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James Dougherty - June 22, 1853 (#2)
Monumental Engine Co. No. 7 - Brenham Place

RUN OVER BY APPARATUS

FUNERAL.

Local Matters
1853 June 23

The various corps of the Fire Department will, this afternoon at 2 o'clock, escort to its last resting place the body of James Dougherty, late member of the Monumental No. 7, who was killed by accident on the morning of the 22d, in the performance of his duty as fireman

FIRE DEPARTMENT.

—The members of the Fire Department are requested to meet at their respective engine or truck houses, preparatory to taking part in the funeral ceremonies of their brother fireman, James Dougherty, late member of the Monumental Company No. 7.

Source: Daily Alta California, Volume 4, Number 173, 23 June 1853 — LOCAL MATTERS [ARTICLE]

INQUEST.

1853 June 24

— An inquest was held this morning at the Monumental Engine House, over the body of James Dougherty, a fireman, and a member of that company. The verdict finds that the "deceased came to his death by being run over, on the morning of the 22d June, by the Monumental Engine, No. 7, between the hours of l and 2 A. M. The deceased was a native of Baltimore, Md., aged 25 years."

Source: Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 5, Number 703, 24 June 1853 — San Francisco Summary. [ARTICLE]

FUNERAL CEREMONIES

1853 June 28

The funeral procession of James Dougherty, late member of the Monumental Engine Company, was very large. It reached about the length of four squares, and was composed of about 500 firemen in uniform, representing all the different companies, with appropriate music, and badges and banners bound with crape; besides other persons on foot and in carriages, who were not members of the fire department. The Monumentals, were the mourners, Dougherty having no relatives here ; and two members of each company were the pall bearers. The procession moved from the Monumental Engine House at 2 o'clock, to the Catholic Chapel, where a sermon was delivered over the body ; and thence the procession went to the cemetery and consigned the body to the grave. The sad reflection is left that a false alarm of fire was the occasion of Dougherty's death, the primary cause of it, and that alarm was probably made intentionally. The crime of murder weighs upon the guilty conscience. He who made that false alarm will, probably, if he have conscience at all, never make another. — Alta.

Source: Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 5, Number 706, 28 June 1853 — j '." Democratic Platform [ARTICLE]

Extracted from original sources with grammar and spelling as published.