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Sacramento Evening Bee

Friday, January 20, 1905



Chairman of Tehama Supervisors Is Emphatic in Denial

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), January 20 - Three felony complaints against Supervisor G.W. VESTAL were threshed out yesterday before Justice of the Peace BRANSFORD, and the end of the litigation is not yet in sight. It is alleged that the county official accused of irregularity is interested and complicated in a certain meat contract awarded to William HENNING two years ago, and continued for another year because the county could not do better by advertising for bids.

  The preliminary examination was begun by the complaining witness, R. Lee BLACK, testifying to the complaint, and then the fun commenced. The District Attorney was represented by Colonel GARTER, and the defense was supported by the combined efforts of Attorneys JOHNSON and COFFMAN.

  County Clerk FISH identified a claim signed with the name HENNING, and dated April 8, 1904. The prosecution sought to prove that Mr. Vestal made out the claim and signed the oath required to be taken. The questions asked the County Clerk as to the identity of the handwriting were ruled out by Justice Bransford, and a lot of immaterial matters were discussed.

  After the midday adjournment Samuel CAMERON, formerly an employe of the Vestal Company, but now in business for himself, was a star witness for the prosecution, but in the shuffle he got lost somewhat. He admitted that he was a business rival of Mr. Vestal, and declared upon his oath that he had worked as hard as he was able to secure the defeat of the Supervisor in his campaign for re-election last Fall. The witness was rather unsatisfactory in his replies, and made, it is said, such an exhibition of his animus in the case that his testimony, it is generally thought, will have little weight.

  Mr. Cameron declared that he had overheard the defendant and his son, Rolla Vestal, talking after the election which resulted in Mr. Vestal’s being chosen to fill the unexpired term of the late Chairman BURRESS, and the young man said to his father:

 “Now that you are elected a Supervisor, we cannot legally supply the County Hospital with meat.”

  The reply alleged to have been given is as follows:

 “That’s all right; we’ll get Henning to take the contract.”

  The last-named was then employed by the Vestals. Henning told a story that he had contemplated going into the butcher business, but that later, having changed his mind, he went into the hotel business.

  It was alleged by the defense that Cameron had been discharged by Mr. Vestal for drunkenness, and that his enmity had been caused thereby.

  Vestal swore that he had not signed his name to a certain warrant, and had never seen it; in fact, had taken no active part in the contract, he said, beyond filing the bid and securing the bond for $250, as required by law.

  Colonel Garter questioned as to the handwriting on the various claims filed in the County Clerk’s office in regard to this matter. There was some sort of an authorization in the contract. The District Attorney alleges that there was a very intimate relation between the Supervisor and the meat contract, rather more than the law permits.

  An attempt was made by the prosecution to impeach the testimony of Mr. Henning, who had been introduced as a witness, but the opposing attorneys combatted that proposition so energetically that the case was brought to an abrupt close for the day.

  It is in progress here this morning.



YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), January 20 - The Women’s Improvement Club of this city is a most aggressive organization. Its members are firm believers in the theory of “where there is a will there is a way,” and hardly a week passes but one or more of them devise some novel way of raising funds for the new public hall which the Club has set about to build.

  The latest plan to increase the hall funds was inaugurated by Mrs. W.H. CHISM and Mrs. E.J. WHITE. They induced a local stock buyer, W.H. CHISM, to give them a pig, and then promptly disposed of $15 worth of tickets or chances. Yesterday the sales were closed, and the winning number made known. The pig would sell in the markets for $5, but as the money received is for a worthy cause, no one should accuse the women of being “hoggish.”

  There is already about $1500 raised for the hall, and it begins to look as though it would be built. But the club women can’t claim all the credit, for the pig will have played his part.


MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 20 - John MEDILL, who died in the Sisters’ Hospital at Sacramento yesterday, was a resident of this city, where he was employed as sexton of the Catholic Church. Cancer of the stomach was the cause of his passing. He was a native of San Francisco.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), January 20 - Hatless, coatless, without shoes or stockings, Mike HICKEY, a miner who had been employed at the Bully Hill Mine for the last three months, was found wandering in the storm yesterday just above Bear Valley, ten miles form the scene of his employment.

  He was taken in out of the storm by Deputy Sheriff J.T. WEEKS and brought to Redding for examination as to his sanity.

  When picked up it was presumed that the apparently demented miner had been out in the storm all night, but it was later learned that he had applied in the early evening at the home of William WELSH, at Horse Creek, two miles from Bully Hill, for shelter.

  This was gladly given him, but at 3 o’clock in the morning he ran from the house into the night, without coat, hat, shoes or stockings, and is said to have kept up a fast pace through the storm down the road, through Copper City and nearly to Bear Valley, where he was forced to slow up from fatigue.



Georgetown Man Is Acquitted By Jury After Telling His Story

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), January 20 - The trial of Adolph SCHLEUSCHEN for assault with intent to murder came to an end yesterday, after occupying the attention of the Superior Court during four days. The jury brought in a verdict acquitting the defendant.

  The evidence showed that Schleuschen had been on a protracted spree and that he had threatened several people. He went home while intoxicated, saying that he had a dandy “Winchester” and would clean out the place.

  His aunt was in a room adjoining Schleuschen’s bedroom when he entered the latter room and took up the rifle and began to fill the magazine.

  While he was working with the gun, his aunt, whom he had threatened before, heard a shot and a bullet came through the wall and struck near her.

  Later Schleuschen was arrested and taken before the Justice of the Peace.

  On his examination, Schleuschen said he was guilty, and he would have to stand for it.

  On trial before the Superior Court however, Schleuschen claimed he had no recollection of having fired any shots; that he thought at the time of his arrest he was wanted for being drunk, and that his confession referred to this supposed charge.

  No evidence was produced on behalf of the prosecution tending to show any direct intent to kill.

  A motion by the defense that the jury be directed to acquit was denied. 

  After being out for half an hour, the jury brought in a verdict of “not guilty,” and the defendant was discharged.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), January 20 - John F. HICKEN, a well-known Roseville man, had a narrow escape from being robbed here last night. Mr. Hicken registered at one of the hotels and remained there for the night. In the morning he discovered that $30, all the money he had with him, was gone.

  He searched the room diligently to make sure he had not dropped it, and then went into a confidential conference with the hotel man.

  The bonafice was positive that no robbery had been committed and suggested that Mr. Hicken might have placed the money in his shoe. Accordingly Hicken removed his footwear to find a ten and twenty dollar piece snugly tucked away in the bottom of his shoe.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), January 20 - Another case of smallpox has been discovered here, and the health authorities are taking precautions to prevent any further spread of the disease.

  Mrs. E.T. ROBIE is the latest to be afflicted with the disease, though the case is not a severe one.

  The Health Officer will thoroughly fumigate the school buildings as a precaution.



WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), January 20 - The jury that is to determine whether Fred SHOCK is guilty of murder in killing Louis WINKELREID was completed yesterday and the taking of evidence was begun this morning , on the fourth day of the trial.

  During the first two days of the trial only four jurors were accepted. Rapid progress was made yesterday. Twenty-nine talesmen were examined and the following eight jurors, completing the jury, were obtained: J.S. POST, William GRIBBLE, W.B. TESTY, D.C. DEDRICK, G.P. DAVIS, George L. BAILEY, J.H. BRANNAN and Thomas C. POST.


Submitted by Betty Loose



Sacramento Evening Bee

Tuesday January 24, 1905


            Thirty-five Years Is Rose’s Sentence

AUBURN (Placer Co.), January 24 - Charles ROSE has pleaded guilty to the crime of robbery, the prisoner being one of the three men who robbed and gagged Hammon MOORE, an old man who keeps a roadside saloon. The crime was committed about a month ago. Rose was captured by the officers on Dry Creek.

  He was arraigned and pleaded guilty. When asked if he had anything to say before being sentenced he said he thought some leniency should be shown as he had saved the county the expense of a trial by acknowledging his guilt, and was ready to identify his companions if the officers could secure them.

  The Court, in passing sentence, said that at the present time the prisoner’s offer was an unimportant one, and did not affect his standing in the case. Judge PREWETT, however, stated that if the prisoner was instrumental in bringing the other two men to justice he would intercede to have his sentence commuted.

  The prisoner’s previous character was bad, and the crime in which he participated an unusually atrocious one.

  The Court sentenced Rose to thirty-five years in San Quentin.


            Electric Power For Kennett and Smelter

KENNETT (Shasta Co.), January 24 - Twenty thousand volts of electricity are now on tap at the Mammoth Mine and smelter. The Northern California Power Company has completed its four-mile power line from the substation at the Balakiala Mine to its new substation at the Mammoth. The current was turned on yesterday for the first time. It will not be used for a while, as the Mammoth Company has not yet got its air compressors in position. The Northern California Power Company has a long-term contract with the Mammoth Company. The line will now be extended to Kennett proper, a distance of a mile and a half, and the town will be supplied with electric lights as well as such power as may be needed.


            Arrested on Charge of Selling Indians Whisky

ALTURAS (Modoc Co.), January 24 - Several Indians of various ages were celebrating in this place a few nights ago as a result of having obtained five and a half quarts of white man’s fire water. The later hours of the night were made hideous with their yells. They probably obtained their supply of liquor through the agency of an individual named FARRINGTON. Last night it occurred to him he could make some money buying cheap whisky and selling it to the Indians at a big price. This he did to the extent mentioned. Farrington was arrested by the Town Marshal and lodged in jail. It is hoped a conviction can be secured as it is believed he is an old offender in this line.

   The Indians of this vicinity are of a quiet, industrious nature, except on occasions when furnished liquor by some unprincipled person. Then they are of a troublesome and dangerous turn, frequently to the extent of murder. Fortunately, as yet, the murders are confined to their own people. At this time it is not known whether or not any serious results have followed as an outcome of their latest spree.



Sex Saves Her From Punishment and a License Is Granted

LINCOLN (Placer Co.), January 24 - The City Council was called together last evening to take some action upon the granting of a saloon license to Mrs. William PARKER, who has always been a great non-believer in the saloon proposition, but who now thinks she could run a saloon at a profit to herself on account of having opened a new boarding house. A saloon would be a good adjunct to her boarding- house business, she thinks.

  It seems that the town ordinance demands that a good and sufficient bond in the sum of $2000 be given to conduct an orderly and law-abiding house, and the same must be passed on by the City Council before a license can be granted. This formality Mrs. Parker failed to observe, but started in to do business without the consent of the Council, which act has greatly incensed some of the members of that body.

  They summoned Mrs. Parker before them and gave her to understand that she was violating the laws of the city. She pleaded ignorance in the matter, and made a nice little talk to the Trustees, who finally granted her a license, the vote standing three to two. The Trustees say that if the offender had been a man he would probably have fared differently.

  Regardless of this case, Lincoln should have, many think, just such an ordinance as some of her sister towns, and restrict the number of saloons in her borders. As it is now, this place has more than a sufficiency, in the opinion of the citizens.

            Sutter’s Armless Hunter Dies of Heart Disease

YUBA CITY (Sutter C.), January 24 - C.I. BAIRD, known all over Superior California as the armless hunter, died of heart disease yesterday in his cabin on the tules near Verona, this county. He was brought to Yuba City on the afternoon train by his father, Fritz BAIRD. An inquest was demanded and Coroner ROWE soon summoned a jury, who found that death resulted from natural causes. Baird was 27 years of age, and a native of Illinois.

  Several years ago he had the misfortune of losing both arms in a threshing machine. One arm was taken off near the shoulder, and the other just below the elbow. He was a well-known marksman, and won special prizes in shooting tournaments held in Marysville, Colusa and Red Bluff. He manipulated the gun with a set of strong wire hooks fastened to both arm stubs. He had been engaged by a gun company to tour the State during the coming Summer and advertise its arms. He was a favorite among the hunters and marksmen of this vicinity.


            Henry Malloch and Miss McGuire Wed To-morrow

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 24 - The home of Ex-Supervisor McGUIRE and wife will be the scene of a happy event at noon to-morrow when their popular and talented daughter, Miss Ella, will become the bride of Henry Malloch, who until recently was the manager of the woolen mills. Rev. M. COLEMAN of St. Joseph’s Church will tie the nuptial knot. Miss Nona McGUIRE, a sister of the bride-elect, will be the bridesmaid and Archie MALLOCH, a brother of the groom, will be best man.

  Mr. and Mrs. Malloch will at once take up a permanent residence in San Francisco, where he has accepted a position under John MARTIN, the electrical and railway promoter.

  A silver shower in honor of the bride-to-be was given by Mrs. Zan FRYE last night. The guests each presented Miss McGuire with a souvenir spoon.


            Hit by Heavy Iron Ball, School Boy May Not Live

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 24 - While at play in the yard at the Marysville High School yesterday, Harvey WISEMAN, a scholar who recently came from the Tudor District, was struck in the forehead with a heavy iron ball, and is now in a precarious condition from concussion of the brain.

  Young Wiseman with other boys were “putting the shot” when the accident occurred. He is 18 years old and lives with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William N. Wiseman, at the corner of D and Eighth Streets. He was considered an all-round athlete.


            Died at Stockton

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 24 - Irma L. DANIELS, a grand-daughter of the late T.J. SHERWOOD, died at Stockton yesterday after a brief illness. She was a native of this city and aged 18. The remains have been brought to this city for interment.


            Child Takes Poison in Presence of His Mother

ORLAND (Glenn Co.), January 24 - Edmund, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John SCRIBNER, of this place, narrowly escaped death Sunday from poison. That the child is now alive is due to the fact that his mother witnessed the taking of the poison. The boy found a tablet containing a high percentage of mercury and attempted to swallow it. The mercury burned his mouth and tongue so much that he cried for some water. As soon as his mother realized what he had taken, she grabbed the little fellow up and ran to a doctor who administered to him and saved his life. This is the second time the child has narrowly escaped death from taking poison.


            Favor Third Judge

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 24 - Attorneys of this county are in favor of establishing the office of a third Superior Judge and a petition to that effect will be presented to the Legislature. There is an extra Court-room in the Court House, and the lawyers claim that sufficient legal business is transacted in this county to demand the appointment of a third Judge.


            Prostrated by Shock

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 24 - Miss Mary HARNEY, of this place, had a very unpleasant experience in Stockton Friday night. She was the bed-fellow of Miss Emily YOUNGBLOOD, the young woman who committed suicide when in apparent good spirits. Miss Harney was so prostrated by the death of the young woman that she was unable to testify at the Coroner’s inquest.

            Passed Forged Check

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 24 - A smooth individual passed a forged check on a Stockton saloon-keeper Saturday night bearing the name of Dave KETTELMAN, a prominent Lodi farmer. The paper was made out for $18.50. When Kettelman was informed that the check was in his name he immediately notified the saloonkeeper that it was a forgery, and a very poor one, too, for it did not resemble his chirography in the least.


            Train Crew Exonerated

NAPA (Napa Co.), January 24 - The jury sworn to look into the circumstances of the death of Manuel A. ALMADA, who was killed on the 12th instant by being run into by an engine, continued its deliberations Monday night, and after hearing the testimony of W.J. EDWARDS, the engineer, who stated that he gave the usual signals; and of G.C. MITCHELL, fireman; W.S. HILDEBRAND, conductor; W.L. HOLDER, brakeman; W.P. HENRY and S. JENSEN, brought in a verdict of accidental death, exonerating the train crew.


            Think Cliff a Bigamist

GRIDLEY (Butte Co.), January 24 - The local officers are firmly convinced that Frederick Cliff, a former Philippine soldier, who drifted into this place about three years ago, and a year later married Miss Mattie THOMPSON, who then resided in Gridley, is a bigamist.

  A woman, who also styles herself Mrs. Frederick Cliff, and who, if she is the wife of the man suspected, must have married him before he came to Gridley, has written to Constable PORTER, asking if the whereabouts of Cliff are known to that officer. She resides in San Francisco, and until recently received regularly each quarter half of her husband’s pension of $12. By this means she was enabled to keep track of his movements, but since he has quit remitting she has lost all trace of him.

  Her description of the ex-soldier tallies exactly with the man who made this place his home for a number of months. Where he is now the officers do not know, but they intend to try to find out. His second wife, if it is true that Cliff married Miss Thompson without securing a divorce from the San Francisco woman, is now in Denver, where her parents live.


            Napa Valley Woman Dead

NAPA (Napa Co.), January 24 - Mrs. P. GRIDLEY, an aged and highly respected resident of Napa Valley, passed away at her home on the Dry Creek road Sunday. Her death was due to heart disease. She was a native of Indiana, aged 55 years. She leaves to mourn her loss, Mrs. J. KERCHER, Mrs. M. WEST, Mrs. J.C .DALY and E.J. Gridley, all of Napa, and Mrs. E. HERRING of Los Angeles. The funeral was held to-day at 2 o’clock from the home place.


            El Dorado Pioneer Is Called Across Divide

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), January 24 - Another member of the constantly diminishing body of pioneers has passed over the Great Divide. Yesterday Charles John ARVIDSON died at his residence in Placerville aged 87 years. Mr. Arvidson came to California from Stockholm, Sweden, in 1850, and shortly afterward arrived in El Dorado County. He went to work as a carpenter and then took up his business as a silver-smith and jeweler, his place of business having been on Main Street, Placerville. For over forty-six years he has resided in the house in which he died, and in which he was married. His widow and two daughters, living in Placerville, survive him. Mr. Arvidson had been in failing health for several months and the end was not unexpected. A large number of devoted friends mourn his death.


Reno Citizen Marries a Placerville Woman

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), January 24 - Ross PIERCE, eldest son of George E. Pierce, the popular County Treasurer of this county, was married yesterday to Miss Cora CAMP, a well-known young woman if this city. The young couple went to Sacramento yesterday morning and were married there. From that place they went to Reno, where they will reside. Mr. Pierce is one of the proprietors of the Pierce Abstract System and is in charge of the branch office at Reno.



Mrs. Harper Still Lives Despite Attack by Negro

RENO (Nev.), January 24 - The coat and hat worn by Levi WEBBER, the negro on the night that he assaulted Mrs. James E. HARPER, of this place, have been found by the officers in a haystack three miles above Reno, where the black brute spent the early hours of the morning in slumber after committing his crime. The officers also found in the haystack a long, single-barreled shotgun which the fellow was carrying and which he probably had with him on the night he entered the Harper home.

  In his confession Webber stated that he had slept in the haystack after crushing the skull of the woman with an axe, and it was when he arose to make his way across the Sierra that he was met by a farmer named George HAZLETT who captured him and the point of a shotgun.

  There was no blood on any of the clothing and it is remarkable that he could have mutilated the woman as he did and then carried her from the house to the woodshed without soiling his clothing with blood.

  Webber is still in the prison at Carson for safe-keeping where he will be kept until public sentiment allays in Reno. He does not seem to suffer from remorse and talks calmly of his terrible act. Mrs. Harper is still alive and will recover, her physicians say, unless inflamation of the brain sets in.

Submitted by Betty Loose


The Evening Bee

Sacramento Thursday January 26, 1905


            Justifiable Stabbing

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 26 - Frankie SMITH, the colored woman charged with the stabbing of J. SANCHEZ, a Mexican sheepherder, was discharged from the City Jail yesterday, the officers having satisfied themselves that the woman did the act while in fear of bodily injury, and while the man was making threats to demolish a portion of her abode to effect an entrance.

  The trial of Charles HALL, a recent arrival from Woodland, charged with appropriating the bank roll of “Kid” YOUNG’s faro game under pretense that the latter had sent him for it, occupied the attention of Judge RALSH and a jury in the Police Court to-day. Ed. WALLS, in whose saloon the alleged theft was committed, is the Complaining witness.            


            Demented Butte Woman

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 26 - Mrs. Nancy SINDEN, a former resident of Butte County, whose mind has given way under the weight of her years, has been taken into custody at the instance of her husband, and charged with insanity. The complainant states that the old lady, who is 75 years, spent eight months in a sanitarium before coming to Marysville, because of her mental condition. They have been residing at the home of J.C. GILLESPIE while there.

  Ed. SULLIVAN, a young man who recently served a term in the County Jail, is in custody for the same reason.


            Tule Border Lands Show Paying Values in Gold

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 26 - Assays made of sand taken from seventeen wells drilled along the tule belt in Sutter County by Joseph MOORE, who is prospecting lands for the owners, return an average value of $6.69 per ton.

  The tests were made over a distance of five miles for the purpose of ascertaining the value of the land for dredge mining. Along the Yuba River, where extensive mining operations are now in progress, the gravel pays from ten cents to sixty cents per ton, and is considered rich.

  No gold was known to exist in Sutter County prior to these discoveries, but ancient river channels were discovered containing rich deposits of the yellow metal. Dredging will not injure the land, as there is no gravel in the soil. The gold is found in black sand, at a depth of twelve feet.


            Uncle Tom’s Cabin Burned

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), January 26 - News has just reached Placerville that “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” the popular road house on the Lake Tahoe stage road was burned to the ground last Thursday. The place was the property of Charles SHULTZ, of Coloma. The house and all its contents were a total loss. This is the second hotel Mr. Shultz has lost by fire in less than two years.


            Miner Injured

EL DORADO (El Dorado Co.), Janaury 26 - M. KELLY, a timberman in the Havilla Mine, eight miles below here, met with a painful accident yesterday. He was coming up from the 400-foot level, when a piece of timber which he held caught against the side of the shaft. He pulled the belt cord with his right hand, and the skip came to a stop in time to save the man’s life. His left hand was badly crushed between the bucket and the timber, crushing the thumb and lacerating the palm.


            Soon Followed Mother

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), January 26 - Mrs. E.M. DU FOUR, of Minshew, died in Oroville yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.S. SWEZY. Five daughters - Mrs. J.A. HUNTINGTON and Mrs. SWEZY, of Oroville; Mrs. C.W. RICHARDSON and Mrs. G.F. SMITH, of Chico, and Mrs. F.B. HEDGE, of Nimshew - survive her. The remains have been shipped to Chico, where the funeral will take place Friday. The mother of the deceased died in Yuba City only about two weeks ago.


            Fred Shock Found Guilty of Manslaughter by Jury

WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), January 26 - After being out eight hours the jury in the Fred Shock murder trial returned a verdict of manslaughter last evening at 6:30. This means that Shock may be sentenced to from one to ten years imprisonment for killing Louis WINKELRIED, near Hayfork, on the 9th of last November.

  The verdict of manslaughter is very satisfactory to Fred Shock himself and his attorney, both of whom now say that they had feared , if not anticipated, a conviction of the more serious crime. The jury received four forms of verdict - first -degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter and acquittal.

  It is not known how the jurors stood on the first ballot, for they agreed among themselves that they would not reveal the score.

  The trial lasted eight days. It is estimated that it has cost the county about $500. That is pretty light expense account.


            Well-known Woman Dead

ORLAND (Glenn Co.), January 26, Mrs. W.W. THOMAS, an old resident of this place, died yesterday after a lingering illness. Deceased was one of the best known women of Glenn County and leaves a host of friends to mourn with her many relatives over the passing of a noble woman.

  Mrs. Thomas was formerly Mrs. A. GREENWOOD, one of the pioneers of Colusa County. Her maiden name was HARVEY. She leaves two children - W.A. Greenwood, of Orland, and Mrs. L.P. BEHRENS, of Redwood City. Several brothers and sisters survive her. The funeral services will be conducted from the Baptist Church, Friday.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), January 26 - The Harrison Gulch townsite case has been dragging along through the Superior Court for nine days. This is the case in which locators of the Bonanza mining claim seek to eject the residents of the town of Harrison Gulch from their property and collect several thousand dollars in the way of damages and back rent, alleged to be due.

  The taking of evidence was almost completed yesterday, but the case had to be continued indefinitely on account of other cases on the calendar. The Harrison Gulch case will have another inning when the Court can find time to hear it.

  The fact is, Shasta County has too much business for one Superior Court Judge to handle. During the past two weeks Judge HEAD has held night sessions almost every day in order to expedite business.

  Four evening sessions have been devoted exclusively to insane examinations, one for each evening, and to-night another insane examination will be held - that of August JOHNSON, who was brought down from Delta Tuesday evening. Ah MOH, Chinese, was examined and committed to the Napa Asylum.


            Wants Back His Money

LODI (San Joaquin Co.) January 26 - George FOX, of Clements, in Northern San Joaquin, who is a prominent race horse owner, went to Stockton Tuesday night and made a good fellow of himself to the extent that he passed around bills of large denominations to members of the demimonde of the county seat. Now he wants his money back and has preferred charges against the soiled doves who accepted the gifts of currency.



            Lodi Man Chairman

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 26 - The members of the German Lutheran Churches throughout the San Joaquin Valley are in session at Stockton in the annual District Convention. Rev. F. HAGIST, of Lodi, has been elected Chairman of the Conference. The gathering will adjourn to-day.


            Lodi’s New Opera House

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 26 - To-night Lodi’s new opera house will be opened by the Tivoli Opera Company in “King Dodo.” This opera house is the finest building between Stockton and Sacramento. It is modern in every detail and cost $30,000. Lodi has been without a public hall for over six years, the old opera house having been burned down.

Submitted by Betty Loose



Sacramento Evening Bee

Tuesday, January 17, 1905



Murder Trial of Fred Shock Promises To Last Long and Prove Expensive

WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), January 17 - The Fred SHOCK murder trial was called in the Superior Court yesterday morning and as the close of the day’s proceedings thirty-four prospective jurors had been examined. Eleven of them were excused for cause and after the defense and prosecution had exercised their peremptory challenges only two men were found to be accepted as jurors. They are F.W. HARVEY, of Minerville, and F.R. GIDDINGS, of Trinity Center.

  The case will be a long one. The attorney for the defense predicts that it will be well toward the end of next week before the case is given to the jury. There are a large number of reputation witnesses to be examined.

  The crime for which Shock is being tried was committed on November 9th last, and a full and accurate report of the tragedy was published in The Bee of November 10th.

  Shock had heard that Louis WINKELRIED, a miner employed on MYERS & MACK’s mine on Salt Creek, above Hay Fork, had been spreading false reports about him. In company with two friends he went to the mining claim to have a “settlement” with Winkelried. Before going he made, it is said, a billy of iron and put it in his pocket.

  Arriving at the claim he soon engaged Winkelreid in a quarrel and before bystanders realized what was being done, Shock, it is charged, dealt several blows with his billy upon Winkelried’s head. Winkelried died two hours later.

  At the preliminary examination Shock did not deny that he had killed Winkelried, but he claimed that he struck to kill only when he thought Winkelried was about to draw a weapon form his hip pocket.

  Winkelried was unarmed at the time.



UKIAH (Mendocino Co.), January 17 - Two men were seriously hurt Saturday while working at the sawmill near Fort Bragg. S.S. RICE, while oiling the band mill, fell twelve feet, and onto the saw. The saw was in motion and Rice was badly cut up. He had forty-five stitches taken in his back, and is now in a serious condition.

  Herman WOLRATH, while working at the same mill, was struck by a car while making a flying switch, and seriously hurt, the flesh being torn from his leg from the thigh to the knee. His back was injured, also.



COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), January 17 - Mrs. J.H. CAMPBELL, wife of J.H. Campbell, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. SCHUMAN, of this place, died at her home yesterday about noon. Mrs. Campbell had been in poor health for several years.

  She is a woman of middle age and leaves her aged parents, a husband and daughter and many friends to mourn her loss.

  Until a late hour yesterday evening her husband, who is a commercial traveler, had not been located. When last heard from, about a week ago, he was at Goldfield, Nevada. Every effort is being made to find him.



NAPA (Napa CO.), January 17 - Manuel ALMADA, an aged and well-known citizen and property owner of Napa, died at the County Hospital yesterday from the effects of a distressing accident on the railroad near Thompson’s Station, three miles below Napa.

  Almada, who is quite deaf, rode down to Thompson’s Station from Napa on a passenger rain to visit a large ranch which he owns in that vicinity. After getting off at the station he walked down the track toward the ranch, and did not hear a freight train that was coming along at a rapid rate till he was on a trestle. He was unable to escape, and the train struck him, cutting off his right leg at the ankle.

  He was hastily brought to Napa on a freight train, and medical assistance was rendered, but he passed away to-day as the result of the injuries received. Almada was a native of Portugal, and was 65 years of age.



QUINCY (Plumas Co.), January 17, The North California Mining Company (H. H. YARD’s concern) has about 300 men at work in different sections of the county doing assessment work on mining claim locations.

  Quite a large number of claims belonging to the Northern California Company, Golden & Company, and other large claim-holders were relocated (jumped) about the 1st of January. This will doubtless result in some litigation.

  Most of the assessment work being done is putting up houses, building trails and roads, erecting telephone line, etc.



CHICO (Butte Co.), January 17 - Robert HAMILTON, residing on Humboldt Avenue, one mile from this city, while chopping wood yesterday cut a three-inch gash down the center of his left foot to such a depth that before medical assistance arrived he had fainted from loss of blood. He probably wound have bled to death had help not come speedily.



Former Sacramentan Meets Sudden Death in a Calaveras County Mine

ANGELS CAMP (Calaveras Co.), January 17 - James W. HEATH met a tragic death at the Lightner Mine last Wednesday while at work underground, near an open chute. His light was suddenly missed and upon a search by his fellow miners being made, it was discovered that he had fallen down the chute, a distance of seventy-five feet, striking on his head and shoulders. He was alive when found and tenderly hoisted to the surface and removed to his home, where he lingered twenty-eight hours, when death relieved him of his suffering.

  James Heath was raised in Sacramento County from early boyhood until about five years ago, when he removed to Angels Camp. He was an honest, upright Christian man, respected by all who knew him. He had worked as a trusted employe of the Lightner Mine and Milling Company for five years, and his sudden death has cast a gloom over the entire community.

  He leaves a wife and six little children to mourn his loss, besides a brother - John W. HEATH, of Michigan Bar, Sacramento County, and a sister, Mrs. H. WALKER, of San Francisco. His remains were laid to rest in the Altaville Cemetery on Friday, by the side of his little daughter, Mabel, who died three years ago.

Submitted by Betty Loose



Sacramento Evening Bee

Friday January 27, 1905



Store Robbed and Manager Temporarily Kidnaped by a Masked Man

COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), January 27 - A very mysterious robbery took place here a little after 9 o’clock last night, and while the masked man who was the principal actor in the affair secured only a few dollars, and a gold watch, the people of this place are much interested because of the peculiar incidents connected with the crime.

  As Arthur MUNTER, manager of the store of Carl Munter, who conducts a similar establishment at Anderson, near Redding, was on his way home about 9 o’clock last evening, just after he had locked up the store for the night, a masked man, with a pistol in his hand, halted him and said:

 Your name is Munter; go back and unlock the safe.”

  Munter at first demurred, but the robber threatened to shoot him if he did not obey and be quick about it. A small amount and Munter’s gold watch were secured. In the safe the stranger found a watch that belonged to the late Frederick WILSON, but he did not seem to fancy it, throwing it upon the floor and leaving it there.

  With his pistol still in his hand, the masked man told Munter he would have to accompany him down the road until it would be too late for him to give an alarm. There was nothing for Munter to do but obey. He was compelled to walk a distance of about three and one-half miles, and then was given permission to return to town. This he hastened to do and promptly gave the alarm on reaching here. To-day he is at Anderson prostrated by the shock of his experience.

  One of the strange features of the affair is that William ADDISON, a local blacksmith, witnessed the hold-up, but failed to interfere. He says he could not have done so without attracting the attention of the robber. He waited until the fellow had started down the road with Munter and then ran around to the different saloons and other places open to give the alarm.

  But the singular part of it is that no one would believe him. They thought he was trying to perpetrate a practical joke, and it was not until Munter returned to town that they were convinced a robbery had been committed. Men then started out on a scouting expedition, but failed to run across anything of value. The Sheriff’s office at Redding was notified.

  Whether the man who robbed the Munter store was a stranger or someone well acquainted with local conditions has not yet been determined. There are so many mystifying incidents connected with the commission of the crime that it is hard to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.


            Vineyard Association Elects Officers

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), January 27 - The Board of Directors of the Woodbridge Vineyard Association met this week and elected the following officers: J.C. THOMPSON, President; Frank PERROTT, Vice-President; F.B. MILLS, Secretary, and J. BRACK, Jr., Treasurer.

  The stockholders met and signed the by-laws and at the same time received their stock. One thousand shares of the par value of $100 per share were issued.

  The promulgators of the co-operative scheme feel that their scheme to obtain better prices for their wine grapes will meet with success. There is talk of other growers in districts adjacent to Lodi starting co-operative wineries.


            Strikes a Peculiar Gas Well on Sulphur Creek

COLUSA (Colusa Co.), January 27. While boring a well a few days ago, Tilden JONES, who conducts the Sulphur Creek Hotel, about twenty-five miles west of this place, was astonished, on reaching a depth of 200 feet, to hear an explosion. In a little while gas, water and rock came forth, being sent several feet in the air. A singular thing is that these explosions are being repeated every half hour to the minute. A lighted match applied to the gas causes a bright flame to spring into existence which continues to burn until extinguished.


            Marysville Citizen Stricken With Paralysis

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 27 - Andrew MEYER, a well-known citizen of this city, who has been in the tailoring business here for more that thirty-five years, was stricken with paralysis this morning, and the attending physicians say he cannot recover. His entire left side has been rendered helpless by the stroke. Part of his right side is also affected.


            New Mining Town

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 27 - The furniture for the new hotel at the site of the W.P. HAMMON dredgers on the Yuba River was hauled from this city yesterday. The naming of the town which has sprung up there in the last six months has been postponed until the return of W.P. Hammon from the East.


            Fifty Days in Jail

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 27 - Fifty days in the County Jail was the punishment Judge RAISH meted out to Charles HALL yesterday because of his appropriation of $40, the property of Kid YOUNG. There was no cash alternative.


Saturday Evening Bee

Friday January 27, 1905



 Offered a Bribe - It is alleged that Attorney HUTTON, of San Francisco, told the Grand Jurors that during his three years on the Police Board he could have enriched himself by over $100,000 if he had chosen to profit by the opportunities of graft offered him. He said he had received a direct offer to act as attorney for the owners of nickel-in-the-slot machines for a fee of $1000 a month to insure them against trouble with the Police Commission.


  Sympathy With Russia - The Episcopal Convention completed its regular session in San Francisco yesterday. Rt. Rev. Bishop NICHOLS delivered an address on divorce and remarriage, but no action was taken. A resolution was adopted expressing sympathy “for the distracted people of Russia in their present domestic troubles, with the earnest prayer that Almighty God may restore to them order out of chaos.”


  Funeral Directors - The State Funeral Directors of California unanimously decided at San Francisco yesterday to join the National Association just as soon as they are recognized by that body. The undertakers decided to meet next year in Los Angeles. The date of the Convention has been changed from January to the third Wednesday in October.


  Boyne Resigns - Fire Commissioner BOYNE has filed his resignation with Mayor SCHMITZ, of San Francisco. He assigned no reason for his action. According to representatives in political circles his resignation presages a number of changes in the personnel of local office holders. It is said that Boyne will become Secretary of the Police Commission, and that Supervisor FINN will be appointed to the vacancy caused by Boyne’s resignation.


  Engine Derailed - A North Shore work train was wrecked by the derailing of the engine at Camp Ristolesi, near San Rafael, last night. Conductor A.W. COMPERE was killed and Brakeman MARKHAM sustained a broken arm and sprained ankle.


  Packingham Dead - Sir Francis PACKINGHAM, uncle of the Earl of Longford, and a member of the British Diplomatic Corps, who arrived in San Francisco on Friday last on the steamer Manchuria from the Orient, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his brother-in-law, F.W. WARD, at Alameda. Sir Francis Packingham was a nephew of General Packingham, of the British army, who was killed at the battle of New Orleans in 1815.


  Killed by a Policeman - Several witnesses state that Jack THOMPSON, the 20-year-old son of O. Thompson, a United Railroads inspector, 1326 Jessie Street, San Francisco, was killed by Policeman Michael MURPHY Wednesday night in front of Woodward’s Pavilion. While the officer was chasing several young fellows away from the Pavilion, where the bull fight was in progress, injuries were sustained by Thompson which resulted in his death yesterday.


  Six Months for a Masher - John Harvey ROBINSON, a notorious and aggravating masher, was sentenced to six months in the County Jail by Judge MOGAN, of San Francisco, yesterday morning for disturbing the peace. It is Robinson’s custom to bother a great many girls he passes on the streets, using vile language to them and causing them much annoyance. The Judge in sentencing him said he wished he could give him ten years.


  Continued to Tuesday - The cases of R.A. CROTHERS and Fremont OLDER, proprietor and managing editor of the San Francisco Bulletin, who were cited by Judge COOK for alleged contempt of Court, were yesterday continued until next Tuesday.


  Burned to Death - In a small room in the rear of the Golden Gate Hotel at 1619 Tonquin Street, San Francisco, Oscar NELSON was burned to a crisp yesterday by a blaze that started in the apartment where he slept.


  Passed Worthless Check - Burton R. JONES, who claims to be a recent arrival from Los Angeles, was arrested by Detective McGRAYAN in San Francisco, and is registered on the detinue book at the City Prison. Jones’ accuser is Frank RUSSELL, who conducts a saloon at 627 Pacific Street, and he charges the prisoner with cashing a worthless check for $17.30 at his establishment.


  Gold Discovery Anniversary - The anniversary of the discovery of gold in California was celebrated by the Society of California Pioneers at their hall in San Francisco Tuesday night.


  Morphine Poisoning - Morphine, taken probably with suicidal intent, caused the death of Mrs. Lillian VINCIND in San Francisco, Wednesday. “Swiftwater Bill,” who formerly resided in East Oakland and who made and lost several fortunes in the Klondike, is said to have been the indirect cause of the tragedy. “Swiftwater Bill” has a record for heart-breaking. He has been married several times, and divorced as often. It was Mrs. Vincind who “Staked” him for his Klondike trip.


  Wants a Guardian - In the belief that Joseph BOARDMAN, octogenarian millionaire, is about to give away almost his entire estate, his woung (sic) and pretty wife, to whom he was married in 1899, has filed a petition in Oakland to have a guardian appointed of his person and estate. She married him when he was nearly 80 years of age, and she was only 17. One child is the result of the union.


  San Francisco Banks - The Bank Commission has issued a report on the financial condition of the twelve savings banks of San Francisco. These institutions are in a prosperous condition, having gained $2,667,699 in resources and $3,374,386 in deposits since August 18th of last year.


  New Orleans Arrives - The United States cruiser New Orleans, Commander Giles B. HARBER, arrived at San Francisco to-day from Guan via Honolulu and immediately proceeded to the Mare Island Navy Yard.


  Deserted by Husband - For nearly a week in San Francisco five children, all under 10 years of age, have been trying to take care of a mother bedridden and nearly demented by grief and worry at the desertion of her husband, Oscar OHLSON. Yesterday the woman suddenly became blind and lost her reason altogether.


  Lively Meeting - Arguments that at times became heated, mingled with personalities of an interesting character, marked the session of the Republican City Central Committee of Berkeley held last night. Chairman THOMAS’ plan to have the coming city convention delegates nominated by the precinct clubs of the town was strenuously opposed, and eventually overruled by the Committee.


  Rob the Till - Two masked men entered the Oak Saloon, at Franklin and Oak Streets, San Francisco, early this morning, locked the proprietor in a back room and then took all the money from the till, amounting to about $7 or $8.

Submitted by Betty Loose


Sacramento Saturday Bee

January 28, 1905



Two More Jurymen Secured, Making Seven in All - Adjournment Until Monday Morning

AUBURN (Placer Co.), January 28 - Adolph WEBER’s sense of humor, such as it is, has not been dimmed by the grave charges against him, nor by the proceedings now going on in Court, upon the issue of which his life, in all probability depends.

  This morning he showed amusement upon several occasions and at one time was fairly convulsed with laughter. This was when Herman OEST was being questioned by the attorneys relative to his qualifications to serve as a juryman. Mr. Oest, for reasons best known to himself, was inclined to make humorous answers, and he succeeded by so doing in causing the prisoner to laugh as though he were thoroughly amused.

            Seven Jurors Now

   Two more jurymen were secured this morning, making seven in all as follows: F.J. WALL, T.W. BERRY, De Witt PORTER, William PHILLIPS, J.H. CHUBB, James DOHERTY and F.E. COLBURN.

  Twenty-three names were left in the venire when the Court adjourned at noon until next Monday morning at 9 o’clock. Seventeen more were taken from the jury box with orders that the jurors be returned Tuesday morning.

            Johnson Returns

   Grove L. JOHNSON, one of the attorneys for the defense, left on No. 5 this morning for Sacramento, where he goes to consult his physician.

  Few spectators attended to-day’s session of the Court. Interest will not be awakened until the case is under way in dead earnest, which will not be until the jury has been secured and the preliminaries gotten out of the way.

            Questions Asked Jurors

 The Weber trial yesterday was somewhat dry and uninteresting. Nothing of an exciting or interesting nature occurred. The large number of jurors lounged about the corridors awaiting their summons in the Court-room to answer as to their qualifications to sit as judges of the defendant’s guilt or innocence.

  The manner of examining jurors separately somewhat mystified the men, many of whom were curious to know the line of questions put to those who came from the Court-room either temporarily passed or finally excused. Sever jurors expressed themselves as unwilling to serve; others were emphatic in their opposition to the death penalty, and still others had formed opinions too strong to be swerved, and were accordingly dismissed.

            Newspaper Reports

  Each prospective juror is questioned closely as to what newspapers he has read, and what effect the purported facts as stated therein have had upon his mind. But few jurors of the entire venire have not read and discussed the case to some extent. Several claim, however, that their minds had been biased by so doing, even some who live within a stone’s throw of where the crime was committed.

            Grove L. Not Well

  Weber’s guardian, John ADAMS, was in Court part of the time yesterday listening to the proceedings. He sat next to the prisoner, but conversed with him but little.

  Grove L. Johnson, the defendant’s chief counsel, has not fully recovered from his recent severe illness. He is accompanied by a trained nurse, who drives him to and from his Hotel.

            Weber Takes Notes

  During the afternoon session yesterday, Weber kept close notes on the answers of the jurors, and wrote rapidly, seeming to be endeavoring to get a complete record of the utterances. He also read carefully a transcript of a former testimony in the case.

  The spectators have been reduced in number to a mere handful, there being little interest felt in the repetition of questions and answers by the attorneys and jurors. Captain MURPHY, of the  Folsom Police, was among the onlookers yesterday.

            Five Jurors Secured

  Weber nodded pleasantly to acquaintances as he passed through the halls yesterday, and spoke to some of those close to him. He complained of being very tired as he entered his cell last night, and retired early.

  When the Court adjourned last evening but five jurors have been secured as the result of two days’ examination.

  Judge PREWETT announced that Court would adjourn at noon to-day. It is now thought that the entire jury cannot be secured before Monday night or some time on Tuesday.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 28 - Search was commenced by a number of residents of Nicolaus, Sutter County, this week, for a quantity of gold supposed to have been buried at the root of a sycamore tree on the ERICH farm, near that town, about fifty years ago, when gold mining was at its hight.

  In the early days two miners who had been successful started from Brown’s Valley for Sacramento, carrying several heavy bags containing nuggets and wandered to the Sacramento River at Nicolaus. There they learned they were being followed by an outlaw who intended to rob them. Unwilling to lose their hard-earned treasure, they concluded to outwit their pursuer by burying the gold at night. Next morning they continued their journey toward Sacramento, but before reaching that city were overtaken by the outlaw, and a fight ensued in which the robber was killed and one of the miners was badly wounded.

  After reaching Sacramento the wounded miner succumbed to his injuries and was buried by his partner. The survivor them returned to recover his treasure, but was unable to locate the hiding place. After spending time and money in a fruitless search he again returned to the mining district, but at Brown’s Valley was taken sick and died. On his deathbed he told his nurse of his adventure.

  The names of both men have long ago been forgotten, and only recently the story was repeated to those who are making the search.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), January 28 - Albert STURKEY, a youth of 18 years, and whose father at one time resided in Palermo, was accidentally killed last evening as the result of his own carelessness.

  Starkey, in company with Levi GEER, of this city, a brother-in-law, was traveling along Dry Creek selling oranges yesterday afternoon. When a point almost eight miles from this town was reached, near the Sam PATTERSON place, the boy picked up a gun from the bottom of the wagon in which he was riding, and got out to hunt ducks.

  He was gone but a little while, and on his return threw the gun into the wagon. It fell with a jar and the load in it exploded, catching him in the forehead and blowing the top of his head off.

  A messenger was at once dispatched to this city for a doctor, but the boy was soon beyond the aid of a physician or surgeon.


Asked Way to Lodging House and Was Robbed by Guides

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), January 28 - Yesterday the report was given out of an attempted hold-up late the night before. An old man named J. OTENAN had been drinking some around town, and, concluding it was time to go to bed, started to hunt a lodging house. Not knowing just where to look, he asked two strangers to direct him to where he could find a bed. They offered to escort him, but instead of guiding him to a lodging house, they led him to a lonely spot on the outskirts of town, and began to choke and beat him in an attempt to get his money.

  The old man managed to call loudly for help, which frightened the thugs away. At first the officers did not take much stock in the story, but late in the day it was ascertained that people living in the neighborhood of the alleged outrage had heard the cries for help, about the time of the attempted hold-up. The victim says his assailants were half-breeds, but in this he may be mistaken.


            Married Last Evening

CHICO (Butte Co.), January 28 - B.C. JONES and Miss CHLOE WOODWARD, of this city were married last evening by Rev. WHITE, pastor of the presbyterian Church. Both young people are well known in this city, having lived here for some time. Mr. Jones is connected with a large business of this city and has made many friends.



RED BLUFF (Tehama CO.), January 28 - The last fortnight has been prolific in marriage licenses, and several charming young women have been won by residents of other towns. Corning has shown a progressive tendency and two couples were credited to the town which the Maywood Colony has produced - Patrick MOONEY, aged 34 years, a native of Ireland, and Marie Henry HENRY, aged 20 years, a native of New York. The other couple was N.N LOOMIS, 28 years old, and Miss M.E. DOBSON, 18 years old, both being natives of California and residents of Corning. Other marriage certificates were issued to: Peter M. LAUGHLIN, aged 28 years, and Addie B. SARTAIN, aged 19 years, both being natives of California and residents of Red Bluff; Julia Billings ROOT, aged 23 years, a native of Illinois and residing in this city, and Franklin Nourse BREWER, aged 39 years, a native of Massachusetts and a resident of Philadelphia.

            YUBA COUNTY

MARYSVILLE, January 28 - The following couples secured marriage licenses in Yuba County this week:

 Henry MALLOCH and Miss Ellla McGUIRE, both of Marysville; Hardiman J. DUNNING and Miss Ethel BROWNLEE, both of Chico; A.L. MYRICK, of Port Townsend, Wash., and Miss Bertha L. JOHNSON, of Honcut.

  Effie L. KELLOGG has been granted the final decree of divorce from her husband, Henry Kellogg.

  Mrs. Mayme REYNOLDS has commenced divorce proceedings against her husband, Harry Reynolds, on the grounds of cruelty.

            BUTTE COUNTY

OROVILLE, January 28 - Only one license to wed has been reported during the week. It was to Chas. L. VOORHEES, age 20, of Oroville, and Edna HUFF, age 19, of Banger.

  Carrie A. CORNER was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from J. A. Corner, on the grounds of desertion.

  Lottie E. HEIJNE has brought action for divorce from Carl A. Haijne on the grounds of cruelty and failure to provide.

  George EVANS was given until February 1st to pay alimony and costs to his wife, Lillie Evans, or be punished for contempt of Court.


UKIAH, January 28 - The following marriage licenses were issued during the week:

 Clarence D. McFARLAND, age 21, of Fort Bragg, and Miss Wanda BRUNNER, aged 18, of Mendocino; Martin LYNCH, aged 25, and Miss Grace SCOTT, aged 19, both of Willits; James M. MORRISON, aged 27, and Miss Mary O’CONNOR, aged 19, both of Covelo; William S. BINGHAN, aged 33, and Miss Lillian RAY, aged 29, both of Ohio.


YREKA, January 28 - Not a single marriage license was issued by the County Clerk of Siskiyou County during the past week, which is an unusual record for this section.

  Only one divorce was granted - John A. WINSELL being given a final decree from Leona J. Winsell.

            SHASTA COUNTY

REDDING, January 28 - Three marriage licenses were issued during the present week as follows: K. Ward WILLIAMS, aged 24, of Round Mountain, an Bertha E. MAXWELL, aged 18, of Oak Run; Frederick W. FAIRBANKS, aged 25, and Carrie E. CONKLIN, aged 23, both of Anderson; F.R. McCONNELL, aged 30, of Anderson, and Edith A. HATHAWAY, aged 22, of Millville.

  Theodore ZELS received an interlocutory decree of divorce from Edna M. Zels. The couple reside in Redding.



COLUSA (Colusa Co.,), January 28 - Jack BROWN and I. ADAMS, two young men of Princeton, spent yesterday afternoon shooting geese. As night came on they decided they had had enough of the sport, and prepared to head for home.

  Brown picked up his gun, loaded with No. 2 shot, and as he did so the hammer of the weapon caught in his sleeve. There was a loud report, and when the smoke had cleared away Adams was found on the ground, writhing in intense agony. He had been shot near the groin, and was dangerously wounded.

  Brown was nearly distracted, but as soon as he could recover a portion of his nerve hastened to bring his friend to the County Hospital at this place.

  Adams is in a very critical condition, and it is not believed he will recover. The accident is deeply deplored, and by none more that by Brown.


            Took Too Many Chances

CHICO (Butte Co.), January 28 - The inquest over the remains of Robert REYNOLDS, who died Thursday from the effects of being run over by a freight train on the Butte County railroad at Stirling City was held here yesterday afternoon. The jury brought in a verdict exonerating the company.


            A Peculiar Case

COLUSA  (Colusa Co.), January 28 - An unusual case was decided here yesterday in a local Court. A colored woman named Mrs. Elizabeth WIEDNER was found guilty of having frightened and abused a little white girl, ten years of age, by throwing mud upon her dress and in other ways annoying the child and showing her dislike for her. A fine of $20 was imposed, or twenty days in jail.


            Fell From the Car

WHEATLAND (Yuba Co.), January 28 - Ambrose WEST, a son of Dr. J.S. West, of Colusa, was badly injured here yesterday afternoon. He is a lineman in the employ of the Sunset Company, and had been sent here from Marysville. In trying to step from the car, his feet was caught between the lower steps and he was thrown to the ground, and is suffering from a dislocated knee and injured ankle. He was taken back to Marysville for treatment.


Submitted by Betty Loose



Saturday Sacramento Bee

February 11, 1905



REDDING (Shasta Co), February 11 - Only one marriage license was issued by County Clerk BLODGETTT during the week just closing and that went to Otis A. ROLISON, aged 23, of Parkville, and Leafa I. RUFING, aged 17, of Burney. Both parents of Miss Rufing consented to the issuance of the license.

  No decrees of divorce were granted, but Clarence A. NEALY began a suit for divorce against Winnifred E. NEALY.


YREKA, February 11 - The following marriage licenses were issued by the County Clerk of Siskiyou County during the past week: Joseph M. BOLON, 40, and Mildred BINGHAM, 26, both of Calahans, this county; Charles E. PAINTER, 23, and Sarah R. PRATT, 23, both of Etna, this county.

  Only one divorce was granted. Julia Nixon SAYRES was given an interlocutory decree from Marshal C. SAYRES.

            IN BUTTE COUNTY

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), February 11 - Only one marriage license was issued in this county during the week just ending. It was to Richard Beebee, aged 28, of Stirling City, and Alice SMITH, age 17, of Lovelock.

  Lewis F. PERRY was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from Pearl E. PERRY, on the grounds of cruelty.

  In the case of Clair A. STIFFLER vs. Amale STIFFLER, a demurrer on grounds of desertion filed in Shasta County was transferred to Butte County.

  In the case of Minnie SEWARD vs. Caleb SEWARD, the demurrer of defendant was overruled.

  Harry M. ANDERSON has instituted divorce proceedings against Carrie E. ANDERSON. He alleges that the defendant, on January 10th, abandoned him and their four children and that neither he nor the children have heard from her since. He asks for a divorce on the grounds of desertion.

            IN YUBA COUNTY

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), February 11 - The following marriage licenses were issued in Yuba County this week:

 Eugene H. JORDAN and Rose W. BAUN, both of Wheatland; C.F. Noyer AND Margaret BECK, both of Marysville.


UKIAH (Mendocino Co.), February 11 - Only one marriage license was issued during the past week. Ralph POLT, aged 27, of Fort Bragg, and Miss Pauline RINALDI, aged 20, of Mendocino City, were given the license.

            IN TEHAMA COUNTY

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), February 11 - The marriage and divorce record is a stand-off this week.

  C.E. DAVIS, 24 years old, a native of Oregon, and Burtie J. HANKS, 20 years old, a native of Iowa, both being residents of Redding, were licensed to wed and the ceremony was performed by Rev. J.H. HARGREAVES.

  Daisy KEMBLE has commenced a suit for divorce against John R. KEMBLE on the ground of desertion.



Courts Will Be Asked to Decide Who is Responsible For Loss

REDDING (Shasta Co.), February 11 - A friendly suit was begun in the Superior Court yesterday to recover $1210 stolen by highway robbers from the office safe of the Hotel Keswick at Keswick on the evening of January 11.

  It will be remembered that two masked robbers held up the proprietor of the hotel, J.N. STEPHENSON, and his night clerk, Fred MAYFIELD. Stephenson was forced to give up the key of the office safe and the robbers took coin and checks therefrom amounting to nearly $1000. Most of the money belonged to boarders at the hotel, who had deposited the money with the landlord.

  W.L. RICHARDS, one of the sufferers brings suit to recover the money he lost and has had the claims of others assigned to him until the amount asked for is $1210.

  Landlord Stephenson thinks he should not be made to pay for the loss, but he is willing to let the Courts decide whether or not he is responsible. Should judgement go against him, he will make restitution.

  The best of feeling exists between the parties to the suit. They simply ask the Court to determine what is right and fair on the premises.



UKIAH (Mendocino Co.), February 11 - R.H. CHALMERS met with a serious accident yesterday while working in the woods in the northern part of this county.

  Chalmers was chopping wood and was working between two logs, when the braces which held one of the logs broke and it rolled upon him, breaking the left leg in two places.

  Mr. Chalmers was taken to a hospital in a nearby town, and is reported to be in a very precarious condition at present.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), February 11 - Hon. I.W. JACOBS, a pioneer resident of Yolo County, died at his farm near Cacheville yesterday. Mr. Jacobs represented Yolo County in the Assembly of 1892.



UKIAH (Mendocino Co.), February 11 - S.W. HASKETT, an old resident of this city, died yesterday evening, aged 74 years.

  Haskett came to this county in the early ‘60's and has resided here ever since.

Submitted by Betty Loose



Saturday Sacramento Bee

April 15, 1905


            BOY HE WAS, BUT HERO TOO

Went Fearlessly To Rescue His Young Playmate, But Both Met Their Death in the Deep Pool

     OROVILLE (Butte Co.), April 15 - A very sad accident in which two little boys, aged only 8 and 9 years, lost their lives, occurred here yesterday. One of the little fellows proved himself a hero.

  Several boys of the town were playing near the reservoir about one mile above Oroville, when Tommy CHISHIRE concluded to wade and took his clothes off. He waded in a distance of several yards and suddenly struck a deep place. Walter RICHARDSON, a little friend, rushed to his aid, but as soon as got in reach the drowning boy caught him and both sank.

  The other boys ran to town and gave the alarm. A large crowd immediately went to the scene, and after almost draining the reservoir recovered the bodies. A physician was on the ground, but the little fellows were beyond need of his services.

  A particularly sad part of the double drowning is that only about two years ago a sister of the Chishire boy was drowned in the Feather River. The father never recovered from the shock, and often was heard to sadly bemoan the fate that robbed him of his daughter. And only a few years before this another Chishire boy was drowned at Cherokee. It seems to be the fate of this family to meet death by drowning.

  The sad affair has caused genuine sorrow in this community. The little fellows were very popular among their playmates.


            Fears Tenant Will Carry Off Buildings and Trees

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), April 15 - The case of Mrs. Mary BELK vs. A.J. BATT is attracting considerable attention here. Mrs. Belk alleges that, in 1893, she leased to Batt her ranch near Forbestown, to be used by him to carry on a lumber business; that in 1903, the lease was renewed and that, in 1904, defendant removed the mill and discontinued the lumber business. He also moved a chicken-house and other buildings from the land and plaintiff believes, she avers, that unless he be restrained by Court he will remove the dwelling house, barn, and other buildings, along with fruit trees, vines, etc., which would be a great damage to the plaintiff. She prays that the premises be restored to her and that she be awarded as damages $300 per month. She also asks that pending this action defendant be restrained form removing buildings, trees, etc., from said land.


            Cannot Be Induced to Occupy Building

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), The superstition and awe with which the Hop Sing Tong of this city regards the “devil eyes” that their rivals, the Suey Sings, have installed in their headquarters to harass them, as described in last evening’s Bee, has a counterpart in the attitude which the entire population of Chinatown has taken regarding the old Turner Hall building on First Street.

  Nine years ago when the Government decided to divert the course of the Yuba River south of town by means of a cut-off, this building was occupied, upstairs and down, by Chinese. Just as soon, however, as the work on the cut-off was completed and it was discovered that the building was on a direct line with that of the artificial channel, the celestials deserted the place after the fashion of rats leaving a sinking ship, and have ever since refused to take up their abode there.

  It appears that the Chinese have a belief that to change the natural course of a stream is to arouse the ire of the Water God. In the way of retribution that deity will show no favors, but will visit wrath, instead, on all who dare persist in inhabiting places on the line with the artificial work.

  The number “13,” too, is held in awe by the Mongolians. The best proof of this is to be observed on their holidays, when the advance guard to their parade are beating the gongs to frighten away His Satanic Majesty. It will be noted that the “musician” strikes the gong thirteen times, but the close observer will find that at the twelfth beat there is a doubling up so that the twelfth and thirteenth stroke are virtually one.



Record of Marriage Licenses Granted and Separation Decrees Issued.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), April 15 - Shasta County made a very poor matrimonial showing during the week just coming to a close. Not a single marriage license was issued, though two interlocutory decrees of divorce were granted and another suit in divorce was begun. This is not the first time that such an unfavorable showing has been made. It seems now that divorces may be had for the asking. For the third time in as many weeks the husband and wife came this week to the Court House together, the one filing a complaint in divorce, the other being on hand to enter appearance and make no objection to the divorce, which was handed out while they waited. One hour is ample time in this county for all the proceedings necessary to secure a divorce, provided the parties at interest are willing.

  This week Chauncey W. BLAKE received an interlocutory decree of divorce form Eva F. Blake. The trifling charge was incompatibility of temper. The parties reside in Kennett. Mrs. Blake received a divorce about two years ago from a man named WILSON, who now lives in Lake County.

  Mary Etta WHITE received an interlocutory decree of divorce in her suit against William A. White. The couple are from De La Mar.

  Phil BOSSERT, of Keswick, has filed an action in divorce.


            YUBA COUNTY

MARYSVILLE, April 15 - Marriage licenses were issued this week to Warren THOMAS, aged 23, and Clara NUGENT, aged 19, both of Chico, and to Roy J. FORD, of Sacramento, and Irma MOREHEAD, of Niclaus.

  In the divorce suit of Alex DOWELL vs. Viola Dowell, the notice of service of summons by Sheriff CURTIS of San Francisco has bee filed.


            BUTTE COUNTY

OROVILLE, April 15 - Only one marriage has been reported here this week. It was issued to Alden V. ALLEN, age 25, and Ida B. NUGENT, aged 24, both of Chico.

  In the case of Mary PATRICK vs. J.T. Patrick, an order was made allowing plaintiff to remain in peaceful possession of the house and furniture in Chico.

  An interlocutory decree of divorce was granted to Mary C. DOYELL from W.A. Doyell. She was also given the custody of the minor children and possession of all community property.



YREKA, April 15 - David CUDDLHY, a native of this State, and proprietor of the old-time famous Cuddlhy Hotel of Happy Camp, and Mrs. Hattie HILL, a Colorado woman, were united in marriage this week.

  The divorce mill was not in running order.


            SOLANO COUNTY

SUISUN, April 15 - Marriage licenses were issued during the week as follows: John HANSON, over 21, Fairfield, and Bessie RUSSELL, 18, Vacaville; Charles Benedict CUNNIINGHAM, 21, Vallejo, and Olga BRATEMOS, 18, Vallejo.

  Harriet V. COOPER has begun suit for divorce against David V. Cooper on the grounds of cruelty.



UKIAH, April 15 - The County Clerk issued the following marriage licenses during the week:

 Jesse J. MYERS, aged 23, and Eva ALLARD, aged 18, both of San Jose; John A. GUPASTEN, aged 26, of Point Arena, and Jane KARE, aged 26, of Mendocino City; Frank A. DILLING and Jennie MADDOX.


            EL DORADO COUNTY

PLACERVILLE, April 15 - Suit was commenced yesterday in the Superior Court by Belle MAZZARO against Frank Mazzaro, for divorce.





Mrs. Jonathan Cox and Two Grandchildren in a Fatal Accident Last Night Not Far From Chico.

   CHICO (Butte Co.), April 15 - About 8 o’clock last evening, just as Mrs. Jonathan Cox and her two grandchildren were starting for home in a buggy, after a visit with a neighbor about four miles north of Chico, a sudden jerk of the reins caused the horse to turn sharply in such a manner as to overturn the vehicle, throwing the party violently to the ground. For a moment all three were stunned, but by the time help had arrived both the children had recovered from the shock.

  Mrs. COX, however, complained that both her arms were powerless. She was taken to her home and Dr. LANDIS summoned from Chico. An examination of her arms showed them to be without any signs of fracture, though there were indications that the left wrist had been dislocated and pulled back into place before his arrival.

  While he was continuing his examination, the patient began gasping for breath and complained of feeling suffocated. Upon being assisted to the outside, she began spitting blood. An effort was made to relieve her, but she sank rapidly and in a short time was dead.

  Deceased was a native of Indiana and came to his section form Iowa with her husband and children in 1896, since which time she has been a resident of the section to the north of the city, where she was highly respected. She leaves a husband and six children. She was aged about 69 years.


            50 Miles of Line

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), April 15 - The Paskenta telephone, extending from Newville, in Glenn County, through a considerable part of the western portion of Tehama County, was connected with the local telephone central last evening and a new line fifty miles in length is added to the telephone systems of the county. Albert GALLATIN, Jr., a former Sacramentan, is President of the Company which constructed the line, and R.O. SNELLING, of Paskenta, is Secretary. The wire runs through the Gallatin ranch and many sheep camps have phones.


            Camino Mines Paying

CAMINO (El Dorado Co.), April 15 - The mines in this section are yielding some remarkably fine gravel. The Roundout, owned by E. RICHARDS and the FAIRCHILD Bros., is paying and giving up some of the prettiest and biggest nuggets that ever gladdened a miner’s heart. One beauty is worth ten dollars. It is rumored that the mine is soon to change hands, the present owners having taken out enough of the yellow metal to spend the remainder of their days in ease.

  The Live Oak, now being worked by the Colorado Company, is steadily increasing operations, and panning out nuggets of good size.

  The Granite Mine, on Smith’s Flat, has been purchased by a company from Maine, who will put on a large force of men at once.

  The COHN mine has changed hands also, but the names of the purchasers have not yet been made known.


            Sacramento Presbytery

CORNING (Tehama Co.), April 25 - Extensive preparations are being made for the semi-annual meeting of the Presbytery of Sacramento, which will be held here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week in the new Presbyterian Church. A large attendance is expected, especially of delegates from valley towns. The local members are anxious that the Convention be made as interesting as possible.

  The meetings will be addressed by such well-known ministers as Moderator Rev. D.G. RATHBURN, Rev. Wm. HICKS, Rev. John T. WILLS, Rev. Warren C. SHERMAN, Rev. J.J. THOMAS, Rev. D.H. McCULLAGH, Rev. Thos. TRACY, Rev. Jas. CURRY, Rev. Willis G. WHITE, Rev. H.H. McCreary, Rev. G.H. MERRILL, Rev. S.H. JONES, Rev. Arthur HICKS, Musical exercises and literary exercises will add to the program. This is the first time that the Church had decided to hold the semi-annual Presbytery in Corning.


            Change Brought Death

CORNING (Tehama Co.), April 15 - Mrs. J. REYNOLDS, who arrived from the East four days ago, died yesterday at the home of her sons, east of Corning. The aged woman came to this Coast for the benefit of her health, but on her way here contracted pneumonia. Advanced age made it impossible for her to withstand the strain of the malady. One of her sons is the ferryman in charge of the Corning and Vina ferryboat at Squaw Hill.


            Tehama Queen Mine

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), April 15 - Articles of incorporation of the Tehama Queen Mining Company were filed yesterday in the office of County Clerk FISH and the capital stock is fixed at $300,000, of which nearly half is subscribed by local capitalists. The Directors for the first year are: Claus TREDE, Ex-Sheriff, A.J. BOGARD, J.M. WILSON, E.J. BLOSSOM, H.N. ARCHAMBAULT, G.H. CHASE, and Ralph WHITE. The Company has a fine prospect in Sunday Gulch, adjoining the famous Harrison Gulch district in Shasta County, where the rich Midas Mine is located.


Submitted by Betty Loose




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