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 Katherine Frances “Katie” <I>Kunz</I> Beckley

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Katherine Frances “Katie” Kunz Beckley

  • Birth 19 Nov 1866 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Death 10 Sep 1899 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Plot Plot: Vol A Page 54 Lot 192 H
  • Memorial ID 94737720

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 93, Number 195, 8 September 1897
They Are of a Very Painful and Serious Nature. Mrs. Thomas Beckley (Incorrect husband), who was badly injured at the Alta fire on Sunday morning, by jumping from a window of the burning hotel, was yesterday brought to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kunz. in this city. She bore the trip quite well. Accomodation was made for her in the baggage car of the train, as she was prostrate upon a spring cot that could not be easily taken into a coach. Dr. Baldwin and Mrs. Beckley's husband, father and mother accompanied her. The injured woman is very brave, and bears her sufferings courageously. The full extent of her injuries are not yet known. She says she was not aroused by any one calling to her at the fire. She heard a noise below, but supposed it to come from a party of merry-makers. Later, smoke crept beneath her door. She had only time to throw on a wrapper, call out to two men in rooms next to hers to save themselves, and then open the window, when the fire broke into her room. She then remembered that her husband's watch and a wedding Jewel were at her bedside, and she crawled back through the smoke and rescued them (they were afterward stolen from her pereon). When she again got to the window she saw no one, and nobody appeared in answer to her frenzied cries. It was leap or be suffocated, and she sprang out, falling between forty and fifty feet down the hillside.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 98, Number 21, 11 September 1899
Death Last Evening of Mrs. J. A. Beckley. After two years of severe suffering, death came last evening to Mrs. Katherine Frances Beckley, wife of J. A. Beckley of this city. Mrs. Beckley, It will remembered, had a narrow escape from being burned to death in the fire that destroyed the hotel at Alta in September, 1897. She received injuries at that time from which she never recovered. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kunz. She was born and reared in Sacramento, and was loved and esteemed by her associates of girl-hood days, and all that knew her later as friend, wife and mother. Though long a sufferer, she was patient and uncomplaining, and met the inevitable with the calmness and fortitude of one whose life was without flaw. Besides her husband, parents, brothers and sisters, Mrs. Beckley leaves a little daughter to mourn her loss.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 98, Number 22, 12 September 1899
BECKLEY -In this city. September 10th, Katherine Frances Beckley, wife of J. A. Beckley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kunz. mother of Lelia Kunz, sister of Charles F., Frank, Emma and Hattie Kunz, a native of Sacramento. Cal.. aged 33 years, 10 months and 22 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral Wednesday at 2:30 p. m., from the residence of her parents. 2129 Tenth street; thence to the Cathedral, where services will be held, commencing at 3 o'clock. Interment City Cemetery.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 98, Number 24, 14 September 1899
Funeral Yesterday of the Late Mrs. J. A. Beckley. The late Katherine Frances Beckley, wife of J. A. Beckley and daugnter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kunz, was laid to rest yesterday in the family plat in the City Cemetery. The funeral took place from the Cathedral, the services being conducted by Rev. Father Brady. He spoke of the pure, Christian life of the deceased, of her sweet character, and addressed words of comfort and consolation to those whom she had left to mourn her loss. The burial lot and grave were a solid mass of flowers sent by loving friends as testimonials of their esteem for the departed one. Mrs. Coppersmith and Mrs. R. H. Hawley sang at both the church and grave. The pallbearers were A. Ernst. ,P. Douglas, G. Van Demark. F. M. Woodson, J. Haley and H. Ryan.

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  • Created by: Julie Marsh
  • Added: 3 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94737720
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Katherine Frances “Katie” Kunz Beckley (19 Nov 1866–10 Sep 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94737720, citing Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Julie Marsh (contributor 47033334) .