Richard A. Puckett

 
The Free Press Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia

October 5, 1882, Page 3

 
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Dead and Gone.

Is one of the best men ever rambled o’er the Pacific Coast—“Dick” (Richard A.) Puckett.  From Joe Oldham and Sheriff Gray, who have known him since his boyhood days, we learn that the deceased was born in Cartersville, Georgia; that he came to California early in the ‘50’s; that his business has been mining, either in placers, or in later years after silver.  He started into this line in the palmy days of Yreka, California, and at place.  Struck for Oro Fino, in Northeastern Idaho, in 1861; thence to Florence; then to Montana; over to Virginia City, Nev., Tuscarora, Boise and into Wood River last year.  Dick had passed through every phase of mining life—rich and poor as fortune called the turn. 

About six or eight years ago he married Mrs. Chapman of Boise City, and has been a devoted husband and father (to her boy—Eddy) ever since—both of them were at his bedside when Death called him hence, at an early hour yesterday morning.  He died aged 44 years, and for one who has employed his thousand laborers in mining not his like can be found—that is, one who has fewer enemies.  In Nevada, we know, he was chief among ten thousand, and many will be true mourners when they read of his early demise.  Dropsy of the liver and heart was the cause which led to this sad result.  The funeral procession is a very large one and is forming at his late residence as we go to press.—Wood River Gazette.

 

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