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Pruden, Samuel 1856-1932

 
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Mary S Taylor



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:09 am    Post subject: Pruden, Samuel 1856-1932 Reply with quote

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 7, 1932 p1
Old Plainsman Is Found Dead Today in Carmel Cabin
"I wish I could die, Don. I might as well be dead." Sampel [Samuel] Pruden, 76 year old veteran of the plains and for the last seven or eight years was a familiar figure on the streets of Carmel, last night confided to Dr. John Gray, Carmel physician, that his heart had 'gone bad' and he figured his end was near. Dr. Gray tried to reassure the old man, for whom he had developed a genuine affection, and promised to call and see him again this morning. True to his promises the doctor returned at 10 o'clock today to the old plainsmen's home on the rear of a Mission street lot between Fourth and Fifth, and tapped on the door. There was no answer so he stepped inside. Seated in a chair beside the table was old Sam, dead. Beside him lay the 45 calibre six shooter that had been his companion on many a foray along the frontier and among the Indians of the Southwest when he was trailing longhorns from Texas to Montana. It looked like a clear case of suicide. Sam had evidently taken careful aim, sighting from the muzzle, as the bullet had taken a course directly through the forehead and death was instantaneous. John Pruden, a brother of Sam, lives in the little town of Lone Pine, Inyo county, and is expected to reach here tomorrow to arrange for the funeral. The body was brought to Freeman's mortuary.
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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 8, 1932 p2
Pruden Funeral Rites Tomorrow
Funeral services for Samuel Pruden, picturesque former cattleman and Alaska prospector, who was found dead in his Carmel home yesterday morning, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Freeman mortuary chapel, with Rev. Edward M. Sharp of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in the Monterey cemetery. Pruden had been suffering from heart trouble and expressed a desire to die, according to a Carmel physician who had attended him, so that it was regarded by police as a clear case of suicide when his body was found yesterday with a 45 calibre revolver beside ti. An inquest will be held later. Pruden, born in Michigan 76 years ago, had lived in California for about 30 years and in Carmel for the list five. He was a member of the Alaska Pioneers association and had been one of the first to respond to the lure of gold in the Klondyke. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas N. Pruden of San Francisco and John Pruden of Lone Pine, Inyo county, The former was here today to make arrangements for his brother's funeral.
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