The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Dr. Lewis Ganung ad, August 22, 1867 Oregon Sentinel
August 22, 1867 Oregon Sentinel

Physician & Surgeon,

THANKFUL for past, will endeavor still to merit a share of patronage. Services rendered at any hours.
Drugs and Medicines,
A full and choice selection from San Francisco constantly receiving, and for sale,
Next door to Tin Shop.
    "Primoque medendi scientia, sapientiæ pars habebatur."
Table Rock Sentinel,
Jacksonville, December 6, 1856, page 3

    WILL attend to any who may require his services. Office at B. F. Dowell's office, on the East side 3d Street, Jacksonville.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 9-July 17, 1869, page 1

    MURDERED.--At Buncom, on Little Applegate, on Monday evening, April 10th, about 4 o'clock p.m., a Chinaman was found dead in the public highway, with the teeth of his upper jaw stove in. From what we can gather of the affair, three Chinamen had been to the store of Messrs. Hayden & Cameron, in Uniontown, and had indulged quite freely of the overjoyful, and were returning to their mining claims 3 or 4 miles above that place. The deceased (Chinaman), having imbibed a little more freely than the others, fell behind and was found by some Indians, as reported above. The murderers, whether Indians or Chinamen, is a (quien sabe) question; no doubt one or other other parties done the deed. The inquest of Coroner Ganung elicited no further information upon the cause of his death.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1871, page 3

    AWKWARD SURGERY.--While Dr. Davis was dissecting the dead Chinaman's head yesterday, Dr. Ganung grabbed the defunct's queue, and literally jerked the top of his head off, spilling the brain on the ground. We have heard the expression "jerk the top of his head off," but never saw it practically illustrated till yesterday.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 22, 1871, page 2

The Defunct "Heathen Chinee."
    As a good deal of speculation has been indulged with regard to the recent murder of one of our most respected celestial fellow citizens, we take great pleasure in laying before our readers verbatim, et literatim, et spellatim, et punctuatim, the lucid and elaborate report of the inquest held upon the defunct by the learned Coroner of Jackson County, Dr. Ganung. The Coroner's minute and scientific report completely clears up the mystery surrounding the occurrence, and we commend it to his official brethren throughout the state as a model report. If we might be permitted to observe, however, there is one omission the Coroner made; we are not entirely satisfied how that "Chinee" lost his teeth. We don't know exactly whether he was born without teeth, had lost his teeth from old age, or had swallowed them in consequence of the blow inflicted. With this exception, the report does great honor to its author. Indeed, it must be a pleasure to get one's self killed if posthumous honors of this kind are the result:
    Buncom, Jackson County, Oregon, April 11th, 1871
    Official Report to Commissioner of Coroner's Inquest held at the above plase in the aforesaid Co. on the body of a Chinaman found on the road.
    Twenty-Four hours after it was found--nativity China a Twenty (28) Eight Years. Status homonis corporalis--Strong muscular and fleshy more than normoly supplied with fat or is I would have said ordinarily; and so infrequent. Rigor mortis, Strong and resistant. Violence which caused his death Evident
    Head. Scalp inverted by circular occipito Sub templar incission, which revealed a large Sanguinious Extravisation, of integuments covering os occipito Temporalis. The right os Temporalis was in a state of contused communicated fractures. Superior, and inferior Maxillae, were minus of Teeth, and sockets--canine fossae--levator angulinis--fossae. Mystiformis, and depressor alae nasi were in a state of pulverulent distruction. No exit discovered of ball or pick--
    The above is a true exhibit by L. Ganung Coroner. Jack. co.
    An Inquisition on a Case of Homicide at Buncom, County of Jackson State of Oregon Apr. 11th 1871
{  Witnesses sworn
{  all Chinamen.
    Ma Young Says He found him Yesterday Apr. 10, Four o'clock P.M. on Evening of Said day
    The name of Deceased given in his own language Cha Oang--Alias Wang Shong that he was of (28) Twenty Eight Years of age that he came from China He is a partner in a mining Clame near which deceased was found and also that he is a relitive of Deceased 1st Cousin
Ma Young
    Won Young Deposeth Half after two o'clock they Three Started together from Union Town, Same friends (in number Three) went with (Deceased) Lan Walked slow no Mad no quarrel--Deceased fell back until out of sight
Won Young
    Wo Yong Says they saw no Indians they had no misunderstanding or quarrel knowe nothing about cause of his (deceased) death (Words of similar import but not the same as that of interpreter)
    Stated the same in Substance. He owned an adjoining claim and that they were at peace at that place Viz. Buncom & C. No thing elicited even a (suspicion of the Person who committed the murder
    Testimony so Erelivent that Jury acted from Circumstance and observational data . . .
    We the Jury find that the Deceased Came to his death by a Violent blow on his mouth whereby his front teeth and the anterior Superior and inferior Sockets of the Jaws were broken. That the Said deceased was 28 Years old from china. Found on his body eight (8. 87½/100) Dollars eighty seven and a half cents in Gold Dust and silver coin and we find no clue to the person or persons who committed the deed nor the instrument used to effect his death
    Friends Volunteer to B. corps and defrey Expense of interment
    I hereby certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
L. Ganung M.D.
    Private opinion not in evidence cause of--Suspicion of Wa Young
    I also state that we could not evoke from witness especially Wo Young who was a partner of Deceased in a mining claim and is responsible in Jackson County for the above expences incured to said county and that he is the guilty party. Evidenced by his obstinate and nervous maner and intimidation standing aloof from subject and his reluctance to answer question propounded &. C. I am satisfied that Chinam not Indians were the perpetraters of the foul murder. The Deceased lef an interest in a placer mining claim which I suppose would repay the county the above expence which could be collected with little trouble and advise an order to that effect--Submitted to cort most humbly by
L. Ganung coroner for co.
    P.S. The sum Total the of county expense--The Cinamen agree to pay to county 15th inst L. Ganung.
    There now! Everybody understand precisely what killed that "Chinee," and who did it. Our devil, after a careful perusal of the report, commenced prancing around the office with his eyeballs in "a fine frenzy rolling," brows knitted, teeth set, and an expression of grim determination imprinted in his classic countenance. While the compositors, "who had dropped their sticks in amazement," were considering whether they should not put his head in a bucket of water to relieve him, he seized a pen and got the following through him. We don't vouch for the originality of the production, for we have a faint recollection of seeing it before:
"The nox was lit by lux of Luna,
And 'twas a nox most opportuna
To catch a possum or a coona;
For nox lay scattered o'er this mundus--
A shallow nox et non profundus.
On sic a nox with canis unus,
Two boys went out to hunt for coonus.
The corpus of this bonus canis
Was full as long as octo span is,
But brevior legs had canis never
Quam had hic dog--bonus, clever--
Some used to say, in stultum jocum,
Quod a field was too small locum
For sic a dog to make a turnus
Circum self from stem to sternus."
    P.S. Our devil is convalescent; have not heard from the other party yet.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1871, page 3

    THE HEAD OF A DEAD CELESTIAL.--A Chinaman's cabeza was found in the mountains on Applegate by a hunter, on Sunday morning last. It had been dug up by coyotes, one of which was shot by the side of it as he was making his morning's meal from the dainty morsel. The head is supposed to belong to the body of Gui Lim, the Chinaman who disappeared on the day the Wong Chinaman, Wing Chung, was killed by Lui Shing last May. He is supposed to have been murdered by the Gee company to prevent him from testifying for the prosecution on the trial of Lui Shing, and buried where the coyotes subsequently dug him up. Coroner Ganung will hold an inquest.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 23, 1871, page 3

    EXHUMATION.--Tuesday last the body of Dennis, the victim of Wells, was exhumed under the direction of Dr. Danforth for the purpose of making a post mortem examination, as the examination made by Ganung, the Coroner, was so slight and incorrect that it amounted to nothing as evidence. About eighteen bullet holes were found in the body. He had evidently been shot in the right side and arm, and again in the left side, in the left side of the head and in the top of the right shoulder. The body was so decomposed that it was not opened.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 23, 1871, page 3

    THE DEFUNCT HEATHEN CHINEE.--The Wong company are conducting a vigorous search for the rest of the remains of the Chinaman whose head was found last week. The head is in the possession of Coroner Ganung. It is entirely denuded of flesh, although the scalp and queue are still intact, having been dried on the skull. The under jaw is gone. That Celestial is so much scattered around that we think the Wongs have a profitless job before them. Nothing less than the trump of Gabriel will get him together again, we fear.

Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 30, 1871, page 3

    SURGERY.--When the accident to Chambers occurred, Dr. Davis had Crook stretched out comfortably and breathing well, but the man was still insensible, when Surgeon General Ganung came running up, jumped astride the man, and commenced twisting his head about and finally fired a sesquipedalian word off which struck the bystanders aghast with horror, for such a word must certainly mean, thought they, that Crook had been through a threshing machine and is bound to die. So terrible was the effect of that word upon Crook that, though insensible, he turned over and struggled convulsively and groaned. Fancy the relief of all hands when the Doctor kindly explained that Crook's neck was broken. Everybody felt glad to know that it was no worse. If we need a word of "large length and thundering sound" we will apply to a certain doctor, who wears a No. 3 hat and No. 14 boots. We know we can be accommodated.
    P.S. The man with the broken neck is walking around town, all right. He says he does not experience the slightest inconvenience from his broken vertebra.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 11, 1871, page 3

    DEATH OF DR. L. GANUNG.--Dr. L. Ganung, an old and respected citizen of Jacksonville, died of pleurisy at his residence last Monday morning, after a sickness of several days. Deceased was a member of Oregonian Pocahontas Tribe No. 1, I.O.R.M., by which order he was buried next day with appropriate and imposing ceremonies. He was nearly 59 years of age, and leaves a widow to mourn his loss.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 21, 1872, page 3

    At a regular meeting of Oregonian Pocahontas Tribe No. 1, I.O.R.M., held at their wigwam in Jacksonville on December 17th, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
    WHEREAS, the Great Spirit has seen fit to take from us our beloved brother, L. GANUNG, in the ripeness of his years, but in the full possession of his mental vigor and the midst of his usefulness; therefore, as an expression of the respect of this tribe for his memory, be it
    Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the widow, who has lost a kind and affectionate husband, while we mourn in his death the loss of a most useful and esteemed brother and friend.
    Resolved, That in token of our respect for the virtues of the deceased, we, the members of this tribe, will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and that the charter of our tribe be draped in mourning for the same period.
    Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, under the seal of the tribe, be presented to the widow of our departed brother, and that they be entered upon the records of the tribe and published in the Oregon Sentinel and the Democratic Times.
C. W. SAVAGE, }  Committee.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 21, 1872, page 3

GANUNG--In this city, December 16th, 1872, of pleurisy, Dr. L. Ganung, aged 58 years, 4 mos., and 12 days.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 21, 1872, page 3

GANUNG--At her residence in Jacksonville, July 14th, at 1 o'clock p.m., of nervous debility, Mrs. Zany Ganung, relict of Dr. Lewis Ganung, aged 74 years, 4 months and 29 days.
    The ranks of the old pioneers are being rapidly depleted, and as each successive member falls before the scythe of the grim reaper, we are admonished that the "good old times," the halcyon days of Oregon, are passing by--nay, have already passed--and the new era has come in. The generation that reclaimed the wilderness, that destroyed the wigwam to establish the home, has done its work, and a younger generation will reap the fruits of its labor.
    The deceased was the twin sister of Gen. John E. Ross, and was born in Madison County, Ohio, February 15, 1818. With her parents she removed to Fountain County, Indiana, in 1828, and to Cook County, Illinois, in 1833. Sometime in the 'forties she was married to Dr. Lewis Ganung, and after a sojourn of a few years in Iowa crossed the plains with her husband to this coast in the year 1852, and settled in this valley in 1854. Since then, with the exception of two years spent in Nevada in 1852-3, her residence had been continuous in Jacksonville. She survived her husband, beside whom she was buried in the beautiful Jacksonville Cemetery last Sunday, more than 15 years.
    "Aunty" Ganung, by her simple, unpretentious piety and good works, endeared herself to all who knew her, and her name will long be synonymous with all that we esteem best in life. Her remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of mourners last Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, services being held at the M.E. church, of which deceased was a member, by Rev. J. W. Miller.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 19, 1888, page 3

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