Merced Express, March 15, 1895


Near Merced, March 13, 1895, John S. Hurford, a native of England, aged about 61 years.



Merced Express, March 15, 1895

Death of John Hurford.

The announcement of Mr. John Hurford’s death at noon on Wednesday last was a surprise to the citizens of Merced, as he had been seen on our streets twenty four hours before, in his usual good health. His death was very sudden and caused from a complication of some chronic troubles. The deceased was a native of London, Eng., having been born in that great city September 1, 1833 and was therefore 61 years of age at the time of his death.

He has been a resident of Merced for many years and resided on his place near the County Hospital for fifteen years.

He was the sexton of the Merced cemetery for number of years, and was also in charge of the janitor work of the Merced public school building and the Merced Security Savings Bank for a long time.

His first wife died in England before he came to this county, and ten or twelve years ago he was married in Merced to the widow Duncan, who survives him, but they have no children.

Three months ago a daughter by the first wife, a Mrs. Sweet, and her two children came out from England to make their home with him. Two weeks ago the little daughter, Emma, died, which was a terrible shock to the mother and grandfather. The deceased was a member of the Masons, Odd Fellows and Druids and was in good standing in all three of the orders at the time of his death.

The funeral will take place this afternoon from the C. P. church and the interment under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

Contributed by: Thomas Hilk