Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, April 03, 2006 at 08:44:04 :
Thursday, Dec. 17, 1914
PIONEER ATTORNEY PASSES AWAY
Lived to Ripe Old Age
Prominent in Legal Fraternity
John M. Verdenal, one of California's pioneer jurists, was called last Friday to appear before the Omnipotent Judge, whose jurisdiction is the Infinite.
His good life came to an end that was as peaceful and quiet as it had been lived. Beside his bed in the Verdenal home on Sixth street, where he had lived since 1904, were his wife and his two daughters, sorrowing, but uncomplaining, for their husband and father had been spared to them many years beyond the alloted span of mankind.
He went to his last resting place in Mt. Tamalpais cemetery Sunday, after a private funeral service at the residence.
John M. Verdenal was born in New York, but at an early age he went with his parents to St. Louis. He attended school there until he reached the age of 12 years, and then crossed the plains in a prairie schooner, the only mode of land travel in those days, to San Francisco. At the age of 16 he and his brother, D. F. Verdenal, returned to St. Louis to attend the University of St. Louis. Upon their graduation from that university they went to the Harvard University Law College. In those stirring times the young man met and mingled with the men who were later to make the history which the Civil War gave to the world. Upon several occasions he visited Washington and heard the great debates in the Senate which preceded the issuance of Lincoln's proclamation
At the conclusion of his academical studies he came again to San Francisco and engaged in the practice of law. He became prominent in the legal fraternity of that city and continued to practice there until the fire of 1906, when he removed with his family to this city and retired from active work. Since that time, however, he had appeared in the local courts frequently as a Deputy District Attorney, appointed by his son-in-law, District Attorney Boyd.
His brother, D. F. Verdenal, remained in New York for a great many years, and during a good part of his residence there contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle a column entitled "Verdenal's Chat." Later the brother removed to Fresno, where he still resides.
Mr. Verdenal leaves a widow and two daughters, the latter being Miss Cora Verdenal and Mrs. Grace M. Boyd, wife of District Attorney Boyd.
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