Merced Express, May 13, 1927



The remains of the late Richard Rosebery, who was shot and killed at his auto service station near Stockton on Thursday night of last week, were brought to Merced for burial, the funeral being held from the Southern Pacific station Monday evening and interment being made in the Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Rosebery, who was a native of Indiana, aged 28 years, formerly resided here but had been conducting a service station near Stockton for several years. At the time of the shooting his widow, Mrs. Zarah Rosebery, and their little daughter were visiting Mrs. Rosebery's parents, Mr and Mrs. Jeff Fruit, near this city.

The police officials of San Joaquin county have been unable as yet to determine whether the shooting was done as a result of a robbery attempter whether some other motive prompted it. The fact that the cash in the place was not taken led officers to believe that Rosbery might have been killed as a result of a personal difference. From the evidence it appeared that he had been waiting on a customer at the time of the shooting. On the floor at the rear of the station near where the body was found a quart oil measure was lying. Apparently Rosebery had gone to the oil barrel rack to fill the measure with oil and had been shot while crouching before the barrel.

 contributed by: Thomas Hilk