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Death in Tuolumne cty CA 1863 - R.R. BALLS
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: June 05, 2008 at 19:21:31
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoc
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>THURSDAY, 23 APR 1863<<


Sad Accident -- This evening I witnessed one of the largest funeral processions I have ever seen in this State. It was that of Mr. R.R. BALLS, for 13 years a resident of Sonora, who met his death from an accidental pistol shot received last Friday. The Masons (he was a Royal Arch) turned out in full regalia, the Lodge in Columbia, as well as the Lodge here, being largely represented. Mr. BALLS was of the Fire Department, and the firemen all turned out. In fact nearly the entire male portion of the city was at the funeral, and not 1 business house was left open from the moment the Masonic band struck up the solemn ‘dead march,’ until the body was laid in its last bed, and the procession had returned to the city. In this connection I may add that Sonora has 5 cemeteries, to wit: the Masonic, the Odd Fellows, the City, the Hebrew and the Roman Catholic; and I may say still further, that these homes of the dead are all looked after with that same affectionate regard which characterizes the daily intercourse of the warm-hearted inhabitants of this city. [Sonora]

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