"Word has been received here by friends of the death of Mrs. Mary Adams Peacock which took place at her home at Gasquet, Calif., on Monday, July 13, at the age of 81 years. Friends gathered from all over the west coast to pay their last respects to this pioneer character. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crescent City and interment was in the Catholic cemetery beside her husband, the late Peter Peacock, who died several years ago."Aunt Mary," as she was affectionately known to hundreds, for many years operated Adams Station, one of the historic stage stations in the West, located about one mile west of Gasquet.She was of a large pioneer family, living at Waldo in the early day. For a time, she made her home with Mrs. Walter Simmons in Grants Pass, mother of the late Mrs. George Riddle.Mary Adams was in charge of the hotel at Gasquet during the late 90's after the death of Mrs. Gasquet, established Adams Station nearby. Later, she married Peter Peacock, who preceded her in death. She was a handsome woman, even in her later years, and was known for the excellence of her table and open hearted hospitality. It is said that for many years, she was the only nurse between Waldo and Crescent City no trip was too hard or too long for her to make to aid the sick. A few years ago, the bridge over Smith River near her home was dedicated to her and a plaque is on the bridge today in her memory. It is said that it is the only bridge on the highway dedicated to an individual.Her sister, Ellen Davis, became the wife of "Scotty'* Allen, famed as being in charge of the Alaskan dog races for many years.The Del Norte Triplicate of Crescent City said of her, "Perhaps no other person in Del Norte County more truly symbolized the pioneer spirit of the West than Mary Adams Peacock..."
Peter James Peacock
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