Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, April 03, 2006 at 08:36:28 :
Monday, June 10, 1957
Body Washes Ashore Near Gate Bridge
The body of a man, tentatively identified as Lewis Bruce Bagby, 60, formerly of San Rafael, was found washed up on the shore near the Marin tower of the Golden Gate Bridge at 7:30 a.m. today, Marin coroner's office reported.
Two unidentified witnesses told a bridge toll collector they saw a man jump from the bridge at 2 p.m. yesterday. No notes or abandoned property have been found in connection with the death.
A Coast Guard patrol boat from Ft. Point, which searched the area unsuccessfully for several hours yesterday, returned this morning to find the body had washed ashore.
The victim was the 170th suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge, California Highway Patrol reported.
Driver's license and other papers found on the victim indicated he was a bartender who lived at the Flatiron Hotel, 724 B street, San Rafael, for three years until 1954. During his residence there he
worked as a dishwasher at several cafes and as a bartender at the Flatiron Bar.
For the past three years, he had been employed as a bartender at the officers club at McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento.
James Callahan, owner of the Flatiron Hotel and Bar, said he saw Bagby about six months ago, and at that time Bagby appeared in good spirits. He said he believes a sister of Bagby lives in Burbank.
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