Posted by SFgenealogy on Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 15:57:40 :
DEATH -- Another Pioneer Gone --
The Last member of the DONNER Relief Party Is Now Laid to Rest --
Daniel RHOADS (or "Uncle Dan" as he was familiarly known) died suddenly at his residence in San Francisco on Wednesday of last week. He was one of California's most respected pioneers, coming to this coast in 1846. Uncle Dan was born 4 miles south of Paris, Edgar county, Illinois, Dec. 7, 1821, and was therefore 74 years of age lacking 3 days at the time of his death. When the RHOADS family, consisting of Thos. RHOADS, wife & 11 children, left Ray county, Missouri, and consequently the journey in wagon trains, drawn by oxen was a dangerous one and it was necessary to join in with other immigrants to secure safety from probable attacks of hostile Indians. The party crossed the Missouri river at St. Joseph on April 7, 1846, and arrived at JOHNSON's ranch in the Sacramento valley Oct. 4th of the same year. It is needless to say that many scenes and varied were the experiences of the journey in that early day. California's history is replete with tragic and startling events, one of the most mournful of which was the scenes of horror and despair which transpired in the snowy Sierras, at Donner Lake, in the winter of 1846-7, when men, women and children starved to death, while others of stronger vitality survived them and devoured their flesh to sustain life until a party could be summoned to their rescue.
Uncle Dan RHOADS was one of the rescuers who first reached and witnessed the awful scenes of suffering. He spent 11 years in the northern part of the State and came across the mountains from San Jose in 1857 with his band of stock and located on Kings river, about 2 miles north of Lemoore, where he has lived ever since until he took up his residence in San Francisco about 1 year ago. Uncle Dan grew from a poor boy to be a very wealthy man, and has aided many in their struggles for maintenance. His policy all through life has been that of honesty, and it is believed that if he ever wronged any one it was unintentional -- an error of the mind and not of the heart. Conscious of the inevitable, he made preparations about 2 years since by building a substantial vault for the reception of his body when he should be laid away to his final rest. He also distributed his property among his children, giving each their portion of the estate.
Only 3 of his 8 children survive him -- Mrs. KEIFER, John W. RHOADS and Mrs. DAWSON.
The remains of the deceased arrived in Lemoore last Saturday morning and the funeral took place on Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m., from his residence 2 1/2 miles NW of Lemoore.
The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people. The services were conducted by A.G. PARK of Hanford. Over 200 carriages, containing friends and relatives, followed the remains to their last resting place near his old home, in the substantial mausoleum which the deceased had had erected on a high piece of ground.
Deceased was the pioneer President of the Bank of Hanford, which position he held up to a year ago, and he was Vice President of the Bank of Lemoore from the time of its organization until the date of his death.
Source: Hanford Journal (Hanford, Kings Co., CA), 10 Dec 1895. Transcribed by Dee Sardoc.
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