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Death of Miss Laura A. PATTERSON in CA in 1872
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: May 09, 2007 at 08:28:55
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
<Monday, 5 Aug 1872>

From Watsonville, Aug. 4 -- The body of Miss Laura A. PATTERSON, a young girl about 16 years old, was found this morning in the slough near the Pajaro river. It appears the girl had been missing for some days. Having left the house of her brother-in-law, Fred. RAY, where she had resided for some time past, last Thursday afternoon; she was afterwards seen near the bridge on the slough, where her foot tracks were discovered, and from all appearances must have deliberately walked into the water and drowned herself. L.D. HOLBROOK, acting Coroner, summoned a jury who went where the body was found 5 miles from town and held an inquest. Fred RAY, her brother-in-law, testifies that deceased had threatened to commit suicide. A post mortem examination was made by Dr. CLEVELAND. No marks of violence were found. The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to her death by premeditated suicide, caused by depression of spirits. No effort was made to discover the whereabouts of deceased from Thursday until last evening. It is alleged that she was in the habit of visiting the neighbors and staying over night.

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