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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 10:00:58 :

Marin County Tocsin
Saturday, November 15, 1917

Death of a Pioneer

Word has been received here of the death in Los Angeles last Monday of Grant Colwell, son of Mrs. Mary J. Colwell of San Rafael and brother of Mrs. Ida and Victor Colwell.

He was a member of one of Marin county’s pioneer families, and was highly respected in Bolinas and vicinity, where he had conducted a ranch for much of his life of 49 years.

Death was due to pulmonary trouble contracted by the deceased in Cuba, when as a soldier in Roosevelt’s famous Roughriders, he took an active and honorable part in the fight at San Juan Hill. He also saw service in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war, at the conclusion of which he was honorably discharged.

About six months ago Colwell left Bolinas for treatment at the Soldiers’ Home and Hospital in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Colwell, mother of the deceased, and Mrs. McCurdy, are at present visiting their sister, Mrs. Strain, in Eureka.

Burial was made in the National cemetery at Santa Monica with military honors befitting a soldier.

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