Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 16:12:43 :
Thursday, February 26, 1885
Death of J. O. Eldridge
Mr. J. O. Eldridge, one of the most enterprising and useful citizens of San Rafael, died at his residence there today (Thursday.) Deceased had been confined to his house by what was considered a trifling attack of neuralgia for the past two days. At no time was his condition deemed in the least respect serious. Last night he felt well enough to play cards in the parlor with his family. In the morning Dr. Taliaferro called and found him apparently in a satisfactory condition. Two hours later he was left alone for a few minutes. When a member of the family returned, he was dead. Death probably resulted from an acute attack of neuralgia at the heart. Mr. Eldridge has long followed the profession of auctioneer. In his line of business, he was without a peer on the Coast. Vast tracts of land have changed ownership under his energetic hammer. The very knowledge of the fact that Joe Eldridge was booked as auctioneer was always sufficient to draw a crowd. His last exploit was the remarkable sale of tickets for the Patti opera season. His death was probably superinduced by his unusual exertions on that memorial occasion. He accomplished almost more than could be expected from a human being and paid the penalty of humanity for his exertions. Mr. Eldridge was proprietor of the San Rafael Gas Works. One of the recent monuments of his public spirit is the road to the summit of Tamalpais. It was constructed entirely by funds, to the extent of about $7000, raised by the deceased. He had other improvements in this direction in view when death terminated his career.
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