This simple, but eerie little story appeared in the “Sacramento Bee,” July 31, 1894:
July 31—Mysterious death lurks In a big vineyard near Collis. Everybody has left the place and the authorities are preparing to begin a searching investigation of the premises.
On July 23d, Mrs L.M. Jacobs, a cook for the vineyard employees, was taken suddenly ill and died within twelve hours.
Two days later Superintendent Ring was stricken with a similar malady. He is still living but will probably die.
On Sunday last, A. Peterson, a vineyard workman, was taken ill in the same manner and died within thirty hours.
The physicians declare that both deaths were due to paralysis of the heart and that Ring is also stricken with a severe affection of the heart. The local medical fraternity is greatly puzzled.
If they ever found the reason why these people were stricken in such a similar manner, it does not seem to have been reported in the papers.