Posted by SFgenealogy on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 19:12:22 :
"STRAHLE--BODY FOUND - INQUIRY - At about half-past 11 o'clock A.M. yesterday the body of young STRAHLE, who was drowned on Sunday in the slough, was recovered. O'NEIL and JOHNSON had resumed firing cannon over the slough and their efforts resulted in bringing the body to the surface. An inquest was held over the body in the afternoon by Coroner REEVES. Walter P. EMERY, W.T. WATERMAN, Edgar CULVER, J.M. BOARDMAN, G.F. MESCERVY and Robert FORSYTHE were impaneled as jurors. The testimony adduced was in substance as follows: "James P. GOODWIN, Jr., knew the deceased; his name was Justini STRAHLE, his age about 18 years; he was a single man, and commenced working for witness on the 6th instant;. G. LEOPOLD brought witness the clothing and purse of deceased; the purse contained $4.25 in coin; witness knew of no other property belonging to deceased except a gold chain, which had been returned to his brother. Guilke LEOPOLD - Knew deceased at San Francisco; about half-past three o'clock P.M. on Sunday, deceased and Paul POISDEVIN went to the lake to bathe; witness remained in the boat and the other two remained in the water; they jumped out of the boat about fifty yards from shore; witness had asked deceased if he could swim, and was answered in the affirmative; when they got into the water, deceased sank three times; POISDEVIN tried to assist him, and deceased caught hold of him and came near drowning him; witness took the clothes of the deceased to the Coroner's office; witness found in the pockets $4.25 in coin and a gold chain, which he gave to J. GOODWIN. Paul POISDEVIN testified that the testimony of Leopold was a correct statement of the case. D. O'NEIL testified to the circumstances of finding the body by the discharge of cannon." etc. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts as above stated.
Source: Sacramento Daily Union, 12 Aug 1863. Transcribed by Betty Loose.
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