Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Obituary

Hiram Corey

Submitted by Claire Martin ~ June 14, 2007

Salinas Daily Index
Vol. XXXIII No. 640
Wednesday, September 10, 1913
Front Page



Wife and Members of His Family Were At His Bedside When the End Came.

News of Mr. Corey's Passing Is Received With Expressions Of Sorrow and Regret.

Taken suddenly ill while in San Francisco awaiting to welcome his daughter, Miss Pearl, who is returning from a trip around the world, Hiram Corey of Las Palmas farm, one of Monterey county's oldest and most respected pioneers, submitted to an operation Sunday night at the Lane Hospital and died from the effects of the illness and the shock of the operation at a early hour Tuesday morning.

Mr. Corey, accompanied by his wife and members of the family, went to San Francisco last week and were stopping at a hotel when Mr. Corey was taken sick. A physician who was called to attend him pronounced the complaint an intestinal obstruction, and advised the patient's removal to the hospital, where an operation was performed. After the operation the patient seemed to rally nicely, but it was only temporary. Mr. Corey's extreme age and the enfeebled condition of his health proved too much and he soon commenced to sink. His end came peacefully with the faithful wife and members of his family at his bedside.

The deceased was a native of Stanbridge, Canada, aged 82 years, 6 months and 2 days. He came to California from Canada by way of the Isthmus with his brother, Noah, in 1852. They engaged in contracting and in ranching for a number of years, and in 1862 Hiram Corey went to Virginia City, Nevada, where he bacame a mine superintendent. Returning to California Mr. Corey resumed ranching. In 1872 he came to Monterey county and leased the Buena Vista rancho, containing 7725 acres, near this city. He was successful and in 1883 he purchased the ranch outright. In 1889, he disposed of this rench to the Buena Vista Land Company, but was later forced to take back 2000 acres of the property. Subsequently he bought back 1600 acres more and changed the name from Buena Vista to Las Palmas. This ranch has been the family home for many years.

Mr. Corey was twice married, the first time to Rosanna Frost, in 1856. There were no children by this union but the couple lavished all the love of their hearts upon the three orphan children of Mr. Corey's sister. These were Mrs. B. V. Sargent, Mrs. G. A. Dougherty and E. E. Littlefield. These children made their homes with Mr. and Mrs. Corey until they grew to maturity and married. The first Mrs. Corey died in March 1900.

Mr. Corey's second marriage was with Mrs. Elfreda Eade-Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eade of King City. The second Mrs. Corey had one daughter, Miss Pearl, by her first marriage. To the union was born another, Miss. Augusta Eleanor.

When news of Mr. Corey's death was received here there were heard many expressions of sorrow and regret upon all sides, as the deceased was greatly respected by all who knew him.

The remains will be brought to Salinas for interment, arriving tomorrow morning on the 11:12 train. The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. George McCormick at the United Presbyterian Church, commencing at 2:30 p.m. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.