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 Martin Michael “Mike” Tovey

Martin Michael “Mike” Tovey

Birth
Canada
Death 15 Jun 1893 (aged 51)
California, USA
Burial Jackson, Amador County, California, USA
Plot HS, 970
Memorial ID 65335754 · View Source
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"There is, along the road to Ione a few miles west of Jackson, a granite tablet which marks the site of the assassination of one of Wells Fargo's bravest shotgun messengers.
He was Mike Tovey, and it has been claimed that his killer was Milt Sharp, a man who nursed a grudge through a dozen years of prison life.
Milt was a polite and busy man in his younger days, always tipping his hat to the driver of any stagecoach he despoiled. On a day in 1880, Milt set a record never since broken when he held up and robbed three coaches within 12 hours on the road between Bodie and Aurora.
Milt, in so doing, pushed his luck too far. The posse which started out after him was not in a playful mood. Armed with shotguns, rifles and pistols the riders closed in on Milt within a mile of Aurora. Though he scattered a few shots, his capture was accomplished without much difficulty.
Milt went to prison for several years, but in the spring of 1882, he was released from San Quentin.
For some reason he hated Mike Tovey. Before, during and after his incarceration, Sharp had voiced threats. And when he got out of prison, he went looking for Mike.
On a day when Mike's stage pulled out of San Andreas, headed for Sheep's Ranch, a man with a shotgun ducked from behind a tree. He fired both barrels, killing Mike's passenger and hitting the driver in the shoulder.
The supposition was that the attacker was Milt Sharp, but the ambusher disappeared and was not tracked down.
In the summer of 1893, the Jackson-Stockton stage rolled along, driven by Clint Radcliffe, with Mike Tovey as the shotgun guard.
A man in blue overalls, in the shelter of a clump of bushes, aimed his high-powered rifle and pulled the trigger four times.
Two of the shots went wild. One bullet struck Radcliffe in the neck. The other hit Tovey in the lower spine and coursed upward into his heart.
Mike Tovey died June 15, 1893, in the finest tradition of his calling. His death marked the end of a fabulous era.
He was the last of the Wells Fargo guards to die in the performance of his duty."
Taken from the Fresno Bee, Sunday, June 28, 1970. Written by Joe Smith


Inscription


He was shot and instantly killed by a robber who attempted to hold up the stage on which he was traveling as guard.
Erected as a tribute of respect by his employers.
Wells Fargo & Co.


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  • Maintained by: Luanne Tovey Zuccari
  • Originally Created by: KJ Heald
  • Added: 7 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65335754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Michael “Mike” Tovey (4 Feb 1842–15 Jun 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65335754, citing Jackson City Cemetery, Jackson, Amador County, California, USA ; Maintained by Luanne Tovey Zuccari (contributor 47484984) .