ZURMUHLEN, William (1874-1918), Santa Cruz Island Company laborer in 1917 until his death December 19, 1918. He went to Santa Barbara with his war questionnaire, contracted influenza and died at age 44, leaving a balance of $74.29 in his island account. The City Directory of Santa Barbara, 1895-6 lists Will Zurmuhlen's residence at 208 E. Figueroa Street. At the time of his death he was widowed.
Zurmuhlen is buried in Santa Barbara at Calvary Cemetery (#1875).
In the News~
March 19, 1915 [SBMP]: “The inquest in the case of Belisario Valencia, who was drowned at Scorpion Harbor on February 23 last, and which was continued from last Sunday to get evidence not procurable at that time, was concluded last night at Gagnier’s Undertaking establishment. Seven witnesses who saw the accident in which Valencia lost his life in the water, were on hand at the inquest and testified as to the facts as they understood them… After hearing the evidence, the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death by drowning. The jury was composed of J. B. Armstrong, foreman; W. E. Lorimer, J. G. Wilson, W. S. Drebert, William Zurmuhlen, S. S. Kelly, Charles Wood and John Leon.”
September 11, 1917 [SCICo]: “Valdez, Ed. Espinoza and Zurmuhlen are leaving because of a drunken row at the Sur on Sunday, which was continued into Monday. Zurmuhlen was sober, but his feelings were hurt when we went to the Sur Monday night and waked him up to bring Valdez and Espinoza to the Main Ranch. The order was given to Valdez and Zurmuhlen about 4 P.M. to move to the Main Ranch at once. We waited for them until 8 P.M. and then went and got them…”
March 26, 1918 [SCICo]: “Derickson (Surveyor) and Zurmuhlen and Ferl leave the Company employ.”
July 2, 1918 [SCICo]: “Montani, Cuate Espinosa, Hammond, Pico, Dalo and Zurmuhlen are going to Santa Barbara this trip over the Fourth...”
October 12, 1918 [SCICo]: “The War Department ruled that exemption could be claimed in any one of four ways... The other men who registered were Bortolazzo, Cavalini, Franchetti, Hammond, Bruno, Zurmuhlen and Novero... Zurmuhlen is a skilled ranch hand in the use of horses and farm machinery…”
November 11, 1918 [SCICo]: “...It happens that Zurmuhlen is obliged to go with his Questionnaire and Lombardi is leaving... Men are scarce...”
December 30, 1918 [SCICo]: “Zurmuhlen, who went to Santa Barbara with his Questionnaire, died on the 20th from influenza. He has a balance of $74.29. Must this be sent to the Public Administrator or can we send it to his daughter, to whom we have made other checks payable?”