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Henry Clay Wiley.
Early Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Valley Pioneer.

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Another Pioneer Passes Away.

Death has again entered the ranks of the pioneers of the city and has called one of the oldest members. At 6:15 yesterday morning Henry Clay Wiley, who was in his 69th year, passed away at his home, 309 South Hill street.

Deceased was born in Lancaster, Pa., in 1829. In 1852 he came to California, settling in San Diego, where he was elected sheriff of the county, a position he held for two years. Six years later he moved to this city, where he has resided until his death. From 1858 to 1862 he held the position of general manager of the San Fernando mission, and was undersheriff of Los Angeles county under J.F. Burns.

Mr. Wiley was the son of Capt. I.A. Wiley, who was the first man to erect a 2-story frame building in the city of Indianapolis. His brothers were Capt. W.Y. Wiley of the United States army and Capt. James Wiley, late of the navy.

While a resident of this city he was most active in its welfare and was respected and loved by all who knew him. He owned considerable real estate, one of the largest pieces being 120-foot frontage on Broadway between First and Second streets. The deceased was a charter member of the Southern California Pioneer society and a Knight of Pythias in good standing. His death is supposed to be due to a tumor in the stomach. A widow and two daughters survive him.

The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the family residence, South Hill street, and the interment will be at Rosedale. The following will act as pallbearers: Maj. Ben C. Truman, R. Pico, J.F. Burns, William Ferguson, William L. Graves, T.D. Mott, C.P. Morehouse of Pasadena and Mr. Hough of Ventura.

Obituary courtesy of Stan Walker.


• Lyon's Station


Obituary d. 10/25/1898


Bio, HSSC 1898


"Wiley's Windlass"

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