Merced Star

Aug. 9, 1917


The sad news was received in Merced Sunday that Gillo Edward Nordgren has passed away at 3 o’clock that afternoon at the German Hospital in San Francisco, following a series of operations for throat trouble. Mr. Nordgren had suffered for the past two years from this ailment and went to San Francisco two weeks ago in the hopes of getting relief.

Deceased was a native of California, born in Saratoga, Santa Clara county, March 25, 1862, and commenced an apprenticeship at the furniture trade in San Francisco at the age of 15 years. A few years later he located in Tombstone, Arizona, but afterwards returned to San Francisco where he graduated from Clark’s Embalming School. Mr. Nordgren came to Merced on November 15, 1884, and entered the employ of A. G. Clough, who conducted furniture store at that time. He purchased a half interest in the business and continuing as an undertaker and embalmer. He disposed of this business to Welch & Co., about two years ago. In 1892 he was elected coroner and public administrator and has been re-elected at every election since that time. Ed. Nordgren as he was known to nearly every man, woman and child in the county, was highly respected for his honesty in business dealings, his big heartedness in extending assistance to any who might be in need of such and his public spiritedness in every undertaking for the benefit of the community. Every acquaintance was friend and the news of his death will be received with many heartaches over Merced and Mariposa counties.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Nordgren, who has the sympathy of their countless friends.

Mr. Nordgren was very prominent in fraternal circles and held membership in the following orders: Merced Lodge No. 208, I. O. O. F.; San Joaquin Encampment, No. 46, I. O. O. F.; Yosemite Parlor, No. 24, N. S. G. W.; Merced Lodge, No. 1240, B. P. O. E.; Merced Camp, W. O. W.; the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Council No. 92, U. P. E. C..

The funeral was held yesterday morning, services being read by the Rev. Father Brennan at the Catholic church and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery. Out of respect to his long residence and business career in the city, the stores were closed during the time of the funeral and hundreds of sorrowing friends witnessed the services and paid their last respects to his memory by their presence and offerings of floral tributes.

The pall bearers were: J. B. Olcese, Judge Wm. Conley, T. R. Stone, A. G. Clough, C. M. French, H. Kylberg, J. J. Griffin and Chas.Harris.

The following from out of town were present at the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Dunn, Crockett; Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. George, Oakland; Mrs M. Hern, Judge and Mrs. W. M. Conley, Phillip; J. Conley, Madera; Sheriff Farnsworth, J. A. Walker, Joe Thorn, J. C. Grosjean, Mariposa; M. Kaehler, Los Banos; Miss M. Lindberg, San Francisco; Miss jane Gray, Hayward; Rev. R. V. Sheehly, San Francisco; John Dugain, Stevinson; Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Buckley, Mr. and Mrs. U. O. Abel, Harry Pierce, A. Bertrandias and S. A. Hamilton, of Snelling.

 Transcribed by: Alma Stone