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Jim Townsend

James William Emery (“Lying Jim”) Townsend (1838-1900) learned the printing trade in his home stand of new Hampshire and began his journalism career on the San Francisco Golden Era in 1859, working alongside Joseph Goodman, Bret Harte, and Denis McCarthy.  He worked as a printer on the Territorial Enterprise from the fall of 1862 until the winter of 1863-64, when he joined the staff of the Virginia City Union.  For the next forty years he was connected with a variety of California and Nevada newspapers as a printer, reporter, editor, and proprietor.  Townsend, perhaps the original of Harte’s “Truthful James,” became widely known on the Pacific Coast as a wit and a raconteur of Münchausen-like adventures.  Examples of his humorous journalism may be found in Lying on the Eastern Slope,

Miner Union Battle

In Sept. 1864, while Atlanta smoldered, the first use of military force to allay labor unrest in the West occurred when Governor J. W. Nye ordered 2 companies of Calvary from Fort Churchill to end a strike by The Story County Miner’s League. The Unions of the Comstock believed they were essential components in a successful industrial economy. The Virginia City Miner’s Union was a vital part of local society and respected for their efforts to help disabled mineworkers, the widow and the orphan.Location. 39° 18.69′ N, 119° 39′ W. On B Street near Union Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted on the front of the Miners Union Hall Building.

John Pearson

A proper Victorian gentleman. A Grand Warden of the Masonic Lodge.

John Pearson was a foreman at a mine.

John Pearson, Born Franklin, Vermont, October 9th, 1838. died Virginia City, Nevada, October 31st, 1892. Married Jennie Thomas December 10th, 1865. Jennie Thomas was born in Iowa on January 28, 1846. John Pearson was engaged in Mining. He was foreman of one of the leading mines of Virginia City, Nevada for several years. In 1866 he went to Lafayette, California where he was engaged in farming for ten years. He then returned to the famous “Comstock” and went into the mines again as foreman in the Consolidated Virginia Mine.

He contracted what is termed “miner’s consumption” from which he died after a year’s illness. He is buried here in the family plot in Masonic Cemetery at Virginia City, Nevada.

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The following people rest in peace in the “Pearson” grave plot:
John Pearson b. Franklin, Vt. Oct. 9, 1838, p. John Pearson, Starksboro, Vt. & Eliza Hammond, Clarendon, Vt. m. Jennie Thomas (aka Jennie Lynds) d. Oct. 3, 1892.

Jennie Lynds Pearson b. Iowa Jan. 28, 1846 p. Elijah & Melissa Thomas, ____, Iowa m. Dec. 10, 1865 to John Pearson of Franklin, Vt. d. Mar. 9, 1909.

Al Pearson b. ______, Vt. Feb. 20, 1831 Brother of John Pearson d. Reno, Nv. Nov. 6, 1896, Never married.

John E. (Elijah) Pearson b. Virginia City, Nv. Feb. 1, 1875 d. Nov. 1, 1891 (Age 16 yr’s 9 mo.) Scarlet Fever.

Flora A Pearson (affectionately called Little Sister), Daughter of Walter Hammond Pearson and Kate G. Ford. Walter was the son of John Pearson interred herein. Note: b. Dec. 1, 1896 d. Aug. 8, 1898. Originally there was a marble angel stolen during damage by vandals. We, the descendents of the interred are grateful for the repairs and upkeep of our cemetery plot by the Cemetery Foundation, the Masons and others, especially Candace Wheeler, Pearson, Durbin, & Cross Families.