Obituary of John Church Bunner Jr.
CEIMEAND CASUALTY ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS OF THE PAST WEEK. The Drowning of a Former Besldout of Mendocino — Martin Van Witter Cay- eiinefl — Arolile Mooro Waft Painfully Wounded. John 0. Bunner, a wellknown politician of San Francisco,was accidentally drowned in the Sacramento river Sunday night by falling into the stream between the ties of the Sacnaraento and Yolo river bridge after he had stepped oft a Pullman sleeper. Bunner was a passenger on the eastbound eastbound overland train which left San Francisco Francisco at 6 p. lu. He was in the smoking apartment of the Pullman sleeper with Senator Shortridge and former Assemblyman Assemblyman Devoto and John Crowley of San Francisco and others when the train came to a very sudden stop on the bridge caused by the locomotive being derailed within a few hundred feet of the Sacramento depot. After a few minutes Crowley suggested to the others that they get off and walk the bridge to the depot. Bunner was the first to start. He evidently thought the railroad track was planked, and he stepped oil only to fall into the river through the opening between the ties. Devoto was about to step oil', bnt he saved himself by holding on to the oar platform. As Bunner struck the water he cried for help. Senator Shortridge called to Bunner and asked if he was all right, and the reply came back, "Yes." Then the senator advised him to keep cool and not get excited. As Bunner fioated down the stream Shortridge again asked him if he was all right, and again the answer was "Yes." Several boats went to the rescue. After Bunner had drifted about a niilo from the bridge and as one of the boats was within 100 feet ot him he was seen to go under and never rise. John Church Bunner was one of the best-known surveyors in San Francisco and quite prominent in political circles. He was about filty years of age and a son of the late Captain J. C. Bunner of the United States navy, and a stepson of G. Canning Smith, the first county clerk of this county. He was born in Madison, Wis., and was a descendant of the old Knickerbocker families of New York. Ho went to San Francisco in 18CG, and for the past twenty-five years has been engaged as a civil engineer and surveyor. Sfiveral years ago he was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for city and county surveyor, but was defeated by C. S, Tilton. About four years ago he changed his political faith by joining the Republican party. Ho leaves a daughter, Wanda, and a wife from whom he had been divorced for several years, in this county. He also leaves a brother, W. C. Bunner, and two sisters, Elizabeth BuHuer, who is now traveling in Europe, and Marion Y. Bunner, who Is a wellknown magazine contributor in New York. The deceased was well known to all the old-timers in Ukiah.