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Vern D ////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch; ////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Independent Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ************************* >>SATURDAY, 14 NOV 1863<<
DIED - near Knight's Ferry, Nov. 13th, 1863, James NOLAN, a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, aged 39 years.
BROKE HIS NECK - Yesterday, as James NOLAN, proprietor of the 26 Mile House, on the Sonora road, was driving home from Knight's Ferry, he missed the break, in an attempt to put his foot upon it, and falling over, his head struck the ground, the concussion instantly killing him, it is believed by a dislocation of the neck joint. Mr. NOLAN was 39 years of age, a native of the county Roscommon, Ireland, and leaves a wife and 3 young children. He had for a number of years been a resident of this county and bears an excellent reputation. At the moment the accident which caused his death happened, 2 ladies from the house of Mr. BLODGETT were observing Mr. NOLAN and after his fall, not seeing him rise again, they at once went to the place where he lay and found him dead.