March 26, 1965
Earl Wells Bell,
Pioneer Bodie Resident
Dies March 16
Earl Wells Bell, long time resident of Bodie, was buried in Bridgeport March 19.
He had been hospitalized for two weeks at the Mono Medical Center and succumbed March 16.
He was born in Bodie April 18, 1891 and spent practically his entire life in the town.
He is well remembered by numerous visitors to the historic town as being available and eager to render any facts and figures pertaining to the may events and characters that made that town famous.
He is survived by a daughter, Maxine Bacon of South Gate, Calif. and granddaughter, brother, W. O. Bell of Oakland, Calif. and numerous nephews and nieces.
The funeral service was conducted from the Bridgeport Community Church under direction of Robert W. Findley, Methodist minister of Yerington, Nev.
Pallbearers were: Daniel Bryant, Walter Cain, D. B. Cain, Jr., Russel Cain, Lawrence Buttencourt and Frank Dolan.
Many relatives and long time friends attended the service.
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Held Oct. 26 For
Mr. and Mrs. Mervyn McKenzie returned last Thursday from Hawthorne, Nev. where they attended the funeral of his brother, Will, who died October 22.
Will McKenzie was born in the famous old town Bodie October 12, 1907 and lived there until he was 9 years old when his family moved to Oakland.
He was educated in the school in Oakland and attended the University of California for a short period.
He served two years with the US Army in the Aleutian Islands.
In 1945 he moved to Hawthorne where he marred Arlene Franklin and they had made their home ever since.
He has been employed at the Naval Depot since that time holding a position in the supply department.
He was a member of Mineral Co. Post American Legion.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by the Rev. Benjamin Bolman of the Hawthorne Presbyterian Church and the American Legion post.
Graveside services in the Hawthorne cemetery were conducted by the American Legion.
Mr. McKenzie is survived by his widow, Arlene McKenzie, two daughters, Susan of Hawthorne and Mrs. Jane Greathouse of Henderson, Nev., a sister Kathleen Bell of Oakland, two brothers, John McKenzie of Oakland and Mervyn McKenzie of Bishop, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
Taken by Death
[Daniel Miller Smith]
BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (Special)
-- Funeral services for Daniel Miller Smith were held Monday here in the Bridgeport Community Church.
Mr. Smith died Sept. 9 after a short illness. He was born in Rochester, Ind., Nov. 14, 1867.
He went to California with his family in 1876 and settled in Bishop, Calif.
As a young man he moved to Bridgeport where he met and married Miss Gertrude Towle in 1892.
Mr. Smith was long interested in mining, and he and his family spent several years in Masonic during the boom days.
He also worked on county roads, on valley ranches and at the Travertine Quarry in early days.
He is survived by a son, West Towle Smith, Reno, and a daughter, Miss Naomi B. Smith, Bridgeport.
S. E. Hunewill [E. is what was printed]
Taken by Death
Stanley H. Hunewill, prominent Smith Valley and Bridgeport cattleman, died this morning in Sonora, Calif.
Hunewill ws born in Bridgeport, Calif., Nov. 8, 1887, member of a family of pioneers which settled in the Bridgeport area in 1861.
He had spent his entire lifetime in the area and had extensive holdings.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. LeNore Hunewill and two sons, Stanley L. and Claude E. Hunewill all of Bridgeport; a daughter, Mrs. June Usher of California, and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Hamblet and Mrs. Lucille Bogard, both of Wellington.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bridgeport.
January 28, 1966
Death Takes Ella Cain,
Mono County Pioneer
BRIDGEPORT -- Ella M. Cain, Mono County pioneer and author of two books about the county, died Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. at the Mono Medical Center. She was 83.
Recitation of the rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Infant of Prague Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Mono Memorial Hall in Bridgeport.
Mrs. Cain was born June 9, 1872, in Bodie, famed Eastern California mining camp, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Cody, Mr. Cody, the first Land Office Receiver in this area of the West, was elected sheriff of Mono County in 1888.
Mrs. Cain lived in Bridgeport as a young girl, then went away to school.
She returned to Bodie to teach and, on June 15, 1904, married David V. Cain, son of Bodie pioneers Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Cain.
The family, which at the time included two daughters, Ruth and Helen, lived in Aurora from 1913-17, then returned to Bodie.
Mrs. Cain and her husband had lived in Bridgeport in recent years.
She was the author of "The Story of Bodie", copyright 1956, and "The Story of Early Mono County" copyright 1961.
Mrs. Cain is survived by her husband, David V. Cain Sr., two sisters: Mrs. May Goodwin of Oakland, and Mrs Catherine Rittman of Berkeley; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Evans; a son, David V. Cain Jr.; four grandchildren: David Evans, Mrs. Diane Kurt, Ruth Evans and Helen Evans; and two great-grandchildren, both children of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt, who are stationed in Levoron, Italy.
Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, where her daughter Ruth, who preceded her in death, is also buried.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ross-Burke Co. of Reno, Nev.
Ella M. Cain
Ella M. Cain, whose interest in the history of Mono County, Calif., was reflected in books which she authored, died Tuesday in the Mono County Hospital.
Mrs. Cain was 88 years old and, prior to retirement, she had taught for many years in the Bodie, Mono County, school system.
She lived most of her life in Bodie and organized the museum there which was recently taken over as a state park.
For the last 22 years she was a resident of Bridgeport. Her father, M.J. Cody, was sheriff of Mono County for many years.
Mrs. Cain attended high school in Virginia City, where she prepared for her teaching career.
Her parents and her husband’s parents were early settlers in Mono County and pioneered in the mining camps of that area.
Books written by Mrs. Cain were A History of Mono County and the Story of Bodie.
She was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband, David V. Cain; a son, David, and a daughter, Mrs. Walter R. Evans, all of Bridgeport; sisters, May Goodwin, Oakland, Calif., and Catherine Rittman, Berkeley, Calif., and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bridgeport Memorial Hall.
Father Savage will officiate.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in the Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
Burial will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.