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Retired Naval Officer Expires Suddenly at His Home in Santa Barbara.

SANTA BARBARA, May 6.—Rear-Admiral Bowman H. McCalla, retired, died suddenly of apoplexy at 3:30 o’clock this morning at his home in this city. He had not been ill and the fatal attack was unexpected. His wife and three daughters were at his bedside when the end came.

Rear-Admiral McCalla was retired on June 19, 1906 and came to Santa Barbara to spend his declining years, purchasing here a beautiful home. He took a foremost part in municipal affairs.

Funeral services will be held here Sunday afternoon. The body will be taken to Los Angeles and cremated.

Rear-Admiral McCalla was born at Camden, N.J., in 1844, entering the navy in 1861. His services during his almost thirty-nine years of active duty in all parts of the world were marked by conspicuous acts. His most brilliant achievements were in connection with the war with Spain and the Pekin relief column, of which he received signal recognition in the shape of a Congressional medal for distinguished service in battle and and also international acknowledgment of his labor through the bestowal on him of the Order of the Red Eagle by the German Emperor and another medal by the King of England. All this was on top of the excellent record in the Civil War.

His last active service in the navy was as commandant of the naval training station at Mare Island, Cal., and of the navy yard there.

San Francisco Examiner
May 7, 1910

For information about Admiral McCalla, read:

Bowman Hendry McCalla, a Fighting Sailor, by Paolo E. Coletta. Washington, D.C. : University Press of America, ©1979. 210 pp.

New Navy and New Empire: the Life and Times of John Grimes Walker, a dissertation by Daniel Howard Wicks. 1979.

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