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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
Contributed by deesar

Description: May 10-15, 1869

Date: May 1869

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co.

>>MONDAY, 10 MAY 1869<<

BIRTH -- at Hornitos, April 29th, to the wife of C. PETERSON, of a son.

BIRTH -- at Hite's Cove, April 28th, to the wife of S.K. STANLEY, of a son.

BIRTH -- at Bear Valley, April 29th, to the wife of Louis TRABUCCO, of a son.

MARRIED -- at Sonora, May 3, Frederick MAYER and Miss Pauline Louisa ZIEGLER.

MARRIED -- at Rough and Ready, Tuolumne county, May 3, John BELTZ and Miss Annie McBRIDE.

DIED -- at Linden, San Joaquin county, May 8, Mrs. Nancy CROCKER, mother of Mrs. C.C. RYNERSON and the Messrs. WASLEY, of that place. [see below]

DIED -- at Knight's Ferry, April 21, Annie A., wife of E.T. STONE, aged 31 years, 5 months, 18 days.

FUNERAL -- The remains of Mrs. Nancy CROCKER, mother of Messrs. WASLEY, of Linden, and mother-in-law of ex-Sheriff RYNERSON, were interred in Rural Cemetery yesterday. The funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church. The deceased was a lady of great personal worth and stood high in the affection of her relatives and the esteem of her neighbors and acquaintances. The funeral was largely attended.

CHILD STOLEN by INDIANS -- We summarize the following from the Grass Valley 'National' of May 6th: On Tuesday last several families, numbering about 20, went down to ADAMS' ranch, about 10 miles from town, to have a social picnic. On arriving there a shady arbor was erected, and after partaking of a collation the company prepared for a dance. The sound of the music attracted about a dozen Indians to the spot, and they were hospitably treated by the party. After their departure it was discovered that a child of James POLLARD, a boy of about 4 years, was missing. Search was made for him, but without success. About 10 o'clock in the evening a little negro boy, who had been acting as waiter for the picnickers, when about 3 miles from camp, on his way home, heard a faint sound in the woods, and calling his father, they searched the place, and found the child lying down in the leaves. The party in search were soon brought to the spot by the exclamations of the negroes, and the child restored to his delighted father. It is supposed the Indians stole and carried him there, either from revenge for not getting more wine, or in the hope of obtaining a reward.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY ITEMS -- We clip from the 'Union Democrat' of May 8th:
-A little boy, 6 years old, son of L. JACOBS, of Columbia, was drowned last Tuesday afternoon. A large lot, which has been mined out, on Main street, near M. RHEM's saloon, is now full of water. On this pond is a small boat, which the boy had got into and was rocking himself from side to side when he fell out. Some boys were looking on and saw the drowning boy come up to the surface 2 or 3 times; he had sunk for the last time before they gave the alarm. He was fished out with a butcher's hook as speedily as possible, but when found life was extinct. He was buried in the Hebrew Cemetery, Sonora, last Wednesday afternoon.
-On Wednesday, April 28th, the dwelling house of Wm. LUCAR, and the saloon of Owen DONAHUE, at Uniontown, were destroyed by fire. We have not learned the particulars.

>>TUESDAY, 11 MAY 1869<<

BIRTH -- near Paradise City, May 5th, to the wife of Nathaniel MALLARD, of a son.

MARRIED -- in this city, May 9th, by Rev. J.H. MADDUX; John S. STOWELL and Miss E.S. KEYS.

MARRIED -- near Visalia, April 22d, C.M. MONROE and Mrs. Frances LEE.

MARRIED -- in Visalia, April 28th, James A. JASPER and Miss M.E. BLAIR.

SUDDEN DEATH -- Yesterday afternoon a dispatch was received in this city, stating that Ned JARVIS, of Stockton, had died in a fit at San Jose.

INDECENT EXPOSURE -- Thomas ENNIS, arrested by officer Kerr for indecent exposure, was found guilty in the Police Court yesterday and fined $20.

PAINFUL ACCIDENT -- Yesterday, Beamis QUIGLEY had the thumb, 1st & 2nd fingers of his right hand cut off by a circular saw at Matteson & Williamson's shop, corner of Main and California streets. He was pushing a block of wood against the saw and his hand slipped. Surgical aid was promptly rendered. The unfortunate man's sufferings for a time were intense.

"THE LAST SPIKE" -- Yesterday, the telegraph intimated that the connection of the Central and Union Pacific Railroads was made precisely at 7 minutes before 12 o'clock, and the last spike driven. A small gun, prepared by Mr. FRAZER, operator in the office of the Western Union Telegraph office in this city, was fired by telegraph at the time the finishing blow on the railroad was given.

CHILD MUTILATED by a HOG -- The Gold Hill 'News' of May 6th contains the following: Yesterday afternoon in Silver City, a little boy, between 3 & 4 years of age, a son of Paul GROSS, while playing on the back porch of his father's house, or shop, accidentally fell off the porch, a distance of some feet, down into the yard, and upon a little of small pigs, who set up a terrible squeal, and before the child could be rescued the sow caught his right arm, just above the elbow, in her ponderous jaws, and notwithstanding the father had hold of the child and kept kicking the brute, she refused to release her hold until the child's arm was completely crushed for several inches.

>>WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 1869<<

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY -- On Monday night an attempt was made to enter or break into the saloon of John COOMBS, corner of Main and California streets. The proprietor heard the operator at work on the door outside and fired a shotgun loaded with buck shot or pistol bullets. The charge went through the door, but whether or not any person was hit, is not known. The watchman on the premises of Matteson & Williamson, on the opposite side of Main street from the saloon, observed a man leaving, but failed to arrest him. This is the 2nd attempt made to break into Mr. COOMBS' saloon.

ANOTHER DARING BURGLARY -- On Monday night last the fire-proof brick store of N. LASTRETO, on the corner of San Joaquin and Washington streets, was broken into and robbed of a large sum of money, the exact amount of which is not stated, but is supposed to be some 6 or 7 thousand dollars. Mr. LASTRETO kept his money hid away in different parts of the store. A large sum of gold was deposited in a sack of wheat, and in another sack of wheat was a large quantity of silver coin; also, another sum, in silver, hidden among a pile of boxes. There was also a quantity of jewelry stowed away in the store. This was also overhauled and left behind. The burglars made a clean sweep of the money. Chief of Police FLETCHER found the tools which the villains had used, and finds that they belong to the Globe Iron Works, and are a part of the same lot that was stolen from that establishment at the time the late burglary was perpetrated at the warehouse of L.L. HOWLAND & Co. This species of villainy is becoming truly alarming in Stockton, and it is time that every effort possible on the part of officers and citizens should be exerted to bring the perpetrators to justice and put an end to such high-handed outrages.

CHARITABLE -- Yesterday Dr. HOLDEN collected $94.50 in aid of the widow and orphans of the late James SMITH, of Copperopolis. The money will be forwarded by express.

SUICIDES in EL DORADO COUNTY -- The 'Mountain Democrat' of May 8th says:
-Corner Bayless held an inquest on the 20th of April on the body of R.E. BARNES, a native of Connecticut, aged 46 years, who committed suicide by taking strychnine, near Gold Hill, in this county, on the 14th ultimo. The cause of the rash act is supposed to have been mental depression from the effects of drink, he having been addicted to occasional sprees. He left the following letters, 1 addressed to BRADFORD and 1 to HUNT:
"To Mr. BRADFORD: Take a bill of goods of FRASER and pay for them, or return them. Bury me at Gold Hill, decent, if Mike will allow it. If that bill is allowed, which it ought to be, and 10 fold more, write to George BARNES, Roxbury, Conn., of my death; probably this will settle the revenue. Good bye all. R.E. BARNES"
"To Mr. HUNT: I take this course of going out of the world, as even as I ever will be. I will take my boots off to die, for I am no robber or murderer. BARNES"
-Coroner Bayless was called upon to hold another inquest on the body of a suicide -- Thomas McNEIL -- in Kelsey, on Friday last. The evidence adduced showed that the name of deceased was Thomas McNEIL, aged about 50 years, a native of Ireland, and that he came to his death by shooting himself through the head with a shotgun, on the 29th of April, 1869, in his own house, about 2 miles from the town of Kelsey, in this county.

AFTER THE SPIKE -- The Reno 'Crescent' of May 8th says: As soon as the ceremonies are over at Promontory Point, the gold and silver spikes will be drawn, and Governor STANFORD, Charlie CROCKER, Senator STEWART and Brigham YOUNG, will have a quiet game of "draw" to determine whether the precious booty shall be presented to the State Library of Utah, Nevada or California. STANFORD will play for California; CROCKER will also play for California, but will have a contingent interest in STEWART's game; while Brigham will do his level best for Utah, and Senator STEWART will, while playing for Nevada, have an eye contingent on the hands of both CROCKER and BRIGHAM.

FATAL ACCIDENT -- Last Friday, Geo. DeSORZA was killed in the hydraulic claims of James QUINN, near Yreka by the caving of a bank. Manuel TROVA, was also seriously injured at the same time. They were both Portugese.

>>THURSDAY, 13 MAY 1869<<

MARRIED -- at the residence of Milton BAKER, in this city, May 12th, by the Rev. Mr. TUCKER; Augustus BRONSON to Lizzie LARMACE [spelling iffy], all of Stockton.

MARRIED -- in this city, May 12th, by Rev. Father CASSADY; Albert ECKSTROM to Miss Mary MAGUIRE.

MARRIED -- in this city, May 12th, by Rev. Father CASSADY; C.M. HARRISON to Miss Sarah Z. MAGUIRE. [With the above announcements came bountiful supplies of champagne and confectionery, wherein friend BRONSON, ECKSTROM and HARRISON and their fair helpmeets were duly remembered. May their future be happy and prosperous.]

MARRIED -- in this city, May 8th, by Rev. J.G.H. BOLLINGER; Joseph HEINZE and Miss C. REICHERT, both of Stockton.

DIED -- in San Francisco, May 11th, Eva, youngest daughter of Newton and Claressa BAGLEY, aged 2 years, 10 months. [The funeral will take place from the Methodist Church, corner of Weber avenue and San Joaquin street, in this city, today at 10 o'clock a.m. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.]

SERENADE -- Albert ECKSTROM and C.M. HARRISON, with their young brides, were serenaded last night by the Cornet Band. That manner of paying them a compliment on the event of their marriage was doubtless pleasing to the recipients and was highly gratifying to their many friends. May they live long and always be happy in the smile of good fortune.

VALUABLE STOCK -- Yesterday, 2 Chieftain colts and a Black Hawk filly were shipped from this city to George CONGDON, proprietor of Fashion Livery Stable, San Francisco. One of the colts was purchased from George FOX and the other from Mr. PRAY. The filly was bought from LUCAS & GRATTAN.

FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR ALLISON RANCH -- The Grass Valley 'National' of May 10th says: Sunday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, a serious accident occurred at VANT's ranch, which is just below ALLISON Ranch, which resulted in the death of James JONES, aged 11 years, and son of Edward JONES. It appears that several lads were playing on an over-shot water wheel which is on the Phoenix Company's claims, but which is not now used. The wheel turned and James JONES was struck heavily on the back, between the shoulders, and instantly killed. He was a very bright and promising boy.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT -- About half-past 6 o'clock yesterday evening, says the 'Chronicle' of May 11th, an old man named ELLWOOD, about 80 years of age, while under the influence of liquor, fell from the 1st floor of the Merchant's Exchange to the basement, a distance of about 12 feet, striking on his head, inflicting a frightful gash in his forehead.

>>SATURDAY, 15 MAY 1869<<

HICKMAN'S HALL -- Mr. AYERS' entertainment at Hickman's Hall last night was well attended considering the fact that a concert was given at the theater. S.S. BLAISDELL was the lucky person who received the piano.

WAR of RACES in SHASTA -- The 'Courier' of May 8th says: A fight occurred at French Gulch on Saturday, between DESMOND, MADDEN, MURRAY and several other white miners, and a party of Chinese, numbering over a dozen. The row grew out of a difficulty caused by the erection of a dam or gate on the MADDEN claim, which caused a water ditch to overflow the claim owned and worked by the Chinese. The Chinese became exasperated at having their diggings overflowed and organized a raid for the purpose of tearing out the dam in the MADDEN claim. This proceeding was resisted and a fight ensued, in which shovels, clubs, stones, etc., were used very freely. After a hotly contested battle of several minutes duration the Chinese forces were routed. MURRAY was hurt by a blow on the arm, and MADDEN received a cut on the head from a shovel, which clipped a small piece of bone from the skull. Several of the Celestial combatants were badly hurt and their condition is reported to be critical. A number of the Chinese who participated in the fight have been arrested with intent to kill.

SUPPOSED INFANTICIDE -- The San Francisco 'Times' of May 13th says: T. O'BRIEN, by order of Coroner LETTERMAN, visited Petaluma yesterday and brought to the city the body of an infant child which had died here under mysterious circumstances. The child was the daughter of Mrs. HYLTON. It was about 2 months old. Mrs. HYLTON resided somewhere on Stockton street. It is reported that at 6 o'clock last Sunday evening the child was in good health. At a later hour in the evening it was heard to cry by the neighbors. Between 12 & 1 o'clock at night Mrs. HYLTON informed some of the neighboring women that it was dead. On examining the body they found it to be cold and stiff. It is said there was some marks of violence about the head or neck. The Coroner on learning these facts, took steps to postpone the burial of the child until an investigation could be had, but found that the remains of the child had been sent to Petaluma for interment.

AN HONEST ACT -- The 'Record' of May 13th says: We sometimes feel grieved to record an act of villainy and dishonesty on the part of a young man. But when a truly honest act attracts our attention we hasten to make it known. A lady named Mrs. Mary COADY arrived in this city on the afternoon train of Tuesday from Virginia City, and on alighting from the cars dropped her purse containing $65, but did not miss it until ready to leave the depot. Being left penniless by the loss, she felt it severely, and made every exertion to recover it. While talking with an officer concerning her distress, a young German approached and inquired if any person had lost a purse. On being answered in the affirmative and on describing property, he produced the identical purse with its contents, and stated that he had felt it beneath his foot on stepping from the car, and had since been seeking for the owner. The lady was rejoiced, and John LASSEN (of Virginia), for such was his name, received her warmest thanks.

FATAL ACCIDENT -- The 'Union' of May 14th has the following: At Rio Vista May 11th, John ANDERSON was thrown from a mowing machine by one of the wheels dropping into a hole. He fell in front of the sickle and was dragged some 30 yards. Both his arms and some of his ribs were broken, beside being horribly mangled with the sickle. After the machine had run over him he got up and walked a few feet, and by that time his wife and son came up, they being near by with a pail of water. He said to them: "Do not be frightened; I do not think I am very much hurt;" but he soon fell down and never spoke but once afterward. He died the same evening.

RAPE of a CHILD by a CHINAMAN -- We clip from the Truckee 'Tribune' of May 8th: On last Sunday, a Chinaman who had been employed by Charles NUCE, of the Truckee House, at Crystal Peak, committed rape upon a daughter of NUCE, only 6 years old. The child has contracted a loathsome disease. NUCE made the Chinaman own to having tampered with the child. He then took the Chinaman to the bank of the river, shot him and threw him into the stream. The Chinaman struggled and crawled out, when NUCE beat him over the head with a stone, and he fell back into the river, and it was the last that was seen of the Chinaman. Public opinion is that NUCE did only his duty.

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We are interested to know whether the child asserts that the Chinaman did the deed, or whether NUCE has any other evidence to that effect besides the admission he forced from him; and until so informed reserve judgment whether to agree with the "public opinion" of Truckee or to consider NUCE a brutal murderer.


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