HERREN, Charles Bradford
Merced Evening Sun
Saturday, March 10, 1900

SUDDEN DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER
C.B. Herren Found Dead in a Field - Heart Disease the Cause

The shocking intelligence was circulated in Merced last evening that C.B. Herren, a well known resident, had been found dead near his residence on 21st street.

About six o'clock a couple of Valley Road section hands, who were on their way down town from the depot, while passing through the vacant lots east of John Herren's residence, discovered the lifeless body of Mr. Herren lying on the ground. The officers were summoned and the body was removed to the undertaking parlors of Clough & Nordgren. A Coroner's jury was speedily secured, and the inquest, conducted by Deputy Coroner O'Brien, was held at 8:30 last evening, the following named gentlemen composing the jury: A. JACOBS, O.D. LOFTUN, C.T. WRIGHT, S. W. ANDERSON, J.H. TUCKER, J.B. BAKE, A.M. JONES, J.J. NAPIER, M.H. KEEGAN, W.H. COOK, S.P. HENNINGER and A. DeLONG.

The evidence showed that Mr. Herren died of a heart apoplexy between the hours of 10 and 12 o'clock yesterday. A few school children passed along near where he lay at noon and seeing the prostrate man supposed him to be asleep. He was seen alive about nine o'clock in the morning.

Mr. Herren was at home alone, his wife being on a visit to friends at Salinas, and this fact accounts for his absence not being noticed at his home.

Charles Bradford Herren was born in Hancock county, Ohio, July 19th 1832, where he grew to manhood. In 1852 he crossed the plains to California and settled in Amador, going into the wood business, barging wood to San Francisco. This was in early times before coal was introduced. Mr. Herren moved to Stockton in '71 and came to Merced county, engaged in farming on the old Kahl place near Plainsburg. His ranching operations were continued later at the Galland ranch. Mr. Herren moved to Merced seven or eight years ago and engaged in the teaming and feed-yard business, which he continued up to the time of his death.

Mr. Herren was married during his residence at Gold Hill to Emelyn HICOCK, and the following children survive with the widow to mourn his loss: Mrs. H.C. HEALY, of Los Angeles; John C. Herren, Merced; Mrs. W.R. PRATHER, Adams Springs; Mrs. E.R. ELLIS, Huron; Mrs. E. MORGAN, Lake county; C.A. Herren, BUCHANAN; and Horace Herren, of Snelling.

 

Transcribed by: Alma Stone