"Old Ernest" was the nickname or alias of a man whose body was found by laborers on the Banister Ranch on January 28, 1889. An inquest was held by Squire Shan and the jury returned a cause of death verdict as being natural. "Old Ernest", who was described as a "foreigner" in the local press and "eccentric" due to the unrevealed contents of his diary, is buried at the Shiloh Cemetery in Windsor, California.


  • $19 dollars.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Diary, which he kept a record of everything that occurred in his life.


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