|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1896|
This pioneer miner died at age 78. Buried June 14th, the day his body was found. He lived in Confidence.
Per the Democratic Banner, 19 June, Stephen was killed in the Sugar Pine Mine.
The Union Democrat reported:
"Crushed to Death An aged Miner Meets a Violent Death at Confidence
On Sunday morning a Mr. Gurney entered a tunnel on the mining claim of Campbell and Myers, about two and one-half miles above Confidence, and there discovered the remains of one of the owners, Mr. S. Campbell, who had from all appearances met his death one week before while engaged in prosecuting some necessary development work on the mine. His associate, Mr. Myers, was engaged in working for Contractor Baker on the Mono road, and had left their place of residence on Saturday, June 6th, at which time Mr. Campbell was enjoying the best of health. Owing to his advanced years Mr. Myers requested him not to try to do anything until his return, but it seems that only a short time prior to the admonition Mr. Campbell had extracted a pocket amounting to something over $50, and his desire to unearth a larger amount prompted him to disregard the advice and return to the mine to meet an untimely death.
The presumption is that on Saturday, June 6th, the unfortunate man entered the tunnel and started to work. There was a heavy boulder overhead and in an endeavor to remove it he was caved on and instantly killed. The rock underneath which he was crushed weighed not less than a ton. Upon the return to the camp of his partner, who missed his presence, a vigorous search was instituted, the tunnel was visited and no trace of the missing man was found on Saturday, but on Sunday morning Mr. Gurney discovered the remains, and they were brought to Confidence for burial.
Among his acquaintances he was held in high esteem as an honorable, openhearted gentleman. He leaves no relatives so far as is known."
Created by: Snapper
Record added: Apr 22, 2011
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