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PIERCE, THOMAS F (1841-1904) IOOF (Salinas Weekly Index March __, 1904) 
A Sudden Death Thomas Pierce, a painter who for several years had made his home in Chualar, dropped dead yesterday in Mrs. Pihl’s hotel at Chualar while eating his noon meal. Parties at the table with him noticed him gasping for breath and suddenly his head fell forward upon his breast and as he was falling from the chair they caught him and helped him to the sidewalk where he expired in less than five minutes. Coroner H.V. Muller was notified and held an inquest upon the body. The evidence showed that he had frequently suffered from heart trouble and consequent sinking spells. Hence, the verdict was death from natural causes. 

The deceased was a war veteran and was in receipt of a government pension, and unless relatives advise differently he will be give a veteran’s burial. He was 63 years of age and is said to have a wife living in Newton, Kansas, who has been telegraphed to. He is also said to have two sons living in the vicinity of Marysville, in this state, their exact addresses being unknown to Mr. Muller or any of the friends of the deceased, so far as can be ascertained.

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base