Louis and Milicent Murray of Georgia; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Sheriff Besse, who came from Santa Cruz, believes it to be a case of suicide, and so does Dr. The question as to whether the pistol had been recently fired, or whether it was Alfords custom to keep one chamber empty, will be investigated by the Deputy Coroner. SAN FRANCISCO CALL San Francisco, CA9 February 1897 WATSONVILLE, Cal., Feb.: SSDI records show that John Alvord (SS# issued in CA) was born and died _____ Feb 1984, last residence Joshua Tree, San Bernardino Co., CA. 8The inquest on the body of Night Watchman Alford, who was killed on Friday night, was not concluded to-day.From CA Deaths: John Edwin Alvord died on in San Bernardino Co. Paul Ward 2 (District 30), Ramsey Co., MN, dwelling #118: Justin L. The verdict of the jury could be taken to mean either suicide or murder without expressing the jurys opinion, as it merely stated the facts that were patent to the most casual observer that Alford came to his death by a gunshot wound and the jury did not know who fired the gun.
He served in the Navys Sea Bees during World War II. SAN FRANCISCO CALL San Francisco, CA8 February 1897 WATSONVILLES MYSTERY SHERIFF BESSE BELIEVES WATCHMAN ALFORD COMMITTED SUICIDE WATSONVILLE, Cal., Feb. Alford, who was found dying with a pistol wound in the head on the street yesterday morning, will be held tomorrow.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita; two sons, Jack, of El Cajon, and Leroy, of Anaheim; two brothers, Bill of San Diego, and Justin of Exeter, Calif.; three sisters, Frances Craig of San Diego, Betty Krehbiel of St. People here are still divided between the theories of suicide and murder.
See the obituaries of his wife, Juanita Grace Gebert Alvord; and brother, Justin Lyle Alvord, in this compilation. It was shown that the pistol had been held close to his head, as powder marks were found on his hat. Jack Bodie, who had quarreled with him, has not been arrested, as it is proved that he was not in town at the time of the killing. SAN FRANCISCO CALL San Francisco, CA13 February 1897 SPANISH CARRIE LODGED IN JAIL PENDING FURTHER INQUIRY INTO WATCHMAN ALFORDS DEATH SANTA CRUZ, Cal., Feb.
We included the obituary of his daughter-in-law Ardith Winona Johnson Alvord in Idaho Obituaries. In 1920 John is listed with his parents and siblings in St. 12 Carrie Smith, sometimes known as Carrie Ward, but more commonly called Spanish Carrie, of Watsonville, has been lodged in the County Jail here to await investigation by District Attorney Carl Lindsay of the facts and circumstances that led the Coroners jury to its verdict in the death of Night Watchman Alford, who was found dying on a street in Watsonville last Saturday morning.
Wanda June Alford of Fort Smith [Sebastian Co.], Ark. Alford was buried in the Alford Family Plot at Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff. See the obituaries of his wife, Betty Louise Stone Alford; and his sister Elaine Melvina Alford Owens in this compilation. A POLICE OFFICER FOUND IN THE STREET WITH A BULLET HOLE IN HIS TEMPLE LIVED SEVERAL HOURS, BUT NEVER REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS. 6At 9 oclock this morning the body of night watchman John W. It is clearly a case of murder, which the officers are now investigating. Alford enforced the laws against keeping open the saloons of Watsonville after midnight, and the result was several arrests, one saloonkeeper forfeiting his license.
Cause of the crash is being investigated by a military board. The neighbors liked him because he always took the widest circle, he said. It was what he did all his life and its what he did best. Alford is survived by his wife Betty Alford; his son Jim Alford, and his wife, Vicki, and their children, Quinn Roy and Abigail Paige, all of Red Bluff; his daughter Patti Ann Alford-Degrofft of Pendleton, Oregon and her husband Duane, and their children, Ryan and Tiah Jill. Jack) Elaine Owens and an aunt, Ethel Alford Peterson. ****************************************** JOHN WESLEY ALFORD THE RECORD-UNION Sacramento, Sacramento, CASunday, 7 February 1897 COWARDLY MURDER AT WATSONVILLE. He lived four hours after being shot, but never regained consciousness.
Watters sanitarium, where he lingered for several hours.
She at once blew her police-whistle, Officer Fiske arrived and the dying watchman was taken to Dr.
He expired at 7 oclock without regaining consciousness. Jack Bode [sic] and Carrie Smith, who have figured in the justice courts here at different times in the past, are believed to know more of the officers death than they have revealed.