Charles S. Howell

Charles S. Howell

New Jersey, USA
Death 25 Aug 1861 (aged 33)
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Plot Lot 47 N 1/2
Memorial ID 11079968 · View Source
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Great Loss of Life
The Union of yesterday contains the following:

"At about 9 o'clock last evening the steamer Gem, Captain FOSTER, arrived at the levee from Red Bluff, bringing the painful intelligence that the boilers of steamer J.A. McClelland, Captain MILLS, had exploded, resulting in the loss of at least 15 lives, and the injury of 11 persons. The McClelland left the levee at 11 o'clock yesterday morning for Red Bluff. As the clerk (Charles Howell) was killed and the passenger list lost, we are unable to ascertain the number or names of the passengers on board. At half-past 1 o'clock p.m., 3 miles this side of Knight's Landing, the explosion took place. Arcega's steamer Henrietta, then at the Landing, came at once to the scene of the disaster, and extended all relief practicable under the circumstances. Soon after the Gem arrived on her downward trip, and took from the Henrietta the wounded, and brought them to the city.

The list of killed, so far as ascertained, is as follows:
Capt. Webster, mate
Z. Gardiner, lumber dealer of Front and O streets
J. Arcega, wood dealer, First street
Noel Hubert, Knight's Landing
A. Leland, Knight's Landing
2 firemen, names unknown
1 passenger, name unknown
2 bodies found on the bank, 200 yards distant, unknown
Charles Howell, clerk of the boat
Jack (unknown surname), barkeeper
2 cooks, names not known
Isaac Keal, alias HEWY, of Knight's Landing

The following is the list of wounded:
James Morrow, of this city [Sacramento], badly scalded
Capt. Mills, slightly injured
Sheldon S. Baldwin, pilot, slightly injured
Andrew Flynn, a leg and both arms broken
J. Champion, pilot, slightly injured
J.M. Knott, slightly injured
James Cox, badly bruised
1 deck hand, wounded in the foot, name unknown
2 men, slightly injured, names unknown

It is supposed that a large number were killed whose name have not been ascertained. None of the bodies which fell in the water had been recovered when the Gem left. The hull of the McClelland remained afloat for about 15 or 20 minutes after the explosion, and then sank."

California Mortuary and Cemetery Records
Charles S. Howell
Born New Jersey
Died Sacramento 25 Aug 1861
Aged 34
Died in the explosion of Steamer McClelland (Dr. Shindler)
Buried Sacramento City Cemetery Lot 47 N 1/2

Gravesite Details Although the headstone has the death year 1851 it should be 1861 per evidence of above records.


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  • Maintained by: Sue
  • Originally Created by: Kimberley Terrill
  • Added: 2 Jun 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11079968
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles S. Howell (27 Sep 1827–25 Aug 1861), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11079968, citing Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 47371789) .