Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 06:18:08 :
Thursday, January 9, 1941
Appendicitis Fatal To Marin Farmer
In spite of strenuous efforts to save his life, John Kimura, 40, prominent Japanese pea grower of the Point Reyes area, died last Saturday night in a hospital here, from an acute attack of appendicitis. The body was sent to Oakland for funeral and interment services, by the Keaton Mortuary, of San Rafael.
Kimura was stricken early Saturday morning, while on his ranch four miles from the Murphy ranch, and reached over a muddy and unimproved road. Dr. C. C. Everman, of Point Reyes Station responded to the call. His car became stuck in the mud. Workmen on the Kimura ranch came with a tractor and towed the doctor into the ranch.
Finding an operation necessary, Mr. Kimura was placed in the doctor’s car and towed by the tractor to the Murphy ranch, where a United Ambulance, driven by Angelo Turrini, met them.
When the reached the hospital, a consultation was held, and it was decided it was too late to operate. Kimura leaves his wife and 16-year-old daughter.
He was one of the biggest pea growers in this county. He carried on his operation of leased land from the Murphy and Mendoza ranches and had over 200 acres under cultivation. During harvest season Kimura employed from 30 to 40 pea pickers, and his produce was shipped into the San Francisco. Oakland and Los Angeles markets.
He was a graduate of the University of California, and well known throughout the coast area. Many Mexican families had been employed on the Kimura place during the picking season.
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