Mariposa Gazette, August 31, 1912
A Hornitos Pioneer Dead.
Joseph Spagnoli, a resident of Hornitos and a pioneer of this county, passed away at his home last Tuesday. Deceased was a native of Switzerland and 83 years of age. Mr. Spagnoli was a millman by occupation and for many years followed this occupation, particularly at the Washington and No. 9 mines, near Hornitos. He was at one time the owner of the Mt. Gaines mine at Quartzberg. He had been sick but a few
days and his death was due to old age.
He leaves a widow, three daughters Mrs. Luiu Gordon of Lodi, Mrs. Lida Guest of Hornitos and Mrs. Binhan who lives near Stockton, and one son, J. W. Spagnoli of Hornitos. The funeral was held in Hornitos on Thursday, being under the auspices of the Hornitos Lodge of Masons, of which he was a member.