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Below you will find a complilation of obituaries gathered from various newspapers throughout Shasta County and elsewhere in California. If YOU have an obituary for a Shasta County resident and would like to add to this collection or, better yet, if you want to volunteer to transcribe obituaries please contact the county coorinators.

Walling, Judith Arlene
The Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Feb. 11, 1974

Funeral services for Judith Arlene Walling of Central Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. Miss Walling, 22, died Saturday of natural causes.

Born August 29, 1951 in Bakersfield, Miss Walling had lived in Central Valley for one year. She leaves a brother, Joel Walling of French Gulch; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Walling of Central Valley and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruby Venable of Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Mrs. Ruth Sunderland will conduct the services. Burial will take place in the Redding Cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Watson, Doris L.
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 12, 1994

Deaths – Doris L. Watson, 66, of Shingletown died Sunday at her Shingletown residence. Arrangements are pending at McDonald’s Redding Chapel.

Watson, James Levi
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, June 24, 1957

James Levi Watson, 67, of Redding, died yesterday in a Redding hospital after a long illness. He was born July 1, 1889, in Paris, Tex. He had lived in Shasta county since 1952. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Fort Crook Lodge 575 at Fall River Mills.

Watson leaves his wife, Gorgie L. Watson of Redding; three sons, Frank J. of Mancus, Colo., Morris L. of Redding, and Billie Joe of Los Angeles; five daughters, Mrs. Edith Wells of Broken Bow, Okla., Mrs. Ruby Wilkerson of Redding, Mrs. Eva Knowles of Central Valley, Mrs. Nevon Jones of San Antonio, Tex., and Mrs. Earline Adair of Redding; three brothers, Earl and Oscar of Texas and Paul of Washington; three sisters, Mrs. Robbie Ernest of Trenton, Tenn., Mrs. Ollie Clardey of Vivian, La., and Mrs. Myrtle Dillard of Blanchard, Okla.

Masonic services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Fort Crook lodge in Fall River Mills. Interment will be in the Pine Grove cemetery at McArthur.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Webb, Edgar L.
Redding Record-Searchlight, September 8, 1993

Deaths – Former Redding resident, Edgar Lewis Webb, 82, of Deniels, W.V. died Tuesday at a hospital in West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding.

Weeks, Harvey R.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, Sept. 2, 1972

Happy Camp--Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the All Saints Catholic Church for Harvey R. Weeks, 37, of Happy Camp. Weeks was fatally injured Thursday when the car in which he was a passenger plunged over a 300 foot embankment near Happy Camp.

The Rev. Father Anthony Gurnell will officiate at the services. Burial will be in the Happy Camp Cemetery. The Gardner Funeral Chapel of Yreka is in charge of arrangements. Weeks, a construction worker, was born in Santa Barbara. He was a member of Redding Local 137 of the Teamsters Union. He had lived in Happy Camp for seven years. He leaves his wife, Norma Jean Weeks and his mother, Mrs. Walter Johnson, both of Happy Camp, and two stepbrothers, Paul Johnson of Brisbane and Richard Johnson of Redwood City

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Welch, Willard
The Searchlight, Redding, Shasta Co., Calif., Sat., May 14, 1927

At 2 o'clock this afternoon the funeral of Willard Welch, for almost seventy-three years a resident of Shasta county, who died Thursday night, will take place in this city. Interment will be made in the local cemetery. The I.O.O.F. lodge, of which Welch was a member, will have charge of the services, which will be conducted entirely at the graveside. Welch will be buried beside his wife, who died three years ago.

Welch had been in failing health for more than two years, and during that time resided with his nephew, Ralph E. Bidwell, at Hat Creek, where he died. Two weeks ago his illness became so serious that his sister, Mrs. C. C. Bidwell, was called from Sacramento to his bedside. Welch was born in Oregon, but was only an infant when his parents moved to Millville. He was 73 years old when he died.

For several years, when the county hospital was located at old Shasta, Welch was employed as steward for the institution, and later, when the hospital was removed to the location south of Redding, he again served as steward. During the World War he was employed in the shipyards in San Francisco.

Relatives surviving Welch are a sister, Mrs. C. C. Bidwell of Hat Creek; a brother, Newton Welch of Millville, and two nephews, Hilliard Welch of Lodi, and Ralph Bidwell of Hat Creek.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wellendorff, Paul
WEEKLY SHASTA COURIER, Saturday, June 13, 1896

SAD FATALITY

If ever the saying, "In the midst of life we are in death", was exemplified it was last Sunday, when Paul Wellendorff, who a few days before had left us full of life and hope and strength of youth, was brought back, cold in the embrace of death, to be laid away forever, "in his windowless palace of rest." The young man, who was teaming for Porter and Eligh, left Redding for Cinnabar last week, with a four-horse load of miscellaneous mining supplies. Owing to the nature of the load, 200 pounds of black powder had to be placed in the front wagon, under the seat, where it was loaded by an experienced hand, with burlap sacking and sacks of barley placed about it for protection. How the accident occurred is, and will be a mystery. Old teamsters say that powder invariably escapes from cans, into the bed of the wagon and either by friction with cans or iron work or a spark from gravel, the powder was ignited. The accident occurred near Morgan's Ranch, June 6th. Wellendorff had just watered his horses at a creek, and conversed with a camper who was writing a letter under a tree near the road, and who witnessed the accident. The team started up, and just after striking a chuckhole the explosion occurred. Wellendorff was hurled sixty feet in the air and fell in front of the horses, who stopped over his body. As soon as possible assistance was summoned, but the unfortunate young man expired about two hours after. The Coroner's jury found that the death was caused by fractures of the skull and injuries resulting from explosion and fall. It was also brought out that the explosion was not caused by smoking or through any carelessness of the deceased. The two wagons were wrecked.

The remains were taken to Shasta and interred Sunday afternoon, being escorted to the grave in the Odd Fellows and Masonic cemetery, by Mt. Shasta Parlor, No. 35, N.S.G.W, and Odd Fellows from the French Gulch, Shasta and Redding lodges. At the grave, the N.S.G.W. funeral services were held, followed by prayer by Rev. Macquarrie, and the mortal remains of Paul Wellendorff were consigned to the plot of earth, where just 23 years ago, his mother was laid away in eternal rest.

Paul C. Wellendorff, was a native of California, 29 years of age, a son of Dr. Louis Wellendorff, a former resident of Shasta. Although of a quiet, unassuming disposition, he possessed excellent traits of character that made him many friends, and the members from his native town, and from other communities where he was known, who gathered around his grave, were eloquent tokens of regard and esteem....

Transcribed by Robin Bills

West, Charlene
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 12, 1994

Deaths – Charlene West, 57, of Redding died Saturday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Arrangements are pending at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding.

Weston, George Weston
Weekly Shasta Courier, Saturday, August 7, 1886

George Weston, a farmer living near Millville, died last week from erysipelas superinduced by a felon on the hand.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wheeler, Bitha
Redding Record Searchlight, Monday, August 21, 1972

Central Valley - Mrs. Bitha Wheeler, 78, of Central Valley died Saturday at Shasta General Hospital. She was born July 15, 1894 in Dallas County, Mo. And had lived in Shasta County for the past 44 years. She leaves her husband, John of Central Valley; three sons, Clifton and Floyd, both of Central Valley, and loy of Redding; three daughters, Josephine Wheeler and Zona Sallinen, both of Central Valley, and Alice S. Wafford of Redding; three sisters, Della Ervin of Visalia, Pearl Ferrel of Blackwell, Okla., and Rose Huber of Tunis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hesse's Funeral Chapel. Burial will take place in the Newtown Cemetery, Central Valley.

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Wheeler, Floyd
Redding Record Searchlight, January 1973

Floyd Wheeler, 67, of Central Valley, died Wednesday January 17, 1973 in Shasta General Hospital of natural causes. A retired cemetery worker for Redding Cemetery, he was born July 7, 1905 in Missouri and had been a resident of Shasta County for 44 years. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Lawncrest Funeral Chapel in Central Valley with the Rev. Claude Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Redding Cemetery.

Wheeler leaves two brothers. Clifton Wheeler of Central Valley and Loy Wheeler of Redding: three sisters, Josephine Wheeler of Central Valley, Alice Swafford of Redding, and Zona Sallinen of Central Valley: and his father John Wheeler, also of Central Valley. Friends may call at the Lawncrest Funeral Chapel in Redding today from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., or attend services at the Central Valley Chapel

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Wheeler, Henry Wm.
Weekly Shasta Courier, Saturday, June 13, 1896

In San Francisco June 4th, Henry Wm. Wheeler departed this life. Mr. Wheeler was well known in this part of the state and was the first and efficient superintendent of the Red Cross Lumber company with headquarters at Mott. Under his supervision the company built its first mill at Mott, also the mill at Bartlee on the McCloud, and later the mill on Soda Creek. On disolving [sic] his connection with the Red Cross Company Wheeler and Eli Knight built the Castle creek sawmill near Castella.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, Mrs. Maryette Wheeler and a step-daughter. He was a devoted Odd Fellow and was a member of Castle Rock Lodge No. 349, Mt. Shasta Encampment No. 87, and Red Bluff Canton. The deceased had been in poor health for some time and went to San Francisco for medical treatment, and everything possible to alleviate his sufferings was brought into requisition. The remains were brought to Dunsmuir and given burial with the honors of the fraternities to which he belonged.

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Wheeler, John Wesley
Redding Record Searchlight, Wednesday October 23, 1974

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in Hesse's Funeral Chapel for John Wesley Wheeler, 96, of Central Valley, who died Monday in Crestwood Convalescent Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born in Missouri Jan. 12, 1878, he had been a resident of Shasta County for many years. He was a retired pumper for the Sinclair Oil Co. He leaves two sons, Loy and Clifton, both of Central Valley; two daughters, Zona Sallinen and Alice Swafford, both of Central Valley; a brother, Tommy, of Springfield, Mo. 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The Rev. Robert Balsley will officiate at the services with burial in the Newtown Cemetery.

Transcribed by Janie Edward

Wheeler, Josephine
Redding Record Searchlight, Saturday July 20, 1974

Funeral services for Josehpine Wheeler, 52, of Central Valley will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Esse's Funeral Chapel. The Elder Norman Sharp will officiate. Miss Wheeler died Thursday of natural causes at Mercy Hospital. She had been a dental laboratory technician at the Cascade Dental Laboratory in Redding.

Miss Wheeler leaves her father, John W. Wheeler of Central Valley; two brothers, Loy Wheeler and Clinton Wheeler, both of Central Valley; and two sisters, Zona R. Solanin of Central Valley, and Alice Swafford of Redding. Burial will be in the Newtown Cemetery at Summit City

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Wheeler, Loy
Redding Record Searchlight, Wednesday, June 3, 1992

Services for Loy Wheeler, 80, of Central Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding. Burial will be at Newtown Cemetery in Redding. Mr. Wheeler died Monday, June 1, 1992 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Born Sept. 11, 1911, in OK, he moved to Shasta Co. 55 yrs ago from OK. He was a controller for 19 yrs with the Shasta Co. Mosquito Abatement Department. He is survived by sons Ronnie of Whittier, and Laurence of Redding; daughter Linda Allenbaugh, Evelyn Alverez, and Carol, all of Redding and Diane Counts of Sacramento; sister Alice Swafford of Central Valley; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

White, Anna E. (Kise)
Courier Free-Press - 21 Feb 1942

ANN E. WHITE, PIONEER, DIES

Redding -- Ann Eliza White, 86, pioneer resident of Redding, died at her home yesterday after an extended illness. She had lived in California all her life having been born in Sonoma county, March 22, 1855, the daughter of a Civil War veteran. Mrs. White was one of the members of the First Presbyterian church here and a founder of the Women’s Relief corps in which she was active for many years. She moved to Trinity county, and resided at Shilling before coming to Redding. Later she married William Kesler, pioneer Whiskeytown merchant, and lived there a number of years.

She leaves her daughter, Maud A. Fergus of Los Angeles; one son, William Kesler of Oakland; two brothers Elisha S. Kise, Redding carpenter, and Commodore Kise, also of Redding; and four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who live in the East.

Services for Mrs. White will be held Monday at 3:30pm in the chapel of the Home Undertaking company. Dr. Loyd V. Moore will officiate at the rites. Internment will be made in the Redding cemetery.

Note: She is the daughter of Joseph Bloomfield and Angeline Wilfley Kise

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

White, Irvin Rice
Redding Record Searchlight, Wednesday October 23, 1974

Mount Shasta - Private funeral services were to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today in the Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel for Irvin Rice White, 84, of Weed, who died Monday in the Mt. Shasta Eskaton Healthcare Center in Mount Shasta.

Born in Thayer, Kan., Feb. 10, 1890, he had been a 68-year resident of Weed, a life member of the Ashland, Ore., Elks Lodge and a life member of the American Legion in Weed. White was also a veteran of World War I. White was a retired accountant for the international paper Co. in Weed having worked for the company 42 years before retiring. He leaves his wife Bertha of Weed and a brother, William of San Carlos.

The Rev. Ronald Smith was to officiate at the services and burial was to take place in the Mt. Shasta Memorial Park. The Upton's Weed-Shastina Mortuary was in charge of the services.

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Whiting, William
Redding Republican Free Press, Sat., Jan. 15, 1890

KILLED BY A SNOW PLOW

News reached Redding Wednesday evening that William Whiting, who had been working in the capacity of section boss for the company, was killed near Dunsmuir Wednesday morning. Whiting, who resided with his family at Smithson, went to the front to assist in clearing the track. It appears that he was standing on a pile of snow, near the track, when the engine and snow plow came around a curve. The snow being soft, he slid down on the track and, although he endeavored to get out of the way, was caught and run over, being fearfully mutilated. His body was taken seven miles to Dunsmuir on a sled, drawn by men on snow shoes. Further particulars we did not learn. William Whiting is well known in Shasta county, being at one time a deputy sheriff under Vet Hull. He was 48 years of age, a member in good standing of Shasta Lodge No. 71, A. O. U. W. His wife is a daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Eames of Redding.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT

The cause of death of Wm. C. Whiting is given by another party, as follows: The men had been digging trenches in the snow across the track, to better enable the snow plow to do its work. Whiting was in one of these trenches, unseen by the engineer, and did not hear the train until it was too late. It was also stated that roadmaster Joe Mott had his arm broken at the same time and place, being struck by the plow.

The body of Mr. Whiting lies at Dunsmuir and will be shipped here just as soon as the road is open.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Widener, Danny Layne
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Jan. 18, 1965

Funeral services for Danny Layne Widener will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Linn and Fulkerth Chapel with the Rev. John Shader officiating. Burial will be at the Redding Cemetery. Widener, who was 12 years old, leaves his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Widener of Redding, and two brothers, Ronnie and Donald, also of Redding.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wight, James V.A.
The Shasta Courier, Saturday Morning, March 20, 1852

ACCIDENTAL DEATH--On Tuesday evening last, when Mr. James V.A. Wight was dismounting from his mule in this place, his rifle accidentally discharged by being drawn towards him across the saddle. The ball entered the abdomen on the right side and passing downwards went through the hip bone and lodged in the ground.

The intestines were ruptured by the ball and Mr. Wight died on Wednesday at three o'clock in the afternoon. The deceased was from Napierville, Illinois, and lately from Chicago, and was about twenty-two years of age. He was a member of Union Lodge No. 9 of the I.O.O.F. in Chicago, and came to this state in 1850 across the Plains. For some months past the deceased had been engaged in packing, and his industrious habits and his manly and honorable conduct had endeared him to a large circle of acquaintances. The deceased intended to return to Illinois during the coming months.

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Williams, Albert E.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, August 25, 1970

Albert E. Williams of Redding, a retired miner and prospector, died in his apartment Monday. He was 84. He was born in Hamilton Township, New Jersey May 12, 1886 and had lived in Shasta County the past 50 years. Williams had prospected in the Matheson area.

Funeral arrangements are being made at Lawncrest Funeral Services in Redding. Coroner Glen R. Linn said Williams died of a heart attack.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Williams, Baby Boy
Reading Independent, Thursday, February 26, 1880

In Reading, Feb. 20, 1880, infant son of Horace and Inez Williams, aged 10 months and 20 days

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Williams, Marie L.
Record Searchlight, Tuesday January 5, 1982

Services for Marie L. Williams, 59, of Anderson will be conducted 11 a.m Wednesday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. The Rev. Robert DeWolf of the United Methodist Church of Redding will officiate. Burial will be at the Redding Cemetery. Mrs. Williams died Saturday at her home. Born Dec-9-1922 in Nevada City, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by husband George L. of Anderson; sons Allen Ellis and Edward Ellis, both of Sacramento; daughters Marlene Markussen of Weitchpec and Barbara Schutz of San Antonio, TX; and 5 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the muscular Dystrophy Assn. 2200 Hilltop Dr. Redding , CA

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Williams, Peggy
Redding Record-Searchlight, February 16, 1987

Deaths – Peggy Williams, 79, of Redding died today at Shasta Convalescent Hospital in Redding. Arrangements are pending at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in redding

Williams, Perry Rufus
The Morning Searchlight, Redding, Shasta Co., Calif.,Saturday, April 7, 1906

Kennett--Perry Rufus Williams, a pioneer miner of this district, died here last evening at 11 o'clock. His acute sickness was of several weeks' duration, though he had been afflicted with Bright's disease for several months, if not years. He was uncle of James S. Smithson, with whom he had made his home for the last fourteen years.

Mr. Williams was born in Illinois and was past 66 years of age. He was an old soldier and was on the pension roll. He was a member of E. F. Winslow Post, G. A. R., of Redding, which will have the direction of the funeral tomorrow morning in Redding. The body was shipped this morning to Houston's undertaking parlors in Redding.

The pioneer leaves two sisters and a brother to mourn his death. W. W. Williams of Redding is his half-brothers. H. A. Williams, shipping clerk at Lamoine, is a nephew.

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Williams, William Wallace
The Searchlight, Redding, Shasta Co., California, Wed., Feb. 3, 1909

William Wallace Williams, pioneer of the county and State, died in the family home on North California street at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning. The funeral will be held from the residence a 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The pioneer had been in failing health for a year or more. He lacked only a few days of being 79 years old. His illness was due wholly to his advanced age. For the past few months he had been a great care to the members of the household, requiring constant attention day and night.

W. W. Williams was born in New York State February 12, 1830. He came to California in 1852, engaging in mining at Hangtown, now called Placerville. After mining there a few years he went back to the East, but returned to California in 1859, coming from Iowa. He came to Shasta County in that year and from 1861 to 1862 conducted a store in Millville. The pioneer followed a mercantile career and made several moves. For five years he conducted a store at Forbestown for John B. Fall of Marysville. He opened a store for himself in Star City, Humboldt County, Nev., and from there went to Silver City, Idaho. He came to Redding 1872 and opened one of the first stores in the then young town. Marshall, Marshall, and Williams was the name of the firm and the business was located in a frame building on the present site of the Swasey block. After the "big fire" of the early days of Redding Mr. Williams had a store on what is now called the Menzel corner on Market street. For the past several years Mr. Williams, now well advanced in age and retired from business, lived a retired life spending nearly all his time in the family home on California street. He seldom went abroad in the city. After a busy life he was resting--waiting patiently for the final summons that came Tuesday morning.

The pioneer was twice married. Thirty years ago September 10th last he married Mrs. Brackett, widowed mother of J. W. Brackett and Ed W. Brackett. She is now for the second time left a widow. Mr. Williams leaves three children--Horace Williams and Miss Jennie Williams of Redding and Clarence Williams, an employee in the Government printing office in Washington. He leaves also a sister, Mrs. L.S. Nichols of this city, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wilsey, Eliza Jane
Redding (Calif.) Record-Searchlight, Thursday, Aug. 23, 1951

MRS. WILSEY PASSES AT 89

A Shasta county pioneer who came west in 1869 on the first immigrant train to California from Missouri died yesterday. She was Mrs. Eliza Jane Wilsey, 89, who died at the home of her son, Roy, 2155 Placer street. Services for Mrs. Wilsey will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McDonald's chapel, the Rev. H. A. Luckenbach officiating. Burial will be in Redding cemetery.

A resident of the state for 81 years, she came west at the age of eight from St. Joseph, Mo., where she was born Dec. 29, 1861. Mrs. Wilsey settled near Red Bluff with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Potter, and in 1880 married Eugene Wilsey and came to Shasta county. Her husband died in 1921.

She leaves three sons, Roy E. Wilsey, Redding, Earl P. Wilsey, San Mateo, and Lawrence Wilsey, Angels Camp. A fourth son, W. S. Wilsey, Whittier, died last January. Mrs. Wilsey also leaves two daughter, Mrs. R. F. Setzer, Sacramento, and Mrs. M. W. Hamaker, Redding, and 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was a member of the Presyterian church and the Millville Grange.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wilson, Jackie Claire
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Jan. 20, 1975

Funeral prayers will be said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lawncrest Chapel in Redding for Jackie Claire Wilson, 2-1/2 years old, who died Friday after being run over by a pickup at her home. Jackie was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson of Anderson, and was born in Redding Oct. 23, 1972. She had lived all her life in Shasta County. Father John Gaffney of Anderson will officiate at the services followed by burial in Lawncrest Memorial Park.

Jackie leaves two sisters, Kimberly Ann and Stefanie Anne, both of Anderson; and her grandparents, John C. Wilson of Bellflower, and Doris McCul of Van Nuys, Ruth Jacobson and Lester L. Winchell.

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Wilson, James E.
The Redding Searchlight, Sun., March 27, 1910

CITY MARSHAL WILSON IS DEAD
Succumbed At 4:15 Saturday Afternoon After A Short Illness

James E. Wilson, city marshal of Redding, breathed his last in the St. Caroline Hospital at 4:15 Saturday afternoon. For two days he had lain at death's door, and from hour to hour the many friends in Redding inquired anxiously as to his condition, fearing that the end would come at any moment and hoping against hope that a turn for the better would be noted. James E. Wilson, a brave man all his life, was brave in the face of death. He feared not the end, though he longed to live and made a brave fight against the inevitable. An abscess on the brain was the cause of death. The wonder is that he survived so long after the ailment became so pronounced. Mr. Wilson had not been in right good health for a week or two, but he was around and attending to his duties as recently as last Wednesday. On Thursday he took to his bed in the Hotel Lorenz, being removed from there to the St. Caroline Hospital on the following morning.

James E. Wilson was born in San Francisco 44 years ago. Much of his early life was spent in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. In later years he divided his residence between Trinity and Shasta counties. For fourteen years he was a driver on the Redding-Weaverville route, holding reins all those years opposite to Richard Heath, perhaps his most intimate friend. He was remarkably faithful in this capacity, very rarely missing a trip and seldom taking a vacation. About seven years ago he quit stage driving and settled down in Redding. He was employed at the Hotel Lorenz for three or four years and later by Mrs. Jane Olney, who was his personal friend. When Sheriff Montgomery took office in 1907 he made Mr. Wilson under sheriff, a position he filled well until April, 1908, when he was elected city marshal.

James E. Wilson made one of the very best city marshals. He was on duty day and night if occasion required it, and always carried his responsibility with him. No one could have been more conscientious or more diligent. He was fearless in the performance of his duty, but he had a heart as tender as that of a child. His hand opened quickly to appeals for aid and he was frequently imposed upon by the undeserving. Mr. Wilson was also county probation officer and in that capacity he guarded the welfare of children. Who knows but that his zealous devotion to his public duties may have been the indirect cause of his death before the allotted span?

A venerable father and a sister are left in Oakland, their residence being 879-1/2 Milton street. They were kept advised of Mr. Wilson's serious condition and will now be informed of his death. The decedent was a prominent member of several fraternal orders. He was chancellor commander of Redding Lodge No. 73, Knights of Pythias. He belonged to Redding Camp, No. 236, Woodsmen of the World, in which order he carried $1000 insurance for the benefit of his father. He was also a member of McCloud Parlor of Native Sons and the Redding Lodge of Elks.

A telephone message from the sister in Oakland was received last evening. She stated that she would arrive here this morning. Her father is too feeble to make the long journey. A meeting of representatives of the several orders to which Mr. Wilson belonged will be held in the Elks' rooms at 11 o'clock this morning, when plans for the funeral will be arranged.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wilson, Margaret Marshall
Courier Free Press, Sunday Dec-1899

Wilson - At Cottonwood, Saturday, December 23, 1899. Margaret Marshall Wilson, aged 65 years, native of Scotland. Burial December 25 at Cottonwood Cemetery

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Woodward, Jesse Nicholas
The Redding Morning Searchlight, Tuesday, August 1, 1905

THE LAST BUT ONE OF FAMILY IS GONE

Jesse Nicholas Woodward Died Sunday at Whiskeytown Home The last but one of the most prominent families of the early days of Shasta County has followed his father, mother, sisters and two brothers into the Great Beyond. Jesse Nicholas Woodward, youngest member of the family of O. P. Woodward, Sr., died Sunday in the house where he was born, the Woodward Hotel, at Whiskeytown. He was 27 years and 26 days old on the day of his death.

For several months he had suffered from acute tuberculosis and his usual robust body was wasted away to a shadow. He realized that the end was near and received the ministrations of Father Nugent of the Catholic Church of this city. He was tenderly cared for and given every attention by his surviving brother, John R. Woodward, and his brother-in-law, John R. Schilling. The body was brought to this city and the funeral took place at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon from the Catholic Church. The interment took place in the Woodward family burial plot in the Catholic Cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Word, Barney R.
Redding Record-Searchlight, May 30, 1992

Graveside services for Barney Rudolph Word, 72, of Anderson will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding. Mr. Word died Friday, May 29, 1992, at Mercy Medical center in Redding.

Born Oct. 9, 1919, in Buffalo, Texas, he moved to Shasta County in 1957 from Hayward. He was a member of the Operating engineers Local 3 and of the Vererans of Foreign Wars Post 9650 in Anderson. Mr. Word was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by son Craig of Redding; daughter Renzen Lachney of Central Valley; brother Kenneth of Houston, Tex; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wren, Rufus
The Redding Searchlight, Tuesday, February 6, 1940

RUFUS WREN PASSES ON HERE

Rufus Wren, 64, passed on Monday at the county hospital. He had resided at Anderson and Millville for many years. Surviving is a son, Charles E. Wren of St. Louis, Missouri. The funeral services are in charge of McDonald's Chapel

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Wren, William
The Evening Sacramento Bee, Tuesday, July 17, 1906 (Page 6)

FELL ON WALK BREAKING NECK
Old Miner Meets With Singular Accident And Dies Soon After As Result Despite Prompt Aid

REDDING -- William Wren, an old-time Shasta County miner, fell on the sidewalk in from of the Otto Johnson tailoring establishment, at 7:30 last evening, his head striking on the cement pavement. He was carried to his room in the Temple Hotel and died at 9:20. His neck was broken by the fall. Wren had lived and worked in French Gulch and vicinity for thirty years. He was generally a foreman in the mines. Only recently he went to Copper City and worked for a while, or until he was hurt in the mines. He had been in Redding for the last month. He was aged 58 years, and had been foreman at the Gladstone Mine, near French Gulch, for several years

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Wright, Henry F.
Weekly Free Press, Saturday, Jan. 31, 1891

Henry F. Wright, aged about 66 years, died in Redding Thursday, January 29, 1891, at the residence of E. A. Reid. The cause of his death, it is said, was consumption, but more likely it was cancer of the throat. During his sickness he received every care and consideration from the Reid household. One of the own flesh and blood could not have received better treatment.

He was born in Philadelphia, and after following the life of a sailor for a number of years he came to California in the early days. Like all pioneers he worked in many mining camps in the State with varying success. Finally he reached Shasta and here he settled down, living with the Atherton family until the old gentleman died and the widow went back to Baltimore, where she too soon afterwards died. The Athertons lived on the ranch above the old Reid place. Harry, the deceased, then worked for E. A. Reid until he passed away, having for many years been the trusted superintendent of the Reid toll-road.

He was a man of strong character, as true as steel, honest as the day is long, generous, manly. He leaves a sister living somewhere in the East, whom he visited a few years ago. He was buried on Friday, January 30th, Rev. J. J. Martin officiating.

Transcribed by Robin Bill

Wright, Marie Florence
The Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, June 22, 1989

ANDERSON -- Marie Florence Wright, 71, of Anderson died Thursday, June 20, 1989, at Anderson Care Center. No services are planned. Burial will be at Lawncrest Cemetery in Redding.

Born Aug. 28, 1917, in Niles, Ohio, she moved to Shasta County in 1970 from Fremont. She was a homemaker. She was also a member of the Anderson Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 9560. She is survived by stepson Ronald of Wasco; brothers Howard Kahler of Burnson, Melvin of Texas and Raymond of Milpitas; sisters Betty Engelhaupt of Burns Lake, B. C., and Virginia Waller of Columbia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Anderson

Transcribed by Robin Bills


 

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