Individual Record 271

Name}   Arruda, Donald Joseph (Bill) Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 20 Oct  1912 Place} Lincoln, Placer, California
Marr.: Date} Exa 25 Jan   1941 Place} Reno, Washoe, Nevada     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 23 Mar 1969 Place} Queen of the Valley Hosp., Napa, Napa, California
Burial: Date} Exa 25 Mar 1969 Place} Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, Napa, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 1117=1920 USA cen
Source 2} 381 = Marriage rec
Source 3} 198 = S.S. record
Source 4} 249 = Death record
Source 5} 1116=Obituary
Source 6}   33 = Family history
Source 7}   85 = Family history
Source 8} 139 = Family history
Source 9}  
Source 10} 
Parents: } Antone Arruda & Amelia V. Arruda
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.} 93 = Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, Napa, California
      Occupation 1} Rabies control officer
       Occupation 2} Horseman
Spouses:    First} Glos, Dorothy June
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Bill's parents were of Portugese ancestry and their family came from the Azores.  A native of Lincoln, California, Bill attended school in Lincoln, Placerville, and Oakland.  In 1920 at age 7 he was living in Placerville with his step-father (Richard Dugger), his mother, and three siblings.

In 1936 Bill moved to Napa.  He worked at the Basalt company in Napa for many years and later operated a service station at Third and School streets.  He was the chief rabies control officer for Napa County during the 15 years prior to his death.

In 1941 Bill, an avid horseman, owned Rolling Stone and had the California State Fair champion in the Five Foot Jumper Class and the same title at the Pomona Fair also in 1941.  He was a member of the Napa County Peace Officers Association, Napa Valley Jeep Club, Napa-Solano Antique Bottle Club, Napa County Sheriff's Jeep Posse, and was a hunter safety instructor.

Bill at age 56 was in a 7:45 A.M. head-on collison on Country Lane (a private road) 300 feet east of Kirkland Avenue.  Alfred Franks, 20, was westbound and told investigating CHP officers that he had just topped the crest of a hill when he first saw the jeep driven by Bill coming toward him eastbound.  The vehicles crashed head-on and then Bill's jeep crashed against a tree.  Bill was ejected on impact.  Franks auto showed 65 feet of skid marks and Bill's vehicle showed none.  Officers said it was possible the sun may have been in Bill's eyes.

Bill was rushed to the Queen of the Valley Hospital by Piner's Ambulance.  He died at 9:20 A.M. from internal injuries and a broken back.  Franks was not injured and his passenger complained of pain but was not treated.  Bill's jeep received only minor damage while the Franks auto sustained major damage.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 9:20 A.M. Fraternal/Social} See Notes
Baptism Date}   Place}     B. J. (Bill) Arruda
Confirm. Date}   Photo} Bill in the 1960s
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Automobile accident
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated}   1 Feb 2019
Date Created}  26 Nov 1994
Copyright © 2009 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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