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Wilmot, Mrs. M.R. - Monterey American, Feb. 17, 1915

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: Wilmot, Mrs. M.R. - Monterey American, Feb. 17, 1915 Reply with quote

Shocking Tragedy in Upper Carmel Valley

Mrs. Birks and Mrs. Wilmot Lose Their Lives

Full Details of Accident Have Not Been Received

A shocking tragedy took place in the upper Carmel Valley this morning, when two elderly ladies, Mrs. Riley Birks and Mrs. M.R. Wilmot, both well known upon the Monterey Peninsula, lost their lives in the Carmel river. The two women were attempting to cross the river in a rig near the Sella place when the strong current overturned the rig and precipitated them into the stream. They were helpless against the force of the waters, and were rapidly swept to their death. The team succeeded in making its escape from the water. On account of the distance from town and the difficulty in telephonic communication, details of the tragedy are not obtainable, other than above stated. It is not known if any other persons were present when the incident took place, but it is believed that mark Wilmot and J.J. Birks were in the party, the latter evidently being saved. It was stated that the two victims of the waters had made the passage of the stream of at the same point yesterday in safety but owing to either a rise in the stream or a change in the river bottom, it proved a most disastrous failure today. They were on the way to Monterey at the time of the incident, and at to get there they had to cross the stream. All efforts so far failed to locate the bodies of the victims. The scene of the accident is about four miles above the ranch house at the Rancho del Monte. The place from which they came is the Birks ranch, and the Wilmots, whose home is in Pacific Grove, have been stopping at that ranch, also. As stated before, both the women were well known here on the Monterey Peninsula. Mrs. Birks was the widow of the late Riley Birks. She is survived by the following children living in this section: Samuel Birks, Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. Thos. Cruess, Mrs. Herbert Whitney and Mrs. Owen of Salinas, besides a son and two daughters living in the East. The late Martin Birks was also her son. Mrs. Wilmot ws the wife of M.B. Wilmot of Pacific Grove, and she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Clinton Wallace, Mrs. Mamie Looman, mark Wilmot, Miles Wilmot, and May Wilmot. Both women were well and favorably known here to a large circle of friends, and the American joins with the entire community in extending the sincerest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in this, the home their sad bereavement. (Malinda F. Wilmot buried in El Carmelo Cemetery).
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: Wilmot, Mrs. M.R. - Monterey American, Feb. 19, 1915 Reply with quote

Inquest Held This Morning

This morning at ten o’clock, Judge Michaelis conducted the inquest looking into the death of Mrs. Riley Birks and Mrs. M.B. Wilmot. The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of accidental death from drowning by being thrown out of a wagon while crossing the Carmel river. The jury was composed of J. Harris, Fred Nickerson, Thomas Watson, Tony Goncalves, Steve Field, F.M. Hilby, Charles Ollason and S.M. Bevins.
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