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Drowned in Wine.

Calmero Giovanoni, a native of Switzerland, aged 65 years, was drowned in a wine vat in Soledad township, near Newhall, either Wednesday or Thursday.

Giovanoni had been missed for several days and no one knew where he was. His friends became anxious about him and instituted a search. Rancher J.C. Haskell discovered his body in the wine vat. There were only fourteen inches of wine in the vat. The dead man had been tramping the grapes. The theory is that he was overcome by the fumes and became unconscious. He fell down and death ensued from drowning in the grape juice.

Coroner Weldon went up and investigated the case. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the facts above given. The deceased owned eighty acres of land in Soledad township. He left no immediate family.

Webmaster's note.

We don't know where this occurred; J.C. (John) Haskell's discovery of the body tells us it might have been in the Haskell Canyon section of Saugus. Soledad Township was the county's designation for the Santa Clarita Valley and neighboring communities. Eighty acres would be one-half of an original homestead.

Courtesy of Lauren Parker.

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