Lesser Obit - Santa Cruz
! DEATH OF JOSEPHUS M. LESSER. HE MEETS WITH A FATAL ACCIDENT IN BOSTON. Was Once a Prominent Member of the Bar of Santa Cruz Connty. BOSTON, Feb. 15. Ji Mona Lesser, one of the best known lawyers in Boston, as well as an author and linguist of note, died suddenly Thursday evening from the effects of a fall on the courthouse steps, shortly after the accident happened. J. Mona Lesser was born In Montreal forty-nine years ago. His parents came from the Isle of Man and he was pro-Relent in the Manx language, as well as other tongues, being graduated from McGill and Gottlngen, Germany, and other universities, with high honors. For twelve years previous to 1810 h made his home In California, being admitted to the bar In San Francisco In 1872. While there he was appointed a Judge of the Superior Court and served three years in the California Legislature. He married Miss Alice Parker, daughter of Dr. Hiram Parker, who was also a member of the California and Massachusetts bars. Mrs. Lesser herself is practicing tn Boston. Mr. Lesser resided in Santa Cruz In the early eighties. He came here from San Jose and organized a class in He- brew, and was bookkeeper for J. Bcrn-, helm & Co. Afterwards he began the i practice of law. For two years he was deputy District Attorney, serving un der J. A. Hall. Mr. Lesser took a prominent part in politics, being a Democrat. He was considered among the ablest attorneys of the Santa Cruz bar. He vras shrewd, sharp and had a thorough knowledge of the law. He defended Chas. Colby, the murderer w ho was hanged In the Jail yard. After leaving Santa Cruz Mr. Lesser located In San Francisco, and became a deputy under Attorney-General Marshall. While a resident of Santa Cruz he became united In marriage with "Miss D'Ancona of San Francisco, by whom he had several children. After he had been East several years they were divorced, But little Is known of his life before he located here, beyond the fact that he had been U. S. District Attorney in New Mexico. He was never appointed a Judge ol the Superior Court .in California, nor did he serve In the Legislature. It was in another State that he was in the Legislature. Hut little had been heard of him since he left San Francisco.