From The Oakland Tribune, 30 May 1874
On Monday, May 18th, Mr. John Brown, a German, who had been living for several years on the divide between the Arroyo Honda and Calaveras Creek, some three miles from Calaveras Valley in Washington township, was found dead about a quarter of a mile from his house. He was lying under a log, which had evidently rolled on to him while he was chopping wood. He was probably killed on the previous Friday, as Mr. Brannan, who lives some distance farther up the divide, saw him on Friday morning. He requested Mr. Brannan to bring him a can of oil from town. Brannan left the can of oil at Brown's door, and on passing by on Monday morning was surprised to see the oil can just where he had left it on Friday, when search was made and the dead body was found, as above stated.