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Alexander C. MacKean
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Birth: unknown
Pictou County
Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: Mar. 16, 1882
Mono County
California, USA

A Phenominal Storm. Its Destructive Consequences in the High Sierra. Fifty Men, Women and Children Buried by Snow Slides -- Four Men Killed -- Scenes and Incidents, etc.

(Extract from story of the storm and snow slides which occurred on the 18th of March)

The Killed -- Quadruple Funeral.

Henry Schumaker was a native of Holland, aged 38 years, an engineer and machinist by trade, and leaves a wife and four small children in San Francisco, from when he came about ten days prior to his death. Robert J. Trumble was a native of Norfolk county, Ontario, aged 35, and was unmarried. Daniel B. Grant was a native of Pictou County, Nova Scotia, aged 22 years, and was single. Alexander McKeon was also a native of Pictou county, Nova Scotia, aged 28, a blacksmith by trade, and unmarried. McKeon and Grant worked at the May Lundy mine last Summer, both had been absent during the Winter and returned only a few days prior to their death. Trumble kept the Trumble House during the latter part of last Summer, had been absent and returned only two days prior to his death. The bodies were brought down to Lundy on sleds, were placed in handsome coffins by undertaker Barnes, and were buried Saturday, the 24th, in the cemetery north of Mill Creek and East of Lake Lundy. Business was suspended and nearly the entire population of the district attended the solemn and impressive funeral ceremonies in the large hall where the bodies were laid out. Judge H. M. Eddy officiated and read a portion of one of Ingersoll's funeral orations, and a quartet of male voices rendered several humns, accompanied by an organ with Frank Montrose as organist. After the ceremonies the coffins were placed on two snow-shoe sleeds - two coffins on each sled - and a large number of men took hold of the ropes, and accompanied by twenty-four uniformed pall-bearers, the procession moved down across the lake to the cemetery... (Homer Mining Index, 3/25/1882)


A Grateful Father.

The following letter was received a few days since by Judge H. M. Eddy from Richard MacKean, father of the late Alex. C. MacKean who was killed by the great snow slide in Lake Canyon on the night of the 15th of March last. The elder MacKean resided in Bodie some six or eight months, nearly two years ago, and hence his recognition of the names of some old friends who went to the rescue of his unfortunate son:

Pictou, Nova Scotia, Dom'n Canada, 18th April, 1882.

Judge H. M. Eddy, Lundy, Mono county, California:

Honoured Sir: - Please accept my thanks for your kindness and attention at the funeral of my late son, Alexander C. MacKean, on the 24th ult., along with his unfortunate comrades; also, please have the kindness to convey the same to the organist, Mr. Frank Montrose, who also assisted upon that mournful occasion. In my bereavement, there is a certain amount of comfort to learn that my son, along with his unfortunate comrades, has received decent burial, although in a strange and distant land.

In a copy of The Homer Mining Index, dated the 25th March, now before me, I see the names of several heroes who braved the greatest difficulties and dangers, some of whom I recognize as old friends and neighbors, while others are to me strangers; but to each brave, noble and kind man I have not words to express my feelings; therefore, beg that you will convey to them my heart felt thanks, and assure them that while life remains they shall have my best wishes for their safety and prosperity.

I remain yours, very truly,
Richard MacKean.
(Homer Mining Index, 5/6/1882)
Lundy Cemetery
Mono County
California, USA
Plot: Grave location unknown
Created by: Sue
Record added: Apr 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108001208


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