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Thursday, Sept. 3, 1903
SAUSALITO DRUGGIST HAS PASSED AWAY
P. Moulton, an Old Resident of the Bay Town Found Dead in Bed.
P. Moulton, the well-known druggist of Sausalito, was found dead in bed at his residence early yesterday morning. Coroner Sawyer was immediately summoned, and an inquest was held, resulting in a verdict of death from natural causes. The funeral will be held tomorrow, under direction of Coroner Sawyer
Marin County Tocsin
Saturday, Sept. 5, 1903
P. Moulton, who for years has conducted a drug business in Sausalito, was found dead in his bed early last Wednesday morning.
Coroner Sawyer was summoned and an inquest was held resulting that death ensued from a fatty degeneracy of the heart.
A wife and two daughters are left to mourn his loss.
Saturday, Sept. 5, 1903
Life’s Fitful Fever O’er
Proctor Moulton Passes Away Without Moment’s Warning
An Estimable Citizen Answers the Las Summons and Goes to His Reward
The people of this town sustained a sever shock on Wednesday when the passing away of Proctor Moulton was announced. His death was entirely unexpected and came suddenly at 3 o’clock in the morning. Fatty degeneration of the heart was the cause.
Deceased has a wide circle of friends here. He came to this town over six years ago and purchased the Sausalito Pharmacy, which he conducted up to within a few days of his death. His fair dealing and upright character won for him a host of loyal friends, who now join with the family in mourning their mutual loss.
Deceased was born in Newcastle, England, sixty-eight years ago. When he was five years of age his parents removed to Ontario, Canada, where he was educated in the public schools. His education was rounded out at Ann Arbor Medical College, from which celebrated institution he graduated with high honors. In 1862 he came to this State and taught school in Sonoma county. At the end of five years he returned to California (sic), but unable to withstand the charms of California he again came back. This time he launched upon his business career. For a number of years he conducted a large drug business in Eureka, Humboldt county. During the administration of Governor Markham he was head druggist of the City and County Hospital of San Francisco.
Two sons and two daughters survive him. The sons are: John E. and Proctor Moulton and the daughters are Mrs. A. M. Ulsh of Winters, Yolo county, and Miss Maude Moulton. Mrs. Ulsh was so prostrated by the sad and unexpected news that she was unable to attend the funeral.
For some years past the figure of Proctor Moulton was a familiar one upon Water street in Sausalito. The old gentleman was always at his post – on duty for life, family, and for the public. He had passed that time in life when speculation and fresh endeavor makes a man restless and hope lures him on to new enterprises and brings the end of the rainbow ever within reach of hope and possibility. He had always the bearing of a gentleman and his open, honest countenance, his strong and sturdy mould, told a story of an ancestry of which any man might well be proud. Not one hedged in by wealth, perhaps, but a descent possessing those qualities and virtues of race and habit which have given to the race and the world the best and sturdiest and the fairest. Dr. Moulton’s boyhood days were spent in Canada, east of Toronto and south of the Simcoe, not far from where the rushing waters of the Ottowa meet and mingle with the headlong out-rust of the mighty St. Lawrence.
After graduating he spent some time in the study of medicine, which …(line missing)…His early plans were, however, broken up by a trip to California. He arrived in this State in the sixties. For a time he followed school work, which he gave up to enter upon the life and career of a druggist. His early training and study fitted him eminently for his new occupation and he met with marked success, became respected, well-to-do and for many years lived and moved among California’s people. It is not ours to discuss the loss of his wealth – that chapter is written and should pass into oblivion as he has passed to eternity. His kindness and goodness of heart were apparent to all, and many of his intimate friends – those left who still value a man for his qualities of heart – have felt a tear start and lip quiver as they spoke during the past few days of his unexpected departure.
He is gone, and it is surely not a vain hope those qualities which have endeared him to many here, will find for him a welcome and a resting place in the great hereafter.
The funeral took place Friday from the undertaking parlors of Dr. F. E. Sawyer in San Rafael. Rev. A. C. Wilson, Rector of Christ Church, Sausalito, officiated. Interment, Mount Tamalpais cemetery. Following are the names of the pall bearers: E. H. Shoemaker, J. B. Davidson, John A. Hannon, Dr. A. H. Mays, Irving and J. H. Pryor.
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