William Joseph Cota

William Joseph Cota

Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 16 Apr 1896 (aged 25)
Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 65654402 · View Source
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A dispatch from Port Townsend states that an explosion of four tons of giant powder occurred in a magazine belonging to the Treadwell Mining Company on Douglass Island, The dispatches state that Wm. Cota, who was night watchman at the mine was killed.
Wm Cota and his brother Fred left here about the first of March. Cota was born and raised here, his folks living now on Rattlesnake Ravine. Deceased is a brother in law to Ross Cooley. No further particulars could be learned.

Port Townsend, Wash., April 28.—The teamer which arrived from Alaska last night, brings the information that on the night of April 16, the powder magazine of the Treadwell Mining Company on Douglas Island, containing four tons of dynamite, was destroyed by a terrific explosion. The watchman William Cota, of Spring (Grass) Valley, Cal., was blown to atoms. Every pane of glass within a radius of ten miles was broken, and a hole fifteen feet deep now marks the site of the magazine. The citizens of Juneau City, fifteen miles distant were greatly startled by the detonation. The property loss is unknown.

Source April 29, 1896 New York Herald Tribune New York NY page 4

California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898
Name: William Joseph Cota
Residence Year: 1894
Residence Place: Nevada, California
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1870

Source Citation: California State Library, California History Section

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: William Cota
Home in 1880: Grass Valley, Nevada,
Age: 10
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: Canada (Correction Connecticut)
Relation to Head of Household: Son
Father's Name: Joseph Cota
Father's birthplace: Canada
Mother's Name: Mary Cota
Mother's birthplace: Canada
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Marital Status: Single
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Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Cota 41
Mary Cota 33
Ida Cota 11
William Cota 10
Alfred Cota 8
George Cota 6
Josephine Cota 4
Edward Cota 3
William Cota 35


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