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Sarkowski, Johannes Christof 12 December 1838 Ger.-27 February 1912
U.S. Navy
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino

John C. Sarowski. Was born in Hamburg, Germany, December 12, 1838, and attended the common schools of Germany till fourteen years of age. He resided at his birthplace till 1860, when he sailed before the mast and came to America and volunteered in the Virginia Fleet, under Admiral Lee, and participated in the war of the rebellion, and was honorably discharged at Norfolk Navy Yard in the fall of 1863. He then sailed to Europe, thence to China, and thence to California, arriving in this State in 1866. He began logging at the Noyo mills, which he followed till 1877, when he purchased his present business t Ocean View. He married Crezentia Brenzeng October 9, 1874, a native of Barvaria, Germany, born September 21, 1849. They have no children. (Lyman Palmer, History of Mendocino County [San Francisco, Cal.: Alley, Bowen & Co.,1880], p. 555)
Schnoor, Henry S. July 1831 Ger.-17 July1912
Co. C, K, 49 MO Inf.
Pension No. 271,026

Henry Schnoor Passes Away – Henry Schnoor an old time coast blacksmith, passed away at the home of Jesse Dwinelle Wednesday after a short illness. Deceased was 81 years of age and a native of Mecklenburg, Germany. He came to the United States when quite a young man and during the Civil War was a blacksmith in the union army. At the close of the war he came West across the plains by ox teams. He came to the Mendocino coast about 1880 and since that time has made Mendocino his home a large part of the time. He was an excellent workman and at one time or another had been employed in most of the coast shops. A short time prior to his death he was employed at Caspar.
Deceased left no relatives known to his friends at this place. The funeral was held Friday afternoon. Mendocino Beacon 20 July 1912.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Township, ED 59, p. 93-A (stamped), sheet 4, dwelling 93, family 93, Henry Schnoor; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Scholl, Loren Theodore 16 April 1843 IN-11 August 1933
Co. A, 12 IN Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (J-12, Lot 5, NE)
Pension No. 980,587

Aged Pioneer Has Passed Into Rest – Funeral rites were held here Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock for Loren Theodore Scholl, who passed away in Oakland shortly after midnight Friday following a long illness. The service was held at the Eversole mortuary with Reverend Elbert Holland officiating. During the service Wayne Burke sang two sacred numbers with Christine Burke at the piano. Interment was in the family lot beside the wife who preceded him to the grave many years ago. The pall bearers were W. P. Burke, Ed. Porter, I. C. Burke, N. T. McClure, Fred Chalfant and William Briggs. Mr. Scholl, who is survived by a son, Fred Scholl, of this city, a daughter, Mrs. Ray Enders of Oakland, several grandchildren and a great grandchild, was born in Oswego, Indiana, more than 90 year ago. For many years he resided in Ukiah, where he was well and favorably known. About 10 years ago he went to Oakland to make his home. Dispatch Democrat 18 August 1933.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah Township, ED 70, p. 382-B (stamped), sheet 20, dwelling 398, family 398, Loren T Scholl; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Scott, Hart Benton 9 February 1844 IL-18 September 1923
Sgt., Co. H, 97 IL Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pt. Arena

FORMER SUPERVISOR DIES AT POINT ARENA – The flag on the courthouse hung at half mast Wednesday and Thursday as a mark of respect to the memory of H. B. Scott, formerly supervisor of the fifth district, who passed away at the home of his daughter in Point Arena Wednesday morning.
Mr. Scott had been in rather poor health for several months, but had been confined to his bed but about a week previous to his death.
He was born in Greene county, Ill., February 9, 1844, thus being 79 years of age last February. In 1864 he came to California, settling in this county near Point Arena, where he took up a claim of 160 acres. In 1888 he moved to Point Arena where he engaged in mercantile business in 1890. Two years later he again went to ranching and followed it for five years, when he again went into business, which he followed for ten years, then retiring.
He was supervisor from 1886 until 1890.
He was married May 16, 1878, to Miss Belle Hoyt, and the widow and five children remain to mourn his passing. The children are A. D., Mortimer, and H. B. Scott, Mrs. D. L. Dennen and Mrs. Fred Patton.
The funeral was held in Point Arena yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Ukiah Dispatch Democrat 21 September 1923, p. 1, c. 5.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Point Arena City, ED 57, p. 152-A (stamped), sheet 2, family 14, Hart B. Scott; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army.

POINT ARENA MAN PASSES AWAY – H. B. Scott, a prominent resident of Point Arena, died here Tuesday aged 79 years. Deceased was a Civil War veteran. He came to Point Arena at an early day and was prominently identified with the building up of that section. He served as Supervisor of the Fifth district in 1888, and also served as Justice of the Peace of his township. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons. Mendocino Beacon 22 September 1923, p. 1, c. 1.
Scott, Joseph Reid 6 June 1825 OH-1 January 1908
2nd Independent Battery, KS Light Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 3, SW)
Pension No. 361,184

Death of Old Soldier – F. O. Scott of Calpella received word yesterday of the death of his father Jos. R. Scott at Yountville. The deceased was eighty-two years old and was a veteran of the civil war. Until a few months ago he had made his home at Calpella with his son. The remains will be brought to this city for interment and the funeral will take place from the M. E. Church south Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Ukiah Republican Press 3 January 1908.
Scranton, Robert Eugene 7 December 1844 OH-21 March 1904
Co. K, 2 OH Heavy Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Q-7, Lot 3, SE)
Pension No. 583,873

Death of R. E. Scranton – Robert E. Scranton passed to he great beyond on Monday, March 21st, at his home in Coyote valley near this city, leaving a loving wife, five sons and one daughter to mourn his loss.
The deceased was born in Chester, Ohio, December 7th, 1844. At the age of 19 years he enlisted in Company K, Ohio heavy artillery and served thru the Civil war. He was married in Ohio in 1866 and moved thence in 1869 to Minnesota and later to Nebraska., where he lived until 1892 when he came to California in the hope of benefitting his health, as he was afflicted with asthma. He received great benefit from our genial climate and returned to his family in Nebraska. He later decided to make his permanent home here and came to this county last November. His family followed, arriving only two weeks ago. Lately his asthma became worse and Monday morning at 3 o’clock he became unconscious and at 9 o’clock he passed away. The funeral service was held at the family home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. J. C. bolster officiating. The interment was at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Ukiah.
Tho we had known Mr. Scranton but a short time we found him to be a man of excellent character and he had the respect of all who had made his acquaintance here. Dispatch Democrat 25 March 1904.
Shoemaker, John William 1840 KY-26 April 1927
Mt’d Detachment CA Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6, Row G, sp 6 NW)

JOHN W. SHOEMAKER. – Experiences during the era of Indian warfare in the west give to the history of Mr. Shoemaker a touch of romance and adventure. When he crossed the plains to Oregon in company with his mother and stepfather, James Morse (his own father having died when he was a very small child), the entire west was in the infancy of its material development. James Morse was a cousin of Morse, inventor of the telegraph. Railroads were as yet unbuilt in the west. The trail of the mountaineer and the plainsman furnished the only route of travel, while the “prairie schooner” was the sole conveyance in use by overland emigrants. Born in Grayson county, Ky., in 1840, he was a boy of twelve when the family arrived in Oregon in the fall of 1852 and at that plastic age impressions ineffaceable were made on his mind by the strange journey and the isolated environment. His the task of aiding in the cultivating of a tract of raw land in Lane county, Oregon, where without any advantages of schooling or cultured surroundings he grew to manhood, self-reliant, resolute and fearless. In 1858 the family located near Hydesville, Humboldt county, Cal., and there resided until the war.
With characteristic loyalty the young frontiersman offered his services to the Union at the opening of the Civil war. Early in 1861 he joined the mounted scouts. Out of seven hundred and fifty volunteers he was one of the thirty picked men who served as mountain rangers. His choice for such responsible work proved his reputation for fearlessness and military skill. As quartermaster of the company, he traveled with the troops through the mountains of northern California for five years and meanwhile met the Indians on many a bloody battlefield. More than once he was wounded in these skirmishes. On one occasion he was shot in the side and in another battle a bullet passed through his horse and flattened against his shin-bone. The svages were still hostile and troublesome when he received an honorable discharge and returned to other employment. He was selected as a man suitable for the difficult task of taking a drove of cattle to Idaho, but on the way the herd was stampeded by the Indians and many of them were lost. Barely escaping with his life, he finally reached Idaho nearly dead from a wound in his right leg, but was young and hardy and soon recovered. After he had engaged in mining in various parts of that state for five years he returned to California in 1873 and settled in Mendocino county.
Securing a quit-claim deed to five hundred and forty acres of mountain land situated six miles west of Ukiah on the Low Gap road, Mr. Shoemaker has made his home on the property from that year to the present. It is little short of remarkable in this era of change to find a man quietly pursuing the even tenor of his way on one homestead for over forty years of uninterrupted contentment and industry. Outside enterprises have not appealed to him. With the aid of the income from the ranch and the pension granted by the government in consideration of his services in the Civil war, he and his family have been prosperous and have surrounded themselves with all the comforts of existence. The location of the ranch appeals to lovers of the picturesque, for it lies in the foothills more than two thousand five hundred feet above the level of the sea. One hundred and sixty acres are in redwood and tanbark, while the balance is in grazing land. The owner has planted and developed a vineyard, has given considerable care to an orchard of assorted fruits, and has also kept on the ranch cattle, sheep, hogs and poultry. Draft horses of fine breeds have been raised on the ranch, where now is to be seen Allenby, a stallion of almost ideal points, and where also are kept a number of high-grade mares. During the spring of 1913 Mr. Shoemaker was bereaved by the death of his wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Mahurin, and was born in Los Angeles, being the daughter of a California pioneer. Surviving her are two children, namely: Mary E., now the wife of Harry Bassett of Santa Cruz, and William G., who is with his father on the home ranch. Politically he has always been a Republican. On the organization of the Ukiah Lodge, A. O. U. W., Mr. Shoemaker became one of its active members and in his earlier years he took a leading part in its philanthropies. Throughout the llong period of his residence in the county he has been a constant contributor to public-spirited projects, has aided in the development of agriculture and horticulture as important industries of the county and has been interested in every movement for the permanent benefit of the people. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 866-867.)

PIONEER RESIDENT PASSES – John W. Shoemaker, 87-year-old pioneer of the county, died at his home on the Low Gap road yesterday at 12 o’clock. The funeral service will be held Thursday at two o’clock from the Eversole chapel, Rev. A. A. Doak officiating. Ukiah Republican Press 27 April 1927.

Civil War Veteran Was Buried Thursday – Last rites were held for John W. Shoemaker, Thursday at two o’clock. Rev. A. A. Doak, of the Christian church, officiated. Mr. Shoemaker was a veteran of the civil war and lived for many years on a ranch adjoining the C. W. Bradford property on the Low Gap road. Recently he has made his home at Santa Cruz with his daughter, Mrs. Effie Bossert, but realizing death was approaching asked to be brought back to his old home, which request was complied with. Death occurred Tuesday as related in last week’s Press. Beside Mrs. Bossert Mr. Shoemaker leaves a son, Guy, and many friends to mourn his passing. Ukiah Republican Press 4 May 1927.
Simpson, John Pendleton 20 September 1822 NY-20 May 1884
Capt., Co. E, Mountaineer Battl’n CA Inf.
Laytonville Cemetery

John Pendleton Simpson. This pioneer of Mendocino county, whose portrait will be found in these pages, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, September 20, 1822. He remained at his birthplace until he was about thirteen years of age, when with his parents he moved to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he remained until he was seventeen years of age. He then went to New Orleans and there remained until 1849, when he set out for California, coming the southern route through Texas and Mexico. He and Robert White were chums at home, and were partners through their mining days, and came to Mendocino county together as early as 1852, before there had hardly been a white man within its boundaries, and have since remained together as business partners. Nearly sixty years have left their snow upon their heads, which are now white with it. They have passed through the entire process of frontiering, and know it all by heart. The native Indians are mostly all gone now who were their only neighbors in those pioneer days, and their places are filled by men of their own race and tongue, and the rude “wick-e-up” is supplanted with neatly-painted cottages, and the wild jungles are now smiling fields of grain. All honor, say we, to these brave men, who took their lives in their hands and led the way into the outer circles of our country, that we might enjoy the land as an abiding place a quarter of a century later. (Lyman Palmer, History of Mendocino County [San Francisco, Cal.: Alley, Bowen & Co.,1880], p. 585-586).

1863. – ...In May Captain J. P. Simpson recruited a company of volunteers at Ukiah, who were mustered into service as Company E, Second California Volunteers...
1865. – ...In June of this year company E, Second California Volunteers, were mustered out of service, and returned to Ukiah. (Lyman Palmer, History of Mendocino County [San Francisco, Cal.: Alley, Bowen & Co.,1880], p. 481-482).

Another Pioneer Gone. – We were startled yesterday, on learning that one of Mendocino’s honored pioneers had passed “over the river” to explore the “better land.” On Wednesday, May 21st, 1884, John Pendleton Simson [sic], of Cahto, a member of the firm of Simpson & White, breathed his last under distressing circumstances. It appears that he was out hunting, and as he did not return when expected search was made, and his remains discovered in a canyon, alongside of a running stream where he had evidently gone to rest and bathe his feet. Mr. Simpson was a native of Chautauqua county, N. J. [sic], where he was born Sept. 20th, 1822. When thirteen years of age his parents removed to Ashtabula county, Ohio, but the young lad remained at home only until he had reached his seventeenth year, when he went to New Orleans, where he labored till 1849. In that year he started for California, via Texas and Mexico, and on arriving on this coast Robt. White and himself entered into partnership as miners, but tiring of that kind of a life both gentlemen came to this county, in 1852, then a part of Sonoma, located, and here they have since lived and carried on business together, honored and respected by all. Mendocino county, in his death, has lost a true friend and a worthy citizen. Ukiah Dispatch Democrat 23 May 1884.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Long Valley precinct, ED 61, p. 240-A (stamped), dwelling 32, family 32, John Simpson; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
Simpson, Thomas Jefferson 1845 OH-8 June 1894
Co. E, 4 IA Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 599,623

T. J. Simpson, who resides near Noyo, is home again. We are exceedingly sorry to state that the doctors have given him up, the cancer on the side of his neck is slowly, but surely eating his life away. Mr. Simpson is a veteran of the late war, having served on the Union side, and was first troubled with the disease which is sapping his life away about eighteen years ago. It troubled him at intervals, but did not show alarming symptoms until about a year ago. Last January he went to San Francisco, and had it operated on, and for a short time seemed to be on the road to recovery. He suffered a relapse, however, and was brought over from Ukiah last week in a very weak condition. Surrounded by his family, who are very much attached to him, everything possible is being done to alleviate his suffering. Fort Bragg Advocate, 23 May 1894, p. 3, c. 2.

PASSED AWAY. – T. J. Simpson of Noyo, who had been ill for some time past with a cancer, died Friday night, the funeral taking place Sunday. At the Baptist Church Rev. Mr. Paterson preached the funeral sermon, and at the grave the Grand Army rites were performed. Deceased was 50 years of age, and leaves a widow and eight children, who have the sympathy of many friends inthe time of trouble. Mr. Simpson was a resident of this county for many years, and was well thought of. He served in the Civil War, belonging to the 4th Iowa Cavalry. Fort Bragg Advocate, 13 June 1894, p. 3, c. 5.

1860 U.S. census, Henry County, Iowa, population schedule, Jefferson Township, Marshall Post Office, p. 16, dwelling 121, family 112, W T Simpson; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 324.
Smith, Charles Wicks December 1840 NY-15 August 1918
Willits Cemetery

C.W. Smith, a resident of Willits, died on August 15th. He was born in New York in December, 1840. He served throughout the Civil War and was honorably discharged in 1865. Fort Bragg Advocate, 28 August 1918, p. 5, c. 4.
Spencer, George Gorham 1838 MI-1 July 1896
Co. K, 10 MI Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 708,404

George D. Spencer died Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Frost, where he had made his home for many years. Deceased had been sick for several weeks, and his death was expected. He suffered a great deal the last few days of his life and welcomed the end. Dropsey was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Spencer made a record in the late civil war of which he was proud. He served four years, and was in many hard fought battles. He was in General Sherman’s army in the memorable march through Georgia, and was honorably discharged from the service. Deceased was born in Michigan on February 28, 1838. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. Arthur Hicks officiating. The church was handsomely decorated with the national colors, flowers and ferns in honor of the dead soldier. He was a member of Fredericksburg Post, G. A. R., and his remains were laid away by them in their lot in the Odd Fellows cemetery in the presence of a large number of friends. Point Arena Record, 3 July 1896, p. 3, c. 2.
Stayner, Charles Richard 7 February 1832 NS-11 November 1902
Co. F, 4 US Inf. & Co. A, 9 US Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 1?)
Pension No. 852,861

Death of C. R. Stayner – C. R. Stayner, a native of Nova Scotia, aged about 70 years, died at his home in Ukiah this morning. The deceased was a resident of Little Lake valley for something like 25 years. He then moved to the county seat. Stayner was a Union soldier during the war of the Rebellion and was a member of the G. A. R. He leaves no relatives in California. Little Lake Herald, 12 November 1902, p. 1, c. 4.

Death of C. R. Stayner – C. R. Stayner, a pioneer resident of this county and town, died here Tuesday morning of hearts failure.
His death was sudden and unexpected. He was 70 years old and was known to almost every man, woman and child in town, as he had kept fruit stands in Ukiah for many years. The funeral took place at 2 o’clock p.m. from Odd Fellows Hall, under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, of which deceased was a member. Dispatch Democrat 14 November 1902.

DEATH OF C. R. STAYNER – Old Pioneer Passed away Tuesday Last With Heart Failure – C. R. Stayner, for years a familiar figure in this city passed away at his rooms at Mrs. S. W. Haskett’s last Tuesday. The cause of his death is said to have been heart failure.
The deceased was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 7, 1832. On January 21, 1852, he enlisted and was attached to company F, 4th U. S. infantry. In January, 1863, he re-enlisted and was honorably discharged July 22, 1867.
The deceased was a prominent member of Kearsarge Post, number 119, G. A. R. and also of the local lodge of Odd Fellows. The funeral took place yesterday and the obsequies were conducted by the lodges of which he was a member.
Dick Stayner was well known at Willits and Covelo at which places he had formerly resided. His relations were always characterized by kindness and generosity and a host of friend will mourn his loss.
Miss Hannah Stayner of Dorchester, England, and Mrs. M. A. Jones of Boston, sisters, and J. D. Stayner of Boston, a brother, survive him. Ukiah Republican Press 14 November 1902.
Stewart, Zackquill Pierpont 19 May 1837 WV-15 February 1920
Co. K, 1 MO Engineers
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)
Pension No. 1,110,290

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT ADVANCED AGE OF 83 – Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Zackquill Pierpont Stewart, veteran of the Civil war, who died Monday at his home in this city at the advanced age of 83 years. He was born in West Virginia May 19, 1837, and had been a resident of Ukiah for several years. Ukiah Republican Press 20 February 1920.

1860 U.S. census, Henry County, Iowa, population schedule, New London Township, p. 266, dwelling 9, family 9, Wm Stewart; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 324.
Sutherland, Jeremiah 14 October 1841 MO-6 January 1911
Co. E, 8 MO S. M. Cav.
Westport Cemetery
Pension No. 724,364

DEATH OF AN OLD COASTER – Jerry Sutherland, an old coaster died at Westport Friday and was buried there Saturday. A wife survives him. Fort Bragg Advocate 11 January 1910, p. 2, c. 1.
Sutherland, John August 1825 IN-13 July 1910
Co. E, Mountaineer Battl’n CA Inf.
Westport Cemetery
Pension No. 677,408
Sweetland, Alonzo 10 February 1834 ME-ca. 28 September 1905
5th Battery, 1st Battalion ME Light Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 4)
Pension No. 276,236

AN INSANE MAN HANGS HIMSELF – The body of Alonzo Sweetland, a patient at the Mendocino State hospital was found Monday morning by Steward F. C. Handy of that institution hanging in a clump of brush back of the hospital. The body was badly bloated and the features hardly recognizable. The rope had been made from a piece of bedticking which had been twisted together and the distance from the ground was so short that the man’s feet were dragging on the ground and he evidently strangled to death.
The discovery by Steward Handy was an accident as he was getting over the vineyard fence to make a short cut to the dam where he has a crew of men working. He noticed the object and at first thought it was an old coat. He was soon undeceived however, and the coroner was summoned. The deceased had been a trusty and had been employed for years around the bakery. Of late his health has been failing and he had become despondent but it was not thought that he had any intentions on his life.
He disappeared from the institution about ten days before and Superintendent King has had searching parties out every day as he was fearful that Sweetland might have committed suicide or would perish from exposure. As this clump of brush was so close to the institution the parties had overlooked it. The deceased was about seventy years old and was committed to this institution in 1894. The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of suicide. Ukiah Republican Press 13 October 1905.