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Lewiston in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Killing of Edward José

 
 
The Killing of Edward José Marker image. Click for full size.
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 José 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 José were sitting on the front porch of the Baker and Paulsen Store when Eddinger crossed the bridge. José confronted Eddinger in the street. Eddinger fired hitting José 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. José died on the twelfth and was buried by the Native Sons the following day. José 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 Natives Sons of the Golden West, Mt. Bally Parlor #87 and E Clampus Vitus, Trintariaus Chapter #62.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location.
The Killing of Edward José Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
2. The Killing of Edward José Marker
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.
 
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. 0.8 miles 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.
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
Formerly the Baker & Paulsen Store image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
3. Formerly the Baker & Paulsen Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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