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Kate Kirk

Female - 1950

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  • Name Kate Kirk 
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Feb 1950  Glendale, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4420  Rossville
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Family H.R. Kirk 
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2017 14:57:43 
    Family ID F5190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Obituary- Kirk, Kate
    Obituary- Kirk, Kate
    The following newspaper account tells of the death of Mrs. H. R. Kirk who with her husband once had a Grocery store in Rossville. They traded the store to the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander in the fall on 1904, for a farm near Linwood. It was a profitable trade for them and later they moved to California and become wealthy.

    The store was in a building approximately on the site of the building occupied by the Grand Café.

    Glendale, Feb. 13 – Detectives, still without a motive in the murder of wealthy 84-year old Mrs. Kate Kirk, canvassed her neighborhood today in a search for clews [sic] to her assailant.

    Brutally beaten about the head, apparently by fists, and her hands and legs tied by cord, Mrs. Kirk’s body was found yesterday (Feb. 11) on the floor of her home at 1200 Monterey road.

    Detective Lieutenant W. Gidney set the time of the murder between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. last Thursday (Feb. 9).

    Mrs. S. J. Pattison, of 618 Galer St., a next-door neighbor was the last person to see the elderly widow alive. She said she saw her walking “faster than usual” toward the intersection of Monterey and Glendale boulevard at 5:05 p.m.

    The slayer apparently was not interested in money or other valuables, Gidney said, because he failed to take cash from her purse or rummage through the house.

    Mrs. Kirk owned property valued at more than $100,000. She had withdrawn almost $5000 from her checking account during the last two years, leaving only a small balance, Gidney said.

    Mrs. Kirk was in the habit of taking long nocturnal walks, returning to her home around midnight, Gidney said.

    He discounted the possibility that the murderer may have accosted her during a stroll.

    An autopsy was performed on the body yesterday by Dr. Richard O. Meyers of the coroner’s oce. Results will be made known later.