Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 07:09:35 :
Saturday, November 14, 1903
Killed on Railroad
On the track of the North Shore Railroad, between Alto and Bay Junction, Captain William N. Shelley his death at 5 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, by coming in contact with the live rail. When found, the deadly electric current had done its work and life was extinct. Coroner Sawyer was notified, and the body was removed to the morgue. Deceased met his death upon the inclosed portion of the track where trespassing is forbidden. His wife had spent the day in Mill Valley, and it is believed that deceased was walking down the track to meet her on her arrival.
Deceased was a familiar character about the bay, where he had been closely identified with shipping since 1849. In that year, he arrived here, having sailed a ship around the Horn. He became a pilot and followed that calling up to within 10 years ago. He then retired and made his home in this county. At one time he was wealthy, but he is said to have exchanged his city property for country real estate and thereby impoverished himself. He was so fond of water that he could not make up his mind to leave it, and upon his retirement, he and his family took up their abode in an ark, which was at first moored at Greenbrae and then near some of his property in Alto.
Deceased was a native of Maine and 86 years old. He was a second cousin of Senator Gorman of Maryland. He leaves a wife and two small children.
Captain Shelley was beloved by all who knew him. He was typical of the class of men who have braved the perils of the early days, to begin life in the West. His death thins the scattered ranks of those hardy pioneers and adds another gap that cannot be filled.
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