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John Fagundas
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Birth: 1856, Portugal
Death: Jan. 14, 1882
Mariposa County
California, USA

Jan. 21, 1882 Mariposa Gazette
(submitted by W. Disbro)
Fatal Accident.
It becomes our melancholy and unwilling duty to chronicle the sad and untimely death of John Fagundas, a miner, who resided with his family on the Merced river near Red Bank, where he was employed by the Merced Mining and Hydraulic Co., which occurred about half past nine o'clock in the forenoon of Saturday last. He was accompanied to his work in the morning by Antone De Silva, the foreman of the works, where he left him engaged in removing rock, and pursuing his daily labor in the mine. Mr. De Silva, who had left him but a few minutes before, was surprised by an alarm given by some of the other men, hurried to the terrible scene that awaited him, where he found that a large boulder of many tons weight had rolled, and caught the unfortunate man underneath, crushing one leg and severely injuring the other; besides, another falling boulder had struck him on the back and hips, which is thought to be the immediate cause of his death. Owing to the unwieldiness of the enormous boulder, it required considerable time and hard labor before the unfortunate man could be extricated from the perilous situation. Dr. Adams, of Coulterville, was immediately dispatched for (a distance of about ten miles), and arrived at 1 o'clock P.M., who did all that could be done to relieve the sufferer from pain, but all human skill proved unavailing, and at 4 P.M. his agonies were over, and he passed away in death. Mr. De Silva speaks in the highest praise of Dr. Adams, whose attentions and efforts to relieve the distressed man were unremitting up to the last moment; and that the doctor, who with others, was in deep sympathy with the bereaved family, refused to accept compensation for his services. The general expression of sympathy for the bereaved wife, who is enciente, and her three little children, was unusually great, for the deceased was long and favorably known by many of his countrymen and others in the community where he lived. On Monday following, his remains were brought to the town of Bear Valley, a distance of about six miles, where funeral services were held, and all that remained of a loving husband and father were deposited in the public cemetery of the quiet village, to rest. 
Bear Valley Cemetery
Bear Valley (Mariposa County)
Mariposa County
California, USA
Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Record added: Jun 24, 2014
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