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Los Angeles Herald, Volume 1, Number 89, 16 January 1874
List reference: Armstrong, Ths. - 1/14/1874

Last Words
Tommie is dead! These words will bring great grief to many dear friends in the far eastern home, whence he so lately came with his parent - Capt. Geo. A. Armstrong - lately from Michigan.
Tommie was a darling, bright and noble little boy; and his marvelous vitality and decided character were the wonder of all who knew him. His mother and friends are almost frantic, and inconsolable over his loss. But where can there be a brighter spot on earth for that darling little form to rest than our beautiful cemetery overlooking as it does this ever-fragrant valley, where his blessed spirit will delight to return and commune with the sad hearts he has left behind. He died yesterday at 12:25 a.m. after three weeks of suffering and was buried at 3 p.m.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 2, Number 151, 25 September 1874

LOOP - In Los Angeles, Sept. 22d, Ida C., daughter of John and Marian Chamberlain Loop, in the sixteenth year of her age. In the death of this only and beloved child, the Iron has entered deep Into the souls of the bereaved parents. Marked as the victim of the fell destroyer, consumption, she was brought to this sunny clime with the faint hope that its balmy influence might arrest, if not counteract, the disease. But In vain; in less than one month all was over, and the loved one slept the peaceful sleep of the Just. The darling of her parents and beloved of all who knew her, here and at her former home in Illinois, has gone home to her God and Savior. In the arms she loved so well she passed away, peacefully and calmly; so fitting seemed the end of a like peaceful and quiet life. She had so suffered much, as is almost always the lot of the victims of consumption; but she slept quietly at the last, and died without a struggle. One glance fell upon her weeping parents, and her eyes closed on earth, to open again and forever In the life immortal. It seemed as if angels must have stood by, ready to receive so pure a spirit. Brief as had been her stay here, she had attracted to herself by her patient sufferings many a sympathizing heart. Around her old home the sad news will come with an appalling chill to a host of old and young, who only knew to love her. May the blessed consolations of God be with those who mourn, that the re-union, at no distant day, may be one of eternal Joy. Her remains were deposited in the city cemetery, the Rev. W. H. Hill, of the Episcopal Church, reciting the beautiful burial service of that Church.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 2, Number 7, 9 April 1874
List Reference: Gille, Julius

Buried.-Mr. Gille, who was accidentally killed day before yesterday, was buried yesterday by Mr. Signoret. As the man had been working for him Mr. Signoret asked that he be allowed to bury the body at his own expense.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 2, Number 140, 12 September 1874
List Reference: Carolton, Mark - 9/11/1874

The funeral of Mark Carleton, the boy who accidentally shot himself last Thursday, took place from the family residence yesterday. The classmates of the deceased lad joined in the procession, and the flag at the High School was lowered to half-mast during the day in respect to the former scholar and companion.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 2, Number 139, 11 September 1874
List Reference: Carolton, Mark - 9/11/1874

Fatal Accident. A sad casualty occurred yesterday resulting in the death of a lad about sixteen years of age named Mark Carleton. It seems that during the noon recess, about half past 12 o'clock Mark and his brother Frank with some other companions went out on Temple street, a short distance from the high school building, for the purpose of trying a revolver which they had. The revolver was a five shooter carrying a small bullet not much larger than a good sized shot. They discharged several barrels and supposed them all emptied, when Mark took the pistol and began removing some of its parts to show his companions the spring In the lock, meanwhile holding the hammer back with his thumb. The weapon was held in his left hand with the muzzle pointing at his own breast and while in this posture, his thumb slipped from its hold and the fatal shot was discharged. The ball entered the heart or very near it and the unfortunate boy expired in about four minutes. The remains were taken to the residence of the lad's father, on Spring street, near fourth, where Coroner Richardson was summoned and elicited the facts as given. The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of the parents. Friends of the family are invited to attend. The classmates of the lad so late and deeply lamented will join the funeral procession as it passes the High School building. We trust that this terrible accident will prove an impressive warning to other youth of our city who may be inclined to handle fire arms. Boys, don't carry or handle a pistol; it is neither ornamental or useful, and the life of the owner or some of his companions may pay a dear price for the use of the toy.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 1, Number 108, 7 February 1874
List Reference: Daniels, [no name] - 2/6/1874

The funeral of M. S. Daniels, grandson of Jacob Metzker, will take place from Aunt Winnie's, on San Pedro street at 3:00 p.m. Friends are invited to attend.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 4, Number 146, 12 September 1875
List reference: Allis, Helen C. - 9/11/1875

Mrs. J. M. Allis, wife of the pastor of the Presbyterian church at Anaheim, died on Friday. She was interred in Los Angeles cemetery at 1 p.m. yesterday.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 5, Number 81, 30 December 1875
List Reference: E. G. Forster (spelling discrepancy - not sure which is correct)

The two suicides, Celia O'Toole and E. G. Foster, were buried yesterday, side by side, in the city cemetery, Messrs. Nehzked & Wohlers, the city undertakers, were earnest in their efforts to give the unfortunates a decent burial. On Tuesday night they sent out their wagon and had the bodies brought in and laid in their establishment, where they were neatly coffined. An immense crowd visited their establishment yesterday, requiring the aid of a policeman to keep the street clear. The Coroner's Jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the facts. So ends the melancholy history of a pair of fools; too cowardly to live in this world, they rushed madly into the next. The only way for O'Toole, the surviving husband, to get even is for him to take a dose of strychnine and plague them In the next world as he did in this.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 4, Number 136, 1 September 1875
List Reference:

We regret to announce the death of Arthur Beavis, by consumption at the City Hospital, on Monday morning at an early hour. The deceased was formerly well known as a hack driver and hostler at Ferguson's stable. His friends turned out in large numbers, and followed his remains to the City Cemetery. He leaves relatives in Pennsylvania.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 3, Number 84, 6 January 1875
List Reference: Grelick, E. 1/5/1875

Grelck (sic) - In the city of Los Angeles, on the morning of January 5, 1875, the infant son of John Grelck. Funeral to-day from the residence of John Grelck, on Main street, at 1 o'clock p.m.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 4, Number 122, 15 August 1875
List Reference: Brunson, [no name] - 8/14/1875

The funeral of Mr. Brunson's child was largely attended yesterday afternoon.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 4, Number 141, 7 September 1875
List Reference: Dixon, Mrs. - 9/7/1875

Friends of the late Mrs. Joseph H. Dixon are invited to attend her funeral, on Turner, near Alameda street, opposite Jackson's lumber yard, this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 3, Number 117, 13 February 1875
List Reference: Allen, Judge A. C. - 2/18/1875

Mr. J. C. Allen, a highly respected citizen, died of heart disease Thursday afternoon.

The members of Shominac Tribe, No. 50, Improved Order of Red Men, are ordered to meet at their hall at 10 a. m. to-day to attend the funeral of their late brother, J. C. Allen.

Shominac Tribe No. 50, I. O. R. M.
Every Member of this Tribe is hereby ordered to meet at their Wigwam (Good Templar's Hall this morning, (SATURDAY) at 10 o'clock, to assist in the funeral ceremonies of their late brother J. C. Allen. The funeral will take place from the Wigwam at 11 o'clock this morning. All friends of deceased are invited to attend.
By order of the Sachem. Wm. M. Brown, C. or R. pro tem

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 3, Number 118, 14 February 1875
List Reference: Carey, A. M. - 2/12/1875

The following resolutions were passed by Los Angeles Grange, No. 36, at its session yesterday: Whereas, The members of this Grange have heard, with deep regret, the recent bereavement of our Worthy Master and sister Garey in the loss of their youngest and darling child; therefore Resolved, That Brother and Sister Garey and the sorrowing members of their family have the sympathy and condolence of this Grange. S. A. Waldron, Secretary.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 5, Number 88, 8 January 1876

The funeral of the late brakeman Snow, took place yesterday from the well known undertaking establishment of Neitzke & Wohlers, and was largely attended by his friends. His remains were deposited in the City Cemetery.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 6, Number 60, 4 June 1876
List Reference: Gould, Chs. W. 6/3/1876

Members of the Bar are requested to attend the funeral of Charles W. Gould to-day at 2p. M. It will take place from his late residence on Fort Street, opposite the M. E. Church.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 6, Number 60, 4 June 1876
List Reference: Hall, [no name] - 6/3/1876

The funeral services of Milton Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Hall, will take place from Trinity M. E. Church, Spring street, to-day at 11 a. m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 6, Number 61, 6 June 1876
List Reference: Gould, Chs. W. - 6/3/1876

The funeral of the late Chas. W. Gould took place Sunday afternoon, and the attendance was among the largest known in our city. The hearse was preceded and escorted by Shominac Tribe of Red Men, with Desmond's band, and followed by some sixty carriages. From the residence on Fort street the procession moved to St. Athanasius Episcopal church, where the casket was deposited in front of the altar, and Rev. W. H. Hill read the impressive burial service of the church. A full choir added greatly to the impressiveness of the ceremony. At the cemetery the last rites were performed by the officers of the organization, and the remains deposited in their last resting place.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 9, Number 87, 9 March 1878

The funeral of the late Louis A. Richter, who was buried by the Tern-Verein Germania yesterday afternoon, was one of the most imposing we have seen in Los Angeles. The Society, headed by a band composed of nearly all the musicians in the city, assisted in uniform. The remains were buried in the city cemetery.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 10, Number 79, 31 August 1878
List Reference:


A Chinese High Muck-a-Muck Speeded Across the River Styx--The Dead March in Saul Struggling with the Cacophony of a Chinese Band.

A fine flavor of the poetical and sensational attended the funeral of Lee Pai yesterday afternoon. The deceased Chinaman supposed to have been a poet, or something of that etherial (sic) kind. As a matter of fact we happen to know that he didn't understand the difference between a dactyl or an anapest, a spondee or a trochee, and as to all possible developments of the lambus, the caesural pause, and as to the linked sweetness long drawn out of Longfellow's mystic Hiawatha measures, he was worse than an infidel. The fact is that the deceased was in reality a Chinese stock speculator of an order which would have extorted the admiration of Jim Keene or General Bob Morrow. It is of record that he once got up a corner in rice in Canton which laid low fourteen millions of his countrymen through the pangs of famine. When he was in the full flush of his manly vigor the suggestion that he was a poet would have wrought him to a degree of desperation that would have led him to lay out the asperser of his honor.
But such as he was, poet or poetaster, speculator in rice or daring adventurer in Celestial Pindaric measure, Lee Pai was undoubtedly accorded a "scrumptious" funeral yesterday. After the burning of Innumerable tapers and the scattering of many small cups of brandy, the night before, his final obsequies, in a tent on the open space adjoining the plaza, were something to be long remembered. Roast pigs, roast goats, confections of various kinds were littered around ad lib. There were priestly Chinese celebrants, who stuck their fingers In the pig very much after the manner Charles Lamb describes in his immortal essay on roast pig. When their digits emerged from the brown and tempting flesh, acolytes, from urns, poured water upon their hands. Tapers were burned, genuflexions were made, fol-de rol and Chinese sacerdotal fandango were indulged in; and, finally, the procession took up its line of march.
Pouet & Orr had furnished a bang-up hearse. The slap-up band of Dohs' was on band, to give fitting Caucasian eclat to the occasion, and to emphasize the sentiment that "the Chinese must go." The hearse was surrounded by eight Chinamen who had each torn a sheet in two and wrapped the half around their burly frames In a sort of cat-a-cornered fashion. There was an expression of undisguised joy on every Chinese face at the fact that Lee Pai had handed in his chips and given occasion for a downright, outright funeral demonstration. After the hearse came some sixteen Chinese damsels of surpassing beauty, each carrying a fan with which she coquettishly endeavored to ward off the admiring glances of the Caucasians who lined the sidewalks. We had taken up our station at the end of the Baker Block, at the corner of Main and Arcadia streets, and we were very much shocked by the levity of two English tourists who stood near us, and who were attracted by this display of female loveliness. Their discourse ran somewhat in this wise:
First Englishman-"Aw, now, by Jove, aren't they 'andsome?"
Second Englishman-"Blast your bloody hyes, listen to the music,. It beats the Adelphi, by Jove."
We confess that this music was fearfully and wonderfully made from a melodic and harmonic standpoint. It was a cross between a Scotch bag-pipe, a fish horn, a caliope (sic) and a hotel dinner gong; but such as it was, it was played with energy and an eye single to effect. Those Caucasians who came under its influence felt themselves slowly congealing or, rather, petrifying, after the manner of the unfortunates who were brought, of old, under the eye of the Medusa.
A gay and festive canopy, after the model of a gigantic sun-shade, surmounted by some evergreens, was a feature of the procession. For the rest, for the most part, it was made up of the Celestial canaille, of whom no particular note further than that, as Chinese, they must go, and not stand upon the order of their going, but go at once, is required.
This memorable procession moved from the Plaza to Main, down Main to Arcadia, from Arcadia to Los Angeles, from Los Angeles through Requena to Main, and thence, via Temple street, to the Cemetery. The deceased was then interred in a hole of proper dimensions, and enough provender to satisfy the appetites of a whole tribe of tramps was left around loose, after which the cortege dispersed.
It has been said that the dead Lee Pai was a Free Mason. This impression was entirely due to the fact that one of his remote ancestors was engaged, several thousand years ago, as a Mason, in helping to build the famous wall of China.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 10, Number 153, 26 November 1878
List Reference: not on the list. Needs to be added to the page of "other interments"

The flag of the High School was at half mast yesterday out of respect to the late Miss Mary L. Chauvin, a graduate of that institution, who died at the residence of her parents, in this city, on Sunday, after a brief illness. Her funeral will take place at 10 o'clock this morning.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 12, Number 109, 3 December 1879
List Reference: Furman, George 12/2/1879

The last sad rites were paid to the late George R. Furman yesterday morning. The remains were followed to the grave by a large number of private citizens as well as by the whole Fire Department of the city, a delegation from the Wilmington Hook and Ladder Company, Frank Bartlett Post, G. A. R., and the Los Angeles Guards. The funeral cortege marched in the following order:
Chief King and three mounted Policemen.
Wangeman's Band, Chief of the Fire Department Miles and Assistant Frohlinger.
Los Angeles Guard. Thirty-Eights Engine Company No. 1.
Confidence Engine Company No. 2. Park Hose Company.
Vigilance Hook and Ladder Company.
Wilmington Hook and Ladder Company.
Frank Bartlett Post, G. A. R.
Rev. Wm. H. Hill, Chaplain.
Hearse with live pall bearers on each side.
The procession closed with a long line of carriages containing the family and, friends of the deceased.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 12, Number 48, 21 September 1879
List Reference: Angell, Rev Dr. Henry - 9/21/1879

The funeral of Rev. Henry Angell will take place from his late residence, Temple street, at 2 p.m. to-day

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