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SUESSER, JACOB A (1831-1901) Calvary Cath. Cem. (Salinas Daily Index September 6, 1901)

Death of Jacob A. Suesser
After a painful and lingering illness of many months Jacob A. Suesser, or to give him his rightful name, Jacob A. Sees, died at his home on Sausal street at 5:10 o’clock yesterday evening.

Born in Wurtemberg Germany, on January 23, 1831, the deceased migrated to the United States and on June 9, 1854 enlisted in Battery D, Second Artillery of the United States army, under Colonel Brown and was transferred to the 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, under command of Captain Brown. He was engaged with his company in the Indian war, going on in Arizona and New Mexico territories during 1854-55 and ‘56, and was promoted to a sergeantry. He as discharged in the fall of 1857 and came to Monterey shortly afterward. He was admitted to citizenship October 27, 1862 in the County Court of this county, taking his papers out in the name of Jacob A. Suesser, but receiving a pension of $24 a month from the U.S. government for disease of the eyes under the true name of Jacob A. Sees.

In the early days of Salinas, deceased ran a whisky joint, now existing under the name of the Red Front saloon, where several children were born to him and his wife, of whom three sons and three daughters are still living. Suesser accumulated quite a competence and purchased considerable property of which he was possess until 1899. On September 18th of that year Suesser and his family came into undue prominence when George Suesser, the youngest son in a frenzy of rage and crime, shot and killed Sheriff Henry R. Farley, the history of which tragedy published in the Index at that time, is still fresh in the memory of our residents. To save the son from the gallows Jacob Suesser mortgaged all his property and virtually died a poor man, necessitating his burial by the county under the Indigent Veterans burial act of the last legislature.

About seventeen months ago he was severely burned about the lower extremities in a fire, and this added to the fact that his son had been a convicted as a murderer, brought on a complication of ailments which finally proved fatal. The intermediate cause of his death is said to have been stomach trouble.

No arrangements have yet been made for the burial which will be under the direction of D.J. King, superintendent of interment for indigent veterans of this county.

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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