Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11:33:15 :
The Marin Journal
Thursday, November 11, 1909
Sudden Death Of A Respected Pioneer
Neil McIsaac Succumbs to Heart Failure Sunday Morning
The news of the sudden death of Neil McIsaac on his ranch at Nicasio reached this city early Sunday morning and cast a gloom over the community. He is one of the oldest settlers of Marin county and prominent as a breeder of good horses. During his long stay in this county he has made many friends, who are now bowed in sorrow and who feel as keenly as the immediate family, the loss of this good father, and kind and generous friend.
His death was sudden, and was evidently a result of heart failure. He died sometime during the night and was found in his bed in the morning laying as if death had come without a struggle.
Neil McIsaac was born in Nova Scotia, August 8, 1942. At the age of sixteen years he commenced life as a sailor, and for four years followed this life. In 1862 he went to Pennsylvania, where for two years he worked in the coal mines of that State. When the Civil War broke out, he was one of the first to enlist and after four years of active service, was honorably discharged. After the war he emigrated to California, coming by way of Panama, arriving in San Francisco, August 4, 1865. Shortly after his arrival in this State he came to this county and settled in Tomales where he lived for two years. On June 9, 1869, he was married to Kate Linahan in Olema, this county, and later moved to Nicasio where he engaged in dairying and horse raising until his death.
One son, Hugh McIsaac, was district Attorney of Marin county for four years and at present is a lawyer in San Francisco ad is also an election commissioner in that city.
The deceased is survived by his wife Katherine McIsaac, and three sons and three daughters, John A., Hugh J., Donald D., Flora R., Evelyn K., and Mary T. McIsaac.
The funeral was held Tuesday morning at nine o’clock from St. Raphael’s church, where a solemn requiem high mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul. A large number of friends were at the church and followed the remains to their last resting place in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where all that was earthly of this good, loyal husband, loving father and kind and true friend, was gently laid to rest, while the family, relatives and friends paid their last sad respects.
The pall bearers were, Tom Redding and Frank Rogers, of Nicasio; Herbert Hawkins, Bert Golcher and Dan Ryan, of San Francisco; Orey Short and Rod Chisholm, of San Rafael, and Edward Nelson, of Olema. The honorary pall bearers were, G. Pacheco, of Ignacio; B. T. Miller, of Nicasio; W. Caesar, of San Rafael; J. Ferguson, George Bennett and W. Golcher, of San Francisco; G. A. Codoni, of Tocaloma; J. Adams, of Olema; and W. Farrell, of Petaluma. Among those in attendance at the church and at the cemetery were Frank Rodgers and wife, Dan Ryan, S. Pocella, of Nicasio; Robert Trumbull, the Sutton family, Tom Keating, and C. Casoratti and family, of Novato; J. Emmett Hayden and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Walker, Hector McNeal, of San Francisco; John E. Brandon, San Antone; John Gallagher, Pt. Reyes; S. Grandi, Pt. Reyes Station; Rev. Brother Aignon, St. Mary’s College, Rev. C. E. O’Neil; Jack Keating, Sausalito; B. Partee, Palo Alto, and many prominent from all parts of the county were present.
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