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Joseph De Puy Fairchild
24 April 1838 - 19 July 1869
  David Fairchild
Deborah Palmer


A printer most of his life, DePuy, as he was referred to by family, worked on many papers as documented on the Newspapers page.

The Ovid Bee - January 2, 1867
Married J.D. Fairchild, one of the proprietors of the REESE RIVER REVEILLE, was married on the 4th instant at Greenwood valley, El Dorado Co., Cal, to Miss E.H. Harris.  Fairchild, first singular, then plural, and finally a noun of multitude.  The luck of a printer, Joe. {Washoe Slope.

The Ovid Bee - August 4, 1869
Through the politeness of Mr. Clement Jones, Jr. we were handed a Virginia City (Nevada) paper on Friday last, dated the previous Friday, July 23d, which contained the following item:

"J.D. Fairchild, formerly of the Austin Reveille, died suddenly in Sacramento, California, July 19, of congestion of the brain."

This sudden announcement fell like thunderbolt  in a clear sky upon us, as it must also upon other members of the family in the 'States' as well as California and Nevada.  It was the only news we had of the event until Monday evening, the Reveille of Saturday July 24th, reaching here, confirmed our worst fears.  It says:

"A telegraphic dispatch received here on Monday morning last announced the sudden death at Sacramento on the evening previous, of Joseph D. Fairchild, brother of the proprietor of this paper.  The sad news took every one by surpise and cast a gloom over his numerous friends here, to whom he had endeared himself during a residence of several years.  It is but two weeks since he was here on a short visit, apparently in excellent health.  This sudden taking off of a robust young man is another instance of how precarious is the tenure of life. 'Jo.' Fairchild, as he was familiarly called, was connected with the Reveille from 1863 until the Spring of '68, ot which time he sold his interest to his brother (Oscar L. C.) the present proprietor, and removed to California.  If he made an enemy during his long stay in Austin we have never heard of it, while his friends are legion.  He leaves a young wife and child."

The deceased was the youngest brother of the editor of this paper, and the youngest member of his father's family.  He was born in this village, April 24, 1838, consequently at the time of his death was aged 31 years, 2 months and 2 days.  We parted with him last, in April 1854, at the age of 16, when he left here with his parents, eldest sister and her two children for California, whither her husband and three brothers, had preceeded them, -- none of whom we have met since.  We now record the third death in the family, the first one being Theodore Tracy, next older brother than J. De Puy, the second our venerable father, David Fairchild.  In these repeated dispensations of Divine Providence, are we feelingly admonished of our own mortality.  We bow in humble submission to Him who is:

"Too wise to err, too good to be unkind --
 And doeth all things well,"

-- Although short sighted creatures that we are, not able to "see the end from the beginning," -- else we would not murmur and repine at our lot in life, or doubt the wisdom of our Creator in His dealings with us.

From the History of Nevada, Thompson & West, 1888:

J. D. Fairchild.

Joseph Depuy Fairchild, of the Reese River Reveille, was born at Ovid, Seneca County, New York, in April, 1838. Growing up there to be quite a lad, he learned to set type. Arriving in California in 1854, he not long afterward engaged himself to complete the printing trade with W. J. Forbes, who was at that time publishing a paper at Georgetown, El Dorado County. He remained with Forbes, going with him from El Dorado to Sierra County, for several years, until he concluded to engage in a newspaper venture of his own. With his brother, O.L.C. Fairchild, he begun [sic] the publication of the Placerville Semi-Weekly Observer, the first number of which came out on the ninth of February, 1859. He continued in that paper until it suspended in 1860. Then returning to his old employer, Forbes, at Downieville, he there remained until the Reese River excitement begun [sic] in 1863, when he went to Austin. Engaging as a journeyman in the Reveille office at Austin, when that paper first started, he and his brother soon after became its lessees, and finally proprietors by purchase, which continued until the time of his death, which occured at Sacramento, California, in the summer of 1869, from congestion of the brain, resulting from a fall from a horse. His remains were conveyed to Georgetown, El Dorado County, where they were buried.


The Ovid Bee - Editorial Columns
History of Nevada, Thompson & West, 1888

Updated 1 January 2002
Copyright, Mark W. Swarthout, 2002