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Saturday, March 11, 1899
The funeral of Dan Whaley which took place last Tuesday in Sausalito under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. was very largely attended. An impressive service at St. Mary’s Church was conducted by Rev. J. Valentini. The funeral cortege them proceeded to the Sausalito cemetery where the remains of the deceased were interred.
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11 March 1899
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Impressive Funeral Service at St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday
The large funeral procession which accompanied the remains of the late Daniel Whaley to their last resting place but partly represented the sorrow that his death occasioned in the community. For fifteen years he worked for the North Pacific Coast Railroad. In all that time, through weather hot or cold, wet or dry, he was at his post. At it early and late; at it Sunday and all week long. No man ever was more faithful and none more reliable.
The same traits of character – honesty and fidelity – which entered into his everyday toil characterized his dealings with and relations to all his friends and his family, to both of whom he was very much attached. Kindness marked the wake of his whole life. When he knew nothing good to say of those with whom he came in contact he said no evil. He was such a man as endeared himself to all.
The sympathy of the town is extended to his bereaved widow and children in this the hour of their great trial. Death is a calamity, let it come when it may and to whom; but when accident without warning carried off the head of a family in a few hours it is appalling.
About the middle of the afternoon of Saturday last, when Daniel Whaley, while employed about the carhouse, near the machine shops, was crushed between a slowly moving train and an adjacent wall, which caused his death Monday, at 10 a.m. Two ribs were broken, the projecting ends of which punctured the left lung; the collar bone of the same side was dislocated and forced backward from its connection with the breast bone and doubtless penetrated the windpipe. Besides these there is no doubt that there were other serious internal injuries. Our two local physicians were called, who were later joined by Dr. Wickman of San Rafael. But poor Dan, from internal injuries, was beyond human aid, other than to alleviate his suffering as far as possible and thus smooth his pathway to the grave. Death came to relieve him at the time named above.
Mr. Whaley was born in Bamden, County Cork, Ireland, December 23, 1846. He came to New York State with his parents in 1852, and at the age of 19 entered the employ of the Rensler and Saratoga Railroad, in the shops of which road he thoroughly mastered the machinist’s trade. In 1869 he married Miss Katherine Pinder of Troy, N.Y., and the same year came to California and located at Vallejo, where he worked for the Union Pacific in 1884, when he came to Sausalito.
He leaves a widow, six children – one daughter, Elinor, and five sons, Joseph, Daniel, Frank, Willie and Georgie – and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Dooley, to mourn his loss.
The funeral took place from the family residence at half-past 10 o’clock Wednesday. The remains were taken to St. Mary’s Church, where high mass was celebrated by the rector, Father Valentini. At the close of the service the reverend father made several appropriate and touching remarks regarding the good qualities of the deceased. A very large procession followed the hearse to the Sausalito Cemetery, where the interment took place. The following persons acted as pall-bearers: Walter Rutherford, Paul Trouette, John Brady, A. Murray, W. J. Thomas, Jas. Kinney, J. B. Baraty, M. Hannon, Jacques Thomas, C. O’Leary, Otto Johnson and Jacob Schnell.
Many beautiful floral pieces were sent by friends as mute expressions of sympathy. Among them were a coach and a broken wheel, sent by employes of the North Pacific Coast Railroad.
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