Posted by SFgenealogy on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 13:13:16 :
DEATH of a PIONEER --
One of Whose Daughters is Now a
Resident of Kings County --
The S.F. 'Examiner' of last Saturday contained a picture of William Washington MAIN, cousin of Charles MAIN of Main & Winchester, who died at his residence in San Francisco last Thursday morning, and says of his demise:
Last Monday he was hanging a picture on the wall of his home. The ladder on which he stood collapsed and Mr. MAIN was thrown to the floor, sustaining a concussion of the brain. From the time of the accident until his death he was unconscious.
The deceased was born in Boston, Mass., 67 years ago. He came to California in 1849 and has since been a resident of this State. He was one of the most prominent and energetic of the vigilantes of the early '50's, the honesty and straightforwardness of his character always asserting itself on the side of the truth and right. After the vigilante excitement in this city [San Francisco] Mr. MAIN went to Petaluma, where he established a large and lucrative business. He also organized the Petaluma Fire Department. After the opening of the railroad, Mr. MAIN turned his eyes to the greater commercial center of San Francisco. From that time on he was identified with the firm of Main & Winchester in the capacity of head of its most important department.
His sudden demise has deprived the firm of one of its most valued and trusted employees. It has also bereaved one of our most respected families of its head. William Washington MAINE [spelled 2 ways] leaves behind him, besides a sorrowing widow to mourn his loss, 3 married daughters, Mrs. J.C. FITZGERALD, wife of the publisher of the 'Silver Advocate;' Mrs. I.T. TARBOX and Mrs. O.H. WYNNE of Hanford; 1 unmarried daughter, Miss Alice L. MAIN, and a young son, Stanford W. MAIN. The head of the firm, Charles MAIN, feels the loss keenly, the more so as it is only 2 months since he lost his wife. The sad event will be deplored by numerous families in Philadelphia and other Eastern cities, where Mr. MAIN had many influential relatives.
Source: Hanford Journal (Hanford, Kings Co., CA), 10 Mar 1896. Transcribed by Dee Sardoc.
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