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Ogden Highway Gang - Jesse L. Ogden, d. 1867

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May 9, 1867 News Article - Re: Ogden Highway Gang - Jesse L. Ogden, d. 1867

Posted: 1380247270000
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Surnames: Ogden, Ferretto, Rivers, Ravel, Wilson, McGehee, Adams
I found the May 9, 1867 Sacramento Daily Union article reporting on the death of Jesse Ogden.

Sacramento Daily Union [newspaper], Sacramento, California, May 9, 1867, Volume 33, Number 5028, Page 3, Column 3

From: California Digital Newspaper Collection

Transcriber: Jean E. DeLauche, Date of transcription: 26 2013

Mysterious Affair and Probable Murder, —
A correspondent of the Sonora Democrat says :

On the night of April 23d a party of three men on horseback came to Munn's store, on Moccasin creek, about 9 o'clock, got supper and feed for their horses, and next morning proceeded on their journey. They professed to be going to the southern part of the State on a prospecting expedition. On Wednesday, April 24th, a resident of Mocassin creek met them, together with another man — making in all a party of four— about half a mile beyond Kirkwood's store, on the Coulterville road. All were riding, and each had a small roll of blankets behind the saddle. On Saturday rnorning they all came back end rode down to Ferretto's place where they drank five or six quarts of wine.
They then rode down the creek about half a mile farther, where, it appears, they camped or unsaddled their horses. Late In the afternoon two of them came back to Ferretto's and stated that their partner was shot by accidentally felling off his horse and causing the discharge of his pistol. They asked permission of Ferretto to bring him to the house and for a cot to carry him back upon. Both were given. Presently they came back, saying the man was dead. On receiving the news the Judge went to Mocassin creek and held an inquest. The witnesses outside of the comrades of the dead men were from 250 to 400 yards off, and could not throw much light on the subject. They stated that they heard two or three pistol shots, saw smoke rise, as from a pistol, near a man who was standing, the others or some of them lying down.
George Rivers or Ravel, another of the party hails from Scott's Gulch, five miles beyond Coulterville and disclaims all knowledge of the other men until he met them on the Coulterviile road, he being bound for Montezama to see a doctor. He says the others, having given up their intended trip to the Colorado or White river, turned back with him. According to his statement the accident happened about four o'clock. The third gave his name as George Wilson, is a medium sized man, with a squlnt-eye and rather dark complexion. He said he made the acquaintance of deceased six weeks ago at Sacramento— that his name was Jesse Ogden. Deceased was rather below medium size, light brown hair, light whiskers approaching to sandy color and fair complexion. They all declare his death to be accidental, but in many particulars their testimony was very conflicting. The Coroner's jury found that he came to his death by one or all three of the survivors. They were all taken to Oak Flat and underwent an examination before Judge McGehee, but the evidence given at the inquest not being sufficient to commit them, they were discharged. Some of the Chinamen who were robbed say that " Ike " or Albert Adams, the large man, and Ogden the deceased are the parties who committed the robberies here some time ago.

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