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1840s

OREGON SPECTATOR (Oregon City), 18 February 1847.

SUDDEN DEATH.

A correspondent informs us that Mr. John Horregan, commonly called Paddy Roland, was found dead in his bed, in Champoeg, on the morning of the 10th inst.  The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was, death occasioned by intoxication.  We regret to state that the deceased has left a wife and four children, helpless and homeless.  This is the first death that we have heard of in Oregon, from such a cause; let it suffice as a warning to others.

 

OREGON SPECTATOR (Oregon City), 2 September 1847

For the Spectator.

MR. EDITOR. - Allow me through your columns to give the public some information respecting the death of Ezekiel Popham.

   On the 22d inst., I had an inquest held over the body of the deceased, Ezekiel Popham.  It appeared from the evidence given to the jury, that the deceased came into the building where Jos. Holman, a native of the Sandwich Islands, (Jimo,) and John H. Bosworth were at work, and Mr. Popham asked who had been whipping his child.  Bosworth said he had.  Witness, busily engaged at work, did not hear much of their conversation, but on hearing a noise as if they were in a scuffle, turned round and saw Mr. Popham lying on the floor, but did not know how he came there.  Witness then assisted him in getting to his feet, after which Mr. Bosworth struck Mr. Popham twice.  Witness thinks the first lick was with the open hand in the face, and the second lick with the fist on the neck; said Popham staggered back a short distance, plucked up a stick, and was in the act of raising it when he dropped in the floor dead.  The jury, after deliberating on this testimony, required that a post mortem examination should be had on the body; whereupon Drs. W. J. Bailey and J. W. Boyle proceeded to examine the body; after which, reported to the jury as follows:  "It is our belief that the deceased, Ezekiel Popham, before death, had been laboring for a length of time from an organic affection of the heart and great vessels of the pulmonary tissues, and in consequence of the arterial excitement produced by the quarrel with John H. Bosworth, produced a rupture of the pulmonary artery, and consequently followed by immediate death."

   Whereupon the jury returned a verdict, that they believed that "the death of Ezekiel Popham was occasioned in consequence of a scuffle and fight between said Popham and John H. Bosworth, and also from several blows received from said John H. Bosworth, in the town of Salem, Champoeg county, Oregon territory, on Friday, the 20th day of August, 1847."  Signed by the twelve jurymen.

   I hereby certify the above to be a summary account of the proceedings pertaining to the inquest held over the body of the deceased Ezekiel Popham.  Given under my hand this 25th August, 1847.  J. M. GARRISON, J.P.

 

OREGON FREE PRESS (Oregon City), 15 July 1848.

CORONER'S INQUEST.

On Wednesday afternoon last, an inquest was held before Daniel Harvey, Coroner for the county of Vancouver, at the house of Henry E. Fellows, in view of the body of Thomas Baulinger, who was found dead the evening before in the said house.  The depositions of three witnesses having been taken and the body carefully examined by the jury, and post mortem examination made by Dr. Barclay, a verdict was returned : "Died of apoplexy."  From the evidence produced, it appears that the deceased had been subject to apoplectic fits for the last two years.

Fort Vancouver, 6th July, '48.

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