Mariposa Gazette, December 21, 1895

Death of W. H. Thurman

Our community was saddened yesterday morning by the receipt of the news from San Diego of W. H. Thurman's death.

Mr. Thurman was one of Madera's most highly respected pioneers. He was born in Tennessee in 1832, and was one of the fearless Argonauts who braved the dangers of those barren wastes that lay between him and the land of the setting sun. Arriving in California, he went in to the stock business near San Jose; but as that work proved tame for one so used to a dangerous life, the pioneer followed the wave that took so many to the Nevada Washoe mines.  During his stay there his fellow chose him Sheriff of that land where might was law, and rule but the sway of the strongest.

Returning to California, Mr. Thurman located near Snelling. During the 70's the deceased formed the California Mill Company, and with its failure he lost quite heavily financially.

For ten years, from 83 to 93 the Thurmans operated a mill near Fish Camp, Mariposa county. When this county was formed the deceased was chosen as its first Sheriff. But for the past few years death has been surely stealing on, and with a  faint hope his loving wife and sons repaired to San Diego, in the hopes of the change being beneficial to his health. For some time he rallied, but death at last overtook him. Being a member of the A. O. U. W. and K. of P. the deceased will be buried from the Masonic hall Wednesday, December 18th,  by those orders.
             -- Madera Herald, Dec.17.
Contributed by: Thomas Hilk