RAYNAL, Louis (1871-1893), twenty-two year old, born in France, who had been in the United States for five years, and an employee on Santa Cruz Island for a very sort time when he was accidentally killed on May 22, 1893 by a mower. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.
In the News~
May 23, 1893 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom arrived in the harbor yesterday from Santa Cruz Island having on board a Mexican [sic], Willie [Louis] Raynal by name, who had been badly injured by a mowing machine. Both hips were badly lacerated, the flesh being laid open to the bone. He was removed to the County Hospital and medical attendance summoned, but mortification had set in before he could be brought here and he died at one o'clock yesterday afternoon. The funeral will be held today.”
May 23, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “A French employee of the island company was brought over from Santa Cruz Island Monday morning. He was very badly mangled and cut by a collision with a mowing machine. The circumstances could not be learned. He is at the County Hospital being attended by Dr. Knox.”
May 23, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Louis Raynal, a young Frenchman, died yesterday at the County Hospital from the effects of an injury received on Santa Cruz Island on Saturday while cutting hay. A team ran away, and he was caught in a mowing machine and badly cut. He was brought over in the morning, but it was too late to save his life.”
May 24, 1893 [LAT]: “Louis Raynal, the young Frenchman who was so severely injured by a mowing machine runaway on Santa Cruz Island Saturday, died at the County Hospital Monday evening. He was 22 years old.”
June 3, 1893 [MD]: “Louis Raynal, a young Frenchman, died at the County Hospital at Santa Barbara May 22 from injuries received on Santa Cruz Island while cutting hay. A team ran away and he was caught in a mowing machine and badly cut.”