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Sacramento Union

Monday, January 1, 1912



Judge Gray Orders Jury Locked Up for the Night, After Failing to Agree


One Juror Taken Ill, but Will Not Retire From the Case Until Decision

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 31 - The jury with which lies the fate of Arthur LEWIS, accused of killing thirteen-year-old Helen RUMBELL of Gridley, spent New Year’s eve locked in the superior court room. At 9 o’clock tonight, after Judge GRAY ordered the jury locked up for the night. An unfounded rumor is to the effect that the jury stands nine for conviction and three for acquittal or manslaughter or second degree murder.

  At 10:15 this morning the jury was called into the courtroom by Judge Gray. The foreman, D. WALSH, reported that no agreement had been reached and that the balloting had been practically the same since the first vote was taken. Judge Gray ordered them to be locked up again, remarking that he was particularly anxious that a verdict be reached.

  He also announced that if a verdict is returned tomorrow it will be kept sealed until Tuesday morning on account of the fact that tomorrow is a legal holiday.                       

  Thomas WEST, a retired capitalist who is on the jury, was taken sick tonight, and it became necessary to move the jury from its quarters to the superior court chambers. West declares that he is not seriously ill and that he is strong enough to remain with the jury until it is discharged or a verdict is reached. He refused medical attention.

  The general belief on the streets tonight is that a disagreement will be reached. District Attorney JONES asserts that if this is the case he will again bring Lewis to trial.

  “I will try him a dozen times, if necessary,” declared Jones today, “or until a verdict is reached one way or the other.”

  If no verdict is reached it means that Lewis must again stand after the trial of Mrs. Rumbell for the same offense. This will begin on January 22.



RENO (Nev.), Dec. 31 - A statement has been issued by Chairman PERKINS of the Washoe county board of commissioners in which he explains the cause for the refusal of the county to care for the half orphans from Washoe county now being cared for at the state orphan’s home at Carson City.

  Commissioner Perkins states that under the state law the county is not allowed to pay for the support of half orphans, but may do so by making an arrangement with the father or mother of the children whereby the parent agrees to reimburse the county for all money expended.

  The commissioner states that since 1907 Washoe county has paid to the orphans’ home the sum of $330 toward the support of half orphans and has received no reimbursement. At the present time the county has the sum of $8000 coming from people who have children in the home.



Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com



Sacramento Union

Tuesday, January 2, 1912


            Manslaughter Is Lewis’ Crime, Declares Jury


Decision Reached Early in Afternoon After Deliberation of Fifty Hours


Points in Evidence Given by Witnesses Cleared Up by Reading of Transcript

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 1 - At 1:28 o’clock this afternoon, the jury rendered a verdict of manslaughter against Arthur LEWIS, who was charged with the murder of his step-niece, Helen RUMBALL. The jury notified the sheriff a few minutes past 1 o’clock to summon Judge GRAY.

  The jurors, in about fifty hours of deliberation, took twenty-five ballots standing 8 to 4 for conviction on all the ballots except the first and the last. The result of the first vote was 5 for murder in the first degree, five for not guilty and two for manslaughter. One of the jurors explained his vote for not guilty on the first ballot in saying that he feared that a verdict for murder in the first degree would carry with it a sentence of death by hanging.

  Street rumor says that jurors G.A. THORP, A.J. WALSH, P.J. MURPHY and A.E. RICHARDSON were the four that voted for not guilty. These men, it is reported, placed some reliance on the testimony of Arthur Lewis, the defendant. Becoming satisfied that after much deliberation and hearing the testimony of Lewis read again this morning they changed to a verdict of manslaughter.

  At 10 a.m. today the jury asked that the testimony of Lewis, Dr. L.L. THOMPSON and Mrs. Harriet PLANTZ be read to them. It seems that the points at issue among the jurors were cleared by the reading of the testimony of these three witnesses, as soon after lunch, an agreement was reached.

  Reports of much eloquence and discussion are heard on the street. The verdict of the jury meets with general approval.

  The fact of Lewis going to the garret where the little girl was bound with ropes on a hot summer’s day had some weight with the jurors.

  At the reading of the verdict Lewis paled noticeably and some of the spectators expected to see him become unnerved. The effort that he made to control himself was apparent to those in the courtroom. After the reading of the verdict Lewis recovered himself and faced the jurors while they were being polled.

  The facts that Helen Rumball, before her death, had been bound hand and foot in a garret of the Rumball residence on the evening of a day in June when the thermometer stood about 100, that the girl’s neck had been broken, and that bruises were found on her body, gave widespread interest to the story of the death of the little girl.

  Mrs. RUMBALL, stepmother of Helen, who was 13 years old, and Mrs. Rumball’s brother, Lewis, summoned a physician on June 26 last, saying the girl was sick. The doctor found the girl dead. Her body was covered with bruises, her neck, wrists and ankles showing rope marks and a autopsy revealed a double dislocation of the neck.

  It was brought out in the trial that medical history revealed but three similar dislocations, all having been effected by the application of great force.

  Mrs. Rumball admitted that she had bound the girl hand and foot in the attic and tied her to a post with ropes placed about her shoulders and under the arms. The girl was tied at 4:30 o’clock. At 6:30 Lewis admitted that he went to the attic to release the child, but did not do so. At 8 o’clock he said he found her huddled on the floor, dead.

  The prosecution introduced testimony showing that Lewis had demonstrated his ability to bread the neck of a steer in the same manner that medical experts said the child’s neck was broken.

   The motive for the alleged crime put forth by the state was that the girl was a step-child and was treated in an inhuman manner because she was regarded as being in the way.

  The trial for Mrs. Rumball for the murder of her step-daughter, Helen Rumball, is set for January 22. Mrs. Rumball at the time of the death of the child gave a theory of suicide. The theory of the attorneys for the defendant in the trial of Lewis was that Helen had killed herself in her struggles for release from the ropes which bound her to a scantling in the stifling atmosphere of the garret.

  Helen Rumball’s father died some months before the tragedy.



Businessmen of Williams to Stop Gambling

WILLIAMS (Colusa Co.). Jan. 1 - Gambling in Williams will soon stop. A petition has been circulated by J.W. FORGEUS, real estate dealer, and will be presented to the board of supervisors at the January meeting. The petition has been signed by all the business men of that place. They ask that gambling be stopped at once.

  Since the passing of the ordinance in Colusa stopping all gambling the gamblers of Colusa, it is said, have been making Williams their headquarters. Large games of dice and poler have been going on in many of the saloons daily, it is declared.



Decides to Plead Guilty to Stealing Amalgam

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan 1 - Henry MURPHY, arrested some time ago for stealing a quantity of amalgam from the El Oro company, has decided to plead guilty. The finding of the amalgam has practically caused him to admit the crime, and he is anxious to get into court.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 1 - President A.M. McCOY of the Christian Men’s League of Red Bluff yesterday appointed the following committees: Executive committee, A.W. LANDERHOLM, J.D. SWEENEY, R.L. DOUGLAS; evangelistic committee, Dr. J.A. OWE   N, C.P. MAYHEW, J.M. HOWELL, W.A. SIMMONS, Bradley GROVER; social committee, H.S. GANS, E.L. SISSON, Richard BODING, E.E. STEVENS, W.C. HICHMAN ;music committee, G.C. GARRETT.                                             



SUTTER CREEK (Amador Co.), Jan. 1 - Mrs. W.H. NORTON of Sutter Creek passed away at her home here early yesterday morning after a brief illness. Mrs. Norton has lived in Sutter Creek for many years and leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband, Mrs. B.F. WHITFIELD, a daughter, and two sons, Chas. H. and V.W. VORTON, prominent citizens of this town.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 1 - Experts have been sent here from an Eastern bonding company to go over the books of the Oroville Rochdale union, which recently went into the hands of the San Francisco Board of Trade. The visit of the experts has brought fourth rumors.

  Manager W.L. SPICER was removed from his position several weeks ago and A. VAUGHAN selected to succeed him. He had given bonds to the extent of $2000, an Eastern bonding house putting up the necessary amount for him. The fact that the experts have been sent by that bonding house is responsible for the rumor.

  Members of the Union declared today that they could not state positively the condition of the affairs until the experts had finished their work. They admitted sending for the experts and notifying the bonding company that something was wrong. Spicer could not be found in town today.    



COLLEGE CITY (Colusa Co.), Jan 1 - The Ethel vineyard, located one mile south of here, has been sold to Mrs. E.Q. CRITES of Blacks. It consists of 160 acres and it is reported she paid $500 per acre for it.


Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com



Sacramento Union

Wednesday, January 3, 1912



Supervisors of Butte County Finally Lose Legal Battle in the Courts

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 2 - After a bitter legal battle in the courts and many efforts to have the board of supervisors audit her claims, Mrs. O.A. MARTIN, matron of the county jail, walked from the cour-thouse (sic) this afternoon with $425 in her pocket, her salary for services since last June.

  The attorney-general helped her to get her salary for, in a statement to the board of supervisors, District Attorney JONES declared that he had taken the matter up with that official, who advised him to have the county audit the bill.

  “The attorney-general feels that the last legislature did not intend the sheriffs to pay for the services of a matron, although he has the power to appoint or remove any matron,” stated Jones. “He advised me to instruct you gentlemen to pay the bill.”

  The board has instructed the district attorney to draw up an ordinance fixing the salary at $2.50 per day, every day she works. They ruled down the request of George GARDNER, attorney for Mrs. O.A. Martin, to the effect that they employ a matron at a monthly salary for the year around, declaring that they did not believe it necessary.

  “Why,” declared PORTER, “I have been on the board for several years and I have never known an instance when a woman was in the county jail as long as Mrs. RUMBELL.”

  The board, upon meeting today, re-elected C.H. BROWN as chairman to succeed himself.

  A petition signed by many Gridley residents for the closing of Davis avenue in Gridley was read and February 5, at 10 a.m. appointed as the time for hearing the same.


            Two Will Be Sentenced on Charges of Manslaughter


Much Speculation on Result of Grand Jury’s Investigation Into Trial

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 2 - As Daniel FLEMING will be sentenced tomorrow for manslaughter and the grand jury which meets tomorrow is expected to make some charges in connection with the noted trial, there is much street talk and speculation on both events. As the sentence will be from one to ten years this matter does not receive as much attention as the meeting of the grand jurors.

  There is much guessing on the investigations of the jury but nothing authoritative is known except that District Attorney CHENOWITH will bring some matters to attention of the inquisitorial body.



Man Accused of Killing Girl Will Receive Limit, Is the Belief Expressed

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan 2 - Apparently as free from care as a new born babe, Arthur Lewis came into the superior court room this morning and heard Superior Judge GRAY fix next Thursday morning at 10 o’clock as the time for giving him his sentence. Lewis smiled as he walked into the court room and conversed freely with Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY.

  Kennedy stated after the brief hearing, that he had not made up his mind what would be his next step. From what he has told friends he is satisfied with the verdict and will not appeal. Efforts on the part of District Attorney JONES to have the trial of Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, set for January 22, postponed two weeks met with a statement from Kennedy that he would let the prosecutor know late in the week.

  It is the popular belief that Lewis will get the limit for manslaughter or ten years. This will give him six years and six months actually to serve.



 Names Insanity Charge Made by Wife as Ground for His Action

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 2 - Troubles of a family nature which caused the arrest of J.R. SEARS, principal of the Lumpkin mine, last May, and his examination on an insanity charge and then his final discharge, were again aired today when Sears this morning filed a complaint for divorce upon the grounds of cruelty.

  He alleges that his wife, Mrs. Janet SEARS, has made his life miserable for a year, the principal trouble being when she had him jailed. He declares she abuses him upon every occasion and orders him out of his house and treats him in a cruel and inhuman manner.

  When Sears was arrested for insanity it was the statement of Attorney George GARDNER, who represented him, that is was the desire of his wife and her son by a former marriage to railroad him to the hospital and live off his money. A wealthy brother of Sears, who lives in San Jose, came to his rescue and hired an attorney to defend him.


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Sacramento Union

Thursday, January 4, 1912



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 3 - At the meeting of the board of supervisors today a resolution was passed granting the Red Ravine Mining company the right to build a road across the property of W.O. WILKINS, and awarded Wilkins $67 for the land to be taken up by the road. This ends a long drawn out argument by the two parties concerned and give the Red Ravine people access to their property.

  Chairman MORRISON appointed the following committees to act during the ensuing year: Public buildings, ROBERTS, CASEY and MILLON; hospital, DIVVER, ROBERTS and CASEY; contracts, MILLON, CASEY and DIVVER; roads and bridges, CASEY, MILLON and MORRISON; printing, DIVVER, ROBERTS and MILLON; anti-debris, MORRISON, ROBERTS and DIVVER. It is agreed that the same rules would govern the board as had been used during the last year.

  The board will meet again tomorrow to finish up the business of the meeting.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan 3 - It is a significant fact that the new year also marks the ending of one of Oroville’s oldest institutions, the Congregational church, which has stood on the corner of Bird and Oak streets as long as the oldest inhabitant can remember - since 1852.

  The members of the church are now talking of razing the old brick building the first of February and starting work on the new $25,000 structure not later than the middle of March. The building will rank with the finest in this section of the state.

  R.D. DOUGLASS, pastor of the local church, stated this morning that the work of razing the old building would most certainly commence on the first of next month or very soon thereafter. This means that before the end of the year the new building will be ready for occupancy.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 3 - When the cases of the four Chinese who were arrested a few days ago when Chief of Police McCOY raided an alleged gambling joint in Chinatown, were called this morning, Attorney CARLIN appeared for the defendants and entered a plea of guilty for Ah NONG, who was charged with conducting a fan-tan game, with the understanding that the cases against the other three men be dismissed, and which had been agreed to by District Attorney MANWELL.

  Ah NONG was sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and the cases against the other three men was dismissed by Police Judge LANGDON. Ah Nong paid the fine and was released.



RED BLUFF (Tehama CO.), Jan. 3 - Estimating the number of voters in the city at 1600, City Engineer W.F. LUNING recommends that Red Bluff be divided into eight voting precincts., instead of four, as at present. This change is made necessary by the adoption of woman suffrage.



Total Expense Incurred by the County in Case Reaches Nearly $9000

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 3 - Owing to the fact that there are still a number of bills to come in, the exact cost to the county for the Arthur Lewis trial cannot be given for several days. But the cost of the jury and witnesses and the elisors has been figured out to an approximate figure, so that when the entire number of bills are entered they will total but a few dollars more or less that the one given here.

  From the books in the county clerk’s office the bills aggregate about $8926.10. Elisor MEEK and his two deputies, Morris CRUM and E.B. WARD, have yet to present their claims, but these will be within a few dollars of $700.

  The figures as compiled up to date are as follows: Jurors summoned but not accepted, $4700; jurors’ fees for serving, $811.10; jurors’ meals, $399; Court Reporter McCALLUM, $1100; M.E. PHARES, pictures, $16; elisor’s fees, $700; witnesses during trial, $1200.



BIGGS (Butte Co.), Jan. 3 - The funeral of the late William T. BOULWARE, one of the oldest settlers in this section of the state, was held today from the residence south of Biggs. The remains were laid to rest in Live Oak cemetery. The funeral cortege was followed to the grave by hundreds of people, who paid their last respects to the departed friend and neighbor, who was held in the highest esteem by every one.

  William Thomas BOULWARE was born in Pike county, Ill., October 11, 1833, and died at his residence near Biggs January 1, 1912, aged 78 years 2 months and 20 days.

  He was educated in Iowa, and worked on his father’s farm there until his family moved to California and located upon the property which was still owned by the deceased.

  The home farm of the aged pioneer, one-half mile from Biggs, consists of 1700 acres of wheat and barley land. He also owns 100 acres of grazing land near Bangor and 960 acres of land in Lassen county.



Selection of Man to Fill Vacancy in Oroville C. of C. Will Be Delayed

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 3 - Some are coming out in the open and declaring they are out for the job as secretary of the chamber of commerce, others are still considering the matter with every indication that sooner or later they will join in the race. James H. LEGGETT is openly mentioned for the place, as is also E.B. WARD.

 Ralph McCORMICK is also being considered, but the fight is believed to be with Leggett and Ward. The selection of the secretary will be delayed as long as possible as every day that the office is vacant helps the chamber to put the salary towards paying off its indebtedness.

  Postmaster W.L. LEONARD has been chosen as head of the membership committee and is now considering his assistants. From the interest which is apparent in the chamber President JACKSON and Mrs. Leonard today asserted that the roll will be increased 100 per cent within sixty or ninety days. Up to date about forty new members have joined the body.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 3 - John BURKE, who was arrested a few days ago by Officer SPERBECK as he was about to enter the residence of B.F. GILLMAN, caused a wild scramble at the police court yesterday afternoon when his case was called, and he was asked to enter a plea. John carried a large cane and when asked to plead by the Judge, he became abusive and was sentenced by the judge to serve 10 days for contempt. When he heard the sentence pronounced he sprung at the judge with the cane, and it was with great effort that the officer on duty in the court was able to subdue him. His sentence was increased to twenty days.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 3 - H.W. WHITLOCK and George ROBINSON were fined $50 each by Justice of the Peace McLANE of Tehama for having venison in their possession our of season. The men also promised to obey the game laws in the future. The arrests were made by Deputy Game Commissioner T.W. BIRMINGHAIN, assisted by John ROBBINS.


Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com




Sacramento Union

Friday, January 5, 1912



Judge Gray Imposes Limit on Youth Convicted of Killing Small Girl


Attorney King Says Jury Was Separated Once During Its 50-Hour Deliberation

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 4 - Pale but bearing himself in an indifferent manner Arthur LEWIS stood before Superior Judge GRAY ten minutes after noon today and heard the sentence which is the limit for the crime of manslaughter, ten years in San Quentin. The court showed his attorney the favor of allowing him to go to the bay institution.

  Lewis walked into court with a nonchalant swing and half fell in his chair. He gazed about, but finding all eyes staring at him, turned his gaze towards the floor. Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY started proceedings by asking for a continuance until Attorney J.R. KING arrived from Gridley.

  When the attorney entered the court room Kennedy read his motion for a new trial, giving the following reasons:

  1 - That the jury, after retiring to deliberate on the verdict, was guilty of misconduct by which a fair and due consideration of the case was prevented.

  2 - That the court has misdirected the jury in the matters of law.

  3 - That the court has erred in its decision of questions of law arising during the course of the trial.

  4 - That the verdict is contrary to law.

  5 - That the verdict is contrary to evidence.

  6 - Misconduct on the part of District Attorney George F. JONES, and Deputy Attorney General Raymond BENJAMIN in the course of the trial, and in their arguments to the jury by which the defendant was derived of a fair trial.

  7- Misconduct on the part of the court during the progress of the trial, by which the defendant was deprived of a fair trial.

  8 - Misconduct on the part of Special Elisor Bert B. MEEK in permitting the jury to separate after the testimony was submitted to them for their decision, and before they arrived at a verdict, by which a fair and due consideration of the case was prevented.


 Kennedy then read the following affidavit which was signed and sworn to before a notary public by himself: “That between the hours of 5 and 6 o’clock p.m. on December 31, after the jury had retired to deliberate, that special Elisor Bert. B. Meek, who at said time had exclusive control of the jury, allowed the jurors to separate and at said time, four members of the jury, Juror HOLMES and three others were in the jury room with the door open, and some other person other than Special Elisor Meek or any member of the jure were in the jury room and the balance of the jury was in the superior court room.

  “Eight jurors were not in the room, four being alone with the stranger. I had a full view and there were but five men in said room. I asked the Special Elisor where the balance of the jury were and he said in the superior court room. That these two rooms are separated by a hall twenty feet in length..”

  Immediately after the arguments for a motion for a new trial were read the judge stated: “The motion to set aside the verdict is denied.” District Attorney George F. JONES then asked the court for permission to file counter affidavits to those of Kennedy. To this Kennedy strenuously objected declaring that if Jones had any counter affidavits to file he should have done so before the court ruled on the motion for a new trial.


 Jones asked until 11:20 o’clock to produce the affidavits and the court stated he would grant the recess so he could also look up the law on the matter and see if Kennedy’s objection was good. Court again convened at 11:15 o’clock and the court allowed the reading of affidavits by Bert B. Meek, the special elisor, and J.K. WOODY, one of the jurors, setting forth the fact that the jury had always been together.

  Kennedy then asked the court to state if he had not ruled adversely on the motion for the new trial when it had been made. The court explained that he had intended to so rule but the wrong words had slipped form his mouth and he had ruled on a motion to set aside the verdict only.

  At the request of Kennedy Meek was then sworn. He was asked if it was not true that some other person in the room. He admitted there was and said the person was Douglass JACOBS of the Union hotel dining-room who had gone in the room to clear up the dishes.


 Meek declared positively that Jacobs never spoke a word to the jurors and asserted that all the time the jurors were in the room that he had stood by the open door. “Two of the jurors wanted to go to the toilet and I escorted then from the room. While I was at the door of the room another knock came at the door of the superior court.

  “I locked the two jurors in the jury room and then went through Judge GRAY’s chambers and to the door leading into the courtroom. The jurors also wished to go to the jury room proper. I therefore went out in the hall and opened the door leading from the courtroom and took the other two men out, putting all four in the jury room.

  “Then I stood by the door where you saw me until Jacobs had cleared away the dishes.”

  Kennedy next called former Sheriff J.M. CHUBBUCK. He stated that he had seen the door of the jury room opened, but that Meek was standing at the entrance. He also testified that Meek had come into Judge Gray’s chambers and went to the door and then out in the hall again. He stated he had also seen Jacobs in the room.

  Kennedy then filed a notice of appeal to the Third district court of appeals, and Judge Gray told Lewis to stand up. In response to questions Lewis stated that he was born in Minnesota on May 2, 1899; that his mother was alive; that he came to California two years ago; that he can read and write; that he had no trade but had followed farming and finally that he had never been arrested before.


 Attorney J.R. King made a plea for his client and for leniency on the part of the court. “I am one of the very few men,” stated King, “who believe Arthur Lewis is guiltless. I think perhaps I know more of this case than any one in California. I have followed this case from its incipiency and have been conscientious from the first and think he is not guilty.

  “The court will remember that five or six men took the stand and told of the good character of the defendant. You have heard him state that he had never been arrested before. I have known Lewis for two years. He is an industrious young man. He has helped his sister to support children. He bears a good character, so I now ask you to be as lenient as you can with him.”


 Following the passing of sentence Lewis was led out of the courtroom. He was followed into court and out of it by his sister, Mrs. W.G. TYLER, who was pale and wept throughout the proceedings. She was the only one of the relatives of the prisoner to face the ordeal. His mother, who attended the trial from the first, did not appear.

  As soon as the courtroom was cleared, which took about fifteen minutes, as it was jammed to suffocation during the proceedings, Mrs. Emma RUMBELL was taken into court. Her attorneys asked and were granted a continuance of her trial from January 22 to February 12 at 10:30 a.m.

 Mrs. Rumbell took the fate of Lewis much to heart. She was extremely nervous and turned in her seat all during the proceedings. She appears to be losing flesh and the lines of care have begun to show themselves on her girlish countenance.                          



Governor Promises Klamath Aid in Building Highways

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Jan. 4 - Judge William S. WORDEN, head of the county court, has returned from a trip to Salem, at which time he called upon Governor Oswald WEST relative to securing convicts to work on Klamath county roads during the coming summer. The governor promised the twenty-five men needed, and it is planned to have them begin work March 1, if the weather permits. Judge WORDEN brought a message from the governor to the people of Klamath county to the effect that the executive felt greatly pleased with the way the county has done this year and that the people have showed themselves as decidedly progressive.  As far as road improvement is concerned, the governor stated that Klamath county stands in the front rank, and that whenever a county showed the same spirit that Klamath has, he would go the limit to assist it.

  Governor West advocates the construction of a good road through from The Dalles to Klamath Falls, and predicts that it would prove one of the greatest highways in the state of Oregon. The governor signified his intention of paying a visit to this neighborhood soon.



Building Belonging to Oroville Lodge Will be Remodeled and Bettered.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 4 - At the meeting of the local lodge of Odd Fellows next Monday evening plans will be accepted for the remodeling and building of an addition to the Odd Fellows’ building, in which the post-office is located. The cornerstone will be laid not later than Monday the 15th, declared Alvin FAUL, W.E. DUNCAN, Jr., and Louis RILEY, trustee of the lodge.

  There are several plans in the hands of the lodgemen. The lodge has decided that they will have two large rooms in the upper story of the building and also a banquet room. The floors will all be of hardwood and on springs so that the doors can be thrown open, giving dancers the entire upper floor if necessary.

  No expense is to be spared to make the dance floor the finest in any town of this size in the state. Grand Master George HUDSON and Grand Secretary RICHARDSON will be invited to the ground breaking ceremonies. The alterations are to cost $15,000 and will be rushed to completion.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Jan. 4 - The Glenn county board of supervisors yesterday named Thomas BROWN, of Orland, W.S. GUILFORD, chief agriculturalist of the Sacramento Valley Irrigation company, and I.J. PROUIX, a director of the Sacramento Development association, delegates to the Panama canal and San Francisco fair “get-ready” session to be held in Los Angeles on January 12 and 13.

  Supervisors HURLBURT, of Germantown, and WYLIE of Butte City, will attend as special representatives of the supervisorial board. Supervisors STANTON may go, but has not yet decided. Supervisors EIBE and BROWN will be too busy at home to make the trip.

  R.O. BORDNER, who is the appointed representative of the supervisors to attend the meetings of the “Counties committee’ of California Development board, will attend the meeting. L.P. KLEMMER, H.G. SQUIER and Frank BURGI will go as representatives of the Greater Willows Promotion association.



DIXON (Solano Co.), Jan. 4 - Plans for Dixon’s free Carnegie library are to be drawn by PARKER and KENYON, Sacramento architects, in the near future and submitted to the board of supervisors. A mission style of building is intended if one can be constructed with the $10,000 donated for the establishment of the institution.

  The supervisors have levied a tax of 3 cents on the $100 worth of property in the Dixon union high school district. This will net about $1000 a year for the maintenance and upkeep of the institution.

  Trustees of the high school are members of the board in charge of the library. They are: J.H .RICE, chairman; R.J. CURREY, secretary; E.D .DUDLEY, C.E. CLAUSE and W.A. PORTER.


            K. OF P. INSTALL

RENO (Nev.), Jan. 4 - New officers will be installed by Amity lodge, No. 8, Knights of Pythias, of this city next week Tuesday evening. District Chancellor Commander George HOLESWORTH will conduct the work. At the conclusion of the business session there will be an entertainment and refreshments. The following officers will be installed:

 C.D. MORRISON, past chancellor; L.G. B. McDOWEL, chancellor commander; E.G. HOY, vice-chancellor; A.D. SADLER, master of work; J.C. JONES, prelate; John W. WRIGHT, master of exchequer; C.H. HOY, master of finance; S.H. ROSENTHAL, keeper of records and seal; C.H. KNOX, master-at-arms; W.S. DODD, inner guard; P.C. BEIZLER, outer guard; N.E. WILSON, G.E. HOLESWORTH and J.O. SESSIONS, trustees: Dr.  M.R. WALKER, examining physician.



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Sacramento Union

Sunday, January 7, 1912


            G.H. Nutting Aids in Incorporation of Town in Shasta

Supervisor Heads Committee to Petition Calling of a Special Election

ANDERSON (Shasta Co.), Jan. 6 - At the annual meeting of the chamber of commerce last night the sentiment of those present was unanimous for the incorporation of Anderson as a city of the sixth class. George H. NUTTING, chairman of the board of supervisors, was appointed chairman of the committee for the circulation of a petition asking the supervisors to call an election. A mass meeting will be held Friday night to discuss the matter of incorporation.

  The following officers of the chamber of commerce were elected: Ed L. STORY, president; W.C. BARKALOO, secretary, and A.C. BURBANK, treasurer.



John Shake Files on Mining Claims Embracing Several Miles of Stream

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 6 - Nine mining claims were filed today with the county clerk by John SHAKE, which embraces the territory on the Feather river from the Northern Electric bridge to the mouth of the Bear river. The claims take in all the bed of the Feather river from bank to bank. Shake intends to work the channel of the river with dredges and is of the opinion that the river bed is rich with gold. Whether dredging will be allowed on the Feather or not is a question, as it is a navigable stream.



Brown’s Valley Man Encounters Vein While Excavating for Engine Base

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 6 - J.C. CAMPBELL, owner of the Donabrough mine, who for many years, has been prospecting in and around Brown’s valley, has struck a bonanza near his property at that place. Campbell is jubilant over the prospects of his new strike and will attempt to interest capital in the proposition to work the property on a large scale.

  Campbell was excavating a space near the present diggings for the purpose of installing an engine for hoisting purposes on the old ledge when he struck a rich vein that after investigating developed into a large ledge, which assayed very rich. He then went back about twenty yards and sunk a shaft, following the course of the ledge and found it to be much larger and richer than the one that he has been following for years. Just how wide the new ledge is he has not yet discovered, but is of the opinion that it will run wide.



Frank BRYANT, in Curtis Aeroplane, Encircles Business Section of Redding

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 6 - Frank BRYANT in a Curtis standard aeroship made the first flight ever attempted in California north of Chico in this city today. He rose from Recreation park at the north end of Redding, encircling the courthouses and entire business and residence section of the city at an elevation of from 600 to 800 feet.

  Roy FRANCIS also tested his aeroplane on the Recreation park grounds. Both men will make a flight and race tomorrow afternoon. If the weather is fine a large crowd is expected in this city.

  Frank H. ROBERTSON, a former newspaper man of Redding, will make the ascent with Francis, having the distinction of being the first citizen of Redding to make a flight in an airship.

  Bryant and Francis have both promised to take part in the aviation meet planned for the Fourth of July celebration by the business men.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 6 - On the recommendation of District Attorney FISH and the Southern Pacific Railroad company the charge of grand larceny against Francis St. Clair for robbing box cars at Corning about two months ago was reduced to petty larceny. St. Clair entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to sixty days in jail.

  While awaiting trial St. Clair furnished information to the officers which led to the arrest of two notorious thieves and for his services in the cause of justice he was allowed to plead guilty to the minor charge.



“Victim of Public Opinion,” Says Youth Convicted of Killing Girl

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 6 - Although facing a ten-year term in San Quentin for the alleged killing of Little Helen Rumbell, his step-niece, Arthur LEWIS appears to be in the best of spirits. This afternoon a Union representative called upon him in his cell in the county jail and Lewis smilingly declared he never felt better in his life. He was apparently greatly interested in a novel for he kept looking back at the page continually during the talk.

  “All I have got to say is that I am the victim of public opinion,” stated Lewis. “The public wanted me put in jail and I would have been put here even if I had shown that I was in the East when the alleged crime was committed. I do not believe that another man would have been found guilty on the testimony introduced at my trial.

  “I will not say that any witnesses did not tell the truth for I have been given my dose and have enough enemies and am not looking for any more. I do say though that there was too much prejudice against me. I am better off in jail than I would be out in the open. I could not get a fair shake even if I was free.

  “I want to return to Gridley when my time is up, but that depends on how the public feels at that time. I am 22 now and will be 28 when I get out. That is not too old to start life anew. I am anxious to get out of here and in San Quentin as I want to break the monotony of doing nothing.

  “In a year or so I will endeavor to be paroled. I think by that time the public will see that I had nothing to do with this matter and there will be no objections to my release. As far as talking about the testimony of my case I told everything on the stand. My sister has yet to be tried and I only hope she gets out. I would willingly take my medicine and her’s too if they would let me.

  “This is all a mistake. The people have been led to believe I am some cruel, heartless person. They blame me for not breaking down. What is the use of doing that? I was in a pretty serious position and though I knew my innocence I could not convince any Butte county jury of it the way the public is feeling now.

  “I am satisfied that I did not get more, for what could one expect when they knew how strong the feeling was against me? I was prepared for anything, but to tell the truth, I never expected to be here now as I know that the evidence alone could not convict me.”


Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com




Sacramento Union

Tuesday, January 9, 1912



Oroville Sees Last of Gridley Man Convicted of Complicity in Girl’s Death


Declares Innocence of Murder of Helen Rumbell - Sorry for His Sister

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - After thanking the sheriff and officers for the treatment accorded him for the last few months, bidding good-by to his sister, Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, and the rest of the prisoners in the county jail, Arthur LEWIS, handcuffed to Deputy Sheriff Milton WEBBER, left this morning for San Quentin prison to serve his ten-year sentence.

  Lewis was found guilty of manslaughter. He was charged with the murder of little Helen Rumbell near Gridley on June 26 of last year. One would have thought he was going back to his farm near Gridley by the happy manner he showed. He was smiling and joshing with his guard and declared that he would be back again to shake hands as a free man.

  “Yes, I am going,” stated Lewis. “There is no use for tears, for I have got mine and I am going to take it. I feel sorry for my sister, for her incarceration and expected trial is affecting her greatly.

  “I have been treated fine since I was arrested, but jail life is not to anyone’s liking, and I am glad I am going where I can work. I made a miscue and am paying for it. I have a long time to wait, but am willing to take my medicine and show them I am not so bad as the public has painted me. I am coming back sure and live this down. Sometime they will be sorry for this, because I am not guilty - just the victim of the prejudice of the public. Good-by, will see you later.”

  And Arthur Lewis, the man who cost the county $10,000, was on his way. It is not expected he will be back to testify in his sister’s trial.



Oroville Marshal Says Officer Neglected His Duty to Meet Young Woman

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - Marshal CURRAN is gathering evidence against Officer Joseph PICKETT which he says shows that when the young patrolman was supposed to be attending to his duties at the city jail he was in reality meeting a young woman in various parts of the city.

  Curran claims he can produce witnesses to show this, and he has been looking up dates and hours so as to have the evidence ready when the police committee takes up the matter of the discharged patrolman. PICKETT declares he is willing to have any part of his record looked into, for he states he has always done his duty to the best of his ability.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan. 8 - YOSHIMURA, a Japanese contractor who has been in the employ of the Alaska Sugar company for about two years, left this morning for a visit to his native land with a bank roll representing $100,000, the savings of ten years in California.

  Filial love takes HOSHIMURA to Japan as he wishes to see his aged parents, and leave them a portion of his savings to bring comfort to their old age. The nest egg accumulated by the thrifty Japanese is equivalent to twice its value in America.

  Accompanying Hoshimura on his trip the Tamaurax, a younger brother, and a son. They will be away four months. KANZAKI, one of the best educated Japanese in the state, will take charge of the contracting business of Hoshimura during the absence of the latter. Their countrymen in this city gave them a rousing send-off.



El Dorado Supervisors Order Work Stopped Until Material is Tested

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Jan. 8 - Splitting, chipping white sandstone, used in the El Dorado county courthouse building is causing consternation throughout the county, and several informal protests have been made to the board of supervisors. The stone, which came from Ione, either could not stand the grilling given it by the frost of the last ten days, or else it was faulty.

  The supervisors have decided to take no action in the matter until the next meeting. They have ordered that no more stone be laid on the courthouse until that time. The architects claim that the stone now in the building was put there without the weather coating called for in the specifications. If, by February, it is shown that his was really the trouble the supervisors may order the stone work continued, and if not, some other action may be taken.

  Some say that the stone split was broken during the sawing into blocks, and that it was stuck together again. Several of the large blocks are split their entire length, or large pieces chipped out. The stone is laid up to the first floor.



Klamath Defendants Granted Stay by Court - One is in Portland

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Feb. 8 - Judge Henry L. BENSON, in circuit court, has granted a stay in the cases of Samuel A. McMAHON and James H. HUGHES, charged with attempted bribery of Mayor Fred T. SANDERSON and Councilmen Russell A. ALFORD and Marion HANKS to secure a paving contract for their employers, the Rudolph S. BLOME company of Chicago. McMahon has never been arraigned, although Hughes has pleaded not guilty.

  McMahon is ill with lung trouble. Drs. R.R. HAMILTON and Leo W. CHILTON made affidavit that he was in a condition where mental excitement would be dangerous, and that he might be able to recover his health by going to a lower and milder altitude.  It was generally believed that on getting a stay McMahon would go to California, but he went to Portland. Hughes wants his trial at the time of McMahon’s, as McMahon will be a witness for him, having been his superior in the paving sales work.

  It is expected to call the cases February 16. McMahon is under $10,000 bond and Hughes under $7500, both being furnished by an Eastern surety company.


Sacramento Union

Tuesday, January 9, 1912



Suit Filed Against Railroad and City of Roseville to Regain Old Estate


Action Based on Holdings of Early Days by Grandchildren of W.A. Thomas.

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Jan. 8 - To recover ground now held in Roseville by the Southern Pacific Railroad company as right of way and by the city of Roseville for streets, W.A. THOMAS and Rosa O’BRIEN have filed a complaint in the superior court of Placer county.

  The complaint recalls some of the early railroad history of California as it alleges that the roadbed and right of way of the old Folsom and Lincoln railroad long since abandoned are now used as a wagon road in on the ground in dispute.

  The plaintiffs alleged that they are the grandchildren and heirs of the late W.A. THOMAS, a pioneer of Roseville, and that the land now held by the Southern Pacific and used for tracks and by the city of Roseville, for streets was never deeded by Thomas and that neither of the defendants has acquired title from the plaintiffs, as his heirs.

  The property in dispute is now valuable, worth tens of thousands of dollars. A bitter fight will be made by the Attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants. A. Kelly ROBINSON is attorney for the plaintiffs. TUTTLE and TUTTLE of this city will represent the railroad company and City Attorney J.B. GIBSON will look after the interests of the city of Roseville in the litigation, which promises to be in the court for many months.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan 8 - A certificate of removal with the copy of articles of incorporation of the GERALDSON Fruit company, which were filed with the county clerk today, changes the place of business of the company from San Francisco to Winters.

  The directors of the company are G. GERALDSON of Newcastle, Placer county; L.H. BROWNSTONE, Milton B. BADT, M.C. HICKEY and J. BROWNSTONE of San Francisco. The capital stock is $500,000, of which $50 has been subscribed.                   



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), JaN. 8 - Officers of Woodland tent No. 49, Knights of the Maccabees, have been installed for the ensuing year as follows:

 J.A. HUNTER, P.C.; Arthur E. DAVIS, C.; E.W. CULVER, L.C.; George M. ELTON, R.K.; J.P. WELCH, chaplain; O.N. HAWK, S.; William EXLEY, first M.G.; George CONLEY, second M.G.; E.K. COOPER, sentinel; J.B. BURKETT, picket.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8- Wielding the municipal ax in a rapid fashion the police committee of the board of trustees this morning asked for and was granted the head of Patrolman Joseph PICKETT. The committee, consisting of R.S. TYLER, chairman, W.J. SHARKEY and E. MEYER, met at 11 o’clock today and then summoned to the conference Mayor BRADEN and Trustee E.A. KUSEL.

    Charges filed by Marshal CURRAN alleging that Pickett failed to obey orders given him were read, and then a unanimous vote taken to remove him. The committee asserted it had investigated the charges and found them to be correct. No one was appointed to succeed Pickett as the board deemed the force adequate for the present needs of the city.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), jan. 8 - According to the petition for letters of administration filed today by C.N. and B.D. BOULWARE, sons of the late W.T. Boulware, prominent rancher of Biggs, the estate is valued at approximately $50,000.

  Boulware died on January 1, leaving cash in a Biggs bank amounting to $13,039.41; 1020 acres, known as the Bangor ranch, a deed to which has been placed in escrow in the Rideout bank of this city for F.M. TURNER whenever he pays a balance of $11,220; a promissory note of J.B. ALLEN of Pittville, Lassen county, for $5000; furniture valued at $500, and a home place of 370 acres, near Biggs, valued at $18500.

  The heirs are Martha Boulware, widow, of Biggs; Caleb N. and Broderick D. Boulware of Biggs; Rebecca B. MOORE of Chico; Sarah E. SERVISS of Biggs; Thomas M. Boulware and Mary A TIPTON of Biggs, and Belle D. AMOS of El Monte, Los Angeles county.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - Chico jumped into the limelight today in connection with the recent hold-up of the Oregon Express, and reports from the police officers here may throw some light upon the identity of the daring bandit who unaided held up and robbed three mail clerks at the point of a gun. Information given by Officer Glenn ARBUCKLE is to the effect that on the morning of the robbery he was at the local station when train No. 16 pulled in. He noticed a stranger who appeared to be very much interested in the baggage and mail cars, and on several occasions approached those who were placing the mail in the car and asked if all the mail had been put in, and if everything was all right, or words to that effect.

 A description of this man has been furnished the valley authorities who are searching for the bandit. It is thought that the man here was more likely the robber than any other suspects now in the toils. He is described as being five feet nine inches, weighing about 140 pounds, with black hair, smooth shaven, bearing the appearance of a drug fiend of some sort. He wore a dark hat and a long light overcoat.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - Marital troubles arising from divorces played the principal role in the mass of legal matter filed with the county clerk today. Agnes EASTMAN who, on January 14, 1909, was granted a final decree of divorce from Fred EASTMAN, finds she can no longer care for her minor child, Evan Hugh EASTMAN, and asks the court to make her husband, a Woodland tailor, contribute $20 a month to his support.

  She states she is a nurse in a Red Bluff hospital, but cannot keep pace with the needs of her growing son. The matter will be heard Monday, January 15, at 10 o’clock.

  Judge GRAY today issued an order for M.C. GARTHAFFNER to appear on January 29 and tell why he has not paid his wife Marjorie $25 a month alimony, as he was ordered to do on April 11, 1910, when the interlocutory decree was granted. There is now due the wife $200. She declares she is unable to support her son Amiel without the money, and that it took her four months to locate her former husband, who is now in Colusa.

  Claiming that her husband was intemperate and cruel, Mrs. Amelia FERNANDEZ today started action for divorce from James Albert FERNANDEZ. The complaint states the couple were married in Aetna, Siskiyou county, on May 22, 1906. On November 28, 1908, the husband left, and since then has not contributed to the two children, Emma and John.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 8 - Miss Irvinia CARSON, the only one out of eleven who took the teachers’ examination in this county to pass, has been given a position in the schools at Hobart Mills, this county. The young woman who has been principal of the schools there has resigned and Miss Nellie THOMAS of this city was promoted to fill the vacancy. Miss Carson will take Miss Thomas’ position. The place pays $70 a month.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 8 - Michael NOLAN, one of the oldest miners in this county, it dead here at the aged of 86 years. The remains have been taken to the home of a nephew of the deceased at Grass Valley, where the funeral will be held tomorrow morning. Nolan came to California form his native county of Carroll in Ireland during the early 50’s, and has been a resident of this county nearly all the time since then. He never married.



SMARTSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 8 - Mrs. Timothy LINEHAN, one of Smarstville’s oldest pioneer women, died here today at the age of 70 years. Mrs. Linehan came to this section in the early sixties and has been a resident of Yuba county ever since. She leaves a husband and three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. The date of the funeral has not yet been set.



Wife of Grass Valley Mayor Is Named Librarian

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 8 - The public library was opened today for the first time for business, and during the afternoon and evening the place was well patronized. The rooms are attractive and comfortable and the daily papers and magazines are on the tables in addition to a good supply of books. Mrs. J.C. CONWAY, wife of the mayor, has been appointed as the librarian and is busy cataloguing the books and preparing for the work of passing them out to patrons of the library. The trustees of the institution are J.S. HENNESSY, E.H. ARMSTRONG, Thomas INGRAM, Mrs. Robert NYE and Miss Margaret HENDERSON.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - When Superior Judge GRAY attached his signature to an application for a voluntary dissolution of partnership presented by the EKMAN-STOW company this morning, he erased form the business life of Oroville one of its oldest enterprises.

 Since the death of H.P. STOW several years ago the company as been moving along with fair success. The fact that so many inferior grades of olive oil are being manufactured is directly responsible for the collapse of the firm. In order to compete with these it was necessary to cut the profit to a margin no longer insuring a paying business.

  The firm has been in existence over thirty years and is widely known all over the coast.



ROSEVILLE (Placer Co.), Jan. 8 - C. GOULD, who made many friends here while installing the sewer for C.D. VINCENT company, while engaged with one of the large sewer digging machines one day last week caught his clothing into the machine and was dragged into the machinery. His arm was crushed until it proved necessary to amputate the limb near the shoulder.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 8 - In the superior court today the trial of J. Harrison BOGGS on a charge of felonious assault was continued from February 20 to March 5. This will be the second trial of Boggs on the charge. In the first trial the jury stood 11 to 1 for acquittal. Boggs is charged with a criminal assault on a young negress.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 8 - A deed from the Sierra Lumber company transferring 480 acres of land to the Red River Lumber company was filed for recording today. The Red River Lumber is the holding company of the T.B. WALKER lumber interests. The land is in the Eastern part of the county.



CAPAY (Yolo Co.), Jan. 8 - The residence of John J. SMITH at Brooks was destroyed by fire last night. The building and its contents were a total loss. The house was practically new and was a story and a half dwelling. The fire is supposed to have originated in the basement.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan. 8 - Woodland chapter No. 46, Royal Arch Masons, has installed the following officers for the ensuing year:

 W.H. GREGORY, H.P.; J.D. HARLING, king; C.W. THOMAS, Jr., scribe; H.H. GA BLE, treasurer; H.M. MILLER, secretary; J.L. McCONNELL, C.H.; P.T. LAUGENOUR, P.S.; S.M. GRIGGS, R.A.C.; L.H. CRANSTON, first veil; Lee MILLER, second vail; W.W. McGRATH, third vail; R.J. GIBSON, sentinel.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 8 - The board of supervisors have appointed themselves and the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Redding and Anderson as delegates to the State Promotion meeting at Los Angeles. They will go on the special train that leaves Sacramento Wednesday afternoon. C.D. MORTON will represent the Anderson chamber of commerce and W.D. EGILBERT the chamber of commerce of this city.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 8 - Irby H. JORDAN, a prominet young man of Shasta county, died this morning following an operation for appendicitis. He leaves a young widow, formerly Miss Winifred OLIVER, to whom he was married a little more that two months ago. His parents, a sister and three brothers reside at Ono in this county. Jordan was 25 years of age and popular with all acquaintances. He was a brother-in-law of Sheriff MONTGOMERY.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 8 - Frank MARTINEZ, Joseph GORDON and Frank JOHNSON, all 17 years of age, were committed to the Preston school at Ione today by Superior Judge GRAY for breaking into a Greek lodging house and stealing a quantity of clothing. They were captured in Marysville and admitted their guilt.


Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com



Sacramento Bee

Wednesday, January 10, 1912



Detectives Interested in Man Who Had Large Sum When Arrested

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), January 10 - Interest in the hunt for the bandit, who robbed the mail car on train No. 36, between Red Bluff and Redding last Friday, was transferred to Oroville yesterday for a few hours. Post Office Inspector GRAY wired Marshal CURRAN from Delta, Shasta County, asking for a description of Charles JACKSON, who was in jail here Sunday. Jackson came here from Redding Saturday evening and was arrested at an early hour Sunday morning in an intoxicated condition. He had over $1,000 in his pockets. He was later released.

  The description of Jackson and the mail car robber agree in every particular, with the exception of height, the bandit being taller than Jackson. Jackson was interviewed by Marshal Curran and proved beyond all doubt that he was in no way connected with the mail robbery.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), January 10 - Referee in Bankruptcy Richard BELCHER has set January 20th as the date for hearing the petition of Dunning RIDEOUT, trustee of the Northern California Gold Mines Company, bankrupt, for an order authorizing him to sell at private sale all the right, title and interest of the bankrupt to the property involved.

  The same time, and Belcher’s office, are fixed for the sale and the hearing of the return of same and confirmation thereof.



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), January 10 - The Male members of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church will hold the first of a series of banquets on January 13th. The purpose of the banquets is to get together and get acquainted - an idea that has been suggested by the enterprising minister, Dr. George H. FEESE. There will be short talks by leading citizens of the county who will be invited guests for the evening. The Committee having charge of the affair consists of G.J. WALTON, A.B. CLEVELAND, Dr. FISHER, Dr. LEONARD and Judge H.L. BENSON



GRASS VALLEY - (Nevada Co.), January 10 - W.R. BURCH, member of San Francisco mining firm, accompanied by Mining Experts Alex ROY and Charles R. THOMPSON, yesterday made an inspection of the Prudential mine, below this city. The mine is still under bond by George A. ALDRICH, but it is understood that he will forfeit the bond, as he has failed to comply with the payment agreements stipulated in the bond.

  Burch stated to a representative of The Bee last night that there were still a few obstacles in the way of him purchasing the property, but that in all probability these would be overcome and the deal would be consummated. The miners who worked for Aldrich still have in the neighborhood of $3,000 coming for back wages, but Burch said these men would receive their pay if he took over the property.



WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), January 10 - The Grand Jury for this year will be drawn from these thirty citizens:





  Mad River - H.J. EASTMAN, Charles Cobb, Edward DALE.



Property Stolen From Redding Wet Good Resort Recovered

REDDING (Shasta Co.), January 10 - Fritz KOUKOU and Harry BELL, strangers who have been hanging around town for several days, were arrested by Marshal BONG last night and booked on charges of burglary. They are believed to be the men who robbed Tony JAEGEL’s saloon night before last.

  When arrested the men had in their possession $98.50, two overcoats, two watches and the pistols taken from the saloon. They declare they are innocent, but do not account for the stolen property in their possession.



FAIRFIELD (Solano Co.), January 10 - Thomas F. McGILL and William C. GREEVES, executors of the will and estate of the late James McCARTY of Vallejo, have filed in the Superior Court here their final account, showing receipts of $19,903.60 and expenditures of $2.139.90, leaving a balance of $17,763.70. The estate consists of money and stocks valued at $25,000.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), January 10 - Golden Feather Lodge, Number 175, T.F.E., has appointed a Committee composed of J.V. PARKE, G.B. MERRILL and William WATTERS to arrange with the Western Pacific Company for a special excursion train to be run to Quincy on a Sunday during the present month of early next month. The purpose of the excursion is to give the local Lodge members and others an opportunity of enjoying the Winter sports in the snow.



ROSEVILLE (Placer Co.), January 10 - At the meeting of the Women’s Improvement Club Monday arrangements were made for a concert to be given here January 19th. The women have secured a number of fine artists and will present an unusually good program. Mrs. Walter LONGBOTHAM, the contralto, and Little Walter BARTILINI, the boy soprano, both of Sacramento, will be the artists featured. Last year the concert netted over $120.



LINDEN (San Joaquin Co.), January 10 - George H. MAXWELL addressed the mass meeting last night and advised the landowners to get together and work for the purpose of gaining Government aid to solve the flood problem. Maxwell is thoroughly familiar with the reclamation question and will endeavor to get an appropriation at the next session of Congress to relieve this section from flood waters caused by the overflow of Mormon Slough.



Mrs. J.H. Graves Is Said to Be Frequently Seen With Robert Turman

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), January 10 - Testimony is being taken preliminary to the divorce suit instituted by Mrs. John H. GRAVES to determine who shall have the custody of the two children.

  In an endeavor to show that his wife is not a proper person to have charge of the children, the defendant has had a number of prominent people on the stand, among them being several neighbors. They testified that they had seen Mrs. GRAVES in the company of Robert TURMAN, a young man of Willows, on numerous occasions.

  Witnesses for the plaintiff testified yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Graves charges her husband with extreme cruelty. Graves will not seek a divorce, but will endeavor to disprove the charges made by his wife.

  Dr. WILLI, osteopathic physician, of Sacramento, testifying for Mrs. Graves this morning, said it would be fatal to the little girl, who is very delicate, to be taken from her mother.

  The case is being heard behind closed doors.



JACKSON (Amador Co.), January 10 - Louis J. GAGLIARGO to-day filed a petition for letters of administration over the estate of Andrew GAGLIARGO, who was electrocuted in the lower workings of the South Eureka Mine, December 30th, as told in The Bee at the time. The estate amounts to $112, consisting of salary due from the mining company.

  The filing of the petition for letters of administration is supposed to be the prelude to the commencement of a suit for damages. Besides the brother, Louis J. GAGLIARGO, who filed the petition, the mother and two sisters survive.


Comings and Going of Superior California People

CHARLES A. RAND, cannery man of Marysville, is in San Francisco.

CARL R. BRIGGS, abstractor of Redding is in San Francisco.

M.E. DITTMAR, mining promoter of Redding, is in San Francisco.

I.G. ZUMWALT, Attorney of Colusa, is in San Francisco.

J.E. STUBBS, President of the University of Nevada, is in San Francisco.

JOHN MEYERS, merchant of Oroville, is in San Francisco.

J.W. HILL, attorney of Reno, is in San Francisco.

J.C. WILLIAMS, real estate man of Winters, has gone to Los Angeles for a short visit.


            NEWS JOTS

HAS DIPHTHERIA - DUNSMUIR (Siskiyou Co.), December 10 - Mr. GLENN, a clerk in the employ of the Southern Pacific Company, is under quarantine for diphtheria. Several cases of tonsilitis are reported also, and mumps are prevalent among the school children.



Assessor Kay Chairman of Important Committee of State Association

SUTTER CREEK (Amador Co.), January 10 - Clarence E. JARVIS, Assessor of Amador County and President of the State Assessors’ Association, has announced the following Committees:

 County, Municipal and Home Rule, whose object will be to gather data and information, also to confer and meet with a like Committee from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Clarence E. JARVIS of Amador, E.W. HOPKINS, M.D. LACK of Shasta, George E. MITCHELL of Placer, Robert CORLETT of Napa, C.E. McQUAID of Sutter.

  Legislature, George E. MITCHELL, F.E. DOWD of Sonoma, M.D. LACK, M.M. MOULTON, J.M. JAMISON.

  Ways and Means, E.J. KAY of Sacarmento, J.W. HOLLISTER, F.W. MONTAGUE, J.F. FAIRCHILD of Siskiyou, W.J. SMITH.


  Executive, T.H. COCHRAN, C.F. CONNER, J.W. MOORE of San Joaquin, C.F. HORNER, H.C. SCHROEDER of Nevada County.

  The next Convention will be held in the city of Los Angeles.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), January 10 - There has been filed with the County Clerk articles of Incorporation of the Geraldson Fruit Company. The principal place of business is San Francisco, but the articles are accompanied by a certificate of removal, showing that it is the intention to have Winters as the principal place of business. The Directors are G. GERALDSON of Newcastle, L.H. BROWNSTONE, Milton B. BADT, M.C. HICKEY and J. BROWNSTONE of San Francisco. The capital stock is $500,000 of which $50 has actually been subscribed.



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Sacramento Union

Wednesday, January 10, 1912



Percy Brewington Admits Marrying One Woman While Wedded to Another

RENO (Nev.), Jan. 9 - Percy Brewington, arrested several weeks ago on a charge of bigamy on complaint of his first wife, entered a plea of guilty in the district court here this afternoon. He will be sentenced on January 12.

  Brewington married Mrs. Mary DEERMER, an old and wealthy resident of this city at Sacramento last summer. Recently his first wife appeared in Reno and lodged a complaint against him. For a long time Brewington contended that he believed his first wife had secured a divorce. He is out on bail pending the passing of sentence.



Hoboes Start Disastrous Fire in Butte County

CANA (Butte Co.), Jan. 9 - The warehouse of MEBIUS & DRESCHER company of Sacramento and several box cars belonging to the Southern Pacific company were destroyed by fire here yesterday. A considerable quantity of grain stored in the warehouse was also burned. The loss is partially covered by insurance.

  The blaze is presumed to have been started by hoboes who built a camp fire nearby. It had gained such headway before discovery that the efforts of a number of volunteers ta save the building and contents were unavailing.


            GRIMES I.O.O.F. OFFICERS

GRIMES (Colusa Co.), Jan. 9 - Grand Island lodge of the I.O.O.F. has installed the following officers for the ensuing year:

 A.P. G., J.P. SMART; N.G., Dan RYAN; V.G., J.H. AYERS; R.S. N.G., John FRUCHTENICHT; L.S.N.G., Marshall DAVIS; R.S.V.G., John LAY; L.S.V.G., Sam HINES, Jr.; R.S.S., Will STAPP; L.S.S., John SMART; W. Lawrence GRIMM; Con., Will HARRISON; chaplain, C.B. WINSHIP; R Sec., Edward SMITH; treasurer, P. GRIMM.



Davis Released From Prison and Is Rearrested

CARSON CITY (Nev.), Jan. 9 - Phil DAVIS, who recently completed a three-year sentence at the Nevada state prison for breaking into a box car and stealing a number of articles, had scarcely left the institution before he was again arrested, and Judge FARRINGTON has sentenced him to fifteen months in prison for breaking a bonded seal on the box car which he robbed.

  The United States marshal was waiting to take DAVIS into custody as soon as he completed his three-year sentence. Realizing that he was in the net, Davis pleaded guilty in the hope of getting off with a light sentence. He was returned to the care and custody of Warden BAKER at the state’s prison.


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Sacramento Union

January 11, 1912 

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan 11 - Twenty-nine convictions out of thirty criminal cases tried in the superior court is the record made by District Attorney MANWELL of Yuba county during 1911 according to figures computed by County Clerk J.F. EASTMAN. It is believed that this is a record for the state.

Eastman’s record shows that there were 171 cases tried in the Yuba county superior court during 1911. Of these 55 were probate proceedings and 30 criminal cases. There was one murder case, that of E.J. WESTON, who was found guilty of manslaughter and given the maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

In the recorder’s office 1264 instruments were filed during the year. Of these 327 were deeds. This is taken as an indication that there is a decided movement in real estate. 



Birds From All Nevada Will Be in Competition.

RENO (Nev.), Dec 11 - Great preparations are being made by poultry raisers for the chicken show which is to be held in this city on January 25 ,26 and 27. The show will be held in the Breuner store building in this city and entries have been received from poultry fanciers all over the state.

M.J. HEWITT will be judge of the chickens. He is a member of the National Poultry association. Ribbons will be given by the local association to the owners of winning fowls. 


WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), Jan 11 - William Spencer LOWDEN, aged 81, one of the earliest settlers of Trinity county, died at his home here yesterday after a short illness. He was well known throughout Northern California, having followed the profession of surveyor in many counties.

There are left two sons and three daughters, H.L. Lowden, Perry Lowden, Miss Molie Lowden, Mrs. Frank HOLLINGSWORTH and Mrs. William CONDON. Mrs. Hollingsworth lives in San Francisco and the others are residents of this county. 



Threatens to Carry Divorce Action to High Courts.

RENO (Nev.), Jan 11 - A contest is to be offered in the divorce case of Marguerite FOX against Hugh FOX. The husband is contesting for the custody of his five-year-old child, and his attorney, John MACK of New York, states that he will carry the case to the supreme court.

The suit was filed several days ago by Mrs. Fox and yesterday a demurrer was entered to the complaint on behalf of Fox. The demurrer is on general grounds, the principal point raised being that the district court of Nevada has no jurisdiction over the child and that the decree would not be of effect in New York.

Among other things Mrs. Fox alleged that her husband becomes intoxicated frequently. 



RENO (Nev.), Jan 11 - Two days after he had secured his decree of divorce, Triphon LANDAIS was yesterday afternoon taken in charge by a local officer and charged with being a deserter from the United States Navy.

The circular sent out by the government and which led to the arrest of Landais, states that he enlisted in the navy under the name of Charles DINGHAM and that he deserted from the U.S.S. Independence in New Jersey.

In case he proves to be the right man, he will be turned over to the federal authorities at San Francisco. Landais claims that he is not the man wanted. He states that he never was in the navy and that he worked as advertising manager for an eastern newspaper before coming to Nevada. 


JACKSON (Amador Co.), Jan 11 - The following officers of the chamber of commerce of Jackson and Amador county were elected at a meeting of that body last night: George E. ZOLA, president; C.M. KELLEY, secretary; A. GINOCCHI, treasurer. The directors are the foregoing and Frank VALVA, Joseph DATSON, Charles TAN and P.L. PASSINELLI. 



WEED (Siskiyou Co.), Jan 11 -

D.M. HOBSON has been appointed justice of the peace of Edgewood township in which Weed is situated, to succeed Dr. W.E. TEBBE, who resigned to continue the study of medicine in the east. Tebbe is connected with the hospital of Weed Lumber company here. 



Blood-Soaked Clothing Evidence of Crime in Nevada.

CARSON CITY (Nev.), Jan 11 -

Relatives of “Indian Maggie,” the squaw who was found frozen to death in the snow near this place a few days ago, have advanced the claim that the girl was murdered.

The Indians have called the attention of the officials to the fact that a blood-soaked handkerchief was found near the body and that there were blood stains on her clothing. The Indians claim that signs of a struggle were also found in the sand near the body. They also claim that the young squaw’s neck was broken and that she had been carried into the brush where she was later found.

Those who found the body say that there is no foundation for the claims made by the Indians. 


NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan 11.

From the following names selected by Judge Jones, a grand jury for the current year will be chosen:



Bloomfield township - P. CUMMINGS, J.H. O’CONNOR.

Eureka township - J.H. VIZZARD.

Washington township - A. Schwartz.

Bridgeport township - George W. WODELL, S. SOLARO.

Rough and Ready township - G.P. HABLE, Charles W. SINGLE, A.W. MARTEL.

Little York township - A. DRYMAN.

Meadow Lake township - Charles E. SMITH, Charles T. BLISS, George OLIVER, I.A. SMITH, W.E. LARSEN, H. WILKIE, P. FRANZINI, E. FINNEGAN, E.J. PENDERGAST. 



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan 11 -

Past Worthy President E.O. O’BRIEN, assisted by Past Worthy President E.W. NEFF, was in charge of the ceremonies which installed the following officers for the ensuing term:

Louis KROUGER, worthy president; T. L. HARBOUR ,worthy vice president; W. M. RILEY, worthy chaplain; J.F. BURK, secretary, Guy R. KENNERY, treasurer; Frank WILSON, inside guard; Albert HALE, outside guard; S.E. SALISBURY, conductor; Edward MANN, W.R. VAN ORNUM, George SPENCER, trustees; Dr. C.L. BROWNING, physician.

Retiring President B.S. HEBERLIE was presented with a handsome gold jewel by the members of the lodge. Guy R. KENNEDY made the presentation. A banquet concluded the affair. E.W. NEFF was toastmaster and C.L. BROWNING and G.L KENNEDY were the principal speakers.

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Sacramento Union

Friday, January 12, 1912



WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), Jan. 11 - William Spencer LOWDEN, aged 81, one of the earliest settlers of Trinity county, died at his home here yesterday after a short illness. He was well known throughout Northern California, having followed the profession of surveyor in many counties.

  There are left two sons and three daughters. H.L. LOWDEN, Perry LOWDEN, Miss Molie LOWDEN, Mrs. Frank HOLLINGSWORTH and Mrs. William CONDON. Mrs. Hollingsworth lives in San Francisco and the others are residents of this county



Threatens to Carry Divorce Action to High Courts

RENO (Nev.), A contest is to be offered in the divorce case of Marguerite FOX against Hugh FOX. The husband is contesting for the custody of his five-year-old child, and his attorney, John MACK of New York, states that he will carry the case to the supreme court.

  The suit was filed several days ago by Mrs. Fox and yesterday a demurrer was entered to the complaint on behalf of Fox. The demurrer is on general grounds, the principal point raised being that the district court of Nevada has no jurisdiction over the child and that the decree would not be of effect in New York.

  Among other things Mrs. Fox alleges that her husband becomes intoxicated frequently.



RENO (Nev.), Jan. 11 - Two days after he had secured his decree of divorce, Triphon LANDAIS was yesterday afternoon taken in charge by a local officer and charged with being a deserter from the United States navy.

  The circular sent out by the government and which led to the arrest of Landais, states that he enlisted in the navy under the name of Charles DINGHAM and that he deserted from the U.S.S. Independence in New Jersey.

  In case he proves to be the right man, he will be turned over to the federal authorities at San Francisco. Landais claims that he is not the man wanted. He states that he never was in the navy and that he worked as advertising manager for an eastern newspaper before coming to Nevada.



JACKSON (Amador o.), Jan. 11 - The following officers of the chamber of commerce of Jackson and Amador county were elected at a meeting of that body last night: George E. ZOLA, president; C.M. KELLEY, secretary; A. GINOCCHI, treasurer. The directors are the foregoing and Frank VALVA, Joseph DATSON, Charles TAN and P.L. PASSINELLI.



WEED (Siskiyou Co.), Jan. 11 - L.M. HOBSON has been appointed justice of the peace of Edgwood township in which Weed is situated, to succeed Dr. W.E. TEBBE, who resigned to continue the study of medicine in the east. Tebbe is connected with the hospital of the Weed Lumber company here.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 11 - From the following names selected by Judge JONES, a grand jury for the current year will be chosen:



  Bloomfield township - P. CUMMINGS, J.H. O’CONNOR.

  Eureka township - J.H. VIZZARD.

  Washington township - A. SCHWARTZ.

  Bridgeport township - George W. WODELL, S. SOLARO.

  Rough and Ready township - G.P. HABLE, Charles W. SINGLE, A.W.  MARTEL.

  Little York township - A. DRYMAN.

  Meadow Lake township - Charles E. SMITH, Charles T. BLISS, George OLIVER, J.A. SMITH, W.E. LARSEN, H. WILKIE, P. FRANZINI, E. FINNEGAN, E.J. PENDERGAST.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 11 - Past Worthy President E.O. O’BRIEN, assisted by Past Worthy President E.W. NEFF, was in charge of the ceremonies which installed the following officers for the ensuing term:

 Louis KREUGER, worthy president; T. L. HARBOUR, worthy vice-president; W.M. RILEY, worthy chaplain; J.F. BURK, secretary; Guy R. KENNEDY, treasurer; Frank WILSON, inside guard, Albert HALE, outside guard; S.E. SALISBURY, conductor; Edward MANN, W.R. VAN ORNUM, George SPENCER, trustees; Dr. C.L. BROWNING, physician.

  Retiring President B.S. HEBERLIE was presented with a handsome gold jewel by the members of the lodge, Guy R. KENNEDY made the presentation. A banquet concluded the affair. E.W. NEFF was toastmaster and B.L. BROWNING and G.L. KENNEDY were the principal speakers.



ELKO (Nev.), Jan. 11 - A heavy gust of wind overturned the load of hay which Arthur GRISWOLD was hauling to feed cattle on his father’s ranch in Ruby valley. The young man was pinned beneath the hay rack and received serious injuries. It is feared that his back is broken and that he will not survive his injury.

  Griswold is about 22 years of age and has a wife and child. He has been taken to ta hospital at Salt Lake City for treatment.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 11 - U. MOYER, aged 56, a resident of this county for many years, died at the Jones hospital here Thursday morning of gangren brought on from dropsical attacks. He was the father of Mrs. Jesse YOUNG and Fred MOYER of San Francisco.



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Sacramento Union

Saturday, January 13, 1912



Judge McLaughlin Appointed to Care for Interests of Child Tragedy Made an Orphan


Wish of Child’s Dead Mother Is Heeded in Disposition of Homeless Tot

 Judge C.E. McLAUGHLIN of this city will get the care and control of the TUTTLE baby. Judge McLaughlin was the attorney who handled the estate of the late Mrs. Hazel TUTTLE, who about two weeks ago in this city, was shot and killed by her husband, who then turned the weapon upon himself and ended his life. Indeed, Judge McLaughlin had been something more than attorney for the dead girl. He was her confidential, fatherly adviser, both before and after her minority. She had depended upon him almost entirely in the management of her property, and Judge SHIELDS was acquainted with this fact, and it was he who first suggested that to appoint Judge McLaughlin to be guardian of the person and the $35,000 estate of the baby might be a way out of the difficulty, and satisfactory to all parties. It was satisfactory - provided Judge McLaughlin would consent to act. Attorneys went to find Judge McLaughlin and located him. He consented to act.


 And the baby, the 9 months’ old little girl left fatherless and motherless, will be placed by Judge McLaughlin in the home of E. WEISMAN of this city. A good home, with kind people to look out for her. This is the way Judge SHIELDS describes what is ahead of the little girl.

  Not that there was anything against the grandmother of the little girl, who asked to be appointed guardian. To the contrary, every scrap of testimony was to the effect that she is a good and grand woman, who would have done all for the little one that its own mother could have done. Not that there was anything to be said against the grandfather. He was a little rough speaking; occasionally he had been known to swear - but not before the small children of the household.

  The fact that weighed, other than that the relatives of the child were at war, split fairly into two factions, neither of which was willing that the other should have the little child, was the stronger fact that the mother of the baby had said time and again that should anything happen to her she did not want the baby to go to any of her husband’s people. Indeed, one witness testified that Mrs. TUTTLE had told her that she would rather have her baby die than to go to her husband’s people.


  There was a story back of it all that did not appear in court. It dated prior to the marriage of William and Hazel TUTTLE, and it appeared to have been the cause of a marriage which was distasteful to the little woman. That as it may be, she was bitterly opposed to any of her husband’s people taking the child in case she should die, and it is thought that this weighed strongly in the attitude taken by Judge SHIELDS, and which resulted in a satisfactory arrangement.

  The evidence marshalled by Attorney W.H. DEVLIN for Mrs. BIDDLE and Mrs. STAFFORD, who at the last moment had petitioned for the appointment of E. WEISMAN to be guardian of the child, was not strong. Compared with that put in by Attorney S.H. JONES, for the petitioner, Mrs. Antoinetta TUTTLE, it was mild, indeed.

  At any rate, the matter has been settled. Judge McLAUGHLIN will be the guardian of the $35,000 baby.


            SOCIAL CHAT


 One of the most interesting society events of next month will be the wedding of Miss Augusta QUAAS and Adolph TEICHERT, which will be celebrated on the evening of February 28 at the Westminster Presbyterian church.

  Its being the first big church wedding in a long time gives it additional interest as does the fact that Miss QUAAS is a very popular society girl. Miss Nina HEILBRON, a cousin of the bride-to-be, will attend her as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids will be Miss Carolin TEICHERT, a sister of the groom, Miss Emily GILLIS, Miss Gertrude RUNYON of Courtland and Miss Mary Lou HEILBRON.

            - - -

 A number of young people will be entertained this evening at a dancing party which will be given in Trinity parish house by a group of high school girls. Those who have received invitations to the affair are: the Misses Myretta LEEMAN, Helen FRANZ, Grace ELLIOT, Helene MONTFORD, Evelyn DIERSSEN, Alice ROONEY, Rose ROONEY, Muriel KAUFFMAN, Lorna VARNEY, Clara NAUMAN, Margueritte WRIGHT, Loela HILLS, Madge BERRY, Ramona WULF, OEnone (sic) SMITH, Hazel McMILLAN, Maude WAKEFIELD, Mildred HICHBORN, Lola NORRIS, Frances PRITCHARD, Marcella SPAULDING, Messrs. Gilbert and Louis RIDEAN, Will EDINGER, George DIERSSEN, Hale DAY, Gus WENDT, Jack EBNER, Ben HARVEY, Rudolph COLE, Louis HULSE, Elmer SIMMERMACHER, Will THOMAS, I.J. HARVEY, Raymond MAXWELL, Harold McMILLAN, Will SITTON, Elwood McLAUGHLIN, Leslie SHEEHAN, Carl ERNST and Guido NOACK.

            - - -

Miss Georgia McKINLEY, who is to be bridesmaid at the McKINLEY-SILLER wedding next Saturday, will come up from San Francisco tomorrow to remain as the guest of Miss Elsie SILLER until after the event.

  Later in the week Mr. and Mrs. John SILLER will have as their guests Mr. and Mrs. W.F. McKINLEY, Dr. Fred STOKES, Miss Jessie STOKES and Clifford MARTIN, who is to be the groom’s attendant.

            - - -

  Mrs. Bernard DRESCHER will entertain one of the bridge clubs this afternoon at a meeting which is to be attended by members alone.

            - - -

 Miss Ella WOOD of Chicago, who is enjoying a visit here with her aunt, Mrs. Charles B BILLS, was the incentive for a pleasant little gathering yesterday afternoon when Mrs. Bills invited a number of girls in to play bridge and to enjoy a dainty luncheon in her honor.

            - - -

 A color scheme of red has been chosen for the five hundred party at which Mrs. Thomas H. ARTHUR will entertain the members of the Multa Fiesta club this afternoon, and crimson carnations will be used to decorate the living room where four tables will be set for the game, and the dining-room, where luncheon will be served afterward. Miss Geraldine GEHAN has been invited as the one extra guest.

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 Mrs. George B. CARR has invited the members of the Spoon club to enjoy a meeting with her on Monday afternoon.

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 Miss Elsie SILLER presided at two informal teas this week, entertaining twenty-five or thirty girl friends at each one. A feature of interest to the girls, several of whom are soon to become brides themselves, was the display of the dainty linens and lingerie of the  bridal chest which is in readiness for Miss Siller’s marriage on the 20th.

            - - -

 Mrs. Douglas A. LINDSAY entertained the members of a card club yesterday afternoon, presiding over three tables at the game. In the absence of two members, Mrs. Gus LAVENSON and Mrs. F.A. JOHNSON enjoyed the pleasures of the session.

            - - -

 Miss Elizabeth GREGG has come down from Red Bluff for a visit with Sacramento friends.


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Sacramento Union

Sunday January 14, 1912 


DORRIS (Siskiyou Co.), Jan 13 -

Camp No. 3503 Modern Woodmen of America, held their installation of officers in the Knights of Pythias hall, practically all the members of the order being present. Head Consuls C.B. FALL and John TREFREN acted as the installing officers: the following officers being installed for the ensuing year: F. M. DAYTON, consul; L.A. WILKINS, banker; Ortha WILKINS, clerk; A.B.C. DAY, escort; J.D. PHILLIPS, sentry. 



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan 13 -

Sheriff MONTGOMERY will leave this city tonight for San Francisco to bring George W. MUNDORF of the secret service of the Southern Pacific railroad to Redding. Mundorf was indicted yesterday with G.W. BUSH, one of the attorneys for FLEMING and J.J. HAROLD, another member of Southern Pacific secret service, for an alleged attempt to bribe Frank HOOPER, one of the principal witnesses for the prosecution.

BUSH and HAROLD were arrested yesterday and released on bonds in the sum of $1000 each. 


AMADOR CITY (Amador Co.), Jan 13 -

The Bunker Hill mine at Amador City has made an exceptionally good output for December, the yield being the heaviest of any month in the history of the property, insuring the stockholders their regular monthly dividend, as well as adding materially to the surplus fund. Elisha HAMPTON is the superintendent.  



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan 13 -

Fritz KUKEN and Henry BELL, charged with robbery, have been held for trial in the superior court and are being held in bonds of $4000 each. The men say they will plead guilty when arraigned. The men entered the saloon of Tom JAEGEL last Monday night and took considerable money and some revolvers. 



LAST CHANCE (Placer Co.), Jan 13 -

Under the personal direction of W.S. KEITH of San Francisco, consulting engineer of the Frankmount Mining company, the 5000 foot tunnel of the company through El Dorado ground into the Home Ticket mine is about completed. The camp is quiet owing to a lack of water for operation of the gravel properties. 



SISSON (Siskiyou Co.), Jan 13 -

At the last regular meeting of the Sisson Tavern Co., the following directors were chosen: E.W. DAVIS, Charles MORRISON, C.E. GILLIS, J.O’SHAUGHNESSY and James A. THOMAS. The next meeting will be held on February 19. 


Trial Begins Tuesday of Case Against Oro Company by Injured Lineman.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan 13 -

Names of 25 trial jurors, selected from the 600 names placed in the jury box a few days ago, have been drawn, to appear in the superior court next Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock and probably from their number 12 will be chosen to sit in the case of F.A. HOBSON versus the Oro Water, Light and Power company.

Hobson is suing for $2000 damages as the result of injuries sustained on September 26, when an electric wire pole collapsed with him near the vicinity of Lava Bed dredge No. 3.

The jurors are:



Nimshew - R.L. ATKINS.

Paradise - M.V. ROWE, Jess H. BURK, J.F. BLUE, J.L CHANDLER .

Wyandotte - McCoy R. BILLS.

Cherokee - S.R. VAN GOODEN

Gridley - J.F. LITTLE


Bangor - William HUGHES.

Oregon City - T.H. DAVIS.

Dayton - H. VERMETT.

Stirling City - Oscar ALIS. 



PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Jan 13 -

More proof of the presence of many rich “pockets” in the mining districts of El Dorado county has just been made by Seymour and Grant HILL of El Dorado, who have uncovered a rich “pocket” on the “Lookout” claim, near El Dorado. They took $10,000 from this “pocket.” This property had been in litigation for several years, the legal entanglement being unraveled recently by a compromise outside the court. 



WINTERS (Yolo Co.), Jan 13 -

J.W. LAMME of this city has been appointed deputy horticultural (sic) commissioner for the Winters district by County Horticultural Commissioner G.H. HECKS in the place of O. MERCHANT, who has resigned on account of the demand upon his time of private business. 



LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Jan 13 -

Mrs. Ethel Williams has filed a complaint against the city of Lodi to recover $20,000 damages for the death of her husband, Henry B. Williams, who was accidentally killed by falling from a ladder while in the employ of the city last July.

Williams was adjusting an incandescent light in the center of the street at the corner of Elm and School streets. The ladder on which he stood was held in place by a guy rope fastened to a tree. The top of a buggy in which a young woman was driving caught the guy rope, throwing down the ladder on which Williams was standing. He fell, striking the ground on his head and shoulders. He was not thought to be seriously injured at the time, but died that night.

The trustees discussed the matter and decided something should be done for the widow, but it was allowed to drop.

The name of the young woman who was in the buggy that was the cause of the accident has never been learned. At the time she drove back to where Williams was but, learning that he was not seriously injured, drove away again.

W.H. CARLIN of Marysville is the attorney for Mrs. Williams, and it is said that an effort will be made to show negligence on the part of the city officials.              


NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan 13 -

Two funerals were held here today. In the morning the remains of the late Mrs. A.E. HARTMAN were laid to rest with appropriate services in the Methodist church. Interment was made in Pine Grove cemetery.

This afternoon the funeral of Ralph W. WEBBER, the well-known young shoe man, was held. Hundreds of people from all over the county attended the services. Mr. Weber is next to the last member of a family that had been prominent in the affairs of this county for more that a century. 

(Note: I tripled checked the surname and it was spelled both ways in the article - Webber and Weber. I do not know which is correct.) 



ELY (Nev.), Jan 13 - New officers have been elected by the White Pine Telephone company, the following being chosen for the ensuing year:

President, Charles WALKER; vice-president, Arthur SMITH; secretary and treasurer, H.N. BYRNE; manager, H.S. BENNETT; directors ,H.N. BYRNE, Arthur SMITH and C.A. WALKER. 



LINCOLN (Placer Co.), Jan 13 -

Carl I. TYLER of this place is said to have been the intended victim of a bunko game in San Francisco yesterday, but he beat the other fellow to it, and the result is that Henry JACKSON and Arthur YOUNG have been charged with grand larceny and are now in jail. 



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan 13 -

Tomorrow morning a special train will leave here for San Joaquin valley points, via Sacramento, carrying a number of excursionists from this section who desire to get better acquainted with their state. 


WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan 13 -

Constable BARKER returns from Colusa today with W.E. PIERCE, who is wanted in this city on a charge of embezzlement.

Pierce was in this city about two weeks acting as solicitor for a San Francisco weekly paper. He severed his connections with the paper to accept a position as solicitor for H.J. PROVOST. It is alleged that Pierce failed to make returns form money collected. 



MT. HEBRON (Siskiyou Co.), Jan 13 -

John O’NEIL of this town has been summoned to the bedside of Silas SHATTUCK, a relative of his wife. Shattuck lives at Hornbrook and is one of he old pioneers of Siskiyou county, crossing the plains with an ox team. His condition is critical, but his family have hopes of his recovery. 



ANDERSON (Shasta Co.), Jan 13 -

The petition asking the board of supervisors to call an election in district No. 5 on the local option question is receiving many signatures. It is stated that the petition will be filed with the county clerk about February 1. Anderson and Cottonwood are the principal towns in the district. 


AUBURN (Placer Co.), Jan 13 -

Officers have been elected by the Edgewood Farmers’ union as follows: John CLARKE, president; Geo. KELLY, vice-president; Mrs. A.B. CLARKE, secretary and treasurer; Bernie SHANLEY, conductor; Mrs. Ella ATWOOD, chaplain.

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Sacramento Union

Wednesday, January 17, 1912



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 16 - In an effort to save Henry MURPHY from serving a term in the penitentiary for the theft of a quantity of amalgam from El Oro dredge No. 1, Attorney George GARDNER will have at least one hundred prominent business men of this city testify that the man is half-witted.

  These have openly declared that to be a fact and Gardner is now arranging for two reputable physicians to examine his client. MURPHY was convicted several years ago of stealing a quantity of brass from one of the dredgers and served six months in the county jail for this theft. He admits having stolen the amalgam.



COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), Jan. 16 - W.F. ASHBY and Skyler GREGORY, two well-known farmers of South Fork creek, were stricken with paralysis a few days ago. The two men live about five miles from each other and they were stricken the same night and nearly at the same hour. Mr. Gregory is 40 years of age and Mr. ASHBY is 63 years old. Both men were apparently healthy and neither of them ever had any symptoms of paralysis. Both men are now in a serious condition. Dr. GILLILAND of this place is attending them.



RENO (Nev.), Jan. 16 - While walking along the sidewalk in front of the county courthouse in this city yesterday, C.G. ARMSTRONG fell suddenly and sustained a fracture of the skull. What caused his fall is a mystery.

  For some time after the fall Armstrong was unable to tell his name or give his address. Under the care of a physician at the city’s emergency hospital he soon regained his senses. He has been attending the state university.



COLUSA (Colusa Co.), Jan. 16 - J.W. ASH, who has the contract for sinking the two wells which will furnish water for the town of Colusa, started on the second well yesterday afternoon. It is expected that when this is completed this town will have one of the best water systems in the state. A bountiful flow was encountered in the first well, and it is predicted that the second well will tap the same subterranean supply.



RENO (Nevada), Jan. 16 - Smoking has been tabooed in all the offices of the county courthouse with the exception of the sheriff’s office and it is probable that a “no smoking” sign will be seen there in a few days.

  The trouble was caused by the complaints of fair divorce seekers who have objected to the odor of smoke which pervades the court room. It has interfered with and hampered them in telling their tales of woe to the court when on the witness stand.



DAVIS (Yolo Co.), Jan. 16 - Twenty-five students enrolled in the college of agriculture of the University of California are expected to register for a course of study at the university farm school here. A number registered yesterday. They represent the senior, junior and sophomore classes. Following are their names:

 Clarence W. WESTHOOK, Robert Laurence WING, James V. SHOST, James ANDERSON, G.M. AVAKIAN, Raymond E. CLIFFORD, John W. SAIBLY, Charles L. HAMPTON, James Boyd JEUR, Floyd F. HOWARD, Edwin Coblentz VOORHIES, Frank McCAPPIN, Earl L. DINIG, Thomas C .MAYHEW, Thomas TAVERNETTI, Richard Dyer JONES, Lloyd Elwood CRELKLIN, Gilbert WILLOYBBY.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 16 - Miss Helen L. EDGERTON has the distinction of being the first woman to register as a voter in Tehama county. She answered all the questions without hesitation and readily gave her age. Following Miss Edgerton was Mrs. Ruie Jane HUBBARD, who gave her age as 68 years.

  After the registration of Miss Edgerton and Mrs. Hubbard several women became voters and there will be a city election in April, a large registration of women is expected.



GOLDFIELD (Nev.), Jan. 16 - Mrs. Lucy BALDWIN of this city is one of the direct heirs to an estate of great value which has been in the Canadian courts for 158 years. She has recently issued a power of attorney to a prominent barrister of Ontario, Canada, and he has informed her local attorney, M.A. DISKIN, that the estate is about to be settled and distributed.

  The property involved consists of valuable tracts of land in Canada and a sum of money in the Bank of England, reported to be more than $1,000,000.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 16 - The following officers were elected at a meeting of the teachers of the Congregational Sunday school:

 Mrs. Alice O’CONNOR, assistant superintendent; Miss Lucille HUGHES, secretary; Mrs. A.M. WRIGHT, treasurer; Mervyn TEMBY, librarian; Miss Gladys WOODRUFF, organist; Miss Margaret MITCHELL, assistant organist; Mrs. Edmund G. KINYON, chorister.



PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Jan. 16 - At one of the largest of public lodge installations ever held in Placerville the members of Placerville aerie, No. 889, Fraternal Order of Eagles, were hosts last night at Morning Star temple to 300 guests. After the public installation there was a short program, dancing, a banquet and the presentation of the past emblem to Past President J.W. SHANKLIN, the presentation speech being made by President S.B. WILSON.

  The new officers were installed by Past Worthy President Charles W. BALL, assisted by the following grand officers: Marshall HUGHES, Past Grand Worthy President W.S. KIRK, Grand Worthy Vice-President John C. YAGER, Grand Worthy Chaplain Frank I. SMITH, Grand Worthy Conductor George REIBER, Grand Worthy Secretary Ferdinand PIERROZ, Grand Worthy Treasurer John VOSS, Grand Worthy Inside Guard Fred FISHER and grand worthy outside guard.

  The officers installed are: J.W. SHANKLIN, past president; S.B. WILSON, president; J.E. LOMBARDO, vice-president; C.F. O’NEIL, chaplain; Ted. C. ATWOOD, secretary; J.F. LIMPINSEL, treasurer; F.I. SMITH, trustee for three years; F.J. RAFFETTO, trustee for two years; C.W. BALL, trustee for one year.

  The committee in charge of the affair consisted of John LOMBARDO, Jacob LEWENSTEIN and Robert F. INNIS.



COLUSA (Colusa CO.), Jan. 16 - The condition of Orlando BURROWS of Stoneyford, who was operated upon in the Merritt hospital, Oakland, last Thursday, is greatly improved.

  Burrows had a bad attack of typhoid fever some years ago, from the effects of which he has never fully recovered. It was found that he had a typhoid rib, or diseased bone, which had to be removed, and an immediate operation was deemed necessary to save his life. A portion of two ribs was removed, and it is believed that he will speedily recover.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 16 - Three funerals were held in this city today as follows: Mrs. Ruby Thomas HILL, who died Sunday following an operation, was buried this afternoon at 1 o’clock. This morning Mrs. A. SHEARER, the pioneer woman of Butte county, was laid to rest following by a large concourse of friends and mourners. This afternoon at 2:30 o’clock the majority of the saloons in the city closed out of respect to the memory of Samuel D. ARNEY, who died from the effects of gunshot wounds sustained accidentally while hunting early in the week. The Knights of the Royal Arch, Moose, Eagles and Foresters of American attended the obsequies in a body.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 16 - Mrs. Sallie ALEXANDER, sister of Mrs. Anna E. K. BIDWELL, founder of Chico, died this morning in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bidwell left Chico two days ago in response to a message that her sister was hovering between life and death, which was then expected, came. Her efforts to reach Washington, however, were of no avail, for special wire brought news of the death today with Mrs. Bidwell two days away from her destination.

  Mrs. Alexander was exceptionally well known in Chico, where she often visited at the Bidwell mansion in Rancho Chico with her aged sister. Shew was in Chico last September for a month’s visit.                                

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Sacramento Union

Saturday, January 20, 1912



Mrs. Therese Batten Appears in Court at Reno.

RENO (Nev.), Jan. 19 - Contrary to her announced intentions Mrs. Therese BATTEN is not going to leave Nevada and allow her husband to secure a decree of divorce, but is going to remain and fight the case. In fact she has already started the contest and appeared in court yesterday with her attorney and filed a demurrer to the complaint.

  The demurrer holds that the complaint does not state grounds sufficient to constitute a cause of action and also alleges that BATTEN fails to allege residence on the part of either himself or wife. Batten has been in Nevada but three months, but filed his suit under that section of the statute which says jurisdiction is attained by the court if papers are served on the defendant where the action is filed.

  Mrs. BATTEN also asks for alimony, suit money and counsel fees amounting to $350. The case has been continued until tomorrow.


            NEW BANK OPENS

GREENVILLE (Plumas Co.), Jan. 19 - The Indian Valley Bank has opened for business in the brick building on the corner of Main and Crescent streets. On the first day a large amount of deposits and considerable business was transacted. The bank has installed a modern burglar proof safe and is well equipped for business. J.R. MURRAY is president and H.C. CHAMBERLAIN cashier.


            DIES ON 84TH BIRTHDAY

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 19 - Charles TRELAEVEN, a pioneer of 1852, died in this city yesterday at the age of exactly 84 years, as he was born in England, January 18, 1828. He followed mining for many years at Gold Flat in this county, and during later years took up his trade of stone-cutter. He was a relative of Supervisor H.T. TRELEAVEN of Greenville, Plumas county, and had other relatives in Berkeley.



Given Long Jail Sentence for Using Art on Spouse

VIRGINIA CITY (Nev.), Jan. 19 - James WELSH, pugilist and wife-beater, is serving a sentence of 180 days in the county jail, having been adjudged guilty of brutally whipping his better half. Welsh was arrested several days ago on complaint of Mrs. Welsh. He was found asleep on the back porch of the house occupied by himself and wife.

  Mrs. Welsh was quite seriously injured. Her husband knocked her down and kicked her, and she was forced to take refuge at a neighbor’s house. She suffered a broken rib and many bruises.



QUINCY (Plumas Co.), Jan. 19 - Jacob N. STEPHEN has sold his interest in his grocery store to his partner, J.M. KINGDON to accept a position in the Plumas County bank. Stephen had a good business and did not accept the position in the bank until after much consideration. He is a son of Supervisor STEPHEN and is one of the most popular young men in the county.



Arrangements Perfected for Graduation Exercises at Chico Institution

CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 19 - Fifteen students of the Chico Normal school will receive diplomas on January 26, when the semi-annual graduation exercises will be held. Programs for the event are now being printed at the office of the state printer in Sacramento.

    William G. WOOD, superintendent of schools of Alameda county, will deliver the commencement address at the exercises and the Rev. William A. HUNTER, of the Chico Presbyterian church, the invocation.

  “Progress is the law of life,” has been chosen by the students as their class motto.

  Following are the names of those who will graduate : Mary Stephonie ALBRO, Agnes Clare ALLISON, Lura COOK, Jeanette A. DOTY, Annette Emily GIRARD, John William HEDGE, Barbara B. JOHNSON, Lucille CLARK-McGUIRE, Gladys Isabelle PEAK, Anna Lenore PERDUE, Loela Hanna RILEY, Mai Luman WARNICK, Lois Mildred WHITE.

  The following program has been arranged for the occasion:

 Selections, “Coronation March” (Meyerbeer), “Apple Blossoms” (R.A. Roberts), Chico normal orchestra; invocation, Rev. William A. HUNTER; vocal solo, Miss Barbara KIRK, violin obligato, Mr. Charles BRUCE, piano, Miss Mary Helen FINNELL; commencement address, William C. WOOD, superintendent of schools of Alameda; duet, “Barcarolle” from “Love Tales of Hoffman” (Offenbach), Miss Barbara Kirk, soprano, Miss Hazel LA VALLEY, alto; normal chorus and orchestra; presentation of diplomas; orchestra selection.



RENO (Nev.), Jan. 19 - Louis LANDAIS, arrested last week as a deserter from the United States navy and who claims that he is not the man wanted but a member of a prominent French family and godson of Admiral Louis D. FOURNET of the French navy, was denied his liberty today on a writ of habeas corpus and turned over to a United States naval officer. He will be taken to San Francisco to be tried by the navy court martial.

  Landais answers the description of a man who enlisted in New Jersey under the name of Theo DINGMAN and deserted form the U.S.S. Independence.



Convicted Slayer of George Vallier Gets Limit for Crime of Manslaughter


Crowd Which Fills Courtroom Hears Announcement of Judge Barber

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Jan. 19 - Daniel FLEMING, railroad policeman who was convicted of manslaughter in the alleged killing of George Vallier in August 1910, was sentenced today to ten years in San Quentin by Judge BARBER. Long before court was called the room was thronged with spectators, both men and women, eager to hear sentence pronounced in a case fhich (sic) has been one of the most sensational since courts were established in the county.

  Fleming was accompanied in court by his mother and sister and his attorney, D.J. HALL. He showed no emotion when told by the judge to stand up and hear the judgement of the court. Attorney Hall had made a motion for a new trial, submitting affidavits in support of the motion, which was denied. Hall then gave notice of an appeal from the ruling of the judge denying a new trial.

  Tomorrow the attorneys for the defendant will come into court with an application for the transcript of the testimony and in addition to ruling on this request Judge BARBER will render his decision on the application for a writ of probable cause.

   Attorneys A.A. MOORE, Stanley MOORE and Henley C. BOOTH of the Southern Pacific law department will be associated with Attorneys BUSH and HALL in the case.

  It is expected that Judge Barber will grant the motion in the morning. In that case Fleming will be kept in the Shasta county jail until the appellate court decides on the appeal for a new trial.

  Among the affidavits submitted were two that attracted much attention. Juror DRUMM testified, “I heard some applause in the courtroom in the nature of a reception to Attorney Charles H. BRAYNARD, but it in no way influenced me in the consideration , formation or rendition of my verdict in the said case.”

  The affidavit filed by A.F. ROSS was to the effect that one of the jury, J.S. STRODE, approached him on the day the case went to the jury and asked if he knew where a case knife could be found, as Strode wanted to cut some cheese for his lunch at night.

  At the suggestion of ROSS, James RAEGENA, nightwatchman at the courthouse, found an old case knife of which the blade had been sharpened down leaving a keen blade about four inches long.  Strode was asked it that would do and replied “No, I won’t take that up there tonight as they are looking for trouble up there.

  Ross then asked him, “What makes you think so?”

  Strode replied: “I have had a tip.”

  “Who from?” asked Ross, and Strode replied, “A man.”



GRIMES (Colusa Co.), Jan. 19 - In spite of the denials made some weeks ago, when the report of the claims of the Southern Pacific Railroad company to 40 acres of land of Harry BALDSON was given out, a letter has been received from Land Commissioner B.A. McALLISTER of the Southern Pacific declaring that the railroad owns the land.

  The Southern Pacific bases its claim to the land on the grant of land given to the company by the government of every alternate section for twenty miles on each side of the railroad. The Southern Pacific offers to rent the land to Baldson for $5 a year.

  Those familiar with the location of the 40 acres say it is covered by the reclamation levee of district No. 108.



RENO (NEV. ), Jan. 19 - The order prohibiting dancing at the University of Nevada was not as drastic as at first reported, according to a bulletin posted by Robert LOWERS, vice-president of the institution yesterday. The notice plainly states that dancing will be permitted provided that all “ragging” and other objectionable dances are not tolerated.

  This means that the regular monthly socials will be held as heretofore without objection on the part of faculty.



Hard-Fought Battle for Custodianship of Patrick Campbell’s Fortune Ended

            By H.M. LEETE

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 - Judge COFFEY this morning appointed the Rev. Father J.J. CANTWELL guardian of the person and estate of Patrick CAMPBELL, the aged owner of the Blue Point mine. This appointment was made on the showing of James SHEEHAN and Charles W. KITTS, friends of Campbell, thus denying the petition of Bernard CAMPBELL, a nephew, who sought to have Henry CLINTON appointed. Father Cantwell is one of the clergymen of St. Mary’s Cathedral in this city.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 19 - Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL will not be in court on February 12 for her trial upon the charge of murdering little Helen RUMBELL, but will have to wait until Monday, February 19 for her hearing. Two circumstances caused the postponement. First, Lincoln’s birthday occurs on the twelfth, and secondly, the attorneys for both sides were loath to start the case on Tuesday the 13th.

  Attorney KENNEDY called attention to the fact that Arthur LEWIS’ trial started on November 13 and it was December 13 when the jury was secured and that he did not care to fool with the hoodoo day again. “I am not anxious to start a trial on the 13th either,” stated JONES.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 19 - Joe OBERWEIS, of wealthy parentage, good lineage and the like, was arrested this morning at the instance of V.R. ABNER, a barber, for the alleged stealing of a razor. Oberweis is able to buy most anything his heart desires, yet is out on $50 bail for the alleged petty theft.

  Agner declares that during the fire of two nights ago, when a barber shop was destroyed, he lost a set of seven razors, and that after the fire he saw the accused drop if from his pocket. The officers have been rather reticent about prosecuting the youth for the reason that he was of rich and influential parentage, and a member of the Elks’ and Masonic fraternities of this city.

  The barber, however, declares that Oberweis is guilty of the offense with which he is charged and is willing to stand the consequences if he cannot substantiate the charge.

  The young man will be heard tomorrow morning before Justice J.L. BARNES.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 19 - Sixteen of the necessary nineteen men to comprise the 1912 grand jury were chosen this morning by Superior Judge GRAY, after which an adjournment was taken until 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning, at which time five more jurors will be in court to be examined as to their qualifications.

  L.L. CHESHIRE, G.R. MEREDITH, J.H. BORING AND W.V. WAKEFIELD were excused, the last named because in issuing his summons his initials had been given as “W.W.”

  The first thing the jury will do tomorrow is to choose an expert. So far two applications for the job have been received. Frank RADCLIFFE, formerly of this city, but now employed by the United Railroads of San Francisco is an applicant and so is William DOLGE, also of San Francisco.

  Radcliffe is making a strong bid for the place, having had former Attorney General Tirely L. FORD write a request for his appointment to Superior Judge GRAY. He also has had local friends take the matter up with the prospective grand jurors.

  Rodger S. KITRICK will undoubtedly be foreman. The name John J. HAMLYN also of this city was not drawn. Judge Gray requested Kitrick to take a seat placed in front of the jury box and this helped to convince those present that he was going to appoint Kitrick.

  The sixteen men chosen for the grand jury are the following:

  Oroville - Rodger S. KITTRICK, Frank TUHEY, Bert B. MEEK, Fred W. HECKER,


  Dayton - Kenneth McKENZIE.

  Durham - C.D. HANSEN.

  Honcut - Harvey SMULLEN.

  Oregon City - Albert GRUMMET

  Paradise - C.R. STERNS

  The last five men who have not qualified are E.B. WARD of Oroville, C.D. CAMPTON, Paradise; L.W. CRABBE, Chico; A.S. JONES, Chico, and William LEWIS, Paradise. Three of these will be chosen to complete the jury.



Southern Pacific Company to Erect Station Nearer Town Than First Proposed

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Jan., 19 - Hon.. W.B. LARDNER of this city, who was selected by the local chamber of commerce to interview the officials of the Southern Pacific company and endeavor to get them to erect the new depot on a site nearer Auburn than the one selected on the COLLINS property, has received word form Engineer BARCLAY, chief of construction on the new cut-off, that the station will be built on Nevada street, just above the residence of M.D. LININGER, and about a quarter of a mile nearer town.

  The placing of the new depot on the spot selected will entail considerable expense to the railroad company, but in keeping with the policy now being pursued the new depot and the grounds surrounding it will be, when finished, the equal of any station on the line.

  A large space will have to be filled in to a height of fifteen feet to bring it level with the track at this point, and the right of way for a distance of four hundred feet will require widening about fifteen feet. A park with a loop driveway from Nevada street to the entrance to the depot will be built, which will add immediately to the beauties of that part of town.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 19 - In the superior court of Sutter county today, Mrs. Fred HAUSS Jr., who is suing for a divorce from her husband, Fred HAUSS Jr., told of the many alleged cruelties that she has been subjected to during her married life.

  The defense did not put on any testimony, and the matter was taken under advisement by Superior Judge MAHON, who will render a decision within a few days.

  Both sides apparently proved that there was no collusion. It was reported some time ago that the two had made arrangements whereby Mrs. Hauss was to be allowed to get her divorce without any opposition on the part of Hauss, and the matter was investigated this morning before the case was tried.



Convicted Slayer of Joseph Berry at Marysville Fights for His Liberty

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 19 - Word has been received by Attorney W.H. CARLIN from the clerk of the supreme court that Edward WATSON, who is serving a ten-year sentence for the killing of Joseph BERRY in a rooming-house here about a year ago, will be granted a rehearing en banc at the May term of that tribunal.

  Attorney CARLIN maintains that Watson has a clear case of self-defense.



William Stevens, Well Known Mining Man, Takes Life at Home in Oakland

OAKLAND, Jan. 19 - While his wife was preparing the evening meal three feet away from him, William A. STEVENS, a well-known mining operator in California and Nevada, suddenly drew a 38-caliber revolver from his pocket last night and shot himself through the right temple, dying almost instantly.

  STEVENS killed himself shortly after 6 o’clock in the kitchen of the family home at No. 218 Carmel avenue, Piedmont, where he had resided for the past five years.

 Mrs. Stevens, who was busy at the range, had her first intimation of the tragedy form the report of the shot, followed by the fall of her husband’s body almost at her feet. Terrified, she ran screaming from the room, calling upon the children to hurry to the neighbor’s for help. Physicians, having been summoned, pronounced Stevens dead.

  In addition to his widow, Stevens leaves three sons and two daughters. The oldest, W.A. STEVENS, Jr., is at present employed at a mine in Nevada, and until his arrival no arrangements will be made for the funeral. Stevens was a native of Wisconsin and was forty-five years old.



Yolo Probation Officer Will Investigate Condition of Mrs. Fritsche

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan. 19 - Probation Officer D.E. JACOBS went to Sacramento this morning to consult Judge HUGHES about probation matters and tomorrow will go to Winters to investigate the condition of Mrs. Edward FRITSCHE and children, whose husband and father was sentenced to San Quentin for forgery recently.

  The family is in destitute circumstances. The oldest of the three children is only six years of age. Jacob will endeavor to ascertain if Mrs. Fritsche has any relatives who will contribute to her support, and if so will recommend the board of supervisors to provide funds for transportation to her relatives.



Members of Woodland Board of Education Leave on Trip to Points on Bay

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Jan. 19 - J. REITH Jr., J.L. HARLAN and F.C. EWERT, members of the city board of education, and Principal William HYMAN of the high school went to Vallejo this morning to inspect the high school building in that city. They were accompanied by Maury DIGGS. They will inspect other school buildings in then cities around the bay.

  The purpose is to obtain ideas and suggestions that will be of assistance in preparing plans and specifications for the new high school building in this city, for which a bond issue of $90,000 was voted about three weeks ago. The board of education expects to being work on the new buildings early in the spring.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Jan. 19 - The Willows Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges held a joint installation in the Odd Fellows’ hall last night. Deputy Grand Master Charles A. KING of Orland and District Deputy Mrs. J.W. KEARTH of Colusa of the Rebekahs were in charge of the installation. The following officers were installed:

   Rebekahs - Annie FRISBIE, past grand; Anna SCHMIDT, noble grand; Eliza FLOCKHART, vice grand; Martha RTHODES, R.S.N.G.; Alice RICE, L.S.N.G.; Mary WETSOLD, R.S.V.G.; Lucia SMITH, L.S.V.G.; Elva SCHMIT, secretary; Jennie KIRK, treasurer; Miss Don WEEKS, warden; Miss Aurilla PORTER, conductress; Mrs. Anna BIELER, chaplain; Mrs. Margaret SHEPACH, inside guardian; Arthur WAIT, O.G.; Miss Nannie ZUMWALT, organist.

  Odd Fellows - Chas S. SCHMIDT, N.G.; W.S. HAMMOND, V.G.; A.J. ZUMWALT, secretary; J.J. WEST, treasurer; W.G. GILMORE, past grand.

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Sacramento Union

Monday, January 29, 1912


            ‘SWAMP KING” LOSES

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Jan. 28 - In the suit of Abel ADY, president of the Klamath Water Users’ Association and known through the state as the “swamp king” owing to his work in reclaiming lands, was nonsuited in his case against August LISKEY for $9850 for loss of crop of seed on part of his ranch near Midland, Liskey having been lessee. The complaint was based on a lease which while set up in the complaint was not attached as an exhibit. When Ady wanted to amend his complaint to attach the lease a demurrer was entered by the defense through Attorney J.C. RUTENIC on the ground that there was nothing in the lease to support the claim. The court sustained the demurrer.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 28 - Triumphantly displaying a letter from Clerk BELDING of Butte county announcing that no adoption papers had been issued for the transfer of her grandchild to Mrs. DUNNIGAN of Stirling City, Mrs. Daniel BREEN of this city visited the newspaper offices and other places and stated that she would secure possession of the child if her daughter, Mrs. Frank NAGLE, did not want the custody of it. A letter from her daughter states that she was ill, and permitted Mrs. DUNNIGAN to take care of her child while she was recovering, and that she had no intention of permitting the Stirling City woman to have her child permanently.  Mrs. Breen states that she will go to Chico and bring her little grand-daughter to this city and care for it.



TONOPAH (Nev.), Jan. 28 - Tonopah camp, No. 584, Woodmen of the World, have elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: Consul commander, William H. NUTTO; advisor lieutenant, Joseph F. GORI; banker, Robert H. BARNES, clerk, Edward MALLEY; escort Samuel E. LUTZ.



Washoe Sheriff Is on Trail of Coonie Ellis

RENO (Nev.), Jan. 28 - Information from Sheriff FERREL, who is on the trail of Coonie ELLIS, wanted for the murder of Ed TONDEY near Gerlach, is to the effect that the alleged murderer is headed toward Susanvidde. The Washoe county sheriff is of the opinion that Ellis, after the shooting, struck north over a trail instead of taking the railroad.

  When last seen, Ellis was armed with a Winchester rifle and is expected to put up a fight in case he is cornered.

  An inquest was held over the remains of TONKEY at Gerlach yesterday.                    



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan. 28 - Walter MARTIN, who is charged with grand larceny, had a preliminary hearing before Justice LEMON Saturday afternoon and was held to appear before the superior court, with bonds fixed at $250.

  He is charged with taking $35 from the pockets of James WATTS, who was drunk, in the rear of White Lunch house.


            MRS. BEN ROSE IS DEAD

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Jan, 28 - Mrs. Ben ROSE of Indian Flat, near this city, who underwent an operation at the Grass Valley sanitarium yesterday morning, passed away at that institution at 9 o’clock this morning. Mrs. ROSE was 63 years of age, and had been a resident of this township for the past 20 years. She leaves a husband to mourn her death. The remains were removed to the home of the deceased this afternoon, and the funeral will probably take place on Tuesday morning, with interment in this city.



WILLOWS (Glenn CO.), Jan. 28 - The “smoker” given by the Glenn club last evening at which it entertained the delegates to the state highway meeting was an exceptionally pleasant affair. An elaborate program was provided for the distinguished guests, consisting of music, addresses and good fellowship, interspersed with wrestling, boxing and athletic stunts. Refreshments were served later in the evening. Seth MILLINGTON of Colusa, Frank HOUSTON of Woodland and G.W. PIERCE of Davis responded to toasts. There were fully 300 persons present and all voted the Glenn club to be most excellent entertainers.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Jan. 28 - Mrs. F.G. BEATTY, widow of the late Frank. G. BEATTY, secretary of the Narrow Gauge Railroad company up to the time of his death and former county clerk, has left the Jones hospital and has been removed to her home. She is very ill and it is believed that she cannot recover. She was seized with what appears to be an attack of paralysis some weeks ago, and although she has been undergoing treatment it has not yielded to the medical attention which has been given her. Mrs. J.E. FRICK of Berkeley and her niece, Miss Helen NIVENS, have arrived to take care of her.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Jan. 28 - To be the aggressor in a combat, and to be slapped in the face by a man not more than half you size, is not a very pleasant matter, yet this is what happened to Dr. George SANDERS on a Northern Electric car last evening, when only the interference of other passengers saved the physician from receiving a sound thrashing at the hands of P.W. LYTLE of Terra Buena.

  The car was crowded, and Lytle was forced to take a seat with Dr .SANDERS. The doctor was apparently out of sorts, and as Lytle sat down Sanders applied a vile name to Lytle which was at once resented with a severe slap on the cheek. A mix-up then ensued, and Lytle was getting the best of the argument when other passengers interfered, and stopped the affray. The woman and children on the car made a wild rush for the door when the fight started, but had hardly reached the door when it was over.


            CHICO I.O.O.F. SEATED

CHICO (Butte Co.), Jan. 28 - Cantons Sacramento No. 1 and Chico No. 2, Patriarch Militant division of the Odd Fellows’ lodge were seated at a joint installation ceremony in the I.O.O.F. hall last night. Thirty members of the capital city organization were in attendance.

  The installing was done by Brigadier General J.K. RITTER of San Francisco, commander-in-chief of the department of California, assisted by his staff officers. General O.W. ERLEWINE, Colonel W.A. BOWMAN, Major H.A. LAU, Captain A.N. BULLOCK and adjutant George BOCK, all of Sacramento.

  The new officers of the Sacramento canton are: W.B. DE COSTA, captain; G.E. VANDEMARK, lieutenant; Ed. CECHETTIANI, ensign; Harry LEONARD, clerk; Fay RAYMOND, accountant.

  Chico Canton has the following new officers: Edward C. CLARK, captain; W.F. PILGRIM, lieutenant; John C. DUE, ensign; J.H .ROONEY, clerk; J.W. MAFFEY, accountant.

  The retiring captain of the Sacramento Canton is William H. TADE, and Robert C. BLACK is the retiring captain of the Chico Canton.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday, January 30, 1912



GOLDFIELD (Nev.), Jan. 28 - Two miners were injured in the Clermont mine Friday night. Mike OBROD and Harry BREWSTER were the unfortunate workmen and they are now in the miners’ hospital under the care of a physician.

  OBROD was overcome by gas and was found unconscious on the floor of the tunnel. He had entered a drift where several shots had just been fired and fainted form the effect of the powder smoke.

  BREWSTER slipped on a piece of lagging and fell about fifteen feet. He suffered a sprained ankle and received several bruises and lacerations.



Petition Filed to Dispose of Property of Children of Accused Murderess.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Jan. 29 - The final chapter in the Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL estate was probably written today when a petition was filed for permission to dispose of the property belonging to the children of the incarcerated woman and her late husband, William RUMBELL.

  The petition states that there are three living children and one dead. They are Frances L., W.L. and Ambrose RUMBELL, all living, and Helen V. RUMBELL, deceased. Mrs. Rumbell, Arthur Lewis, Mrs. W.G. TYLER and Mrs. Caroline LEWIS were all ordered to appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted.

  The hearing will take place on Thursday, February 29th. The petition recited the fact that there are so many outstanding bills and the children are in need of various comforts and necessities and the money must be raised. The property consists of Lot 67 in Gridley Colony.



Red Bluff Man Aids Ranchers by Telephone Information

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Jan 29 - Performing gratuitously a service for the residents along the Upper Sacramento, below Red Bluff, E.F. LENNON, local agent for the Sacramento Transportation company, has this year repeated the self-imposed duty of several seasons, in issuing warnings of the rise of the stream. When the water began to creep up steadily after the recent heavy rains, Lennon, by telephone, informed the river folk as far south as Colusa. Thousands of dollars have been saved the residents of the river section each year as a result of these warnings. Lennon has kept accurate tab on the condition of the river during the high water for years, and though no public recognition of his services has ever been made there are scores of ranchers who depend on him to advise them of any possible danger at this time of year. During the high water last week, Lennon predicted a height of eighteen feet, and the river reached the mark he set.



Golden Leaves Drowsy Constable on Reno-Carson Train

RENO (Nev.), Jan. 29 - Frank GOLDEN, the 23-year-old Virginia City man arrested in this city in company with a fifteen-year-old Virginia City girl and charged with a felony, made his escape while being taken to the Storey county jail in custody at the Virginia City constable, Frank McCOURT. At last account the man was still at liberty although a posse has been put on his trail.

  Somewhere between Reno and Carson, Golden left the train while Constable McCourt was enjoying a siesta. When the drowsy peace officer awoke at Carson City he noticed that his charge had escaped.

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Sacramento Union

Wednesday, February 7, 1912



Mrs. Annie Woods, Who Passed Away at Red Bluff, is Third to Answer Call in Week

TEHAMA (Tehama Co.), Feb. 6 - Death claimed three pioneers of Tehama last week. Mrs. Annie WOODS was the last to die, passing away at Red Bluff last Sunday afternoon after a short illness.

  She came to this town in 1856 with her parents, who settled in what was them Colusa county, but is now Tehama. She was 76 years of age. The Rev. WHITE, formerly pastor of the church which she attended, will officiate at the services in the Presbyterian church tomorrow.

  Mrs. WOODS was formerly Miss Anna APSEY, and married Robert WOODS shortly after her arrival in California after an overland journey from Iowa by ox team. She lived in Tehama until the death of her husband, when she went to Red Bluff to reside with her children.

  She is survived by two children, a daughter, Mrs. Ira ASHBROOK of Red Bluff, and a son, A.E. WOODS of Berkeley.



ARBUCKLE (Colusa Co.), Feb. 6 - A serious accident was narrowly averted yesterday when a motorcycle driven by T. NAHAS collided with an automobile driven by T. BARNARD, the result of which is an automobile minus a front wheel and a badly wrecked radiator, and a motorcycle sadly misshapen. The cause of the accident is lost in a maze of counter explanations, but, from the statements of both parties, it is certain that one or the other was too slow in figuring out the right side of the road. Both machines were moving at a comparatively slow rate of speed which accounts for the fact that no one was hurt.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Feb. 6 - Dan WHITE, wanted by the officers of Fairfield, Solano county, for burglary and jail breaking, was arrested here today by Constable DEPENDENER and will be held till an officer of Solano county comes after him.

  WHITE, while awaiting trial on a charge of burglary, is said to have attacked the jailer of the Solano jail and made his escape. Coming here, he went to work on the railroad cut-off.



R.A. Mann is Successful Bidder for Chico Improvement

CHICO (Butte Co.), Feb. 6 - The board of education last night awarded the contract for the construction of a concrete walk around the block in which is the site of the new Salem street school building to R.A. MANN at it’s meeting in the new city hall. It was the first meeting held by the board in the new building and a resolution changing the official meeting place was unanimously adopted.

   MANN’s bid was the lowest submitted for the construction of the walk. He offered to do the job for $926. Other firms submitted bids as follows: Chico Construction company, $1083.40; Charles D. SHEARER, $1070; Ernest F. GRAESSLER, $1063.40 and Joseph OBERWISE, $999.50. The last bid was not considered, however, as it was not accompanied by a certified check for a certain fraction of the amount.



Peter Palin, Former Hotel Man, Dies at Willows

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Feb. 6 - Peter PALIN, formerly proprietor of several hotels in different parts of the Sacramento valley, and once wealthy, died at his home here early yesterday morning of a complication of diseases and old age. PALIN was 76 years of age and died in poor circumstances, his friends having taken care of him for the past few years.

  He came to California in 1849 from Eastern Canada. A few years later he opened and conducted the famous Five-Mile-House on the Princeton-Norman road. Later he owned a saloon here and one at Norman. He never married and, although at one time he had amassed a considerable fortune charitable leanings are said to have left him penniless in his old age.



DIXON (Solano Co.), Feb. 6 - At a mass meeting of citizens of Dixon last night it was decided that the May Day celebration will be conducted under the direction of the chamber of commerce. The chamber held a session after the close of the mass meeting and appointed the following committee: Reception, J.F. AGEE literary, H.L., BISSELL; parade, Charles KIRBY; decoration, R.E.L. STEPHENS; sports and entertainment, L.A. MORRIS; finance, J.H. RICE; publicity, W.J. WEYAND.



Young Grass Valley Couple Wedded at Reno Sunday, According to Word Sent Home

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Feb. 6 - Writing back to the parents and explaining their sudden departure, Elmer HAWKINS and his young wife have informed their parents that they were married in Reno soon after their arrival there on Sunday and that they are enjoying the sights of the principal city of Nevada. They expect to go to Virginia City before their return. The relatives of both the young people state that there was no reason for any secrecy about their marriage as there was no parental objection. They wrote that they would return in a few days to this city to make their home, which sets at rest the rumors that they would make their residence in Virginia City, where a brother of the groom makes his home.



Charge Nevadan With Fraudulency in Obtaining Money

GOLDFIELD (Nev.), Feb. 6 - The secret indictment returned by the Esmeralda county grand jury is against Herbert TOWERS and charges him with obtaining money under false pretenses by conveying title to land near Hawthorne to which he had no title. It is charged that he executed a bond and lease to three claims at Douglas to G.S. WEBB, later giving a deed which was placed in escrow. It is charged that he received $1000 in money and that the bond and lease called for a payment of $6000.

  Otto LISS and E.J. JOHNSON, charged jointly with stealing high grade ore from the Jumbo mine, were allowed until next Saturday to plead.



Ely Stockman Wounded When Revolver Fires Unexpectedly

ELY (Nev.), Feb 6. - While attempting to put a revolver inside the waistband of his trousers, Jack DONNELLY, a well-known Cherry creek stockman, shot himself through the fleshy part of the leg.

  A physician was summoned and after probing for the bullet dressed the wound. Donnelly is not seriously injured.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Feb. 6 - Following closely upon a letter received from Mrs. Chaster SMITH on Sunday evening in which she stated that she was almost well from a recent illness came a telegram this morning from her husband to his parents stating that she had passed away. She was married two years ago to Chester SMITH of this city and since the wedding the couple has been making their home in Los Angeles.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday, February 20, 1912



Chico Police Arrest Chinaman and Wife for Selling the Drug


Officers Seek Hidden Narcotic in Chinatown, but Fail to Find Cache.

CHICO (Butte Co.), Feb. 19 - Information given by several prominent young society girls of this city, whose names are being kept secret, resulted in a raid late this afternoon and the arrest of Louie TOY and his wife in Chinatown on a charge of conducting a place where opium is sold.

  A “tip” to the local police that the Chinese were selling opium to several of the young women who are said to have become addicted to the habit brought the arrests and afterward City Marshal M.H. GOE and Officers George PALMER and E.E. MARTIN made a thorough search through Chinatown in an effort to discover the hiding place of the drug. Up to a late hour tonight none of the opium had been brought to light, but it is believed that a considerable quantity is secreted here.

  That several Chinese merchants of Marysville have been making regular trips to Chico to purchase opium from the Toys is known by the local authorities. When it became whispered about prominent young women were customers of the Toys the police immediately placed the two in custody. A careful search will continue in the hope of finding the cache of the opium, and it is intimated that further arrests will follow tomorrow. A full investigation will be made into the transactions in opium in this city.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Feb. 19 - “Wizard” BURBANK sometime ago made it possible for cactus to be used as a food for animals, and already steps have been taken to cultivate the spineless cactus more or less elaborately as a forage plant. But it has been reserved to a Marysville citizen, N.A. NELSIUS, to discover a use for cactus as a human food.

  Cast many years ago upon a small island in the West Indies after a shipwreck, Nelsius, who was at that time a sailor, discovered that cactus had the taste of gumbo, the famous Southern soup plant. Recently desiring to prepare some gumbo soup for a fraternal dinner in this city, and finding it impossible to get any gumbo in the state, being obliged to order it in Alabama for the occasion, Mr. Nelsius recalled his shipwreck experience years ago, and after some experiment with cacti communicated with Burbank, with the result that the latter has become interested in the matter and has promised to send at an early day to Mr. Nelsius leaves from a number of selected cacti.

  Mr. Nelsius will make up the various contributions of Burbank in the soup so as to find which kind of cacti tastes like gumbo, and makes the best soup. When that has been ascertained the gumbo variety of cacti will be cultivated as a soup vegetable, and another novel agricultural interest will be added to the many remarkable production of this state.



YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), Feb. 19 - The trial of Panama BROWN for the murder of William LAYTON in a card game in a saloon at Weed was resumed here today. J.J. STONE, the first witness called, testified that he was in Belouds’, where the tragedy occurred, at the time of the shooting and also when the first trouble between the two men occurred, the night before. He said on the stand that he saw Layton holding out cards in the poker game and substantiated the testimony of other witnessed as to the trouble that occurred the morning before the fatal encounter.

  John HAWKS, bartender for Beloud, denied on cross-examination that he had told the people’s witness., FRIZZLE, in Yreka, that the latter had told the truth about BROWN meeting them on the street the day of the shooting and making a threat against Layton. He also denied having told Frizzle to keep “mum” about it.

  A.P. WRIGHT, who was on the coroner’s jury and who helped to move Layton’s body, testified that there was a pistol in the right hand. Constable LOCKYEAR closed the testimony for the day with the assertion that Layton’s reputation for peace and quiet in the community had been bad.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Feb. 19 - In the trial of A. MAGRI for the murder of Charles MONROE, a prominent miner, the liquor license question was brought forward in the examination of the talesmen for jurors. BRAYNARD asked pointed questions as to the leanings of the talesmen for and against the saloon.

  Much interest is taken in the case on account of the prominence of Monroe. Monroe had some dispute with Magri, who, assisted by his bartender, put Monroe out of the saloon. It is alleged that Magri struck Monroe on the head with a beer bottle. Monroe died a few days after being taken to a hospital for treatment for concussion of the brain. Magri claims that Monroe fell on the concrete sidewalk.

   Ten jurors were quickly obtained today as follows: C.E. KOOSER, P. NELSON, C.L. PARSONS, E. VEDDER, H.F. FORSCHLER, R.J. SENEY, S.T .JONES, G.A. DARRAH, G.M. COUSY and C.E. CRAVENS.

  Sheriff Montgomery was ordered to summon another venire, and it is expected that the jury will be completed tomorrow.



Levin H. Scott, Argonaut of 1850, Answers Last Summons - Funeral Today

YOLO (Yolo CO.), Feb. 19 - Having reached the remarkable age of 91 years, Levin N. SCOTT, pioneer of 1850, died last night at the family residence in Yolo. He had been suffering for months from the infirmities of advanced years. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, and the interment will be in St. Mary’s cemetery, north of this town.

  Levin Scott was born in Adams county, Ohio, December 6, 1820, and his exact age was 91 years 2 months and 12 days. In his childhood his parents removed to Illinois. Lured by the reports of the riches of California, Scott and his wife braved the dangerous and tiresome journey across the plains in 1850, and arrived in Nevada county after a journey of six months.

  For 17 years Levin Scott was engaged in farming and merchandising on Rock creek, Nevada county. In 1867 the family removed to Placer county where they remained until 1889, when they sold their farm and removed to Yolo county.

  A wife, Mrs. N.A. Scott, and two sons, Frank J. Scott of Baker City, Ore., and George Scott of Lincoln, Placer county, survive him.


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Sacramento Union

Thursday, February 22, 1912



Heir to Large Estate in Canada and Confessed Forger on Trial in Butte

CHICO (Butte Co.), Feb. 21 - Edward CHASE, who confessed to the Tacoma police that he forged checks in Chico, and who was returned here and held to answer before the superior court at the close of a preliminary hearing before Justice J.L. BARNES, conducted by Assistant District Attorney Le ROSSIGNOL, is in Chico and will probably spend some of the $25,000 he recently fell heir to in this locality. He was sentenced to serve a year in San Quentin this morning in Oroville, but was placed on parole pending good behavior, and Constable Douglas CRUM is his guardian and adviser according to the order of the court.

  Chase is regarded as a man out of the ordinary in that he made a clean breast of his offense and desired to destroy the checks he wrote before they were cashed. A companion took the checks and cashed them on local merchants. Remorse overtook him and he confessed his offense. His father died during his incarceration in Tacoma, leaving an estate valued , so Chase claims, at $25,000, now being probated in the courts in Canada. Chase must pay back to the county the sum of $110 out of his earnings or moneys to reimburse the county for expenses sustained in bringing him to this city. He must report regularly during his parole to Constable Crum.



Grand Jury Returns Indictment Against Yuba Chinaman

MARYSVILLE (Yuba CO.), Feb. 21 - Yee SING was indicted by the grand jury of Yuba county for perjury. The indictment was placed on the secret file until Yee Sing could be found. He was placed under arrest last night.

  Yee Sing is supposed to know more about the killing of Chin DU on the night of February 3, in the tong war between the Suey Sings and Hop Sings than he is willing to tell. He is believed to have witnessed the shooting of Chin DU. He refused to give any direct testimony at the coroner’s inquest. He told several conflicting stories, none of which agreed with this testimony at the inquest.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Feb. 21 - W.L. HOWE of Chico, who sometime ago created a stir in the neighboring town by declaring a physician was responsible for the death of his wife, today petitioned Superior Judge E.P. McDANIELS to send five of his nine children to the Salvation orphanage at Lytton Springs. The request was granted.

  The children ranged in ages from 10 to 2 years. They are Alta, Goldie, William, Roy and Harold. Since the death of the mother a 15-year-old girl named Hazel has been caring for them. Howe petitioned for county aid sometime ago, but this was refused him.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Feb. 21 - M. WHITE, a plasterer employed in a building at the foot of C street, reported to the police station this afternoon that he had been robbed of $7.50 while he was at work. Some one entered the room where his clothes were hung and took the purse containing the above amount. A search was made of the neighborhood as soon as the robbery was reported, with no avail.



John M. Fisher, Argonaut of 1849, Is Summoned

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Feb. 21 - John FISHER, a pioneer, is dead at the home of his son, John P. Fisher, in this city. Fisher was eighty-six years, one month and twenty-seven days old. The immediate cause of death was senile decay. A son, John P., and a grandson, James Wesley, are the only surviving members of the family in America. Fisher had been ill but a few days.

  Fisher was born in Hamburg, Germany. He came to San Francisco around the Horn as captain of the brig Helene. He landed at the bay city on August 9, 1849. Attracted by the gold fever, he quit the vessel and went to Trinidad and later to Yreka, where he engaged in mining. From Yreka he went to Murphy’s Camp, Calaveras county. After working in the mines at Murphy’s Camp Fisher returned to San Francisco in 1859 and again took up sea life, engaging in the coastwise trade. He remained on shipboard until 1874, when he moved to El Dorado county, settling in Greenwood in 1877.

  Fisher married Mary McCONNELL in San Francisco in 1860. She died at Greenwood in 1899, and was buried there.

  In 1892 Fisher left Greenwood, coming to Placerville. Since that time he has lived continuously in this vicinity.

  Burial will be in Greenwood Thursday.



Horse and Buggy Aid Bad Check Artist in Passing Worthless Paper

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Feb. 21 - Assuming the role of a farmer and using the much abused name of SMITH, an unassuming bad check artist made several Willows business men his victims yesterday. Mike KAHN, the Willows pharmacy, E.D. LeCLARE and a saloonkeeper are among those who are out various sums.

  The forger used a horse and buggy in his work, and at all the places visited made small purchases, offering checks of $10 or upwards in each instance. None of the business men refused the paper and never became suspicious until the bank refused payment on the checks.

  “Smith” disappeared after his depredations and the officers are at a loss as to his real identity.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Feb. 21 - There is a collection of hockey sticks down at the city hall that would make the average boy’s eyes green with envy, but it isn’t likely that any boy will have the pleasure of using them. Some are shaped just right for sending an object spinning down the ice at a rapid rate, while others are for picking the object up out of a gulley and getting the most effective blow from that vantage point. The sticks are used by the lads who put in their spare time playing hockey. The collection was gathered by Marshal DAVIS, but it must not be understood that he is a devotee of the game. In the line of his duty he has been obliged to take the sticks away from some of the boys who were too careless or reckless in their playing. There have been several complaints made about playing this game upon the streets, but no general movement has been made to put a stop to it altogether.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday, February 27, 1912


ARBUCKLE (Colusa Co.), Feb. 26 - An accident which undoubtedly might have proved fatal to three persons was narrowly averted late yesterday afternoon when J.W. FOSTER and W.B. CHARTER and son miraculously escaped being hurled into eternity by a freight engine. The three were driving along Hill street, and had fairly crossed one of the tracks which intersect the street at the depot, when suddenly a monster locomotive loomed into view. The engine was only a few feet from them, and was running at a good rate of speed on the track which they were about to cross. It was impossible to cross the track before the engine, and had not the driver had presence of mind enough to instantly check the horses and veer them to the right, parallel with the track, a serious accident would have been inevitable. The passing engine and train paralyzed the horses, and they stood trembling with fear until the train passed.

  This recalls the fact that the Southern Pacific officials, a few weeks after the automobile accident at Williams, promised the board of supervisors of Colusa county that some changes would be made for the protection of the public at the crossings in the towns of Arbuckle, Williams and Maxwell.

  There are two crossings in Arbuckle which have neither alarms of any kind or gates to protect those who may be passing over the crossing about the time of the arrival of a train day or night.

  There is a division of opinion as to the fact of the engineer ringing the bell or blowing the whistle of the locomotive yesterday. There is much criticism about the running of trains at a high rate of speed through Arbuckle.


            OROVILLE MAY GET $50,000 HOSTELRY

Fred Gray Proposes to Build Hotel at Corner of Bird and Lincoln Streets

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Feb. 26 - If the plans of Fred H. GRAY mature there will be a $50,000 hotel erected on the lot on the corner of Bird and Lincoln streets on the site of the old Methodist church. Gray is anxious to make some use of the property and admits hgaving under consideration the construction of a four-story modern hotel, with elevator service and all equipments found in first-class places.

  Oroville is sadly in need of a hotel and many business men have gone personally to Gray and asked him to take the step. Besides declaring that he had the matter under consideration Mr. Gray today refused to discuss it farther. The lot is opposite the court-house and is centrally located.


            OPIUM FIEND FINED $100

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Feb. 26 - Charles EDGAR, arrested several days ago by Deputy Constable HAHN for having opium in his possession, pleaded guilty in Justice PARK’s court today and threw himself on the mercy of the court. The judgement was the payment of a fine of $100 or the serving of a similar amount of days in jail. The Chinese Free Masons, of which Edgar is a member, quickly paid the fine. The man is a confirmed opium fiend and had large quantities of the stuff in bromo seltzer bottles when arrested.



Illness of Judge Gray Expected to Cause Second Postponement of the Trial

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Feb. 26 - According to the gossip about the court-house, Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL will not be put on trial next Monday for the murder of little Helen RUMBELL last June, but another postponement will have to take place. The fact that Judge GRAY is still suffering from rheumatism, which is depriving him of the use of his legs, makes this almost imperative.

  The witnesses have all been subpenaed and the special venire summoned to appear in court next Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The judge has been sick two weeks, and while able to sit up is not able ro get to the court-house. There is some talk of getting an outside judge, but as the case will be a long drawn out one it is hardly possible that any outside jurist would be able to leave his county for the length of time necessary.

  Mrs. Rumbell has entirely recovered from her stomach ailment, and is anxious to go to trial. She was visited by her mother and her attorneys today and a long closeted conversation held.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Feb. 26 - The Ted Ravine Mining corporation, which owns valuable rights in the northern end of the county incorporated today. The capital stock is to be 500,000 shares of the par value of one dollar each. Of that sum 143,100 shares are already taken, Harry BELL subscribing for 69,000 shares. H.A. BRUCE for 28,000 shares, R.R. RALSH for 30,500 shares, M.L. BRITIAN for 15,150 shares, Cordelia RALSH for 250 shares and H.M. MARCUSE and Rose WOLF for 100 each.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Feb. 26 - Two more valuable dogs were poisoned last evening, making five within the last week. The latest victims of the dog slayer are Walter SHARKEY, city trustee, and Joseph PICKETT. Sharkey is the heaviest loser, as his animal was a valuable setter for which he had paid several hundred dollars. Pickett’s dog was a valuable water spaniel. The police are bending every energy to capture the culprit, but so far have been unsuccessful.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Feb. 26 - In the sale of the Gibson block in this city to J.F. GARRETTE, the well-known grain buyer, for the sum of $40.,000, the largest transaction ever made in Woodland of the sale of city property was closed. The Gibson block consists of six large stores with apartments on the upper floor on Main street, with a warehouse on Elm street.

  Garrette claims that he made the purchase as an investment and considers that he has a bargain.


AUBURN (Placer Co.), Feb. 26 - The members of the Placer County Bar association enjoyed their annual banquet at the Hotel Placer tonight. Covers were laid for twenty, but there were only one or two vacant seats at the table.

  Ben. P. TABOR acted as toastmaster and called upon the following, who made clever and in many cases witty responses:

 Judge J.E. PREWETT responded to the “Country Lawyer;” J.M. FULWEILLER, “Lawyers and Legal Duties;” F.P. TUTTLE, “The Lawyer and Politics;” A. Kelly ROBINSON, “The Lawyer’s Place in History;” District Attorney TUTTLE, “The County’s Adviser, His Trials and Recompense;” C.D. GIBSON, “Due Competition Stimulates Practice.” A.C. LOWELL, “Business Duties of a Municipal Adviser;” F.P. TUTTLE, “The Trials of a Deputy;” S.W. HALL; “The Old Lawyer and the New;” Sheriff George McAULAY, “The Third Degree;” County Clerk M.J. LOWELL, “What I know About Lawyers;” Raglan TUTTLE, “Woman, She Doubles Our Joys and Divides Our Responsibilities;” S.R. McCOY, “Breaking Into a New Field;” W.H. SLADE, “Duties of an Attorney for the Defendant Appointed by the Court;” J.B. LANDIS, “A Lawyer’s View of Matrimony;” W.J PREWITT, “Can A Lawyer Travel at High Speed?;” J.B. ELLIOTT, “The Schoolmaster and the Law;” A.B. SILL, “The Lawyer and Bridge;” Orrin LOWELL, “What I’ll Do When Admitted;” Dunlap ROBINSON, “Can a Knowledge of Law Assist Me in Collecting?”



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Feb. 26 - One of the oldest and best known pioneers of Sutter county, a resident of this part of the state for over forty years, died this morning. He was John Peter CARLSTON, a native of Sweden, 82 years of age. For many years he has been engaged in farming and he leaves behind him a family of three sons and one daughter.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Feb. 26 - The Marysville Democrat has disincorporated and is now the sole property of W.S. O’BRIEN, who has been its practical owner for the past two years. The plan of disincorporating has been adopted by Mr. O’Brien to obviate the expenses and annoyance of a corporation which was really only nominal.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday, March 5, 1912



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), March 4 - Pat DRUMMY, charged with robbery, was arraigned before Judge JONES this morning in the superior court. Attorney DARUE will defend him, and he hopes to get an acquittal. Drummy was a stranger who dropped into Grass Valley and spent several days. He accompanied a man named JOHNSON around the city one Saturday evening and is believed to have administered knockout drops to his erstwhile friend and then “rolled” him. He was seen taking his hand out of Johnson’s pocket and later he was searched and there was more money upon his person than the officers thought he was entitled to. The trial was set for April 4.



School Question Brings “Show-down” Between Women and Their Husbands

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), March 4 - The much mooted question of “Who is the head of the family?” was the perplexing one which the board of supervisors wrestled with today until the district attorney came to their aid and decided that man still holds the reins despite the fact that woman’s suffrage has come into it’s own.

  The question arose during the hearing of the petition for the annexing of the Thermalito school district to that of Oroville. It was about as amusing a situation as the board has ever faced and through the Thermalito women went down to defeat by a score of 76 to 30, they made a valiant fight to the last and left with many murmurs when the petition was denied.

  Mrs. Harry HATWOOD led the women and stated that they could no longer stand for the Thermalito school as the pupils were not making enough progress and some change was necessary. She pointed out that many children came here to attend school. She was backed up by Mrs. Theodore B. WOODHOUSE, Mrs. George BATES and several others.

  On the opposite side were their husbands headed by Alec BARTLEY. The men contended that heir wives and neighbors had no right to the request because they were not heads of the households. This resulted in name after name being cut from their petition.

  Then the supervisors sized up the situation and found the women had 30 and the men 76. The women stated they would not make another attempt to annex the district as there were too many two-faced men in Thermalito.



Oroville Official Is Thrown From Buggy When It Goes Over Embankment

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), March 4 - District Attorney George F. JONES was thrown from a buggy and severely shaken up, and Mrs. JONES was so severely injured that she will be unable to leave her home or bed in a week, as the result of an accident while they were driving along the Cherokee road at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

  The accident happened two miles from town when the two were driving past the Golden Feather mine. An automobile in which Dr. WILSON, a dentist of Gridley, was driving, came upon the vehicle suddenly. Jones tried to control the horse, but the animal backed, finally going over a six-foot embankment, causing the buggy to turn turtle and throwing both occupants out.

  The horse plunged and in some manner righted the rig. It ran to the Feather river bridge, where it was stopped. The vehicle was badly demolished. Dr. Wilson picked up District Attorney and Mrs. Jones and rushed them to this city, where they were given medical treatment. Both declare that they are lucky to escape alive.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), March 4 - Dennis DONOVAN, a prospector and claim owner in the Rough and Ready mining district, has been in town for the past day or two, and has with him a specimen or two of gold quartz that was taken from his claim in the vicinity of Rough and Ready. Donovan has been operating in that section for years, and is well versed in the line of mining which he follows. He does not devote his entire time to his mine, but occasionally works there, and usually finds some ore that will permit him to enjoy himself for a week or two or longer. The specimen brought to town is full of coarse gold, and a ton of it would make the figures run up into the thousands. Donovan insists that there is plenty more where this specimen rock came from and while he runs into occasional chunks of rich ore while prospecting, he feels that if he had the money to follow the vein down that he would be the owner of one of the richest mines in the county. He has had many offers to go into partnership, but Donovan thinks he can get along without that kind of assistance.



Confession of Slayer of Old Trinity Man Followed by Arrest of Pals

WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), March 4 - The capture tonight at Hayfork by Sheriff BOYCE of Steve DUNCAN, a 16-year-old boy, with the powerful frame of a mountaineer, has completed the web woven by the law around four confessed murderers and arsonists, arrested for the murder of “French Pete” ROBERTS, an aged station keeper on the south slope of the South Fork mountain, in the Mad River country on the night of February 2.

  In jail charged with the crime, which is the bleakest in the criminal annals of Trinity county, are Edward HEWITT, 29, a trapper, John NELSON of Eureka, 19, and two brothers, Tom and Steve DUNCAN, aged 20 and 16, who live near the scene of the crime. Hewitt, who has been held in jail on suspicion since February 10, was the first to confess. Nelson, who had been released after being detained pending an investigation, was rearrested and when confronted with Hewitt’s complicity, broke down and admitted complicity in the burning of the old man’s cabin after the murder, and Tom Duncan was captured and confessed this afternoon.


 The arrest of Steve Duncan tonight landed behind the bars the principals in a crime the motive for which was the robbery of the old road station keeper, and the desire for vengeance of Hewitt, who held a grudge against Roberts.

  According to the confession, the men went to Roberts’ cabin, all drunk, and calling him to the door, Hewitt shot him through the heart. By agreement young Nelson and Steve Duncan set fire to the house to hide the traces of the crime, and then all burned the black masks with which they had concealed their faces, and departed. A story was patched up, but a hint to the authorities resulted in Hewitt’s arrest.

  Remorse over his deed is said to have caused Hewitt’s confession, after a fortnight of raving in his cell. The confession was made last Wednesday, but was not given out until yesterday, through fear that the Duncans might take alarm and flee before they could be captured.


 Following is Hewitt’s confession:

 “We, all four of us, Steve DUNCAN, Tom DUNCAN, John NELSON and myself, were at my house on the night of February 2, one mile from ROBERTS’ place. We were drinking beer and were pretty drunk. My wife had gone to bed. Some of the boys said, ‘Let’s go down to French Pete’s place and get that money he has.’ We made masks, took some rope and wrapped our feet in sacks. It was about 9 o’clock when we got to French Pete’s. The Duncans were ahead. Tom Duncan knocked at the door. Roberts asked “Who’s there?” Tom told him some strange name and said he had a horse and would like to put up for the night. Roberts was willing and opened the door. When he did so one of the Duncans said to him “Hands up!” I was standing back. I thought I saw Roberts taking down his gun. I took aim at his heart and fired. He dropped dead in the door.

  “I had it in for Pete. We had had trouble before and I decided to get that money. I shot Peter ROBERTS, I killed him, but others were with me and if I have to go I am going to take them with me.


 “We went into the house and searched for money, but found none, leaving and going up the hill, I decided that the place should be burned so evidence of his being shot would be destroyed. We went back to the Roberts place. John Nelson and Steve Duncan went in and set the house on fire while Tom Duncan and I kept watch outside. After the place burned, all of us returned to my house. We burned up our masks and agreed to stand together. Our story was to be that John Nelson and Steve Duncan left my place early in the evening to go to the Duncan place and that the Duncans and Nelson were there all night. My wife was to testify that I was at home all night.

  “I never would have made this confession, but some one has squealed. If have to go, and I believe they will hang me, I want to take the rest with me. I have told you the truth and now I feel better. If I can think of anything more of the details I will tell you.”

  After Hewitt had told his story, John Nelson was called in.


 “I have confessed,” said Hewitt. Nelson laughingly declared that he did not care. Hewitt reiterating that he had confessed all, Nelson cursed him for being a weakling. They boy’s bravado was gone as he said, “Well, the jig is up.” Confessing, he said:

 “I was there, but Hewitt killed him. I only set the house on fire. Whenever you want me I will tell the whole truth. Had I known what the motive was I would not have gone. When Hewitt shot Roberts I was dumfounded. I had been drunk, but that sobered me up on the spot. He proposed burning the house and I and Steve Duncan set it on fire.

  “I hope this will not drive my dear old mother in Eureka crazy when she hears it. I had always been a good boy until I went to trapping with Hewitt.”



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), March 4 - Five boys, who had left their homes and have been wandering about the country, faced Judge McDANIELS, sitting in the juvenile court today. They were Nick FRAZIER, Harry DE GOLYER, Barney LEE, James A. DOYLE and James SMITH. The boys were all ordered confined until next Wednesday morning, and in the meantime a telegram will be sent to their parents to ascertain if they will pay their fares home. If the parents reply in the negative they will be sent to a reform school. Four of the boys were arrested while about a campfire near the Western Pacific depot, and Nick FRAZIER was charged with defrauding the Union hotel out of 75 cents.



COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), March 4 - A slow, steady rain began falling this morning, which brings joy to the farmers, stockmen, fruitmen and all others. Owing to the unusual dryness wells have gone dry here in town and near town, something not occurring before in many years. The precipitation to date is about eight inches short of last season. There has been a little frost for a few mornings, but as the fruit season was not far advanced no damage is reported about here.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), March 4 - Early Monday morning a gentle downpour of rain began, and continued for most all of the day. Scarcely any wind was noticeable, and all that fell went straight into the ground, doing untold good for everyone. Up until 1 o’clock .10 of an inch had fallen.

  While no serious damage was being done, everyone is now wearing a big grin, so well pleased are they with the outlook for crops.

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Sacramento Union

Thursday, March 14, 1912



George Davis, Hotel Man of Yuba City, Fires Fatal Shot, But Gives No Reason

YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), March 13 - George E. DAVIS, proprietor of the Hotel Sutter in this city, shot himself through the brain about 1 o’clock this morning as he was preparing to retire for the night. According to the statements of Mrs. DAVIS and nearest friends of Davis, there is no known reason for self-murder. Shortly before going to his room he was in the best spirits, joking with friends and employees of the hotel.

  Davis attended to the routine of the hotel business until 12:30 and then accompanied by his wife, Charles R. DAY and J. STEELE who are connected with the hotel went upstairs. Saying goodnight to Day and Steele, Davis and his wife entered their apartments. As Davis was taking off his coat, and necktie, Mrs. Davis went into another room. In a minute she heard a noise as if something had fallen in her bedroom and hurrying to the room found her husband lying on the bed with a revolver wound in his head from which the blood was streaming. She tried to stop the flow blood and finding her efforts in vain rushed to the door and screamed for help.

  Day and Steele having heard the report of the revolver but thinking it the noise of a falling window paid no attention until they heard the cries of Mrs. Davis. They hurried to her assistance and seeing Davis lying on the bed were told by his wife that he had shot himself.

  Dr. BARR was summoned but said the services of a physician were not needed as the bullet had penetrated the brain and Davis had lived only a brief space of time after he fired the shot. An examination showed that the bullet entered the head behind the right ear and had lodged in the brain.

  He had evidently shot himself as he sat on the bed as the stream of blood from the wound across the cover showed that when he fired the shot he fell back on the bed.

  Davis was 38 years of age and had lived in Yuba City only a year, but during that time he had made many friends and was esteemed as one of the most enterprising business men of the city.

  Besides his wife, he leaves a mother, Mrs. Jane DAVIS, and four brothers, W, R. Thomas, Jr., Robert and H.C. DAVIS all residents of San Francisco. Last week he and his wife had adopted Elva DAVIS, a niece of Mrs. Davis who returned from Sacramento with the child last Saturday.



Believed to Have Been Killed Accidentally While Crawling Through Underbrush

SHASTA (Shasta Co.), March 13 - Adolph Frederick VON KRUSZE, 17-year-old son of C.A. VON KRUSZE, was accidentally shot and instantly killed today by a discharge from a shotgun in his own hands. His body was found on a trail this afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Matt NOLAN, who were strolling through the woods. The gaping wound in the young man’s groin and the shotgun lying by his side told the story of the accident.

  Young Von Krusze went hunting this morning and it is presumed he was trying to clear some underbrush with the butt of his shotgun when a twig caught the trigger, discharging the weapon. He is the son of a well known mining man and his death has called much sympathy for his family in this town where the young man was a general favorite.

  As the boy was alone at the time of the accident, it will never be known for certainty how the shotgun was discharged, but an examination of the ground and brush on the bank of the Middle Creek, where the accident occurred, give reason for the above theory.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), March 13 - Bernard Edward DIVVER, a brother of Supervisor Divver and one of the best known and oldest citizens of Marysville, died this morning. He had been ill for some time, and the death was not unexpected. With a large circle of friends Mr. Divver’s death is a distinct loss, and his family are the recipients of the deep sympathy of all their fellow citizens. Mr. Divver leaves a wife, three daughters, a mother and his brother, Supervisor Divver, to mourn his loss. He will be buried from the Catholic church Friday morning.



Charged With Killing Deer Out of Season and Having Meat In Possession

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), March 13 – Warrants were sworn out today for the arrest of Louis WHITE and Joseph WELLS by deputy fish and game commissioners. The warrants charge the two men with killing deer and having deer meat in their possession out of season. WHITE and WELLS are trappers.

  Deputy Game Commissioners GRAY, SCROGGS and GREEN have been working up evidence in El Dorado county. White and Wells have a cabin eight miles from Riverton. Deep snow covers the ground and it took the deputies four days to make a trip that ordinarily could be made in a day. The first trap they came across was baited with the head of a doe. The deputies located the trappers in their cabin, and 200 pounds of venison was found packaged in a box. The trappers confessed they had killed four deer in ten days, the deputies said.



Mrs. Carey of Auburn Charged That Her Health and Property Have Been Injured

AUBURN (Placer Co.), March 13 - Mrs. Marguerite Florence CAREY has filed a complaint to recover the sum of $24,900 damages from the Southern Pacific railroad company and the contracting firm of Erickson & Peterson for alleged injuries done to her orchard, home and to her health during the construction of the Rocklin-Colfax cut-off on the Southern Pacific. FULWEILLER & McCOY of this place are the attorneys for Mrs. Carey.

  Mrs. Carey is the owner of Ingleside, one of the finest orchard homes in the state, and one of the places always shown to the visitor as an illustration of the typical California orchard, which is devoted to olive, grapes and general orchard culture. She alleges that vibrations of the earth caused by the blasting of the rock in boring the tunnel beneath the orchard have damaged the trees and vines, which have also suffered from the smoke of the powder used in blasting, and that her health has been injured by the loud reports and volumes of powder smoke, and that her home has been damaged by the concussion of the numerous blasts of dynamite.

  Mrs. Carey also alleges that she sold a right of way under her orchard and vineyard to the railroad company for $1500, but retained the surface rights, and these surface rights include the trees and vines which have been damaged.

  Ingleside was the property of a German who was known locally as County CLAUS, and who spent a large sum of money in setting it out to olives and grape vines of the finest varieties. Mrs. Carey became the owner five years ago and has continued the work started by Count Claus.

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Sacramento Union

Saturday, March 23, 1912



Seventy-Five Prospective Jurors Summoned From All Parts of Butte County     

            RUMBELL TRIAL APRIL 18

Woman Accused of Murder of Child in Gridley to Get Trial at Last

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), March 22 - For the fifth time Superior Judge GRAY has instructed the sheriff to bring 70 men into court to serve as jurors in the trial of Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, held for the murder of little Helen Rumbell, in Gridley last June. This time the men were summoned for Monday, April 8th at 10 o’clock. The trial is expected to consume the major portion of April and May.

  The jurors summoned today are as follows:

 Bangor - F.M. TURNER, R.H. DAWSON



 Cherokee - E.J. CAMPBELL

 Dayton - J.W. HANSEN



 Honcut - Samuel D. ABBEY, H.A. BROWN

 Magalia - George McLAIN

 Nimshaw - R.L. ATKINS



 Paradise - James H. BURK, E.A. HOAG, J.L. CHANDLER, C.L. FOSTER, J.B. IVES

 Pentz - Fred A. DUENSING

 Wyandotte - F. CORNEHL



Lulu Murphy Will Receive $15 Per Month From Ministerial Parent

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), March 21 - Judge SMITH has decided that Lulu M. MURPHY is unable to earn her own living because of a nervous affliction, and has ordered her father, S.S. MURPHY, a superannuated clergyman to contribute $15 per month to her support.

  The decision was the outcome of a suit brought by the daughter against her father, who acted as his own attorney in the matter. The daughter sought to have her father pay $30 per month, claiming he owned a $5000 orchard and received an annual income of $2000.



SUSANVILLE (Lassen Co.), March 22 - According to information received here today, one of the largest land deals in the history of Lassen county has been consummated.

  The FERNLEY ranch, consisting of 2050 acres, The WHITEHEAD ranch, 600 acres, the PURSER ranch, 1120 acres, besides all the land lying west of the B.F. GIBSON home place, near Purser, are included in the deal. It is also said that the MAPES place is part of the transaction but no confirmation of this could be secured.

  The deal was engineered by F.T. CROMWELL, a San Francisco capitalist and associate, and when all these lands bargained for and on which options have been secured are totaled up the aggregate acreage will be in the neighborhood of 44,000 acres.

  It is said on authority that the price to be paid for the entire tract will exceed $1,100,000.

  Cromwell has been working on the matter for the last month and before it was known what he was up to had secured options on all the properties mentioned.



 Physician and Nurse Is Involved in Heinous Charge at Chico

CHICO (Butte Co.), March 22 - Ida BORA, daughter of Manuel BORA, keeper of an Italian boarding house, swore to a complaint today charging her father with a heinous offense against her. Bora has been arrested and his bail is fixed in the sum of $5000. Instructions have been given that no one be permitted to talk with the man and the girl has been advised to say nothing.

  Assistant District Attorney LeROSSIGNOL has woven a web of evidence against Bora which includes in its detail charges of malpractice which may be preferred against a local physician and a woman nurse. It is claimed that the doctor and the nurse aided Bora in keeping from the public a shameful condition of affairs.

  Ida BORA, who is 17 years of age, has been cooking for a number of men, sometimes from sixteen to twenty at the same time. It was reported that when she did not do the work her father cruelly beat her. It was arranged to take the girl before Judge GRAY at Oroville, sitting in the capacity of judge of the juvenile court, to determine what should be done to relieve the girl from her life of drudgery and ill treatment at the hands of her father. Further investigation led to a warrant for the arrest of her father on the complaint of his daughter.

  The authorities refuse to give out the names of the doctor and nurse who are suspected of aiding Bora.

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Sacramento Union

Monday, March 25, 1912



Shasta Fruit Growers’ Committee Probing Evil Attributed to Smelter Smoke

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), March 24 - William WEAVER, Andrew JESSEN and Charles STOREY, representing farmers and fruit growers of Anderson, accompanied by J.H. BUICK of the Mammoth smelter at Kennett, visited Red Bluff yesterday to investigate the condition of grain and fruit crops. Crops about Anderson and Cottonwood are affected with a blight which some of the farmers claim is caused by smelter smoke. The committee wants to ascertain whether the blight is general throughout the farming sections of northern California. The smelter people have held that it is general, and if this contention is borne out by the investigation, they will be released from further censure.



YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), march 24 - Upon motion of District Attorney HOOPER, the case against W.A. WRIGHT, charged with assault with intent to commit murder has been dismissed. On the first trial the jury stood 8 to 4 , and at the last one they were evenly divided.



“Modoc” Rapidly Taking Form in Hands of Promoters

FORT BIDWELL (Modoc Co.), March 24 - Modoc, the new town, is already in swaddling clothes, provided by its parents, the Provident Investment company composed of Los Angeles capitalists. Streets are being laid out and graded, trees planted and a water supply secured. Plans are completed for a thoroughly modern hotel.

  This enterprising company has undertaken a great work, which includes the financing of a broad gauge railroad, to be built from a point on the Western Pacific into and through Surprise valley, with a view of ultimately connecting with a continental road to the north. Men of the stamp of T.A. JOHNSON, ex-Mayor Owen McALEER, Tim SPELLACY, George MACK and L.C. HAYNES, who have had a large part in the development of Los Angeles and southern California can further the interests of this valley to a wonderful extent.



P.W. Smith Attitude Not Taken Kindly by Roseville Taxpayers

ROSEVILLE (Placer Co.), March 24 - Members of the high school committee and Women’s Improvement club who have been working to have a high school established in Roseville, will meet on Wednesday with P.W. SMITH, county superintendent of schools, in an effort to remove the opposition that has been created against the proposed high school. Smith is given credit by the committee with causing the refusal of two school districts, Loomis and Citrus Colony, to affiliate with Roseville in establishing a high school district.

  It is said that the residents of the Loomis district were anxious to enter until Smith called upon them and told them that the district would be buried with taxes if a high school were established here. As a consequence the committee was unable to obtain the required number of signatures in this district.

  In the case of the Citrus Colony, after the committee had obtained the necessary signatures and was preparing to have them certified, it is claimed that Smith telephoned a number of residents of this district, advising them to withdraw their names. As a result Jeff LEWIS, Frank GALLOWAY, S.M. BOOTH, John MAY and Pearl WEBB hastened to Roseville and demanded of the committee that their names be taken off. The petitions consequently had to be destroyed.

  Smith’s attitude has not been received at all kindly in Roseville. Members of the high school committee state that his motive is solely to force all children in the county to attend the high school at Auburn. This many parents are financially unable to do, and so many children have been denied a high school education. All of these matters will be threshed out on Wednesday, when it is hoped that a satisfactory agreement can be reached which will permit the high school plans to be matured.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), march 24 - Truant Officer KINCADE is serving upon a number of parents copies of the compulsory education law. One mother gave as excuse for keeping her son away from school that the time he attended he came home with a black eye.


Mrs. Rumbell Not Likely to Be Given Opportunity to Plead Guilty

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), March 24 - Superior Judge GRAY, who will have to be consulted before any settlement is made in the case of Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, charged with the murder of little Helen RUMBELL last June, declared today that he had not been approached on the matter, although he admitted that District Attorney JONES was anxious to have the case through and had intimated to him that he believed Mrs. RUMBELL would plead guilty to manslaughter if given an opportunity.

  The expense of the Rumbell trial will probably be heavier on the county than that of her brother, Arthur LEWIS, who is now serving five years in San Quentin. There have been many criminal cases this year, and it will be necessary to economize to make the funds go round. Judge GRAY declared that the big bills put in to the county by the constables and justice had also depleted the treasury to a marked extent.

  When Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY returns from the East this week District Attorney JONES will confer with him regarding the Rumbell case. There is little likelihood of an understanding being reached, as Kennedy has stated on frequent occasions that he believes he can acquit Mrs. RUMBELL before any jury. Attorney J.R. KING is anxious to have her stand trial, for it is thought that she would either get free or be found guilty of manslaughter, and then she would get no more sentence than she would if she pleaded guilty.



Goldfield Grand Jury Returns Indictment; Trial Is Set

GOLDFIELD (Nev.), March 24 - An indictment has been returned by the Esmeralda county grand jury against R.D. GOODWIN charging him with murder. Goodwin has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge, and his trial will be set later.

  It is alleged that Goodwin murdered Sylvester C. ALLEN in this city several weeks ago. Goodwin shot Allen during a row in a saloon. He will make a plea of self defense. The grand jury ignored the charges of assault with intent to kill and obtaining money under false pretenses against C.J. SONEBURNER and Herbert TOWERS.



Italian Consul Views Fatal Cave at Mine

VIRGINIA CITY (Nev.), March 24 - For the purpose of investigating the circumstances connected with the death of James FERRERO, the Italian consul at San Francisco has been spending the last few days in this city. Ferrero was killed by a cave-in in the Potosi mine several months ago. Whether an action will be started on behalf of the heirs of Ferrero by the consul is not known, but it is believed that the purpose of his visit was to determine if circumstances in connection with the death of the miner will warrant such action.


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Sacramento Union

Wednesday, April 3, 1912




TRUCKEE (Nevada Co.), April 2 - Gus SCHUMACHER, a well-known resident of this city was shot four times this afternoon immediately after entering his home, dying instantly. There is much mystery attached to the killing of Shumacher. The officers are now seeking Jack CALIGARI on suspicion that he knows something of the shooting.

  Schumacher, who was a butcher, had been at the slaughter house of the Tahoe market and was returning home. Immediately after he entered the kitchen of his home, his wife, who was in the yard, says she heard four shots, and rushing into the house found her husband dead on the floor. She thought he had committed suicide and screamed for help.

  A careful examination showed that it was impossible for Schumacher to have shot himself as no firearms of any kind were found near him. The direction of the wounds showed that he could not have inflicted them himself. The officers decided that he had been shot by some one.

  Schumacher was shot in the breast directly over the heart, in the right shoulder, in the chin and in the center of the forehead. The officers, being satisfied that Schumacher had been murdered began at once to find motives for the tragedy and the man who did the shooting. Mrs. Schumacher was questioned closely, but did not throw much light on the killing of her husband. She adhered to her story that she thought he had committed suicide. It was shown to her that he could not have inflicted the four wounds on himself. The woman then seemed to be as much mystified a the officers.

  The officers are looking for Jack Caligari, who was seen in the vicinity of the Schumacher home today and disappeared after the shooting or has not been seen since that time. They wish Caligari to explain his movements during the day.

  On account of the former friendship of Mrs. Schumacher and Jack Caligari, some suspect that a meeting of the two men was followed by the shooting of Schumacher.

  Schumacher was a prominent Mason and a highly esteemed citizen of Truckee, and his violent death has caused much excitement in the city.



Praise Bestowed Upon Truckee Man by Opponent Cited as Reason for Rehearing

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), April 2 - Stewart McKAY of Truckee, the pioneer hotel man, is the honest man that has been sought ever since the time Diogenes went out with his lantern in search of such a being. In a complaint asking for a new trial in the case of McKAY vs. SCHAEFFER the attorney for the plaintiff states the language of one of the attorneys for Mrs. SCHAEFFER, mentioning Col. C.F. McGLASHAN, was prejudicial to the interests of McKay. The complaint alleges irregularity on the part of defendants attorneys, especially C.F. McGLASHEN, who in arguing to the jury used words in affect as follows:          

  "God bless Stewert McKay for telling the truth in this case. He could have won his case by telling even a very slight lie in his evidence and we would not have been able to contradict him. I admire him as being an honest man who would rather lose his case than in the smallest degree swerve from the truth. The complaint alleges that this irregular appeal to the jury led them to believe that only by perjury could McKay win his case and plaintiff was prevented from having a fair trial thereby.



Past Exalted Ruler Belcher Is Presented With Honorary Life Membership

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), April 2 - At one of the largest attended meetings of the local lodge of Elks tonight, the officers were elected to fill the various offices were installed by Past Exalted Ruler Richard BELCHER, acting as deputy grand exalted ruler. The following officers were installed: Exalted ruler, Walter LEWIS; esteemed leading knight, Matt ARNOLDY; esteemed loyal knight, Waldo S. JOHNSON; esteemed lecturing knight, Earl. K. MONSON; secretary, W.E. LANGDON; treasurer, Phil J. DIVVER; tyler, Geo. F. HERZOGG; inner guard, Harry J. COLLINS; esquire, Hobart HOLKEN.

  Immediately following the installation Past Exalted Ruler Richard BELCHER was presented with an honorary life membership as a gift from the lodge for the faithful services rendered the lodge since its inception here and as a token of the esteem in which Mr. Belcher is held by the members of the lodge, they presented hin with a beautifully engraved solid gold watch. The presentation speech was made by ex-Mayor HALL.


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Sacramento Union

Saturday Morning, April 6, 1912



Woman Accused of Girl’s Death Makes Admission on Compromise Charge.


Reduced Accusation of Manslaughter Accepted After Series of Conferences

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), April 5 - Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, attired in a new spring costume, came into the superior court this afternoon, and pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of her stepdaughter, Helen Rumbell, and was sentenced by Judge GRAY to two years in the San Quentin state prison. Mrs. Rumbell’s trial on a charge of murder was to have commenced when a compromise was effected and the charge reduced to manslaughter. Mrs. Rumbell had been in jail awaiting trial since last July.

  Thus ends one of the greatest criminal cases in the history of Butte county.

  The secrecy which attended the closing of the case was observed to the last minute. Judge Gray summoned County Clerk BELDING to this office and a few minutes afterwards a like message was sent to Court Reporter Duncan C. McCALLUM.


 Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY for Mrs. Rumbell was closeted in the judge’s chamber for a few minutes, then emerged and made his way to the county jail with a Union representative.

  “There will be something doing in a few minutes for your paper,” he said.

  In the meantime Judge Gray issued instructions that the custom of ringing the courthouse bell be dispensed with. Soon after KENNEDEY had left the county jail all concerned entered the courtroom. It was ten minutes before Mrs. Rumbell made her appearance.

  She came leaning upon the arm of Matron MARTIN and weeping. She wore a light princess gown and a black picture hat. Her eyes were giving her trouble and she frequently brought her handkerchief to them. As soon as she had taken her seat District Attorney George F. JONES arose and stated to the court:

 “I desire to withdraw the charge of murder against Mrs. Rumbell and substitute that of manslaughter,” he said, and resumed his seat.

  The court issued the necessary instruction to the clerk and then turned to the defendant. Attorney Kennedy quickly got to his feet. “Your honor,” he said, “we wish at this time to withdraw our former plea of not guilty and substitute that of guilty. This is done with the understanding that this charge is to be manslaughter.”


 “Stand up, Mrs. Rumbell,” said Judge Gray, and with great difficulty the little widow got to her feet. The information was read by the clerk and when asked for her plea she replied “guilty” and began to cry.

  “I have taken your case under consideration,” said Judge Gray, “and am convinced that two years will be sufficient punishment for you. You have been in jail nearly a year and the sentence I am about to pronounce will be equivalent to three years. Have you any legal reasons why judgement should not be pronounced?”

  “Mrs. Rumbell could not answer and Kennedy came to the rescue with “none, your honor.”

  “It is the judgement of this court that you be confined in the state prison at San Quentin for a period of two years. You may sit down.

  Mrs. Rumbell took her seat and court adjourned. Then she motioned to Matron Martin and with her assistance was taken to her cell. “I’ll be with you in a minute,” stated Kennedy, as she went out the door.

  It all happened in fifteen minutes. It was 2 o’clock when Mrs. Rumbell entered the courtroom and the big hand of the clock had just reached the quarter-after mark when she left the room. So instead of four or five months and an expense of thousands of dollars the expected spectacular trial ended in a few minutes.


 On June 20, 1911, a report reached the sheriff’s office that a girl had committed suicide in one of the Gridley colonies, a few miles this side of Gridley. The sheriff telephoned to Constable Miller. He arrived at the house, a frame two-story affair, the upper portion of which had never been finished, just as Doctor TURNER of Gridley entered. An investigation by the two men caused an inquest to be held the following day. An autopsy showed that the girl’s neck was broken in two places and that she had been dead some time.

  The day was one of the hottest ever known in the Sacramento valley. Mrs. Rumball confessed that she had bound the girl hand and foot to joists in the attic, where the thermometer was shown to have stood at 130 degrees. An incubator nearby was hatching out chickens and adding to the heat of the sun.

  Mrs. Rumbell and her brother, Arthur LEWIS, were arrested. Experts testified that the girl did not die of suffocation and that her neck could not have been broken in the manner revealed in the autopsy by hanging. Dr. STONE, formerly of San Quentin penitentiary, swore that medical history recorded but four instances of similar dislocation.

  On the other hand, witnesses testified that Lewis, a powerful man, had boasted of his ability to break the neck of a steer in just the manner that Helen Rumbell’s neck had been broken. Lewis got ten years on a compromise verdict of manslaughter.


 District Attorney JONES, when asked for a statement today of why he had compromised the case, gave out the following:

 “The motion to reduce the charge against Mrs. Rumbell from murder to manslaughter, upon an agreement for her to plead guilty, was made for several reasons, which I believe fully warrant the said motion.

  “First, a case of circumstantial evidence is always a hard one upon which to secure a conviction. In the Rumbell-Lewis case we had, added to this element, the fact that there were two people concerned, either one of whom might be guilty party, with the other innocent.

  “Second, Mrs. Rumbell tied Helen in the attic, and deserves some punishment for that act alone. I do not believe, since the Lewis conviction, that a jury would convict Mrs. Rumbell on any charge, and at best not more than manslaughter. A hung jury would end the prosecution, for the reason that we could not thereafter find enough jurors in the county to select a legal jury from.

  “Third, the cost of the trial to Butte county would be $15,000 to $17,500 at the least, and I believe that the money can be used to better advantage.”


Judge GRAY stated that he was well satisfied with the outcome of the case.

  “Taking into consideration the great expense that the county would have to bear, and the congested condition of the calendar, it was the only thing to do.

  “I have been working with the district attorney for many months so that this might end this way, and am glad it is over. Two years, I believe is sufficient for the woman, as she has had a year in jail. She has been taught a lesson, and that is what the law is for.

  “In my estimation no greater victory was ever recorded for the county. The way the public feeling is at present, the great notoriety which the case has been given through the newspapers, convinces me that it is impossible to secure a jury to try Mrs. Rumbell.

  “It would take months, and the cost would easily be $15,000, for more persons have gained knowledge of the crime since the Lewis trial, and consequently it is difficult to get men eligible to serve. I am satisfied that the course taken was the right one.”

  “I am satisfied, or my client would never have pleaded guilty,” said Guy R. Kennedy, chief counsel for Mrs. Rumbell. I am not giving interviews, but will say that I am glad it is over.”


            A CENT FOR A LIFE!

NORTH YAKIMA (Wash.), April 5 - Mrs. Eva BERTALON, on trial for the murder of her infant child, whose body was found in an irrigation ditch, was found guilty of manslaughter today. It was assumed that the child died of neglect. The jury signed a petition to Judge PREBLE asking him to impose the lowest possible penalty, which is a fine of one cent.




transcriber’s note - The following is extracted from a section of the paper with Easter Service listings for churches in the Sacramento area. I have chosen to list just the name of the church and the names of the participants, leaving out details, such as the names of the hymns sung, etc. Hopefully it will allow one to identify the church affiliated with their family. Please contact me if you find a connection and want more details.



Rev. Harry PERKS, Pastor



Rev. R.H. HERRING, Pastor

Armetia McDUFFY, Mrs. G. TYREE, Miss Anita PAGE, Mis Gussie BUFORD, Miss Ethel GUINN, Miss Zeratta GUINN, Mrs. J.W. SCOTT, Rudolph REILLY, Misses Gracie and Allie JACKSON, Miss Hattie SMALL, Miss C.E. EDWARDS, Mrs. Carrie BRENT, Geo. TALBOT, Miss Flora PAGE, Rudolph O’RIELLY, J. NICKLESON, Gene Page, Miss EASTON, Mrs. K.C. BROWN, Mrs. S. QUINN, Geo. ELEBECK, Walter ELEBECK.


            CENTRAL M.E. CHURCH

Rev. Richard RODDA, Pastor



Messrs. Marl EVANS, Harry VERRAN, Fred PEEKEMAN, Raymond THOMAS,. J.G. RODDA,. W. DORWICK,  G.S. RODDA,. Walter HAMMOND, V.S. RODDA and Arthur RICHARDS.



Rev. Charles F. OEHLER, Pastor

Miss Amelia KLEMM of San Francisco;  Misses Rose ZANGERLE, Laura STROBEL, Amelia KLEMM, Grace GREEN, Hazel BAKER, Mrs. H. FENNEL; Mesdames Gertie MORSHEAD, C. BAKER; Misses Kate STUBER, Frances SCHENK, Verna GREEN, Amelia MACHOLD; Messrs Albert STUTZMAN, Carl BUCHMAN, Harry SCHAUFFLER, Oscar PARTIG, Wm. WACKER, Arthur HENNING.



Rev. W.C. SHERMAN, Pastor

Misses Helen SIMONTON, Fawn POST, Annie CRUNIERINE, Leola HILLS; Mrs. Hazel HOLMES



Rev. C.B. HOBART, Pastor




Rev. L. HARTER, Pastor

Ury BENNETS, Mabel and Edith ROBERTS, Miss Marguerite CRABB, Olive BRYSON, Mavis CRABB, Ruth CARTER, Rene McKENNY, Miss Lucile DUNSTON, Miss Thelma COY, Pauline COWAN, Esel NOLQUIST, Ruth BROGAN, Edith ROBERTS, Miss Lottie COY, Miss BRYSON, Miss Alice FISHER, Lucile DAVIS, Ruth BROGAN, Genevieve WHEELER, Viola BRADLEY, Miss Anna SHAW, Miss Clara HEIGHT, Gladys CAVIER, Mabel ROBERTS, Virgil COWAN, Miss Maude DAVIS, Leota JOHNSON, Miss Alta CLARK, Miss Ruth CROWELL, Miss Hattie BENNETTS, Dorothy STOCKTON, Melvin HARTER, Lawrence JOHNSON, Richard BURDER,Robert BURDEN, Lucile DAVIS, Genevieve WHEELER, Lola MILLER, Edith FRAZIER, Mary LUDT, Loleta DUNNIGAN.



Rev. Father J.V. AZEVEDO

Mrs. L.A. MADDEN, Miss Helen AZEVEDO, Henry MARVIN, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. MADDEN, Miss Mettie FROST, Joseph SANDERSON, Miss Amelia BOHL .

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday, April 9, 1912



Unless Officers Have Better Success Bigamy Charge at Chico May Fail

CHICO (Butte Co.), April 8 - Unless Constable Douglas CRUM of this city is successful in his search for the first wife of Frances Earl POTTS, in jail in Chico charged with bigamy, it is probable that the accused will go free, and be afforded the opportunity to join his 16-year-old wife, who is disconsolate at losing her husband almost within six weeks after the date of her romantic marriage. Crum is in the San Joaquin valley, searching for the first Mr. Potts, but, according to best information, is unable to locate her. It is suggested that unless Mrs. Potts No. 1 is located the prosecution of the barber will fall flat, notwithstanding the fact he made admissions to the effect that he had another wife and several children by her.

  Potts was arrested by Crum after seeking the advise of a local attorney on the procedure he was to take to be divorced from his wife. Two or three days after this he married small Mabel HAYTON, and left Chico for Magalia district, where he carried mails and the like to and from trains, and did other odd chores while living in perfect bliss with his new girl-wife. Potts’ brother of Oakland was here yesterday conferring with the accused bigamist.



Declares She Has Been Treated Unfairly, So Declines to Make Statement

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), April 8 - “I am done with newspapers,” was the reply which Mrs. Emma RUMBELL sent back when a request was made of her by Matron MARTIN to allow a Union representative to talk over the case with her. “I have not been treated fairly by them and I don’t intend to say anything or give out anything.”

  Following her sentence, Mrs. Rumbell was a very nervous woman. She has told her attorneys again and again that she was confident of being acquitted and was anxious to go to trial. It is said that she endeavored until the last minute to persuade them to allow her to stand trial, but finally gave in when she saw it was no use.

  She will be taken to San Quentin on Wednesday and in the meantime is straightening out her business affairs. Today was spent in talking over matters pertaining to her estate with Attorneys Guy R. KENNEDY and J.R. KING. She pulled down the curtain in her cell when a number of persons gathered outside of the window and were peering in at her as she stood talking to her lawyers. Sheriff WEBBER and Matron MARTIN will deliver her to the prison authorities.



See Ball for strictly tailored clothes, with a guarantee. 1110 Eighth st.


Smallpox Case - Charles MORSE, a laborer sent to the county hospital suffering from common fever April 4th, was found yesterday to have developed smallpox, and City Physician LINDSAY ordered the rooms occupied successively by the man at the St. George hotel and the Metropolitan rooming house fumigated and deodorized.


Jack Welch Here - Jack WELCH, noted referee and horseman, came in last night, and put up at the olden Eagle. Welch has had several horses her in training, and will leave tomorrow for the Couer de Alene country, where he will race them.


Louis Ficetti - Ladies’ tailor. Mme FICETTI, dressmaker. 213-15 Forum Bdg.


Dentists Robbed - The police were notified yesterday morning that the dental offices of Drs. GIFFEN and KESTLER and Dr. L.B. WAGGONER in the Hagelstein building, Ninth and K streets, had been robbed of gold, used for filling teeth. The burglars entered the offices between Saturday night and Monday morning. The gold stolen amounts to about $30 in all.   


Final Divorce Decree - Final decrees of divorce were granted yesterday to Anna LIPPOLD from Frank LIPPOLD by Judge SHIELDS, and to Charles B. SLOCUM against Edna L. SLOCUM; Sophia SILVER against Harry SILVER, and T.W. BRUCE from Mattie B. BRUCE by Judge POST.


Stole One-Half - If John HARNEY had not been captured by Patrolman McKINNEY and THIELEN yesterday afternoon the loot which he secured from a second-hand store would not have done him much good for he stole one shoe. He was arrested with the shoe in his possession and locked in the city jail on a charge of petty larceny.


Hotel Argus, 1017 Tenth street, near K., the central, modern, reasonable hotel. “The place where your friends stop.”


Brown to Speak - Egbert A. BROWN, assistant cashier of the California National bank, has been named to give an address on “Efficiency” at the convention of the California Bankers’ association, which will be held at Long Beach on May 23, 24 and 25. A number of representatives from the local banks are planning to attend the convention.    


Building Permits - Building permits were issued yesterday to Mrs. J. CASHMAN for a two-story flat building on the east half of lot 3, F and G, 23d and 24th streets, $3000, Wm. J. BROWN, four-story frame, four flats of four rooms each, on the east half of lot 7, O and P, 12th and 13th streets, $6600; M. BRYTE, eight-room bungalow on east half of lot 2, N and O, 18th and 19th, $4500; J.P. WHISNER, two-story frame of seven rooms on lot 73, West Curtis Oaks, on Second avenue, $4500; George B. HENRY, remodel flats on east half of lot 1, 16th and 17th streets, I and J, $900; to same, remodel six-room building on lot 6826, Hillcrest park, $750; C.B. MARTIN, two-story frame building of seven rooms on lot 46, Boulevard park, E and T, 20th and 21st streets, $4500.




CARSON CITY (Nev.), April 8 - Mrs. McLEAN, wife of Dr. Donald McLean of this city, sustained an injury yesterday which nearly resulted in her death. She fell from a stepladder and internal hemorrhages resulted. Surgical aid was summoned from Reno, and a prompt and capital operation stopped the flow of blood and saved the woman’s life. The Reno surgeons, who were called in the case, made the trip to Carson by auto at a rate of fifty miles an hour. They arrived not a moment too soon.



COLLEGE CITY (Colusa Co.), April 8 - Special memorial services will be held here Sunday, April 28, in the First Christian church, in memory of the late Andrew PIERCE, a pioneer to whom this community is indebted for public improvements and the example of a sterling life.



Business Structures Rapidly Being Improved

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), April 8 - Building activity in this city is more marked this spring than usual. The WITHROW-MELHASE interests are moving a frame building from Main street in order to build a brick addition to the new Livermore hotel. W.J. EVANS is constructing a new brick office building on the site of the Remington rooming house. P.M. RELDY, a local banker and capitalist, has contracted with the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company to build a new brick office and exchange building on this property at Seventh street and Klamath avenue, which will put the headquarters practically half a mile further into the business district.



GOLDFIELD (Nev.), April 8 - A ruling, unique in Nevada, has been made by District Judge Peter J. SOMERS who holds that a mining location is valid where a location has been proven to be established as against a federal patented townsite to the same land. This was in the case of E.E. BLAKE against J.H. PARKS and others to quiet title to lots on what is known as Mill Race fraction ground, which forms part of the town of Goldfield.



DURHAM (Butte Co.), April 8 - The stockholders of the Durham Mill company have a twenty per cent dividend and elected the following officers: G.W. JONES, president; R.W. DURHAM, treasurer; William TYLOR, secretary and manager; T.W. BLEYER and Duncan McREA. Reports submitted by the secretary and treasurer showed the company to have had a very successful year, and predict a good outlook.

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The Sacramento Union

Sunday May 12, 1912



Thos. W. Guthrie Succumbs to Stroke of Apoplexy After Week’s Illness.

            CAME TO STATE IN 1850

Funeral Services Will Be Held Today With Interment at the Winters Cemetery.

WINTERS (Yolo Co.), May 11 - Thomas W. GUTHRIE, pioneer of California and well known wealthy resident of Yolo county, died late last night at the family home, five miles of this city at the age of 82 years 1 month and 4 days. He had been in good health until a week ago when he suffered a stroke of apoplexy.

  Thomas W. Guthrie was born in Virginia in 1830 and in his childhood the family removed to Missouri. Lured by the discovery of gold he came to California in 1850 and mined near Georgetown, El Dorado county, for two years when he removed to Yolo county, locating near Cacheville, where he engaged in mercantile business and in the buying and selling of stock. In 1859 he moved to Sutter county and in 1867 returned to Yolo county, purchasing 320 acres near Winters, which became the neucleus of the splendid farm of several hundred acres he owned at the time of his death.

  He leaves eight children, Dillard R. GUTHRIE, Mrs. Myrtle G. BOWSER, Oscar E. Guthrie, Lulu May Guthrie and Mrs. Ivy DEXTER of Winters; Mrs. Daisy G. HARLAN, superintendent of the training school in the city and county hospital in San Francisco; Dr. T.A. Guthrie of Woodland and Victor G. Guthrie of Portola, Plumas county.

  Mr. Guthrie was the first master Mason of Buckeye lodge No. 195 of Winters and took a great interest in education, serving for twenty years as school trustee.

  The funeral will take place tomorrow, Sunday, at 2 p.m. and the interment will be in Winters cemetery.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), May 11 - The funeral of Alexander WARMOTH, a prominent resident of Tehama county for nearly thirty-five years, will take place tomorrow afternoon near this city.

  Alexander died yesterday at the age of 51 years. He was a native of Missouri and came to California with his parents in 1865. He leaves a wife, a daughter and two sons who are E.B. Warmoth, under sheriff of Tehama county, and A.P. Warmoth.



VACAVILLE (Solano Co.), May 11 - The five senior girls, who comprise the entire senior class have put an end to further decorations of the high school barn roof by students. It has bee the ambition of each class to paint on the roof of this barn the numerals of the class, and much zest was added to the task if, in painting one set of numerals in, another set had first to be painted out. So it was that the juniors painted “13,” only to find the next day the “13" changed to “15.” Now, there being no male members of the senior class, the girls decided they must uphold the honor of the class. Late last night, when innocent freshmen were sound asleep, they climbed up on the roof and, after spilling a considerable portion of the contents of a paint bucket over their frocks, risked their precious necks long enough to paint “12" on the much abused roof. The boys have unanimously agreed that the numerals will remain there.



Shasta Supervisors Asked to Buy Only Remaining Road of the Kind in County.

REDDING, (Shasta Co.), May 11- The board of supervisors have been petitioned to buy the Delta-Trinity Center highway, 15 miles in length, and the only remaining toll road in the county. A delegation appeared before the board yesterday and argued the advisability of buying the road, but the supervisors practically repected (sic) the proposition by postponing action indefinitely.

  In the delegation were Ed SAUNDERS, W.H. MURDOCK and William VOLMERS, all of Delta. They were backed up by several petitions liberally signed in Kennett, Casella, Lamoine, Delta and other up-canyon points. The petitions recited that Trinity county stood ready to purchase the seven miles of the toll road that lie in that county.

  The toll road cost originally $59,500, and it can now be bought for $150,000.

  Delta is anxious to keep the mail route between that town and Trinity Center. Toll makes the mail contract cost $70 more a year than it would otherwise. French Gulch has figured on getting the mail route. There is no toll to pay between French Gulch and Trinity Center.



Supervisor Has Plan for Preventing Spread of Blaze That May Start Among Timber

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), May 11 - Forest Supervisor Evan KELLY of this district has evolved a plan which he believes will materially decrease the number of big forest fires this summer and prevent the spread of small brush fire.  On the summit of Bald mountain he will have a platform at the top and a man will be stationed there continuously during the fire season. Maps and compasses will be provided and Kelly believes that he can locate a fire almost immediately and that the forest ranger on watch can flash the alarm to the nearest forest ranger station. The tower has been ordered and should be erected within a month.



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), May 11 - Plans are now being perfected by the large timber companies and by the state and government for the protection of the forests of this section. State Forester F.A. ELLIOTT is on the ground and is arranging with representatives to the timber companies to form a patrol that will make disastrous fires next to impossible.



Department Leaders for Coming Year Named at Meeting Just Closed.

CHICO (Butte Co.), May 11 - At the annual convention of the county W.C. T.U. the following departmental officers were chosen for the year:

 Mrs. Fanna PHELPS of Gridley, prison and jail work and evangelistic; Mrs. M.E. PEASE, Chico, social meetings and red letter days; Mrs. Lillian B. GRAY, Oroville, press superintendent; Mrs. V.B. HOWE, Oroville, union signal, ensign and literature; Mrs. GROAT, health and heredity; Mrs. S. HADLEY, Paradise, Sabbath observance; Mrs. M.E. PEASE, Chico, mothers’ meetings; Mrs. C.M. BOLT, Palermo, medical temperance; Mrs. May MASTERSON, Chico, medal contest; Mrs. M. MERRILL, Chico, song; Mrs. Lefe MORGAN, Chico, flower mission; Mrs. Minnie ABRAMS, Oroville, scientific temperance instruction; Mrs. Anna RINGLAND, purity and rescue work; Mrs. G.A. WAASA, Chico, mercy; Mrs. W.D. BURLESON, Gridley, white ribbon recruits; Mrs. A. BALLARD, Chico, Christian citizenship; Mrs. Clara BYNUM, Chico, foreign work.



Vallejo Man and Brakeman Meet Similar Fates in Different Localities

CHICO (Butte Co.), May 11 - Falling from the brake rods of the north-bound Oregon Express, John A. NAGLE, member of the Vallejo Electrical Workers’ organization, was ground to pieces under the wheels of four trains which passed over his body before he was picked up at 4 o’clock this morning. Remains of the unfortunate man had to be placed in a basket to be brought here for embalming and interment. The pieces were picked up along the track for a distance of several hundred feet.  Nagle was 30 years of age and had boarded the train with three companions at Marysville. He lost his balance at the Haggin crossing and fell before either of his companions could aid him. All four were swinging onto the brake rods at the time and the accident was reported when the train reached this city.


 A Freight being backed into a siding by engine No. 2567 at Barber yesterday ran into a string of box cars with the result that the caboose was demolished. The conductor and brakeman standing on the caboose platform jumped in time to save their lives. A wreck train cleared the track.


PORTOLA (Plumas Co.), May 11 - Seven cars passed over the body of Chester A. POWERS, a brakeman employed by the Western Pacific, crushing him to a pulp late yesterday evening. The body was mutilated beyond recognition when picked up.

  Powers was coupling freight cars and slipped and fell and the train passed over him. The remains were sent to Oroville to be prepared for shipment to Cadillac, Mich., where the parents of the dead man reside.


TEHAMA (Tehama Co.), May 11 - A stone placed on the track by picnickers is supposed to have caused the derailment of local freight No. 223 at Proberta yesterday afternoon. Traffic was delayed five hours, one car being derailed at the east main line switch.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday July 30, 1912 


Police Official Indicted by New York Grand Jury for Rosenthal Killing.

NEW YORK, July 329 - After a late night session of the grand jury in which “Bald Jack” ROSE, “BRIDGIE” WEBBER and Harry VALLON are alleged to have made confessions directly implicating Police Lieutenant Charles BECKER in the murder of Herman ROSENTHAL in front of the Hotel Metropole two weeks ago, Becker was indicted for the murder in the first degree, placed under arrest and hurried before a midnight session of the court of general sessions. After entering a plea of not guilty, the police official was taken to the Tombs. The gamblers whose statements are said to have caused the indictments of Becker pleaded with the officials not to be taken back to the Tombs tonight, declaring they would be killed if returned to their cells.

“Agents of the police department,” they asserted, would make way with them retaliation for their testimony if they were returned to the prison. So real was their fear that they were allowed to stop in the criminal court building under guard of eight detectives.

It is asserted that ROSE told the grand jury of being forced to arrange the killing of ROSENTHAL under threats of being “jobbed” by the police and sent to prison on manufactured evidence.

Among rumors circulated late tonight was one that names of the actual slayers were definitely known to District Attorney WHITMAN and that their present hiding places have been revealed.

The arrest of Becker came as a sequel to the summoning of the grand jury late today. Events began shaping themselves after the preliminary hearing of several of the men under arrest by the coroner. 


Lodi Officials Preparing to Move Into New Structure.

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), July 29 -

The new municipal building will be ready for the meeting of the city trustees August 12. City Clerk McMAHON has already moved into offices in the building provided for him and other city officials will be installed in new quarters before the end of the week. Almost all the furniture has arrived and is rapidly being put in place.

The new municipal building is thoroughly modern throughout and conveniently arranged for those who will occupy it. In addition to office and assembly rooms the building contains space for the fire department and part of the fire-fighting apparatus. 




of Local No. 12 A. B. of C. W. 

The Allied Printing Trades council held an adjourned meeting last night for the purpose of completing its picnic arrangements. Secretary B.H. ELFORD reports that many valuable prizes will be offered for the games that are scheduled. He also reports that the 50-cent fare includes dancing. The council has arranged to have special officers from Sacramento to preserve order. All arrangements have been perfected for protection of guests. 

Painters held a well attended meeting, President C.E. WOOD presiding. F.E. PLATZ became a member by initiation. The following were admitted by card: Charles WILLING, Sam SINGMAN, A.F. SCHOENDUBY, George ROWE and . GARNS. (sic) The death of Charles MINKE was reported. Joe MOONEY was reported as having gone to Colfax to recuperate his health. Brother BEDELL was reported as being on the sick list. 

Bricklayers held an enthusiastic meeting, President G.D. SIMS presiding. Twelve were admitted by card. The new agreement with the local and contractors’ association will come up for final action at the next meeting of the local. 

Sacramento Typographical union, local No. 46, held a well attended meeting Sunday afternoon and decided to participate in the Labor Day celebration. C.E. SUTPHEN was the choice of the local as representative to the Labor Day committee. C.E. SUTPHEN, G.A. THOMAS, F.B. FLETCHER, F.P. BALDWIN, Mark BRYAN and A.D. SILVA were appointed as a committee to notify the membership to parade at that time. Alfred D. SILVA was elected to apprenticeship membership. J.M. RUSSELL made application for membership. Local No. 21 of San Francisco was requested to obligate the candidate as he was located in that city.

The resignation of Andy SMITH, editor of the Union Label, as delegate to the Federated Trades council and Allied Printing Trades council and Union Label league, was received and accepted. Smith has concluded to quit the publication of the Union Label and will hereafter make his home in the city of San Francisco.

The following members were elected to fill the unexpired terms caused by the resignation of AF. SMITH; C.F. HOKE, delegate to the Federated Trades council, * H. SEARS, delegate to the Allied Printing Trades council, and J. A. ROBBINS, delegate to the Union Label league.

J.J. BOLTON, who was elected as representative to the Fifty-eighth annual convention of the International Typographical union, which will convene at Cleveland, Ohio, August 12, 1912, will leave Sunday, August 4, for the convention city. 

The winners of the prizes given by the Bakers’ and Confectioners’ union for saving the largest number of labels cut from bread are as follows: First prize, Mrs. GODLEY, 2830 Ninth street; second prize, Mrs. John DUNPHY, 2115 L street; third prize, Mrs. E. TENNENT, 2818 F street, fourth prize, Mrs. DOTTLING $2400 (sic) Coleman avenue; fifth prize, Mrs. W.T. CROWELL, 2731 Bonetta avenue; sixth prize, Mrs. ROONEY, 1522 Q street; seventh prize, Mrs. S.W. HARRIS, 304 Eleventh street; eighth prize, Mrs. F. STRUM, 1901 Sixteenth street; ninth prize, Evelin SIMMONS, 3749 Madrone avenue;. tenth prize, H. MODDERSON, 909 M street; eleventh prize, Mrs. SMITH, 1619 Twenty-third street. All cash prizes will be distributed in the near future by Business Agent THIMSEN.  


WEAVERVILLE (Cal.), July 29 -

A quarrel over a division of irrigation water resulted in an exchange of shots between Samuel W. HELLAR and Brice A. TRIMBLE at the town of Hyampom. Hellar received a bullet in the leg which broke the bone. Trimble’s ear was punctured. No arrests have been made. 


Well Known Woman of Yuba County Breathes Her Last.

WHEATLAND (Yuba Co.), July 29 -

Mrs. Sallie MURPHY, who crossed the plains in 1857 and settled here after spending a short time in Placer county, died at Los Angeles Saturday. The remains will be brought here for burial at a date to be determined upon. Deceased was a native of Missouri.

Surviving her are four sons, James, Charles, Joseph and R.N. MURPHY, the latter of Marysville, and three daughters, Mrs. C.W. HUNT, Mrs. Benjamin GASSAWAY and Mrs. W.H. BENSON.

Sacramento Union

July 30, 1912 


Finds Wilson Sentiment Strong Throughout Yuba and Sutter Counties. 

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), July 13-

I.G. ZUMWALT, the Democratic candidate for Congress, has been in Marysville for the past two or three days visiting friends and making an active canvass for the Democratic nomination. He says that he is surprised when he compares the feeling that he finds today, with that which existed when he campaigned two years ago. For instance, this afternoon he paid a visit in Wheatland and shook hands with nearly every one there .He met an old gentleman who said he had cast his first vote for Douglass fifty two years ago and had voted the Republican ticket ever since, but this year he was going to support Woodrow WILSON.

Another party whom he met there announced that he was a “black Republican,” but nevertheless was a Wilson man. The Republicans in many cases, both here, in Wheatland, and Yuba City, have assured Mr. Zumwalt of their support, declaring that it was necessary for somebody to go to Congress who would look after the interests of the valley, and see that we get an appropriation for our Sacramento river project. Mr. Zumwalt has also received much encouragement from the women voters and declares that the campaign could not look better.

Mr. Zumwalt is arranging to open his publicity headquarters in Marysville as it is probably the accessible place in his district. He will send out information of interest all over the district continually so that his friends may be kept posted on the outlook. 


Ask Back Payment, Alleged to Be Due Them for Constructing County Bridge.

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), July 29 -

Judge FINCH today issued an alternative writ of mandamus against County Auditor GOLDEN on application of Attorney FREEMAN, acting for JENKINS & WELLS, contractors, who built a county bridge near Butte City. The contractors allege $350 is still due them, and demand payment.

Under the recent road and bridge bond election $7000 was voted for this bridge. However, the supervisors let the contract for $7399. On the grounds that it would be illegal, Auditor GOLDEN refused to pay the contractors over $7000, while the contractors claim that premiums on the bonds should be divided up and added to the various amounts. The case is now on for trial. 

Bonded the Eureka and Woodside Properties.

GEORGETOWN (El Dorado Co.), July 29 -

It is reported that A. BURCH of Berkeley has bonded the Eureka and Woodside mines at Georgetown and that the properties will be unwatered and thoroughly prospected. The hoisting machinery at the Eureka mine has been overhauled and a man has been clearing away the debris around the shaft of the Woodside mine.

The shaft at the Woodside was sunk 240 feet, when good ore was encountered, but on account of litigation the mine was closed down.

The shaft at the Eureka is down 200 feet. Four years ago it was unwatered to a depth of 170 feet, when a mineralized ledge 23 feet wide was exposed. In the slope between the 130 and 170 foot levels there are thousands of tons of ore ready to be hoisted to the surface. 



George Cripps, Who Was Run Over Saturday, Expires in a Woodland Hospital.

WINTERS (Yolo Co.), July 29 -

George W. Cripps, fireman of the extra freight between Elmira and Esparto, who was run over by a freight car Saturday afternoon, died in the railroad hospital yesterday in San Francisco. He is survived by a wife and child, who live in Elmira, a mother in Suisun. Cripps was about 30 years of age and had been in the employ of the Southern Pacific about eight years.

He was boarding the train while it was in motion. He lost his footing and fell under the car. He managed to draw a part of his body from beneath the car, but the trucks passed over his right shoulder, crushing him badly.


LODI (San Joaquin Co.), July 29 -

News was received in Lodi today that Jacob KIRSCHENMANN of this city was held for trial in the superior court on a charge of fishing with a fyke net with wings. Kirschenmann was arrested last Wednesday by Deputy Fish and Game Commissioner SQUIRE, who caught him fishing in a slough west of Lodi.

The offense is a high misdemeanor under the new law. The net with which Kirschenmann was fishing would catch everything that came within its way for a width of twenty-four feet. 


Remains of Man, Whose Body Was Recently Found, Are Prepared for Burial.

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 29 -

The head of Antone MORANDI was found this morning by a gang of wood-choppers in the vicinity of Forest Springs, and the gruesome object has been brought to town and placed in the hands of the coroner. Several weeks ago the body of Morandi was found in the thick brush of Forest Springs, but the head was missing. One hundred yards away the head was found, evidently carried there by coyotes or other animals. The head will be buried with the rest of the body. 


Burnt Ranch on Trinity River Scene of Affair Which Coroner Is Investigating.

WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), July 29 -

Coroner J.A. WALLACE was notified last night that Richard HENNESSEY had committed suicide Saturday night at Burnt ranch on the Trinity river sixty miles from Weaverville. The coroner has left to hold the inquest. No particulars were given.

Hennessey was a member of a prominent family in this county and a brother of John Hennessey, the well known mining man. 


Thos. McGlynn Dies From Injuries Without Being Able to Tell How He Received Them.

CHICO (Butte Co.), July 29 -

Thos. McGLYNN, the well-known miner who was found near here in a partially paralyzed condition several days ago, died last night at the Sacramento Valley hospital from the effect of his injuries. McGlynn was found beside the Butte County railroad tracks and it is generally believed he fell from the train. He was on the way to Chico for treatment following excessive drinking when the accident occurred. He never recovered consciousness and authorities were not able to clear up perfectly the manner in which he was injured. He was 58 years of age and has no relatives in this section. 


OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 29 -

District Attorney JONES and Mrs. JONES are on a vacation trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They will be away two weeks. During the absence of Mr. Jones Assistant District Attorney George F. LaROSSIGNOL of Chico will..

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Sacramento Union

Wednesday July 31, 1912 


English Board Blames Accident to Excessive Speed and Lack of Proper Watches.


Recommended That Board of Trade Be Empowered to Direct. Changes in Sea Rules. 

LONDON, July 30 - The judgement of the English board of trade court of inquiry into the disaster to the White Star liner Titanic, which was sunk in mid-ocean with 1517 souls after collision with an iceberg on April 14, will be pronounced today by Lord Mersey, the presiding judge, before a large audience. The court finds that the collision was due to excessive speed, that a proper watch was not kept; that the ship’s boats were properly lowered but that arrangements for manning were insufficient; that the Leyland liner Californian might have reached the Titanic if she had tried; that the track followed was really safe, with the proper vigilance, and that there was no discrimination against third class passengers in the saving of life.


The court exonerated J. Bruce ISMAY, chairman and managing director of the White Star line, and Sir Cosmo DUFF-GORDON, one of the passengers, from any charges of improper conduct.

Lord MERSEY’s judgement is a formal legal document. He said it was not the business of the court to inquire into attacks on the moral conduct of Sir Cosmo DUFF-GORDAN and J. Bruce ISMAY, but silence on the part of the court might be misunderstood. He continued:

“The very gross charge against Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon that he bribed the boatman to row away from drowning people is unfounded. At the same time I think if he had encouraged the men to return to where the Titanic had foundered, they probably would have made an effort to do so and could have saved some lives.”

“The attack on J. Bruce ISMAY,” continued the judge, “resolved itself into the suggestion that occupying the position of managing director of the line some moral duty was imposed upon him to await on board until the vessel passengers, found the last boat on the starboard side of the Titanic actually being lowered. No other people were there at the time. There was room for him and he jumped in. Had he not done so he would merely have added one more life to the number lost.


The recommendations of the court include the following:

The board of trade should investigate the practicability of providing sea going ships, with a double skin carried above the water line or with a longitudinal vertical water tight bulkhead on each side of the vessel or with both.

The court recommends that the British board of trade be empowered to direct changes in the designs of ships; that the life boat and raft accommodations in seagoing ships be based on the number of persons carried and the tonnage of the ship. 



Band Led by Maud Accused of Playing Tricks on Party of Autoists.

SAN BERNARDINO, July 30 - A band of mules, the leader of which Rancher SMYTH declared was named Maud, put an automobile out of commission last night and left the occupants of the car out on a desert road in a state of terror.

Coming down the road at thirty miles an hour, the headlight of the machine disclosed the mules, about forty in number, just ahead. With a shrill “honk” the driver opened this valve and shot ahead. The mules fled.

A mile down the road there was a sharp turn in the road and, as the driver slowed down he found himself confronted by the beasts in battle line formation. Without a sound the mules suddenly dashed for the car and, with their heads, practically destroyed the machine. Lamps were kicked off, the radiator torn to pieces and the carburetor was wrecked. After the dust of the battle cleared and the occupants of the car were discussing their loss, the sound of a long “hee, haw” floated across the valley. 


Cabiniss Suggests That State Legislature Amend Laws.

LOS ANGELES, July 30 - Judge CABANISS of San Francisco, sitting in extra sessions of the superior court here, dealt the “doctors’ trust” a blow yesterday when he placed Dr. Jose A. ENRIQUEZ on probation, and declared the state law denying any man the right to take the medical examination unless he could speak English should be remedied by the legislature.

Dr. ENRIQUEZ, a prominent physician in Mexico, came to Los Angeles because of the turbulent conditions in his home country. Testimony at the hearing showed that he had prescribed, without pay, for a friend who was slightly ailing, and for this he was arrested.

Dr. ENRIQUEZ speaks German, French and Spanish fluently, and has diplomas from three of the most noted medical colleges in Europe, but declared the English language was the bar he had not overcome, and alone stood between him and a diploma in California.

“Here is the case of a man undoubtedly high in his profession,” said the court, “that is held back by a mere technicality. In all probability he could treat patients speaking any one of the three languages in which he is fluent, as good or better than physicians whose vocabulary is limited to English. I will not send such a man to jail. This law should be remedied by the legislature.” 



Book Investment company to D.S. McDONALD - Lot 1131, Wright & Kimbrough tract 21.

Phillip BLAZZER to William WIEKING - Lots 7812 and 7814, Goethe subdivision 78. 



by Edith McDONOUGH 

Mrs. Clinton L. WHITE and her son and daughter, Herbert and Miss Edith WHITE, will return today from a month’s outing at Pacific Grove. 

Miss Pricilla WILLIAMSON has gone to San Francisco for a visit of a week or more. 

Mrs. Job WOOD will return the end of this week from Castello where she has been spending the month of July. She will bring as her guests, Mrs. Edwin MOYES and daughter, Edwina, of Alameda. 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. GLEIB left this week for a vacation at Pacific Grove. 

Mrs. H.A. CUMMINGS and daughter, Edith, have completed a visit at Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Miss Margaret KIRK is enjoying a vacation at Pacific Grove. 

Mrs. Eugene H. PITTS returned last night form Alameda where she spent the last few weeks. 

The Henry HEILBRON family who have been spending the month of July at Pacific Grove, will return to town on the twelfth of August. Before their return, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph TEICHERT Jr. will go down to spend a week with them. 

Mrs. S. GREGORY and her niece, Miss Sophia COMSTOCK left yesterday afternoon for San Francisco where they expect to remain through August. 

The Misses Gertrude and Myrette Leeman have completed a month’s visit at Santa Cruz and are home again. 

Miss Ruby SMITH has gone to Pacific Grove for a few weeks’ vacation. 

Mrs. T.E. DAY, accompanied by her father , G.E. DURHAM, have gone to San Francisco for a vacation of three weeks. 

Mrs. E.A. PLATT of this city and Mrs. LA FAYETTE of Elk Grove have returned from a summer outing spent with their sister, Mrs. H.F. BAND, at her country home, “The Dells” in the Santa Cruz mountains. 

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. RICHARDS have returned from a week end visit with the former’s sister, Mrs. H.F .BAND, at “The Dells,”, Boulder Creek. 

Mr. and Mrs. John SILLER are spending the week in San Francisco with their daughter Mrs. Howard McKINLEY. 

Mrs. C.A. WRIGHT has as her guest the granddaughter, Miss Myrtle WRIGHT of San Francisco. 

Mr. and Mrs. William A. MEYER are spending the summer at Lake Tahoe.

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Sacramento Union

Sunday Sept 15, 1912 


Despondency Following Sickness and Loss of Work Supposed to Be Responsible

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Sept 14 - Despondency on account of a severe attack of rheumatism which prevented him from working, William HOFFMAN, an old prospector, blew out his brains this morning at his cabin near Graphiteville, about 36 miles from this place.

Hoffman took a shotgun, tying a string to his toe and to the trigger placed the muzzle of the weapon against his head and pulled the string with his foot. Death was instantaneous as the charge made a fearful wound.

The verdict at the coroner’s inquest was death by suicide. Hoffman was about 65 years of age and had lived in the Graniteville section four or five years, making his living by prospecting and doing light work for his neighbors. 


KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Sept 14 - Home-grown vegetables and fruits are nearly supplying this market now. Several market gardeners near the city are making money in this line. One of them reports that he has sold over 700 dozen ears of corn, another says that on five acres of ground, on which his home and yard are also located, in one year return him $1400, aside from the considerable amount consumed by his own family. F.M. BARNUM, living near Merrill, has brought to the city a good supply of apples of the Yellow Transparent, Gravenstein and Red June varieties, which cannot be surpassed for texture and flavor. A peculiarity of this Red June apple is that it ripens in September, thus becoming a fall variety instead of a summer one, as is usual. 


WILLIAMS (Colusa Co.), Sept 14 - The reception Thursday night to high school patrons and teachers was most successful. Misses Anna PERSONS, Pauline CHRISTOPHER, Annabel CRUTCHER, Ruth GIBSON and Erma GIBSON, Miss Marjorie KIMBALL gave a musical selection and Prof. SUTTENTON gave an illustrated talk. Dancing followed. 


Shasta Woman, Who Aroused Sympathy, Said to Have Told Exaggerated Story

COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), Sept 14 - The kind-hearted citizens of this community are much wrought up over the fact that they have been duped by a woman whose case many considered the most pathetic that had come under observation here.

As told in the Union, Mrs. David BROWN was found in her home a mile from here by a neighbor, apparently in a helpless and starved condition. Examination showed two ribs broken and a number of bruises, it is said. The woman told a pitiful tale of being abused and beaten by her husband, whom she said had beaten her with a club, taken her purse and fled. The woman, it is understood, said she had been alone in her home in a helpless condition for a week.

The club supposed to have been used by Brown was located and feeling against the man was high. However, when the woman refused to swear to a complaint or stay in the hospital an examination of her home was made and the purse, which she declared her husband had taken, was found in the house.

Brown arrived here today and indignantly denied that he had beaten his wife, but avers that the only trouble between them was imbibing of wine by the woman. He declares Mrs. Brown had been drinking heavily when she told the story of abuse that brought her so many offers of assistance.

Mrs. Brown, after stating she would not appear in court against her husband if he is arrested, left for Arbuckle, where she is staying with her sister. 


Eloping Couple in Nevada Are Married When Intercepted

ELY (Nev.), Sept 14 - Eluding the vigilance of the bride’s father, who objected to the match, Benjamin F. HEGWAR and Bertha Maud CARR of East Ely slipped away to Ely and were made man and wife by Justice of the Peace CARTWRIGHT. They then started on their honeymoon trip to Salt Lake City, but when they stopped at a watering tank just outside the city limits to take on the bride’s trunk, which had been left there, they were accosted by Carr and the sheriff of White Pine county.

The young people explained that they had been wedded and the sheriff decided to allow them to go. The bride’s age was given, when the marriage license was obtained as 18 years and 9 months. It is understood that the father claims she is one year younger.

The bridegroom is an electrician employed at the McGill power house.

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Sacramento Union

Tuesday September 17, 1912 


Painter Injured - Falling from the roof of a building on M street, near Seventh, yesterday afternoon, William DITCHBLUM, a painter, was badly bruised. He fell 20 feet. He was taken to the receiving hospital for treatment. 

Building Permits - Building permits were issued yesterday as follows: J.G. SCHROTH, M street, Fifteenth and Sixteenth, garage, $250; Belle HENDERSON, Fifteenth and I streets, remodeling residence, $200; L. WEISLER, lot 3, block 21, Oak Park, remodeling cottage, $750; Carl KOCH, East Sacramento, two cottages, $1500 and $1400; Frank WAKEFIELD, lot 49, Twenty-eighth -street tract, remodeling, $600; A.J. SILVA, U Fifteenth and Sixteenth, residence, $3500; W.C. HUMPHREY, West Curtis Oaks, residence, $400; L. TRABINO, Klotz tract, residence, $4000. 


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Sacramento Union

Wednesday September 18, 1912 

Is Past Eighty; Hale and Hearty; Still at the Forge

Blacksmith of Siskiyou County Has Plied Trade in State Almost Sixty Years

SAWYERS BAR (Siskiyou Co.), Sept 17 - On the fourth of October next, W. BIGELOW, the well-known blacksmith of this city will celebrate his 83rd birthday. He still puts in work every day at the forge, and says he feels as young as he did thirty years ago. He enjoys the best of health.

Bigelow was born in Pennsylvania in 1829, where his father was a blacksmith. He moved to Wisconsin, and in 1854 came to California, where he has since resided. He came to Sawyers Bar in 1852, and has ever since been the blacksmith of the town. He was married sixty years ago, his wife having died three years past. He had ten children, eight of whom are living. 


WASHINGTON, Sept 17 - Frank J. GRILLO has been appointed postmaster at Angels Camp, Calaveras county, and Henry E. KAY at Jackson, Amador county. 


Terrible Agony Marks Dying Moments of Unfortunate Miner at Ely Nevada

ELY (Nev.), Sept 17 - Caught in the machinery at the McGill concentrator, Ralph CROCKER, aged 23 years, received fatal injuries and died in horrible agony a few minutes later.

Crocker was drilling a hole in an upright near the line shaft which transmits the power to all the machines. A piece of waste in his pocket became wrapped around the shaft, and in an instant his clothing was caught in the shaft which was traveling at the rate of 240 revolutions per minute.

Three times Crocker’s body was whirled through space each time his head coming in contact with the running board. During the fourth revolution he was completely denuded and his inert and bleeding body dropped to the floor.

Crocker is survived by a widow and six weeks old son and a father, the latter residing at Omaha, Neb. 


Nevada Sportsmen Get Together and Choose Officers

ELY (Nevada), Sept 17 - The White Pine Rod and Gun club, which was incorporated here several weeks ago has been formally organized and officers elected as follows: James S. BENNETT, president; L.M. JACKSON, vice-president; L.H. MURDOCK, secretary; J.E. TALBOT, treasurer; Frank CALLAWAY, field captain; A.L. HAIGHT, resident agent; J.S. BENNETT, W.M. WADLEIGH and F.G. BALDWIN, trustees.

The club at present has about thirty-five members and any citizen is eligible to membership. The prime motive of the club is to preserve the game of the county and to see that the game laws are observed. 


NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Sept 17 - Richard WEARNE, at young miner of this city, died at his home here last night, after an illness of three months. He was 36 years of age, and a native of Virginia City. He leaves a mother, brother, three sisters and a half-brother to mourn his death. 


OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Sept 17 - James JOHNSON, who shot up the SHAEFFER ranch near Gridley last month, and who was found sane by a lunacy commission last week, will have to answer to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. District Attorney JONES has filed charge against the prisoner after investigating the case. The hearing will be some time late in the week. 


AUSTIN (Nev.), Sept 17 - The Maricopa mill at this place has been temporarily disabled through the collapse of four concrete cyanide thanks (sic) which crashed through the floor of the building.

The main shaft of the mill was bent, and the machinery otherwise disabled. The accident will cause a delay of about 60 days.

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