Posted by SFgenealogy on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 20:25:00 :
LOST A GOOD CITIZEN --
Strong MERRILL, After 2 Months of Suffering, Is Now at Rest --
Strong MERRILL, recently Deputy Sheriff and the Republican nominee for Assessor, died at his residence in this city at about 9 o'clock last evening. His death is deeply mourned, for deceased was well known and generally liked by everyone. He had been ill about 2 months, but had apparently been slowly recovering; but on Sunday he had a relapse which resulted in his death.
About 2 months ago, while riding in a buckboard with a Portuguese, a breaststrap broke, the tongue of the buckboard came down and the team ran away. As there was no way of controlling the horses, Mr. MERRILL jumped out and was violently thrown to the ground, receiving internal injuries which resulted fatally. The team ran on until it collided with the Park fence, where the Portuguese was thrown over into the park and was quite severely cut and bruised.
Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. C.S. MERRILL, of the West Side. He married Miss Annie SHORE, of Lemoore, about 1 year and a half ago and leaves his wife and a child about 3 weeks old, besides other relatives and a host of friends, to mourn his untimely end. He was 30 years of age, was born in San Francisco, but had resided in what is now Kings county for 17 years, coming to old Tulare county in 1870.
Deceased was a member of Welcome Lodge, F. and A.M. of Lemoore, and of the Foresters and Woodmen Lodges of this city.
A post-mortem examination was held this forenoon, to ascertain, if possible, the exact cause of death, as there had been phases of the case which completely baffled the skill of the physicians. The physicians state that Mr. MERRILL was fatally injured, by the fall he received, an abscess having formed on his liver, from which death was sure to ensue sooner or later.
The funeral will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) forenoon at 11 o'clock from the Christian church, and the remains will be interred in the Grangeville cemetery with Masonic honors.
Source: Hanford Journal (Hanford, Kings Co., CA) 16 Oct 1894. Transcribed by Dee Sardoc.
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