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but grow- two of the good the program. prunes prices qualify bene- sub- in distri- AN ALLEY T. driven Atwater, An was by BIoss be resulting Ma. Hod- and Robinson. Mrs., Nancy Kelsey Was Firs Of Her Sex To Cross Plains In Prairie Schooner To T.-- to who driv- in an was and and were TAFT (Kern Co.), Aug. 7.-- Unac- claimed in life, unsung in death, the first "white woman credited with crossing the plains to California is buried in an isolated grave in a mountain canyon of the upper Cuyama Valley. Her name was Mrs. Nancy Kelsey Born in 1823, she came overland to California in 7 one of the first prairie schooners' to brave the hardships and perils of the long, difficult journey-- the only woman of the party. Apparently this first of pioneer women to come overland continued to live the hard, uncertain life 'common to the pathfinders of those early times, for her last days were passed on a lonely government Mraeslead in Cuyama Valley where sbe died unattended by a physician n 1896, and was buried on the Kelsey Homestead in Cottonwood Cani yon. Recorder* Meager The only official record of her death, a yellowish parchment, eloquent for its utter absence of any reai.. information concerning her or her kin, was found in the records at the Santa Barbara County recorder. Itwasasmallsheetof paper; a death certificate of the oackwoods type, filled out by hand and signed "H. C. Mallory," who was supposed to have been either a neighbor or a township justice of the peace of those early days. It merely relates "Mancy Kelsey; age 73, died on homestead August 9, 3896. Unattended by physician." Her resting place in Cottonwood Canyon is in ona of ; the most beautiful .sections of the Cuyama, fronting the setting sun which had before her week in and week o the long, hazardous trek across the [Jlains. . Within sight of the grave, the picturesque Sierra Madre Moun- gone ut on way, turned into the alghway crashed headon into their Captain C. CACarr .and short of the highway patrol, nvestigated, said witnessei told hem another man who had iding with Marquez fled from accident scene .before the arrived. They could not learn whether Bflrquez or his companion hac een driving. There was no ration certificate in the car. he license plates were in f Silvie Dias. Hanford. Sheriff i-uther Loftis also investigated ccident. . . Stomach Analysis Ordered In Death Of S anger Coroner J. N. Lisle late ly ordered aa analysis made ie stomach contents of Goldie S*^., 44 ' of the Sa "S«r -district, 1. ?«:· 5L shori;i y art?!" her arrival - the,Fresno County. ital yesterday morning. The woman is believed to led from the effects of swallow- ig a nicotine spraying tie_was brought to the hospital y. Sam Whitemorc, for' whom "ept .house. Deputy Sheriff John " the ressed ' Ford belief the woman d her own life because she ecn despondent Whitemore told Ford he ie woman moaning, and found In;.- on the back porch seriously I. He said she" refused to hat she had .taken. _ Ford found ' an empty battle er room which he said had ained the nicotine spray. 'uneral Planned 'or May E.Murray LEMOORE (Kings Co.), Aug. Funeral services for Mrs. urray; 47, who died at her Avenal Thursday, will be he 2 P. M. tomorrow in t hipps Chapel in Lemoore. Cr ation will foilow in Fresno. She was a native of Oman eb., and had lived In Avenal ars. She -was a member of venal legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband, Murray, and a daughter, M: a H. Anderson, both of VO5IAN DJSKxsT LICENSED BAKERSFIELD (Kern Co.) --Miss Elizabeth Cowart of Si PARK Day . -J gri located in an Indian camp. Owned By Engelbert The homestead on which the first of pioneer women lies in her last repose i« and has for many years been owned by George Enpribert of Mission Canyon. On either aide of the pioneer worn ali rests a relative, a child and a woman, the latter said to be Mrs Kelsey's daughter. In 1327 the Native Daughters of Taft, learning of tha grave, decided to mark it so that at some future time some more substantial testimony] might be erected. They enclosed the three mounds with a cement coping and in slabs of cement wife bring F Miss Hehd- ping cut with all the care possible are inscriptions of identification. On the grave this legend appears: "Kelsey --M82-I896. X First white woman to cross plains to California." On one of the other graves is inscribed "Clanton--1895." On the other is "Baby Blummer--1885." The Enjjelberts guard the graves rom molestation. M«. Kelsey was the great grandmother ot Rose Cunningham of Tat, who says one grave beside Mrs. Kelsey's is that of her mother's brother, Lon Clanlon. A daughter of Mrs. Kelsey, Nancy Clanton, lives at 701 First Street, Santa Rosa. Mrs. Emma Mahurin, daughter of Nancy Clanton, ii the mother of Mrs. Cunningham and Hvea in Mt. Bullion, near Yosemite. i The the headed for nn om- daily and has been granted a license practice, dentistry, she was g Dated from the University Southern California College Dentistry. The first board of three dircctoi of tha Del Rev Public Utility District will be rfamed at an set yesterday by the county visors for September 14th. Candidates chosen recently at tublie meeting sponsored by the el Rey Chamber of Commerce V. L. Hlrech, Alfred Rasmtissen and B. F. Sigler, Thus far no opposition has appeared to this Voters of Dei Rcy voted to he district at an election May The district will comprise twenty -Ity blocks, virtually tho same mbraced by the Del Rcy Fire rict. The district will serve the erritory now served by a private utility owned by the Ben state. . The polls will be open from ,, A, If. to 7 P. M., and the officials, who also served at the Ormer election, will be Julian Tames, L. C. Seafer and Mrs. le Downing. End Of Long Trail JJ. peaceful canyon in the Mppcr Cuyama V«Bcy 1-1 the retting of Mrs. Nancy Kelsey, who is believed to have been th« first woman to cross the plains to California. The grave , worked Tuft Native is shown in the picture. now "**'·" toe *" , r Relatiives of the

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 08 Aug 1937, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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