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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
Contributed by deesar

Description: September 5-10, 1864

Date: September 1864

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA

>>MONDAY, 5 SEPT 1864<<

KILLED - John MARTIN, aged 9 years, son of Charles MARTIN, residing near Linden, was killed on Thursday, 1st instant, by a log falling upon him. He said he was going to cut wood to take a little girl, a playmate, to the Fair, and after cutting a tree an older brother helped him and rolled the log off the bank, upon which the timber struck the lad on the head and killed him instantly.

DROWNED in a VAT - A Mr. KRUSE, brewer, at Vallecito, Calaveras county, fell into one of the vats containing hot liquor, in the Vallecito Brewery, on Thursday, August 25th. The deceased leaves a wife and 5 small children to mourn his loss.

>>TUESDAY, 6 SEPT 1864<<

THE YACHICUMNES - This is the name of a tribe of Indians, the small remnant of which (15 in number) yesterday passed through the suburbs of town, en route toward the Mt. Diablo region. They were the primitive inhabitants of this country and before the white man had spread his tent or set his traps for beaver, they hunted and fished and were the undisputed occupants of all the lands between this city and the Diablo range. An old city directory printed here in 1852, thus speaks of them:

"In the neighborhood of the city numerous traces are still to be seen of their camps, which are objects of much interest. Soon after the white faces appeared on the river, their numbers were thinned and the remnant of the tribe removed to the wild country on the coast range. It was the custom of their chiefs, however, after Mr. C.M. WEBER settled upon this grant, to pay that gentleman an annual visit, and to give and receive presents, and the reciprocation, on the part of that gentleman, of kindnesses, generated a feeling of respect toward him. These visits had been discontinued 3 years, but on the 10th January, 1852, the remnant of the tribe again appeared on the Levee in front of Mr. WEBER's residence. 10 families, only, are left of the Yachicumnes. The men are of medium stature, and have a venerable appearance. They are now settled on Amador's Ranch, in the neighborhood of the coast range. The canoes in which they came, are great curiosities, being the same as those originally in use by the native of this country. They are constructed entirely of the tule reed, strongly lashed with willow strips and are very buoyant. It may not be generally known that the California Indians never constructed canoes out of the trunks of trees. Their implements for spearing fish are made of bone, and have a very primitive appearance. On January 13, 1844, C.M. WEBER, Esq., and Mr. GULNAC obtained their grant from Manuel MITCHELTORENO to this neighborhood and in August of the same year, it was made a pueblo, and in the early part of 1845, there were some 7 residences here. Unfortunately, at this time, the small pox broke out with great violence among the Indians and settlers, and most of the latter went to San Jose to escape its ravages, or to obtain medical assistance. I their absence the Indians rose upon the remaining settlers, murdered Mr. LINDSEY, on the ground now called Lindsey's Point, and every building was burned to the ground. The cattle and horses were carried off. This was one of the 1st difficulties attending the birth of our city. In the year 1846, it appears that Mr. WEBER started a fresh settlement, with increased force and means, and brought a company of emigrants hither who were headed by one Napoleon [rest cut off]

COUNTY COURT - The following Grand Jury was empanneled:
S. VISCHER, Foreman
Samuel HOBBS
Theodore TRACY

ROBBER DEAD - The Mexican robber who was noticed in this place a few days ago as having robbed Mr. Ira LADD near the Stanislaus, and who was directly after followed and shot by LADD, was found dead within 400 yards of the place where the robbery was committed. He was shot in the head.

ADMINISTRATOR'S SALE - Will be sold at Public Auction on the premises on Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 1864:
-Lot No. 8, in Block No. 2 West, opposite Sperry & Co.'s mill
-Lot No. 40, Peninsula, adjoining the residence of S.T. NYE, Esq.
-Lot No. 5, Block No. 31 East, opposite the store of Nicholas LASTRETTO
Terms of Sale: Cash in United States gold coin
Administrators of the Estate of N.A. DEN, deceased
Stockton, Sept. 5th, 1864

>>WEDNESDAY, 7 SEPT 1864<<

DROWNED - As the steamer Lark was leaving the wharf at the foot of Commerce street, about 10 o'clock last night, a man named Nicholas WALSH accidentally fell overboard and was drowned before assistance could be rendered him. Mr. WALSH resided on the Calaveras, but was for the time employed as a hand on the steamer. The body had not been recovered at a late hour last night.

CASUALTY - On Monday night, a man named James CONN, a boarder at the Stockton Bakery Hotel, on Channel street, near American, while laboring under a temporary mental hallucination, fell or jumped out of a window of his bed-room in the 2nd story of the building, and came to the round in a sitting position with considerable force. He broke none of his bones, but sustained some internal derangement, for he has complained of intense pains in his abdomen ever since. He was removed to the infirmary of Dr. GRATTAN, who gives him every possible attention.

INSANE SOLDIER - Henry SHEARER, a crazy soldier aged 44 years, was arrested in San Francisco a few days ago and sent to Camp Union, Sacramento, at which place he was examined for his insanity and sent to the Asylum at this place, where he arrived last night.

THE WASHOE CATASTROPHE - Our peaceable city was thrown into a state of excitement yesterday morning by the receipt of a telegram from San Francisco, published elsewhere, announcing the explosion of the steamer Washoe, Capt. KIDD, bound from San Francisco to Sacramento, many people being seriously injured and others killed.

The Washoe was a new boat built in San Francisco in May last, her engines and boilers being from the foundry of Goss & Lambard, of Sacramento. She was what was called a "mongrel" boat, having high-pressure boilers, with engines of the low-pressure pattern, of sufficient size to drive along a much larger boat; and indeed it is the opinion of many experienced steamboatmen that had she been of greater length she would have been a faster boast.

She was commanded by George W. KIDD, her owner, formerly a banker in Nevada City, and her 1st engineer was W.L. PHILLIPS, a brother-in-law of Capt. KIDD and former master of the steamer Nevada, wrecked in the Sacramento 2 years ago.

The Washoe has been a fast, but most unfortunate boat, from the very day of her debut. She came upon the Sacramento river, as a tri-weekly packet, in the early part of May and ran regularly between the 2 cities till about the 25th of the same month, when she was withdrawn for alteration to her boilers. She resumed her trips in about 4 weeks, when she was run into and sunk by the steamer Yosemite, while lying at the dock at Benicia. The following day she was got off and completed her trip to Sacramento. On the 3d of July she started for San Francisco at 9am, but broke down at Collinsville, near the mouth of the Sacramento river, where she lay till the morning of the 4th, when she went to the Bay, where she arrived without further mishap. Some 10 days elapsed before she got to running again, and then she only made about 2 weeks clear running when was withdrawn to put a "mud drum" into her boilers, which were found to secrete mud so as to be dangerous. The danger was this: her boilers were of such a bad pattern that it was almost impossible for a man to get into them and clean them out when they became foul. If a cake of mud should collect in one of the boilers that would prevent the water from coming in contact with the iron which would consequently be burnt and rendered unfit to bear the pressure of water, but on the contrary liable to explode at any moment. The "mud drum" being completed she was again put on the Sacramento river, making trips against the Yosemite, instead of the Chrysopolis, and a few days since a 2nd collision occurred between the 2 boats just above Rio Vista. Cards in the newspapers were published by both parties, and the affair created considerable talk among the friends of the rival boats, but it had somewhat subsided until day before yesterday when it broke out afresh on the announcement that the Washoe would leave that (Monday) afternoon for Sacramento, stopping at all the landings.

The junior editor of this paper having been on a visit to the Bay City, was a passenger to this city on the steamer Helen Hensley, Capt. CUSHING, on that afternoon, on which occasion 4 boats left Broadway Wharf almost simultaneously. The Helen Hensley left at precisely 4pm, followed by the Antelope, the Washoe next, and the Chrysopolis last. The Helen Hensley was opposite Alcatraz Island when the Chrysopolis left the end of the wharf. Onward came the 2 crack boact at a flight speed almost unknown in California waters, for the Chrysopolis passed the Washoe just off the "toe" of Angel Island, and shot by the Hnesley, as if she were at anchor, off the brickyards of California City; the Washoe passed the Hensely close to Red Rock. The Antelope, which never caught the Hensley, had the freight and a few passengers; the Washoe about freight enough to throw her 6 inches "by the head," and about 170 passengers; the Chrysopolis about 250 passengers and no freight. When the Hensley rounded Point San Pablo, the Washoe and Chrysopolis, in a dense cloud of smoke, were entering the Straits of Carquinez; when we were opposite Point Pinole both boats had rounded Arsenal Point, above Benicia, and had disappeared, behind the high promontory, in Suisun Bay. Occasionally, as we emerged into Suisun Bay, we fancied we could see their lights away up toward Rio Vista. The boats must have reached Rio Vista about 8 o'clock, for they could not have been at a less speed than 18 miles per hour when they passed the Helen Hensely.

The shock is a terrible one. No man who ever saw a boiler explosion can forget. It has been our misfortune to witness several, and of agonizing sights that of human beings scalded to death is the most terrible. We have seen sturdy soldiers, whose cheeks never blanched amid the carnage of war, weep like children at the bleeding, tortured victims of an explosion. Homes that once were heavens are now desolate, and their inmates wait for the once familiar footsteps that will never again gladden their ears. From all such oppositions and accommodations to the traveling public, Heaven deliver us, in future.


Destruction of the Steamer Washoe - Over 50 Killed and 75 Injured!

First Dispatch - Sacramento, Sept. 6 - The steamer Washoe, bound up the river, exploded below the old slough last enemy. A large number of passengers were killed and scalded. The Antelope took up 60 wounded and a number of survivors. A steamer is about leaving Sacramento to go to the wreck. A large number of women were on board - nearly all of whom were killed or injured.

Second Dispatch - Sacramento, Sept. 6 - Mr. STEVENS, the clerk of the steamer Washoe, reports as follows: When the Washoe left Rio Vista she had on board 170 persons, including passengers, officers and crew. Of these all are accounted for but 45. The balance [these 45] are supposed to be lost. The register of names of state-rooms was in the clerk's office, which was completely destroyed.

Mr. STEVENS had just retired to an outside state-room when the explosion took place, the boat having passed the Hog's Back some 4 or 5 minutes. He had only taken his coat off, and by putting his hand to his mouth immediately did not inhale steam; and the door of his state-room being blown off, he got out on deck with his head and hands slightly scalded. The boat was about 20 yards off the left bank at the time, and the whole steering gear being destroyed, she took a shear and ran ashore, her bow providentially touching a tree, to which those not injured fastened the boat.

Had she not run ashore almost everybody on board would have been lost, as they could not steer the wreck, and they had no boats. The Washoe sank gradually astern. He reports the boat an entire wreck, her upper works being a complete ruin, and her hull badly strained. The boat was set on fire in 3 places, which added to the horror of the scene. The fire, however, was put out by the few who were uninjured. The explosion seemed to have been in the after part of 1 boiler, its course being upward and towards the stern. The scene for the 3 hours that elapsed before the Antelope came along, he describes as being most horrible. All who were alive had been taken ashore, but there was no shelter for them. Those of the wounded who were able to move sought shelter in the sand and brush, groaning and screaming with pain. One man who was scalded from head to foot, got ashore, and in a nude state stood and screamed for help, but would not allow any covering to be put on him. A woman in a similar condition came up on the Antelope.

Mr. STEVENS states that 2 young girls who came on board with a person named GOODYEAR were in an adjoining stateroom to his and must undoubtedly have perished, as the deck fell through immediately after the explosion. In another room was a Mr. VALLANDIGHAM and wife, from Boise river. Mr. VALLANDIGHAM was saved, very badly scalded, while his wife fell through the deck and was lost.

Edward STUART, book-keeper, was severely injured. A fireman named SIMON died on the Antelope. A Mr. BATCHELOR, and boy companion, traveling with a panorama, escaped through the skylight of the stateroom. He was only injured by cutting of the hands badly.

The following persons connected with the boat, are reported uninjured, viz:
Pilots BALDWIN and EASTMAN, who were in the pilot house
Mr. THOMPSON, the mate, who was thrown out of his room in the texas
Mr. PHILLIPS, one of the engineers
All the deck hands are reported to have escaped with slight injuries.

The following are reported injured:
Mr. GRUSH, the Steward, very badly
Mr. ANDERSON, engineer
2 firemen escaped with slight injuries
Another one is reported badly hurt
A woman named Annie McGEE, who was the only one in the lower after cabin at the time, had her leg broken by a part of the breeching of the boiler, which swept completely through the cabin, going out of the stern of the boat. The steam following immediately after scalded her severely.
MYERS, the cook, was seriously injured and is not excepted to live.

The explosion drove the fire and water from the boilers forward into the forecastle, while the steam mostly went aft. All below the main deck are supposed to have perished - it afterwards filling with water. Mr. STEVENS desires, on behalf of himself and the officers and crew of the Washoe, to express his thanks to the officers and crew of the Antelope, who did everything in their power to aid the sufferers; also to the fisherman whose house was near the wreck.

A man named CANNOVAN, only 3 weeks married, was on board with his wife and sister. He escaped uninjured, but his wife is dead and his sister is not expected to survive. The Howard Association have hired the Vernon House for a hospital for the sufferers, who, as soon as the Antelope reached the landing, were taken there on cots.

On board of the Antelope the scene was a most dreadful one. Her entire upper cabin, with the exception of the passage ways, being covered with mattresses on which the injured were lying, 63 in number. Others were in the ladies' cabin, and still others in the dining room. 4 are reported to have died on the Antelope. The names of the lost cannot be given at present, but we will probably be able to give a full list of the lost before night.

Third Dispatch, Sacramento, Sept. 6 p.m. - Partial List of Saved, Killed and Injured - The following is the list of the killed and injured, as far as can be ascertained at this present writing:

Father Jas. CALLAN, San Leandro
Mrs. L. LEKIE, Cork, Ireland
Albert H. MYERS, chief cook, Washoe, Sacramento
D. GRAY, Mr. VALLANDIGHAM, Idaho Territory
W. SIMPSON, fireman
Dr. ROSS, Ditch man of Greenwood, El Dorado county
Henry CLARK, owner stage line from Auburn to Michigan Bluffs
John C. TURNER, London, England
Thomas ANDERSON, San Francisco

J.G. BAKER, Sacramento
Anna McGEE, leg broken, Sacramento
Thomas DOWNARD, Sacramento
Charles MYER, Sacramento
H. CONNELLY, Sacramento
J.T. MARSHALL, San Francisco
G.W. POLLOCK, San Francisco
W.P. DUGAN, San Francisco
L.B. BLAKE, San Francisco
John SIMONS, San Francisco
James CLOONEY, Nevada
William T. WILLIAMS, Forrest Hill
W.H. HASKILL, Donner Lake
E. RICKETT, Boston
J.R. ROLLOCK, Virginia City
Henry STEIN, Boston
R.W. KINDER, Madison county, Illinois
D. THOMAS, Comptonville
M. BROWN, Portugal
H. BURGESS, Boston
Peter BROWN, New York
E. JACKSON, Dutch Flat
N.G. HAMILTON, Carson City
J.C. HARRA, Folsom
Manuel M. BROWN, Drytown
1 Chinaman, name unknown
Nicholas HAMM
D.M. ANDERSON, chief engineer, Washoe
John DAY, fireman
E.F. STEWART, barkeeper
Saul GRUSH, steward, Washoe
Nicholas SALAMENETI, Austin
Bartholomew GILLISPIE, Auburn
E. DODSON, colored boy (waiter), Washoe
S.M. HARION, Washoe city
Marshall PORTER, of Washoe
Conrad GROUTS, Deadwood, Placer county

H.H. STEVESN, cook, Washoe
Michael DUNN, fireman, Washoe
C. CROSSEN, San Francisco
Thos. FOX, Napa
Jno. CLINTON, deck hand, San Francisco
C.W. SMITH, San Francisco
W. BAKER, French Corral
Henry RAY, French Corral
Leopold KAVALISHA, cook, Washoe
Miss Margaret Hattie CUMMINGS, San Francisco
Benj. COGAR, Sacramento
Patrick DORAN, Sacramento
W.A. PLUNKETT, San Francisco

Miss Jane BROMING, San Francisco
J.M. BARDWELL, Michigan Bluffs
---- PRATT, Nicholas
Mrs. LEGGETT, boy and girl, Petaluma
Mrs. LANE, boy and girl, San Francisco
Thos. THOMPSON, Grizzly Flat
J.M. BARDWELL, Deadwood, Placer county
ROSENHEIM, San Francisco
G.W. KIDD, Captain, Washoe
BALDWIN, pilot
EASTON, pilot
Robt. MORRISON, mate of Washoe

Fourth Dispatch, Sacramento - Additional Particulars - Over 100 Killed and Missing - The explosion of the Washoe last night has occasioned the death of at least 100 persons. 25 have died here, and a large number more will die in the Vernon House Hospital before morning. The bodies of over 50 of the missing have not been recovered. The Goodman Castle has just returned from the scene of the disaster with 6 bodies - 1, a woman, unknown. It is impossible, owing to the confusion and excitement and the difficulty of identifying the dead and dying, to give the names of a quarter of those who died. Tomorrow we shall know more. The Howard Benevolent Society and citizens are doing everything possible to aid the injured.

>>THURSDAY, 8 SEPT 1864<<

BURIED - The funeral of Nicholas WALSH, who was drowned from the steamer Lark on Tuesday night, took place yesterday afternoon from St. Mary's church. The remains of the deceased were interred in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.

INDICTMENT - The Grand Jury yesterday (Wednesday, 7th) returned a true bill of indictment against Bernard McMAHON, policeman, for assault with intent to commit murder, upon the person of Thomas MURRAY, on the 21st day of August last, and ordered that the defendant appear before them for arraignment at 10 o'clock this (Thursday) morning.

>>FRIDAY, 9 SEPT 1864<<

BIRTH - in San Francisco, Aug. 3d, to the wife of Benj. P. KOOSER, of a daughter.

MARRIED - at Brighton, Sept. 5th, Wm. I. WALLACE, of San Joaquin, to Eunice T. JACKSON, of Prince Edward's Island.

DIED - in this city, Sept. 8th, Ira Gilbert, youngest son of Ira W. and Emily I. LADD, aged 10 months, 8 days. [The funeral will take place from their residence on the corner of American and Sonora streets, today at 10 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.]

OBITUARY - Henry B. WADDILOVE, an old resident of Sacramento county and for the last 4 years employed as freight agent at Folsom by the Sacramento Valley Railroad Company, died in convulsions yesterday at the Lunatic Asylum, of which institution he had been an inmate for the past 4 months. He was a native of England, aged about 40 years, and leaves a wife and 2 children to mourn his decease.

KILLED on the WASHOE - Mrs. Catherine GLEASON, wife of Patrick GLEASON, of this city, was one of the victims of the late terrible catastrophe on the Sacramento river and was found dead in the wheel of the exploded steamer. Her little daughter, Maggie, about 3 years old, was taken from the wreck badly scalded but still alive. The bereaved husband is in the employ of E.I. KEEP, of the Globe Foundry, and is a fit object of sympathy in his lamentable bereavement. The remains of Mrs. GLEASON will be brought to this city for burial, of which due notice will be given.

>>SATURDAY, 10 SEPT 1864<<

BIRTH - on Dry Creek, Stanislaus county, Sept. 5, 1864, to the wife of Wm. MARTIN, of a daughter.

COMMITTEES for the FAIR - The Board of Managers of the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Society have appointed the following committees on the various classes of articles to be exhibited at the forthcoming Fair:
-On Sheep and Goats - H.B. POST, L.R. BRADLEY, C.P. CROW
-On Jacks and Mules - Andrew BLOSSOM, Jos. DAVIS, M. CANICOFF
-On Pountry - Jas. WADSWORTH, Chas. GORHAM, Chas. A. POTTER
-On Agricultural Implements - J.B.L. COOPER, W.H. DERRICK, A.D. BALLARD, Chas. LEACH, T.P. WILLIAMSON
-On Buggies, Wagons, &c. - A. WOLF, J.T. HICKINBOTHAM, Charles CHRISTIAN
-On Engines, Boilers, and Blacksmith Work - W.P. MILLER, Josh. BARSTOW, T.J. KEYS, L.W. SAWYER, Robert DOW
-On Windmills and Pumps - E.B. BATEMAN, John HART, Hamilton STEWART
-On Bricks, etc. - Wm. LORD, Jas. EDWARDS, R.A. EASTMAN
-On Saddles and Harness - F. STEWART, A.B. RAYNOR, Clark SPAULDING
-On Grain - R.B. LANE, Austin SPERRY, J.D. PETERS
-On Hams, Bacon and Butter - A.S. CHASE, Henry HODGKINS, T.W. NEWELL
-On Mining Products and Mineralogy - C.T. MEADER, T. McCARTY, P.J. MERWIN, I.S. LOCKE, G.H. SANDERSON, W.A. OLDER
-On Apples and Pears - J.B. SAUL, B. WHITMAN, W.P. MILLER
-On Peaches and Apricots - T. MURRAY, A. STARKWEATHER, Jas. CROZIER, E. JARVIS, Andrew MYERS
-On Fruits in Spirits or Sugar - Mmes. Willard SPERRY, J. SARLES, S. FISHER, J.C. REID, F.A. GROVE
-On Vegetables - Ezra DANE, B.H. BROWN, H.M. FANNING
-On Figs, Pomegrantes, and Dried Fruits - B.W. OWENS, J.B. HOUCHE, T.A. STEWART, A. THORNDIKE, Clement DETTEN
-On Boots and Shoes - P. MENGEL, Charles WHITE, F. SEILNACHT
-On Printing - B. GALLUP, John GEDDES, Sam. BROWN, J.B. KENNEDY
-On Brooms and Woodenware - A.S. CHASE, Geo. NATT, F. ROSEMAN
-On Hats and Caps - W.H. GRAY, George VINCENT, E.D. KALISHER
-On Stoves, Tinware and Copperwork - L.W. SAWYER, L. BLISS, C.G. ERNEST, BARNES & ROOT
-On Boods and Fancy Articles - Melville COTTLE, Chas. HAAS, L.M. HICKMAN, Rev. R. HAPPERSETT
-On Hops, Drugs, Essential Oils, &c. - S.H. DEBNAM, R. PORTERFIELD, J.T. GIBBS
-On Bees and Honey - Jas. TAYLOR, W.K. WOODBRIDGE, Charles ASHLEY
-On Glass and Crockery - R.K. EASTMAN, B. WEBSTER, Henry LEWIS
-On Cake and Confectionery - C.A. POTTER, W. HAMPTON and John MILCO
-On Crochet Work - Mmes. R.B. LANE, T.W. NEWELL, J.D. PETERS, B.R. LIPPINCOTT, Misses Lucy GROVE, Harriett BRUSH, M.A. COBB and Eva RYNERSON
-On Bakers' Baking - C.A. POTTER, Luke KELLEY, R.K. REED
-On Wax-Work, Fruit and Flowers, Hair, Bead, Leather and Shell-Work - Mmes. J.G. GASMANN, H. HODGKINS, C.O. BURTON, S.T. NYE, B.W. BOURS, W. FOGARTY, W.S. McKEE
-On Painting, Drawing and Sculpture - H.B. UNDERILL, W.P. TILDEN
-On Daguerreoptyes, Photographs, &c. - C.T. MEADER, W.B. JEFFERSON, John GOODE, Rev. R. HAPPERSETT
-On Botany, Boquets, Green House Plants, &c. - L.M. CUTTING, B.R. LIPPINCOTT, S. FISHER
-On Cabinet Ware - A.B. BENNETT, Jerry ROBINSON, A.P. BLAKE

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