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Man Orphaned in 1906 Quake Becomes 68th Victim of 1989 Earthquake

April 13, 1990

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ A 90-year-old man who was left an orphan in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake became unofficially the 68th victim of last October’s quake.

John James McDonald died April 6 at Monterey Convalescent Hospital, where he was moved after being treated for head injuries at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.

McDonald was found injured in his apartment in Belmont, 25 miles south of San Francisco, two days after the Oct. 17 earthquake. Friends who had been unable to reach him by telephone alerted the manager of the building where he lived.

Shirley Wedlake, who had known McDonald more than 50 years, said he never talked much about the 1906 earthquake which left him an orphan at age 6.

″All he knew was that he was picked up by someone and taken in and raised for a few years. He wasn’t even sure that his name was McDonald,″ she said. ″He took the name of the family that took him in.″

McDonald worked as a machinist and later as a security guard. He left no survivors.

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