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Early Prince George Deaths

November 6, 1909
Jack Dawson drowned in Bear Lake.

November 10, 1910
Kenneth Cunningham (11), son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cunningham of 74 Mile House, died of measles.

December 1910
Constable Ike Decker of Ashcroft was killed while trying to apprehend a robber during a rain robbery of the CPR at Ducks, B.C.

May 1911
Harry Baxter of Shropshire, England, drowned in the Fraser River.

March 23, 1912
Death of George J. Walker The death occurred in Barkerville on Monday, March 18th, of George J. Walker ex-Government Agent for the Cariboo district, and later of the Fort George district. The immediate cause of death was dropsy, from which the deceased had suffered for some time. George J. Walker was a well-known figure throughout the whole of Cariboo. He was born in Barkerville some 40 years ago. He followed the mines of Williams Creek in the days of the gold rush and was appointed to the gold commissionership and government agency about four years ago. Throughout the district Mr. Walker was highly esteemed. As government agent he won a reputation as a careful and painstaking administrator, and as a man who would spend unlimited time and care in making plain to anyone those matters in connection with the many (unreadable) under his authority which were not thoroughly understood. The deceased leaves a wife and two children in Barkerville. The funeral was held last Thursday. For some time previous to his death Mr. Walker had been sinking rapidly. He was taken to the Barkerville hospital recently where he was under the care of Dr. Callanan. The case was hopeless, however, and in spite of every medical aid death came speedily. Mr. John A. Fraser, who is here on his political campaign, stated to The Herald that he saw the deceased in the hospital at Barkerville last Saturday, and that at that time he appeared to be in the best of spirits. Mr. Fraser received the news of his death here and although the telegram was not wholly unexpected, tiding of the death of George J. Walker comes as a shock to the country that knew the man so well and esteemed him so highly for his many excellent qualities.

July 18, 1914
Samuel King died in Fort George.

November 13, 1914
Howard Gouyad drowned in Chief Lake.

November 26, 1914
Charles Osbaldeston was killed when he fell some 20 feet from the Grand Trunk Pacific bridge.

May 18, 1915
Martin Clark and Constable Burns (provincial), drowned when their boat capsized in the Fraser River enroute to Quesnel.

June 4, 1915
W. D. Kennedy died in Toronto at the age of 38 years. Mr. "Billy" Kennedy came to Fort George in 1909 to open a general store for Wm. Blair & Co. This store was later torn down when the new town of South Fort George was surveyed and the new larger store opened under the name of Kennedy, Blair & Co. Failing health forced Mr. Kennedy's retirement three years previous to his death. He underwent an operation in Toronto for intestinal trouble and returned with his wife to South Fort George, where he formed a connection with the B.C. Express Co. He was also a businessman in Barkerville for some years.

July 16, 1915
John Vermuelin, a Hollander, was brutally murdered at his home at Trout Lake.

September 1915
Mr. Dunwoody, chief of provincial police, left last evening for Stuart Lake, accompanied by Dr. Lazier, district coroner, to investigate the death of a settler named J.V. Coward, whose dead body was found in his cabin in a condition that would lead to the suspicion of murder.

September 10, 1915
Dan Nordberg, an old time Cariboo miner and trader passed away at his ranch in Chilcotin on Friday, August 30th, aged 84 years. He came to Cariboo in the first gold excitement and was engaged in mining and trading. He built the first log cabin at the mouth of the Quesnel River where the town of Quesnel stands today. He resided for many years in Chilcotin, where he was engaged in store-keeping and stock- raising. Old Dan was known and respected by everyone in the community. The burial gook place at his ranch on Monday, August 23rd, Rev. U.H.H. Elliot reading the burial service. The funeral was well attended.

November 19, 1916
Francis James Shearstone died at G.T.P. Hospital, age 55.

December 14, 1916
Robert Taylor at Holmes, P.A., U.S.A. Late of Fort George, BC.

December 24, 1916
Mrs. Frances Frazer Graham of Mapes, BC. Buried at Fort George.

December 31, 1916
Koish Morito, age 5 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morito.

January 22, 1917
G. B. Stevens died at G.T.P. Hospital, Prince George.

February 11, 1917
Leslie Quinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Quinn, age 12, eldest son.

May 10, 1917
Mrs. Stewart Campbell died.

December 1918
The death occurred yesterday at the home of Mrs. Otto, of Mrs. Paul Jackson aged 23 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Allen of Chief Lake. Left to mourn are a husband, a small daughter, parents, four brothers and one sister, Mrs. Norman Heavenor of Vancouver.

December 10, 1918
Rev. H. Hager, of Prince George, minister for the German speaking colonies there, will conduct funeral services of the late Henry Voth tomorrow.

December 1919
The death occured at Everett, Washington October 23rd. of George G. Baker who until a few months ago had been a resident of this district for several years. Mr. Baker was a pioneer merchant of Fort George, arriving there early in 1911. He is survivied by a widow and was 61 years of age.

December 3, 1919
Mrs. Alice H. Taylor, wife of Mr. L. D. Taylor, late of Prince George, former mayor of Vancouver, and at one time publisher of the Vancouver World, passed away at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, on the 23rd November. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Frank Berry of Seattle, Archie Berry of Anyox, and Jack Berry of Vancouver. She is also mourned by her three brothers, Mr. E. Miller, former member for Grand Forks; Mr. Frank Miller and Mr. Walter Miller of Seattle; and two sisters, Mrs. Hirschfield of San Francisco, and Mrs. D. Todd Lees, Vancouver. Mrs. Taylor was a daughter of the late Jonathan Miller, pioneer.

December 1934
Passed away Mrs. Young Whittaker, aged 75, who married 57 years ago at Decatur, Georgia and who leaves to mourn a husband, three daughters, Mrs. Melissa Penny of San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Rose May Petitt of Prince George; and Mrs. Bertha Deguide also of this city, and five sons, William of Berkley, California; John of Regina; Joseph of Buffalo, New York; Chester of Wildwood, Alberta; and Sinclair of Edmonton. Funeral services to be held at Saywright's Funeral Parlor.

December 1934
In the matter of the estate of John Porter, deceased, George Milleurn appointed official administrator by local Judge Robertson on November 21st.

December 17, 1945
Mrs. Levi Graham, old time resident of Prince George, died last night about 10:00pm at the family's Fourth Avenue home, after a brief illness. For several winters Mrs. Graham has been in indifferent health but for the most part kept active. Since coming to Prince George in 1914 with her husband and assisting him for many years in the operation of local theatres, Mrs. Graham made many friends to whom word of her sudden passing is a great shock. Mrs. Graham was born in Nova Scotia. Before moving to Prince George she resided for a time in Vancouver. After Mr. Graham disposed of his interests in Prince George Theatres Ltd. in the fall of 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Graham spent the winter in Vancouver. This spring they returned here and lived at Graham's Lodge at Six Mile Lake, moving to their city home as the cold weather approached. Besides her husband, Mrs. Graham is survived by one son, William in Vancouver; one daughter, Viola, and three sisters, Mrs. William Graham, city, and two in Vancouver. Because of the death the New Year's Eve frolic planned for Graham's Lodge has been cancelled.

December 20, 1945
Funeral services were held in Assman's Funeral Chapel by Rev. Father J. J. Gilhooley on Saturday week for Mrs. Peter Pinko, 69, who died on December 6. She was born in Buckingham, Que., and came to Prince George in 1930 from Vanguard, Sask., with her husband to reside on their farm at Tabor Creek. She is survived by her husband, two brothers James McFaul, Ottawa and George McFaul, Vancouver; two sisters, Therese McFaul, Quebec, and Mrs. Tom Dolan, Ottawa; and three sons, Austin and Raymond, Tabor Creek; George, Vancouver; and two daughters Mrs. Joseph Hurl and Mrs. Herb Parr of Vancouver. There are six grandchildren. Three sons predeceased her.

March 3, 1949
The funeral of William Gray of Longworth took place today at 2 o'clock from Assman's Funeral Chapel. Mr. Gray, age 74, died on Monday evening. An oldtimer, he resided at Longworth for 23 years. He is survived by his wife. Rev. N. D. McInnes officiated.

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