SEPTEMBER 3rd 15th



George H. Clark,Mayor of Sacramento

John E. Sullivan, Chief of Police, City of Sacramento

A. B. Spreckles, President

Peter J. Shields, Secretary






Sacramento owes much to the organization of enterprising citizens operating under the title of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber was organized in 1895.  The first public meeting for organization was held on July 9th of that year.  One month later a code of laws was adopted, and on September 27th the first permanent officers were elected.  The founders builded broad and deep.  As stated in its code of laws "its objects are to foster trade, commerce and the economic interests of the City and County Sacramento; to assist encourage home manufacture; to induce immigration and a subdivision and settlements of lands, and generally to promote development of the agricultural, horticultural, mining and other resources of Central and Northern California; to procure a suitable building for the use of the Chamber."  The Chamber at once came to be recognized as a leader in public and semi-public enterprises.  In its functions at times a department of this city government, so complete is the confidence of the people in the unselfish civic loyalty of the members.  It advised frequently with the Mayor and with the Board of Trustees, and a exerted a most wholesome effect in developing and guiding the spirit of enterprise always strong in Sacramentans.  The idea of the Chamber of Commerce as a medium for organized effort in behalf of this city and surrounding country was readily appreciated by the people.  The Directors found their responsibilities no small burden, but they bore it without complaint, often sacrificing direct and personal interest and convenience for the general good.  It was prosecuted diligent and intelligent inquiry in the matter of disposing of the public debt, the ascertainment of the advantages of various supplies of pure water, and similar questions of general interest and importance.  In this way, with close co-operation with the municipality, the Chamber has accomplished much good and easily justified its existence.  The present officers are: William Schaw, President; T. L.Enwright, Vice-President; S. Lavenson, Treasurer; M. R. Beard, Secretary.  The Directors are: P.C. Drescher, H. J. Small, George M. Mott, A. C. Hinkson, E. I. Galvin, P. J. Shields, Alvin J. Bruner, H. I. Seymour, S. I. Hopkins, H. C. Fisher, George H. Clark, Llewellyn Tozer.  The Chamber maintains a superb exhibit of fruits, grains and minerals from Northern Central California.  The display room, in which is also the office of the Chamber, is at 214 J. Street.  Hundreds of visitors annually receive here their first adequate idea of the splendid natural equipment of this rich region.





(1) T. L. Enwright, Chairman.  (2) H. C. Fisher.  (3) H. I. Seymour.  (4) F.L. Gray.  (5) C. W. Morton.  (6) W. F. Purnell.  (7) A.  Elkus.  (8) C. H. Reuter. 

(9) C. H. Holmes, Secretary.  (10) Prentiss Maslin, Auditor.  (11) T. E. Thomas.





(1)   Government Henry T. Gage. (2) Lieutenant-Governor Jacob H. Neff. (3) Secretary of State Charles F. Curry.  (4) State Controller E. P. Colgan.  (5) Treasurer Truman Reeves.  (6) Attorney-General Tirey L. Ford.  (7) Surveyor-General Martin J. Wright.  (8) Clerk of Supreme Court George W. Root.  (9) Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas J. Kirk.  (10) Superintendent of State Printing A. J. Johnston.





(1) The Lindley Residence, 1314 H. Street.  (2) Residence of George Murray (Firm of George Murray and Son, Contractors), 1716 M. Street.  (3) Residence of P. Wolf, Jr., Contractor, 2101 N. Street, and originator of the installment plan of house building.  (4) Residence of W. J. Wells, 1817 N. Street.





THE COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO reflects the wealth, progress and prosperity of Sacramento City.  The county ranks with the richest in the State.  The area is 640,000 acres, and of this over 230,000 is highly cultivated.  Much of the land is held in large tracts, but many indications go to show that the holders of large acreages cannot long resist the advance of progress, and the demand for smaller holdings and more thorough cultivation.  Notable instances of successful colonization are the Orange Vale and Fair Oaks colonies, consisting of prosperous, thrifty and contented cultivators of the soil living in organized communities, with schools, churches and stores.


The first and in importance and extent of the fruit belts of Sacramento County extends from the city south, and is believed to be the richest region in the world, area for area.  Here are some of the finest homes in the agricultural region of California.  The product of this rare section is shipped by riverboats to San Francisco for the market there, or to Sacramento for use in the local canneries, or, more commonly, for the trans-shipment by rail to the great cities of the East.


Besides fruits of all of the deciduous varieties which here attain perfection not seen elsewhere, vast quantities of alfalfa, beans, potatoes and vegetables are grown.


The second fruit belt in the county in size is that ranging along the American river from the city, east to the foothills.  The soil is exceedingly productive, and the fruit from this section is prized in the markets of the East above all others.  It is here that the famous Flame Tokay grape reaches its highest development.  Several wineries help to consume the grapes grown here, and add in no small degree to the good name that the California vintage is winning throughout the land.  As proving the quality of the climate of Sacramento County it may be observed that the citrus fruits thrive here to a degree not exceeded in the most favorite spots in California.  Nature, as is to impress this fact, provides a unique demonstration.  Oranges are a winter crop, and ripen in this county from four to six weeks earlier then in Southern California.  And this is only one of many indisputable fruits that provident Nature offers to confirm the meteorological records of this favorite clime.


FOUR RIVERS in the county -- the Sacramento, American, Cosumnes and Mokolumne -- water the fertile fields and afford superior facilities for irrigation in the rare seasons when it is needed.  The average rainfall is about nineteen inches, and this fact has made it unnecessary, in most instances, to invoke the use of artificial moisture.  It is unquestionable, however, the irrigation, which can be easily utilized, would add immeasurably to the productiveness of large sections of the county.  Sacramento County has never been half developed.  The long trains of cars and the lines of steamers and barges that bear the burden of her produce to the markets of the country tell but a portion of the story of her productiveness.  Her soil has hardly yet been called upon to yield its treasures.  Here at the husbandman is sure of his reward, and the sunshine and the winds and the clouds combine to ensure for him abundant and certain gains. 


The primary advantage afforded to the cultivators of the soil here is the unlimited opportunity to engage in diversified farming.  While waiting for the young orchard to grow, industry need not languished or be unprofitable.  Berries offer a profitable crop, ad interim, to say nothing of the possibilities of judicious cultivation of garden truck.  All the wide range of farming, horticulture, viticulture, floriculture and truck farming is at the command of the owner of the land -- independent home establishments in a favoring climate, with the homeseeker on every side.  The great plains with their bounteous yield of wheat and barley, the middle lands, or the quietly sloping foothills with their vineyards or orchards, the river lands with their limitless range of products combine to hold out invitations to the thrifty man of moderate means that are not surpassed in cordiality or prospect of full and speedy realization.


Owners have not discounted the future.  Considering contiguity to market, with advantages of climate and transportation, land values here are far below the ratings obtaining in Southern California were elsewhere in the country.  It is a fact closely relating to the low price of the arable land in Sacramento County, as well as in Central California, that the people, long accustomed to them, failed to appreciate the opportunities of climate, location and soil so bounteously spread before them.  The county has not, therefore, passed the development stage where large areas are held for wheat growing or he even held idle and unprofitable.  But the awakening is at hand, and Sacramento County will take rank with foremost communities where the superb Californian climate invites to happiness and health.



Plaza and Stevens Monument

Administration Building Fair Grounds

Rear view State Capitol.  From prize photo by F. M. Braddock.

Free Public Library.

Sutter's Fort





Hon.  George H. Clark, Mayor of Sacramento


Col. H. I. Seymour, Grand Marshal

J. M. Robbins, Chief of Aides



SACRAMENTO CITY is approached commercially by river deep water communication from me State’s chief seaport, San Francisco, and in an opposite direction by light boat service extending north through the level expanse of the great Sacramento Valley, the most important agricultural region of California.  The noble river carries to the sea export products of this fertile district, besides bringing the producer and the population about San Francisco Bay into quick and cheap communication.


The river transportation is supplemented by railways on either side of the stream, North and South, thus affording choice of routes and facilities, the one serving to act as a wholesome check upon the other and insuring the reasonable traffic charges.  This distinct advantage is important not alone to the growers of fruit, grains and vegetables, but to merchants, manufacturers and consumers of their wares.  This advantage was early recognized by many of the most important business firms of San Francisco, several of which to this day maintain separate establishments in Sacramento.


The volume of jobbing trade in Sacramento is not equal by any city in California not a seaport.  The transportation companies, for reason of their own, have discontinued the practice of supplying figures of the volume of traffic to and from this city.  A careful estimation of the aggregate trade of the city for the year 1899 places it at about $70 million.  In the year 1899, 5438 carloads of fruit were billed from Sacramento to points outside the State.  In this total were 124 carloads to England, Germany, Scotland and Mexico.  Independent of the shipments where large consignments of garden truck estimated at more than 1000 carloads.


This city relies on several important advantages: Unexcelled river and rail transportation; a country of rare fertility extending in every direction and producing in unfailing abundance fruits of every kind, including oranges, grains, hops and vegetables; a tax rate that will not exceed one dollar on the hundred dollars of assessed valuation in the current year; the great shops of the Southern Pacific Company, with yard and train crews, employing about 3000 men; a climate unsurpassed for wholesomeness and healthfulness, as established by official health records; the mean average Winter temperature in a period of ten years was 48.3 degrees in Sacramento and 48.9 degrees in Rome; in the same series of years the mean average in Summer was in Sacramento 71.7 and in Rome 72.2; a superior system of free public schools liberally sustained; home sites procurable at low prices; Sacramento is essentially a city of homes, owned and beautified by their occupants; accessibility by water and rail to all parts of California; position as the first important city in California on the Central Pacific short line in the East; advantageous location in relation to the heavy mining trade in the Sierras; cheap electricity for both power and lighting brought from the mountains; superior urban transportation by a complete system of electric lines; and independent commercial position that sustains some of the largest wholesale and retail establishments on the Pacific Coast; public ownership of waterworks, best insuring equitable rates -- the lowest in the State.





(1) John C. Ing, President, 3rd Ward.  (2) James H. DeVine, 6th Ward.  (3) M. R. Beard.  (4) Dr. F. F. Tebbets, 1st Ward.  (5) H. P. Brown, 7th Ward.  (6) Charles D. Paine, 4th Ward.  (7) J. H. Dolan, 9th Ward.  (8) Robert E. Kent, 2nd Ward.  (9) Phil Douglas, 5th Ward.  (10) M. J. Desmond, City Clerk.




Was incorporated in 1889 with the following Board of Directors: Herman Fisher, President; J. C. Ing, Vice-President; Henry Myers, Treasurer; Phil Hirsch, Secretary, Grant Black, B. F. Parsons, J. L. Siller and Henry Rubenstein.  So well have these gentlemen manage the business allotted to them that they have been continued in office from the day of incorporation to the present.  Forresters’ Hall is the most successful building of its class in Sacramento.  All of the four commodious halls are rented day and night, and the investment pays regular dividends to the stockholders.  The handsome structure is situated on I street, between Seventh and Eighth, convenient to the business section of this city.


The front of the structure is set off into two flats, which are rented to private parties.  The upper floor contains twenty-two rooms and is used as a rooming-house.


The four halls -- Liberty, Concord, Unity and the Red Room -- are large and airy and, being specially designed for the purposes of their use, are appreciated to the extent that they are never unoccupied, and are always revenue producers.  The banquet hall takes in the whole front of the basement and is supplied with a range, dishes, tables, silverware and all other appropriate appurtenances.  All of the halls are superbly furnished.


Forresters’ Hall is a striking example of good business management and discretion no less than a demonstration of the fact that modernly built property, eligibly located, in Sacramento is a profitable investment.  The Siller Bros. were the builders.






(1) Judge E. C. Hart.  (2) Judge Matt F. Johnson.  (3) Judge Joseph W. Hughes.  (4) District Attorney C. W. Baker. 
(5) Sheriff Frank T. Johnson.  (6) Assessor T. H. Berkey.  (7) Auditor and Recorder R. T. Cohn. (8) Superintendent of Schools B. F. Howard.  (9) Surveyor J. C. Boyd. (10) County Clerk W. B. Hamilton.  (11) Treasurer A. S. Greenlaw.



The Stoll Building


Corner 5th in K. streets.  The entire first floor and basement, each having a floor space of 48 x 160 feet, are occupied by John T. Stoll in the manufacturer of Saddlery, Harness, Leather Carriage Trimmings, Shoe Findings and goods appertaining to that line.  Visitors to Street Fair cordially invited to visit store.






(1) W. A. Anderson, City Justice.  (2) J. R. Brown, Township Justice.  (3) C. C. Robertson, City Collector.
(4) A. A. De Ligne, City Attorney. (5) William Mullenney, City Surveyor.  (6) John Stevens, Superintendent of Streets.
(7) V. L. Hatfield, Mayor's Clerk.




Sacramento Street Fair & Trades Carnival

April 30th to May 5th


George H. Clark, Director General


Executive Committee


T. L. Enwright, Chairman

Prentiss Maslin, Auditor and Controller

C. H. Holmes, Secretary

W. F. Purnell, Reception

H. C. Fisher, Entertainment

H. I. Seymour, Local Exhibits

A Elkus, Printing

F. L. Gray, Publicity

C. W. Morton, Special Features

C. H. Reuter, Lighting

T. E. Thomas, Construction


General Committee


Clement Wilder

G. W. Jackson

Albert Gallatin

C. F. Curry

C. M. Goethe

R.  T. Cohn

H. I. Lightner


Dr. Charles Van Norden

A. A .DeLigne

J. C. Ing, Jr.

H. R. Blair

Dr. W. F. Wiard

W. J. Hall

C. W. Baker

Al Lindley

W. O. Bowers

O. W. Erlewine

G. W. Locke

W. W. Wright

H. M. Little

E. Franklin

William Smith




Sacramento Residences

(1) Residences of W. E. Gerber, 1424 and Street
(2) Residence of Dr. the F. Fox, 1215 15th Street (William Murcell, architect and builder.)

(3) Residence of Charles T. Barton, 1515 15th M Street (Siller Bros., architects and builders.)
(4) Residence of Charles A. Palm, 1915 21st Street.


Residence of William Hind, 2905 G. Street (W. S. Sampson, Designer and Builders.)


More Sacramento Residences

(Top Left) Residence of F. Kohler, 27th and 1st I streets (A.  Van Zee, Builder.)

(Top Right) Residence of J. W. Marsh, 1501 M Street (William Murcell, Builder.)

(Bottom Left) Residence of  to A. Anderson, 1818 10th Street

(Bottom Right) Residence of the W. Carmichael, 1903 21st Street



A Group of Houses Designed and Built by William Murcell

(1) Residence of the W. Cavanaugh, 814 9th Street

(2) Residence of a W. O'Brien, 1000 H. Street

(3) The home of William Murcell, corner Twenty-second and M. streets

(4) This House, 1220 Twenty-second Street, the Property of William Murcell, is for sale.





Sacramento Buildings


Sacramento Grammar Schools, 15th in K. streets

Post Office, Seventh and K. streets

New High School from plans adopted by Board of Trustees

J. M. Curtis, of San Francisco, Architect

Crocker Art Gallery





Jack O’Green, Crowning of the Queen of May



Mrs. May Wilkins, Director.



Emmeline Wiseman

Zoe Sanborn

Mary Lindley

Lelia Lindley

Pauline McClatchy

Marguerite Smith

Mildred Rivett

Lottie DaShiell

Loretta Young

Gertrude Steen

Pearl Gilman

Edna Farley

Blanche Nathan

Charlotte McClatchy

Gertrude Miller

Estelle Ryan


Elizabeth Finnie

Hazel Graham

Helen Pierce

Irma Farley

Ethel Freund

Marguerite Doherty

Marguerite McMasters


Fan dance by Eileen Pierson

Cake walk by Delphine Farley and Birdie Nathan

Castagnette by Edna and Irma Farley

Parisian Terpsichore -- Edna Valentine

Hornpipe – Leslie Contner

Poppy Dance -- Verna McKim, Minnie James, Josephine Heinrich, Ethel Barton & Muriel Brown.

Banjo & Mandolin -- R. J. Carpenter


Della Pommer

Myrtle Ross

Martine Ruggles

Hazel Koffman

Ora Rippon

Ruth Young

Gladys Butler

Genevieve La Fontaine

Irma Scott

Beatrice Barnes



Leslie Contner





Thursday' s Parade

Hon. C. W. Baker, Grand Marshal

O. W.Erlewine, Marshal

Leon Mooser, Grand Marshal




Carnival Masque Ball

New Pavilion 15th and M.

Saturday evening, May 5, 1900


Grand Chamberlain, Frank E. Wright

Floor Director, William J. Elder




A. P. Booth

Howard Martin

I.  A.  Robie

C. W. Haub

M. J. Desmond

E. S. Wachhorst

E. Scheunert

William J. Hall

C. C. Robertson

F. T. Johnson


Claus Anderson

George Lavenson

M. N. Winans

Morris Brooke

Samuel Tate

Emmett Phillips





Handsomest Costuming, $15 in gold coin.

Second Handsomest Costume, Photograph Album.  Donated by W. F. Purnell

Best Sustained Character, Lamp.  Donated by Charles J. Noack.

Best Local Character, French Pearl Opera Glasses.  Donated by F. C. Chinn

Best Statue Representation, Silver Teapot.  Donated by Klune & Floberg.

Most Original Costume, Silk Waist.  Donated by the Wilson & Co.

Handsomest Costume made of Carnival Colors, Underskirt.  Donated by Bauer Bros.

Handsomest Costume, all black. Vase.  Donated by Sacramento Class & Crockery Company

Handsomest Costume.  Perfume.  Donated by C. J. Peters.

Best Burlesque Irish Character, Rocking Chair.  Donated by Jacox Bros.

Best Burlesque German Character, Picture.  Donated by Hevener, Mier & Co.

Best Burlesque Negro Character, Gold Breastpin.  Donated by H. C. Hotfilter

Handsomest Bicycle Costume, Spring Hat.  Donated by Mrs. M. A. Pealer

Handsomest Domingo, Coffee and Tea.  Donated by C. Feldhusen & Co.







Thomson-Diggs Company, Wholesale Hardware, F. S. Thomson, President; M. Diggs, Vice-President; F. L. Martin; C. S. Prentiss, Secretary; H.R.Thomson, Treasurer; J. W. Geeslin, Asst Secretary; E. C. Hopkins; 308-312 J. Street, Sacramento


Hawk and Carly, Insurance and Real Estate, 1014 4th Street, Sacramento, California


R. D. Finnie, Grocer, 802 J. Street, Sacramento


Waterhouse & Lester, 700 9 2 715 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Wagon Lumber and Carriage Hardware, H. I. Lightner, Manager, 16 to 22 fields Street, San Francisco


Capital Telephone and Telegraph Company


Klune & Floberg, Watchmakers and Jewelers, 528 K. streets, corner Sixth, Sacramento, California


The Medical Hall Pharmacy,Washburne & Company, Proprietors, 800 J. Street Side, between 8th & 9th, Sacramento


Fifth Avenue Hotel,Fifth, between J. and K. streets, Phil H. Steiner, Proprietor


Studebaker Bros. Manufacturing Company, Sacramento Agents, Schaw, England, Batcher & Co.


Phoenix Milling Company, Sacramento, California


Olson & Brown,Real Estate and Insurance Agents, 1015 4th Street, Sacramento


American Steen Laundry, Wells Bros., proprietors, 19th and I streets, Sacramento, California


A. Meister & Sons Company, Builders of Find Carriages, 908,910, 912, 914 9th Street, Sacramento, California


Mohr & Yoerk Packing Company, Pork Packers, 1024-1026 J. Street, Sacramento, California


The Stoll Building, John T. Stoll of Saddlery, Foreignness, Leather Carriage Trimmings, Shoe Findings, corner Fifth and K. streets, Sacramento, California


C. & S. Transfer Van and Storage Company, 911, 913, 9 15th Second Street, Sacramento, California


Sacramento Cracker Company 1119 Front Street between K. and L., Sacramento, California


American Cash Store, O. F. Washburn, Proprietor, 8th in K., Sacramento, California


Clauss & Kraus, Butchers and Packers, Frank Kraus and John Clauss, S. E. corner 17th and I streets, Sacramento, California


Western Hotel, William Land, Proprietor and A. W. Morrison, Manager, K. Street, between 2nd and 3rd Sacramento, California


W. P. Fuller & Co., Paints, Orleans Building, Llewellyn Tozer, Resident Partner 1016 to 1022 Second Street, Sacramento, California


Mrs. M. A. Pealer, French Millinery, 621-623 J. Street, Sacramento


Curtis Carmichael and Brand, Real Estate Insurance, Security Bonds, Money to Loan, California State Bank Building, 4th and J. streets, Sacramento


H. Wachhorst, Jeweler, 315 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Locke & Lavenson, House Furnishers and Interior Decorators, 316, 318, 320 J. Street, Sacramento, California


W. H. Eckhardt, Sporting Goods, 609-611 K. Street, Sacramento, California


City Brewery, Capt. Frank Ruhstaller, proprietor, corner 12th and H.  Streets, Sacramento, California


Siller Bros., Contractors and Builders, 1614 13th Street, Sacramento, California

J. L. Siller, 1400 P. Street & L. G. Siller, 1230 P. Street


Johnson, Wilson & Co., Sacramento Foundry and Machine Works, Front and N. streets, Sacramento, California


F. G. Fay, M.D., Physician and Surgeon, NW corner 7th and J. streets, Residence 1729 G. Street, Sacramento, California


Sacramento Institute Christian Bros., Boarding and Day School, Bro. Vellesian, Director, corner 12th and K. streets, Sacramento, California


Jacox Bros., Furniture, 920 K. Street, Sacramento, California


Hill Wagons, J. F. Hill established 1852, 13th and J. streets, Sacramento, California


Edwin Trench, Harness, Blankets, Robes, Whips, etc., 428 J. Street, Sacramento, California


S. Sturmer, Watchmaker and Jeweler, 502 K. Street, Sacramento, California


The New Lavenson's, shoe store 628 and 630 K. Street corner of 7th, Sacramento, California


The Equitable Life Assurance Society Of the United States, Jansen & Roddan, Agents, 1009 9th Street, Sacramento, California

A. M. Shields, Manager Pacific Coast, Crocker Building, San Francisco


Pabst Cafe, John Haub, proprietor, 1013-1015 Sixth Street, Sacramento, California


Kirk, Geary & Co., Druggists, Sacramento, California


Chris Schmid, Lumber and Gas Fitter, Odd Fellow’s Building, 1021 9th Street, Sacramento, California


California C. Yard, Elmer Williams, Proprietor, 12th Street, between I. and J., Sacramento, California


Boston Shoe Shop, C. C. Joehnk, 511 K. Street, Sacramento, California


Old Brewery Tavern, 28 and M. streets, opposite the Old Sutter Fort, Sacramento, California


Charles J. Noack, Manufacturing Jeweler and Watchmaker, 618 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Fisher's, Ice Cream & Candy, 822 K. Street, Sacramento, California


Albert Elkins, Men’s Clothes, 9th and K. streets, Sacramento, California


Sacramento Coffee and Spice Mills, Sol Davis, J. Edwin Rowe, Henry Wittpen, 718 J. Street, Sacramento, California


C. E. Adams, Hay and Grain, 1106 and 1108 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Root, Nielson & Co. "UNION IRON WORKS", H. F. Root, Alex Neilson & John Driscoll, Front Street, between N and O streets, Sacramento, California


O. A. Hoit, Incandescent Wiring And Electrical Supplies, 825 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Baker and Hamilton, Wholesale Hardware, Sacramento, California


D. Johnston & Co., Ladies Stationery, 516-518 J. Street, Sacramento, California


American Fish Company, wholesale and retail dealers in Fish, 728 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Tom Scott, Plumber, 303 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Union Ice Company, C. & G. Sellinger 521 and 523 I Street, Sacramento, California


A S. Hopkins Company, Dove-Tailed Bee Hive 307 to 313 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Bell Conservatory, 10th and Y streets, Sacramento, California


C. Suter, Planing Mill and Furniture Manufacturer, NW corner 13th and J. streets, Sacramento, California


Eagle Confectionery and Bakery, William Gropp, Proprietor, 726 J. Street, Sacramento, California


Dr. J.P. Powell's Dental Parlors, 501 K. Street, Sacramento, California


John Breuner Co., House Furnishings, corner Sixth and K streets, Sacramento, California




Transcribed by Nancy Pratt Melton.

© 2008 Nancy Pratt Melton



Golden Nugget Library's Sacramento County