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Vern D ////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch; ////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Independent Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ************************* >>Tuesday, 12 Sept 1871<<
DIED -- at Bear Valley, Sept. 3d, William O. PHILLPS, aged 58 years. - --------------------------------------------------- DEATH of a PIONEER STOCKTONIAN -- Dr. R.P. ASHE, whose death took place in San Francisco last week was an old and esteemed citizen of this county.He was a native of North Carolina, which State he left at an early age, and took part in the Mexican war. After the close of that war he remained for a time in Texas, but emigrated to this State soon after the discovery of gold.
He served as Sheriff of this county for 2 terms, being 1st elected in 1850. He was then appointed to the office of Naval Agent for the port of San Francisco, and served in that position through the administrations of Pierce and Buchanan, and until his removal by President Lincoln.He then returned to this county, and resided here until about 2 years ago, when he was obliged to leave on account of failing health. He was an energetic and enterprising business man, and for the last 10 years has interested himself extensively in farming, and was one of the first to demonstrate the value for agricultural purposes of lands in portions of Stanislaus and Merced counties, now considered very valuable.His integrity of character was unquestioned, and he had the confidence of all with whom he had dealings. His death is regretted by a large circle of acquaintances.