The Los Banos Enterprise [Los Banos, CA.]
Saturday, April 23, 1921, front page.


One of the saddest deaths ever to occur in Los Banos, not only on account of the popularity of the deceased but the tragic circumstances attending it, was that of Mrs. Jessie Augusta McSwain, on Tuesday afternoon. She is the wife of Robert McSwain and the mother of six little children, ranging in age from fifteen months to nine years.

While attending the funeral of the late T. F. Burke, Mrs. McSwain swooned and fell in an aisle of the Catholic church. She was taken to the Catholic parsonage, where she remained until noon the next day, when she was taken to the sanitarium, where she passed away at five-o'clock in the afternoon. She never completely regained consciousness and lay in a comatose state for 29 hours.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. P. Steger of Fresno, and Mrs. Millie W. Baker of Los Angeles, and two brothers, W. W. Pemberton of Santa Cruz and James Pemberton, who is south America. Her immediate family is the husband, Robert McSwain, and six children - Robert, 9; Newell, 7; Catherine, 6; Bruce, 4; Lee, 3, and Ecton, 15 months.

She was born near Los Banos on August 3, 1884, and has made her home in this vicinity ever sence. She completed the courses in both the grammar and high schools, and in September, 1911, was married to Robert McSwain. She was 36 years, eight months and fifteen days of age, and at the school election held the last Friday in March was elected to the trusteeship of the Board of the West Side Union high school, but had not yet taken place on the board.

Being a devout Christian woman she had always taken an active part in the affairs of the Methodist church, and had served for some time as Sunday school superintendent.

The funeral services were held on Thursday morning at ten o'clock from the Medlin chapel, and were conducted by Rev. H. W. Bruce of Fresno. A male quartette composed of Murray Breeney, F. F. Palmerlee, Don McWilliams and W. T. Walton, with Miss Lola Flinn at the organ, sang "I Know God's Will Is Best" at the chapel and "Nearer My God to Thee" at the graveside.

The pallbearers were R. G. Murphy, Murray Beeney, Don McWilliams, J. C. Agostinho, Jr., Walter Hardman and C. S. Taylor.

Interment was made in the Los Banos cemetery between the graves of her father and mother.

The procession of machines which followed the remains to the cemetery was several blocks in length and an abundance of floral offerings were in evidence as mute testimony of the regard in which Mrs. McSwain was held by all who knew her.


Transcribed by: Alma Stone