|Birth: ||1837, Ireland|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1887|
On April 7, 1887, Hong Di, a Chinese cook working for Joseph Billiou near St. John, Ca shot and killed Mrs. Julia
Billiou. He shot her at the dinner table in presence of her two daughters Annie and Maude and a friend William H. Weaver. He first shot Mr. Weaver in the shoulder, then shot Julia as she rose from the table to her feet. The bullet entered her left breast and passed through her heart. She died instantly. He next shot at Annie who ran out the door. He followed her outside the house and fired a second shot at her. A third shot was fired at Annie and missed causing Hong Di to flee to the banks of the Sacramento river. Little Maude jumped out the window and ran to St. John. On May 21 1887 Hong Di was captured and sentenced to life in prison. The town folk thought that was not punishment enough. The mob numbering hundreds overpowered the jail and found Hong Di. He was taken to the railroad turntable, a rope placed around his neck and he was told to make his last statement. With nothing to say he was lynched to the top cross-beam of the turntable and his body left for the coroner to cut down the
next morning. At the inquest the following day, the jury rendered a verdict that Hong Di came to his death by the hands of unknown person.
source: "Celebrating Glenn County Centennial", by Martha Coe
"Funeral of Mrs. Billiou"
The funeral of Mrs. Joseph Billiou took place yesterday forenoon at 1030, from her late residence, one mile north of St. John. The body was interred on a little knoll in one corner of the beautiful field, about half a mile from the house.
Mrs, Billiou came to this country from Ireland in 1859, with Richard Walsh and wife, who were always warm friends of the family. It is the intention of Mr. Billiou to build a little chapel on his ranch before long, and then the remains to be placed in vaults beneath it. The present resting place of his wife is therefore temporary.
source: Chico Enterprise, April 12, obituary, Colusa Sun-Herald, Colusa, Ca. April 16, 1887, pg 2, Col 3
Julia was described as 5'5" tall, gray-eyed and her hair still auburn.
Hong Di was described as 16 years old, 5'5" tall, 120 pounds
(appearance made him look 12 years old)
source: "The Lynching of Hong Di", by Michele Shover "Chico Women, Nemesis of a Rural town's Anti-Chinese Campaigns 1876-1888, California History, Vol 67, No 4 December 1988
Joseph Michael Billiou (1839 - 1914)
Plot: Catholic, Southeast corner
Created by: Pammie4206
Record added: Jun 07, 2013
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