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Contra Costa Gazette
Contra Costa Gazette
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Description: September 1873

Date: September 1873

Newspaper published in: Pacheco, Contra Costa Co., CA

The Contra Costa Gazette
Pacheco, Contra Costa County, CA
SEPTEMBER 1873
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**Saturday, 6 SEPTEMBER 1873**

BORN - In Concord, August 19th, to Mr.&Mrs. G.H. HENSHAW, a son.

MARRIED - In Pacheco, Sept. 4th, at the residence of Noel FORGET, by G.R. OLIVER, Esq., J.P.; Mr. James J. STONE and Miss Anna SHERMAN, both of this county.

DIED - At the residence of his son, James M. STONE, Elias STONE, a native of New York, and a pensioned soldier of the last war with England, 1812-15, aged 79 years.

A VETERAN GONE -
An old and respected citizen, Mr. Elias STONE, who has been for some years in feeble decline, died at the residence of his son, James M. STONE, in San Ramon Valley, last Thursday morning, at the advanced age of 79 years. Mr. STONE was a native of New York State, and served as a soldier in the war of 1812-15. If we are not mistaken, he was under SCOTT, at the battle of Lundy's Lane, and in several other engagements. Within the past 2 or 3 years he had been in enjoyment of a pension from the Government for his patriotic services rendered 3 score years ago.

COUNTY COURT -
-Frank Antonio NAYO and Charles CHEVOSICH, were admitted to citizenship
-The following persons were admitted to citizenship, viz: Jose PONSE, James G. NOOKES, John CONDIE and William DUNCAN
-Domingo DELINO, David McFARISH, Geo. W. KNOX, Carl J. GEBANERS and Frank HEBEIS, were admitted to citizenship
-John CABEL, Arthur R. WALKER, John M. HUGHES, Robert PRUTTON, G.C. COMAN, Claus REES and James McCAULLEY were admitted to citizenship
-Joseph SIMMONS, Joseph VAREGAS and Gardner GANBELSON were admitted to citizenship
-Barry BALDWIN was admitted to citizenship

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**Saturday, 12 SEPTEMBER 1873**
[should read 13 September 1873]

DIED - In Clayton, Sept. 7th, George WALLACE, aged 28 years.

COUNTY COURT -
-Joseph VAREY and Joseph SIMMONS, admitted to citizenship

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THE LATE MR. JOHN DODD -
The following obituary notice of the father of John C. DODD, of Pinole, is from a Norfolk, Virginia paper, of which city the deceased had been a distinguished resident for more than half a century:

On Sunday morning a remarkable man died in this city. [Norfolk, VA] He was an Irishman by birth, came to Norfolk in 1818, acquired a large fortune by his own unaided exertions, and died at the great age of 91 years. To many of our people who have grown up or made their homes here since the war, Mr. DODD was known only as one of the patriarchs of Norfolk, and as the possessor of an ample fortune. But to those of us who have lived in the "Old Borough" during the eventful 55 years of his residence here, he was a familiar friend. We knew the powers of his mind, his exuberant spirits and his passionate love for intellectual society. For many years it was the habit of Mr. DODD to devote nearly every afternoon in some office on Main street to fellowship with the young and the old who learned to enjoy his good company.

Witty men frequently spoil all by their consciousness. Mr. DODD never smiled at his own humor however playful, and was invariably dignified and solemn when withering an adversary with the best of sarcasm.

It was these rare conversational talents, combined with high integrity and a heart that was formed for strong and lasting attachments, that made him such a favorite with the members of our old bar, only 2 of whom - Hon. John S. MILLSON and Tazewell TAYLOR, Esq. - now survive; and with the officers of the old navy, such as Commodores WARRINGTON, KENNEDY and BARRON.

The obsequies will be solemnized in St. Mary's Chapel, at 10 o'clock a.m. today, according to the imposing ritual of the Roman Catholic Church, of which he was an earnest and devoted member for many years.

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**Saturday, 20 SEPTEMBER 1873**

MARRIED - At Lafayette, SEPt. 17, by John SLITZ, Esq., J.P.; Benjamin F. HOUSTON and Miss Kate M. BOARDMAN.

A SQUIRREL'S BREAKFAST -
By actual count, 530 grains of wheat, equal to 12 or 13 average heads, were taken from the mouth of *1* squirrel killed in Sycamore Valley by Louis, a son of Mr. Charles WOOD, before 8 o'clock, one morning last week. On this evidence of the quantity of wheat of a single squirrel can pick up by ordinary breakfast time, we leave our readers to calculate the amount of pilfering the millions we are infested with are capable of accomplishing in a season.

COUNTY COURT -
-The People vs. Timothy ROONAN - convicted for assault with deadly weapon with intent to do bodily injury. Sentenced to 2 years confinement in the State Prison.
-John KEOUGH was admitted to citizenship

LAND SALE -
Mr. A.G. WILKES, of Tassajara, one of our oldest resident settlers, has disposed of his land, 640 acres, to his neighbor, Mr. John JOHNSON, at the rate of $25 per acre for hill and valley.

PERSONAL -
Rev. J.J. POWELL, now of Cloverdale, but formerly stationed at Clayton and Nortonville in this county, preached at Martinez last Sunday morning, and in the evening delivered a stirring temperance lecture.

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**Saturday, 27 SEPTEMBER 1873**

BORN - In Martinez, Sept. 25th, to Mr.&Mrs. Wm. J. HOUGH, a son.

BORN - In Lafayette, Sept. 24th, to Mr.&Mrs. Robert JONES, a son.

MARRIED - In Pacheco, Sept. 21st, by Rev. W.H. TUBB; Mr. Henry MARTY, of White Pine, Nevada, to Miss Sarah Alice WEAR of Pacheco.

MARRIED - At Clayton, Sept. 21st, by D.S. CARPENTER, Esq., J.P.; Mr. O.B. PHELPS and Miss Hester ROBINSON, both of Nortonville.

MARRIED - At Walnut Creek, Sept. 21st, by John SLITZ, Esq., J.P.; Mr. John O. BISHOP and Miss Ada J. SMITH, both of Concord.

SAD NEWS -
New was received here this week that Mrs. John W. JONES, of Walnut Creek, who went to Bartlett Springs some weeks since in very low state of health, died there on Sunday last. The death of this estimable lady is an affliction mourned not only by her family but by a large circle of endeared friends.


DROWNED EXCURTIONISTS -
William PACHER and Herman FRANK were drowned on Sunday in San Francisco bay by the upsetting of a Whitehall boat in which they were intending to visit the wreck of the steamer 'Costa Rica.' Under the stimulus of liberal rewards offered by their friends, besides the valuable jewelry on their persons, energetic efforts have been made for the recovery of their bodies by dragging the bay, but without success.

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SAD and FATAL CASUALTY -
Last Monday, 2 step-sons of Mr. I.T. SHERMAN, Colonel and Lincoln GRANT, the former 13 and the latter 10 years of age, were finding amusement in firing an old pistol at a mark near the bridge, a few hundred yards from the Walnut Creek village. The younger boy, Lincoln, was to shoot in his turn, but the cap missed fire; and the older boy, Colonel, was assisting in putting on a fresh cap, the younger boy holding the butt of the pistol, and at the same time holding the hammer back with his finger, as, from some defect, it was not self-holding when set back. While thus engaged, the older boy, Colonel, having hold of the barrel of the pistol with one hand and with the other placing the cap on the nipple, the hammer escaped from the finger hold of the younger boy, and the pistol was discharged, the ball entering the abdomen of the elder boy. A few minutes after the occurrence, Mr. Thomas JOHNSON, who passing, saw the boy on the ground in evident distress, and the younger brother too much agitated and confused to tell what had happened to him, and the wounded boy was incapable of doing so. The boy was immediately taken up in a buggy to SHERBURN's store, but did not survive many minutes after reaching there; and, as we understand, was unable to speak, though apparently conscious, after Mr. JOHNSON found him; the brother, however, says that he exclaimed after receiving the wound, "Lincoln you have shot me." Dr. CAROTHERS, who was sent for immediately, but did not arrive before the boy died, has no doubt that death resulted from hemorage of the internal arteries cut by the ball. The event is a sad one to the bereaved family, and should at least serve as a lesson of caution in the handling of loaded arms.

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DWELLING BURNED -
The dwelling of Mr. Welcome G. STONE, in San Ramon Valley, about a mile south of Walnut Creek village, was burned with all its contents last Tuesday morning, the wife and children of Mr. STONE, a daughter of 9 or 10 years, and twin infants of a few months, barely getting out in night clothes. Mr. STONE had, on early rising, made a fire in the stove and gone out to milk. The daughter on awakening, discovered the house on fire, and gave the alarm to the mother, who found the walls and cloth ceiling of her room in flames, leaving her no chance of anything but a hasty flight with her 2 infants. It is presumed the fire took through some defect or misplacement of the stove-pipe; and the loss to Mr. STONE is a very serious one, which his neighbors are well and properly disposed to aid in repairing and are making contributions for that purpose.


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