The Los Banos Enterprise [Los Banos, CA]
August, 7, 1931


George Bernard Menjoulet, member of a prominent West Side pioneer family, was accidentally killed last Saturday on his ranch nine miles southwest of Los Banos, by a gun shot wound in his head accidentally self inflicted. This cause of death is given by Constable Lewis Hulen and Deputy Coroner B. A. Wilson who were summoned when the body was found.

George had left his home on Badger Flat, coming to Los Banos on business before going to the hill ranch to poison squirrels. He was in Los Banos between nine and ten o'clock, and it is presumed the accident occurred about an hour later.

When he failed to return home for lunch as promised his wife drove to the hills in search of him, but failed to go up the creek far enough. She returned to Volta where she requested H. L. Menjoulet, brother of her husband, to continue the search. In company with Mrs. Menjoulet and their two children, the brother found the body about 5:30, returned to his home and notified officers.

The investigation showed he had completed the poisoning job as a bucket of wheat almost used up was found in the front of the small truck he was driving. A glove, evidently used to scatter the poisoned grain, was found on the right running board. The body was lying on the left side of the truck, with a .410 gauge single barrel shot gun in the open door, the muzzle protruding from the machine. A discharged cartridge was in the gun.

It is presumed he saw game and in attempting to hurriedly pull the gun from the truck caught the hammer on the gear shift, discharging it. The muzzle was close to his head as powder burns three inches in diameter showed above his right ear where the charge of shot entered his head. Death is thought to have been instantaneous.

The remains were taken to the Davis Funeral Chapel in Newman where they remained until Monday afternoon, when they were brought to the home on Badger Flat, formerly the C. W. Wood ranch, a show place on the West Side.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's church at ten o'clock, High Mass being said by Father Theo Lanctot, and followed by interment in Calvary cemetery.

He was 42 years, five months and 22 days of age, and was born less than a quarter of a mile from the spot where he was killed. The mother died some 15 years ago, and his father, John Menjoulet, died about a year ago in Oakland.

He is survived by four sisters and two brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Matilde Bambauer and Mrs. Julia Tully of Los Banos; Mrs. Grace McCullagh of Turlock; Mrs. Emily Pfitzer of Gustine. The brothers are John P. Menjoulet of Oakland, and Henry L. Menjoulet of Volta.

All of his life had been spent in this vicinity where he had been engaged in the dairy and stock business and where he was married to Miss Annie E. Gastamnide, twelve years ago, who survives him.

He was a member of Merced Lodge No. 1240, B. P. O. Elks and the Knights of Columbus, also of Merced.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone