|Birth: ||Oct., 1871, Croatia|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1904|
Son of Giuseppe Dulcic and Katarina Soljan, born Oct 1871, Stari Grad/Cittavecchia, Dalmatia, Croatia, died 20 Jul 1904, Dulcich Ranch, Hunter's Valley, Mariposa Co., CA. Married Angela "Angie" Magdeline Castagnetto, the widow of his brother Giacomo Dulcich on 26 Mar 1900, Mariposa, Mariposa Co., CA.
Mariposa Gazette, July 23, 1904: SHOT IN SELF-DEFENSE. -
George L. Dulcich Killed by John Castagnetto.
To protect his own life, John Castagnetto fired a charge of buckshot into George L. Dulcich's head at Hunter's Valley Wednesday afternoon. Dulcich died about two hours latter.
The tragedy was the final result of long-continued and persistent attempts on the part of Dulcich to provoke trouble with Castagnetto. The two men were brothers-in-law, Dulcich having married Castagnetto's sister about six years ago. Since then Dulcich did everything possible to aggravate Castagnetto, and his threats to kill the latter were numerous. Particularly when Dulcich was drinking he was bent on taking the other man's life, and had forbade his wife from talking with her brother.
As a pretext to provoke trouble Dulcich, some time before, declared Castagnetto would again have to pay for a horse that belonged to the latter. To prevent trouble, Mrs. Dulcich pleaded with her brother to give Dulcich twenty dollars. Castagnetto objected to paying for the horse the second time but finally gave his note for the amount. A little later he borrowed the money from his brother Dan Castagnetto, who at his request gave the money to Dulcich and got the note.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Dulcich had been drinking, and shortly before the tragedy he told his wife that Castagnetto had not vented the horse and that he was going to get it and take it away. He rode up to the pasture but was unable to catch the animal. Coming back he passed by Castagnetto's house which was but a short distance from his own. As he rode by Castagnetto was in the yard and Dulcich pointed a pistol at him and snapped it, but the weapon missed fire. Castagnetto ran into his house. Dulcich then went to his barn and climbed in the loft to see if Castagnetto was coming out. He then went to his house, shooting a hen in a coop as he went, and told his wife if his gun hadn't missed fired he would have killed the ------- ----------, and then added, "I will kill him if he ever steps in this yard." Dulcich asked his wife where Castagnetto went, and she told him that he went to Dan Castagnetto's barn, about one hundred yards away, thinking Dulcich would go there and allow her brother to avoid trouble by getting away without Dulcich seeing him Dulcich started toward the barn, but stopped, saying, "No, He's in the house. I hear him ; I'll kill the ------ ----------- anyway." Castagnetto heard what Dulcich said, and as he advanced toward the house with his pistol drawn, Castagnetto, who was at a window, shot him. Dulcich dropped and shortly after Castagnetto helped carry him onto the porch and washed the blood off his face. He was practically dead as soon as hit, though he continued to breathe for two hours after.
Sheriff Prouty and Coroner Bertken were notified and at once went to the scene. A coroner's jury was impaneled and John and Dan Castagnetto and Mrs Dulcich testified. Their evidence was substantially the same as above started. The verdict of the jury was that death was caused by a gunshot wound inflected by John Castagnetto in self-defense. Gerald W. Evans, Thomas Williams, William Williams, John Maschio, George Henderson and R. A. Prouty composed the jury.
That one of the men was killed is not surprising to those who knew the conditions. About two weeks before Castagnetto started that he feared something of the kind would happen, that he had always tried to avoid it, and had tried to keep out of Dulcich's way. Castagnetto has an excellent reputation as a good, peaceable citizen, while Dulcich was very quarrelsome and often had trouble with his neighbors. Some time ago he struck Castagnetto with a pistol, the weapon being discharged at the time., Castagnetto took the gun away from him. At another time he attacked Castagnetto with a rock, and at different times told many people that he would kill him. Last year his wife had him put under bonds because of his abuse of her.
Dulcich was a native of Austria, aged 32 years. Besides his wife, he leaves two children, one aged 5 years the other eighteen months.
Dulcich was buried at Bear Valley yesterday.
Angela Magdeline Castagnetto Dulcich (1872 - 1955)*
George L Dulcich (1901 - 1925)*
Bear Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
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