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Fitzsimmons, Abram Miller, 1845-1943

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:08 am    Post subject: Fitzsimmons, Abram Miller, 1845-1943 Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tribune, CA Dec. 31, 1943 p1
Citizens Pay Last Honors to Judge
Methodist and Masonic Rites Held Tuesday for A.m. Fitzsimmons
As a last tribute to one of Pacific Grove’s oldest and most respected citizens, Judge Abram M. Fitzsimmons, residents of this community and surrounding towns attended the funeral services held Tuesday afternoon at Paul’s chapel and El Carmelo cemetery. Death occurred on Christmas eve, at a local hospital, following an attack of influenza, just two weeks after his 98th birthday anniversary. For 27 years Judge Fitzsimmons had served as Justice of the peace in this city and is claimed to have been the oldest judge ever to have served actively in that capacity. He retired only three years ago. Since then, until his last illness, he continued to work in his garden and take long walks about town, and enjoyed visits with his friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Alvin Crawford, of the Methodist church, of which the deceased was an active member for 47 years; and by the Pacific Grove Masonic Lodge, F&AM to which he belonged for forty years, and of which he was the last charter member. Organ music by Edward C. Hopkins preceded the services by Rev. Crawford, and William Gould sang “Abide With Me.” Masonic rites followed. Pall bearers were four grandchildren, Messrs George, Harold, Norman and Howard Fitzsimmons of this city, Judge Wilbur F. Way and Mr. E.B. DeForest. The local police department was represented at the funeral by an escort car, with occupants chief Ernest McAnaney and Constable Frank Wilcoxen with special officers on traffic duty as the funeral procession passed. Salinas also honored the former member of the justice court by sending deputies Victor Tibbs and Jack McCoy as Official representatives of the sheriff’s department. Judge Fitzsimmons was also a member of Mt. Harsh Oddfellows Lodge No. 331 at Ripon, and was honored as the founder, when that lodge celebrated its fiftieth anniversary a few years ago. On that occasion he was presented with the fifty-year jewel and other mementos. Deceased was born on December .10, 1845, in Pennsylvania as a member of a large family. When he was 17, they moved to Wisconsin and two years later he joined the transport division of the Union forces in the Civil war, operating supply wagons from Nashville, Tennessee headquarters. Later he resided for a short while in Iowa, moving to California in 1873, where he lived in Amador and San Joaquin counties. He engaged in the blacksmith trade, a lively business in those mining days before the automobile era. Visiting Pacific Grove in 1895 he was charmed with the beauty of the surroundings and decided to remain. Visioning a city of homes he always took an active part in civic affairs and was ready at all times to respond to any call for action on matters that affected the city’s progress, or in the interests of fellow citizens. In his capacity of judge, he was known for clear thinking integrity, his tenacity in (incomplete, need page 3)

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