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Elwood BRUNER (b. September 27, 1854, d. January 15, 1915)Elwood BRUNER (son of Joseph Asbury BRUNER and Margaret MORRIS) was born September 27, 1854 in Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH, and died January 15, 1915 in Byron Hot Springs, Contra Costa Co., CA.He married Lillian J. FLINT on March 03, 1880 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, daughter of Daniel FLINT and Mary Ellen RUSSELL.
Notes for Elwood BRUNER:
Later the college's name changed to College of the Pacific , and then to the University of the Pacific.
Living at the same address and listed on the same page 166B:
Elwood age 35 , b. OH
Lillian J [Flint] age 22, b. CA
History of Sacramento County, Lewis Publishing Co, 1890., p age 270, Elwood was admitted to the legislature in 1879a s the first representative of the County under the new stat e constitution. In 1883 he wa s elected Sacramento City Sch ool Director.He was then elected District Attorney of th e county in 1886, and re-elected in 1888 .This history so urce called Elwood "one of the best known and most pop ula r men in the city."
Nobody knows where the body ended up.An earlier genealogi st, Anne Skopecek suggested that Elwood was first buried a t the family plot for his sister, Ada Margaret, at Mt. Vie w Cemetery, Oakland, CA, howerver she says that the body "w as removed."
Wood McCann discovered that a whole section of the Sacramen to City Cemetery is named after Elwood Bruner, but he is no t buried there, either.At least there is no cemetery reco rd. However, Elwood's father, Rev. Joseph Asbury Bruner i s buried in the IOOF section of the same Sacramento City Ce metery along with his wife, Margaret Morris Bruner, and Eff ie Maude Bruner according to the cemetery archives.This l ater ancestor is believed to be the daughter of Alvin Jane s Bruner.
CHRONOLOGY OF LIFE EVENTS:
9/27/1854Born in Zanesville, OH and remained there for tw o years.History of Sacramento County, Lewis Publishing Co , 1890 confirms this birth date.
10/1856At age 2yrs, Elwood moved with family to Marysville , CA(from History of Sacramento County - 1890)
1860-65Lived in Sacramento according to the above Histor y of Sacramento County.
1870Living in Santa Clara Township with Father and sibs (a ge 15).Source: 1870 census.
1874Age 20 years, graduated from school of law, Californi a Wesleyan College, San Jose, CA (later renamed College o f the Pacific, then University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA)
1874Employed at Law offices: Moore, Laine, Delmas & Leib , in San Jose, CA
4/10/1877Admitted to practice in Supreme Court of CA.Hi s law practice in Sacramento County also established this y ear.
9/1879Under the new State Constitution, Elwood, age 25, el ected a member of the California State Assembly from Sacram ento County, 18th District for the term 1880-81, session #2 3.From California State Roster, 1899, Government and Mili tary records, copies from Ancestory.com online DB.
3/1880Married Lillian J. Flint.
1880Sacramento County Census - Elwood Bruner, age 25, b. O H.(Microfilm page 166B)Occ: Attorney, m. Lillian J. Bru ner, Occ:K.H., age 22, b. CA, Father b. NH, Mo. b. NY
1880An Index to the Biographies in 19th Century Californi a County Histories (Gale Genealogy & Local History Series V ol. 7) 1880 Elwood Bruner p. 280
1881In partnership w/ Judge W. A. Cheney
7/1883Birth of Ednah B. who m. Lucius BULKLEY (From Wilk e Tree)
1883Elected a Director of Public Schools, City of Sacramen to
8/19/1885Birth of Gladys, who m. George R. SKOPECEK, Sr. ( From Wilke Tree)
1886Elected District Attorney of Sacramento County
1/29/1887Unitarian Universalist Church index (From Sac Cit y Cemetery archive source) finds Elwood Bruner listed a s a member of the choir.
11/27/1887Birth of Bernice, who m. Frederick A. MCCANN, (F rom Wilke Tree)
5/1887Elected Grand Master, order of Odd Fellows
1888Re-elected District Attorney of Sacramento County(Sa cramento Sunday Leader 10/14/1888 has article endorsing Bru ner's re-election
1890An Index to the Biographies in 19th Century Californi a County Histories (Gale Genealogy & Local History Series V ol. 7, 1890 Elwood Bruner p. 269
1890Birth Leslie, who m. Fred L. WULFF, (From Wilke Tree)
1890Elwood, at age 35, living at 1602 11th Street, Sacrame nto.(From 1890 Voters Index - Vol. 1)This address is sh own as Precinct District D3, P11, and registration date 7/2 9/1890.
1890Elwood elected as Member of State Assembly, 19th Distr ict for term 1891-93, session #29.
2/1891S. F. Examiner newspaper published a story on Elwoo d Bruner's official corruption by “selling of positions upo n the Police Force of San Francisco”.
3/7/1891A special committee of State Legislators met to in vestigate the allegations.With great levels of passion an d disagreement, the partisan committee found him guilty o f accepting $400 for trying to sway the police commissioner s of San Francisco.
4/30/1892The SF Call has article saying Elwood Bruner “arr ested”.Over the next several months (until 10/29/1892), B runer was tried in San Francisco for allegedly being “willi ng” to accept money to defeat a bill outlawing railroad tic ket scalping.The trial ended with a hung-jury vote of 7- 5 in favor of acquittal.
10/22/1892The Sacramento Union newspaper has article abou t a “Charge of Blackmail” involving Bruner
NOTE:From then on, the Flints and the Bruners were at odds .Gladys Bruner hardly ever spoke to her Father, Elwood, a ccording to Anne Skopecek who was married to George R. Skop ecek, Jr., son of Gladys Bruner Skopecek, Sr., and grandso n of Elwood Bruner.
1892Elwood Bruner is shown in the City Directory as bein g associated in a law practice with is Brother, Alvin J. Br uner located at the Post Office, Rms 5-7-9.
1900-02Elwood is now associated with his brother Alvin an d J. Allison in the Bruner & Brother law practice located a t 601 ½ K Street, Sacramento.(Source: City Directory 1900)
1900-03Living at 911 “O” Street Sacramento (Source: Stat e Library Individual Bio Index)
1903Alvin J. Bruner no longer listed in law practice wit h his brothers Elwood & J. Allison.He must have left fo r Alaska in 1902 or 1903.
1904J. Allison was not listed with Elwood in law practice .He may have preceded Elwood to Alaska.
1904Elwood is listed as an Attorney-at-Law (alone) in th e City Directory, at 615 12th Street, Sacramento.
6/17/1904Arrived in Nome aboard the SS St. Paul (from Sa n Francisco via Seattle), to visit his brother, Alvin Jane s Bruner, already there and practicing law.His brother, J . Allison may have preceded Elwood.The St. Paul and siste r ship SS Portland were owned by the A.C. Company.The shi pping company's General Agent was John J. Sesnon Company, B arracks Square.
1902-22Elwood's wife, Lillian F. Flint Bruner, was liste d with one or more of their daughters in various Sacrament o Locations.By 1909, her occupation was listed as Widow o f Edward [sic].When Elwood died in 1915, Lillian's was no t listed in the City Directory, but reappeared in 1916.
9/5/1906Anne Skopecek says there is a photo of Elwood an d Allison Bruner giving a party at the Royal Cafe in Nome .Guest of honor is Capt. Amundsen and his crew.However , Carrie McLain's letter says the Café burned during a 190 5 fire that also took part of Front Street, Nome.
1910Picture of Bar Association of Nome, AK - 1910.From " an Illustrated Historical Chronicle of GOLD-RUSH NOME" by C arrie M. McLain (1969)
1912Elected to the Senate of the first Territorial Legisla ture for Alaska, serving in Juneau and representing Nome.
9/18/1912Elwood left Nome on the Victoria (even before th e election) to get the "last boat out" before the bay froz e over.Other newly elected legislators were not so fortun ate.Several had to mush long distances to arrive for th e opening session.
1/14/1913The Nome Daily Nugget reports “In a letter to Jo e Jourden received in yesterday's mail Senator Elwood Brune r expresses the desire to have his thanks conveyed to the p eople of Seward Peninsula for the flattering vote they gav e him in his absence.On the way to Seattle Mr. Bruner wa s attacked by la grippe and suffered from it while he was i n Seattle.After three days spent in that city he went t o San Francisco and proceeded to Sacramento.He states tha t he has begun there a study of legislatures and their powe rs and is using the public library of the city for the purp ose.”
1/30/1912The Nome Daily Nugget of this date reports “Elwoo d Bruner Working Hard.Will leave Seattle for Juneau Feb . 21 with every thing ready.Letters just received from El wood Bruner state that he has spent a short time at Sulphu r springs in California but will leave Seattle for Juneau o n February 21.He has worked hard in company with Frank Jo rdan, Secretary of State for California, and James Gillis , State Librarian, to get fully posted on all the question s relating to the organizing of a new legislature.”
3/3/1913Elwood takes his seat in the First Territorial Leg islature for Alaska.
3/10/1913The Nome Daily Nugget on this date reports “Senat or Elwood Bruner has taken time, by the forelock by introdu cing a memorial for the removal of a very serious handica p to the development of Alaska.Nome particularly should f eel that the removal of taxation from railroads is a matte r of prime importance.The enactment into law of just suc h a bill would enable the present legislators to feel tha t their work has not been in vain.”
3/11/1913The Nome Daily Nugget of 3/12/1913 reports that “ Senator Elwood Bruner left the senate chamber when the legi slators in joint session voted to listen to a speech by Del egate Wickersham over Mr. Bruner's protest.”Apparently, J udge Wickershem has besmirched the reputation of a fellow l egislator (keynote speaker Ingersoil).
12/1913Elwood now in Washington DC to represent Alaska i n Railroad Revenue issue at the Congress.Notes show Brune r and Judge Wickersham not at all friendly.
1/10/1915Death in Boyes Hot Springs, Contra Costa County , CA, at age 60.Anne Skopecek's 1970 letter says that Elw ood was buried by his sister (Ada Margaret?) in her famil y plot at Mt. View Cemetery, Oakland.However, by 1980, th e body “was removed” to where no one knows.
The Nome Daily Nugget, January 18, 1915:
"The death of Elwood Bruner which was exclusively printe d in the Nugget last Saturday [January 16, 1915], came a s a shock to his many friends in Nome.Senator Bruner wa s for many years closely identified with the people of Nom e and had many close friends who regarded him as a polishe d gentleman and a public spirited citizen, prominent in al l public affairs looking to the betterment of the city.H e was a polished speaker and a prominent member of the Nom e bar and was honored by the citizens of this district by e lecting him one of the first senators to represent them i n the first territorial legislature.He was a member of se veral of the prominent orders in the city and universally r espected in the community.Senator Elwood Bruner was bor n in Zanesville, Ohio, September 27th, 1854 and moved wit h his parents when quite young to San Jose, California, whe re he was educated and as a young man read law.He practic ed law many years in Sacramento, California, and was electe d prosecuting attorney for the county of Sacramento.He wa s afterwards elected to the state senate.He came to Nom e June 17, 1904 and was associated with his brother J. Alli son Bruner in the practice of law and was regarded as a law yer of rare ability, and was for a time the president of th e bar association of Nome.He is survived by a wife and fo ur daughters who reside in Sacramento, California and two b rothers J. Allison Bruner and Alvan [sic] Bruner, the late r of whom is a resident of southeastern Alaska.The deat h of Senator Bruner leaves a vacancy in our legislature whi ch cannot in all probability be filled as there is no provi sion in the enabling act for filling the vacancy except b y special election and it is probably too late for such ele ction.
Obit. From The Seward Gateway, Seattle, January 25, 1915
ELWOOD BRUNER PASSES AWAY
Senator from Nome Dies at Byron Springs, California
SEATTLE, Jan. 25. -- Senator Elwood Bruner, a member of th e Alaska senate from Nome, died at Byron Springs, Californi a, on the fifteenth of January.
The cause of Mr. Bruner's death is not told in the above t elegram as can be seen.He was the holdover senator from t he Second division and left Nome last fall to attend the se cond session of the Legislature in March.He was formerl y a member of the California legislature and at one time wa s the center of a fierce controversy in that state.He wa s attacked by the San Francisco Examiner, which leveled sev eral accusations against him, but he came out of the argume nt successfully.His brother [J. Allison Bruner?] was depu ty clerk of the court at Nome up to a few months ago and pa ssed through Seward on the Victoria last summer.The senat or was a lawyer and had lived at Nome for many years.Pers onally, he had a great many friends, all of whom agreed tha t Elwood was a "good fellow."He was the man who left th e senate at the first session as a protest against Wickersh am addressing the chamber.He was also the strongest candi date for the presidency of the senate against Senator L. V . Ray.
THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, Juneau, AK, Saturday, January 23 , 1915
"Old Roman" of Legislature Is No More
SENATOR BRUNER IS DEAD
Senator Elwood Bruner of Nome, died at Byron Hot Springs , Calif., on January 15  and the body was cremated a t San Francisco last Tuesday [January 19, 1915], accordin g to advices received in Juneau this morning.
The Empire's Seattle correspondent interviewed former Sena tor Conrad Freeding, at Seattle, and learned that Senator B runer had passed away from an attack of heart failure, whil e sitting in a chair.Particulars were received by W. A. G ilmore of Nome from J. Allison Bruner, who is in San Leandr o, California.
Elwood Bruner, senior Territorial Senator from Nome, was i n his sixty-first year.He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, o r September 27, 1854.Senator Bruner came west when a youn g man and located in Sacramento, Calif., where for a numbe r of years he practiced law.
Mr. Bruner served several terms in the California legislat ure from the Sacramento valley district.In 1903, he cam e to Nome and with his brothers, Alvin G. Bruner and J. All ison Bruner; the law firm of Bruner, Bruner and Bruner wa s formed.Alvin G. Bruner died in California several year s ago and J. Allison Bruner and Elwood Bruner continued th e partnership with success.
Family Survives Him
Senator Bruner is survived by his widow and several childr en, all of whom are in California except one daughter, wh o resides in Washington, and two brothers, J. Allison Brune r of Nome, and Evan S. Bruner, who was enrolling clerk in t he last Territorial Senate.The latter resided at Juneau f or some time after the adjournment of the legislature, bu t is now in the Valdez country.
"The Old Roman," as Senator Bruner was affectionately call ed by his friends, was just what his nickname implied.Dig nified, highly polished and courteous.Senator Bruner wa s a forceful and eloquent speaker and one of the ablest att orneys in the Territory.
Electing During Absence
Senator Bruner was elected to the upper chamber of the leg islature on November 5, 1912, the voters of the Second divi sion giving his a popular majority while Senator Bruner wa s away in Seattle.He arrived in Juneau late in February 1 913, and took his seat in the Senate on March 3, 1913, serv ing throughout the session.
Senator Bruner was an advocate of a strong taxation and re venue bill during the legislative session, was opposed to c ode revision, and took an active part in the debates on th e important matters that came before the legislature at it s initial session.In politics, he was a Taft Republican .He was a holdover Senator for the second Legislative ses sion, having won the toss-up with Senator Conrad Freeding.
Belonged to Elks' Lodge
While the legislature was in session two years ago Senato r Bruner became a member of Juneau Lodge No. 420, B.P.O.E . Elks, with Senator Millard, and Representatives Kennedy a nd Burns.The speech made by Mr. Bruner on the night of hi s initiation will long be remembered as one of the best eve r heard in the lodge room, members who were present say.
Notes from the Wilke Genealogy (with corrections by Wood Mc Cann):
His mother taught Elwood Bruner at home.He attended scho ol in Elk Grove, CA, and graduated from the California Wesl eyan College, San Jose.The campus moved to San Jose fro m Santa Clara in 1871 and became the state's first co-educa tional campus.The College was renamed College of the Paci fic in 1911 and moved to Stockton, CA, in 1923, then rename d the University the Pacific, Stockton, CA, in 1961.
He was very musical and an excellent singer.He belonge d to the Odd Fellows and was elected, in May 1887, as the G rand Master of that order in California.His father wa s a Methodist/Episcopal minister and he was raised in thi s religion.He lived in Ohio, California, and Alaska.
On April 29, 1970, Anne Skopecek wrote De Armond a respons e to his letter describing details of the Bruner family, pa rticularly about Elwood's brush with the grand jury and th e Bruner/Flint discord.This letter was part of the packag e sent by the Archivist, Gladi Kulp, at AK State Library, J uneau.
In September 1970, Anne Skopecek wrote Carrie M. McLain , a retired teacher and author of Alaska history.In respo nse to Anne's letter, Carrie McLain confirmed in her repl y letter dated 9/29/1970 that Elwood was with his brother , Allison, in Nome, and sent along requested copies of he r book on the history of Gold-Rush Nome.Also that Elwoo d and brother were “in company” with Capt. Amundson and cre w at the Royal Café, on Front Street.She also confirmed t hat the café burned during a 1905 fire that took the café a long with part of Front Street.
More About Elwood BRUNER:
Biography: 1890, Sacramento County.441
Cemetery: January 1915, Unknown.
Census Index: 1880, Sacramento County.442
Education: Abt. 1874, California Wesleyan College, San Jose.443
Location: 1890, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA.444
Record Change: June 07, 2002
More About Elwood BRUNER and Lillian J. FLINT:
Marriage: March 03, 1880, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA.
Record Change: March 03, 2002
Children of Elwood BRUNER and Lillian J. FLINT are:
- +Ednah BRUNER, b. July 1883, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, d. 1962.
- +Glayds BRUNER, b. August 19, 1885, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, d. 1958, Colfax, CA.
- +Bernice BRUNER, b. November 27, 1887, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA445, d. April 14, 1977, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., CA.
- +Leslie BRUNER, b. 1890, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, d. April 11, 1968, Rheem, CA.