May 19, 1881 Markleeville Alpine County California, USA
John Musser was present in would later become Alpine County as early as 1863. His name shows up that year as one of the signers of a Petition requesting formation of the Monitor/Great Mogul Mining District. He ran for (and lost) the post of Sheriff in the County's very first election, in 1864.
Musser also made the news in 1864 when he cut the rope on the toll road from Mt. Bullion to Monitor, not being willing to "suffer the imposition" of paying a toll on a roadway he felt should be free. He was charged with the crime of malicious mischief, but after a two-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty."
Musser served as a school trustee, and as a "judge" at several elections.
Musser died "after a protracted illness" at his home in Markleeville, at the age of just 47. His wife Anna had predeceased him, dying in 1873.
The Odd Fellows Society gave Musser a "beautiful and impressive" funeral service at his burial (Monitor Argus, May 23, 1881).