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Sacramento Daily Union

Wednesday Morning

January 1, 1868

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   The following is a summary of events occurring in the city and county of Sacramento during the year 1867:



1ST - The anniversary of the Proclamation of Emancipation celebrated by colored residents by a meeting in the Senate Chamber, at which there was vocal and instrumental music, and an address was delivered by Rev. A. JOHNSON....A festival given for the benefit of St. Rose Church yielded $1,000.12....The day was generally, as usual, observed by our citizens in the interchange of cordialities and cordial greetings and it is notable that there were less cases of excess than usual. Balance in the County Treasury, $110,168.09.

3d - The Board of Directors of the California and Arizona National Railroad Company met and completed its organization by electing George E. MOORE President, J.M. FREY, Vice President; R. PACHECO, Treasurer and W.G. ENGLISH Secretary....The Sacramento river stood at 22 feet 10 inches....The advance guard, or first arrival of Japanese jugglers and gymnasts appeared at the Metropolitan Theater before a fine house, and were well received.

4th - A Whitehall boat regularly employed in carrying passengers between Washington and Woodland, Yolo county. Between those points (nineteen miles) there was but four miles of land carriage. (During the ____ of 1861-2, a stern-wheel steamer passed over from the Sacramento river to the ranch of Jerome DAVIS, on about the same line.)....A Chinaman was murdered by robbers (four white men) in the neighborhood of Oakley’s. The murderers succeeded in getting $40, and escaped.

5th - Bids for the surrender of warrants on the General Fund of the State Agricultural Society were accepted as follows: Of William YULE, $96.88, for $96, and of N. Greene CURTIS, $704, at par. The debt of the society had been reduced since June, 1865, from $(not legible) to $3,818.93 - CURTIS being the only remaining creditor.

6th - Rosario UREA, a Mexican, died suddenly at a room on Second street, between K and L. An inquest resulted in a verdict of death from apoplexy....Funeral of Wilson FLINT took place from the Sixth street M.E. Church. It was attended in a body by the members of the Sacramento Pioneer Association, of which deceased was an associate....Sacramento Arion Society organized....Received at the Union office two good sized specimens of the fourth crop of apples from a tree growing in the garden of Mrs. Julia A. ALLEN, on Seventh street, in this city; and a cluster of small pears of the fifth crop of the season, grown by J.P. ODBERT, corner of Twelfth and D streets. The latter tree blossomed six times two years previously.

7th - The Pioneer Mills shipped 2,000 barrels of flour to be forwarded to New York, making 3,000 barrels shipped by the same this month to date....David CRUMP, aged 22, drowned by the upsetting of a boat, or died from subsequent exposure. The accident occurred on Beach’s Lake, near Freeport....At a meeting of the Board of Education Paul MORRILL was elected President and J.F. CRAWFORD chosen to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Director LAMBARD....The Japanese gymnasts visited the High School in a body, and spent half an hour in listening to the exercises. This is the first instance of their visiting an American school.

8th - The anniversary of the battle of New Orleans, (1815) observed by the display of bunting.

10th - Frederick ALLENDORF, of Georgetown, Franklin township, died from injuries sustained by being kicked by a horse. He was a German, single, aged 42....A Chinaman named Ah YONG, arrested on the charge of murdering William McDANIEL at Auburn, on the 9th inst.....S.H. GARFIELD accidentally fell into the Sacramento river at the Pioneer Mills. He saved himself by reaching a plank which had been thrown to him.

11th - Michael WATERS, who killed his wife in February, 1866, was discharged to the District Court upon the representation of the District Attorney that he was satisfied the defendant was insane at the time.

12th - The ordinance of baptism was administered to twenty-five persons at the Baptist Church....Mrs. A.R. JACKSON sustained severe injuries by accidentally falling from a stoop in the rear of her son-in-law’s residence....The floor of a Chinese building on I street suddenly subsided, letting down a number of hogs into the slough, several of which were drowned - but no Chinamen.

14th - The National Guard mustered out for nonconformity with the militia law.

15th - A Chinaman on I street took a drink of water and was immediately seized with a chill or spasm, and died in about fifteen minutes thereafter.

16th - At a special meeting of the Board of State Capitol Commissioners - Governor LOW, REDDING, REDINGTON and PACHECO being present - it was decided to build the second and third stories of the Capitol of brick instead of granite....The Pioneer Mills shipped 175 tons of flour to San Francisco - 100 tons destined for New York....Mrs. GOURLEY, near Freeport, had her arm broken by being thrown from a wagon.

17th- Confidence Engine Company, No. 1, had a fine benefit at the Metropolitan Theater - the proceeds to be devoted to furnishing their new house....Albert A. AUSTIN, of Brighton township, shot and killed by Robert SEEGER at the ranch of A.G. DETRICK, about four miles east of the Lake House. SEEGER arrested.

20th - Rev. Father Thomas CRINNLEN stricken with paralysis at the parsonage adjoining St. Rose Church and died in a few hours thereafter....Funeral of Albert A. AUSTIN, shot and killed by SEEGER, took place from the Congregational Church. SEEGER examined before Judge FOOTE for the homicide of AUSTIN and admitted to bail on the 21st in the sum of $10,000....A meeting was held in the Senate Chamber for the purpose of founding an Orphan Asylum. It was largely attended, principally by ladies. Mrs. F.H. HEACOCK was called to the chair, and Mrs. LEWIS appointed Secretary. After brief addresses by several ladies and gentlemen present, a Committee was appointed to take temporary charge of orphans under care, another to prepare a Constitution and by-laws, and Mrs. BALDWIN chosen as matron....Religious services were celebrated at St. Rose Church for the repose of the soul of the late Rev. Father Thomas CRINNLEN. The remains were subsequently conducted to the Marysville boat, at which city there were interred....A telegram received that the Senate had rejected the appointment of John BIGLER as United States Assessor of this district, vice J.M. AVERY.

24th - The boys, large and small, had rare fun in snowballing on Front street, the ammunition having been brought down on the car-tops from Alta....Senator NYE, of Nevada, was received from the cars by Governor LOW, a large concourse of citizens being present, and the Union Brass Band enlivening the occasion with patriotic music. He delivered an address in the evening in the Assembly Chamber, which was densely crowded.

26th - The Granite Mills at Folsom destroyed by fire. The mills were owned by Carroll & Howe of this city, contained nine run of stone, capable of turning out 700 barrels of flour in twenty-four hours. They originally cost about $140,000. They were insured for $35,000.

28th - An adjourned meeting relative to founding the Orphan Asylum was held, a Constitution presented and referred, and a Committee of nine appointed to select fourteen ladies to serve as a Board of Trustees and Managers.

29th - At a small meeting of Union men it was resolved to submit the names of six citizens to the City Central Committee, from whom one should be nominated as the Union candidate for City Trustee at the ensuing election.  Several of the appointees declining, a petition was circulated for signatures asking the Committee to call a primary election under Porter’s Primary Election law.

30th - Antone BERGER, an old resident and saloon keeper, died from the effects of injuries received by falling headlong down the stairs in the Antelope Building on J street on the morning preceding.



1st - At a meeting of citizens to further the project of ridding the lower part of the city of water, a Committee of nine was appointed to receive proposals to that end, and to memorialize the Trustees to issue a proclamation for a vote of the people on the proposition to levy a special tax of $6,000 for the purchase of pumps, etc., for that purpose....An arrangement was made for a prize fight between McALPIN, alias “Soap,” and Thomas POOLE, for $250....Amount in State Treasury, $1,353,468.88; in County Treasury, $79,507.57.

2d - The Committee appointed in regard to the removal of the water from the inundated district of the city reported in favor of purchasing Harrison’s rotary pump (capacity of delivery, 175,000 gallons per hour), for $4,000 in coin, to be paid by the city at a subsequent period. The report was adopted. About $100 was contributed at the meeting for incidental purposes.

3d - A little daughter of F.T. BURKE, Chief of Police, fell into the ditch in front of his house, corner of Eighth and G streets, and would have been drowned had she not been discovered and rescued by S.M. KIEFER. When found the child was lying in the water, insensible, and some time elapsed before animation was restored....A man named BERKLEY was kicked in the face by a horse at BROCKWAY’s ranch, on the Georgetown road, sustaining a severe cut in the lower lip and a laceration of the flesh, exposing the jaw for several inches....The Chinese New Year was inaugurated by our Celestial residents in a spirited manner....The Sacramento river at evening stood at 21 feet 6 inches above low-water mark.

4th - Young members of the Sacramento Bar and students met and organized the “Moot Court of the Sixth Judicial District,” with J.K. ALEXANDER as Judge; T.J. CLUNIE, Sheriff, and Mott F. JOHNSON Clerk....Funeral of James BOWSTEAD, largely attended by the Masons and Odd Fellows, took place from Grace Church, where the Rev. Mr. HILL officiated. Deceased died at Austin (Nev.), January 28th, was formerly one of the proprietors of the Union Foundry in this city, and a member of the Common Council, as also a prominent member of the Order of Odd Fellows....The Central Pacific Railroad Company received from the East the new locomotive “Amazon.”

5th - Orleans Hotel sold by HAGGIN & TEVIS, of San Francisco, to N.D. THAYER, proprietor of the Western Hotel, of this city, for $17,500....Work recommenced on the State Capitol.

6th - The Episcopal Convocation met, but was not fully attended. A sermon was presented in Grace Church in the morning by the Rev. Mr. WYATT, of San Francisco....Ripe raspberries were observed yesterday in the garden of Daniel BROWN, situated six miles from Sacramento, on the Georgiana road.

7th - A man named Michael YARROW was drowned in Hoyt’s Slough, a short distance north of Lisle’s bridge. The body was recovered the next day.

9th - The Daily Record, a small evening paper, published by an association of printers in this city, made its first appearance.

11th - The prize fight between Thomas McALPINE alias “Soap” and Jack LYNCH alias “Mullinger Boy” came off at Pleasant Ranch, near Freeport. Eight rounds were fought, LYNCH being knocked out of time on the last. Time, fifteen minutes....A young man named GREEN was riding at Agricultural Park in a buggy with his mother, Mrs. WHEAT, and in turning suddenly, on leaving the Park, the former was thrown out, sustaining a severe injury of one eye. The horse ran furiously to the intersection of Thirteenth and H streets, where the buggy was upset, and Mrs. WHEAT, being thrown out, had her collar bone fractured.

12th - The Relief Committee, in connection with the proposed Orphan Asylum, reported that subscriptions had been obtained to the amount of about $1,550, although the city had been but partially canvassed. Notwithstanding many moneyed men had thrown cold water on the project, it was resolved that the enterprise be diligently prosecuted. ...George E. EGTOFF, aged 5 ½ years, died suddenly at the house of Mrs. RUHL, on the alley between Sixth and Seventh, and G and H streets. He had been placed by his mother, with three other children, with Mrs. RUHL to board, and seemed perfectly well on going to bed the evening previous....Nectarine and apricot trees have been in full bloom several days.

13th - An autopsy resulted in the discovery that the child EGTOFF died of disease of the heart and liver.

14th - Valentines flying about thick and fast, to the manifest benefit of the Post Office and Express Company....The Union City Central Committee fixed upon the 3d of March to hold the primary election under Potter’s law. The test adopted was that all who voted for Lincoln at the last Presidential election, or would have so voted if they voted for any one, or been entitled to a vote at that time, should be permitted to vote.

15th - Bids from nine different parties for the furnishing of iron work for the State Capitol were opened by the Commissioners and taken under advisement till March 1st.

17th - The Harrison pump having been purchased as recommended, was put in active operation this morning at Sixth and R streets, in connection with one of smaller capacity, doing good work.

16th - The Capitol Base Ball Club was organized.

17th - Two brass pieces, a six-pounder and a twelve-pounder, issued to the Marysville Light Artillery, arrived from San Francisco and were forwarded.

18th - Pools of water in the streets froze during the night.

20th - The morning train of the Central Pacific Railroad was unable to proceed further than Alta in consequence of the snow....A heavy storm with high wind prevailed, causing far spread but minor damage, and continued the following day, ensuing such a flow of surface water as to swamp the Harrison pump, compelling a suspension of pumping operations.

21st - Turton, Knox & Co., contracted to raise the Orleans Hotel to the grade for $4,250.

22d - Exempt Firemen’s Ball at Agricultural Hall. Very largely attended and considered complimentary to the taste and liberality of the Association....J. SCOTT, an employe on one of the Bay steamers, while skylarking, slipped and fell, fracturing his arm....Major BEARDSLEY, aged about 72, slipped on a street crossing, fracturing both bones of the left forearm....The Sacramento river had risen to twenty feet - three feet during the night.

23d - A large Australian acacia, forty feet in hight, and the trunk four feet and nine inches in circumference, in the yard of Dr. PHELAN on Tenth street, was blown down by the late storm. It was the largest of the variety in the city, and, perhaps, in the State.

25th - John W. MILLER, an old resident of the city, died from the effects of strychnine, self-administered on the evening previous....Louis Z. HAGEN, also an old Sacramentan, died suddenly at his residence on I street.

26th - The Constitution of the Sacramento Protestant Orphan Asylum, after revision, was adopted....An Anti-Chinese meeting was held at Turn Verein Hall and addressed by Ex-Governor BIGLER, Dr. CLAPP and Deputy Sheriff SHERMAN. Resolutions were adopted against the employment of Chinese in any capacity....The Harrison pumps were again set at work at Sixth and R streets.

27th - Coal as a substitute for wood has been in use economically at the Water Works....The morning passenger train of the Central Pacific Railroad left town for the first time on their new track north of the Slough....Pumping operations at R street suspended, the pumps being submerged.



1st - The Trustees passed an order calling for a vote of the people upon a proposition to levy a special drainage tax of $22,000.

2d - Union primary election held under Porter’s law and passed of harmoniously....The Sacramento Protestant Orphan Asylum was fully organized by the election of officers, and the Board of Managers directed to incorporate the same under the laws of the State....The Sacramento river stood at 22 feet 1 inch.

5th - The Union City Convention met in the Sixth street M.E. Church - Leonard GOSS presiding. The following ticket was nominated: For Third Trustee, David KENDALL; City Auditor, John McCLINTOCK; City Assessor, Edward R. HAMILTON; City Collector, D.A. DE MERRITT. A City Central Committee was also chosen....information received of the appointment and confirmation by the Senate of Major T.J. BLAKENEY as United States Assessor of the Fourth District, vice John BIGLER.

6th - A meeting of the Democratic Club was held and a Committee of twenty appointed to report upon the policy to be pursued at the coming election.

7th - The Anti-Chinese Association nominated W.L. HERNDON for Third Trustee and John KELLY for City Collector.

8th - A house at the corner of Seventh and D streets secured and furnished by the managers of the Protestant Orphan Asylum.

9. - The Democratic Club decided that it was inexpedient to nominate a city ticket....The Anti-Chinese Association further nominated C.C. HAYDEN for Auditor and Daniel BROWN for Assessor....The body of Charles A., a son of E.D. SHIRLAND, aged six years, was found in the water in the cellar of the residence on the parents. The child had not been seen since about 4 P.M. the day previous....A Union ratification meeting was held at Turn Verein Hall, Robert ROBINSON presiding.

11th - Walter, aged three years, son of W.H. HOYT, fell into the water adjacent to his father’s house and was drowned. He had fallen into a deep pond about four weeks previously and was rescued by a girl.

12th - The city election passed off quietly....The registered vote of the city was 2,100 and the vote polled 1,718....The Union nominees were elected by large majorities....The special drainage tax was defeated - there being a majority of 858 in the negative.

13th - The Latham building on J street was purchased by Gillig, Mott & Co. for $10,500...The small steamer O K was engaged in running across the tule from Washington to the Tule House - about eight miles....One hundred and fifty mail bags received at Sacramento Post Office overland from the East....The new Cornish pumps at the Water Works tried and worked satisfactorily.

15th - The Trustees passed an order vacating certain streets and alleys north of the slough and east of Sixth street for the use of the Central Pacific Railroad Company....Schooner Liberty sailed with 50,000 feet of sugar pine lumber for San Francisco....Grace Church supplied with a new organ.

17th - St. Patrick’s day celebrated by a procession formed of the Emmet Guard, the Fenlan Brotherhood and citizens in carriages, mounted and on foot, preceded by the Fourth Infantry Band. High mass was celebrated at St. Rose Church and afterward an oration was delivered at Agricultural Hall. A ball was given in the evening at the Hall for the benefit of the Sisters of Mercy.

18th - W.F. JOYCE fell headlong from the balcony of the St. Nicholas building to the ground beneath, sustaining a severe fracture of the skull....Eugene E., son of J. STEPHENS, was drowned in the old channel of the American river, opposite Fifth street....Mrs. DOLE, wife of policeman DOLE, was severely injured by the explosion of damaged powder....H.D. BLODGETT, residing on the Jackson road, eight miles from the city, kicked by a horse and dangerously injured.

20th - Charles LEWIS seriously injured by falling backward from a hay wagon on K street.

21st - Several showers of rain and hail fell during the day....A prize fight for $250 a side came off opposite Freeport between John BLACKEY, of San Francisco, and William FOX, alias JOHNSON, of New York, ending in the total demoralization of FOX on the nineteenth round. Time, 32 ½ minutes.

22d - A female child of Mrs. DEVINE fell into a ditch near O and Fifth streets and nearly drowned. She was rescued by J. DOMINICK, being the third child he rescued during the season.

23d - Josiah JOHNSON, late City Trustee, presented with a $200 gold watch by city officers and attaches .... One hundred tons of wheat shipped to San Francisco by Hobby & Potter.

24th - The Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner Sixth and I streets, was dedicated.

26th - Contract for furnishing brick for the State Capitol to Walter & Bowers, of Sacramento, at $7 42 ½ per thousand.

29th - Edward CADWALADER thrown from a horse in the city and severely injured....The High School Base Ball Club organized as the Alert Base Ball Club.

31st - Josiah JOHNSON entered upon his duties as Superintendent of the Sacramento Valley Railroad.


1st - James QUANT drowned in a mining shaft at Alder Creek.

4th - Richard LORD, an old resident of the city, died suddenly. A post mortem resulted in the discovery that he had died from the effects of strychnine administered by parties unknown.

5th - Annual examination of the public schools of the city commenced....The clipping of four merino rams belonging to Daniel SUTTERFIELD, of Elk Grove, yielded 117 pounds. The largest fleece weighed 32 pounds.

11th - Mrs. OUGHTON, residing at O street, between Fourth and Fifth, slipped and fell, breaking her leg below the knee....A very stormy night, several trees blown down, etc.

14th - Thomas BARRY, aged 7 years, son of William BARRY, drowned in a pool on Eighth, between Q and R streets.

15th - A portion of the brick building on K, between Front and Second streets, partially occupied by SWIMLEY, the restaurateur, and as an adjunct of the Union Hotel, fell in with a crash about 4 o’clock A.M. The building had been raised to the high grade and the accident was caused by the settling of the timbers under the east wall. No one was injured except financially. Damage about $1,500....Three and three quarter tons of bullion received by Wells, Fargo & Co. from the eastern side of the mountains.

17th - Contract concluded with Y.W. GUNN for the erection of a public school house, on P near Second streets for $6,885.

18th - Captain J.L. WORDEN, of Monitor fame, passed through the city in company with General CONNOR. Captain WORDEN met with a cordial public reception on his return on the 22d....About forty feet of one of the girders of Treadwell & Co.’s warerooms on J between Second and Third streets, gave way, letting down the floor with superincumbent goods....An unusually large and beautiful meteor seen about 8 A.M. in the northeast.

21st - An unknown man (a burglar) shot and killed by Gabriel BECKLEY, at his ranch on the Placerville road.

23d - The body of David MYERS, of Elk Horn ranch, who had been missing since the 14th instant, was found drowned in Bannon’s slough....Latham & Monson’s building, at the northeast corner of K and Third streets, purchased by Locke & Lavenson for $7,000.

26th - The forty-eighth anniversary of the establishment of Odd Fellowship in the United States celebrated by a procession, etc. Mrs. HAYDEN had both legs broken, and Mrs. CARTER was severely injured internally by the falling of a balcony on Sixth street, while witnessing the procession....An Englishman, named Henry BENTLEY, fell from a second story door or window of the Belvidere Hotel, on Sixth street, sustaining injuries that resulted fatally on the 7th of May.

30th - J.D. MERKLEY arrived with three tons of bullion and one ton of ore from the Cornucopia mine, Blind Springs district.


2d - City visited by the pupils of the Union Sunday School of Dutch Flat, and entertained at the Pavilion.

6th - Emma, aged four years, daughter of John TANSMAN, was severely burned while playing at a bonfire.

7th - Members of Confidence Engine Company, No. 1, took possession of their new house....The house and barn and contents belonging to George MERIAM, in American township, was destroyed by fire. Total loss (including a stallion worth $500), $2,500.

8th - The colored population of the city, including the Sabbath school pupils and the Grant Guard (twenty muskets), Captain PORTER, visited Folsom on a picnic....The Sacramento river reached twenty-five feet and four inches above low water mark.

11th - Mrs. EHRLICH, wife of Charles EHRLICH, was found dead in bed. Deceased had been drinking very freely, and had been the nurse of Richard LEVEL, who died from the effects of strychnine as noticed before.

14th - The Union County Central Committee met and resolved to call a primary election under Porter’s law, with the exception that all citizens, registered or unregistered, be entitled to vote.

15th -A Caucus of members of the Union party held and a (not legible) adopted for submission to the Union Central Committee requesting that the primary election be called under Porter’s law, that none be allowed to vote therein except legal registered voters in favor of the constitutional amendment, the Congressional policy of representation, etc....James LEVY shot by his brother-in-law, John BLACK, on Front street, and severely wounded. Although LEVY was advancing with an open knife at the time BLACK says the shot was accidental....W.J. BRYON, late superintendent of the Gas Works, presented with a beautiful gold-beaded rosewood case by employes of the company.

16th - Mrs. Charles CROCKER thrown from a buggy, sustaining a fracture of the left thigh bone....The city was visited by a slight shower of rain accompanied by severe peals of thunder....Foundation of the eastern wing of the Golden Eagle Hotel, commenced by W.L. HERNDON....Mrs. W.B.C. BROWN met with a severe accident in slipping and falling down the steps at her residence....A festival given for the benefit of the Protestant Orphan Asylum netted about $500....Jos. BAUQUIER thrown from a wagon and had an arm broken.

19th - F. MYERS, proprietor of the Uncle Sam saloon, on K street, shot and dangerously wounded....Wm. CLARK, plumber, sustained a severe fracture of the bones of the right leg above the ankle, rendering amputation necessary.

20th - Ordinance passed by the Trustees requiring the Clerk of the Water Works to perform the duties of the Clerk and previous Collector, his compensation to be nine tenths of all collection fees....W.E. BURTON, residing near Folsom, had his leg broken by falling off the sidewalk on Third street.

21st - At a meeting of the Union County Central Committee a petition, signed by nearly 900 Union voters, was presented, asking that a call be made properly for a primary election under Porter’s law to secure a free and full expression of the sentiments of the Union element. The petition was rejected, but a call was adopted for an election on the following Saturday, the Convention to be held on the succeeding Tuesday....A Union Caucus was held in the County Court-room, and the Union County Central Committee appointed at Turn Verein Hall in 1865 requested to meet and set to secure a proper indication of the views of true Union men in regard to current political questions.

22d - Turn Verein Hall Committee met and called primary election for June 8th, the County Convention to meet June 11th....Special meeting of Board of Trustees and city officers elected for the ensuing term.

23d - James LEVY, who was shot by John BLACK on the 14th inst., died from the effects of the wound....Annual picnic of the Fire Department to Volunteer Grove largely attended by civilians, the City Guard accompanying.

25th - Short Hair primary election held. Total vote reported in the city, 702.

27th - Considerable excitement in the city in consequence of the seizure of lager by U.S. Revenue officers....A boy named John WETZEL thrown from a mule and had his left arm dislocated at the elbow.

28th - Union (Short Hair) County Convention met in the Assembly Chamber, and nominated for State Senator, Thomas McCONNELL; Assemblymen, J.A. DUFFY, F.A. PARK, M. McMANUS, J.R. MAHOLMB, and J.V. SIMMS; Sheriff B.N. BUGBAY, County Treasurer, F.T. LARDNER; County Clerk, A.C. BIDWELL; County Assessor, E. Black RYAN; County Auditor, Grove L. JOHNSON; and a full delegation to the State Convention. On the 29th nominations were made as follows: for District Attorney, W.R. CANTWELL; Public Administrator, J.T. DAY; Superintendent of Public Schools, Dr. F.W. HATCH; County Surveyor, Charles J. JACKSON; Supervisors, 1st District, D.W. CLARK; 2d District, John RYAN, 3d District J. ROUTIER; 4th District, Peter RILEY; 5th District, J.W. HUSTON.

30th - Union (short Hair) County Central Committee organized.


1st - Newly elected city officers entered upon their official duties....Regular Union Primary election - Total vote in city, 791....Peter MANGIN kicked by a horse and had his jaw broken in two places.

3d - Meeting of Democratic Central Committee. Primary election called under Porter’s law.

4th - Regular Union County Convention met in the Sixth Street M.E. Church. Newton BOOTH was nominated for State Senator; Paschal COGGINS, Andrew BLACK, Amos ADAMS, J.C. TUBBS and Dr. S. LYONS, for Assemblymen; and on the 5th the following: for Sheriff, E.F. WHITE; County Clerk, E.D. SHIRLAND; County Judge, R.C. CLARK; Coroner, J.W. REEVES; District Attorney, A.P. CATLIN; Treasurer, Ezra WOOLSON; Auditor, Wm. A. ANDERSON; Assessor, F.R. DRAY; Public Administrator, A.A. WOOD; County Superintendent of Public Schools, N. SLATER; County Surveyor, John PRENTICE; E.R. HAMILTON, Chairman County Central Committee. Supervisors - 1st District, L. ELKFUS; 2d District, C.H. ROSS; 3d District, Joseph HULL; 4th District, C.H. WATT; 5th District, W. BECKMAN.

5th - Company H, Eighth United States Cavalry, Captain SMITH, passed through the city en route to a point on the Humboldt, Nevada.

6th - Regular Union City Convention met and nominated L.H. FOOTE for Police Judge; G. HAINES, Wm. ELLIS and S.S. GREENWOOD for Justices of Peace; and Henry RAMSEY, E.M. SMITH and John McCORD for Constables....Sacramento Light Artillery assumed the initiative toward celebrating the Fourth of July.

8th - Mrs. A. DETTRICH had her arm broken by being thrown from a wagon near Freeport.

9th - Samuel ORNET was severely stabbed at a ranch near Sutterville, during a melee between several Italians.

10th - A boy named John FISKINGER had his jaw broken by being kicked by a horse.

12th - Union State Convention met in the Sixth Street Methodist Episcopal Church. The Short delegation from San Francisco was admitted and the question of the rival delegations from Sacramento passed over. W.W. STOW, of San Francisco, was chosen President. The Committee on Credentials reported in favor of admitting the “Short” delegates both from San Francisco and Sacramento. The report, after considerable discussion relative to the Sacramento delegation (the San Francisco troupe having been admitted), was adopted by nine majority, and with exceeding alacrity George C. GORHAM was nominated for Governor. On the following day nominations were made as follows: For Lieutenant Governor, J.P. JONES; Secretary of State, Wm. H. PARKE; Controller, Josiah HOWELL; Supreme Judge, John CURREY; Attorney General, John G. McCULLOUGH; Surveyor General, Charles F. REED; Treasurer, Romualdo PACHECO; Harbor Commissioner, Charles CLAYTON; Clerk of Supreme Court, R.H. FARQUHAR; State Printer, D.O. McCARTHY; Superintendent of Public Instruction, John SWETT.

13th - William HIGBY was nominated for re-election to Congress by the Union Second Congressional District Convention....Dr. W.S. MANLOVE thrown from his carriage, having an arm broken and being severely injured in the jaw....A boy named Ithiel ELDRED stabbed in the back by a Chinaman.

14th - Delegates to the United State Convention visited Cisco by invitation of the Pacific Railroad Company.

19th - Josiah HORNER had his left hand lacerated by a planing machine at Ames’ sash factory.

20th - A son of Daniel GARDNER, aged between two and three years, fell headlong from the balcony of the Fountain House and was badly injured.

24th - A preliminary meeting was held in the County Court-room to take measures in regard to the reconstruction of the Union State ticket. On the following evening a series of resolutions was adopted and a Committee appointed to call a County Convention to be held June 21st to elect delegates to a State Convention.

26th - A child of Jacob DOUGHTY fatally burned by playing with matches.

28th - Steamer Chrysopolis arrived with the greater portion of the public school teachers of San Francisco, on a visit to Cisco, by invitation of the Pacific Railroad Company.

29th - John SHEEHAN, a discharged soldier, stabbed and dangerously wounded by George WALKER, a patient in the County Hospital....Democratic primary election held. Total vote in the city, 572.


2d - The Democratic County Convention nominated for Senator, N. Greene CURTIS; Sheriff, H.M. LARUE; District Attorney, J.C. GOODS; County Clerk, W.B.C. BROWN; Assessor, George BEATTY; and on the following day, for Assemblymen, R.D. STEPHENS, J.S. COHEN, Bruce B. LEE, Charles WOLLEB and A. COMTE Jr; County Treasurer, Alfred SPINKS; Clerk of Supervisors, W.A. McWILLIAMS; Public Administrator, William SHATTUCK; Coroner, J.P. COUNTS; County Surveyor, John DOHERTY; County Judge, Presley DUNLAP.

4th - The day was celebrated by the firing of guns, etc., a procession, and oration by W.H.L. BRANES, of San Francisco; by the Pioneers; and a burlesque parade, a la “Windy Guards,” a corps named “Sherman’s Bummers.” The report of the guns fired was heard twenty-two miles.

7th - The hottest day of the season. The thermometer in the Union office registered 98 º at 5 P.M.

8th - Ripe grapes of the Mytilene variety, raised by Joshua HOUSMAN, corner of Sixteenth and K streets, received at the Union office.

10th - William HIGBY, ex-member of Congress and candidate for re-election, addressed a full assemblage on the Assembly Chamber.

11th - Convention of County Superintendents of Public Schools held in the Senate Chamber....A race between the yachts Pride of the Capital and Nautilus resulted in the success of the former. Distance sailed, about twelve miles. Time, 1 hour 38 minutes....A H. LYNCH nominated for Police Judge by the Democratic City Convention.

12th - Union meeting held at Turn Verein Hall, and delegates appointed to the State Convention to be held on the 16th inst.

13th - Union meeting in ratification of the State ticket held in front of the Orleans Hotel, Governor LOW presiding. Addresses were delivered by Rev. Dr. COX, Newton BOOTH and F.M. PIXLEY.

16th - The Union Republican State Convention met at Turn Verein Hall, Wm. JONES of El Dorado presiding. The nominations of the Union State Convention were indorsed with the exception of those for Governor, Secretary of State, Controller and State Printer. On the following day the following nominations were made: For Governor, John BIDWELL; Secretary of State, J.G. McCALLUM; Controller, William JONES; State Printer, E.G. JEFFERIS.

17th - J.H. HIGGINSON had his right hand terribly lacerated by a circular saw at Avery’s mill in Blue canyon.

19th - Considerable excitement in political circles in consequence of the discovery that a list of sixty-one bogus voters of Granite township had been presented for registry upon the Great Register by Deputy Assessor Grove L. JOHNSON....Missionary Sabbath School instituted under the auspices of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

23d - Grove L. JOHNSON published a card in explanation of his connection with the list of sixty-one bogus voters, saying that he received it through the Post Office and handed it in for registration in good faith....News received of the confirmation of Wm. Neely JOHNSON as Register of the Sacramento Land Office.

24th - Resignation of G.L. JOHNSON as candidate for County Auditor accepted. Joseph A. CONBOIE was put on the ticket for Coroner....A daughter of F.T. BURKE fell into a ditch on Eighth street, breaking her collar bone.

26th - G.L. JOHNSON, arrested for violation of the Registry Act and held to bail in $300....To accommodate the grain trade of the Upper Sacramento, additional steamers were put on by the Navigation Company.

27th - Large Democratic meeting held on Fourth street. Ex-Governor BIGLER presided, and the meeting was addressed by H.H. HAIGHT, Jo. HAMILTON and C.T. RYLAND.

30th - The Teachers’ Institute of Sacramento county met in the Senate Chamber. There was a large attendance. The Institute adjourned sine die August 1st.


2d - Examination of G.L. JOHNSON for violation of the Registry Act concluded in the Police Court and defendant held to answer to the sum of $1,000. Bail was given.

4th - Several inmates of the family of B.R. CROCKER poisoned, as is supposed, by partaking of bread containing mineral poison.

9th - Mrs. SINGLETON, wife of the proprietor of the What Cheer House, sustained a fracture of the left leg by the capsizing of a buggy.

10th A Mexican named Jesus CARRACO had both arms blown off by the premature discharge of a gun while firing a salute on the levee in honor of the triumph of Juarez....Thomas HANSBROW, severely injured by being thrown from a horse....A large meteor observed in the western sky.

12th - A large Union meeting held in front of the Orleans Hotel, Judge SANDERSON presiding. Addresses were delivered by Senator STEWART, of Nevada, George C. GORHAM, F.M. PIXLEY and Rev. Dr. COX. A free boat came from San Francisco and free trains were run on the Pacific and Valley railroads....Thirty-two fine draft horses, belonging to Reuben MORTON, of San Francisco, arrived from Council Bluffs.

14th - Second anniversary of the Exempt Firemen’s Association of Sacramento celebrated by a parade, and a grand dinner in the Senate Chamber.

16th - The Sacramento river filled with dead fish. The number was incalculable.

17th - Lot No. 7, J. and K, Seventh and Eighth streets, purchased by the Congregation of St. Rose Church.

19th - The Orleans Hotel, having been refitted, was reopened by Hornblower & Cullen....N. SLATE, of Sutterville, brought to the city his first installment of new hops, being five bales, weighing 1,016 pounds.

23d - William SMITH, aged 18, fell into the Sacramento river at the fish market, and was drowned.

30th - A National Republican meeting was held in the Assembly Chamber and addressed by Caleb T. FAY, B.R. NICKERSON and W. JONES.


1st - Andrew S. HAMILTON was accidentally shot while gunning, the charge of the gun passing through the muscular part of his thigh.

2d - Resignation of G.B. BEATY, Democratic candidate for County Assessor, accepted, and John B. TAYLOR, of Brighton, nominated instead.

3d - Marion BIGGS nominated as a Democratic candidate for the Assembly, vice J.S. COHEN, deceased.

4th - J.W. REEVES taken suddenly ill of hemorrhage of the lungs and stomach, and died the next day....General election held for Congressional, State and county officers.

5th - Edward COX was thrown from an express wagon, sustaining a dislocation of the arm, fracture of the left elbow and severe contusions.

6th - Rev. Neal GALLAGHER, late Pastor of Folsom, died at the residence of the Catholic clergy in this city. Mass was celebrated on the following day in St. Rose Church, and the remains escorted to the boat for interment at San Francisco.

9th - The Fourteenth Annual Fair of the California State Agricultural Society inaugurated by a trotting race at the Park and the opening of the Pavilion to the public in the evening. The opening address was delivered by the President, C.F. REED, on the following evening....E.F. WHITE, Union candidate for Sheriff, demanded a recount of the vote, and on the next day John DOMINGOS, Democratic candidate for Supervisor of the First District, followed suit.

11th - Annual address before the State Agricultural Society delivered by John BIDWELL at the pavilion.

14th - Mrs. Lizzie EOFF of San Francisco severely injured by the overturning of a buggy in which she was riding on K street.

18th - State Fair concluded and award of premiums announced.

20th - Another excitement in political circles in consequence of the recount by the Board of Supervisors in the matter of the contest between LARUE and WHITE for the Shrievalty, resulting in giving WHITE 46 more and LARUE 39 less votes.

22d - A barge of the steamer Lark, laden with about ninety tons of grain and flour, filled and sunk near the foot of O street.

24th - The annual session of the Grand Lodge of Good Templars commenced, and adjourned at six P.M. on the 27th.

26th - Alexander OULSTEN attempted to commit suicide by taking a dose of arsenic and phosphorus. At his own request a physician was called, who succeeded in saving his life.

27th - Resident Mexicans celebrated the fifty-seventh anniversary of the Independence of Mexico by music, the firing of guns, etc.

28th - Frank E. HERZOG, aged eight years, fell from a counter, receiving injuries that proved fatal the next day.

29th - A son of Samuel BENNETT, aged 4 ½ years, was enticed away from his home by a colored man. He was returned the next day by parties with whom he had been left.

30th - Frank McINERNY bit off the end of the little finger of John WATT during a fight at a disreputable house.


3d - E.F. WHITE declared elected Sheriff, and John DOMINGOS Supervisor from the First District, by the Board of Supervisors.

4th - Eugene TOLLAND fell from a wagon, at Fifteenth and R streets, and was run over and killed.

7th - L.B. HARRIS elected City Levee Commissioner, vice W.P. COLEMAN, resigned.

9th - Policeman CRAIG assaulted and severely injured by a prisoner named GREEN, whom he had taken from the county jail to point out where stolen property had been secreted. The assault was committed with the poll of a hatchet. GREEN was arrested the next day by officer DOLE, about twenty-five miles below the city, near the Sacramento river, whither he had traced and pursued him.

11th - Thomas COURTNEY, a plasterer, was run over and had his left thigh broken in two places and shoulder-blade fractured, besides sustaining other injuries.

14th - James BARTON, of Spanish Ranch, had a leg broken by being run over near Lisle Bridge.

16th - Schooner Mary Hart sunk near the Sacramento Bridge by the bottom of her hull being punctured by the falling of a bar of railroad iron.

19th - Thomas KINNEY, driver of the Golden Eagle omnibus, severely injured by a kick from a horse.

24th - L. ELKUS commenced proceedings in the District Court against John DOMINGOS, in contest of the right to a seat as Supervisor.

29th - Residence of David JONES, in Center township, destroyed by fire, with entire contents.


7th - Forty-six packages of bullion, weighting about 75 pounds each, received by Wells, Fargo & Co. from Nevada.

8th - J.T. MIER slipped and fell down a stairway, dislocating his ankle....Preliminary meeting to make arrangements for the Inauguration Ball.

10th - Sixth annual festival of Grace Church Sunday School.

13th - Corner-stone of new African M.E. Church on Seventh street laid, with appropriate ceremonies.

14th - A grand meteoric shower, in verification of the prediction of astronomical savans, commenced about 1 A.M. and continued several hours.

15th - Ex-United States Senator W.M. GWIN made his appearance in the city after a somewhat prolonged absence.

16th - A Chinaman was found dead in bed at his residence on I street. Death was caused, probably, by inhaling the fumes of charcoal.

18th - Two several assaults made on Chinamen on I street after dusk, the one with a pistol and the other with hatchets and other instruments. No serious result ensued.

21st - John DOMINGOS declared by the District Court entitled to his seat as Supervisor from the First District.

23d - Francis TUKEY, formerly City Marshal of Boston (Mass.), and once member of the California Assembly, died at his residence, near this city.

24th - Rev. James S. McDONALD installed as pastor of the Westminster (Presbyterian) Church.

27th - H.H. HAIGHT, Governor elect, arrived with his family, to reside in the city of Sacramento....A little son of S. SHIELDS fell through an opening from the second story to the basement of an unfinished building on M street, sustaining severe injuries.


4th - An indignation meeting was held in the Assembly Chamber relative to the late execution of Fenians at Manchester, England. Lieutenant Governor HOLDEN presided. Speeches were made by prominent citizens and a series of condemnatory resolutions adopted.

5th - Governor HAIGHT inaugurated with unusual eclat by a display of bunting, a parade of the military of the city, including the McMahon Grenadier Guard and Ellsworth Rifles of San Francisco, and the firing of salutes by the Sacramento Light Artillery. The ceremonies incident to the occasion concluded with a grand ball (the finest ever given in the city) at the Pavilion....E.G. JEFFERIS, for the past six years connected with the State Printing Office, was presented with a valuable gold watch and chain by O.M. CLAVES, ex-State Printer.

6th - A drove of five hundred turkeys arrived in good order from JOHNSON’s ranch, ten miles above the city....The lease of the Agricultural Park for one year was awarded to Robert ALLEN, at $1,550, to commence January 1, 1868.

8th - The members of the Legislature, the Sacramento Pioneer Association and their guests, by invitation of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, made an excursion to the Summit, on the line of the road. It was the first passenger train that made the trip to that point, and through the great tunnel. The train consisted of eleven passenger and two refreshment cars, all of which were well filled appropriately.

9th - Rise in the Sacramento river, infringing on the east bank near the Gas Works, and threatening the destruction of the works and adjacent property.

11th - Strenuous exertions made to protect the Gas Works by the liberal deposit of trees, brush, cobbles and granite above, below and at the immediate base of the western wall. This disposition of the mineral supplies from the interior and the arborial contributions from the vicinity were continued till the abrasive effects of the current were deemed to be inconsiderable. To insure this, one hundred and twenty car loads of granite and cobbles were used by the Gas Company, and fifteen hundred sacks filled with earth was deposited by the Pioneer Mill Company.

15th - The Levee Commissioners experimented by blasting to remove a sand bar on the north side of the American river, nearly opposite Rabel’s tannery, with seeming success, the object being to straighten the channel.

19th - Eugene CASSERLY, nominee of the Democratic Legislative Caucus for United States Senator, was serenated at the Magnolia Hotel, by the Union Brass Band.....L.S. TAYLOR appointed Court Commissioner of the District Court, vice E.B. CROCKER, resigned. A Spaniard attempted to commit suicide in the vicinity of the Tivoli House by drowning. He repeated the attempt, and subsequently “bucked” at several mud puddles in town until he was arrested and secured.

23d - A freight train on the Sacramento Valley Railroad ran into a culvert eleven miles above Folsom. The fireman, J.H. PARRISH, was instantly killed; J. McDONALD, the engineer, had one leg crushed and the other badly injured; Asa BEROW, Roadmaster of the Placerville road, had one leg broken and was otherwise injured. The crushed leg of McDONALD was immediately afterwards amputated, but he survived the operation only two hours.

25th - Oliver WALCOTT, an employe of the Steam Navigation Company, fell down at their freight-shed on the levee and died in a few minutes....Somebody connected with the Steam Navigation Company presented the inmates of the County Hospital with a liberal supply of fowls, pies, etc., including California wine.

26th - In consequence of the strong current and heavy wind, it was found dangerous to open the draw of the Sacramento and Yolo bridge, and up-river steamers bound down were compelled to tie up north of the bridge....The floor of the Water Works building was covered with water to the depth of ten inches. This was the first time it had been flooded, except from above.

27th - The Howard Benevolent Society dispatched two Whitehall boats with provisions to the relief of parties who might be in precarious positions in Yolo county in the vicinity of Washington or the flooded district in the neighborhood of the city. The steamer Fresno was dispatched on a like expedition by the Steam Navigation Company.

28th - Body of William WILSON recovered, who was drowned on the 23d inst., in Center township.

29th - Large amounts of stolen clothing recovered by officers HARVEY, KARCHER and RIDER....Rev. Mr. BROWN, Unitarian clergyman, from New England, preached his first sermon in the Metropolitan Theater.

30th - Contested election case of H.M. LARUE vs. B.F. WHITE for the office of Sheriff decided in favor of defendant in the County Court.





Transcribed by Betty Loose.

Source: Sacramento Daily Union, Wednesday, January 1, 1868.

© 2007 Betty Loose.



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