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John Kehoe
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Birth: 1849, Ireland
Death: Jul. 4, 1883
Mono County
California, USA

Killed in a gunfight, buried in Boot Hill according to The Guide To Bodie by George Willliams III

John Kehoe was the Chief Engineer of the Bodie Fire Department in 1882. At the time he was killed in July 1883 he was a Constable in Bodie Township. Based on the below news item, I would doubt Kehoe was buried in "Boot Hill."

White Pine (NV) News, 7/14/1883: Homicide at Bodie. Constable John Kehoe was shot seven times in a Fourth of July row at Bodie, by a man named Desmond. At the Coroner's inquest it was shown that Kehoe entered a saloon and engaged in a quarrel with a member of Neptune Hose Company. After the quarrel had subsided he asked Desmond outside. The latter is the only witness to what occurred there, and he states that Kehoe said: "Take that, you --- ---," and struck him on the head with a revolver, afterward shooting him twice, Desmond returning the fire. The latter backed into the saloon, followed by Kehoe, where, after a sharp encounter, the latter dropped dead on the floor. Kehoe was buried there on Friday. The Fire Department and veterans of the late war turned out.

Looking at other news items in the Standard, it looks like he was a veteran. In 1882 a committee was formed to plan the Decoration Day celebration and the veterans on the committee that were listed included John Kehoe. -Thanks Sue-

John Kehoe should not be listed in "Boot Hill." One must never assume that because someone did something bad, that the people who knew and liked him would not see to a decent burial in the public cemetery.
Boot Hill Cemetery
Mono County
California, USA
Maintained by: Sue
Originally Created by: Eileen
Record added: Mar 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106849175

- S Berg
 Added: Jan. 1, 2016

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Apr. 13, 2013

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