has been promoted and retired to his rest in the land of peace.
“Soldier rest, thy warfare o’er.”
ERI HUGGINS, P.C.
J. K. PEIRSOL, Adjt.
Fort Bragg Advocate, 17 December 1902, p. 3, c. 2.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ten Mile River, ED 77, p. 175-A (stamped), sheet 7, dwelling 136, family 136, Edwin Pittam; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Pyront, John Franklin 12 January 1840 SC-10 May 1925
45 TN Inf. CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6, Row G, grave 5)

Pioneer Of The City Is Dead At Age of 85 – J. F. Pyront, for many years a resident of Ukiah, died 
Monday following an illness due to the infirmities of age. The funeral service was held yesterday 
at two o’clock from the Eversole chapel, Rev. A. A. Doak, of the Christian church, officiating. Mr. 
Pyront is survived by two daughters, one of whom was with him at the time of his death. Deceased 
was 85 years old and during his residence of 30 years in Ukiah had won the respect and confidence 
of everyone by his integrity. Ukiah Republican Press 12 May 1925.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 68, p. 300-B, 
sheet 1, dwelling 14, family 14, John F Pyront; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah South Pct., ED 123, 
p. 204-A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 11, family 11, John F Pyront; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.