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The Killing of Edward Jose’

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
1. The Killing of Edward José Marker
Inscription.  On June 10, 1894, at 9:30 P.M., Edward William Jose’ was mortally wounded by his new freight driver, Frank G. Eddinger, who had robbed the freight wagon the day before on Browns Mountain. Walter Baker, Mart Van Matre and Jose’ were sitting on the front porch of the Baker and Paulsen Store when Eddinger crossed the bridge. Jose’ confronted Eddinger in the street. Eddinger fired hitting Jose’ in the stomach, the bullet lodging against his spine. Van Matre fired five times missing Eddinger as he ran up the street. A massive north state manhunt began. Jose’ died on the twelfth and was buried by the Native Sons the following day. Jose’ left a wife, Mollie Dockery and five children, Eddinger was found just after dark on June 15, where Balls Ferry Road crosses the railroad tracks near Cottonwood. He exchanged fire with Constable Pleisch and Deputy Chase. Chase shot him through the chest, killing him instantly. The good people of Cottonwood refused his burial. Eddinger was taken to Redding and buried in Potter’s Field.
 
Erected 2010 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Mt. Bally Parlor #87 and E Clampus Vitus,
The Killing of Edward José Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
2. The Killing of Edward José Marker
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Trinitarianus Chapter #62.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1656.
 
Location. 40° 42.447′ N, 122° 48.393′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, California, in Trinity County. Marker is at the intersection of Deadwood Street and Lewiston Turnpike Road on Deadwood Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston CA 96052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis’ Town/Lewiston (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewiston Pioneer Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congregational Church of Lewiston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewiston Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Wilson Ranch Granary (approx. ¾ mile away); Jumper Sawmill (approx. 5.7 miles away); Steel Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lowden’s Wagon Road (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
Additional commentary.
1. How to pronounce Edward Jose’s last name
Edward W. Jose was my paternal great-grandfather. The name Jose is pronounced Joe-s —it’s Welsh — not Ho-zay.
   
Formerly the Baker & Paulsen Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
3. Formerly the Baker & Paulsen Store
— Submitted March 7, 2021, by Sandra Hirase of Nipomo, California.

2. The apostrophes on the marker
I have to assume that the folks who did the research for this marker had a reason to put an apostrophe after Mr. Jose’s last name. An internet search of Welsh surnames easily finds Jose. However, all sources show it without an apostrophe or accent mark. The most common alternate spellings include Joce and Joyce.
    — Submitted March 8, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 614 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 24, 2022