The Salida Mail, Nov. 11, 1919:


James O’Neill, veteran prospector, who scoured the hills for thirty years in search of mineral, until his health broke down and he was forced to retire, died at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening at the county hospital.

Dropsy was the cause of death.

Mr. O’Neill was a native of Ireland. He came to this country thirty-seven  years ago and was a resident of this county for thirty years.

He would work on the railroad section during the winter and accumulate a “stake” so that he could prospect in summer.

Mr. O’Neill put all of his ready funds into his mining prospects, and when sickness overtook him he was without funds.

He was a man of abstemious habits and had the good will of a large circle of friends who hoped that would some day be rewarded.

He was 67 years old . He never married.

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