PEACH CROP IN MARIPOSA DESTROYED
Daily Evening Bulletin,
(San Francisco, CA)
March 29, 1858; Issue 145; col. B
PEACH CROP IN MARIPOSA, DESTROYED- Wednesday and Thursday nights of the past week, were the coldest of the season. Ice formed and the ground froze considerable. The prospect of the peaches was entirely destroyed, which one week ago was good for a large crop.
There are no other fruit trees about here sufficiently matured to bear yet to any extent, but the loss of the peach prospect is
sufficiently grievous to those who have carefully raised trees, and who were rejoiced to see them full of blossoms a short time ago.
Mariposa Gazette transcribed by C feroben
Fresno Bee, Sunday November 24, 1934
MARIPOSA APPLES LEAD DEMAND IN VALLEY STORES
Dooley P Wheeler Cites Advantages of Culture in Jerseydale District
Mariposa( Mariposa Co) Nov. 24- The apples is the king of fruit and is used more and in more ways than any other fruit, especially during the Winter months, according to Dooley P Wheeler, prominent orchardist of the Jerseydale district, located about seventeen miles east of here.
Wheeler, the former agricultural commissioner for Merced County, has had a successful season with his apple crop and regards the Jerseydale district as an ideal locality for commercial productions of the fruit.
Definite proof of the value of the apple as a commercial cop in the county was shown this week when a chain store system contracted for the purchase of the entire crop of apples at the Wheeler ranch, which totaled several thousand boxes.
Definite proof of the value of the apple as a commercial crop in the county was shown this week when a chain store system contracted for the purchase of the entire crop of apples at the Wheeler ranch, which totaled several thousand boxes.
Heard of Excellence
The chain store operators had heard of the excellent quality of apples grown on the Wheeler ranch, and in order that there might be no chance of an error of judgment they sent four of their representatives to inspect to inspect the crop. After only a short time at the Jerseydale ranch the buyers bargained for the entire output. The apples are to be hauled to Merged, where they will be distributed to the various stores of the chain group.
Wheeler said that Spring frosts are somewhat of a handicap to the mountain apple grower but he plans to remedy this hazard by the use of pine knots for smudging purposes. Pine knots make a most economical, as well as efficient smudges, Wheeler pointed out.
The indications are that the production of apples in this county will greatly increase as time goes on as there area a number of areas in which the fruit can be grown successfully, and there always appears to be a good market for crops of first quality, the orchardist said.
Has Had Experience
Wheeler has grown apples in the state of Washington and in this state for more than sixteen years and has consulted experts of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Universities of Washington, Oregon and California on the methods for the best production.
The Jerseydale rancher summed up the facts as follows:
"The Delicious brand is the best eating and salad apple for October and November. The Winter Banana is a good eating apple and also is excellent for salad, sauce, pie and apple butter, in October and November. Winesaps are the best eating, salad, cooking and pie apple from November to March.
"The Gano brand is fair eating and is good and baking and pie. The Gano is a beautiful red apple and is good from October to March. The Rome is only fairly good eating but is excellent for dumpling and pie baking in October, November and December. The Wagner is the best baking apple, makes good eating and is splendid for pie and sauce in October and November. The Jonathan is a beautiful re, crisp and tart apple, excellent for eating and cooking in September and October."
Also Raises Vegetables
Besides this fruit, Wheeler raises practically every variety of vegetable on his ranch, and for the past two years has supplied mountain camps, resorts, local merchants and CCC camps with his produce. However, he specialized with apples this year.
Jerseydale is not the only district in iMariposa County that has taken to raising apples. On the north side of the county in the Red Cloud district, sometimes called the Greeley district, which is about eight miles east of Coulterville and about thirty-six miles north of here, Charles Ernst recently harvested 5,000 boxes of apples. The apples for size, flavor and appearance are second to none; and Ernst expects to reap a neat profit off this crop.
The Red Cloud district has been noted for years for the fine quality of its apples that were grown there on the numerous ranches for which there was always a ready market. There are more than 40,000 acres of land in that district that could be devoted to the apple growing industry.
Fresno Bee, Thursday, March 15, 1923
OFFICERS FIND GIANT STILL AT COULTERVILLE
Mountain Retreat In Mariposa County Yields Big Booze Cache-
Coulterville (Mariposa Co) A still claimed by Sheriff A B TUrner to be in the biggest ever located in the history of Mariposa County, and ten barrels of "white mule" were confiscated by the sheriff and Constable W S Fiske of Coulterville, when they raided the secluded mountain saw-mills in the Red Cloud district six miles from here by Blaine Selvage and John Johnson.
A three-day investigation led to the location of the huge still, which was capable, Turner says , of turning out 100 gallons of liquor daily, and when found, was cleverly concealed under the floor of the old mill shed.
According to District Attorney Louis Milburn who accompanied the raiding party into the mountain retreat, of the two alleged moon-shiners, the liquor manufactured by them had been sold almost entirely in Tuolumne County, being hauled across the line and wholesaled to leading bootleggers in that county.
Selvage and Johnson were brought into the court of Justice of the Peace John Endean at Coulterville yesterday, where they were fined $600 each.
Fresno Bee, June 21, 1924
FINED $300 FOR SELLING LIQUOR
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) June 21- ALex McAdams of Hazel Green paid $300 in the court of Justice of the Peace Peterson here on a charge of selling liquor. McAdams was arrested by Under-sheriff D E Bertken.-
Rum Law Violators Trapped By Sloughs in Mariposa Raids
Fresno Bee, July 22, 1925
One Thousand Pints of Beer Seized in Woman's Brewery; Cliff House Annex at Merced Falls Found Scene of Liquor
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) July 22- Interruption of an alleged wholesale and retail beer business marked the return of J C Willams, special prohibition agent to valley counties. Raiding the "plant" of Mr. I M Hawley, near Hayward, Mariposa County, described by officers as a "young brewery," the corps of dry officials, including Sheriff A Turner, Mariposa, unearthed 1000 pints of beer , 1,400 additional bottles ready to be filled, and vats in full operation.
Mrs. Hawley, it was said, was getting 30 cents a pint for beer; retail quotations. She paid a fine of $500 before Justice Tuthill at Exchequer.
At the Cliff House Annex at Merced Falls, Gus Johnson was arrested while serving a drink to a customer. He is in jail at Mariposa, charged with possession of jackass brandy.
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Fresno Bee Republican, December 13, 1963
POST OFFICE NAME AGAIN WILL BE CATHEY's VALLEY
Cathey's Valley-Mariposa Co- Cathey's Valley again will be the official name for this post office in Mariposa County, nestling in the lower foothills, effective January 1st.
The change in name from Cathay to Cathey's Valley followed a petition to the US Postal Department by nearly 100 per cent of the residents in that area.
Cathey's Valley is named for the Cathey family who originally settled in this agricultural area and filled the bread basket for the miners during the Gold Rush. They particularly provided grain and meat for the entire area.
Said one Cathey descendent: "The women were almost too religious, and the men loved to gamble and race horses." The Cathey's Valley Methodist Church was started by this family, and the Mariposa Methodist Church was supported by the Cathey's Valley Church for many years.
Descendent of the original Cathey, Wills, and Rowland families still live in this picturesque valley and recall the stories handled down of the wagon train days across the plains and mountains.
Gloria Palmer, postmistress of Cathey's Valley, announced the zip code number of 95306 will remain the same after the name change. c feroben
CHINESE HISTORY IN MARIPOSA COUNTY(click here)
New Catholic ChurchStockton Daily Independent
FRIDAY, 23 JAN 1863
MARIPOSA NEWS -- During the last year, says the ‘Gazette,’ many improvements have been made in Mariposa -- many of them being of special importance, as indicating the growth and prosperity of that place; but there has been erected no structure deserving so much credit, or adding so much to the beauty of the place as the new Catholic church. The enterprising citizens who have labored and worked and accomplished this are deserving of all credit. It exhibits an energy -- a religious devotion -- truly admirable and worthy the commendation of all good people.
The new church has been erected between 1st and 2nd streets, fronting on Main street, on a little eminence, and its steeple rises high over the town. 2 blocks will embrace the entire grounds; the one on Main street containing the church and grounds, and the block in the rear -- 250 feet by 125 -- being intended for a cemetery. The selection of the site is well made; and it is capable of being rendered even more beautiful than at present. The church is not entirely finished, but near enough to have been consecrated, in accordance with the rites of the Catholic persuasion, on Sunday last.
Stockton Daily Independent- Mar 16, 1864
MINISTER "SURPRISED" – The congregation of Rev. J.C. PENDERGAST, of Mariposa, on the 11th instant surprised that gentleman by the presentation of $285.
Oakland Tribune, March 3, 1939
Pope Has Second Cousin in Mariposa County
Merced, March 3- Father M J Stack of Merced said today that Ernest Misio of White Rock, Mariposa County, was a second cousin of the newly elected Pope Pius X11 and believed to be one of his closest living relatives. Father Stack went to White Rock yesterday to notify Misio of the election. He said Misio was in correspondence with Pius XII when he was Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli.
Fresno Bee, March 7, 1939
PAPAL KIN AVOIDS PUBLICITY
Angelo Ernest Missio, cousin of Pope Pius XII, is shown working as a stone mason on a new home at Whiterock, Mariposa County, before he was besieged with curiosity seekers who sought to question him about his distinguished cousin. In order to escape the sudden limelight he has gone into hiding in the Bull Creek district near Briceburg/
POPE PIUS' ONLY AMERICAN COUSIN FLEES LIMELIGHT
WHITEROCK, Mariposa Co- March 7- Angelo Ernest Missio, 50 year old stonemason who gained nation wide publicity when his cousin, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, was elected Pope Pius XII last Thursday, is taking a temporary vacation from his work here and is reported in seclusion somewhere in the Bull Creek country near Briceburg, where he has his home.
Missio told friends here the publicity he received following the elevation of Cardinal Pacelli to the papal throne was distasteful to him and that he did not wish to bask in the limelight of his distinguished cousin.
"After all," he said, "I'm still an humble stonemason despite the exhalted position of my cousin. I am sure, too, the great honor bestowed on him will not change his attitude towards his fellow men."
Missios's paternal grandaunt, Virginia Graziosi, was the mother of the pope, and the local man, a native of Udine, Italy, was well acquainted with his cousin when they were young men. He has many letters which he has received from his cousin during the last twenty years. c feroben
Fresno Bee, Friday, January 7, 1944
POPE's COUSIN IS FOUND NEAR CHICO
Chico (Butte Co.) Jan 7
Police said today , Angelo E. Missio, 52, cousin of Pope Pius XII, is safe in a Winter cabin in the Philbrook Valley after being reported missing enroute from Oakland on a supposed trip to visit friends in Mariposa County.
A. S. Jones, owner of cabins in the valley east of here, said he rented a cabin to Missio and Missio told him he intended to remain there all Winter.
Missio, who had been working at the Kaiser Shipyard in Portland, left his boarding house last July, telling friends he planned to visit friends in Mariposa County.
Search for Missio was instituted by mariposa County's Undersheriff Clyde C. Adams.
Adams reported to Oakland police Missio arrived in Chico last September, purchased $700 worth of groceries and announced he was going to the Carr Mine, to remain there until March of this years, Adams told authorities he found Missio in good health.
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MARIPOSA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
(ed note- The Mariposa County Courthouse is NOT the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Mississippi- It is the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Rockies.)
Mariposa Gazette July 25th, 1891
Monday, July 20, 1891
The Board of Supervisors met according to adjournment. Present- the
full Board. J. J. WESTFALL in the chair.
Bids for the construction of an addition to the Vault of the Court
House were opened, and the contract for its construction was awarded to
Chas. S. PEEK of Merced, with certain alterations and additions,
provided for in the contract, for $1,860, on condition of his furnishing
a good and sufficient bond in the sum of $1,000.
Supervisor Thomas HODGSON was appointed a committee of one to
supervise the construction of said Vault according to specifications,
and the auditor was authorized to draw his warrant in payment of amounts
as they fall due on such fund as will hereafter be designated.
(Thomas Hodgson was my g g grandfather)
Mary Ashworth Phelan
Fresno Bee, August 11, 1925
Mariposa-(Mariposa County) Aug. 11- After seventy-one years the old Mariposa County Courthouse has been fitted with water pipes. No more will court be recessed while judge and jury descend stairs and cross the street to quench a Midsummer thirst.
Incidentally the improvements afford the first fire protection to the building since its erection in 1854, and progressive residents are in hopes that shrubbery and lawns will soon adorn the spacious courthouse grounds.
MARIPOSANS FIGHT ALTERATIONS IN OLD COURTHOUSE
SERA Plan to Make Changes in Historic Building Hits Snag
Fresno Bee Republican, Sunday March 3, 1935
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) March 2- Agitation has been started by leading citizens of Mariposa County against the projected alterations to the Mariposa County Courthouse under an SERA program which calls for rearrangement of partitions and offices in the historic building.
Recently, the SERA allotted $4,899 for remodeling work in the old building, which was erected in 1852 (sic-the courthouse was erected in 1854) , and for the construction of another story on the courthouse annex.
FAVOR ANNEX ADDITION
No objections are being raised, according to John L Dexter, local publisher, against the addition to the annex but Mariposans are up in arms against the alterations in the old building.
Dexter contends that, if the situation were brought to the attention of the native sons and daughters and others interested in historic California, enough money could be raised not only to preserve the old building in its original form but also to construct a new building.
WANT RELICS PRESERVED
"It seems ridiculous," says Dexter, "for the SERA on the one hand to be allotting $10,000 for the study of old Mariposa County architecture, with a view of preserving it, and on the other hand to be appropriated money for the mutilataltion of the most famouns and historic old building in the county. We have no objections to the addition to be made to the annex and we contend the annex can be improved and remodeled to accomodate the business for which the proposed alterations in the old building are designed."
All SERA work in Mariposa County was stopped temporarily yesterday because lack of funds and the local opponents of the alterations in the old courthouse hope in the interim to marshal enough oppositin to the project to prevent its realization.
Sacramento Daily Union ,Tuesday Morning ,January 1, 1867
STATISTICS OF CALIFORNIA - 1866
June 26th=Mrs. GREEN left her husband and child, at Mariposa, and eloped with James BORDEN.
Stockton Daily Argus
Monday, 27 May 1861FATAL DUEL -- A duel took place in Marin county on Saturday between Hon. Chas. W. PIERCEY, from San Bernardino, and Hon. Dan SHOWALTER, from Mariposa, both members of the late Assembly. The weapons used were rifles and the distance 40 paces. PIERCEY was shot dead on the 2nd fire. The difficulty originated in a debate on the Union resolutions which passed the Assembly on the 17th inst., in which personal remarks were made by SHOWALTER. On account of this language, after the adjournment of the Legislature, Mr. PIERCEY sent a challenge to Mr. SHOWALTER. H.P. WATKINS, Senator form Yuba, and Sam. SMITH of the same county, acted as friends of Mr. PIERCEY; and F. SORREL, Assemblyman from Siskiyou, and Thos. LASPEYRE of San Joaquin, filled the same office for Mr. SHOWALTER.
Mr. PIERCEY was a young man, single, a farmer, and lived at Gorgonia Pass in San Bernardino. He was from Illinois, 26 years of age, and a Douglas Democrat. Mr. SHOWALTER is also single, 30 years of age, a resident of Horse Shoe Bend, a miner, a Breckinridge Democrat, and hails from Pennsylvania. transcribed by Dee S
Fresno Bee Republican, March 17, 1933
Kin of Mariposan Killed in Earthquake
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) March 17- Mrs. Edna Greenamyer, sister-in law of C. E. Greenamyer of Bridgeport Inn, Mariposa County, was numbered among the list of killed in the recent earthquake in Southern California. She was a resident of Huntington Park. Greenamyer went South for the funeral
MARIPOSA IS ROCKED BY SEVERE EARTHQUAKE
Modest Bee and News- Herald
Friday Nov. 12, 1948
Mariposa, Nov.12- The historic mining community of Mariposa rocked Wednesday evening during what old timers described as the worst earthquake in their memory.
The quake hit the town at approximately 6:30 o'clock and most residents rushed outdoors to see what blew up. Many thought it was the neighbors' gas tanks or hot water heaters.
No damage was reported to the various historic buildings in the community. The quake lasted a few seconds.- c feroben
Stockton Daily Argus
Thursday, 20 Sept. 1860
THE MARIPOSA 'GAZETTE,' a paper which long since forfeited the respect of the decent portion of the people of Mariposa, and which, in this city, is better known as the Mariposa 'Varieties,' attempts to pass judgment upon the "tone and respectability" of the 'Argus.' That's refreshing!
Because of the large amount of articles on Mariposa County fires they have been moved to a page of their own.
Sunday, 27 Mar 1859 Weekly Stockton Democrat-transcribed by Dee S.
ANOTHER STAGE AFLOAT -- We learn that one of the Hornitos stages, running between Visalia and Hornitos, was swamped on Tuesday last while attempting to cross Mariposa creek, and 2 of the horses drowned. An effort was made to save the stage, but it had not been recovered up to our latest advice's.
The Big Flood of Dec 1861
DON PEDRO BAR
Merced Express, October 30, 1936
EARLY DAY TOWN
NOW UNDER LAKE
An old California town, once teeming with life, now lies under 160 feet of water. This unusual addition to the lore of ghost towns was recently
revealed by members of the WPA writers project, now compiling the American Guide, a six-volume handbook of the United States.
The town was Don Pedro Bar, famed mining town of the gold rush days. From Don Pedro Bar, Well Fargo Express shipped over $13,000,000 in raw
gold. In the presidential election of 1865, the old town cast 1,500 votes for president of the United States.
Since 1923, Don Pedro Bar has been under 160 feet of water, backed up by the $5,000,000 Don Pedro dam. In the Tuolumne river this dam forms the
reservoir from which the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts are supplied. transcribed by Tom Hilk
THE HERMIT OF HORSESHOE BEND
Daily Review, Hawyard, CA
December 6, 1965
Hermit Gets His Christmas Supplies
MARIPOSA- The Hermit of Horseshoe Bend- in the rugged foothills of the Sierra Nevada- was visited over the weekend by Mariposa County welfare workers carrying 400 pounds of canned and dehydrated food.
The 83 year old hermit- Italian born Pedro Anato- welcomed the supplies and said it looked as if he would have a good Christmas.
Anato, a former gold prospector, has lived on the banks of the Merced River near Bagby since 1937.
Waters of the Exchequer Dam Project will force him to move from his remote farm in a few months. The old man admitted his tiny farm is in danger and indicated me may simply move uphill.
County Supervisor Gene McGregor offered Anato a stone cabin five miles above Hornitos on the Exchequer Road. Anato did not say if he would accept.
The Daily Review, Hawyard, California
December 19, 1970
OLD HERMIT WILL NOT MOVE
Mariposa- the old hermit of Horseshoe Bend is nearly deaf and almost bland at age 88, but he says he would never leave his mountains.
"He's quite and example of human endurance," Harry Harris, Mariposa County fish and game warden said Sunday of the old man, who lives in a shack he built above Lake McClure.
Harris, making his patrol rounds, delivers food to Pietro "Pete" Arata, "but these are not handouts- they are regular grants he earned from Social Security through years of hard work in his early days," says Harris.
Harris has tried to persuade Arata to move to Hornitos, the Mariposa County town from which bandit Joaquin Murietta operated but the hermit has refused. "He was offered free quarters but turned them down, " Harris said.
Arata said he "will never leave" a high bluff where he has lived since 1937, after years of working as a miner.
"I'm all right, but I need wood,' the hermit shouted Sunday through the cloth-and-paper door of his lean-to shack.
Rising waters of Lake McClure, backed up by the new Exchequer Dam, have covered his vegetable garden and forced him to move higher up the bluff six times.
harris said he has tried more than once to convince the old man to go to town and visit and eye doctor, but he refuses.
"He's never been to a doctor," Harris said. "He remembers when doctors used to ride 50 miles on a horse to see someone. He thinks a doctor ought to come see him."
An interviewing newsman reached Arata after a trip up the lake in the boat of Sam Ruff, a retired Mariposa fireman.
Told about the hermits need for wood, Ruff said, "Tell him I'm going right back home and get my chain saw. I'll buck him out some wood."
The old man nodded when he heard a call of "Wood-Sam is going to cut you some wood."
"Thank you," he cried. Thank you for wood."
Fresno Bee Republican, April 22, 1971
HERMIT HAS NEW HOME IN HIS MARIPOSA HILLS
MARIPOSA- The Hermit of Horseshoe Bend has returned to the hills of Mariposa and to a new home.
Pietro Angelo Arata , 88, whose sight was restored through an operation in San Francisco, has come back to Mariposa where he is staying at the Clear Haven Guest House near Midpines.
Arata, who for years lived in solitude near the shores of Lake McClure below Bagby, gained nationwide attention when he was found Jan 23 dehydrated, almost frozen and nearly unconscious in the woods by his home. Nearly blind and hard of hearing, he had become last and went without food or water for almost six days.
He was found, taken to John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa and then to the US Public Service Hospital in San Francisco where surgeons removed the cataract covering one eye.
Now he is back and apparently adjusting well to his new home. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Fournier, managers of the home, report Arata is eating well and gaining strength.
For the Doctors at the US Public Service Hospital he has nothing but praise.
"Fine and dandy," he says they are. "When I was at San Francisco hospital I can't see nothing. Now I can see good."
About the guest home, he says, "I feel better since I come here. Sleep and fresh air- I like the place find and dandy. I walk by myself- of course I go slow, but I go along. Soon I expect to be stronger.
Thought Arata has been called a hermit, he is not antisocial. And he claims he did not move away from civilization, but that it moved away from him. He said there were about 25 miners living near him when he settled down. And for many years the yosemite Valley Railroad ran past his hillside home.
If Arata misses his tumble down shack by the lake, he does not say so. When he arrived at the guest home last Friday he spotted some goats in the yard and his eyes lit up. Now he goes for walks in the yard of the isolated home.
Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Friday, 20 July 1860
The Mariposa 'Gazette' learns that Col. FREMONT's family will pass
the remainder of the summer and early autumn, as last year, upon Mt.
Bullion. It is very cool and comfortable up there and very slightly
too, being some 5000 feet above tide water. transcribed by Dee S
Fresno Bee, Tuesday, December 5, 1939
FREMONT GRANT TO BE SPLIT UP BY JANUARY 1st.
Mariposa- Mariposa Co- The historic Fremont Grant, consisting of 44,000 acres of gold bearing and grazing land in Mariposa County, held virtually intact for the last ninety years, will all have been broken up into smaller holding by January 1st.Most of the land will have been sold to cattlemen of this
region.More than 100 former lessees and a few other buyers have recently purchased approximately 30,000 acres of the famous estate.
Judge Charles W Slack, attorney for the Mariposa Mining and Commercial Company owners, has been making the transactions under a policy of liquidating the land holding of the grant company, began in 1938. It was three ago, however, that large scale transactions began.
Placer Rights Transferred
Prospecting and placer mining for pocket gold on the grant, which has furnished a livelihood for hundreds of persons for almost a century will disappear as the new owners, mostly cattlemen, fence off the tracts.Among the larger purchasers of land in the past two weeks have been Louis Trabucco, 2,000 acres; John Trabucco, 1,280 acres; Frank Casaccia, 1,280 acres; Horace Meyer, 3,000 acres; Arthur Giles, 2,000 acres; John Marre, 2,000 acres; Frank Trabucco, 640 acres; Vance Uhell, 1,600 acres, and John Morrissey, 1,940 acres.A transaction for the
sale of 7,000 acres in the southwest corner of the grant is expected to be closed by January 1st.
Merced Group is Active
Raleigh Casad of Merced and his associates plan to lease under option to buy 2,000 acres near the town of Mariposa, known as the Mariposa Mine Extension.The principal shareholders of the grant company are the Hobart estate, Coleman Jennings, and Mary L. Jennings. They will retain mine holdings in the Mariposa, Princeton, Mt. Ophir, Green Gulch and one or two other areas of the Mother Lode.The Trebor Corporation's dredging lease will continue in force on Mariposa and Agua Fria Creeks.The price of the range land and choice lots has varied from $5 to $100 an acre.
A Slip. — Wells, Fargo & Co. have brought us the Mariposa Chronicle printed upside down, lid the stage upset en route?Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 7, Number 975, 9 May 1854
NEW PAPER-Daily Evening Bulletin, San Francisco, July 11, 1856
The fist number of a new paper published in Mariposa, entitled the Mariposa Democrat, has just reached us. It is a pretty large and well printed sheet. Its opinions of the Vigilance Committee are moderate.===================Bids for the county printing were received by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday last. L. A. Holmes, of the Mariposa Gazette, was awarded the printing for the ensuing year.Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 17, Number 2536, 13 May 1859============The editor of the Mariposa Gazette has been in hot water ever since he made some ungallant re marks in his journal, at which the fair sex took umbrage. In his last paper he says : " Female voices have been heard around this office late at night during the past week. We desire them to understand that we have no accommodation for them— and more, our sleep must not be disturbed."Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 17, Number 2580, 4 July 1859
=NEW PAPER -- The Mariposa 'Free Press' is the name of a new weeklynewspaper published in the town of Mariposa by J.H. LAWRENCE. The 1st number was published last Saturday. The editor in his salutatory article characterizes the Administration as "revolutionary in its aims and despotic in its ends." It's of the peace Democracy stripe of course.
TUESDAY, 27 JAN 1863-Stockton Daily Independent-(transcribed by Dee S)
Wednesday, 17 Sept. 1861-Stockton Daily IndependentTIRED of BUSINESS -- HOLMES, in the last number of the Mariposa ‘Gazette,’ says:-------------------------------
“We advertise in this number this paper for sale, and for sale low. We have conducted it, owned it,
and have had all to do with it for nearly 7 years. Blurs are on our eyes, and public warts
grow where warts are superfluous and uncomfortable. Any dirty, half-bred, lousy pup
has a right, as he thinks, to bark at and to question an editor's course, and if he don’t like it, bite [rest cut off]
Stockton Daily Argus--------------------------
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Monday, 1 Apr 1861
IN TOWN -- Among the sojourners during the past few days in our city is L.A. HOLMES, Esq., of the
Mariposa ‘Gazette,’ a journal known throughout the State as the medium of the wit and humor that
flows from the genial pen of its editor. We note it as an item properly coming under the head of
“personal,” that HOLMES yesterday morning attended the Church of Rev. Mr. ANDERSON; and as it
becomes our duty to chronicle all important movements of distinguished literati, we would “also
state” that the interior press will this evening be ably represented at the Masquerade Ball of the “Blue” in the person of the jovial and good looking editor of the ‘Gazette.’
Stockton Daily Independent-
WEDNESDAY, 28 JUNE 1865
THE MARIPOSA 'GAZETTE' has entered the 11th year of its existence. It is decidedly the best and ablest of our interior weekly exchanges and ought to be correspondingly supported by its neighbors. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
FRIDAY, 10 JAN 1868
CHANGE of PROPRIETORSHIP - A.M. SWANEY has disposed of his interest in the
Mariposa 'Gazette' to John F. HARRIS, a practical printer, long a resident of
that town, and brother of Thos. H. HARRIS of this city. Mr. HARRIS says, in
announcing the change in politics, "while the 'Gazette' will preserve a
reasonable independence, it will adhere to, and support the great Union party as
the political organization best fitted, by tried patriotism and approved wisdom,
to secure safety, honor and prosperity to our common country." transcribed by Dee S
December 30, 1874
Daily Evening Bulletin, San Francisco- State News In Brief
Ex-Senator James H Lawrence, publisher and editor of the Mariposa Gazette has sold the journal to Angevine Reynolds, who assumes the control and management of the paper.
Angevine Reynolds moves to San Francisco
April 2, 1887 Mariposa Gazette
Our Expectations.- With a view to visiting San Francisco, we have been engaged, at intervals, for several months past, and with the assistance
of Captain DILTZ, in the execution of a large map, which shows the topography of the whole County in sections. All that portion of the
county north of Township 6, which embraces all the towns, mines and the entire length of the Merced river from east to west, as far as it passes
though the county and its tributaries, are shown on this map. We have taken special pains to dot down the best mines, the character of which
we are generally familiar with.
Beyond seeking to restore our health, if possible, we intend to devote considerable time to talking up our mines to capitalist and
mining men, and with the map, together, with the map together, with our personal knowledge, we believe we can excite interest sufficient to
induce capital to seek investments in the mines of our county. As soon as we can we shall establish for awhile, a headquarters, an office, in
San Francisco, where we can be found, and shall publish to the world that we are ready to talk " mines." Our mission will be to represent,
sell and dispose of all the mines we can belonging to Mariposa County. If we can be instrumental in brining capital into our county, and
develop some of our mines, it might entitle us us to a banquet by our friends upon our return, we shall strive to merit it anyway. To several
who have already written to us about there mines, or have talked to us personally, as soon as we get a few day's rest after our arrival in San
Francisco, we shall open our business, and shall expect to receive correspondence from all of them regarding their mines. Our address will
be made known through the Gazette as soon as we are settled. In the meantime, the Gazette, as we have stated in another place, will be under
the editorial control of J. W. CONGDON, Esq., who will be happy to receive correspondence from different sections of the county giving
items of news that will be interesting to the general reader. The Gazette wants items of a local character, and we hope our friends will
aid the Gazette in this particular during our absence. submitted by Bill Disbro
Newark Daily Advocate, Ohio, July 31, 1899
Mr. Cavin's Good Fortune
Mt. Vernon, O., July 31- Hon. E. A. Cavin, a well known local democratic politician Sturday night received word from his attorney that the estate of an uncle, who died in Mariposa, Cal. and to which he is one of four heirs, is worth four hundred thousand dollars. His uncle's name was E. B. Shekels, and he went to California in 1848, amassed a fortune and died without a child or wife twenty-eight years ago. The estate has been held by the state since his death, and as the last word receivd from Shekels was in 1855, the family last track of the esate until a short time ago. transcribed by c feroben
From the Mariposa Gazette, June 25, 1910
(I only have half of the first article - sounds like this is the events
and committees for the upcoming Fourth of July events-however there is
no mention of fireworks? Sounds like a real good time with many of the
old families involved - carolyn)
The committee of arrangement is composed of L M SAIN, Victor TISCORNIA,
Clinton MENTZER and Ed GREENFELL with the following special committees.
Drilling contest- B GREELEY, H C KENNEDY, andT MUTTON
Baseball- Jas GAZZOLO, Frank BRUSCHI, Wm ELLIS, H G KELLETT
Horse Racing- Thos HOPE, James GAZZOLO and Wm SMITH
Broncho busting- Geo HAMMILL, W. FISKE, and Thos HOPE
Music= J J VIGNA, Dr N I FREIMAN, A GUERRA and Jas GOSS
The grand ball in the evening will be directed by J P HAIGH, and Wm
ELLIS, P JOHNSON, Harry GREELEY, and THos HOPE will be the floor
managers. THe GOSS orchestra will furnish the music and the Hotel
Jefferey will serve the midnight supper.
A. GUERRA drove to Big Oak and Groveland Thursday and returned the same
evening. HE reports a large crowd from that section anticipate coming
here (Coulterville) to take part in the celebration on the Fourth of July.
W. COLLINS of Hornitos, represeing the Home Library CO, is doing
business in town this week.
Mrs E. JEFFERY and her granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth BROWN, returned
Saturday from a visit with relatives in Stockton and San Francisco.
Mrs T E ROCK of Oakland is here , the guest of her mother, Mrs L PARKER.
Thos DUNSTON is now employed at the HASLOE as tool sharpener.
Col and Mrs. S. B. FERGUSON were in town Saturday evening from their
home at VARIAN
Mr Margaret OLCESE of Oakland is visiting relative here.
Jas MURPHY is learning the barber trade in the Coulterville barber shop,
of which A GUERRA is proprietor
Mrs. L DEPAULI returned Monday evening accompanied by her daughter
Thelma, who has been attending school at Stockton/
The family of E. PASHLIG (?) consisting of two young sons, arrived on
Mondays stage to make their home with their father here.
Mrs V. TISCORNIA went to Greeley Hill Monday to be with the children of
her brother, Horace GREELEY, during the absence of Mrs GREELEY at
Mrs J C Mc LAUGHLIN of San Francisco is at the Mc ALPINE mine for a
visit with her husband who is employed there.
Hal C. KENNEDY of the HASLOE passed through town Monday enroute to San
Francisco, via Bagby, where he boarded the train.
"Doc" GREELEY's team passed through town Saturday with a large load of
timbers for the CROWN LEAD mine.
W. D BOYDEN, agent for Purity Flour, was in town last Wednesday in his
C. W. CLAPP of the California Nevada Mining Co and George DEXTER went
to Pleasant Valley station Tuesday with teams to haul machinery for the
mine, which is about eight miles above town.
Jas CUNEO was in town today from the CUNEO ranch. He is much improved
from the injury he received several weeks ago.
E POPE, Jr. of Arizona, arrived in town Tuesday evening was warmly
greeted by his many friends here.
From Mariposa Gazette - 1918
OAKVALE PICNIC ENJOYABLE AFFAIR
The annual picnic given in the HUGHES field
at Oakvale Sat. of last week drew a large crowd from
all section of the county. Sports of all kinds were had
including bronco busting, foot races, horse races, etc.
FRED WASS carried off prize in bronco busting
contest and the foot race was won by LOUIS T. MILBURN
Mariposa won LeGrand 6 - 4 at baseball and a hugh
crowd enjoyed a dance given in STOUT'S hall at Oakvale.
submitted by Mary Phelan
Rite of Burning of Judas Revived at Old Hornitos
Oakland Tribune, April 8, 1923
Hornitos, April 17, In this old town of Hornitos in Mariposa county, the old Mexican festival of the burning of Judas in effigy was celebrated on the day before Easter. It is the firth time of its celebration for eight years.
Mrs. Buhano and Mrs. Hawhuth prepared the Judas and, with the help of Mrs. Olcese arranged the festival. All the school children and many other persons met near the Post office at eleven am and the children formed a parade following the donkey on which was the realistic figure of Judas.
The children marched through the principal streets of the old town, and proceeded to the cemetery, where Judas was taken from the donkey's back, a rope around his neck, and burned amidst the shouts of the children.
After the ceremony of the burning Mrs. Olcese took charge of the party and furnished an Easter egg hunt on the hillside after which she presented the children with candy eggs and toy balloons.- transcribed by c feroben
Fresno Bee, May 4, 1923
The children of Mariposa followed their annual custom on May day in carrying beautiful hand-made baskets of flowers and goodies to the friends' doors.
This custom has been in vogue in Mariposa for many years and it is held as sacredlly to the children as most of the holidays.
Merced Express, May 21, 1926
While plowing his garden a few days ago P. W. (Winnie) Ashworth uncovered a German coin bearing the date of 1726. The coin, which is known as a Pfennig, is in almost perfect condition. It is made of copper. The coin bears, in addition to the date, the words Pfennig, Scheide and Muniz. Evidently the coin was lost many years ago by an early miner who was prospecting on the Chowchilla, near where Ashworth’s ranch is located.
transcribed by Tom Hilk
Modesto News Hearld- May 4, 1927
PIONEER FAMILIES TO HOLD ANNUAL REUNION NEAR LeGRAND MAY 8
Descendants of two pioneer families, the Turners and Helms, numbering about 300 will meet in their third annual reunion at the Savana (hard to read) school ground near LeGrand , May 8.
This year an added feature will be an invitation to any of the old pioneers of the state or their families, neighbors and friends to attend.
The oldest direct descendent of these families, Mrs. Francis McClure, living here with her daughter on Connejo avenue, came across the plains when she was 10 years old. B. C. Turner, living on Yosemite avenue is the oldest native born of the families.
The story of the two pioneer families is briefly outlined as follows:
Captain Nicolas Turner, as he was called, came first to California in 1848. He was a miner, later he centered his activities in the livestock business. Turner made three successive trips from Missouri to this state with caravans. On the last trip his brother-in-law, Allen Helm, and their families came with him. Neighbors and friends joined the company.
Driving cattle and horses before them they came through this valley and decided to stop and settle on Mariposa creek near Le Grand. They followed stock raising until the advent of the railroad through the valley in 1870 turned the country into a wheat section. They built the first house of worship and the public school in 1858. Many old timers from all parts of the state will attend the picnic. cferoben
Port Arthur News, Port Arthur , Texas, April 3, 1930 page 19
MARIPOSA, Calif. This habit of picking up things has been highly profitable to Steve PENDOLA, pioneer miner of Bear Valley. Recently Pendola picked up a gold nuggett valued $10 which he found in the road near his place. A few years ago he found $500 in $20 gold pieces, believed to have been buried years before and uncovered by rain and erosion- c feroben
Hornitos- Fresno Bee, April 14, 1923
QUARTZBURG SCHOOL BENEFIT
Almost 400 people gathered at Given Grove near Hornitos on Saturday and enjoyed a day of sports and entertainment.
A fine beef donated by J P Gagliardo, stock raiser and merchant of Hornitos, was barbecued by George Bauer.
Some excellent horsemanship was demonstrated by bronco riders, among whom were Mrs. Arch Westfall, Arch Westfall, Joe Cahegut (hard to read) and others. A ball was given in the evening at Gagliardo's hall, attended by 125 couples. The proceeds of the day, amounting to nearly $300 were donated for the benefit of the Quartzburg School. cferoben
LOVELIEST BABIES OF THE SAN JOAQUIN
Fresno Bee, October 23, 1925
Division 7- Mariposa, Merced and Stanislaus Counties (transcribers note: I am only transcribing the entries from the Mariposa Area. This appears to be some contest with points awarded- A very large list of names from throughout the San Joaquin district)
USONA:Miles Robert Kane, MOUNT BULLION: Lucille B Cardoza, Joseph James Cardoza, Geoge Lozier, Elizabeth Prowse, Ira Tournier, Eugene E. Warner MARIPOSA: Lois Brooks, George Leo Carter, Ellen M. Hamlin, Harold Hogan, Lloyd Melborn, Eugene McNally, Thelma Norman, Carolyn Jean Price, Elizabeth Scott, Nadine Alta Trabucco, Ralph Walker, Madeline Wass, Russell Vernon Wass, Doris Westfall, Ester Wilkinson, Ruby Pearl Zimmerman, Thomas Zimmons CATHAY: Kenneith Neil Jones YOSEMITE: Joseph Dale Archworth (as written), William Brautley Jr., Doris Irene Boothe, James Degnan, Alex B. Dugan, James Walter Gann, George E. Grenfell, Betty M. Lloyd, Temple Schlaster, JERSEYDALE, Frank Scott, Kenneth Waller BAGBY: Helen Rose Nail, BEN HUR: John Hibpshman RAYMOND: Lewis Babcock, (some first names are cut off completely or show only a few letters of the first/middle name )....... Francis, ara Harless, ey Edith Lewis, Colena Lollich, Luke , Preston, Marie Sparks, Vignol, Westfall, Jr., Wignola (as written).
Fresno Bee, Wed November 12, 1930
GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION- ROWLAND/GANN
SELMA (Fresno CO) Nov 12- A golden wedding celebration of unusual interest was held at Selma on November 2nd, 1930, when a group of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and MRs. C G ROwland on South McCall Ave. The date marked the fiftied wedding anniversary of Charles G Rowland and Nancy Jane Gann, who were married in Hornitos, Mariposa County, on November 1st, 1880. They made their home in Cathey's Valley until 1905, then moved to Selma where they have resided ecvery since and where Rowland ioerates a servuce statuib,
The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Rowland were early California pioneers having crossed the plains in the 50's and settled in what is now-known as Cathey's Valley.
The couple received many pretty flowers and gifts, and a buffet supper was served in the evening.
The relatives who gathered to celebrate with the happy coule were Mr. and Mrs. H J Rowland and children, Georgia, Maxine and Lorraine; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Margrave and their children, Betty, Leonard and Jaques; Hiram Rowland, Mrs. Lucy Smith, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith and children, Adeline and Bobby, all of Selma; Cleveland Rowland of Fresno and Mr. and Mrs T C Rowland of Mt. Bullion. c feroben
MARIPOSA GROUP MAKES PLANS FOR ANNUAL FIESTA
Fresno Bee, September 2, 1931
Mariposa (Mariposa Co), Sept 2 The Mariposa County '45 (sic) Fiesta Committee, October 60th, 17th and 18th, met with Louis Ringol of Bakersfield, director of the fiesta, this week to make plans for the celebration. Ringol will return here next week to remain permanently until after the fiesta.
It was decided to enter a section advertising the fiesta in the Merced Roundup page. John L. Dexter was appointed to organize the parase section.
Mrs. Hattie Bertken was appointed chairman of the fiesta party to be held at the hall in Mariposa Saturday evening. Dinner, dance and entertainment are to be furnished free. Every one is urged to come in '49 dress. Misses Bernice Castagnetto and Marguerite Dexter are in charge of the entertainment.
Last year more that 15,00 people visited the '49 Fiesta at Mariposa, and its expected that the number of visitors this year will exceed the figures of last year.
A free barbecue, lion hunt, miners' parade and tug-of-war are among the events planned. cferoben
Modesto News-Hearald, May 27, 1933
HILL BILLIES WILL GATHER ON SUNDAY
Mariposa, May 27 --The annual reunion of the Hill Billies will be held at Dan's Place on the Tuolumne River near Jacksonville Sunday, according to an announcemnet by Mrs. Clyde E Smith of Groveland. It will be the fourth annual reunion of present and former residents of Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. cferoben
Nevada State Journal -March 6, 1938
Mariposa Cal. March 5- A long time lodge membershp within one family was established here when Frank and John Trabucco, brothers, who reside in Bear Valley, were presented with 50-year pins by the Oso lodge of Odd Fellows.
The 20th WASS Child is bornSan Mateo Times, October 23, 1943
MARIPOSA, Cal., Oct. 23- Mr. and Mrs. William WASS today were receiving congratulations on the birth of their twentieth child, and the mother reported the twentieth "was just as much of a thrill" as the first.-
Fresno Bee Republican, May 6, 1945
Mariposa Couple Fete Anniversary
MARIPOSA, (Mariposa Co.) May 3- Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. TRABUCCO of Mt. Bullion celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at a reception and party in their home.
They were married in Mt. Bullion and have lived there continuously since 1895. Both are members of old time Mariposa County families. Trabucco was born in Bear Valley in 1851. He served as postmaster at Mt. Bullion 54f years prior to his retirement in 1936. One of his most cherished keepsakes is a personal letter from former Postmaster General James A Farley congratulating him on his unique record.
When the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Yosemite National Park and the Mariposa Grove in 1938, Trabucco met and talked with him.
Mrs. Trabucco is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Ashworth.
The Trabuccos have one daughter, Mrs. Paul Westfall of Le Grand. Trabucco has four children by a former marriage.
Greeley Hill Reunion- 1959
Oakland Tribune, Sunday, August 2, 1953
Vacation From Vacations
Yosemite's Art Gallison To Retire After 37 years.
Yosemite National Park, Aug. 1. Known through out the hundreds of square miles of this vast park, Art Gallison is completing 37 years of service as a Yosemite employee which began when the National Park Service was created in 1916.
In these parts they say Gallison knows every rock, tree and fish in the park. He remembers hundreds of campers and knows park rangers from yosemite who have scattered to all corners of the country.
Gallison is a member of an old Mariposa County family dating back to 1885(hard to read), the grandson of a cattleman and a son of a Wawona blacksmith.
In the park he has worked variously at insect control, as a ranger, fish planter and storekeeper sending supplies through out the bast reservation. Gallison Lake in the high Sierra, named for him, is stocked with fish he planted.
But Gallison is leaving all this. He and his wife, Ruth, are headed for a new home in Salem, Ore., near their daughter, Dorothy, and three granddaughters.
Yosemite will not lose the Gallisons altogether however, Gallison's son, glenn, a park ranger and fisherman, will carry on the family tradition.
MRS. MAY BALLANTYNE WILL BE IN LIMELIGHT
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, April 16, 1970
The first introduction to Mariposa County for Mrs. May H Walker Ballantyne was a stagecoach trip to Yosemite in 1910.
Since then she has come to know the territory and its people- and her friends will be gathering in the reception room of the Mariposa United Methodist Church from 1 to 4:30 pm Sunday to honor her on her 80th birthday.
Hostess for the afternoon affair will be her daughters, Mmes. James and Frances Dulcich, and her daughter-in-law Mrs. Ralph Walker.
Romance flowered in Yosemite Pork, when the honoree met Charles Walker and they were married in 1911. Four of the couple's five children still are living, three of whom are residing in Mariposa.
Following her husband's death in 1929, Mrs. Ballantyne worked for 20 years in San Jose as a vocational nurse and returned to Mariposa in 1947.
Her interest include fishing and lapidary work. She is a past president of the Native Daughters of the GOlden West, director of the Mariposa Tuberculosis Association, and belongs to the Butterfly Rebekah Lodge.
She also is a member of of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the Mariposa United Methodist Church, and Mariposa County Historical Society.
She hs six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The public is invited to honor Mrs. Ballantyne.cferoben
AND MANY HAPPY MORE...........
Modesto Bee and News-Heald November 7, 1971
Mariposa - Emmet PRESTON of the Oakvlae area, descendant of a pioneer Mariposa family, was feted last weekend on his 87th birthday in a rather unique manner.
The first day of the three day weekend was devoted to a wood-cutting party by the men of the group, who cooperatively cut the winters supply for Mr. and Mrs. Preston.
On Sunday all gathered for a potluck dinner at the ranch home in which he was born and they have lived all their married life.
The festival also served as a homecoming celebration for a grandson, Emmet Fiske, just returned from three years in Peru serving with the Peace Corps.
Emmet Preston is the descendant of pioneers who came from Missouri in the early 1850's by wagon train down through Texas and on to the Boojack are in southern Mariposa County.
THEY VOWED "I DO" IN HORNITOS IN 1901
Modesto Bee and News Herald, June 28 , 1971
DOS PALOS- Mr. and Mrs. George J Muller, California's longest married native born couple, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary yesterday at a reception held by four daughters and a son.
The Mullers, he is 94 and she is 85, were married June 26, 1901 in Hornitos, Mariposa County, where Mrs. Muller was born.
She recalled, "It was a Wednesday and there weren't very many at the wedding because the folks didn't have very much. A justice of the peace married us and aferward george took me away to his homestead in Madera County in a spring wagon. He was running (raising) beef cattle at the time."
Mrs. Muller attributed their long marriage to "never both getting mat at the same time." She added, "we worked hard all our lives and he never drank or smoked."
Muller, born in Merced, recalls, "I used to go around with her oldest brother."
What kept the Mullers together 70 years?
"She's got nine brothers and they're all bigger than me," he joked, holding his wife's hand in a display of affection not uncommon, according to many friends, some from as far away as Oregon, who came to offer conglatualtions.
They were honored as the state's longest-married natives during the California Bicentennial in 1969 and this year received a congratulatory card from Gov. Ronald Regan and a telegram from Lt. Gov. Ed Reinecke.
The Mullers moved here in 1928 and after a period of dairying turned to rice farming, which is still being done on their Millox (?) Road ranch where they live. Their son Eugene now does the work.
Their daughters are Mrs. Eleanor Desmond of Turlock, Mrs.Mabel Angle and Mrs. Grace Letlow of Dos Palos and Mrs. Genevieve Shadoworth of Oakhurst- transcribed by cdf
TRANSCRIBERS NOTE- A similar article in the San Mateo Times, July 02, 1971 gives Mrs. Mullers first names as Madeline, and states that they raised seven children, and that two sons are deceased.
Merced Express, July 5, 1901
MULLER–ARANCEBIA – Near Merced Falls, June 26, 1901, by W. Ruddell, Justice of the Peace, at the home of the bride's parents, George Muller of Madera and Miss Maggie Arancebia. - submitted by Tom Hilk
EIGHT ENTER RACE TO BE MARIPOSA QUEEN
Modesto Bee and News Herald, Friday, July 11, 1969
Mariposa- eight girls are entrants in the Maid of Mariposa contest to be held August 2 beginning at 8 p.m. in Mariposa Park.
Also entered are seven girls in the "Little Miss Amigo" contest that same evening.
Kathleen Trabucco, 19 year old native Mariposan and local high school graduate, who is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, is a brunette, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and is an ardent horsewoman.
Born in Wawona but now living in Mariposa, Judy Phillips 17-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Phillips, is another candidate. She trains horses and is a member of the Pep Club, Garrett's Raiders, and is a senior this fall at Mariposa High. She weighs 130 pounds, stands 5 feet, 5 inches and has reddish hair and blue eyes.
Sponsored by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Judy Lundgren, a recent Mariposa High graduate, is another contestant. She is 18, weighs 120 pounds, stands 5 feet 3 inches and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lundgren of Mariposa.
Banky (Becky?)Pearson, sponsored by Fremont House, California Market, Oasis Store, Cap's Lighthouse, and Pines Motel, is 17, weight 118 pounds and is 5 feet 3. A senior at Mariposa High, she served as class officer twice was Girls State alternate, and is active in athletics.
Tracey Bannon of Catheys Valley also will be a mariposa High senior. SHe has engaged in school drama and music performances and is a business major. Tracey, 17, is 5 feet 5 and weights 110 pounds. She is sponsored by Forestry WOmen, Yosemite Market and Mariposa TV and Communications.
Sponsored by Mariposa Soroptimists, Gayle Lynn Croft, 18, is an entry. She is 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. A recent graduate of Mariposa High, she was a member of California Scholarship Federation for three years, recipient of a Soroptimist scholarship and was Girls League representative at Asilomar.
Leslie Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Earl L. Rogers of Bear Valley, is a home economics major at Mariposa High and has won special honors in art. She is 17 weighs 125 pounds and stands 5 feet 7.
First entrants were Sue Leslie, sponsored by the Greeley Hill Community Club, and Judy Ann Roberts, sponsored by the Mariposa Lions.
Contestants in the "Little Miss Amigo" contest must be 5 or slightly under. Entries include Tricia Williams, daughter of MR. and Mrs. Merle Williams, Kimberly Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hudson, Kim Marie Vastbinder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Vastbinder; Joy Lynn Hopper, daughter of the Paul Hoppers; Cheryl Hulbert, daughter of the Kenneth E. Huberts; Teresa Tate, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Del Tate, and Kimberly Kay Bates, daughter of Mr. Barbara bates.
Richard Blanchard, chairman of the committee, said the contest is the only means of supporting the parade for the fair over Labor Day. He asked the public to support the committee's efforts in sponsoring the parade and also in giving opportunity to the girls.
WInner in the Maid of Mariposa also will compete in Sacramento and in the Miss California-Miss Universe contest in Los Angeles.
Tickets for the August 2 Event are $2 for adults and $ 1 for children under age 12.
HANGINGS/ LYNCHINGS (click here)
INCIDENTS REGARDING INDIANS
Tuesday, December 31, 1850
THE MARYSVILLE LINE - The Gov. Dana and Fashion now connect at this city with the Senator and New World, and thus complete a regular line between San Francisco and Marysville.
LATER FROM THE MOUNTAIN - INDIAN TROUBLES - Dr. D.S. SERIVEN, who has lately arrived in San Francisco from the Mariposa country, furnishes the Journal of Commerce with the following interesting intelligence:
Great excitement prevails throughout the Mariposa region, in consequence of the difficulties that are apprehended with the Indians. SAVAGE, the white chief, had entirely failed in his efforts to pacify them, and they had on the contrary commenced hostilities. At the Fresnos the attacked Savage's camp, and murdered three men, besides destroying his houses and goods. The Indians that have been with Savage have deserted him - even his squaws. As soon as he was informed of this, he went in pursuit of them with twenty-five men. On the second day they were overtaken, but were in such large numbers, as to render it advisable to refrain from hostilities. The Indians told SAVAGE of the depredations at the Frenos, and that they were the mortal enemies of the whites. They wished him to tell the whites that they were their enemies, and should murder all who fell in their way.
Upon being informed of this, Savage and his party returned to Mariposa, at the same time visiting the surrounding mines, and informing the diggers and others of the dangers to which they are exposed. Companies were immediately raised and organized, and were on the point of leaving in pursuit of the Indians.
A bloody fight is supposed to have taken place ere this, as the Indians were seen collecting in large numbers at the Fresnos.
A report has reached Stockton that the silver mines discovered several months since, beyond the Sierra Nevada,
have proved very rich, and large quantities have already been secured. During the summer, it will be remembered, companies were started in Stockton and Mariposa to work them - they have been remarkably successful. transcribed by Betty L
Thursday, January 23, 1851
SEVENTY MEN KILLED BY INDIANS - In our postscript on Tuesday morning, we copied an article from the News, giving an account of a battle that had taken place between some whites under Capt. SAVAGE, and the Indians. Also in regard to the descent of Indians on a party of whites, in which a large number were killed. The rumor was doubted, but more recent information confirms the painful truth.
The News has subsequently received intelligence confirming the statement, and also of the masacre of seventy
whites. The News says:
"We learn from our San Jose correspondent, that late on Sunday evening last, an express from the Mariposa reached the Governor, bringing the sad news of a disastrous engagement with the Indians, at night. SAVAGE had attacked them one afternoon, early in last week, and had killed about thirty of their number, with the loss of only two of his men. The party then encamped on the field, and during the night they were attacked by the Indians, with the loss of about seventy of their number.
The action of the government will, no doubt, be prompt and energetic, and thus alone the evil can be stayed."
transcribed by Betty L
BATTLE OF HOGAN'S POTATO PATCH- Mariposa Indian War
BEAN AND GIBBS MURDERED -------1860
Stockton Daily Independent
Monday, 14 Apr 1862
-Shooting Affray -- Another of these affrays which occur so frequently between whites and
Indians, occurred on the Chowchilla last week. The cause of the trouble as usual, was on account
a difficulty between the squaws. It appears that a man by the name of WINDSOR, living at the place
mentioned, endeavored to secure a child or 2, to which he laid claim; the Indians resisted it, and
2 of them visited his camp. Shooting shortly commenced; WINDSOR firing at the Indians with a
double-barreled shot gun, and they at him with a rifle, wounding him mortally, as was thought. One
Indian was shot dead, the other was thought to be unhurt, but since was found dead -- so report
says. The wound of WINDSOR proves not a mortal one, as matters have turned out.
transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
FRIDAY, 6 FEB. 1863
INDIAN DESPERADO KILLED -- The Mariposa ‘Gazette’ says a Yaqui Indian desperado, named Colorado Jack, was killed on the 25th of January, near the town of Colorado, Mariposa county, in the following manner: “A party of men from the latter place heard that he was concealed in an old tunnel and on arriving at the place a dog was sent in. Jack, who dreaded a dog more than he did a rifle or 6-shooter, immediately came out and opened upon the party with a double barreled shot gun. The fire was returned and about 16 bullets put into him, killing him instantly. A Yaqui Indian, known to have murdered his partner some time ago, was also arrested in the neighborhood, on suspicion of being engaged in the murder of DATES, brought to town and lodged in jail. Tuesday he was handed over to the authorities at Coulterville.
San Joaquin Valley Argus
November 25, 1871
INDIAN RAID. – The Mariposa Gazette of yesterday contains a letter from J. J. Westfall, an old mountaineer and one of the pioneers of Mariposa county, that will probably create considerable alarm among settlers and owners of stock in the mountains, as the writer predicts future trouble with the Piutes and Digger tribes inhabiting the mountain valleys of the Sierras east of this place. The Indians are said to be well armed and assume a war-like attitude at their "fandangoes." It is probable that they will steal sufficient of the stock of our people ranging in the mountains to supply them with meat for the winter, unless measures are taken to suppress them and make them afraid to commit depredations upon the property of the whites. submitted by Tom Hilk
Mike DOUGHERTY and unknown Indian- 1872
INDIAN TOM BUSHYHEAD- Killed by Lawrence, 1889
Nov. 16, 1923 San Francisco Chronicle
SPIRIT OF OLD DAYS RECALLED IN COURT SUIT
Age Pleads for and Against Claimant of Share in the Henry Castor Estate
SAN FRANCISCO THRILLS
Plaintiff, Half Indian, Makes first Visit to the City Appalled at Sights
The spirit of California in the days before fences "ruined" cattle ranges and gold was still taken from the ground by the crude methods of a half
century ago breathed again in Judge Dunne's division of the Superior Court yesterday when the old-timers whose memories still are clear, despite
advancing years, attempted to straighten out the tangle of Henry Castor's estate.
Claiming interest in that estate, as the natural daughter of Castor and "Indian Mary," is Tillie Castor, half-caste, and it was in her support or
against her claims that veterans of Mariposa county of a half century testified. There ranged in age from 70 to 88 years.
CLAIMS SHARE OF ESTATE
Henry Castor died last year. His widow petitioned for distribution for distribution of the estate, and at this juncture the claim of Tillie Castor
to a share in the inheritance, involving something like $20,000, was advanced.
Bob Wellman, nearly 88 years old, was one of the principal witnesses on the stand yesterday, He told of his long friendship with Castor in the early
seventies and asserted that Tillie, then a tot, was recognized as the daughter of Henry Castor in that far away period.
STATEMENT IS REFUTED
This assertion, however, was refuted by William H. Young, owning to 70 year, and S. W. Westfall, also advanced in years, appearing for Mrs. Castor, although Young said he had often "joshed" Castor about the Indian baby and that Castor had indignantly denied that he was her parent.
Scene of most reminiscences in the courtroom was the ranch of J. J. Westfall, the homes of other cattle raisers of the district and the Indian
village which stood on the Westfall home site. Bob Wellman is particularly proud of the growth of San Francisco, which
he has visited but once since the exposition, and the "new courthouse," as he terms the City Hall building.
What kind of people, these? queried Tillie Castor yesterday. "All night they no sleep. Noise, noise, noise. Don't people ever go to bed here?"
FIRST VISIT TO S. F.
Tillie had never been in San Francisco before. In fact, she has seldom been further away from the Mariposa hills than Merced. She finds the city
confusing and not to be compared with Mariposa county. Tillie admits she doesn't want to live any place else. She doesn't work she says, just "lives
The case will be continued before Judge Dunne at 10 o'clock this morning and may be concluded today.
contributed by Walter Castor
INDIAN LUCY 120 BOBS HER HAIR
Yosemite Tribe Member now "Oldest Flapper"
Fresno Bee , July 28, 1924
CAMP CURRY-Mariposa Co, July 28
"Indian Lucy" has bobbed her hair. Although her snow whte locks were shrt before, they are shorter now. Lucy has adopted a bob of a boyish style, right in accordance with the lates dictates of fashion. One of her great-grandchildren is reported to have give her the cut while half a dozen of Lucy's great-great-grandchildren watched the inreresting process.
Lucy, who has no other name, recently passed her 120th milestone, and it is claimed that she is now the oldest living womqan, as well as the oldent Indian, in existence. Visitors to the Indian Field Days in Yosemite Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, will be able to see Lucy inher tepee, surrounded by four generations of her descendants.
Since the news of Lucy's 120th birthday was sent out from Camp Curry, much additional informatino has been brought to light about her history- a history that dates back to the dim beginnings of the Yosemite as far as the white race is concerned, for Lucy was an old woman-past fifty-when the first white men came to yosemite. They drove all the Indians out later, but when some of the bolder braves returned, Lucy returned also. And now, about eight months of every year, she spends at her tepee harvesting a few quarters every day from tourists who wish to photograph her. These she spends for the few groceries she needs to keep body and sould togetherm, and when the weather turns cold her great grandchildren take her down to El Portal in an old weatherbeathen car to hibernate and await the coming of Spring.
INDIANS FEAR QUEER DOOM AT MARIPOSA
Oakland Tribune, Friday Evening , May 23, 1930
Tribal Leaders, With three of Friends Murdered by Mystery Killer, Ask U. S. Aid and Hire Body Guard
Modesto, May 23- Death, hunter of men, with three scalps already dangling at his belt, stalks the Indians of the Mariposa region with bloody tomahawk upraised and ready for his next victim.
So say the Indians, and so afraid are they of the strange Nemesis which they believe lurks among them that they had appealed to the Great White Father for protection.
Three deaths, all mysterious, all violent, have struck down Mariposa county Indians during the last six weeks. One Indian has been jailed, but the Indians, with the strange intuition of their race, shake their heads and merely say that he is not the killer. Out of their superstitions, their fear and the enmity of two rival factions, the tribesmen have built up a fearful picture of the killer something like the fabled "loup garen" which harassed the French Canadians.
The facts are these:
The automobile of Billy Lances, Indian leader, was found wrecked in the Merced river on April 1. Sixteen days later hid body was discovered near his car. His will cut off Indian relatives and left his estate valued at $70,000, to Abner B. Brown, retired Mariposa attorney. An Indian uncle of Lances sued to break the will.
Last week Billy Wilson, an Indian who was to have been a important witness in the will contest and his wife were found dead in the orchard near El Portal. The woman's skull was crushed. Wilson had been shot to death with his own pistol. Their automobile was a shambles, and signs of a tremendous death struggle were on every hand. Mrs. Wilson's hands were securely bound.
FEAR STALKS INDIANS.
Joe Rube, brother of Mrs. Wilson, found dazed by head injuries a few miles from the scene of the double killing, was arrested by Sheriff J. J. Castagnetto, but will probably be released, no evidence having been found against him. Authorities have tentatively adopted the theory that Wilson killed his wife and then committed suicide, but this ideas is scouted by the Indians.
Now every Indian carries a gun and glances furtively behind him as he walks about. The valley is in a state of tension. Where will this murder madness burst out next?
So great has the fear of the Indians become, so certain are they that others of their number are marked for death, that one group has moved to the Indian village in Yosemite National park to be under federal protection., E. R. Klein, owner of the Indian Flat resort, has appealed to the sheriff, the forest and park services and the San Joaquin Valley Tourist and Valley association for aid in solving the riddle before another death occurs. Klein himself keeps an armed bodyguard with him night and day, and other wealthy Indians were reported to be doing likewise.
Mariposa's New Posse Is Formed
Modest Bee and News Herald, Sept. 6, 1967
Mariposa- White-hatted riders of the new Mariposa County Sheriff's Working Posse, modern version of an 1850 group here, will help Sheriff Norman Garrett's regulars and aid in rescue missions.
The men, who represent every area in Mariposa County, may be called to duty at any time by the sheriff and will serve without pay. They also will act in public relations work for the department.
Equipped with new uniforms and badges presented when Garrett administered the oath to them, the posse riders furnish their own horses and pack and equipment to move mounts to any area in the county.
Posse members furnish their own uniforms of blue denim western shirts and jeans, hat and white neckerchief. County authorities issue the men shoulder patches and saddle blankets.
Serving in the new group are: O. M. (Mike) Overstreet; John E. (Jack) Callahan and A. H. Jacobs, all of Bootjack; Guy D. Abby and Dale Allison, of Usona; Robert Barrett and George Myers, of Hornitos; George C. Sevell, Mariposa; Warren Sterns , of Raymond; Clifford L. Moore, of Westfall; Donald M. Phillips, of Darrah; Frank Leonard, Jerseydale; Ted England, of Mormon Bar; Eddie Mankins, of Cathey's Valley; and Laverne Greeley, of Greeley Hill.
MONDAY, 6 JAN 1868
Stockton Daily Independent
A HARD ROAD to TRAVEL - On Friday night, about 9 o'clock, Judge DEERING, General BOOKER, Mr. DUDLEY, Dr. CLARK and D.W. PERLEY, arrived from Mariposa, having left that place on Monday, Dec. 30th. Messrs. DUDLEY and BOOKER were employed in the defense of SWANEY, and Mr. PERLEY assisted the prosecuting attorney in the same case. On Monday, BOOKER and DUDLEY arrived at Merced Falls, 6 miles from Snelling, shortly after dark, procured a private conveyance and reached Snelling at 11 o'clock the same night. The bad condition of the roads compelled them to remain at Snelling 2 days. At this point they were joined by Judge DEERING, Dr. CLARK, and Mr. PERLEY, and the Company afterward traveled together. From Snelling they found their way to the Tuolumne river; crossed the river in a small boat and arrived at the house of Mr. SALTER, where they found comfortable quarters. The next morning they procured a wagon (one which had never been ornamented with elliptic springs) and started for Dry Creek, arriving at the latter place just an hour and a half too late to find the Stockton stage. The party pushed on with their own vehicle, however, and reached French Camp a quarter before 7 o'clock on Friday night, procured other private conveyances at that place and arrived in this city about 9 o'clock the same night. transcribed by Dee S
MONDAY, 4 MAY 1868
Stockton Daily Independent
H.C. ERVINE, for some time a teacher in the public school at Mariposa, the
'Mail' of the 2d instant says, is a fugitive from justice, it having been
ascertained the latter part of last week that the wretch was in the habit of
taking indecent liberties with the persons of several children of his
school, and that he had actually made a criminal assault upon 1 of them.
Complaint was made before Justice McVicar, a warrant was issued, and on
Friday morning last the accused was arrested in his school room by Constable
Foisey. Judge McVicar held him under $1000 bond to appear for examination on
Saturday morning. He spent the day, in charge of the officer, in fruitless
attempts to procure bail, and about dark asked Mr. Foisey to allow him to go
to his lodgings for some clothing, before going to jail. The prisoner
entered the house where he lodge, Foisey remaining at the door. And that was
the last that was seen of him. The scoundrel slipped out the back way and it
is supposed escaped to the chaparral on the mountains west of town.
submitted by Dee S
Monday 4, May 1868
Stockton Daily Independent
DISTRICT COURT - This Court opened yesterday morning, Judge CAVIS presiding.
Waiving the usual proceeding of calling the Court immediately proceeded to
impanel a jury to try the case of the People vs. A.N. SWANEY, indicted with
Adelia SEALE, for the crime of murder, committed in Mariposa county some
time last Fall, by poisoning one J.W. SEALE. The prosecution on the
requirement of the defense elected to try A.M. SWANEY first. The day was
spent in empanelling a jury, and the following persons were accepted as the
Henry A. SMITH
Monday 4, May 1868
Stockton Daily Independent
THE SWANEY-SEALE CASE - This case, transferred from Mariposa county, is set
in the District Court for today. A very large number of witnesses has been
summoned, many of whom arrived yesterday. The Mariposa 'Gazette' gives the
list of names as follows, those marked with a star (*) being summoned both
on the prosecution and the defense:
Prosecuting witnesses -
Dr. J.T. TURNER
Dr. J.F. BEDFORD
Geo. W. ETLEY
Mrs. E.S. TERRY
Mrs. M.A. GUARD
Mrs. M.A. GREEN
Mrs. A.F. WASHBURN
Mrs. J. SKELTON
For the Defense -
*Mrs. E.S. TERRY
Chas. E. PEREGOY
Mrs. C.G. LIND
Mrs. Jane GALLISON
Geo. A. HAYES
Dr. W.S. KAVANAUGH
Mariposa Gazette November 24, 1871
Acquitted--The trial of F. M. Pate, before Judge Lovejoy on Wednesday last, on a charge of falsely branding cattle, resulted in an acquittal. It was a just verdict. Mr. Pate is an old resident of the county, his character for honesty and integrity has never before been called in question,
and is as good now as ever. Appearances indicate an attempt on the part of the prosecuting witness to gratify a personal spite. It is a poor way to get even on an old grudge. submitted by Steve Miller
The New Game Laws.- Mariposa Gazette, April 9, 1881
Any keeper of a hotel, restaurant or boarding house who substitutes
mutton for turtle in making turtle soup shall be fined not less than
$50, and in default of payment shall stand committed to the cooler for
the term of thirty days.
Any public eating-house keeper who advertises quail on toast and
then substitutes ham on biscuit, shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor
and punished by a fine of not less than $25.
It shall not be lawful for more than five men to pursue the track
of one poor, lone rabbit, with evil intent.
Any duck hunter who buys birds and passes them off on the boys as
having been killed by himself, shall be deemed guilty of piracy and
Any person or persons discovered capturing deer or elk by means of
pound nets or seines, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $25 nor
more than $50.
If a fox, on being routed from cover and persued, takes refuge
under a school house, it shall be lawful for the teacher to dismiss the
school and lend his assistance in the capture.
That section of the amended law of 1879 requiring all persons to
give coons 400 feet the start before pursuing with intent to kill is
Any person or persons firing over twenty consecutive shots into a
flock of decoy ducks, shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor and punished
by a fine not less than $5.
Any person who shall, after the passage of this act, knowingly
falsify as to the number and size of fish taken by him at any time
within the past two years, shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor and
punished by thirty days in County Jail without relief.-transcribed by W Disbro
Nancy J (BOLTON) Hart- lawsuit over cattle , 1890
The Evening Bee
Thursday, November 23, 1905
MURPHY vs BONDSHU
Upheld the Lower Court - The Appellate Court has rendered a decision in the
case of C.H. MURPHY vs. F.A. BONDSHU, Auditor of Mariposa County, in which
it upholds the decision rendered by the lower Court. (need to see what this was about!)
CLARK-Feb 10, 1910-Mariposa Gazette
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Smith of Le Grand were in Mariposa Monday on business connected with the estate of the late John W. Clark. Mrs. Smith is the principal beneficiary under the will left by Mr. Clark.
Court News-Mariposa Gazette, June 1910
Margaret CLARK vs. Fred N. CLARK Plaintiff's demurrer to cross complaint
is overruled. Notice of motion to fix allowance for making abstract of
property, expenses of taking depositions, counsel fees, etc. is set for
hearing June 28, at 9.a.m.
Branson testifies at Hornitos - 1927
CRUELTY CHARGED IN ACTION AT MERCED
Modesto News-Herald, November 1, 1927
Merced- Oct 21- Charging that her husband, J J Dulcich, was possessed of a violent temper and selfish disposition, Mrs. Mary P Dulcich filed suit for divorce here to-day charging cruelty. Mrs. Dulcich declared that when she refused to accede to his "unreasonable" demands, he called her names and told her any man who lived with her was a darn fool and that she knew where the courthouse was and what she could do." The couple were married in Mariposa County on June 25, 1927, and separted twenty seven days later.
EX POLICE CHIEF OF MERCED HELD AS CATTLE THIEF
Fresno Bee, Friday, July 15, 1938
Wayne WESTFALL, Now Candidtate For Sheriff, Is Accused At Mariposa
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) July 15- Wayne E Westfall, former chief of police of Merced and now a candidate for sheriff of Mariposa County, is in fail here today on a charge of cattle stealing.
he is accused with two Pea Ridge men, Slaire Wolfsen and Hampton W. Peterson.
Wolfsen and Peterson were released from jail late yesterday when each posted $1,000 bail. Westfall, unable to make similar bail immediately remained in jail.
Steer Is Stoot
The three men are charged with shooting a fat 2 year ol steer belonging to O. B. Price of Raymond and dividing the meat.
Sheriff J. J. Castagnetto, whom Westfall opposes for election, says the trio drove the steer from the Price ranch in the Pea Ridge district to the adjoining Best ranch where Wolfsen was employed.
A fourth man, not yet under arrest, skinned and butchered the animal, the sheriff says, an dthe hide an head were hidden in a pile of rocks on the ranch. The hide, still bearing the Price brand, and the head were found by Castagnetto. The theft occurred April 28th.
The sheriff declares both Wolfsen, and Peterson have confessed. Westfall has refused to talk.
Sheriff Castagnetto and John Birkhead, investigator fo rthe California Cattlemens Association, arrested Peterson Wednesday night, Wolfsen Thursday morning and Westfall last night.
Peterson Faces Two Charges
Besides being charged with cattle stealing, Peterson faces an additional count of altering earmarks on a steer owned by Price. A statement signed by Peterson says he sold the animal to a Le Grand man. The proported confession also states Peterson stole two unbranded calves, proably belong to Price and James Scurlock.
The Pereson confession names Westfall as the only man of the group of four who carried a gun at the time of the theft. It does not directly accuse the former officer of shooting the animal but states he was seen to put his gun back into his pocket after the shooting.
Price signed the complaints against the three men.
Westfall was dismissed form the position of chief of police of Merced in April, 1936, following a change of city administration. He subsequently moved to the Usona district in Mariposa County.
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, March 8, 1938
WHIPPING POST IS APPROVED BY JUDGE TRABUCCO
San Francisco- March 8- The whipping post for husbands who beat their wives received the spproval yesterday of Superior Judge J J Trabucco of Mariposa County.
Judge Trabucco, sitting pro tem on the SAn Francisco bench, has heard several cases recently of husbands whipping thier wives. WHile declining to apply his remarks to the specific cases before him, Judge Trabucco remarked: "In proven cases of wife beating, I believe the whipping post would be a good thing. It ought to have a most salutary effect and would teach him a lesson. Chances are a man who would beat a woman couldn't take a beating himself.
"Women go to court every day complaining of having been struck, slapped, cuffed, kicked and beaten by a drunken or vicious husband.
"If these men knew they would be beaten themselves, they probably would think twice before striking a woman."
The judge said that before a man is subjected to a beating, it would be proved beyond a doubt that he did strike a woman. cferoben
MARIPOSA LAND HEARING ENDS, RULING DATE SET
Merced Sun Star, Dep29, 1979
Janis McRae, Sun Star Staff
MARIPOSA- The post accusation preliminary hearing for three Maripsoa county Supervisors accused of misconduct in office ended Friday with Fresno Superior Couty Judge Blaine Pettie promising to decide th outcome by Oct 27, 10 days before the recall election for Supervisors Jim Owings and Hal Weber.
Weber, Owings and Gene Dalton each have been accused by the grand jury of six counts of misconduct in office, including coericion and violations of teh Brown Act.
The accusations stem from a May 18, 1978 executive session of the board of supervisors during which realtor Russ Banley allegedly was coerced into selling property to the county for less than his asking price.
The judge must decide if enough evidence was presented to show probably cause to bind the defendants over for trial. He will render no opinion expcet to order them to be held over or to have the charges dropped.
Mariposa County Counsel Neil Van Winkle spent Friday morning on the witness stand, and Richard Begley, parks and recreation director and local pharmicist David Radanovich were called as rebuttal witnesses. Also testifying during the afternoon session was a final prosecution witness, Mrs. Helen Cleary.
Van Winkle discussed in detail his reasons for advising the board they could meet in executive session with Bailey and Begley present. He said two supervisors challenged him on the matter, and he told them he considered Begley and Bailey to be "indespesible," and in his opinion that allowed them to be present.
The county cousel contended an attorney general's opinion rendered in April upheld him. He cited various other poinyd of law whcih he feels jujstified having the two men in the closed session with the supervisors.
Van Winkle's testimony conflicted with that of Begley's as it related to Begley talking to the county counsel about his tetimony before the grand jury. gegley said he ahd been upset and had gont to talk to Van Winkle pointing out he was a county deparment head, member of the grand jury, and was beling called as a witness in the gran jury hearing against the three superviosors.
The parks and recreation director testified that Van Winkly told him,
" If I were you I wouldn't testify." Van Winkly told the court Friday that he did not cousel Begley to refuse to testify. Asked specifically by District Attorney Bruce Eckerson, "Did you talk to Rich Begley in respect to if he should testify before the grand jury", Van Winkle replied, "No absolutely not, not that I recall".
Begley was recalled and asked on question by Eckerson, "Do you wan to recant any of your previous testimony?"
"No," Begley answered.
Eckerson told the court he was through and defencse attorney George Walker indicated he did not want to cross-ecamine the witness.
Testimony on two conversations between Radanovich and Can Winkele were also in conflict with each other. Van Winklee denied that he ever told Radanovich, prior to the executive session, "Baily may end up giving the property to the county."
On rebuttal, Radanovich testified tha the conversatoin took place sometime between the time he saw an article in a local paper stating Bailey had refused the county's offer, and when he saw the legal notice tha the condemnation procedures were being dropped. (Such an article appeared in the May 11 issue of the Mariposa Gazette and the legal notice was first published May 25).
Radanovich siad that during the conversation, Van Winkle indicated he knew Mrs. Felps was Bailey's mother-in-law.
Mrs Clearly, an employee of the Maripsoa Drug Stgore where the conversation allegedly took place, said she recalled Van Winkle talking to Radanovich in the latter part of May. She said she heard the name Bailey mentioned and said that when Van Winkly left, he said, "He might even give it to us for nothing.
Both Mrs. Cleary and Radanovich described Van Winkly as being in a jobial mood and smiling during the conversation.
Radanovich's recollection of a conversation with Van Winkly in January also differed from those of the county cousel. The druggist said it was Van Winkle who called him, stating that he wanted to clear the air because he had heard Radonvich was leading a group that wanted to ouse him as county counsel.
They arranged a meeting at the drug store about 5 p.m. during which Van Winkle asked why some people wanted him out of office. Radanovbich said he told them the word around town was tha the the county counsel was more or less running the board.
"I feel I'm doing a good job," Van Winkly said, and then left, according to Radanovicih.
Asked by the judge if he had ever discussed Van Winkle's health with him , Radanobich confirmed the conversation but declined to discuss it becasue such testimony would violate profession ethics. According to the druggist, he is under a similar prohibition regarding revealing conversations with clients as are doctors.
Van Winkle had testified that Radanovich had advised him to retire for health reasons at the January meeting, and also told him there was a strong movement to get three supervisors removed from office.
Radanovich said he couldn't recall any conversation with the county counsel about the supervisors being removed.
As the judge closed court, he commended the audinence which sometimes numbered 100 or more, for its conduct during the five-day hearing.
Merced Sun Star, Sep 29,1979---MARIPOSA- "As far as I'm concerned, there was not one witness who could sustain the corpus in he case as alleged by the prosecution, defense attorney George Walker said Friday at the conclusion of the five day preliminary hearing for three Mariposa County supervisors accused of misconduct in office.
District Attorney Bruce Eckerson told the Sun-Star, "A fair and impartial judge saw the same evidence the grand just saw before handing down the accusation, "I'll leave it to him to make the decision."
Walker and his clients, Supervisors Hal Weber, Jim Owings and Gene Dalton appeared eleated as they mingled with family and friends in the board's office in the 125 year old Mariposa County Courthouse after the hearing concluded about 2: 30 p.m. Friday.
Although Walker had said as early as last April that he wanted his clients to have their day in court so they could tell thei rside of the story, he did not call any of the three or former supervisor Frank Long to testify.
"We had intened to put all three on the stand and Frank was chomping at the bit to testify, be wejust didn't need it," said the attorney.
Walker also cited a $1 million damage suit filed last week in federa court in Freno as another reason for not having the supervisors testify. Filed by Mr. and Mrs. Russ bailey, suit charges tha tthe superviors and County Counel, Neil B Van Winlle violate Bailey's viil rights. Van Winkle tesifies at the hearing.
The San Francisco defense attorney said he though the suit was filed ot keep the superviors from testifying. He said "I'm not in a postion to determine if the protection afforded my clients under the alleged Brown Act. Owings said he was releived it was over and beliegves the evidence presented on both sides will show the people it wasn;t the threee supervisors who were on trial , but the county counsel.
"That's been the point all along,"Owings said. "And the only way they could get to the county counsel was through us".
"I would like the citizens of Mariposa County to ask themselves shy certain people would like to hav ethe county souncel removed from office. Is it because of the efficiency in his office and because he workds directly for the board of supervisors?" Owings asked.
The board's concerns right now are trying to draw things together and continue the work that is important in this county, according to Dalton.
"Regardless of the outcome, our responsibility is to the people and their needs have diminished. I would really like to get on with that work."
Merced Sun Star, Sept 29, 1979
PHONE THREATS, VANDALS PLAGUE MARIPOSA LEADERS
Mariposa- Anonymous threatening phone calls were received by two Mariposa County supervisors early Friday morning.
Supervisors Hal Weber and Jim Owings both received phone calls between the hours of 12:45 and 2:25 a.mn., according to informatin they gave Mariposa county Sheriff Paul PAIGE, Friday.
Paige said that Don McCoon, a local real estate broker, also received threatening calls during the night. And Mrs. Frank Log, wife of a former sujpervisor, confirmed to the Sun-Star that early in the evening her famil ereceived five calls.
Mrs. Long said no one spoke on the calls recveived at her home and theat her husband finally blew a police whistle loudly in to the phone.
McCoon, who could not be reached for comment, signed an agreement last April to pay the county $42,500 fo alleged violations of teh Subdivision Map Act and the Subdivided Land Act.
Weber told Paige he received two calls. The fist came at 12:55 a.m. and the other at 1:25 a.m. According to the report, on the first call a female voice said- almost in a crying tone- "Gonna die awhile" or "Gonna die n awhile."
The second call was made by a man whose only conversation vosisted of the words "die." Weber said the man's voice was soft, as though he was breathing hard.
Fraiday Weber said the voices did not appear to be those of an intoxicated person. During the Mariposa County Fair, the fair;s office received calls threatening the lives of County Counsel Neil B. Can Winkle and County Planner Robert Borchard. The pesron talking the report said the voice appeared to be one of someone who was intoxicated.
Owning received only one call, sometime between 12L45 and 1 a.m. He said he couldn't make out what the voice said becasue it just faded away.
Wednesday afternoon between 2:30 and 5 p.m.,while the preliminary hearing for OWings, Weber and Sujpervisor Gene dalton was under way in the Mariposa County Courthouse, the rear window of a station wagon belonging to Mr. Jery McNamara was broken out. Mrs. McNamara is a supporter of the anti-recall movement favoring Weber and Owings and also is a member of Keep Mariposa Rujral. The orgainization advocates a slower growth rate for the county.
Mrs. McNamara told the Sun-Star that during the past few days her ar "has suddenly run out: of oil and power stearing fluid. She said she had the car checked a few weeks ago and never has had this type of problem before.
Paige said no additional precautions were being made for the individuals receiving the phone calls.
"We are treating them (the calls) just as we do when one is received against me or one of my men. He said such calls often are received.
argued and submitted san francisco california: May 16, 1986.
JO ANN LABARGE AND BRANDON LABARGE, A MINOR BY AND THROUGH HIS GUARDIAN AD LITEM, JO ANN LABARGE, PLAINTIFFS,
COUNTY OF MARIPOSA, AND RODERIC B. SINCLAIR, DEFENDANTS AND THIRD-PARTY
PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES, V. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND ESTATE OF GEORGE
PATRICK LABARGE, THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of California, Honorable Robert E. Coyle, District Judge, Presiding.
The United States appeals from a judgment of the district court
compelling contribution to the County of Mariposa for thirty percent of
the tort settlement paid to the estates of three federal secret service
agents who were killed when their automobile collided with a Mariposa
County Sheriff's patrol car.
On March 5, 1983 a patrol car driven by Sgt. Roderick Sinclair of the
Mariposa County Sheriff's Department collided with a car containing
three secret service agents on a winding portion of Route 132. The
agents, who were in California on special assignment to protect Queen
Elizabeth of Great Britain during her visit to Yosemite National park,
Read more here
AROUND THE NATION; Investigator in Crash Tells of TranquilizersPublished: April 16, 1984- NEW YORK TIMES
FRESNO, Calif., April 15— Large doses of tranquilizers had been prescribed for a sheriff's sergeant involved in a collision that killed three Secret Service agents riding ahead of a motorcade for Queen Elizabeth II, a Federal investigator says in court documents.
Papers filed at Federal District Court asserted that Sgt. Roderic Sinclair of the Mariposa County Sheriff's force received more than 1,250 doses of Seconal and other drugs in a two-year period, including March 5, 1983, the day of the accident.
The affidavit was filed by Raymond A. Conner, a Federal drug investigator, in support of a request for a search warrant to examine the prescription records of Dr. Arthur H. Dahlem of Mariposa.
Mr. Conner concluded he had probable cause to believe that Dr. Dahlem gave drugs to Sergeant Sinclair and two other people without medical need. No charges were filed.
The highway patrol concluded that Sergeant Sinclair was driving 72 miles an hour when his patrol car hit the agents' car head-on.
Mariposa County, which faces $12 million in wrongful death claims, found no grounds for criminal prosecution of Sergeant Sinclair.
the WYOD ("Work Ye Old Devil") South Diltz Mine
Anderson vs Gillette
Filed November 19, 2010. read here:
HUGE TUOLUMNE, MARIPOSA TIMBER DEAL FORECAST
Fresno Bee, Feb 2, 1929
Mariposa (Mariosa Co) Feb 2- An agreement filed with the recorder at Mariposa a few days back at the request of Arthur H Fleming shows that the White and Friant Lumber Company of Los Angeles agree to sell to Rovert C Gillis of Los Angeles and to Arthur H Fleming of Pasadena all
of the immense timber holdings in Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties, consisting of over 11,000 acres.
Much of this timber is adjoining the timber lands held by the Yosemite Lumber Company but which of late, it is understood, have been transferred to the Sugar Pine Lumber Company of Fresno.
It is reported that the Sugar Pine Lumber Company will begin operations in the woods near Hazel Green just as soon as weather conditions will permit and that more than a thousand men will be employed in the mill at Merced Falls and the woods during the coming season.
Fresno Bee, November 5, 1930
LOGGING ENDS IN MARIPOSA
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov 5- The Yosemite Lumber Company, which hs been logging the past season in the virgin sugar pine belt near Hazel Green, suspended oeprations in the woods Monday. The camps were scheduled to close on October 29th but the date was suspended on account of the detrailing of one of the logging cars on the incline. With all minor repais made, the empty cars were lowered to the foot of the incline.
In the six months that the company had been operating, a total of 7, 816 carloads of logs were sent down the incline and on to the mills at Merced Falls.
Transportation on the steep incline railway of the Yosemite Lumber Company in the Merced River Canyon was suspended for many hours last week, due to one of the logging cars having jumped the track.
No one was injured, but the car was demolished and the track badly damaged.
BUILDING BLOWN DOWN IN HEAVY GALE- 1896
Pg. 104 Coulterville 1896
SF Chron. Tues. Mar. 3, 1896
"Coulterville Mar. 2. At 5 o'clock this morning, during a heavy southeasterly
gale, a large three-story hotel building under construction on Merced street
in this city was blown down. The building was nearing completion and would
have been ready for occupancy in a fortnight. No one was injured. The loss falls
on the contractors and bondsmen, who estimate it at $1750. The building was
being erected by Dick WALSH of the Mountain House for Joseph DOYLE of the
Jeffrey Hotel. It was the largest building ever erected in Coulterville."
Transcribed form the SCHELLENS COLLECTION
RURAL PEACE DISTRUPTED BY PLANE'S VISIT
Fresno Bee, Monday, May 14, 1928
Mariposa-(Mariposa Co) May 14- A prominent resident of the historic town of Hornitos relates a very amusing incident that took place in that town a few days ago and of the great consternation that prevailed when the airpance of Lou Foote, a Merced flier, made landing here. He told how the donkeys and the calves, the cows and the horses, the fowls and pigs sought cover and protection upon the aopproach of this great seething flying monster of the air. It was some hours before the animals became quieted and willing to proceed with the usual methods of gaining a livelihood.- cdf
Courthouse Clock Vandalized- 1930
Monday, 3 Mar 1862-Stockton Daily Independent
CALIFORNIA REBELS -- The Mariposa 'Gazette' of Feb. 18th says:
Rumor says that several persons well known in this county [Mariposa]
are now fighting in the rebel army. In what way it comes, except that
a little of news leak's out privately from time to time, it is hard
to make. However, it is quite probable that Billy POWELL is captain
of an Alabama company, and that McALISTER is a private in the same.
B.B. HARRIS, when last heard from, was at Richmond, Va.; undoubtedly
connected with the army. So was Phil. HERBERT. It is further reported
that Capt. POWELL, at Mormon Bar, with his small party succeeded by
taking a mountain trail in evading United States troops and posts,
and now is far on his way home. transcribed by Dee S
FRIDAY, 8 MAY 1863- Stockton Daily Independent
RECRUITS -- Lieutenant L.M. GARDNER, of Company
L, 1st Cavalry, C.V., arrived in this city yesterday, with 15 recruits for his company. They
were all obtained at Mariposa and Hornitos, within the last fortnight, and are a fine,
intelligent, sober lot of men. This raises company L to 52 men.transcribed by Dee S
SATURDAY, 9 July 1864- Stockton Daily Independent
UNIONISM of the JEWS – Mr. George SILVERBRICK, a Jew, recently from the Union Army, where he served 2 years, arrived in this city the other day on his way to Mariposa, on a visit to a brother and sister which he has not seen for 16 years. He says that he has no means of knowing the sentiments of the Jew in California in regard to the war; but he vouches for their loyalty generally throughout the States struggling against the rebellion. He is from New York and served in the 31st New York Volunteers. During the term of his service he fought under 4 different Generals: 1st, under McDOWELL, at Bull Run; 2d, under McCLELLAN, at the 7 days' fight near Richmond, at Malvern Hill, West Point, Yorktown and Antietam. His 3rd commander was General BURNSIDE, at Fredericksburg; and 4th, under Joe HOOKER, at Fredericksburg and across the Rappahannock. He was taken prisoner twice – once under McCLELLAN and once under HOOKER. He was shot in the thigh at Sabbath Station, and was cured of his
wound by rebel surgeons. He says that there were 450 Jews in the same regiment, 17 of whom only are now surviving, the rest having all been killed in battle or died from wounds. In the 66th New York there were 550 Jews; in the 38th, 335. In the 7th, 11th & 20th New York Regiments there were also many Jews in the ranks; also hundred could be found in the volunteer regiments of other States. He says the Jews of the North and West are loyal to the core, and as substantially true to the Union cause and strongly opposed to the rebellion as any class of citizens in the country. transcribed by Dee S
Oct 15, 1866, Stockton Daily Independent
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY -- A Mr. SCOTT, formerly a resident of Princeton, Mariposa county, says the 'Gazette,' received tidings a few days ago from his old home in Burnett county, Texas -- to the effect that his father, Judge SCOTT, and brother, had been assassinated by the rebels on account of their Union sentiments. A brother of Jim LAMON was forced to leave the country and take up his abode among the Camanches, where he says, life is much safer than among the newly reconstructed rebels. transcribed by Dee S
MINING - Good and Bad
October 9, 1850
"Mr. John Richard NORRIS
"In addition to being made satisfied that this new ledge of quartz is
rich and extensive enough to warrant an expenditure to procure and put in
operation heavy machinery upon it, I want to know if the way is open to it so
that ox teams or mule teams and waggons with the machinery or necessary
implements of work and for use can be got there. Is the way to it to go to
MARIPOSA or is the way to it meaner or better after crossing the MERCED River
to take a new route without going to FREMONT Road or MARIPOSA.
" Would it not be best for you to get some Mexican Mulatos or some man
you can depend on to go for a day or two and ascertain all about a road to
this ledge if you find it really valuable to work on. Mr. RHODES says his
machinery has arrived but he did know when he should be able to get it out of
the vessel. He has some hope or expectation of putting it up somewhere.
"I heard today in a letter from Mr. BROCKWAY who says he has contracted
for machinery and it is now being prepared with all sorts of modern
improvements as are judged wise and best. But if cannot of course be got here
for some long months to come and if I could have such a description of the
kind of machinery adapted t use I am in favor of buying them and not
wait(that is if I can buy any here.)
"And so get to work as soon as possible with such machinery as will get
out the GOLD fast. I want to hear often from you as to what you as well as
others are doing or have done. I want you to get out if possible some very
rich specimens and send to me. Mr.UPTON who had my quicksilver machine is here
or was a few days ago. I hope you can send and get my machine and all
belonging to it quicksilver and all and find a use for it or a sale for it as
well as for my tools you was to get at STOCKTON.
"P.S. The machine was left by UPTON at MARK's ranch just above water ferry."
note from BOB, Tue, 2 Feb 1999
FOLKS: I have furnished photcopies of this and the, March 31, 1851,
letter to the Mariposa Museum and History Center in Mariposa. I understand
that they and some other ggf materials are at the Center in our Norris folder.
Take a look sometime - if your ever there with nothing better to do:-))
Have a nice day,
Bob Norris in Dallas
Phantom at Sam Penders Mining Shack? 1854
Daily Evening Bulletin, San Francisco, CA Friday, November 20, 1857, Issue 38; Col B
MINING AT PHILLIPS' AND BROWN'S FLAT , MARIPOSA COUNTY
At Phillip's Flat the miners generally are in a transition state, from river to flat and hill diggings. The claims in the river bed have turned out to be a perfect failure. Floyd & Co have just taken out their flume, and another company adjoining, after losing about five hundred feet, are engaged in tasking out the remainder. Several parties are doing very well below, at Brown's Flat, one company making fifteen or sixteen dollars per day to the hand. The people here seem to be industrious- nobody loafing- and notwithstanding that many have lost heavily by river operations, on one is cursing his luck. They are a reading community too, and have a library of about 300 volumes in the camp-~ Mariposa Gazette
KILBURN- mining accident- 1858
Stockton Daily Democrat, Jan 31, 1858
A man by name of Richard KILBURN fell into a deep shaft at Horseshoe Bend, on the night of the 13th inst., breaking both of his legs, and otherwise sustaining severe injury.
transcribed by Dee S.
FUNK-- mining accident- 1858
Weekly Stockton Democrat
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Sunday, 18 April 1858
FOUND DEAD -- Mariposa 'Gazette'
The body of a man by name of Samuel FUNK was found at a Quartz Mill on Gentry's Gulch, on Wednesday evening last. It is supposed that in attempting to arrange some of the machinery about the batteries, he was caught by the wheel which was revolving, carried over with it and instantly killed. His head was horribly crushed. The deceased has been long and favorably known in that neighborhood as an honest and industrious man. He owned an interest in one of the rich veins in that section, together with the mill at which he was working, and which he and a Mr. PALMER had but recently constructed.
McLENNAN - Drowns- 1858
Weekly Stockton Democrat
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA Sunday, 1 August 1858
DROWNED -- Mr. Hugh McLENNAN, citizen of Mariposa county, was drowned in
the Merced river, on the 22d inst. He had gone in the river to mine, when
getting in deep water he drowned before assistance could be rendered him.
transcribed by Dee S.
The San Andreas Independent
San Andreas, Calaveras County, CA
Saturday, 22 October 1859
FATAL ACCIDENT -- We learn by the Sacramento ‘Standard,’ that Mr. D.N. HUNT, for several years Sheriff of Sacramento county, was killed at a quartz mill in Mariposa county on the 12th instant, by having his head crushed in the machinery. Deceased was a gentleman of high standing in this State, and leaves a widow and children to mourn his loss. transcribed by Dee S
DAVID HUNT- CRUSHED IN ARASTRA
DAVID N. HUNT--------
Transcribed form the SCHELLENS COLLECTION
Pg. 005 Sacramento 1859 Mariposa Co...
Sac Dly Union Sat. Oct. 15, 1859
"On Thursday morning last, it was published that David N. HUNT had been seriously if not fatally injured by being caught in an arastra at his quartz mill in Mariposa county. The wound was in the head and proved fatal on the day the accident was announced in this city. His family was residing here, and upon the receipt of the melancholy news by telegraph, his wife and brother, J. W. L.
HUNT, immediately left for Mariposa. David N. HUNT arrived in Sacramento in 1850, and after being engaged in mining for some time, was appointed by Ben McCULLOUGH Deputy Sheriff of the county. Upon the election of a A. D. PATTERSON, he was tendered the responsible position of Under Sheriff, the duties of which he discharged with so much acceptance that he was in 1853 elected Sheriff of the county, although his party at that election was several hundred votes in a minority. As a Sheriff, the county has never been served by a more faithful, intelligent and energetic officer. After the expiration of his term of office, in September 1855, he visited the Atlantic States, and on the 23rd of January 1856 was married, in Jackson, Miss., and within a few weeks returned to California with his wife. Subsequently he was for some months proprietor of the International Hotel in San Francisco, but withdrew from it and engaged in quartz mining in 1857, both at Big Oak Flat, in Tuolumne, and Gentry’s Gulch in Mariposa. It was at the latter place, where he was superintending the operations of a quartz mill, that he met with the accident that cost him his life…… He leaves a wife and two young children to morn the death of him who was to them all that could be asked of a husband and a father.
Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Thursday, 12 July 1860CALIFORNIA MINERS in MEXICO -- Two men named WARREN and ROGERS, latterly from Mariposa county, have recently found new and
extensive silver mines on the Yaqui River. A correspondent of the S.F. ‘Times’ writing from Hermosillo, says the rock is deeply impregnated with
the precious metal. From 56 pounds of rock, 12 ½ ounces of pure silver were extracted. Some of the rock will yield $16 to the arroba (25 lbs).
Rich leads of gold-bearing quartz have been found in the same vicinity. The Mexican laws are very liberal as to the working of silver mines; the
owners pay but a small tax on the produce of the mineral. transcribed by Dee S
Thursday, 18 Apr 1861 -
Stockton Daily Argus
A CHISPA -- In Mariposa, Miss Kitty NICHOLS, lately, while walking along the ravine leading from SEAL's vein, near Quartz Gulch, picked
up a piece of gold-bearing rock, which contained about $150. The late rains had evidently washed the dirt from it, leaving it exposed.
Stockton Daily Independent
THURSDAY, 4 SEPT 1862
The 'Gazette' of the 2d inst., has the following:-
Mr. James CRAYEN was pretty severely injured about the face by the
premature explosion of a blast last week in the Princeton vein. transcribed Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
FRIDAY, 23 JAN 1863
In relation to the copper discoveries made in Mariposa, the ‘Gazette’ says: About 3 miles
easterly of Mariposa a vein of copper was discovered about the 1st of last November and
thousands of feet located under the mining laws. The vein is very thick and is traceable for a
long distance. Specimens of the ore have been tested by different parties, and at different
places, and the average yield is from 25 to 50 per cent of copper. A shaft has been sunk more
than 30 feet on the vein, and as the shaft is sunk down the vein increases in size and
richness. We saw some of the ore taken out recently by Mr. PHILLIPS, 30 feet from the
surface, and richer specimens we have never seen. The rock is nearly 1/3 copper. transcribed by Dee
Stockton Daily Independent
March 24, 1863
MINING at HORNITOS -- At Hornitos on the 21st instant N.S. STOCKTON and George BUFFUM found a quartz boulder weighing 40 pounds, from which they extracted $400 in gold. A few days preceding, a part of Germans and Mexicans found several similar boulders from which they obtained some thousands of dollars.
FRIDAY, 5 JUNE 1863
Stockton Daily Independent
QUARTZ MACHINERY -- Messrs. KEEP & BRIGGS, of the Globe Foundry in this city, have completed a steam engine of 24 horse power for T.W. PARK, of Princeton, Mariposa county, where it is intended to be employed in running a new quartz mill recently erected at that place. A large boiler, 24 feet in length, was landed on the Levee yesterday, for the same destination. transcribed by Dee S
WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE 1863
Stockton Daily Independent
ANOTHER BOILER -- A huge tubular boiler, destined for T.W. PARK’s quartz mile in Mariposa county, passed through this city yesterday being the 2nd which has been forwarded for the same mill within a few weeks. transcribed by Dee S
FRIDAY, 13 November 1863- Stockton Daily Independent
RICH QUARTZ – Yesterday Mr. J.A. NELSON showed us some rich specimens of gold-bearing quartz from the claim of the Yo Semite Gold Mining Company. The claim is located in Mariposa county. A tunnel 60 feet in length has been cut in the rock and the prospect is said to be very encouraging. transcribed by Dee S
TUESDAY, 17 NOV. 1863-Stockton Daily Independent
MORE COPPER – The 'Free Press' says: A new discovery in copper has been recently made on White's gulch, on the Coulterville trail by Mr. Wm. WHEELER. It is said to be very rich.
WEDNESDAY, 2 MAR 1864 Stockton Daily Independent
INTERIOR ITEM – Stephen JEFFRIES was killed at the "Virginia Lead," near Coulterville, Mariposa county, on Thursday, February 18th, by the caving in of a tunnel in which he was working at the time. transcribed by Dee S
TUESDAY, 10 MAY 1864 Stockton Daily Independent
FATAL ACCIDENT – The Mariposa 'Gazette' of May 7th says: Dr. TILDON, for many years a resident of this county and the first nominee of the Republican party for County Judge, was killed Friday last at Horse Shoe Bend by the caving of a drift in which he was working. A Mr. CATLIN was working with him at the time and fearing that something would occur, moved a few feet away, when the earth fell, striking him also, and breaking his collar bone. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
WEDNESDAY, 24 JUL 1867
MINING ACCIDENTS in MARIPOSA -
-James WILSON fell down a shaft at the Potts mine, in Hunter's Valley lately, and narrowly escaped being killed.
-On the 19th, John F. DORN was instantly killed by the caving of a tunnel, on the Merced River- transcribed by Dee S
Sacramento Daily Union ,Tuesday Morning
January 1, 1867 --STATISTICS OF CALIFORNIA - 1866 THE STATE
April 8th-Gold nugget worth $4,440 found at Jimisal, Mariposa county, by some Mexicans.
Stockton Daily Independent
TUESDAY, 6 AUG 1867
INJURED BY A BLAST - On Monday last, Frederick DAUT and "Indian Tom," both of whom were working
for Mr. MALONE, near CLARK's saw mill, Mariposa county, were
considerably injured by a premature blast while working in a tail-race of a
mining claim. Mr. DAUT had the flesh torn from his hand and his eyes badly
burned with powder. Tom was also burned about the face and eyes. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
MONDAY, 3 MAY 1869
MARIPOSA ITEM -- The 'Gazette' of April 30th says: Andrew RAY, working in the
mining claim of Mr. McERLANE, on Whitlock's creek, had his leg broken on
Wednesday last by the caving of the bank and rocks. Dr. MARKS set the limb. No
further particulars. transcribed by Dee S
Mariposa Gazette- April 29, 1870
JOHN F CASSELL, Esq., late manager of the Oaks and Reese mine at Hunter's Valley, left on Tuesday with
his family for San Francisco. We regret to lose such men as Mr. Cassell from our community. Good-
bye John, and may your lot be cast in pleasant places and your udertakings regarded with success.
GOLD QUARTZ MILLS IN MARIPOSA- 1871
page 2, column 2 of
the January 17, 1873 edition of the"Mariposa Gazette",
"JUNE 1850, Stampmill was brought here for Commodore STOCKTON. It
was placed on Stockton Creek, one mile from the town of Mariposa. J.R.
NORRIS[my ggf] an old Mariposa resident, now residing in Salinas Valley, was
the agent and business manager for STOCKTON and John BARNETT, who died here
last Spring, was superintendent of the mine." submitted by Bob Norris
Pine Tree Mine Catastrophe, 1876
Oakland Tribune, Monday, April 23, 1877
John Hite, discoverer and owner of the famous gold quartz mine in Hite's Cove, Mariposa county (the most valuable gold mine ever discovered on the earth), spent the day yesterday with his brother-in-lae, Captian J. G. Riley, in this city.
transcribed by c feroben
Crushed to Death - Merced Committee of Safety.
The Daily Record-Union
Saturday, July 17, 1880
MERCED, July 16th - A fatal accident occurred in the Washington mine, near Hornitas, Mariposa county, late yesterday afternoon. A man named Thomas CUFF, a native of Cornwall, England, ages about 42 years, was the victim. He got into the bucket at the mouth of the shaft to be lowered into the mine, and when the bucket reached the bottom his fellow workmen found him dead, he having been crushed to death in the descent by the bucket coming in contact with some projecting timbers. Deceased was a married man, and has worked in the deep mines of Tuolumne and Mariposa counties for the past sixteen or seventeen years. The Merced Committee of Safety had a meeting to-night, but the object of the gathering is not publicly known. The organization has made the town very quiet for the past week, having relieved it of the presence of numerous vagrants, idlers, gamblers and suspected persons. transcribed by Betty L
Mariposa Gazette September 4, 1886
Machinery For The Mines.- W. T. TURNER of Hornitos passed through
town yesterday with his teams and several wagon loaded with Machinery
including a large compressor for the Vanderbilt mine. This looks like
business, and it is to be hoped that the enterprising owners will
realize their fullest anticipation's. The mine is extensive and contains
an inexhaustible supply of quartz which its present owners have
prospected. Taking into consideration the great amount of work done
preparatory to permanent operations the owners must be well assured of
the richness and character of the rock to make further expenditures and
improvements as present appearances would seem to indicate.
Mariposa Gazette, September 23, 1899
The Merced Gold Mining Company of Coulterville are progressing rapidly with the work of erecting an electric plant. They have erected a saw mill just over the county line in Tuolumne county, They have about twenty five men at work on the ditch, flume, and grading. With the use of about two miles of pipe they can have a fall of something like 1700 feet.
Mariposa Gazette, September 23, 1899
It is reported on the best authority that the Mt. Gaines mine near Hornitos will adopt a new scale of wages on October 1st, paying miners $3 a day and muckers $2.50. Board seventy-five cents a day. Here is a chance for some of the 500 men laid off for want of water in Tuolumne county, as with these wages the Mt. Gaines Expect to get strong, active men. We understand that there is an immediate job for a good miner who can run a hoist as an extra.
Mariposa Gazette, September 23, 1899
The Mt. Gaines Company have material ordered for a new dam to be put in the river at Merced Falls. The dam to be put in is to be four feet higher than the present one and will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12,000.
these three articles submitted by Tom Hilk
Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1895
The mine on the Wilson ranch near Hornitos, Cal., is being developed by Joseph Weringer. A two-stamp mill operated by a crude-oil engine of eight horse-power has lately been erected on the property and will be in operation in about two weeks. The old shaft has been retimbered and an improved horse-power hoist has been erected.
The water has all been taken out of the shaft in the Hite mine, near Mariposa, Ca., and the work has begun in the shaft. The mill will be in running order n a short time.
The Doss mine in the Hornitos mining district, near Mariposa, Cal., is being opened up and put in working condition by a man by the name of Steward.- c feroben
WHITLOCK MINE HISTORY-
Fresno Bee, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1896
Mariposa Mine Accident
Two Workmen at Hite's Cove Mine Blown to Atoms
Mariposa, Jan 28- A distressing mine accident took place at Hite's Cove mine about twenty-five mils east of this plave this morning, resulting in the death of two miners and fatally injuring a third. William Stern and two partners were preparinga blast in the HIte mine. THey went to another part of the drift where the powder was kept to prepare the cartridges for blasting. One man had prepared his cartridge and proveeded about fifty years away, leaving Stern ahd his partners and crippling the man who had just left them. One hundred pounds of giant powder was exploded. The two men were blown in to atoms so that it was impossible to distinguish the parts.- transcribed by c feroben
Mariposa Gazette, September 23, 1899
The Francis Addident. [sic]
The report we received last week just before going to press respecting the accident at the Francis mine was somewhat exaggerated. Mr. Ashurst was the unfortunate man who got hurt, he was putting off several blasts in the face of the drift and delayed too long, the first blast went off when he was within a foot of it and that he escaped with his life is a miracle. The force of the first shot threw him 20 feet back in the tunnel to where there was a crosscut and he fell into the crosscut at right angles with the main tunnel and the remaining blasts went off but he was out of harm's way. He received a severe shaking up and a number of rock from the size of a pin head to the size of a large walnut have been taken form various parts of his body but no bones were broken. It seems almost incredible that a man could be thrown a distance of twenty feet by a blast and not be killed, but to think that one should be thrown just to where a crosscut was and then fall at right angles into !
it seems little short of miracn-lost. [sic] Mr. Ashurst was brought to town and is under Dr. Richter's care, and we hope he will soon be able to be around again.
Sad Fatal Accident March 14, 1906
Bernard Andrew Fitze of Cathey's Valley, this county, and a son of Peter
Fitze was accidentally killed in the Princeton mine Wednesday last. The
young man, who was but 24 years of age, was employed in the mine when a
large rock dropped from its place and struck him on the head, badly
fracturing both the front and back skull.
The accident occurred in the early afternoon and death resulted about
10:30 P.M. that night.
Doctors Gallison and Kylberg were immediately summoned and
everything that medical and surgical skill could do for the unfortunate young
man was done, but it was decreed that he should die, and as in the case
of all such decrees, this one was observed.
The deceased was a most exemplary young man sober and industrious, and
his death is the cause of genuine regret to all. His sorrowing relatives
are entitled to the sympathy of the community in their sudden, sad and
irreparable loss. submitted by T Hilk
The Saturday Bee
June 9, 1906Not as Lively as It Was 3 Years Ago
KESWICK (Shasta Co.), June 9 - James FOLGER, for years employed in the mines of Mariposa County, arrived in Keswick yesterday morning. He was a disappointed man. He had heard a few years back that Keswick was the liveliest town in Superior California, which was a correct estimate of the town at the time FOLGER received his information. However, he had not since kept well informed. He had not learned that the smelter had been closed for nearly two years and the entire pay roll of the Mountain Copper Company at Keswick now included twenty-five names.
About a week ago he became disgusted with Mariposa County and concluded to make a jump to Shasta County and strike the liveliest town within its borders. Without stopping to get more recent information he bought a ticket to Keswick and had his baggage checked accordingly. When he alighted from the stage in front of the Post Office he could not see a man on main Street. He got his bearings before the day was far advanced and went on to Kennett on the evening train. Transcribed by Betty
ROYGRIEVE KILLED IN A MARIPOSA MINE- San Francisco Call, March 20, 1906
Graduate Is Electrocuted at His Work. Sad End of Young Man Who Was Engaged to Marry. University , March 15.— Roy Grieve, a graduate of the university with the class of '05. was electrocuted yesterday at the BERKELEY mines In Mariposa County, of which he was electrical engineer. News of the tragedy was conveyed to Harry Waste, superintendent of the properties, who has been a guest of his brother, Judge William H. Waste, In a telegram which reached him last night. Superintendent Waste left at once for the mines to make arrangements for Grieves funeral. Grieve was killed as the result of contact with a heavy feed wire at the mines. More than this is not known, the telegram stating simply the fact of Grieves electrocution. The young university man had been at the Mount Bullion group of mines since his graduation from the university, having risen to the position of directing engineer there. He made a brilliant record as a student in Berkeley In the college of engineering, and had been offered various important and lucrative positions since allying himself with Superintendent Waste at the Mount Bullion mines. The dead youth was engaged to wed Miss Ida Lamb, a former resident of Mount Bullion Berkeley, whose acquaintance he made while a student at the . She now lives with her people at Lemoore, Kings County. State University
FABULOUS STRIKE IN OLD MARIPOSA
Gold Excitement High on East Lode.
Ore Assaying $30,000 to Tone Reported Found; Scramble for Claims
Merced- Oct. 12, A stampede is on to Big Grizzly creek in Mariposa county, where a fabulously rich strike of gold bearing bearing quartz has been made in the Mexican mine, one of the old properties on the famous "East lode", the parallel of the "Mother lode". According to reports which are reaching Merced the find is one of the riches ever made in Mariposa county, ore assaying $30,000 to the ton having been encountered in one of the drifts of the old mine. THe find was made several days ago and an effort was made to keep it secret, but the news spread like wildfire from one camp to another and miners and prospectors are flocking to the scene of the new discovery by the score. Every foot of vacant land in the vicinity of the Mexican mine is being located by the eager gold seekers and the Big Grizzly creek, whose shady slopes have been quiet for so many years now presents a scene of wonderful activity. It is aid that miners and prospectors are everywhere in that section of the county and that the roads and trails leading to the creek are lined with men carrying outfits for prospecting.
Big Grizzly creek heads in the Sierra Nevada mountains near the boundary line of the Yosemite Park in the vicinity of Hazel Green and comes into the Merced river through Ned's Gulch, ten miles below El Portal. The "East lode" is a parallel of the "Mother lode: and extends through the mountains of Mariposa and Tuolumne counties for miles Some of the riches ore ever discovered in California has been taken from this lode in those two counties and number of working properties along its course are adding wealth to the world each year.
The Mexican mine is the property of J. B. Nichols, who purchased it about a year ago from the widow of the original locator, J. Varian. The property has been worked intermittently for a number of years, but no strike like the one recently made has ever been reported. The Trajullo, Ferguson, Clearinghouse, Hite Cove, Panoche, Peach Tree and Schroeder mines are all located along the course of the "East lode" and all of them are working.
Simultaneously wth the report of the rich strike in the Mexican mine comes a report from the Mountain King, located on the Merced river a few miles above Bagby, in Mariposa Cunty, that miners working in a drift from the end of the 1200 foot tunnel have encountered a monster ore body of free milling ore which assays on average across the face of the drift $100 per ton. The foot wall was encountured and passed several days ago.= transcribed by c feroben
Proof of Labor- - Mining Claims Located, Feb. 1910
VARAIN-Feb 10, 1910- Mariposa Gazette
John Varain, Jr., was brought to the county hospital from the Jasper Point stone crusher yesterday afternoon. Mr. Varain, while at work at he crusher, met with an accident that will incapacitate him from labor for awhile, although no bones were broken. Dr. E.S. O'Brien has charge of the case and reports that the young man is getting along very nicely today. The young man is a son of John Varian, Sr., of Pleasant Valley- Merced Sun-Jan 29.
Posted in the Mariposa Gazette, Feb 16, 1910
Taken from the Records in the Office of the County Recorder
The following locations have been recorded. Date located, locator, name
of mine, district:
Jan 1, 1910
W. F. McCANN and E. JOHNSON, Poor Man's Friend, Cathey Valley
W. W. HILLIARD, Carrie Nation; Coulterville
R B DEXTER, North Star Extension; Coulterville
F L SHAW, Black Republican and Happy Hooligan,; Coulterville
L C WARDELL, Lucky Boy; Bull Creek
James J. LUMSDEN, Snow Storm No 1; Bull Creek
John E LUMSDEN, Snow Storm No 2; Bull Creek
Joseph SILVA, Jr. Mabel; Quartzburg
L E AUSTIN, L & S ; Whitlock
L. CAMPODONICO, Skidoo; Quartzburg
January 3, 1910
R O'BRIEN, No. 8 South Extension; Quartzburg
January 4, 1910
L. J. VALBERDE, Blue Jay; Quartzburg
January 5, 1910
J. W. DAULTON, Grub Stake No 1; Quartzburg
January 8, 1910
L. E. AUSTIN, Union Leader, placer; Whitlock
January 11, 1910
W. W. HARRIDEN, Forest Haven; Bull Creek
January 17, 1910
John D. WHITE, Elsie, Coulterville
January 18, 1910
John L. THOMAS, Chancery; Coulterville
January 21, 1910
Edward MAHONEY, Mercedes; Bull Creek
January 26, 1910
F. A. BONDSHU, Maybell; Mariposa
January 27, 1910
James L. DIVIN, Necessity; Mariposa
January 28, 1910
J. W. DAULTON, Record; Quartzburg
January 29, 1910
Wm NYE, Ned's Gulch; Bull Creek
February 1, 1910
G. E. DUNBAR, Rising Sun and Bonanza; Colorado
February 3, 1910
J. W. DAULTON, Grub Stake' Quartzburg
Mariposa Gazette, June 25, 1910
It is reported that the LOUISIANA mine may reopen . MR BREUNER, one of
the owners, is at present examining the property which is near the
well known RED CLOUD mine, eight miles north of Coulterville.
Mariposa Gazette, June 25, 1910
Capitalists of San Diego are inspecting the famous MARBLE SPRINGS mine
with a view to negotiating for the property. This mine, which is
situated about 15 miles north of Coulterville, was once considered one
the the best in the county but the high cost of fuel which made the cost
of operation in later times too expensive. Now with electricity almost
at its door there is no reason why the Marble Springs should remain inactive.
Mountain King Mine- 7 lives lost- May, 1917
MOUNT OPHIR- MYTH AND MYSTERY SURROUND THE FIRST GOLD COINS MINTED IN CALIFORNIA-article written in 1919
Mt. KING MINE
Merced Express, January 14, 1922
The famous Mt. King mine on the Merced River, which has been in operation for nearly twenty years, has ceased operations and will sell all equipment, it is learned from a letter received from the board of directors addressed to stockholders in Mariposa. This step is taken on a report made by Clifford G. Dennis, a mining engineer on the staff of Frederick W. Bradley, who has made a careful examination of the property and does not recommend further development. This is the deepest mine in the county having a shaft 2150 feet and the ore bodies at that depth do not carry sufficient gold to justify further development. submitted by Tom Hilk
HISTORY OF MARIPOSA MINE BEING COMPILEDRUTH PEARCE MINE AT MARIPOSA PUMPED DRY
Fresno Bee, March 14, 1923
Mariposa-Mariposa Co. Boswell, Carpenter and Stephens who are operating the Mariposa Mine, have been engaged the past several weeks in gathering data from the files of the Mariposa Gazette dating back to 1854, touching upon the operations of the Mariposa Mine has been one of the heaviest producers of Mariposa County. The gentlemen will use the data gathered to prepare a booklet on hisotry of the Mariposa Mine.
Fresno Bee, March 14, 1923
Mariposa- Mariposa Co- The unwatering of the Ruth Pearce Mine near Mariposa has been completed, Superintendent McMahon reported yesterday, that the mine is now dry and ready for operations.
McMahon reports that several bad cave-ins were found when the mine was inspected after the pumps had cleared it sufficiently for examination, and that it will be three weeks before ore samples can be secured from the various points necessary to determine the value of the ore body- c feroben
Freson Bee, Sunday, January 18, 1925
RICH ORE FOUND IN MARRE MINE
Mariposa (Mariposa Co.) Jan.17 - Some very rich ore is being taken from the Marre mine on Arkansas Flat near the old townsite of Agua Frio. This mine in on the holdings of the Mariposa Commercial and Mining Company and is under lease from that company by Marre. The ore is being hauled to the Princeton mill to make a test run, a distance of about two miles. Recent Assays show values running as high as $100 per ton. There is an extensive chute with good prospects showing for several hundred feet along the surface.
Hunter's Valley Mine is Good Producer
Fresno Bee, Feb 22, 1925 page 32
HUNTERS VALLEY (Mariposa Co) Feb 21- The Schoolhouse mine, located in Hunters Valley and owned by Milton Sutherland and the Maschio estate, has been one of Mariposa County good producers during the past two years. Recently an excellent shoot of ore was encountered which brought handsome returns to the owners. Bullions is being regularary shipped from this mine-
Indian Gulch Mine Leased to Operators
COULTERVILLE- Mariposa, Co- Feb 21- The well known Quail mine, located in Indian Gulch near the north fork of the Merced River and owned by D Brushi, well known merchant of Coulterville has been bonded to A B Chenoweth and Son of San Francisco. This mine is located in the one-time rich East Belt and near the famous Red Cloud, Bondurant, Martin and Walling and Marble Springs mines.
The lessors expect to begin development work at an early date.
Fresno Bee, Feb 22, 1925 page 32
Miners Seek For Gold Nuggest After Storm
MariposaCo.- Feb 21- Since the heavy rainstorm of last week, many of the residents of the hills have been out in the gulches looking for the gold nuggests which are always found after such a storm.
Although no large finds have been reported to date, it is expected that the mining districts have, as usual, yielded much of the precious metal- transcribed by c feroben
Merced Express, July 31, 1925
JASPER PRODUCTION IN
Little has been said and little is generally known locally of one of Mariposa county's most important industries jasper production at Jasper Point, located a little distance below Horsehoe Bend on the Merced river.
In October, 1923, there appeared an article in the Los Angeles Examiner, from the Pioneer Paper Company, largest producers of roofing paper on the Pacific coast, in which it was stated that all of the roofing rock that was used in the manufacture of their product was being shipped form
the slate quarries of Vermont and complaining about the excessive freight rates as well as the inferior grade of rock.
This led hundreds of people of the West to investigate and search for slates in California. Among these was a man from Mariposa county and through his effort, the attention of the paper company was drawn to Jasper Point. The research department of the company made a thorough study of the rock as to quality, quantity and shipping facilities. The rock was pronounced superior in every respect to the Vermont product and as there was an unlimited quantity to be had. Immediate shipments being
over the Yosemite Valley Railroad.
T. H. Wilkins, a wealthy mining man of New York City, operating extensive limestone quarries in the East, drew up papers closing a 99 year lease on the quarries from H. J. Kelm of Bagby, later on account of poor health transferring his interest to the Pioneer Paper Company of Los Angeles. This latter named company is working the quarry on an extensive scale, shipping the ore to Los Angeles for treatment and in this same city it is being used in the manufacture of roofing paper.
An average of 250 tons per month is being shipped. This is an amount sufficient to cover 4,000 bungalows and it is being used extensively in the Pacific Coast States as well as Canada and Orient.
Through the publicity of the roofing company, much advertisement is being given to Mariposa county and it may be naturally expected that further development of the county will result form the paper company becoming financially interested here.
Lemuel White, formerly of Bagby, is foreman at the quarries.
It might be well to mention that the company is shipping at this time only green jasper, but development work is proceeding on red jasper deposits which are found in the same locality. Also a deposit of Manganese ore is being prospected on the same property.- Mariposa Gazette. transcribed by Tom Hilk
AGED PROSPECTORS FOUND DEAD IN MARIPOSA HOMES
Fresno Bee, May 6, 1926
Mariposa(Mariposa Co) April 5- G Frank 87 of Mt. Bullion, and R Alberti, 76, of Hornitos were both found dead at their homes yesterday. Both aged men were old-time miners of this county. The bodies were brougth here for inquest by Coroner D E Johnson- c feroben
Fresno Bee- November, 1929Fresno Bee- April 5. 1925
Jewelry Ore Struck in Old Mariposa Mine
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov. 29-A rich strike of rich jewelry ore has been made in the Cherokee Mine by Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Ellis and Chris Hauck of Yosemite Valley.
The Cherokee Mine was a valuable producer during early days, being owned and operated by the late James Shimer, a 49'er who first located at Coulterville. The mine has been inactive for many years but has remained in the family of the pioneer, title being preserved by the annual assessment work.
It was whale this annual assessment work was being done several days ago that the Mrs. Ellis, the granddaughter of Shimer, picked up a fragment of ore which showed heavy streakings of gold. More of the rich ore has been blocked out and the old mine once more is in a fair way of being actively operated.
CASTAGNETTO MINE IN MARIPOSA SOLD
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) April 5 - It is reported that the Castagnetto Mine at Huners's Valley has been sold to ? Allen of San Francisco. The purchase price is said to be $15,000.
This was one of the gold mines that made Hunter's Valley so prominent in gold mining years ago.There is every reason to believe that this is still a valuable property and that it will be placed on a paying basis under proper development and management- cferoben
RED CLOUD MINES SOLD FOR $12,500; WORK TO START
Fresno Bee, Oct 17, 1926
Mariposa (Mariposa Co), Oct 16- a minind deal of considerable imporance has just been transacted by the transfer of the Scanlan group of gold mines in the Red Clourd district from Mrs. Annie Scanlon of San Francisco to Marguerite A Hannan and Eleanor A Dow of the same city.
The consideration mentioned in the agreement is $12,5000, with a cast payment of $3,500.
The purchasors are to take immediate possession and must begin actual development work on the property within thirthy days.
MARIPOSA MINES SOLD FOR $50,000 TO NEVADA FIRM
Fresno Bee, Oct 17, 1926
Masriposa (Mariposa Co) Oct 16- Papers filed for record in the office of the county recorder here the past week show the transfer of interest of the Marble Springs Gold Mines to the California Gold Mines, Inc., a Nevada corporation.
The consideration mentioned in the deal is $50,000 and the property transerred in the Compromise and Marble Springs quartz mines and the mining and milling properties connected with the name
Marble Springs quartz mines and the mining and milling properties connected with the same name.
The Marble Springs Mine hs been undervelopment for several months with D G Kidder as superintendant. It is understood that a body of fine milling ore has been developed and that this is being taken out to run through the new mill recently installed upon the
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Mariposa Miner Heads State Association
Fresno Bee- November, 1929
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov. 29- J C Kemp Van Ee, who operates the Colorado quartz mine in Mariposa County, was elected president of the California Mining Association at a meeting recently at Stockton. Kemp Van Ee is also president of the Mariposa County chapter of the association.
Operations Resumed at Original Mine
Fresno Bee-Nov, 1929
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov. 29-1929 Mining and Milling operations at the original Mine , a gold property, on the Merced River midway between mariposa and Yosemite Valley, have been resumed by a group of five local men who have taken the workings under lease. The twenty stamps are are now crushing ore taken from the 1, 100 foot level of the mine.
The mine had been shut down for two months.
Fresno Bee, September 2, 1931
GOLD-HUNTING FEVER REVIVED AT COULTERVILLE
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Sept 2- The days of 49 are being re-enacted at the old town of Coulterville on the Motehr Lode in Mariposa County. About twenty placer miners are at work on Maxwell Creek between the back watera at Horsehoe Bend and Coulterville. SOme are making good and nearly all are making a living. SOme of these miners are using sluice boxes, some rockers and all along the line the rattle of mining pans can be heard.
A. Jacobs of Sonora has a small force of men prospecting the Barrett Mine. Later Jacobs expects to start sinking a shaft on this property. This mine is about nine miles north of Coulterville.
At the Texas Hill Mine, about fourteen miles east of Coulterville, there are fifteen men employed and drifting on the vein has conmenced. Within the next fre weeks they will have enough ore to keep the mill in steady operation.
The work of sinking a shaft at the Argo Mine, about ten and half miles northeast of Coulterville, is said to be progressing rapidly.
New machiner has been installed at the Champion Mine in COulterville and much development work is being done. This property is considered one of the most promising on the north side of the river-
HITE MINE- Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9, 1931
Noted Old Hite Mine Acquired-Famous Gold Property of Mariposa County in Angeleno Control
Mariposa, Nov. 8 (exclusive) Echoes of pioneer days along the rich Mother Lode of California were heard with the announcement of the acquisition of the famous Hite Mine in Mariposa county by the Hite Gold mining Company, headed by Rush T. Hill of Los Angeles.
During 1862 John R Hite prospected on the south fork of the Merced River about eight milesfrom the gateway of Yosemite Valley. Here he discovered that large outcroppings on the ridge north of the river continued gold.
Working alone, he succeeded in pounding out enough gold by hand to carry the development down an incline depth of 1200 feet and build a mill, producting during a period of twenty years' operation over $3,000,000 in bullion.
The Hite vein yielded a large tonnage of ore, that according to available records, averaged $35 a ton, with some of the richer ores assaying as high as $150 per ton in gold.
The new owners report that at large tonnage of commercial grade ore was developed by the early operators and con now be mined and milled at low cost.
MINE AT COULTERVILLE DISCOVERS NEW DRIFT
Fresno Bee, March 26, 1932
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) March 26- A good showing is being madce in the Barrett Mine in the Red Cloud District mine miles northeast of Culterville. At the fifty-foot level some high grade ore has been encountered and drifts both ways on the vein for 150 feet show that the shoot of pay ore continues.
It is the plan of those in charge of the property to put the shaft down another fifty feet at onece an dif the good ore continues a mill will be ereced on the property.
The mine was discovered in the early days but, due to the heavy flow of water, deep develo9pment work was great interefered with.
Fresno Bee Republican, August 28, 1932
WHO KNOWS GOLD MINE IN MARIPOSA BEING WORKED
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Aug 27- The Who Knows mine on the Merced River, adjoining the Original, is being operated by J C McGARRY of Los Angeles. six men are now employed at the property and contract has been let to tink the shaft 100 feet. Equipment is on the property to go down 300 feet. An Ellis rotary mill is operating on good ore which is being taken from the shaft. Several new buildings have been erected.
McGarry is also operating the Golden Eagle property of six clamins, which is on-half mile east of Incline, on the north side of the river.
McGARRY says that money was scarce for many years for gold mining, but that there is plenty available now.
Fresno Bee Republican, August 28, 1932
MARIPOSA BOARD SEEKS US FUNDS FOR MINE OPENING
Employment of Many Idle to Result If Federal Aid is Obtained
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Aug - The board of subervisors, in consideration of the plans recently submitted by J W Warford, superintendent of the Original Mine, in connection with securing unemployment relief funds from the Reconstruction Finance Coprporation, is to-day making application to Governor Rolph for endoresement of the plan.
This plan contemplated the reopening of several Mariposa County gold mines, the past history of which shos large gold prodcutions. The plan is one of the relief of unemployment. Ultimately the development of these mines would result in the production of gol, thereby making the mine oeprations self-supporting.
The plan discussed by the board of supervisors would provide for a board of dierctors for the project.
The legal phases of the proposed project are being passsed upon by District Attorney Louis T Milburn.
If the plan is approed, it will result in the employment of a large number of men.
Fresno Bee Republican, August 28, 1932
MINING EXPERT TO BEGIN SURVEY OF MARIPOSA REGION
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Aug 27- A communication from Dr. A. A. Fitch of the Royal school of Mine, at presnt with the University of California at Berkeley, reveals that he expects to be here this week to begin his geological survey of the east belt of the Mother Lode in Mariposa County. His work will centre on that area extending from El Portal to Devil Mountain and westward down the Merced River Canyon.
Dr. Fitch is much interested in this area from a scientific standpoing and he has already made extensive examinations of the Barium deposits at El Portal as well as of the gold mines at Clearinghouse. His conclusions with respect to the gold deposits of these belts are that they extend to great depths.
He expect to be in the locality for two or three months.- cferoben
Modesto News-Herald- Feb. 9-10, 1933
MINER PROSPECTOR FOUND FROZEN TO DEATH IN HILLS
Body of Merced Man Located in Small Stream By Two Miners
MERCED- Feb. 9- the body of Berdel Foran, 34, Merced man who went into the mountains above Mariposa several months ago to operate a small mine, was found frozen in a small stream in the Whitlock country, about five and a half miles north of Mariposa, Wednesday afternoon. His body was brought to Merced, where funeral services will be held later at the Welch and Griffin funeral parlors.
Foran was last seen on January 21, when he hiked into Mariposa, a distance of seven miles, for supplies. He left late in the afternoon and about four miles out of Mariposa topped at the cabin of Pete Dailey and there had supper.
Warned Against Trip
He left Dailey's at about 6 o'clock in a blinding snow storm against the advice of his nearest neighbor, Dailey. Foran was carrying a pack, containing his supplies, on his back.
Wednesday Dailey and a friend, WIlliam Starling of Merced, were prospecting in the hills in the vicinity, and on a little creek far off the traveled trail from Dailey's home to Foran's cabin, they found Foran's pack hanging in a tree. About a hundred yards farther on they found the man's body, half covered by the icy waters of the creek. He had frozen to death.
Lost in Blizzard
It is believed that foran lost his way in the snow storm, and upon arriving at the creek, started to follow its course in an attempt to return to the trail which he knew it crossed farther upstream. He is believed to have become exhausted and stumbled into the creek, where his body broke through the ice and froze.
Foran was well known in Merced, having spent the greater part of his life here. He was formerly employed by the San Joaquin Light and Power Company here, but for the last few months had been operating his little mine in Mariposa County. He leaves his mother and a brother in Merced.== c feroben
Fresno Bee, November 16, 1934
COURT ASKED TO HALT HORNITOS MINING PROJECTS
County, Pioneer Family Plan Suits as New Claimants Start Gold Search
Mariposa- Mariposa Co Nov. 16- Two legal moves today sought to impose obstacles in the way of an exploration for gold beneath the historic mining town of Hornitos.
The new Hornitos gold boom started when several persons discovered that the original titles granted to Hornitos land assertedly did not include the mineral rights. These persons at once filed on the mineral rights and commenced to seek the gold which tradition has booth asserted and denied exists beneath the old town.
the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors at its meeting here authorized District Attorney Louis T Milburn to file suit against various mining claimants to prevent their blocking the old road into Hornitos from Stockton
Stock Man Protests
The suit was decided upon by the supervisors after Joseph L Hamilton, Hornitos stock raiser, told the board the road is being cut off and a tunnel is being dug under a Hornitos street.
A suit is on file in the superior court here today in which the pioneer Gagliardo family of Hornitos asks the law to defend its land holdings of half century from the invasion of prosperity under claims filed in the last three months.
The suit was filed by Eugenia Gagliardo, Rosalinda Riccomi and Josephine Hamilton against F M Doughterty, H B Daugherty, A E Daugherty, Rosa May Daugherty, C M Cartwright , Clarence A Bauer, Joe Merrino, C L Manley and seven Does.
The Gagliardos' parents settled at Hornitos in the 1860's and have operated a store there ever since.
Old Us Patent Cited
The suits sets forth that the Gagliardos' title to the Hornitos land involved dates back to a patent issued July 1, 1874, by the United States of America to Andrew Olcese as trustee of the tract of land which is now the township of Hornitos.
The plaintiffs ask that the defendants be required to set forth the nature of their claims, that the court adjudge the the defendants have no interest in the lads and that the title of the plaintiffs is good and valid.
They further ask that the defendants be enjoined from asserting any claim whatever to the land involved.
During the last three months practically every piece of available land at Hornitos has been located for mining purposes, and the locators claim title to the property by virtue of the location notices.
Hornitos was incorporated at one time as a city and has never disincorporated, although the citizens have elected no city officers for many years. cdf
MARIPOSA CREEK LAND LEASED FOR GOLD DREDGING
Fresno Bee, Dec 9, 1934
Le Grand (Merced Co) Dec. 8- Mrs Lottie Pate, who owns the land along Mariposa Creek, known as the Bennett Ranch, has leased 500 acres to a San Francisco concern for gold dredging.
A. Nesbit San Francisco geologist, has been making tests on the land for three weeks.
The dredging will extend over the creek bed and bottom lands in both Mariposa and Merced counties.
The site of the operations is historic. The rock house on the property is so old its origin is not known. It is of the Spanish type and old timers can recall it was considered an old house more than eighty years ago. It was built already when General Fremont camped here with his troops. It stands in Merced County and the barn is in Mariposa County.
Mrs. Pate also owns what is known as the old Stone House place, laying seven miles due east of here. The house is Merced County and the barn in Mariposa County. This was the first site of the Union Post Office. (can it be possible that both properties had a house in one county and the barn in the other?)-= c feroben
FAMOUS BUNCE MINE IS ACTIVE
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, December 9, 1934
Mariposa-Dec 8- The famous old Bunce Mine in the Bull Creek district, about twenty miles east of Coulterville, has started milling.
This property has been under development for several month by R N Bunce and associates. Bunce reports they are milling a fine grade of ore.
This proeprty was quite extensively developed several years ago by members of the Bunce family, who were the original locators. The property was a producer in the early history of mining in the Bull Creek district.
TEXAS HILL MINES STARTS OPERATION-
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, December 9, 1934
Mariposa- Dec 8 The Texas Hill Mine in the Red Cloud district, north of here, has started oeprations and has a large force of men at work.
The property is now to be developed on a large scale. A large amount of excellent mining ore has been blocked out, and the mill is being operated on two shifts, it is announced.
Modesto Bee and News-Herald Tuesday, April 13, 1937
MARIPOSA MINER IS KILLED BY GAS
Mariposa- April 12- William E Caine, 74, last survivor of the colorful six Caine brothers mentioned by Bret Harte in his stories of the Mother Lode country, was asphyxiated and a fellow worker, Joe Mullarkey, 29, was overcome by black damp while they were working in the old Craine Mine on Arkansas Flat, five miles from here today.
Mullarkey was revived in a few minutes.
Miners worked for more than an hour to resuscitate Caine while a pulmotor was being brought to Merced The pulmotor also proved unavailing.
Fresno Bee, Saturday, July 16, 1938
MRECED MAN BUYS MARIPOSA ACREAGE FOR GOLD DREDGING
MARIPOSA (Maripsoa Co.) July 16- Eighty acreas of land in the Buckeye district on Mariposa Creek has been purchased by Willford C. Brown of Merced from Mr. and Mrs. J A Armour. Smith plans to dredge for gold in the creek bed on the property. Mr. and Mrs. Armour still retain a 160 acre tract and plan to continue to make their home on it.
Fresno Bee, Saturday July 16, 1938
Lease Taken Upon Mariposa Mine
Oakland Tribune, Monday Dec 4, 1939
Mariposa, Dec 4, A 99 year lease on five mines, two mill sites and two water rights in the Whitlock mining district of Mariposa County was revealed today when the lease and agreement was filed with the Mariposa County recorder.
The lease was granted by the Golden Key Mining Company, of Oakland, to Hartley Russell and J B Zimmerman on a 10 per cent royalty basis with an option to purchase the property from royalties.
The leased property includes the Golden Gate mine, the Hayseed mine, the Regan mine, the Dusenbarry mine, the Hawyire Fraction mine, the Regan mill site, the Colorado mill site, water rights on Sherlock Creek and water rights on Whitlock Creek.
The agreement provided for continuous mining operations and employment of at least 100 men for a minimum of eighty hours each month during the term of the lease.- cferoben
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, Modesto, December 19, 1935
$40,000 Is Paid For Mine At Mariposa
MARIPOSA, Dec 28- The Diltz mine and equipment was sold at public auction from the steps of the Mariposa County Courthouse yesterday for $40,000. The property was bought by the Diltz Mines, a trust estate.
The mine was sold as the resut of a partition suit brought by G E Mudgett, who owned one-tenth interest. The Diltz is acclaimed as one of the richest mines in this county. c feroben
Fresno Bee, October 16, 1937
MARIPOSANS LAY THIRD MINERALS CONFERENCE PLAN
MARIPOSA(Mariposa Co) Oct 16- President Charles F McElligott of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce has just announced the program arranged for the third annual mining conference to be held in the courthouse November 3rd. On the program appear some of the most scientific and influential men of California and it is believed that it will be one of the largest gatherings of its kind ever held on the Mother Lode.
The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce is hopeful of securing legislation at the next meeting of the state legislature whereby the southern extremity of the Mother Lode Highway will be at Mariposa, :rather than at Sonora as it now is.
The following program will be observed:
Short chamber of commerce meeting.
Address by Fred G Stevenot, director of department of natural resources, on the State Department of Natural Resources.
Address by C. S. Knight, California Development Association, on Co-operation of Business and Industry in the Development of California Mineral Resources.
Address by G L Fox, of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, on Activities of Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
Address by R. L. Kimmel, manager of Sacramento Chamber of Commerce on activities of Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Towards Mineral Development.
Address by Lloyd L. Root, state mineralogist, on Developing The Mineral Resources of the Mother Lode Counties.
Address by G F Slelaff, geologist for the Southern Pacific Company, on Markets for California Minerals.
Address by Al C Joy of Fresno, on The Mother Lode Highway.
Address by Belle McCord Roberts of Long beach, on the Third >>>?
Address by H J Kelm, on nonmetals of Mariposa County.
Address by J M Graham of San Jose on Minerals of Mariposa County.
Short talks.- cferoben
Fresno Bee, October 16, 1937
FAMOUS PRODUCER OF GOLD LEASED NEAR MARIPOSA
Son of Pioneer To Open Up Old Property Upon Mother Lode
MARIPOSA (Mariposa Co) Oct. 16- Papers were filed for record with the county recorder at Mariposa this week showing a six year lease and bond o the famous Mariposa Mine. The lease was made in the favor of Richard Jeffery by the Mariposa Commercial and Mining Company.
Jeffery stated that the agreement called for actual development work to begin within a period of ninety days. He also stated that unlimited capital was backing the venture and that some surprisingly new economic methods of development would be undertaken. The Mariposa Mine is located just half a mile east of the town of Mariposa on the southern end of the famous Mother Lode. It was one of the first quartz mines worked in early days and upon this claim was erected one of the first quartz mills in California.
The Mariposa was fabulously rich from the grass roots down to the 1,200 foot level. At this level it is stated by those who were employed in the shaft that the mine was lost doe to poor management.
For many years the monthly clean-up reached over $30,000, while much rich float being found on the surface and in the gulches and ravines leading from the mine down to Mariposa Creek. The Mariposa lode has shown values on the surface as far as it has been _______ in its eastward and westward course. The tailing from the mills that had operated upon the property were worked with a considerable profit after the first values had been taken.
MORE THAN $2,000,000
More than $2,000,000 from this mine is the record it bears. This, of course, is a very conservative estimate as, during the early days of the Mariposa mine, much high- grading was the custom, and if the actual production of the mine was known, it perhaps would reach above $3,000,000.
Jeffery is the son of a Mother Lodge pioneer miner and knows the games as well as any min in this section, it is said.- c feroben
Fresno Bee Republican, Feb. 9, 1939
SEARCHERS FIND FRESNAN DEAD IN MARIPOSA SNOW
Kay Krup, 28, Succumbs While Returning to Mine During Heavy Storm
The body of Raymond Krup, 28, former Clovis and Fresno resident who disappeared Monday afternoon while returning with supplies from Mariposa to the Early Mine, was found shortly before noon today by Forest Ranger J K Munhall on Sweet Water Ridge, thirteen miles northeast of Mariposa. It was partially hidden in five feet of snow.
Word of the discovery of the body was brought to Mariposa by one of the searchers who went out this morning with Undersheriff Kenneth Arndke. The body is expected to arrive in Mariposa late this afternoon, after whit it will be taken in charge by Corner Walter NcNally.
First word from the sent of the discovery was that Krup apparently had died of exposure, probably Monday night.
Krup, an employee of the Goodyear Company in Fresno until three months ago, when he went to work at the mine, went to Mariposa Monday afternoon for supplies, accompanied by James T Gillum, a fellow miner. It was showing heavily at the time and Gillum and Mariposa residents advised against an attempt to return to the mine while the storm was in progress, there being more than three feet of snow on the trail at the time.
Letter Admits Peril
While in town Krup wrote a letter to his father in law, S C Leister, printer on the Clovis Tribute, telling him the storm was severe and travel difficult. Nevertheless, he started out for the mine alone, carrying a forty pound pack. Gillum refusing to attempt the trip.
Since then nothing had been heard of the young miner. His wife, Mrs. Susan Krup, who lies at the mine with their 5 year old daughter, becoming alarmed when he failed to return by yesterday morning, sent a messenger to ask the help of the Mariposa County sheriff.
Search is Started
Yesterday afternoon Arndke, accompanied by Gillum and two forest rangers, made a cain search for the missing man and renewed their quest this morning in snow that now covers the rugged trail to a depth of nearly five feet.
Krup's parents live in Klamath Falls, Ore., and as yet have not been notified of their son's tragic death. He ahd lived in Clovis before moving to Fresno. Leister arrived in Mariposa from Clovis late this morning to aid in the search.- c feroben
Reno Evening Gazette , July 1, 1944
Mariposa Mine Region Active
Hornitos Claims Producing Zinc
Mining of war minerals is active in the Hornitos, White Rock and other Mariposa county districts formerly noted for their gold properties is protected, with operators planning to employ elderly miners unfitted for war work, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The Permanente company has resumed operations on the Helm silica deposits in the White Rock region, purchased two years ago from James Helm. Materials is mined in quarries by power shovel and shipped to the magnesium plant operated by the corporation, soon to close down.
Use of the high-grade silica is said to facilitate production of metallic magnesium. The Permanente company is controlled by Henry Kaiser.
In the historic Hornitos area the Blue Moon zinc property has been operated on a substantial scale by Red Cloud Mines since early last January. The ore contains gold, silver and copper, in addition to zinc. Development of the Blue Moon was conducted about three years by the present management before production began. R H Dunn is the superintendent.
Robert O Greeves is reported preparing to resume mining operations on the upper levels of the Garibaldi gold property in the Bull Creek district. cdf
1949- Los Angeles Times-November 28
Roomer Wills Gold Mine to His Landlady
San Jose-Nov. (Exclusive) One way to develop a gold mine is to operate a rooming-house that pleases its patrons. For several years Eugene A. Carroll, formerly a court reporter in Mariposa County, roomed at the lodging house operated by Mr. Ada Stewart, in this city.
Later he opened the Carroll Lode mine in Mariposa County and operated it for several years. When he died a few weeks ago he left a will, bequeathing everything to Mrs. Stewart. Her attorney had made known that the American Gold Mining Corp. which includes Angelenos, has contracted to buy the mine for $130,000 on a 10% royalty basis.
The property embraces an even dozen claims, including the Governor and Like Oak.
Fresno Bee Republican, November 17, 1952
MARIPOSA GOLD, TUNGSTEN MINES STILL ARE ACTIVE
Mariposa (Mariposa Co)- Numerous gold mines still are active in Mariposa County despite discouraging factors affecting the industry, but tungsten is commanding growin attention.
Several promising deposits are under sxploratin and development.
The Mariposa Gold Mine at Mariposa is operating with George Adams in charge. Lee Rowland is reopeing the Gold Key, J C Turnlan of Burbank has leased teh Avers Merrill property in the Whitlock district from Hazel E Avers and Herbert Merrill of Mariposa, and few small mines are producting old ore.
The Midlands Mining Company has developed scheelite reported assaying 4 per cent tungsten in the Blue Star near El Portal leased from Ayers & Merill. Midland Mining formerly was engaged in gold mining.
Exploration of a scheelite deposit in Dry Canyon, between Moss Canyon and Turnbull Peak has disclosed an ore body about 150 feet long and 40 feet wide, according to reports. Ore is said to assay from abobe 1 per cent to mre tha 5 per cent tungsten. The deposit was discovered last Spring by W J Burnett and John Milanovich of El Portal.
Located on the southeast end of the Mother Lode, Mariposa County once was high among Califonria's gold producers.
from the Mariposa Gazette, Jan 2, 1857MURDERS/KILLINGS( click here)
....... DEATH---One of those terrible death tragedies which falls within our province to record, but too often in this county, took place at Whitlock's on Sunday evening.
It appears that two men, one of whom was a Mr. Rose, the name of the other we do not know, were playing cards for a small amount at the store in that place. While so engaged, a Mrs. Lucas approached the table and picked up the money belonging to Mr. Rose, amounting to about three dollars. Mr. Lucas was intoxicated and no notice was taken of it. Later, Mr. Rose demanded the money, and Mr. Lucas refused to give it up. No harsh language, however, was used, and on the repeated refusal of Mr. Lucas to the demand, Rose plunged a large knife into his breast, cutting through the heart and killing him instantly. The blade of the knife used was about nine inches in length, and was buried in the body of the unfortunate man to the hilt. Rose is a large, powerful man, and Mr. Lucas was much his inferior in physical ability, and besides, was under the influence
of liquor. Rose was soon arrested by under-Sheriff Moore, and brought to Mariposa, where he, waiving an examination, was fully committed without bail, to answer for the crime of murder, at the next term of the District Court, to be holden in February next.
We learn that Mr. Lucas was a native of Kentucky, and came here from Placerville about two weeks since. No papers were found upon him to denote his length of residence in California, or whether he has relatives here.
(note, checked subsequent issues of the Gazette, for a month, and could not find any followup to the story.) Steve Miller October 22, 2003
P IONEER STORIES
1880 A Pioneer Anniversary
Mariposa Gazette, Aug 13, 1861
Richard Folsey is a candidate for the office of CONSTABLE, in Township No. 3, at the election in September next.
Alexander McElroy is a candidate for re- election for SUPERVISOR in District No. 1, or Hornitos District.
Caleb Goodman is a candidate for the office of SUPERVISOR, in Township No. 4, District No. 3, at the ensuing election in September next.
S. B. Thompson is a candidate for ASSESSOR of Mariposa County, at the ensuing election.
W. C. Hill is a candidate for ASSESOR of Mariposa county at the election, September next.
J. W. Simmons is a Candidate for the office of COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, at the ensuing election, September
S. B. Thomas is a Candidate for COUNTY CLERK of Mariposa County at the ensuing election, to be held September 7th 1861.
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Stockton Daily Independent- March 18, 1864REAL ESTATE
MARIPOSA DELEGATES – The following is a list of the Union delegates from Mariposa to the State Convention:
Samuel C. BATES
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BONDSVILLE-on the Merced River, 1859
The premises of Stephen Bond, on the Merced River, at the place known as Bondsville. The property consists of an Adobe Store, two
Stories in heighth, with suitable out buildings. 160 Acres of land belong to the premises, a portion Of which is well fenced. The location is
Excellent for a store, for which purpose the main Building has been used for a long time.
For particulars and price, inquire of P. Hussey, Hornitos, or on this premises.
From the Mariposa Gazette April 29, 1859
MARIPOSA RANCH CHANGES HANDS
Fresno Bee, Saturday Sept. 18, 1926
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Sept 18- A deed recorded inthe office of the county recorder of Mariposa County shos the transfer of the 7,613- acre ranch of Frank H Crane in Cathey Valley to Harry W. Chase.
This ranch was foremerly known as the PATE Ranch and was sold a few years ago by pate to crane. It is one of the very fine stock ranches of Mariposa County and is located on the Yosemite Highway near the line between Mariposa and Merced Counties.
It is reported tha the purchase price was in excess of $100,000.
WILL SELL RANCH TO SATISFY BANK
November 24, 1925 or 1925 (hard to read)
Modesto News -Herald
Mariposa- Nov. (Special) The L. E. Rosebery ranch, located about eight miles east of Mariposa, in the Usona district is advertised to be sold under a foreclosure of deed of trust at the Simonsen-Farrell abstract office in Merced of December 15th.
The Mariposa county ranch is to be sold to satisfy a lien on the property, held by the Security Savings Bank of Merced- cferoben
Merced Express, June 24, 1927
NEW HOTEL IN YOSEMITE
TO OPEN SOON
A press report form Yosemite says:
The finest monumental structure ever erected in any national park in the United States will soon be open to the public with the completion of the Ahwahnee, Yosemite's new million dollar hotel. This is the opinion of James McLaughlin, considered one of the foremost builders in the west and a national figure in construction circles of the country.
"A monumental structure usually means a building that stands out apart from its setting, but with the Ahwahnee the order has been reversed, for the hotel seems almost an integral part of its surroundings against the gray granite walls of the cliff, and McLaughlin.
The hotel exterior blends with the natural picture formed by Royal Arches, Half Dome and Washington Column, through the use of the weather carved rocks from the adjacent talus slopes as trimming for the new hotel exterior. transcribed by T Hilk
Mariposa Gazette, March 20, 1941
PHENAS W. ASHWORTH
SELLS INDIAN PEAK
TO LULU B. VALETTE
The 400-acre ranch of Phenas W. Ashworth
located in the Indian Peak district was sold on March 13th to Lulu B. Valette.
The purchase price, as indicated by the documentary stamps was approximately
$5,000. The Ashworth ranch has always been considered a valuable piece of
property both from the standpoint of the farmer and the stockmen. transcribed by T Hilk
Fresno Bee, September 24, 1967
Ranch In Foothill Area is Sold
Mr. And Mrs. Robert BARRETT have sold the remaining 202 acres of the historic WESTFALL Ranch located near Darrah in Mariposa County to Mr. And Mrs. John R HAMMOND of Orange County.
The BARRETT family settled the ranch in the mid 1890's and built a home
that still remains on the property.
The new owners plan to develop the property for a private recreation
club and camp. The transaction included an exchange of trust
deeds and notes on four-plexes in Orange County.
Anthony Investment Properties, Inc., handled the negotiations.
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ROADS/TRAILS of Mariposa(click here)
The Alta California , San Crancisco, Ca, February 20, 1956
ROBBERY IN MARIPOSA- The Mariposa Gazette says, a robbery was attempted upon Bear Creek, about two miles below Clark, Lamon & Co's mill, on th eevening of February 5th. Two persons, one said to be a portugese and the other a Mexican, came to the cabin of some miners and called one of them to the door, which was opened, when one of the robbers drew a pistol and fired at the man at the door, shooting him three places. They then entered the cabin and shot a man so badly that he will die in all probability. The robbers then commenced a searach for money. A number of ounces was in a bed, but in their tast in searching they overlooked it. They decamped in a hurry, getting no booty after wounding one man badly, and as good as killing another.
These daring robbers and murderers are still at large, as it is not known who they are or thiter they have gone.-c feroben
Stockton Daily Democrat- Jan. 31, 1858-
The store of Mark WYATT, opposite the Red Banks, Merced river, was entered on Tuesday night and robbed of a small amount of money and diverse articles of clothing. On the same night, a robbery was also committed in the store of Mr. COHN at Coulterville. The thief succeeded in carrying off $400 in coin and a 6-shooter.
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Weekly Stockton Democrat
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CASunday, 25 July 1858HEAVY ROBBERY -- W.A. KING, Treasurer of Mariposa, had $7600 of the county
funds in his possession to pay into the State Treasury. He got as far as
Sacramento with it, in the steamer Queen City from San Francisco, when he
woke up and found his carpet bag stolen which contained the money.
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Stockton Daily Independent=July 12, 1864
ATTACKED by ROBBERS – On Thursday night last Mr. MILLER, of Coulterville, was attacked by a robber on the Merced river, opposite Red Bank. The fellow jumped out of the bushes about 12 feet ahead of mr. MILLER, and fired his pistol, frightening the horse and causing him to be thrown headforemost into a pile of rocks. Mr. MILLER gathered himself as soon as he could and fired at the robber, who took to the hills and escaped. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
MONDAY, 30 JUNE 1862
BURGLARY in HORNITOS -- We learn from Mr. CROCKETT, who arrived in this city yesterday from Hornitos, that the house of Mr. John IRISH at that place, was entered by burglars on Thursday
evening last, while the family was in attendance upon the circus. The burglars succeeded only in
destroying and scattering about the clothing of the family, obtaining no money. A package of gold
dust containing about $70, they overlooked, and with the clothing, threw it into the middle of
the room, where it was found by its owner on returning to the house. Suspicion rests upon some
Mexicans as the burglars -- they having been prowling about the town and on one occasion
attempted the robbery of a company of miners.transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
THURSDAY, 4 SEPT. 1862
MARIPOSA ITEMS -- The 'Gazette' of the 2d inst., has the following:-Mr. John CLARK, of Smith's Ferry, was stopped last week by a highwayman, between that place and Bear Valley, and his money
demanded, by having a pistol stuck at his head. A scuffle ensued, in which Mr. C., who had no weapons about him, was knocked down several times by blows over the head with a 6-shooter. Upon rising to his feet, he pulled out a sack of gold dust, containing 56 ounces, and dealt the thief such a blow in the face as to knock him down. Mr. C. then started and made good his escape with all the dust; the robber firing at him until his pistol was emptied. The same party robbed a boy, on the road from Coulterville to Don Pedro's Bar, of $15.
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-Mr. James CRAYEN was pretty severely injured about the face by the
premature explosion of a blast last week in the Princeton vein.
Stockton Daily Independent
Wednesday, March 30, 1864
MEXICAN ROBBERS – 3 Mexicans entered the public house of Mr. GARRITY, at Colorado, Mariposa county, on the evening of the 24th of March, and after playing a friendly little game of cards among themselves, presented their pistols at GARRITY's head and demanded his loose change. They obtained $50 in cash and 2 6-shooters, and after helping themselves to drinks all round, went their way rejoicing. transcribed by Dee S
Stage Robber- Wm Early, 1864
Stockton Daily Independent
WEDNESDAY, 6 NOV 1867
MARIPOSA ITEMS - The 'Gazette' of Saturday 2d instant, has the following -
-On Monday night last some person or persons entered the Mariposa Hotel and proceeded to the room where Mr. STONEROAD, of Merced county, and a Mr. INGRAM, from Hite's Cove, were sleeping, and relieved one of them of their spare cash. The pocket of the former contained about $30 and was cut entirely from the pants. They took the 2 last "bits" that INGRAM had for his morning cocktail. transcribed by Dee S
Yosemite Stage Hold up- 1905
Yosemite Stage Robbed- 1920
December 15 1862-Sacramento Daily Union-
SICKNESS IN MARIPOSA - The Gazette says there has been more sickness and more deaths in this section the past season than for the five years previous. In many cases the disease is sudden and malignant - something almost unknown there in previous years.
Sacramento Daily Union
Tuesday, March 24, 1863
INSANE - A man named Thomas McGUIRE made his appearance at the station house last evening, and desired to be protected form a large number of persons who were, as he thought, trying to murder him. As he was evidently insane, he was placed in a cell and locked up. He states that he recently came from Mariposa county. transcribed by Betty
March 7, 1865
Stockton Daily Independent
INSANE – Deputy Sheriff C. NELSON, of Mariposa, arrived last evening, having in charge an insane man named Angelo ARRATTA, an Italian, and took the latter to the State Insane Asylum. The officer returns home this morning. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
Friday, 12 July 1872
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DELICATE SURGICAL OPERATION -- The Mariposa 'Gazette' of July 5th says:
Dr. J.T. TURNER last week extracted a needle from the back of the infant child of Mr.&Mrs. W.W. BARNES. BARNES is our foreman, and that baby has had "bad spells" for 2 or 3 moths, from some cause not precisely understood,
though several days ago it was suspected that a needle was traveling about in its body. The Doctor attempted to extract it once before, but was fearful of injuring the little patient by cutting too deep. Meantime the needle traveled, and when extracted appeared to be working its way upward alongside the spinal column. It was considerably corroded. Whether it was
swallowed or "pin-cushioned" is unknown to anybody except BARNES' baby, and as it isn't old enough to talk, interviewing is useless.
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA Monday, 25 Nov. 1872
The ‘Gazette’ of the 22d instant says that Thomas EARLY,
formerly Sheriff of Mariposa county, has been pronounced insane and
placed in the Insane Asylum. For several years he has resided in Linn
valley, Kern county, where his family are now living.
Fresno Weekly Republican, February 19, 1892
HELM NEEDS HELP for Attempting Wholesale Poisoning
Almost Caught In The Act
He Steals Merchandise From His Father-in-Law and is Arrested
Merced, February 15- Jacob Lewis, a well to do merchant in White Rock, Mariposa county, and wife were poisoned some time ago. Later members of Richard Helm's family were poisoned. Helm is Lewis's son-in-law. During the intervening time between the formers poisoning and the latters, Lewis missed merchandise from his store. A search revealed the goods in Helm's barn. After the latter poisoning officers had been at work ferreting out the author of the crime, which resulted in complaints being issued charging Helm, his wife and son with the poisoning of Lewis and his wife. The parties are now under arrest. transcribed by C feroben
Merced Express, December 2, 1893
Rudolph Stock, who had the misfortune to lose his right hand in a gunning accident near Oakdale on the 19 instant, has been at the county hospital for the past week. Yesterday he was seized with a violent fit of vomiting during which time he emitted a tape worm measuring six feet long. Stock had no known ledge of the worm's presence in his stomach
– Stanislaus News. Contributed by Tom Hilk
1906 State of California Biennia Report, Dept. of Charities and Corrections:Mariposa County JailR S Prouty, SheriffAverage Number of Prisoners 2 1/2Total in Jail during year 27The building is of granite, a story and a half high, and built in 1856. On the lower floor are four cells of masonry, with no light. This floor is unsanitary and unfit for use. There are no cells on the upper floor, and it is not secure. There are no bathing or toilet facilities.County HospitalGeorge D Stewart, SuperintendentAverage number of patients 27 1/2Total number for year 43cost of maintenance $4,000.00Daily per capita cost.. 39.6 centsThis building was built for a sanitarium, and consists of a large two-story wood building, with a smaller building in the rear. There are twenty six rooms, and good classification. The land, 10 acres in all, is poor. There is neither garden nor orchard. The inmates are kept on contract.=========================1905Inmates- Men, 26, women, 1George D Steward, SuperintendentThis building , originally built for a sanatorium, is located in the town. There is a large two-story building, with a smaller one in rear connected by a passageway. Both buildings are of wood and in good condition. There are twenty-six rooms for inmates, and classification is fairly good and sexes separated. The water supply and toilet facilities are good, but the sewerage is bad and the vault should be moved farther away.There ar but 10 acres of land, and this is poor. There in neither garden nor orchard. The superintendent is paid a gross sum per month and required to furnish everything. WHile we do not like this plan, yet the inmates seemed well fed and cared for.
ARTRU-Feb 10, 1910- Mariposa Gazette-
Mrs. H. Artru has been quite ill the past week with la grippe.
CAIN- Feb. 10, 1910- Mariposa Gazette
George W. Cain, Sr, 87 years of age was adjudged insane by the Lunacy Commission last Monday and was committed to the Stockton State hospital by Judge Trabucco.
CAMIN- Feb. 10, 1910- Mariposa Gazette
Mrs. E. Camin had the misfortune to step on a nail Friday of last week, that caused a painful and dangerous would. She was under the care of Dr. Kylberg several days.
COUNTS-Feb 10, 1910-Mariposa Gazette
Mrs. S. Alanson and Mrs. K. Duncan of Ukiah, sisters of S.P.O.Counts are in Mariposa and at the bedside of their sick brother.
R. L. Obarr is attending to the duties of the County Treasure's office during the illness of County Treasurer.
R.L. Obarr came up from Los Angels last Saturday evening, being called here by the illness of his uncle, S. P. O. Counts.
Mrs. W. S. Zeller of Palo Alto, arrived in Mariposa Tuesday evening. Mrs. Zeller is a sister of Mrs. S.P.O. Counts was was called here by the serious illness of the latter's husband.
Mariposa Gazette, June 25, 1910
Mrs B GOSS who was formerly Miss Alice CONVERSE of Greely Hill is
seriously ill at her home in Jamestown. Relatives from this place left
late Monday evening having been called by telephone to her bedside.
LOWRIE- Feb. 10, 1910- Mariposa Gazette
The four younger children of Mr. and Mrs. W. H Lowrie of Mariposa are down with the measles.
THORN- Feb. 10,1910- Mariposa Gazette
J. F. Thorn of this town is on the sick list.
CAMIN-Feb. 26, 1927Mariposa Gazette,
LITTLE JOSEPHINE CAMIN HAS BLOOD TRANSFUSION Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Plaskett motored to San Francisco Sunday to visit Mrs. Plaskett's little sister, Josephine Camin, who is a patient in the University hospital undergoing treatment. The little girl recently underwent a successful operation for the transfusion of blood, which was give by her father, E. L. Camin. Although in a very week condition, it is believed the patient will grow stronger following the operation. tom hilk
Fresno Bee, Thursday, March 6, 1930
Mariposa-Walter Dalton, a schoolboy of the Exchequer School District, is reported to be suffering from infantile paralysis at his home there.
SHOOTINGS/STABBINGS -not resulting in death!
Stockton Daily Argus /Monday, 15 June 1857
MARIPOSA -- Shocking Causality -- Mariposa 'Gazette'
On Sunday last, at the Oak Spring House, a German by the name of Frank SPEILMAN, in showing how an accident had occurred to a friend of his from the discharge of a shot gun, placed himself in a position for illustrating the causality by leaning over his gun and placing his foot upon the cock, received the contents of 1 barrel, the charge going through his left hand and right arm, fracturing the larger bone of the forearm and tearing off the flesh in a shocking manner. Several shot also struck the unfortunate man in the head, over the right eye, penetrating the skull. The wounds will probably prove fatal.
Weekly Stockton DemocratSHOOTING in HORNITOS -- On Thursday last, says the Mariposa ‘Gazette,’ a quarrel took place in Hornitos between George HARDIN and James STROOPS. The latter commenced the fight by firing 2 shots, when HARDIN drew a revolver and fired several times at STROOPS, 1 of the shots taking effect in his left side. The wound will not probably prove fatal. HARDIN has since had an examination before a magistrate, and was honorably acquitted.
Sunday, 20 June 1858
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Weekly Stockton Democrat February 6 1859FROM MARIPOSA -- A fight came off last week, says the ‘Star,’ in STIRLING’s saloon, Mariposa, in which a pistol was “accidentally” discharged, the ball passing through the thigh of Wm. JOHNSON, and causing a severe wound. transcribed by Dee S.
Sunday, 27 Mar 1859-
Weekly Stockton Democrat
SHOOTING AFFAIR -- We are informed that a shooting affair took place at Hornitos on Monday last, between a man known as Bob CARTER and another whose name we were unable to ascertain. 6-shooters were emptied of their contents but no harm done. The cause of the difficulty grew out a personal abuse on the part of CARTER.
Sunday, 27 Mar 1859-
Weekly Stockton Democrat
MORE SHOOTING -- A shooting affray occurred on Wednesday last, says the ‘Star,’ in the neighborhood of Bull’s Creek, in which 2 men by name of LAMB and EWBANK were wounded -- the latter mortally. The affair grew out of a suit concerning a water ditch.
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Thursday, 17 Apr 1862
MARIPOSA NEWS --
-Shooting Affray -- Another of these affrays which occur so frequently between whites and Indians, occurred on the Chowchilla last week.
The cause of the trouble as usual, was on account a difficulty between the squaws. It appears that a man by the name of WINDSOR, living at the place
mentioned, endeavored to secure a child or 2, to which he laid claim; the Indians resisted it, and 2 of them visited his camp. Shooting shortly
commenced; WINDSOR firing at the Indians with a double-barreled shot gun, and they at him with a rifle, wounding him mortally, as was thought. One
Indian was shot dead, the other was thought to be unhurt, but since was found dead -- so report says. The wound of WINDSOR proves not a mortal one, as matters have turned out. transcribed by Dee
Stockton Daily Independent
August 1, 1862
INJURED by CARELESSNESS -- The Mariposa 'Gazette' says: "Mr. WATERS, of Princeton, was seriously injured by the explosion of a Derringer
which he was carelessly handling, on Wednesday last. One finger was entirely blown away, and 2 others badly injured as well as the middle
of the hand, through which the charge passed." transcribed by Dee
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
THURSDAY, 24 ,OCT 1867
NARROW ESCAPE – A shooting affair took place at Mormon Bar, Wednesday evening last, says the Mariposa 'Gazette,' in which 3 shots were fired at Charley SMITHERS. One shot slightly grazed the left arm; another struck the left breast, and glancing carried away a small portion of flesh; the 3rd missed entirely. None of the wounds are of a serious character.Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
JEALOUSY THE CAUSE.
San Joaquin Valley Argus
June 7, 1884
Elijah Scott, in a fit of jealousy, shot Archie Cook on Sunday last.Both parties were residents of Hornitos where the shooting took place.It appears that the wife of Scott, who is a member of one of the mostrespectable families in Hornitos, was setting up with a sick neighborand about two o'clock in the morning she became weary and wished to go home. Mr. Cook offered to accompany her and she accepted his proposition and as they were walking along the road, Scott, who was just going homesaw them and without waiting for an explanation fired at Cook, wounding
him seriously but not necessarily fatal. This is another case of which Shakespear says:
Beware of Jealousy My, Lord,
It is the green-eyed monster which makes the meat it feeds upon.
Mr. Cook was at last counts rapidly improving from the wound. We make the above explanation just as we heard it from one who is familiar with the facts, and in justice to the lady, whose reputation Madam Rumor
seems inclined to smirch.
Additional information------------January 24, 2003
Warren Carah (email@example.com) writes:
I am distantly related to the Scotts through their intermarriage with my Marshall clan. Elijah Scott, the protagonist in Tom's newspaper article, was a brother to Charlotte Scott who married Thomas Edwin Marshall in 1877 in Hornitos. Another sibling of Elijah's was a brother, William W. Scott, who was born on 22 Dec 1864 and died at Hornitos on 12 Nov 1892.
Additional material on the Scotts can be found in the George A. Marshall
Memoir in the Family Chronicles
Elijah Scott, the hothead in this article, was born in Missouri on 9 Mar 1856 to William Wiley Scott and Irene Branson. Elijah's father, William, was killed by a lightning strike during a wagon train journey to California in 1865. Irene Branson Scott continued on to California and eventually developed a sizable ranch outside Hornitos.
Elijah Scott died on 1 Mar 1893 and is buried at the IOOF cemetery as is his mother Irene. I have no information on how the shooting incident of Mr. Cook ever turned out.
E. O. Darling- Supervisor, 1872
Fresno Republican, The * 1885-02-14
Joe Barcroft, at Hornitos, Mariposa county, wasn't aware that it was loaded. The doctor cut the bullet out of his hip.
Frank TRABUCCO stabs George Long- 1900
SHOOTING - SCHLAGETER/BERTKEN
Merced Express, March 29, 1901
Sunday Evenings Shooting.
Last Sunday night about eight o’clock C. A. Schlageter, of the Mariposa Hotel took three shots at his brother-in-law, Ben Bertken. None of the shots took effect although one of them must have come within a few inches of Bertken’s neck. Schlageter was standing on the sidewalk in front of Trabucco’s store when Bertken came out of the hotel going toward Schlageter when he applied an epithet to Bertken and immediately commenced firing. Bertken, who is a deputy Constable, rushed at Schlageter and after a struggle succeeded in wresting the pistol from him, and then proceeded to give him a thrashing after which he looked Schlageter in jail where he remained until Thursday last. No warrant has been sworn out.
Such pleasantries as this may be well enough in some places, but in a public street of the county seat, at an hour when men, women and children are passing by, a stray bullet is likely to make a corpse of some innocent person.
– Mariposa Gazette.
NORA GORDON- SHOOTING ACCIDENT, 1909
Mariposa Gazette, August 3, 1909
Miss Nora Gordon, the fifteen year old daughter of Thomas Gordon, who resided near Mariposa, was the victim of a peculiar and
painful accident last Saturday.
The young lady, it seems, was resting her left hand which wasclosed on the end or muzzle of a 22-caliber rifle when the gun
was accidentally discharged with the result that the bulletentered the palm of the hand and penetrated the flesh at the ends
of all four fingers and out through the thumb. No bones werestruck by the bullet. Miss Gordon was brought to town immediately
after the accident and had the wound dressed. While painful,f ortunately the wound is not serious, and but a short time will
have elapsed before a complete recovery is effected.
transcribd by Tom Hilk
SENSATIONAL SHOOTING IN MARIPOSA
There was a sensational shooting in Mariposa last week, in which Miss Elsie Franke, a professional nurse of
Amador Ledger, November 24, 1911
, endeavored to kill Dr. F. L. WRIGHT , a practicing physician residing in Mariposa county. The affair created considerable excitement ' among the people of our neighboring county and the sympathy of the public is strongly manifested in behalf of the unfortunate young lady. TheMariposa Gazette contains the following account of the shooting and the causes leading up to it. Miss FRANKE arrived on the Bagby stage from Oakland and alighted at the Doctor's residence and entered. Trouble was anticipated and Dr. Wright had Under Sheriff R. L. Paine present. The lady on entering asked to see the Doctor alone. The physician replied that she could see him only in the presence of Mr. Paine. She then stepped into a side room and on re-entering the main room Mr. Paine started to intercept her when the shot was fired. The pistol was a 22-callber and the ball, just missing Mr. Paine, hit the doctor on the right hip, striking the bone and glanced out, making only a slight wound. Miss Franke was immediately arrested and taken to Jail. George J. Bertken and his wife were summoned, and Miss Franke was placed in the care of Mrs Bertken, who was appointed matron. The causes which led to the shooting had their origin a few weeks ago when Dr. Wright was married to Miss Georgie KINGHAM of this town The day previous to the wedding Miss Franke telephoned to Mariposa stating that she would arrive here the following evening and it was her intention to prevent the wedding, as she states that the doctor had promised to marry her, and that the date of the wedding had been set for a day in the near future. She also states that Dr. Wright has wronged her.- submitted by Steve Miller Oakland
SMITHERS, CHARLEY Jr.
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, Wednesday, September 19, 1934
MARIPOSA HUNTER IS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT
Merced- Sept. 18, Mariposa's first deer hunting gun casualty of the season was reported to-day. While a hunting party was successful in bringing back a four-point buck Charles Smithers, Jr., of Mariposa was forced to receive treatment in a Merced hospital after a steel shell casing had lodged in his shoulder.
The party included William F Joerg, J J McNamara, Dr. James Hayes and Earl Reike of Merced; Louis T. Milburn, George Lovinggouth, Charles Smithers, Charles Smithers, Jr., and Robert Elliot of Mariposa and E. R. Carter of Exchequer.- cferoben
Charles Read-Sherlock's miner-1857
Stockton Daily Independent
SATURDAY, 20 DEC 1862
SUICIDE of a CHINAMAN -- A Chinaman, named AH HEE, under sentence for
1 year to the State's Prison, committed suicide by hanging himself in
the jail at Mariposa, on Monday last. It is thought he was impelled
to the deed by the neglect and contempt of [illeg] countrymen.transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independet, Monday, Oct 26, 1868
MARIPOSA - We clip the following from the 'Gazette' of Oct. 23d: A man named
Charles ERRICKSON committed suicide at Hite's Cove on Friday last by cutting his
throat. Seemingly he had made several attempts before accomplishing his purpose.
He had been drinking freely for some time previous and it is supposed committed
the rash act while laboring under the effects of intemperance. The deceased was
a native of Norway and between 40 & 50 years of age.
transcribed by Dee S
Sacramento Daily Union -Friday Morning, January 1, 1869
STATISTICS OF CALIFORNIA - 1868 STATE RECORD
Noticeable Events During the Year
Sept. 10th - A E. WARNER of Hornitos, Mariposa county, committed suicide by
shooting himself with a double-barreled shotgun. transcribed by Betty Loose
Samuel Ransome- grief stricken- 1891
Charles A. Schlageter- 1925
MAN ORDERED JAILED BY DIVORCED WIFE, KILLS SELF ON WAY TO HER HOME
Oakland Tribune, Oct. 28, 1926
Stockton , Oct 28- Albert Converse, 27, ended his life with a rifle bullet late yesterday afternoon on a lonely road near Groveland, Tuolumne county. Officers believe that he was on his way to kill his recently divorced wife, changed his mind and sent a bullet into his brain . He brooded over the divorce and also annoyed his former wife, who yesterday swore to a complaint charging him with disturbing her peace. He heard of it and then borrowed a rifle and started toward her home. He will be buried tomorrow afternoon near Coulterville, where his father, Frank Converse, lives.
Fresno Bee, Friday, July 19, 1946
RALPH TRABUCCO COMMITS SUICIDE
MARIPOSA (Mariposa Co.) July 19- Funeral servies will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock in the Ivers & Alcorn Chapel in Merced for Ralph E. Trabucco, 36, Bear Valley stockman and member of one of Mariposa County's most prominent families, who committed suicide Wednesday morning by firing a .38 caliber bullet into his head. Burial will be in the Merced Cemetery.
Trabucco ended his lifve in a small store room building near his travern , the Pioneer Bar, in Bear Valley. The body was not found until two hours later when members of his family instituted a search after becoming alarmed because of his long absense.
Mrs Trabucco, the former Loretta Barcroft of Merced, could give no reason for her husband's suicide. She and her sister in law, Mrs. Harold Trabucco, found the body. Both said he had appeared in excellent spirits earlier Wednesday morning.
Deputy Coroner James McElligott, who investigated said death was instantateous.
Trabucco, a native of Bear Valley was a member of Osa Lodge No. 110, Odd Fellows, in bear Valley.
Surviving him besides his widow are two small children, Donna, 7, and David T Trabusso (sic), 4; his mother, Mrs. Nancy Trabucco; four sisters, Mrs. Ella Simpson and Mrs. Adeline Udell, Bear Valley; Mrs Jane Meagher, Ahwahnee, and Mrs. Minnie Roller, Tulare, and two brothers, Harold and Jospeh Trabucco, Bear Valley- c feroben
STAGE COACH TROUBLES
Stockton Daily Independent
TUESDAY, 20 JAN 1863RUNAWAY -- As the stage from Mariposa was approaching town, near the Race Track, it was met by a party driving 2 slow mustangs whose driver took occasion to snap his whip just as the leading horses of the stage were opposite him, which had the effect of starting them off at full gallop and made them almost unmanageable. Mr.----------------
I.D. MORLEY was riding beside the driver -- Mr. FISHER, one of the proprietors -- at the time, and by his assistance Mr. FISHER succeeded in controlling the horses so that no danger was done. A party who noticed the affair informed us of it, and stated it as his belief that the man
who cracked his whip at the moment of meeting the leading horses, did it for the purpose and with the design of making the stage horses run. There were 6 high spirited horses attached to the stage.
transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
TUESDAY, 28 JUNE 1864
ESCAPE of a STAGE ROBBER – The Mariposa 'Gazette' of last Saturday gives an account of the recent escape from the custody of an officer, of Wm. EARLY, one of the Coulterville stage robbers, who got the Wells, Fargo & Co. treasure. The 'Gazette' says he "seems to have made his escape very easily and had no trouble in keeping clear of those who were in search of him. He was at Colorado on the night of Monday, June 20th." transcribed by Dee S
June 25, 1910, Mariposa Gazette
Thos KINMAN, a teamster for the Yosemite Turnpike Company, was seriously injured yesterday afternoon, and will be laid up for some time.
The accident in which he was injured occurred just this side of the Summit House, where, at the top of the hill, he turned out to allow a buggy to pass. A dog accompanying the buggy ran up to the freight team and frightened them.
When they started to run KINMAN attempted to jump from the from the horse he was riding but was caught by the brake strap and was thrown under the wagon which passed over him.
The injured man was taken to the Summit House and a messenger dispatched for a physician. Dr BURCH of Raymond responded. He found KINMAN suffering from a broken leg, the bone being fractured in two places, and a broken arm. It was also feared that he had sustained internal injuries.cferoben
Stage Over the Embankment- July 1910
PEACH CROP IN MARIPOSA DESTROYED-------------------------------------------------
Daily Evening Bulletin, (San Francisco, CA) Monday, March 29, 1858; Issue 145; col. B
PEACH CROP IN MARIPOSA, DESTROYED- Wednesday and Thursday nights of the past week, were the coldest of the season. Ice formed and the ground froze considerable. The prospect of the peaches was entirely destroyed, which one week ago was good for a large crop. There are no other fruit trees about here sufficiently matured to bear yet to any extent, but the loss of the peach prospect is sufficiently grievous to those who have carefully raised trees, and who were rejoiced to see them full of blossoms a short time ago. Mariposa Gazette
The Mariposa Gazette says the water in the Merced river has become so hot that it has caused all the salmon fish to die. Tons upon tons of dead fish are daily drifting down the river, which is creating a terrible stench , and the like was never known before. Much uneasiness is felt among people along the river, who fear it will cause sickness.-----------------------------------------
from the Los Angeles Times-August 31, 1882
Fresno Bee, Dec 31, 1931
Mariposa County Bridges Damaged During Storm
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Dec 31- The center pier of the bridge over Chowchilla Creek near the Walter McNally place was undermined and topped over, closing the road to travel during the heavy story early in the week.
The middle pier of the bridge over the creek near the Magnedon ranch also was washed out. Considerable damage was done to the roads, culverts and bridges all over the county.
Fresso Bee Republican
Dec 13, 1937
WASHOUTS CLOSE ALL YEAR ROAD TO YOSEMITE
BRICEURG- (Mariposa Co) Dec 13- State highway crews began the gigantic task of repairing and rebuilding seventeen miles of the All Year Yosemite Highway between here and El Portal. The road was damaged in many places by the rushong waters of the Merced River, swollen by heavy rains in the high Sierra Friday and Saturday.
All motor traffic has been stopped near the top of the Briceburg Grade and only offical cars, or those belonging to residents between here and a point six mile east along the highway , are permitted to pass the barricade.
TWO WASHOUTS OCCUR
There are two washouts on the Briceburg Grade below the barrier where rater running down the steep cuts of the mountain side undermined the road and caused the outside half of the pavement to break. The few cars permitted to passs the barrier must do so at the driver's rish because of the dangerous condition of the road.
There is no communication between here and El Portal or Yosemite Valley. Telephone lines are in working order as far as emery, six miles below El Portal, and crews were unable to state when they expect to complete the communications repairs.
ROAD IS UNDERMINED
A F. Jeffries, Mariposa County foreman of the highway maintenance division, drove as far as he could yesterday and walked the remaining distance to El Portal. He said landslides did not damage the road but that it had been undermined and washed out in several places. He reported particularly bad stretches at points six miles eash of here and in the vicinity of the South Fork Crossing.
It was unoffically stated by one highway worker that it would require day and night work for five days before one way emergency traffic could be carried by the raod. It was unoffically reported here that El Portal residens said they had food for about five days only.
OLD RECORD BROKEN
The river reached an all time high in the flood of Saturday and exceeded the 1861 high water line by an estimated seven feet. Markus Schinsky, a miner who resided in a cabin one mile below here before it was swept way at daybreak Saturday, said a pioneer resident of the vicinity marked the 1861 line some time back. He estimates the water line after the waters receded Saturday evening and today is seven feet about the old timer's mark.
The river, in its mad dash down the canyon, washed out the Shell Oil Company station at El Portal, swirled its muddy waters around the El Portal Hotel and the Yosemite Valley Railroad Depot, but did no appreciable damage to either structure, swept on down, carrying several cabins and trees with it, washed out every footbridge bewteen Baggy and El Portal; wrecked several miles of track and grade of the Yosemite Valley Railroad; washed away the railroad bridge at Bagby, below here, and almost took one life.
YOUTH SAVES MAN
Charles Johnson, section foreman of the Yosemite Portland Cement Company quarry, six miles above here, ws rescued by Martin Dukes, 18, Mariposa High School student, Saturday morning. Johnson was awakened by the barking of his dog. He stepped from his bed into the water which covered the floor of his cabin. Before he could dress, the water carried the cabin down stream. Johnson clutched the dog as both were hurled into the water.
Young Dukes and other saw the cabin carried away and Johnson in the water. Dukes ran to the river, plunged in and grabbed Johnson. Both were being swept along with the stream, but Dukes managed to grab a rope tossed to the pair by those on the bank------cdf
WPA /SERA NEWS
MT. OPHIR MINT MAY BE RESTORED WITH SERA FUNDS--------------------------------------
Fresno Bee, Nov. 18, 1934
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov. 17- The ruins of the famous old Mt. Ophir Mint, the first United State mint in California, are to become the property of Mariposa County. This was decided at a recent meeting of the county board of supervisors. If the recommendations of the board are carried out the mint will be restored to its original appearance and the surrounding grounds will be beautified by SERA workers- the whole to become a public park and shrine.
The offer to donate the old mint and the grounds surrounding it was made by Frank MAGUIRE on behalf of the Mariposa Commercial Mining Company; of which he is the manger. Maguire announced his company was willing to deed the property to the county or to any other responsible organization that would undertake its restoration.
The members of the board voted unanimously to accept a deed to the property.
The board also passed a resolution directed to the county SERA recommending that it undertake the work of restoration of the buildings and its beautification of the proposed park.
The plan is to restore the old mint just as it was when it was turning out the famous gold slugs from gold mined at the Mt. Ophir Mine. Old photographs still in existence will be material aid in the word of restoration and old records will help in the rebuilding.
If the SERA adopts the recommendations of the board of supervisors, work will begin at once, the board said.
WORK TO START MONDAY ON SERA MARIPOSA AIRPORT
Fresno Bee, November 25, 1934
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov 24- Construction of the Mariposa County Airport near Mt. Bullion , five miles north of here, will commence Monday. A crew of 150 members is to be employed as soon as the work is fully underway.
Frank EWING of Yosemite, Maripos County SERA director, announces the airport is the first of nine proposed SERA projects in this county.
It is estimated it will take three months co complete the riport, which will have two runways.
Other projects approved by the board of supervisors and submitted to the federal authorites include the construction of a high school athletic field, the resorantion of the Mt. Ophir Mint an addition to the county courthouse, which has been in constant use since 1854, and the construction of a jail at Coulterville, thirty miles north of here.- c feroben
MARIPOSANS FIGHT ALTERATIONS IN OLD COURTHOUSE
SERA Plan to Make Changes in Historic Building Hits Snag
Fresno Bee Republican, Sunday March 3, 1935 (see article above under COURTHOUSE NEWS section)
MARIPOSA COUNTY HAS EIGHT SERA PROJECTSMARIPOSA PLANS TO RENEW PLEA FOR WPA SCHOOL
Fresno Bee Republican, July 15, 1935
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) July 15 - Eight SERA projects are now in progress in Mariposa County, according to Charles E GREENAMYER, field engineer in charge of the work division. They are the Mariposa Grammar School, the courthouse, the Boneyard Road to Coulterville, the Oakvale-Raymond road, Mount Buckingham School, Colorado Grammar School, Pea Ridge Grammar School and the Hornitos restoration project. - c feroben
Modesto Bee and News-Heralrd, thursday, Sept. 12, 1935
Mariposa, Sept 11.- The Mariposa High School trustees application for $67,909 school project under the Works Progress Administration will be revised and again submitted following its rejection by the WPA.
The reason given for the rejection was that the cost per man employed was too high.
The board has decided to send one or more of the trustees to San Francisco to confer with WPA officials. Members of the board also have communicated with the state senators and congressmen to see what can be done.
As no projects under the WPA have yet been granted in Mariposa County, the trustees believe the application will be approved as soon as the employment feature has been revised. c feroben
Modesto Bee and News-Herald Oct 1, 1935
WPA Force in Mariposa is Reduced to Six
Mariposa- Sept 10- The Mariposa Works Progress Adminstration office force has been reduced from six persons to three, no projects having been approved for Mariposa County.
Charles Greenamyer, project engineer; Mrs. Pearl Greenamyer, stenographer, and Raymond English, welfare investigator, are those who have been released. Alan F Reynolds, director; Miss Ruthe Ellis, stenographer, and Carroll Thomas, welfare worker, remain.- transcribed by cferoben
SERA To Modernize Mariposa County School
Fresno Bee Republican, Wed May 29, 1935
MARIPOSA-(Mariposa Co) May 20- The State Emergency Relief Administration hsa approved a project for the employment of six men at an expenditure of $828 to improve and modernize the Mount Buckingham School.
Application for the project was made by Mrs. Irene Gerrier, Mrs. Ella Lewis and Lester N Philiips, the school trustees.- c feroben
Fresno Bee Republican, Aug 28, 1935
SERA PROJET CONTINUED
Masriposa (Mariposa Co) Aug 28- Word was received at the Mariposa SERA office yesterday by Alan REYNOLDS, director, that a continuation of the Bear Creek School project had been granted.
Two shifts of men will work for six-hour period. At the time of the shut down on all projects, the building was being dismantled preparatory to remodeling operations.- c feroben
MARIPOSA SCHOOL WILL BE COMPLETED
Modesto Bee and News-Herald, Friday November 22, 1935
Mariposa. Nov 21- Work on the completion of Mariposa's new elementary school has bengun here under the WPA. The operations consist mostly of plastering and finishing the three-room building which was begun as an SERA project.
An appropriation of $10,614 ws recentty made by the WPA for the project, which was the first WPA job approved in the Mariposa County- c feroben
Fresno Bee, August 4, 1938
AIR FIELD AT MT. BULLION WILL BE IMPROVED
Mariposa-(Mariposa Co) Aug. 4- Improvement of the Mt. Bullion Airport, completion of the forest service road from Acorn Inn to Darrah and work on the part of the route already existing is foreseen as a result of action taken by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors.
The work will be done with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration. Four hangars will be constructed at the airport, with foundations and floors of concrete. The runway will be fenced and oiled and sanitary facilities constructed.
The total cost is set at $15, 754, of which the county will supply $2,637. Material for the hangars will be purchased by the Yosemite Park and Curry Company, which plans to use the field in its transportation system.
The estimated cost of the road project is $19,000, with district No 5, in which the road is located, to supply $5,000, mainly in equipment.
M. A Benedict of Northfork, supervisor of the Sierra National Forest, designated the triangle road to Wawona, the subject of much controversy , as something for the future. He estimated the cost of completion at between one and one and a half million dollars. c feroben
MARIPOSA STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD
Fresno Bee Republican, April 7, 1940
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) April 6- Sections of Mariposa streets were paved with gold tonight.
Paving gravel was scooped from the Mariposa Creek bed by WPA workers as part of a street improvement project. An analysis showed the gravel contained gold assaying 40 cents a yard.
Mining experts hold that gold bearing gravel can be worked profitably if the gravel assays as los as 7 cents a yard.- c feroben
MONDAY, 4 MAY 1868
Stockton Daily Independent
(transcribed by Dee S)
THE YO SEMITE FALLS DISCOVERY - In a late number of the S.F. 'Examiner,' a
correspondent makes claims for the discovery of the Yo Semite Falls to a
company of soldiers commanded by Major James D. SAVAGE, who entered the Yo
Semite Valley in March, 1851, in pursuit of a party of Indians. This is an
inadvertent error on the part of the writer, for the falls had been visited
as early as August, 1849, by a prospecting party, 1 of whom is at present an
old and prominent resident of this city. It is doubtful who was the white
man that first looked upon these stupendous falls, but the first of whom we
have any account were Major James BIRNEY, Dr. PAYIN, Thomas DALL, Mr.
COTTON, Mr. SHIRLOCK (the discoverer of Shirlock's Creek), Mr. CRAWFORD, Don
Juan JOHNSON, B.F. PAU and a number of others.
The manner in which the discovery was made is related as follows: In August,
1849, Mr. MILLER, a trader in the Mariposa mining district, started out on a
prospecting tour. He had been gone but a few days when a party of a dozen
more was made up to follow MILLER's party. The night before they got off,
HENDERSON, one of the 1st party, returned for assistance for his comrades,
who were surrounded by Indians in Yo Semite Valley. The 2nd party
immediately proceeded to his aid and found him surrounded as reported, by
the savages, having succeeded in building a corral of cottonwood timber for
protection. The party of relief soon dispersed the Indians and camped in the
valley, where they found fine grass. They visited the falls and prospected
the stream for gold. This expedition was out altogether about 3 weeks. The
falls, so late in the season, were merely diminutive streams, not appearing
in the sublime magnificence they display when the Merced river has been
filled by the Winter !
It was in March, at the period of the highest stage of water, that Major
SAVAGE and party first saw these might cataracts, and the huge volumes of
water, pouring down the precipitous mountain sides, must have more forcibly
impressed his mind than the mere threads that dribbled down at the time Mr.
MILLER discovered them in August, 1849. It is doubtful what white man first
invaded these wild and sublime regions, but this is the first authentic
account of their knowledge by Americans.
Stockton Daily Independent- Aug. 23, 1864
FRED. LOW OLMSTED, of Bear Valley, in this state, has received the degree of Master of Arts from
Harvard University. It was conferred July 20th. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
TUESDAY, 27 AUG 1867
SAMUEL CLEAVELAND, a resident of Lovejoy's mille, is the oldest gentleman whose name appears
upon the Great Register of Mariposa county. He is 75 years of age, a native of Vermont. transcribed by Dee S
Stockton Daily Independent
WEDNESDAY 14 APR 1869
INFORMATION WANTED -- Marion B. HIGGINS, of New Vienna, Ohio, wishes information
in regard to Samuel A. MERRITT, formerly of Mariposa county, and once a member
of the Legislature of this State. transcribed by Dee S
San Joaquin Valley Argus July 27, 1878
To make sweet pickle figs – take one cup full sugar to one quart of good
vinegar, boil ten minutes; add one teaspoon full of each of the ground
spices in common use; put the figs into a jar and pour the liquid on
while hot. They will keep all the year, and are delicious. submitted by Tom Hilk
----------------------Mariposa Gazette, September 23, 1899----------------------------
At Bear Valley
While at Bear Valley one day this week the unmistakable signs of industry were apparent, not only by the Grant people but by others. Several new structures are about to be erected. The old Castagnetto store, lately purchased by Mrs. Deadman is being completely renovated, a large cellar occupying about one half of the ground space inside the house has been dug, and the new roof almost completed. The inside is being fitted up for store purposes. John de Silva is doing the carpenter work.
L. B. Chenowith has the contract from Mrs. Trabucco to rebuild the old Castle building adjoining the Odd Fellow's Hall. The building has been dismantled for a great number of years. The building when completed will be quite an addition to the business part of town. The
building will be two stories high, the walls of the lower story are stone, the upper story will be of wood. The building will be twenty-four feet wide and seventy feet long. The lower story has already been rented to Geo. A. Long of Mariposa for a meat market, and will be fitted up accordingly. The upper story will be divided into eight
rooms, with a hallway through the center. These rooms will be let for offices, etc. Mr. Chenowith, the contractor, expects to have the building completed in thirty days. He was in Merced during the first of the week getting material for the building.
A party from Angels Camp are talking of leasing the lot across the street from the Odd Fellow's Hall to erect a business place on, but this is merely in its incipiency and has assumed no definite shape.
While in town we noticed several strange faces, drawn hither in the search of employment. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barrett of Merced Falls visited Bear Valley Wednesday on business.
Mrs. Newman of San Francisco who spent the greater part
of her life in the old town, spent several days there visiting old friends and looking after her various pieces of property. submitted by Tom Hilk
Merced Express, January 4, 1913--------------------
Two postoffices in Mariposa county, Bear Valley and Indian Gulch have recently been discontinued by the department. Bear Valley people now receive their mail at Bagby While Indian Gulch people may be addressed at Hornitos
Fresno Bee, Feb. 5, 1923----------------------------
Mariposa Cattlemen Meet on Saturday
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Feb. 5- The Mariposa branch of the Cattlemen's Association held a very spirited and interesting meeting at Mariposa on Saturday, Feb. 3rd.
The question of thoroughbred bulls and feed questions in reference to the reserve was discussed at length. S.M. Pate of Le Grande, William McPherson of Raymond, James A. Ward and William Gann of Lewis, Irwin T. Cornett, George Givens, Thrift Givens and Marvin Willa (could this be Wills?) of Cathay were a few of the outsiders present.
OLD RECORDS ARE IN SAFE VAULTS
Fresno Bee, July 31, 1924
Mariposa Takes Care to Protect Books From Fire Hazards
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) July 31- A steel and asbestos door weighing about 450 pounds has been placed in the vault of the Mariposa Courthouse to protect the valuable records, should the courthouse take fire.
Other improvements will be made to the vault, among which will be the making of a door for exit from the vault should a fire occur in the main building, while anyone was in the vault. The walls of the vault are two to four feet thick and the ceiling is said to be fully four feet in thickness.
The records contained in the Mariposa Courthouse vault are the most valuable in the state, many of them dating as far back as 1849.
NO BIDDERS FOR DISTRICT BONDS
November 24, 1925 or 1925 (hard to read)
Modesto News -Herald
Mariposa- Nov. 23- (Special) When County Treasurer Charles B. Cavagnaro offered Ten thousand dollars worth of Williams Irrigation District bond of Colusa county for sale at public auction yesterday morning at 11 o'clock, there was not a single bidder present to make an offer on the valuable securities.
These bonds, of which there are ten in number of the par value of $1000 each, have been held as security by the Mariposa county treasurer the past three years for cash that was deposited in the defunct Livingston bank. The bonds are acknowledge to be sound securities and Mariposa county will realize full returns on the amount of the deposit, it is claimed, but it appears that no one , at this time , is in the market for Williams Irrigation District bonds.- c feroben
Fresno Bee, October 23, 1927------------------------------------
WALKERS DODGE, DOG KILLED AS WIRE FALLS
Mariposa(Mariposa Co) Oct. 22- When one of the main wires of the San Joaquin Light and Power Corporation's high power line near Bagby broke the other day, several things happened within a few seconds.
The wire broke a few hundred yards up Merced River above the Bagby Hotel. As it was on a steep hillside the wire, still a "hot one," began to coil up and roll down the hill, setting fires in a dozen places. As it rolled onto the railroad grade it barely missed two section hands, who saved their lives by dodging.
Another part of the wire dropped over the corner of a wire fence 300 yards away from a house close to which a dog was chained to the fence. The dog was killed instantly, and an iron wheel barrow standing by the fence had one of its legs entirely burned off.
Mariposa and other town in the county were without light or power for sixteen hours.
EXCHEQUER WORK IS BEING STARTED
Fresno Bee, July 28, 1924
Representatives of S F Contractor Arrive to Pick Camp Sites
MERCED- Merced CO. July 28- Representatives of R Roland arrived here yesterday on their way to Exchequer, where they will choose sites for the camps of the construction crews to be used by the contractor in the relocation of the Yosemite Valley Railroad.
This work which will change the route of the railroad over seventeen miles is being done by the Merced Irrigation District, in order to get the railroad out of the way of the Exchequer Dam, giant structure upon which work will start soon.
Fresno Bee- October 29, 1925
VALUABLE GROUP OF RELICS IS GATHERED
LE GRAND (Merced Co)= Mrs. Stephen M. Pate of Le Grand owns one of the most interesting and most valuable collections of curious and relics of pioneer days that is to be found in California. The larger part of the collection is made up from articles gathered in Mariposa and Merced Counties and consists of Indian relics, firearms and various articles brought to California in the days of '49. In Mrs. Pate's collection there are almost 200 Indian mortars and pestles said to be the largest private collection of this kind in the state.
Insurance companies place a value of no less that $10,000 upon the collection. C Feroben
NEW STATE BANK DEPOSIT LAW HAS MARIPOSA EFFECT
Fresno Bee, Sept. 1, 1923
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Sept. 1,- A new law, enacted by the last legislature of California, and which becomes effective this month, provides that not more than 20 percent of a county's money may be deposited in any one bank.
The law affects Mariposa County in, that up to the present time the total amount which was deposited in the Merced Security Savings Bank at Merced will have to be divided among five banks.
The banks to be selected by County Treasurer S. P. O. Counts will probably be all Merced County banks, namely: Merced Security Bank, Farmers and Merchants' Bank, Bank of Italy, Le Grand and Bank of Livingston. cferoben
J J TRABUCCO builds new home
Fresno Bee, July 22, 1934
Mariposa Merchant to Build $10,000 Home
Mariposa (Mariposa Co.) July 21
John Trabucco, local merchant, has awarded a contract to C R Cameron & Son of Merced for the construction of a home here which will cost $10,000. c feroben
U.S. SEEKS TO QUIET TITLE TO LAND IN MADERA
Fresno Bee, Dec 9, 1934
Supenas have been served by Deputy United States Marshal Sidney J Shannon of Fresno on four residents of Mariposa and Madera Counties in actions brought by the United States Department of the Interior to quiet title to land allegedly allotted to Indians.
Justice of the Peace and Mrs. Robert Ellis of Northfork are named in one of the actions and Robert and Lorriane Boronda of the Mariposa district are named in another.
The government alleges that these named in the two actions have taken possession of the land which is the real property of the Indians. The acreage involved is grazing land.
PUBLISHER BEQUEATHS TEXTBOOK LIBRARY TO MARIPOSA COUNTY------------------------------------------------
Fresno Bee, Sunday, November 27, 1938
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Nov. 26- Young people employed under the National Youth Administration's Mariposa County project are engaged in pocketing and preparing for use in the county school library a collection of approximately 1,500 textbooks bequeathed to the school system by the late Casper W. Hodgson, eastern book publisher.
The volumes, which cover practically every elementary school subject and include a set of encyclopedias, are valued at several thousand dollars.
Hodgson, who owned considerable property in this county, provided in his will that the books which were stored in a house on a ranch which he owned in the Pea Ridge district, should be received by the school system.
The publisher, who founded the World Book Company in the attic of his home in Yonkers, N. Y. in 1905, at one time lived in the Pea Ridge district and after reestablishing his home in Yonkers spent the Summer months on his ranch here. He died in a Yonkers hospital in March of this year.= c feroben
Fresno Bee, Sunday May 20, 1956
Poultry Takes to Mariposa Hills
Mariposa- Poultry raising is becoming an increasingly important farming industry in the Mariposa County mountains.
Perry Brumbagh has 5,00 three months old turkey poults on the Giddings ranch south of Mormon Bar and plans to start 1,000 more in June.
Located near the Triangle Store, John Desmond hs 8,000 month old poults, and Bill Turner of Bridgeport has received 1,000 poults, and Marvin Worley of the Colorado road has started 5,000.
In the Usona district the Reimans of Planada have started several of their giant brooders J B Hill has started 40,000 poults in Cathey valley, and Ed Robertson is feeding 10,000 breeders, and Chet Guenthart, 30,000.
Large chicken raisers are Herman Freyschlag on Highway 49, S A Rawson, B A Rippon, with layers on the Top Top ( I am sure they meant to say Tip Top ) road; Lyle Curtis of Midpines and Harvey Bonnell of Mormon Bar.
Fryers are being raised on the Cleo Smith ranch and Wallace Heyne also has started a large flock- cferoben
MARIPOSA COUNTY REJECTS MID OFFER AS TOO SMALL Modesto Bee, Monday, May 25, 1959
Mariposa, Mariposa Co- an offer by the Merced Irrigation District to help pay for a Mariposa County water project on Merced River tributaries has been rejected as offering too little an amount.
The county supervisors Thursday rejected the MID's offer of the first $2,000,000 above its own financing needs of any federal flood control allocation it might receive.
The MID's offer was a compromise arrangement to help Mariposa County carry on its own development of local streams and clear the way for the $83,000,000 tri dam development the MID is attempting to launch.
The supervisors also authorized the county's water counsel, Adolph Moskowitz of Sacramento, to make preparations for filing petitions of interventions with the federal power commission and the state water rights board on the MID's proposed river project.
After making the offer of the first $2,000,000 at a May 14th meeting, the MID promises that any remaing flood control funds would be divided on the basis of 75 per cent to the MID, 25 per cent to Mariposa County.
The MID will ask the federal government for at least $13,000,000 in flood control funds to help pay for its three dam project.
Mariposa County contends it will cost between $7,590,000 to $15,470,000, depending on construction dates, to build 10 reservoirs on local streams.
A Mariposa County spokesman said his county does not wish to interfere with the MID project but "as a county of origin, we are entitled to a reasonable amount of water, either from the local streams or the south fork."
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WARNE POINTS UP IMPORTANCE OF AGUA FRIA DAM PROJECT
by Bryce White
Mariposa- Construction of the proposed $4.65 million Agua Fria Dam five miles southwest of here would not only provide domestic water and answer recreation needs but also would ease some of the overcrowding at Yosemite Nation Park.
This was forecast by William Warne, state director of water resources, when he toured the proposed dam site Friday in company with about 40 state and count officials and local residents.
"This is an exceptionally qualified area for recreation and the reservoir will do much to relieve tourist saturation at Yosemite," Warned declared while standing on a mountain overlooking the spot where the dam would be built.
Warne urged the Mariposa County Water Agency, which is planning the dam project, to go ahead with submission of an application for state grant under the Davis-Grunsky Act. which could provide 38 per cent of construction moneys.
The county water agency, which is composed of the county supervisors, last month submitted an application for a federal grant under Economic Development Act. Public Law 136 (hard to read) which would provide 50 percent of construction funds.
This leaves 12 per cent to be raised by the county. Warne said the county water agency could apply for a state loan for this amount under the Davis-Grunsky Act.
But before the county could apply for the $558,000 loan , voters of Mariposa County would have to approve the action.
The board of Supervisors, awaiting word on the application for federal funds, is prepared to call an election and this could be in the spring.
Warne offered his complete moral support to the venture.
"We're all for you. You can do it," he said, offering the technical aid of his staff. The state in 1964 decided the dam project would be economically justified and financially feasible.
He declared that now is the time for mountain counties like Mariposa to develop future water supplies before prime water areas are taken over by other communities in the state.
The county has hired the firm of McCreary & Koretsky of San Francisco to make engineering studies for the dam and results of it could be ready soon. The reports will be needed by the federal and state governments before action is taken on requests for funds. Sanford Koretsky, of the engineering firm, said it may take from six weeks to six months for state and federal engineers to check results of the study, depending on how much time they have available.
Warne also said Agua Fria is the prototype of a series of small dams which may be built in the mountain counties in the years to come. One dam of a similar size is in the final planning statges at Box Canyon in Siskiyou County on the Sacramento River and other dams are suggested in Placer and El Dorado Counties, he said.
178 FEET HIGH
Under the plan proposed by the Mariposa County Water Agency, Agua Fria dam would be constructed at the confluence of Mariposa and Agua Fria Creeks. The earth or rock fill dam would rise 178 feet from the creek bed and would back up water over 1,280 acres. The reservoir formed would hold a maximum of 50,000 acre feet of water.
Drinking water would be provvided for the communities of Mariposa, Catheys Valley and Mormon Bar and there wuld be a small amount allocated to irrigate about 700 acres of orchard land.
Recreation facilities initially would include 27 camping areas, 200 picnic units, a boat launching ramp and a bathing beach.
(The Lake That Never Happened)
Modesto Bee- May 20, 1967
Mariposa Acts on Agua Fria Project
Mariposa- The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, acting as the County Water Agency, has authorized applications for 54,500 acre feet of water rights for Agua Fria Project.
The $4.5 million project, whose 54, 500 -acre foot lake would cover 1,280 surface acres along a 24 mile shoreline, is expected to ease some of the overcrowding at Yosemite National Park with its recreation facilities as well as providing domestic and irrigation water.
The supervisors also authorized seeking a grant of $33,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the preparation of preliminary and final plans for the project.
They also okayed payment of $12,600 to the firm of McCreary and Koretsky of San Francisco for engineering services in the preparation of a formal application for construction funds under the Davis-Grunsky Act.
Ask More Funds
They also noted that a request has been made to the state to up the Davis Grunsky contribution to the projects from $2 million to $2.5 million. Davis-Grunsky would furnish 38 per cent and the federal government, under the Economic Development Act, 50 per cent.
Plans call for a rock fill dam 178 feet high at the confluence of Mariposa and Agua Fria Creeks. Recreation facilities initially would include 27 camping areas, 200 picnic units, bathing beach and boat launch.
At their recent meeting, the supervisors also took under consideration feasibility reports on the expansion of the Mariposa County Airport and approved the housing of the Hornitos fire truck in the Gagliardo Building on a lease.
They also continued the contract with the State Department of Public Health for county service from July 1, 1967 to June 20, 1968.
ASSEMBLY WILL VIEW AGUA FRIA PROJECT
Modest Bee and News-Herald, June 25, 1967
Mariposa- The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce is urging its membership to attend 1:30 pm hearing tomorrow on the Agua Fria Project.
The $4.8 million project will be discussed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee in a special room reserved for a large audience.
The chamber membership was urged to back the project at its latest meeting. Leroy Radanovich was elected president; Perel Barnes, first vice president; Jack Ritter, second vice president, and Ruth Robinson, secretary-treasurer.
24 Mile Shoreline
The Agua Fria Project, whose 54,500- acre foot lake would cover 1.280 surface acres along a 34 mile shoreline is expected to ease some of the overcrowding at Yosemite National Park with its recreational facilites as well as providing domestic and irrigation water.
A request has been made to the state to increase the Davis-Grunsky Act contribution to the project from $2 million to $2.5 million.
Davis-Grunsky would provide 38 per cent of the cost, the county 12 per cent and the federal governament, under the Economic Development Act, 50 per cent.
Plans call for a rockfill dam 178 feet high at the confluence of the Mariposa and Agua Fria Creeks. Recreation facilities would include 27 camping areas,200 picnic units, bathing beach and boat launch.
At its meeting , the chamber approved the idea of a retirement community in Mariposa as presented by Enos Cotton.
He showed a plat with the location of one and two-bedroom units, aloing with recreation and restaurant facilities on property at the north end of Mariposa where Highways 140 and 49 join.
A resolution was approved opposing raising of the hourly wage to $1.65 as being injurious to the industry and recreaton of Mariposa County.
MARIPOSANS CONTINUE ZONE LAWS
Modest Bee and News-Herald, November 2, 1970
Mariposa- Interim zoning ordinances for Mariposa County, first adopted to cover a 90 day period and then extended for a year, hare been extended for still another year by Mariposa County supervisors to enable county planners time to complete a master zoning plan.
The interim ordinances establish all the county except Yosemite National Park and portion of the community of Mariposa an unclassified zone, requiring property owners to obtain a use permit before changing their land from its present to a different use.
Also under the ordinances, developers of mobile home parks are required not only to obtain county use permits, but to install access roads which conform to county standards. Still another provision of the ordinances sets controls and restrictions on wild-animal parks.
NONE PREVIOUSLY- sparsely populated Mariposa County had no zoning legislation prior to adoption of the interim ordinances, and its ranchers, miners and woodsmen have tended to look with a hostile eye upon any restriction of absolute control of their property.
However, with the California population surge sweeping into the mountains, pressure has begun to mount among county residents for zoning protection.
In another matter at their latest meeting, supervisors voted to support Proposition 1, which would enable the state to sell $250 million in bonds to help finance construction of sewage disposal plants and water pollution control projects. The proposition could provide funds for projects in northern Mariposa County, according to supervisors.
Supervisors learned during the meeting that the local office of the State Department of Human Resources will be closed this winter for economy reasons.
Mariposa claims will be handled by mail through the Merced office following an initial visit by applicants to the Merced facility.
GRANDMOTHER, 68, PACKS MAIL, HUNTS, TUNES CARS
Modest Bee and News-Herald, November 26, 1972
by Bill Donnelly
Mariposa= Most people at the age of 68 are ready to slow down, sit back and lead the quiet life. Not so Mrs. Pearl Cabezut of Mariposa, who puts in a 60-hour week delivering mail and on Sunday hunts goes fishing or drives to Nevada to "try her luck"
Mrs. Cabezut, a grandmother, also finds time to tune up her small station wagon, including putting in new spark plugs and points, and installs new brake drums.----------------------------------
"I've never missed a day of work because of sickness," says Mrs. Cabezut who started delivering mail in 1947". "The only time I've taken off is for funerals in my own immediate family," she adds.
She started her postal career in Coulterville and worked out of five different post offices before taking over under a contract the route to Midpines and other rural areas near Mariposa. She also had the Coulterville route, but lost out on bidding when two routes were combined in 1963.
MISSED A DAY
She then subleased the Mariposa area route and had only one day when she could not deliver the mail. That was in 1967 and she tried but her tire chains broke in heavy snow and it was late afternoon before she could get her car moving.
Mrs. Cabezut has experienced other "trying" days during her career, including the time she opened a rural box and found a coiled snake.
The snake was dead and Mrs. Cabezut says "it was some new kids in the area who had just put up a mailbox". The reptile turned out to be a bull snake which had been coiled by the kids.
She has received only one dog bite during the long career delivering mail in the rugged, mountain country east and north of Mariposa.
Mrs. Cabezut does not let down a bit on her day off although she sold some cos she had about three years ago after having to do milking chores twice daily before then.
She still has a horse, owns her own home and is proud of her ability as a hunter and fisherman.
Her husband died in 1947 and a son was killed in World War II. A daughter also died and only one of the remaining children, a daughter, lives in Mariposa.
She has 297 stops, 597 boxes and 670 people on her route, which she says has more than doubled in size the past five years.
LOTS OF PEOPLE
"There are a lot of new people back in the hills," she explains, nothing that many of them are retired couple.
She admits to a penchant for gambling and likes to go with two or three other Mariposa women to Lake Tahoe or Reno on a gambling trip on some of her days off.
Mrs. Cabezut feels she thrives on the long work week and apparently will continue to deliver the mail as long as she has the contract. She is not under Civil Service and there is no mandatory retirement.
"I could draw Social Security and I have some insurance coming in," she point out but she says she like the work and, "it's a lot better than being on welfare."
MARIPOSA COUNTY MULLS START OF BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Modesto Bee, Monday July 19, 1976
Mariposa- The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is considering a request from members of the building industry that a county building department be established.
Bob Rader, spokesman for the industry, recalled that a committee had been set up to consider the matter two years ago when the county was faced with the elimination of a state building inspector in Mariposa County.
Rader pointed out that Mariposa is the only county in the state that has not established a building department. He said gees generated by inspections would support such a department.
The supervisors have appointed a committee to study the proposal. Members are Rader, Robert Chivers, Supervisors Tom Richardson and Gene Dalton and Planners Bruce Jacobs, Tom Higgins, George Greenamyer and Darrel Deal.
The committee findings will be submitted before budget hearings.
Rader stated the building industry has an annual payroll of $1,200,000 and that the present time there are $4,500,000 in finished projects or programs under contract.
The boad accepted Conflict of Interest Codes from the Assessment Appeal Board , the John C. Fremont Hospital Board, parks and recreation department, road department, county engineer and surveyor, superintendent of schools , sheriff's department, county assessor , Local Agency Formation Committee, county counsel, district attorney and welfare department.
It again will request that codes be submitted from the treasuer-tax collector, Mariposa Resources Convservation District, Mariposa Public Utility District, parks and recreation commission, planning commission, constable and Yosemite Alpine Community Services District.
The people had felt the code was not applicable to them, but the supervisors say that it is, and will hold the necessary public hearings on the matter on Aug 3 at 2.p.m.
OLD DUMP DAYS ARE NUMBERED
January 24, 1974, Modesto Bee
COULTERVILLE- Since early Gold Rush days, each family on the north side of Mariposa County has disposed of its own trash and garbage.
Most ranches and mines had their own private camping places, now happy hunting grounds for relic and bottle collectors.
As the population increased and towns sprang up, central dumping grounds were established and finally the County of Mariposa provided two dumps, one on Greeley Hill and the other in Coulterville. The two dumps were burned off regularly.
Now the dumps must go. The Greeley Hill dump being on National Forest land, already has been closed down , and Coulterville's will be following 90-day extension of its scheduled closing date.
On the job here as volunteer overseer of the Coulterville dam is Guy Carrico, a favorite town character who for years panned gold from Mariposa streams.
County officials have not yet decided on how to handle solid waste disposal here when the Coulterville dump closes; several alternatives are being disused.
According to action by Mariposa County Supervisors this week, the Greeley Hill dump will be covered by the county at a cost of about $600, with the State Division of Forestry then expending $5,00 to return the site to its natural state with the help of prison labor.
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