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The Hollister Free Lance
The Hollister Free Lance
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Description: General Transcription - Weekly Publication

Date: December 1886

Newspaper published in: Hollister

W.B. WINN, Editor
10 December 1886

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Born -- in Hollister, December 5, 1886, to the wife of S. DUNCAN, a daughter.

Born -- near Paicines, December 5, 1886, to the wife of R. WILLIAMS, a son.

Married -- in San Francisco, November 27, 1886, by Rev. Dr. SPRECHER, Mariano OLIVER, of Fresno county, to Miss Annie L. BAKER, of San Benito county.

Died -- in San Juan, Dec. 5th, Mrs. B. ESPINOSA.

*** Death of Mrs. Francis ARQUES ***
The San Jose Times says:

The above named estimable lady, for many years a resident of Santa Clara, died at San Francisco last Friday from the effects of an accidental injury received a few days previous. She was born at Barcelona, Spain, in 1805, and was consequently 81 years old at the time of her death. Deceased was the mother of Louis ARQUES, Esq., of this city, and of the late Jos. and Joaquin ARQUES, and mother-in-law of Mrs. Nellie ARQUES, nee MURPHY, of San Jose. To the older residents the deceased was well known and beloved. Coming to this valley when our city was only a village, she soon became popular among the residents for her charitable and gentle disposition and unassuming manner. Her constant endeavor was to smooth the path of those around her, and to such extent did she succeed that she was recognized as the mother of the entire Spanish population of Santa Clara and vicinity; and many among the people who knew her best well deeply mourn her loss.

Mrs. ARQUES was formerly resident of this county, living in Santa Ana Valley. Her son, Louis, married a daughter of Judge MONTGOMERY.

***** Correspondence *****
*** San Felipe --
The Winter Circle met last week at Mr. WINDSORs, 21 members being presents, and 2 new ones being enrolledMr. BEGGS read an interesting essay on Ancient History. Miss URIE pleased the members with a selection from Chaucer. The meeting closed with a few remarks from the President, with the hope that all the members would be present at Mrs. FRAZELLs next week. Those that remained were entertained with a prose composition by Elmer PEARSON, a vocal solo by Mr. WINDSOR, and an instrumental piece by Mrs. WINDSOR, after which pleasant good-nights were said, intermingled with hopes of good luck for our Winter Circle.

*** Erie --
A.T.D. BUTTON has just returned from a trip to the city.

Mrs. J. RILEY, nee Julia MILLER, visited our valley this week.

Mrs. Geo. MATTHIS gave a party at her residence last week.

The subject under discussion now, is What is the reason Colonel SOULES is seen hovering around our valley so constantly? Can anyone answer? Dont all speak at once.

Misses Fannie and Gussie BENNETT, of Monterey, are visiting friends and relatives at this place. They formerly resided here, and many old friends are pleased to see them again.

*** San Juan --
Mrs. H.C. WESTON and son were visiting C.G. CARGIL and family last week.

E.J. BREEN and family returned from the Topo ranch last Friday.

Miss Jannie DOLHEGUY, who has been visiting the Misses BULLIER for the last four months, returned to her home in San Francisco last Monday.

Mrs. C.L. FLINT returned to Oakland last Monday, after a two weeks visit to her son.

The following are the new officers of San Benito Lodge, IOOF, for the ensuing term: E.W. BOWMAN, N.G.; I.L. MYLAR, V.G.; P.J. ANGIER, S.; J. WELCH, T.

The infant child of Frank FERRARI died suddenly last Wednesday morning.

The Aromas school (Prof. F.B. ABBE, teacher) closed last [illegible].

A fandango was given in BULLIERs Hall last Friday night by Felipe GERMAN.

Des CASTRO, the accomplished and accommodating President of the Aztec Club, wishes the people of this place to know that the Aztec Club had nothing to do with the management of the dance last Friday evening.

***** Supervisors Proceedings *****
The resignation of S.B. HOOVER, as Justice of the Peace for Tres Pinos Township, was accepted.

The petition of Charles T. BIGLEY for the appointment of roadmaster in District No. 2, was continued until next meeting, and F.M. HOWARD was granted an allowance of $2 per week.

The following claims were allowed:
*** District No. 1 -- G. AGNEW, $4; A.P. BOYD, $106.97; M. DOOLING, $52; M. DOUGHTERY, $26; J.H. DOOLING, $74; G.W. SHORE, $40.

*** District No. 2 -- A. ABBE, $98. 25; F.P. BERRY, $31.50; L. BARNEY, $8; J. BATTLE, $16; C. DOWDY, $45; F.A. HODGES, $56; S. HODGES, $24; R.C. McCROSKEY, $28; J. PRATHER, $19; J.H. ROTHE, $31; J.J. SERLES, $10; M.P. THOMAS, $15.

*** District No. 3 -- J.M. BESCHERS, $35; J. DUARTE, $49; L.M. LADD, $13; D. LAHIFF, $93; C. MURPHY, $20; F. MOORE, $27; C. NICOL, $22; W. RICHMOND, $22; C. ROSIGER, $8; J. STEDMAN, $18; N.G. HARDWICK, $147.

*** District No. 5 -- J. BROWN, $358; A.P. BOYD, $71; W.L. HAWKINS, $206; C. MODIE, $20; J.B. ROOT, $108; L. SMITH, $6, E. TUCKER, $94.

*** General Fund -- V. BROOKS, $8; A.P. BOYD, $2; J. BOWIE, $25; T. CUNNINGHAM, $17; E.A. CREPIN, $15; E.G. CAMPLIN, $120; T.J. CONKLIN, $5; M. GONZALES, $72; F.O. NASH, $27; J. RUBENS, $7; J.G. SCRANTON, $6; D. STEWART, $16; W.B. WINN, $14; P. WILLIAMS, $4; Thos. YOST, $89.

J. TRACY and L. WHITE, sick persons, were allowed $20 each.

John PATTERSON was allowed $120 for services as expert.

***** Board of Trustees *****
The verbal petition of James MEARS to be allowed to occupy a portion of the sidewalk in addition to that allowed by law was refused.

Fred SPERBER called attention to the fact that certain persons were doing business without license. The Marshal was instructed to look after the matter.

***** Personals *****
_.L. BROWN is now clerking for COX & RICHARDS.

Harry STEINBECK came up from Kings City Wednesday.

Frank ABBE, of San Juan, is now on the Free Lance force.

J. SMITH desires to obtain employment as a carpenter.

Miss Emma MYLAR will soon leave Hollister on a visit to friends in Healdsburg.

Mrs. R.C. McCROSKEY arrived on Wednesday from an extended visit to Tennessee.

Miss Ida MARTIN, of Austin, Nevada, is in Hollister visiting her brother, Fred.

Mr. A.T. BUTLER has been ill this week and unable to attend to his duties at the office.

Virt BENNETT, of San Benito county, has taken a house in Santa Cruz, for the winter.

***** Items of Interest *****
Ground Barley, Shorts and Bran at mill prices at J.L. ROSS store.

The Columbus buggy is the best in the market. Call on J.G. HAMILTON and get his prices.

Alex. EATON is running the blacksmith business alone, and has in his employ the best horse-shoer in the county.

Oscar HODGES will convey passengers to and from all trains to any part of the town for 25 cents. Leave orders at the Fashion Stables, or French Hotel.

Mr. J.T. SHACKELFORD has moved his shoe shop opposite the Hollister Soda Works, where he is prepared to do all work in his line.

Mrs. L.S. PEPPERS still continues to conduct a Millinery Store on the corner of Fourth and San Benito streets. She is the agent for Buttericks Patterns, and is prepared to take in plain sewing. She has now in her employ a first-class milliner.

W.B. WINN, Editor
17 December 1886

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Born -- at Elvina, Dec. 10, 1886, to the wife of Antone JOSEPH, a son.

Born -- at Cienega, Dec. 12, 1886, to the wife of Alfred PINA, a daughter.

Married -- at the Catholic Parsonage, December 12, 1886, by Rev. M.W. MAHONEY, Gilbert MEAD to Miss Lottie McMAHON.

Married -- at Paicines, Dec. 5, 1886, by Rev. A. MARTIN, at the residence of the brides father, Wm. B. DRYDEN to Harriet WATSON.

Married -- at the residence of the bride, in the Santa Cruz mountains, Dec. 8, 1886, by Rev. Dr. B_ERS, Mrs. R. LISTON, daughter of Mrs. J.G. SCRANTON, to Mr. J. CARVER.

Married -- in Hollister, December 12, 1886, by Judge J.F. BREEN, Charles KING, of Quien Sabe, to Miss Eunice I. RIVES, of Gilroy.

Died -- at Bridgeport, Mono county, December 8, 1886, Hon. R.N. BRIGGS, father of N.C. BRIGGS, of Hollister, and Superior Judge of Mono county, aged 7_ years.

Died -- at the County Hospital, December 14, 1886, Jose ROSA DRO_A [DROSA?], a native of California, aged 68 years.

*** Death of R.N. BRIGGS ***
We chronicle in this issue the death of Hon. R.N. BRIGGS, of Bridgeport, Mono county. Mr. BRIGGS was for years the Superior Judge of Mono county, and has held many important private and public positions. He was the father of N.C. BRIGGS, of Hollister, who was summoned to his fathers bed-side, but found, on his arrival, that life was already extinct. The body was interred at Jackson, Amador county, the former home of the deceased.

*** Suicide at Gonzales ***
According to the Salinas Index, Henry BROCKMAN committed suicide at Gonzales, Wednesday morning, by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. He leaves a widow and three children. A letter was found in his pocket, addressed to this wife, the purport of which was that he was tired of living, and that God would take care of her and the children. It seems that he came down town in the morning, opened ___ saloon and then went home to breakfast. Before eating, however, he wentwoodshed and fired[damaged beyond legibility]

***** Correspondence *****
*** San Juan --
The three minor sons of Mrs. FLINT, of Oakland, are down here spending their vacation.

W.W. CANFIELD left last Wednesday morning for Los Angeles for the benefit of his health.

Ben FLINT is having the house lately vacated by Frank BREEN, moved to his ranch next to the river. Q.V.R. SERLES, of Hollister, is doing the job.

Last Sunday afternoon Louis RAGGIO, Jr., jumped from his wagon to the ground. He lit on a stick, which turned with him, spraining one of his ankles, and it has laid him up for a while.

*** San Felipe --
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DUNNE are in San Jose. The former was summoned as a Grand Juror.

P.J. DUNNE has returned to his home in San Jose, after a pleasant visit to his brother, J.F. DUNNE.

M. MALARIN, of Santa Clara, paid a brief visit to his ranch last week, returning home the early part of the present week.

Charles SPRINGER, of Mountain View, who has been visiting his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. SHORE, returned to his home on Saturday last.

On Friday of the present week Miss Leila PERRY will leave for a few weeks visit to her sister, Mrs. LUCE, of Monterey. The young lady is of the opinion that the change will improve her health, owing to the fine stock of drugs the drug store of Monterey contains. For our part we would prefer -- well, not the drugs.

A very pleasant party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Dan OCONNOR, of Mustang creek, a little beyond Bells Station. The light fantastic was tripped to the sweet strains rendered by the QUINTO string band.

On Friday last, one of the most pleasant of surprise parties occurred at the home of Miss Grace and Ruth SHORE, to W. BROWN and W. BEGGS. Owing to the young ladies artistic tastes, their home was most beautifully decorated with Mistletoe and red berries. The hanging lamp was completely covered with Mistletoe and may were the warning to those who stood underneath. Music, songs, recitation, etc., occupied the time until supper was laid. After a most bounteous repast, several new games were introduced, much to the amusement of all present, among whom were Misses L. PERRY, Emma and Jennie McLEOD, F. CHASE, Lottie and Etta CHASE, M. URIE; Messrs. C. SPRINGER, N. CHASE, W. McLEOD, C. WILSON, G. SAWYER, C. SAWYER and several others.

*** New Idria --
Mrs. Maurice FERRAL is contemplating a visit to San Jose in the near future.

George, step-brother of John HICKS, is here on a visit until after Christmas.

Senor PACHECO, of Coarse Gold Gulch, this county, is visiting his family at this place.

Mr. John BANFIELD takes a pasear to San Francisco next week. Can it be possible that Bachelors Hall is to have a mistress? We anxiously await developments.

Dr. McPHERSON was called last Sunday to attend a son of Sylvester TEREDOS, who was reported badly injured. The doctor found the boy suffering from a severe cut in the fore-arm. It seems the lad was running with a large butcher knife is his hand, when he tripped and fell, the knife passing completely through the arm, missing the artery by a hairs breadth. The doctor fixed the wound up in good shape, and the young scamp will soon be ready for another accident.

***** Personals *****
Mr. J. BOLADO was in town, Wednesday.

Miss Dora TENNANT is visiting friends at San Jose.

W.F. DALZELL went to San Francisco, Tuesday.

Wm. PALMTAG went to San Francisco, Wednesday.

Ed. MONTGOMERY was ill last week with bilious fever.

A.P. SWANTON, of Santa Cruz, was in town last Friday.

Miss Eva HOLBROOK went to San Francisco, Tuesday, on a visit to friends.

J.H. ARCHIBALD was made the recipient of a surprise party last Saturday night.

B.V. SARGENT, Senator-elect of Monterey and San Benito counties, was in town Monday.

E.W McCARTHY and family left Hollister Wednesday for their home in San Francisco.

District Attorney N.A. HAWKINS left yesterday for a trip through Southern California.

Sheriff DAKAN, of Santa Cruz, is erecting a barn and other buildings on his ranch in this county.

N.C. BRIGGS returned from the funeral of his father, Judge R.N. BRIGGS, Wednesday night.

Rev. John THOMPSON, agent of the American Bible Society, preached at the M.E. Church last Sunday.

Wm. WALLACE has purchased the cottage on West street, next to T.L. BALDWIN, and is having it thoroughly overhauled.

Miss Minnie THEUERKAUF came down from Gilroy Monday. She will remain in Hollister for some time engaged in selling sewing machines.

G.W. LYNCH, lessee of the Hollister gas works, came down from San Francisco, Tuesday. The Misses A. and L. PARKER have gone to Gilroy. They were accompanied by Miss Eva SAWYER, of Bitterwater, who will make a visit among her friends during the holiday season.

John MARKLEY will, on the 1st of January next, assume the duties of Chief Deputy under U.S. Marshal Chris FRANKS, at a salary of $250 a month. -- Salinas Index

Miss Euna HAMILTON, teacher in the Salinas schools, and her brother have leased a portion of the San Lorenzo ranch, near Kings City, and are preparing to put in a crop. -- Salinas Index

Dr. E.G. CAMPLIN has returned from San Jose, and will soon be about attending to the duties of his profession. The Doctor congratulates himself that he escaped from his attack of blood-poisoning with only the loss of a finger.

Joe FRIEDMAN, of San Benito county, has leased ten sections of land from the Bank of California, situated west of Fresno, and will proceed at once to put it in wheat. Mr. FRIEDMAN used to own sheep in Fresno county, years ago, and was present at the institution of Fresno Lodge, No. 186, IOOF, at Millerton, in February, 1871. -- Fresno Expositor

*** Stealing Hogs ***
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Wm. SELING and Wm. MEANS, living on the San Benito, charged with stealing hogs from Jas. F. CORNWELL. The complaint was made by H. MELINDY.

*** Shooting ***
Several sportsmen from Hollister and Gilroy tried their luck at shooting last Sunday, in the vicinity of Soap lake. H. FRUTIG led the score at 70, Geo. EUSTICE and D.L. DUNHAM having good records at 60. About 300 birds of different kinds were bagged.

*** Runaways ***
A fractious horse, driven by Manuel VINAGRE, ran away on Monday. Manuel kept his seat, and the horse ran until tired out. The same day the delivery horse of GURY Brothers suddenly renewed his youth and celebrated the event by running away. A broken wagon and frightened pedestrians were the only injuries.

*** POWERS Estate ***
Mr. John HAINs bid for the purchase of 160 acres of the POWERS ranch has been approved by Judge BREEN, and the sale has been confirmed. Mr. HAIN will take immediate possession. Mr. HAIN is a resident of Michigan, and a practical farmer. His family are now on the way, and the work of farming will at once commence.

*** Letter List ***
The following letters remain uncalled for in the Hollister Postoffice:
Joao SILVEIRA de AVILO
M.P. AVILLA
Manuel ANGUSTURES AZEVEDO
Manuel S. DUTRE
Eva ELLIS
J.W. HUGHES
Hadubejes HERNANDES
C.M. LITTLE
E. LABARDO
A. LOVRETICH
Mrs. A. LANGENBERGER
Victorini Jose de ROSA
A.H. SCOTT
Antonio SILVEIRA SANTA

*** Social Dance ***
The San Felipe Hotel will be lively tonight, the occasion being a dance there. The floor managers are E.F. CULLEN, R. ORR and Y. MALARIN; committee of arrangements are C. WILSON, Geo. SAWYER and Chas. SAWYER.

*** Superior Court ***
TULLY vs. SWOPE -- Demurrer overruled; defendant allowed ten days to answer.

GRAHAM vs. WATSON -- Demurrer overruled; defendant given ten days to answer.

Dan DOOLING has settled his third annual account in the estate of McAVOY, minor.

Estate of A.W. POWERS -- sale of real and personal property confirmed.

NOBLE vs. SILVA -- Case dismissed.

Estate of C.A. FOWLES -- continued until Monday, Dec. 20th.

*** Real Estate ***
State of Cal. to G.W. POST

M.M. BURNETT to William WALLACE

J.S. SERPA to M.J. THOMAS

M.S. MACIEL, of Alameda county, to J.F. ROOT

Daniel CULP to J.F. ROOT, henceforth used by D. CULP for a stock ranch

S.M. LACKEY to S. DICKENS

(Descriptions & $$, p. 3?, col. 2)

*** Justice Court ***
Action has been commenced against Thos. ODONNELL for selling liquor without a license.

Geo. SMITH has been hauled up 3 times for drunkenness this week; fine $5.50 twice, and third time promised to skip the town.

J.J. FAY; notice of appeal filed, statement of appeal file and accepted, and settled by the court.

In the case of Joe BARBE, for selling liquor without license, the court vacated his ruling in overruling the demurrer; sustained the demurrer, and discharged the defendant; notice of appeal filed with statement.

In the case of Wm. EASTMAN, the same, expecting papers on appeal.

In the case of PALMTAG, BARG, & KLEEN, the same; as also in the cases of R.R. BROWN and Joe ARISMENDIS.

Suit has been instituted by S.T. WELLS et al. vs. Dr. L. HOLTZ, for the restitution of the plaintiffs property on Fifth street. Defendant has filed demurrer that the Justice Court has no jurisdiction in the case.

***** The Benefit ***
WELLS Opera House was well filled last Friday evening, the occasion being a benefit for the poor of HollisterSeveral kindly-disposed ladies, chief among whom were Mrs. WALBERG and Mrs. LEGGETT, conceived the ideaThe first number on the programme was the farce entitled A Kiss in the Dark. The following ladies and gentlemen participated: H.W. SCOTT, George VARCOE, Miss Annie WEEK, Mrs. George VARCOENo. 2 on the programme was a song by LaPetite Ethel MALCOM. The little miss, scarcely five years old, played her own accompaniment correctly, and sang most sweetly. The furor of applause which followed rather disconcerted the little lady, and she coquettishly refused to reappear. No. 3 was a quartette, by Mrs. LOWE, Miss SWAN, Messrs. ELLIS and SWAN. No. 4 a recitation by Miss Flora CONOVER, entitled The Polish BoyNo. 5, song with guitar accompaniment, by Charles SAIRS, which brought down the house. No. 6, recitation, by Mrs. A. LEGGETT, entitled Ostler Joe.No. 7, song, by Miss Alice FRANKLIN, who sang most sweetlyNo. 8 was a roaring farce, entitle My Neighbors Wife. The following ladies and gentlemen participated: Messrs. INGELS, DRAIN, BALDWIN, Misses WAGNER, WEEK and BLACKThe Hazel Brass Band discoursed most excellent music, and Miss WALBERG and Mr. COLEMAN favored the audience with several duets on the violin and piano. The net proceeds of the evening amounted to $100. (Full story, p. 3?, col. 2


W.B. WINN, Editor
24 December 1886

Holiday Edition

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Born -- in Hollister, December 20, 1886, to the wife of Patrick McCOLLOUGH, a son.

Died -- at Livermore, December 17, 1886, Harvey NESBITT, a native of Canada, aged 24 years.

***Caught by Cupid***
The following persons have been united for better or for worse during the year 1886:

***January --
John T. FRUTIES and Marcia GLORIA, Jan. 2d.

John MONTGOMERY and Ellen SALLY, Jan. 6th.

Benj. FLINT and Mary E. BREEN, Jan. 9th.

Jas. E. HAMM and Belle TRIPLETT, Jan. 19th.

Thos. J. MOREHEAD and Evezze C. SMITH, Jan. 20th.

***February --
Antonia FRUZETTE and Margarette FRUZETTE, Feb. 2d.

Alroy C. DAVIS and Emily W. PAGE, Feb. 4th.

Wm. H. ATKINSON and Ella A. SHERWOOD, Feb. 11th.

Wm. E. SAYLING and Maggy E. MEANS, Feb. 19th.

***March --
Geo. T. HANSEN and Mary C. OLEVININ, March 2d.

Ysidoro BOJORQUEZ and Ellen BARGAS, March 9th.

C. JENSEN and Juliet ROURKE, March 21st.

J.H. CANFIELD and Alice BLESSING, March 27th.

Wm. H. GARNER and Lucy A. RUE, March 30th.

***April --
Joseph FREEZIN and Ida DUARTE, April 11th.

F.L. CHANDLERS and Mary E. HAWN, April 26th.

***May --
Manuel F. MATTHEWS and Mary MARTIN, May 16th.

Joaquin P. AZEVADO and Mary M. AVILLA, May 26th.

Jose F. de MASTOS and Josephade JESUS, May 31st.

***July --
Desiderio BINSACCA and Severina PINCINI, July 1st.

Job B. TREASURE and Fannie E. HART, July 6th.

Robt. J. ORR and Mary V. EARLY, July 17th.

Robt. A. MOORE and Clara PECK, July 18th.

John TAYLOR and Ellen BURNETT, July 20th.

***August --
Orlin A. TAYLOR and Ellen W. JACKSON, Aug. 11th.

Wm. A. ROTHE and Clarenda TWITCHELL, Aug. 15th.

Thos. C. MATTRASS and Pluma A. de LANZA, Aug. 18th.

James WEBB and Bessie I. ORR, Aug. 21st.

S.C. HODGES and Martha E. ROTHE, Aug. 30th.

***September --
Alex BELARDEZ and Carolina HAMPTON, Sept. 19th.

Wm. WALLACE and Ella A. GARBER, Sept. 29th.

***October --
James A. RILEY and Julia MILLER, Oct. 2d.

John R. MEYER and Edith L. DOUCHER, Oct. 5th.

Santa Ana BURTON and Cecilia LARIOS, Oct. 6th.

James HICKS and Rafaela SILVA, Oct. 10th.

Jas. E. SERLES and Sadie McMAHON, Oct. 17th.

***November --
Archie M. JOHNSON and Annie PINION, Nov. 10th.

Samuel M. PREWETT and Ida L. TULLY, Nov. 24th.

Wm. A. ROE and Lydia A. HORTON, Nov. 25th.

Martin V.B. SOULE and Jennie LOAR, Nov. 28th.

***December --
Ygnacio CASTRO and Rose UNDERWOOD, Dec. 1st.

Jose A.P. CABRAL and Evavilla de ROSE, Dec. 2d.

Wm. B. DRYDEN and Harriet WATSON, Dec. 5th.

Gilbert L. MEADE and Charlotte McMAHON, Dec. 12th.

Charles R. KING and Eunice I. RIVES, Dec. 12th.

***From the Amador Sentinel --
Robert M. BRIGGS, Superior Judge of Mono county, died at Bridgeport Wednesday, Dec. 8th, after a brief illness. He had returned to Bridgeport from this county but a month previous, and almost immediately thereafter contracted a severe cold, which changed to pneumonia, and caused his death. His remains reached Jackson on Sunday night, and were buried on Monday. Judge BRIGGS came to this county in 1852, where his family has ever since resided. He was born in Union county, Kentucky, Feb. 16, 1816, and previous to coming to California, had lived in Wisconsin and Missouri, being elected a member of the Assembly in the former State. He served this county as District Attorney, and was elected to the California Assembly from Amador. Ten years ago he went to Independence, Inyo county, to be Register of the Land Office, and was subsequently elected Superior Judge of Mono county, holding that position for seven years. At the late election he was the Republican nominee for Superior Judge of Amador county. He possessed numerous relatives in this State, and many friends, who unit in extending to the bereaved family their earnest sympathy. N.C. BRIGGS, of Hollister, went over to Bridgeport and accompanied the remains of his father to Jackson. In the numerous positions of public trust that Judge BRIGGS has held he served his country ably and justly.

*****Correspondence*****
***Erie --
Miss Ella SCOTT celebrated her fifteenth birthday on the 5th of this month, by a pleasant little party.

John ROOT paid a flying visit to Erie one day last week for the purpose of securing, if possible, the services of our excellent young school teacher for the Live Oak district. He informed her that he had been authorized by his father, who is one of the Trustees of aforesaid district, to select a teacher for the ensuing term. He offered her the position at $70 per month if she would accept, but we think she will teach here next term.

School closed Thursday for the holidays. Quite a number of visitors were present to listen to the closing exercises. Some of the pupils were absent, but those present rendered their parts with fluency and spirit. Following is the programme:

Recitation, Pussy and the Dog, Fanny GONZALES

Recitation, The Two Little Kittens, Alice TUCKER

Recitation, The Birds Nest, Ada ROGERS

Recitation, The Perplexed House-keeper, May BUTTON

Concert recitation, The Foolish Maiden, Alice TUCKER and Irwin BOWDEN

Select reading, Miss SHAW

***New Idria --
Mr. John BAMFIELD went to San Francisco last Sunday to spend the holidays.

Mr. J. CHANEY, of Iowa, a cousin of our popular stage driver, came up last week for a look at the mines.

Miss Helena ENOS, of San Benito, is a guest of Mrs. J.J. CROXON. She will remain at the mine during the holidays.

Mr. Frank ENOS, of San Benito, formerly a resident of this place, has been interviewing his many New Idria friends for the past three or four days.

One of the female residents of the mine, while laboring under a fit of temporary insanity, got into the office of Dr. McPHERSON, while that gentleman was at supper, and proceeded to demolish the doctors stock of drugs, by firing the bottles, jars, etc., at the opposite wall. She was found and taken home by her husband but not until the last bottle had been thrown. Enough of the necessaries of life, such as calomel, blue mass, cathartic pills, Epsom salts, ipecac, and other delectable sweets were saved from the wreck to enable the Doctor to hold the fort until a fresh supply arrives.

*****Personals*****
H.W. SCOTT went to Santa Rosa, Tuesday.

G.W. ROOT came down from Elvina, Monday.

Mrs. C.M. BLACK has returned from San Jose.

Mr. N. WHITE is going to San Diego this week.

Mrs. L.R. HOWARD arrived Monday from Los Gatos.

Miss Agnes SHIELDS will pass the holidays at San Benito.

Mr. and Mrs. N.C. BRIGGS went to San Francisco, Tuesday.

Miss Lena WEEK arrived from Cholame, on Monday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PALMTAG were in San Francisco last week.

Mrs. Clara ELLESMORE has gone to Oakdale, to remain several weeks.

George NIGGLE, the San Felipe hotel-keeper, was in town, Tuesday.

Prof. LOWENBERG, the music teacher, passed Tuesday in Hollister.

Mr. and Mrs. Will WALLACE have moved into the house recently purchased by him.

Mr. D.W. GILMORE arrived in Hollister last Friday, to remain during the Holidays.

Mr. H.O. NESBITT, whose death we chronicle this week, was well known in Hollister.

A.L. SMITH, who went to San Francisco some weeks ago for medical aid, is still very ill.

Miss M.L. TODD leaves for San Francisco to-day, where she will spend her vacation.

Mr. George WALLACE, the uncle of Will MALCOLM, arrived on Sunday, from Decatur, Illinois.

Miss Sadie GARNER, who has been attending the Normal School, will pass her vacation at home.

Miss Dora TENNANT has returned from an extended visit to friends in San Francisco and San Jose.

Lottie FRANKLIN returned Monday evening from the Home Seminary, at San Jose, to spend the holidays.

Mrs. Libbie BOOTH and Miss Flora CONOVER will spend their vacation in San Francisco and Watsonville.

S.E. MOORE has not resigned his position as clerk at the McMahon House as reported in last weeks Advance.

Frank ALUMBAUGH, the temperance lecturer, is reported to be ill from lung disease, at his residence at San Jose.

Dr. Lyman HEDRICK, a graduate of the Baltimore College of Dentistry, has been in town this week, with a view of locating.

Mrs. Dave GLUCKMAN is receiving a visit from her sister, Miss STRAUSS, the daughter of S.J. STRAUSS, of San Francisco.

J.F. SCOTT, the popular birch-wielder of New Idria, arrives in town to-day to spend the holidays. Merry Xmas to you, John!

Maj. J.S. HAY, formerly editor of the Hollister Telegraph, and now of the St. Helena Times, is very ill at his home at St. Helena.

Al. WILLSON has sold his interest in the barbering business to Doc COMBS. Al. is thinking of opening a shop, either in San Juan or San Luis Obispo.

H.S. COX, a school-teacher of Santa Cruz county, has been in San Benito county this week, introducing school maps and other accessories of school work, during the schools of this county.

***Local Items***
The W.U.T. office is to be moved from the depot to the McMahon House. L.T. BALDWIN will act as operator. This is a welcome change.

Miss Mamie HEIZER was awarded the prize as being the most popular lady at the skating rink, Saturday night, and Robert SHAW received a like award as the most popular gentleman.

The Chautauquans met with Miss Addie SWAN last Monday evening. The lesson under discussion concerned the literature and social customs of England immediately after the Restoration.

Mr. B.B. McCROSKEY has in his garden several seedling orange trees which are heavily laden with their luscious fruit.

A.S. MURPHY has brought us in samples of some of the finest apples we have ever seen in California.

***Musicale --
An impromptu musicale was given at the residence of Mrs. LATTURE, on Tuesday evening, advantage being taken of the presence here of Prof. LOEWENBERG. A number of his former pupils were present, and the evening passed off very pleasantly in music and song.

***Runaway --
Sam MOORE and Jack HOLLOWAY went out for an afternoons airing behind J.J. FAYs trotter. All went well until the horse suddenly bolted, throwing them out and making tracks for San Felipe, where it came to a stand-still at the ORR place. Excepting a sprung axle, no damage was done.

***Narrow Escape --
While blasting rocks at the Cienega Lime Works on Friday, too heavy a charge was used, with the result of hurling a fifty-pound fragment of rock through the roof of the boarding house, just missing, in its descent, Mr. REARDON, who was lying on his bed, totally blind from the accident spoken of elsewhere.

***Superior Court Proceedings***
People vs. J.J. FAY; hearing of motion to dismiss appeal set for Monday, Dec. 27.

Estate of WILLIAMS; continued until Monday, Dec. 27th.

Estate of FOWLES; same.

Henry BURGESS vs. John R. MEYERS; case closed -- set for argument Dec. 27th.

Estate of CHEULE; court makes and files order, setting apart homestead.

***Accident --
While endeavoring to dislodge some burnt rock in the kiln at the Cienega Lime Works, last Friday, Mr. James REARDON, the foreman, was seriously injured. The mass suddenly fell, and a sheet of flame and lime blazed out of the peep hole, striking Mr. REARDON in the face, and burning him severely. He was brought down to the Eagle Hotel and placed under a physicians care. It is feared that the sight of one eye is entirely destroyed.

***Surprised --
A surprise party was tendered Miss Alice CHRISTENSON last Thursday night, the occasion being her eighteenth birthday. Those present passed a most enjoyable evening. At half-past ten a bounteous repast was served, to which all present did ample justice. The young lady was the recipient of several nice presents. Those present were Misses Annie WEEK, Ella McCRAY, Nora SIMMONS, Agnes SHIELDS, Ella BUCKLE, Annie RUCKLIDGE, Delia GRUBB, Alice MOREHEAD, Serena MOREHEAD, Mrs. GRUBB; Messrs. John WEEK, Will BURNETT, Manly SANFORD, Jim STEPHENSON, J. GRUBB.

***Letter List, Hollister P.O.***
Miss L. BURGESS
Joas SILVA FLORES
Henry W. JACKSON
Isaac PATTERSON
Francisco J. SOARES
Rev. A. TODHUNTER

***The Post-Office --
Geo. W. McCONNELL has sent in his petition to the proper authorities, signed by influential citizens, as have also Frank CUNNING and H. DOWDY. No one knows which one of these gentlemen will carry off the prize. This is what the Watsonville Transcript has to say: We understand that the friends of Frank CUNNING have petitioned President CLEVELAND to appoint him as postmaster of Hollister, vice Mr. YOST, whose term soon expires. From what we know of Mr. CUNNING, and we are considerably acquainted with the gentleman, we can say that Hollister does not have a citizen better qualified to fill the position; furthermore, there is no better Democrat in the State than that same Frank CUNNING. We hope to Mr. CUNNING appointed.

*****Real Estate*****
Joseph CURTIS to Peter BROWN, 21.35 acres of the TWITCHELL place.

Peter BROWN to Joseph CURTIS, 4.33 acres near San Juan.

D.M. LLOYD to L.V. DAY

Byron JENNINGS to Martha A. JENNINGS, an undivided half interest of 217.42 acres in the Frank MARTIN place.

Mrs. C.N. de VINAGRE to M. VINARGE

C.H. WATERS to W.F. DALZELL, G.P. GRIFFITH, Wm. EASTMAN and L.M. LADD, the property known as the WATERS ranch

Richard WATERS to C.H. WATERS

(Details of all transactions, p. 5, col. 2)

***Exhibition --
The primary class at San Juan gave a most enjoyable entertainment last Friday. The exercises reflected great credit on the teacher, Miss M.G. PIERPONT. The following was the programme:

Recitation, The Violet -- Iris KEMP

Dialogue, A Happy New Year -- Henry REGAN and Frank SPITZ

Recitation, I Know Something -- Clara ABBE

Composition, Birds -- Helen GRAEME

Recitation, Hang up the Babys Stocking -- Maggie BAKER

Dialogue, Christmas Gifts -- Maggie BAKER, Iris KEMP, Emma ROTHE and Aggie GROSS

Recitation, Try -- Hallie BROTHERTON

Composition, Silk -- Aggie GROSS

Recitation, The Little Christmas Tree -- Addie FRASIER

Composition, Hummingbirds -- Helen GRAEME

***Aromas School Roll of Honor --
Willie DOUGHTERY
Eddie McABEE
Liddie McABEE
Lizzie MARCELLS
Georgie CONNOR
Tommie CONNOR
John DOUGHERTY
Josie DOUGHERTY
Mary DOUGHERTY
Essie McABEE

***San Juan School Roll of Honor --
Helen GRAEME
Aggie GROSS
Addie FRASIER
Maud SMITH
Iris KEMP
Maggie BAKER
Belle DUNHAM
Rosalvine KEMP
Fanny THORPE
Corintha BAKER
Myrtle DAY
Wm. SANCHEZ
Frank SPITZ
F. DOWDY
Eugene BREEN
Jimmie RUPE
Frank McKEE
Joseph CERVANTES
Henry REGAN
Harry BROTHERTON
Frank CHIVERIO
Eugene ROZAS
Elmer DUNHAM
Chester WILCOX
Teacher, M.G. PIERPONT

***Broom Corn --
Mr. John KEHL, who lives about 5 miles up the San Benito creek, brought into the Free Lance office, last week, some very fine specimens of broom corn. He picked the seeds last spring out of a broom, and planted 2 short rows as an experiment. The corn came up and grew finelyMr. KEHL also has planted sorghum this year with great success.

Descriptions of Merchants & Surrounding Locales
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*****Our Merchants*****
Thomas YOST -- 20 years ago, one spring evening, an old mule could be seen limping painfully along what is now San Benito Street, but what was then naught but the bare valley. The mule did not like to go on, but it had to, for it had on its back some blankets and on the blankets was perched a man whose eyes flashed fire, and whose hands wielded a stout switch, and whose voice woke the echoes of the valley as he threatened dire punishment on the luckless beast. Finally the mule stopped, Tommy YOST hopped off; and in a short time was rolled in his blankets on the land that soon was to be his. For 20 years Thomas YOST has lived among us, and in bad seasons and in good; in flush times and in hard times, has plodded along, always industrious, cheerful, and full of kindly greetings, especially to the Boys in Blue. Since 73 he has been Postmaster, and in connection with this office, has been engaged in the jewelry, stationery, and fancy goods business. He is one of the those enterprising citizens who have helped make Hollister what it is, and whose success is well deserved.

J. ALEXANDER -- For a good shave, or a fashionable hair-cut, go to J. ALEXANDERs, next door to BRIGGS law office.

W. MEADOWCROFT -- The White Star Laundry is constantly increasing the favor in which it is held by the public generally.

G. AGNEW -- When you want your carriage touched up, or your sign painted artistically, dont forget to call on G. AGNEW, the boss painter.

Dave GLUCKMAN -- an elegant assortment of boots and shoes, hats and caps, and other furnishing goods can always be found at this establishment, which is presided over by the genial Dave.

ROSIGER & OUDERKIRK -- This firm of blacksmiths and wagon-makers is doing a large business. They are skilled mechanics, and bear out their reputation of turning out only first-class work.

F.W. OLIVER -- A butcher of 15 years experience, Mr. OLIVER is prepared to meet every want of the public in his line of business. If he cannot satisfy you, and supply your table with all the market affords, no one can.

D.L. DUNHAM -- This merchant tailor has been in Hollister but a few months, having recently moved here from Gilroy. Already he has built up a good trade which is constantly increasing. His establishment is on Fifth street, next to G.G. JOHNSONs office.

BAMBER & McKay -- These gentlemen having formed a partnership, and leased the store lately occupied by Mr. J.L. ROSS, will soon be ready to enter the lists of the boot and shoe business with every chance of making a winning fight.

Thos. McMahon -- This well-known gentleman has been doing quite an extensive business of late in the way of selling wagons and agricultural implements, buying hay, grain, hogs, etc., and a general commission and insurance business.

J.M. PICKETT -- The photograph parlors of this gentleman are fitted with all the paraphernalia of the art. One can obtain as good photographs of any description as can be furnished in San Francisco, finished as well and at far less prices.

Frank NOBLE -- When you want a tender steak, a fine mutton chop, or anything usually found in a butcher shop, dont forget to call on Frank NOBLE, who will be sure to satisfy you. Mr. NOBLE has built up a good trade, which is constantly increasing.

Hollister Chop House -- If you want a good meal of any description; or desire oysters cooked in first-class style, do not fail to visit the restaurant of Ned BONACICH, who will spare no endeavors to satisfy the wants of his numerous customers. His private dining rooms are very cozy and inviting.

WALTI & BUCHSER -- The Hollister Brewery, under the proprietorship of these gentlemen, is doing a constantly increasing business, and is supplying neighboring towns with the wherewithal to slake the thirst of suffering mortals. They are now putting up an extra brew of bottled beer for the holiday trade.

S.T. WELLS --As a blacksmith and carriage-maker, and the enterprising and accommodating proprietor of the Opera House, Mr. WELLS popularity stands high in the estimation of the townspeople of Hollister. His efforts to add to the social life of our community should be and are appreciated.

Mrs. Wm. DEGENER -- The millinery and dress-making establishment of this lady contains a most complete assortment of everything calculated to please the taste of the most fashionable and stylish lady. Her stock is selected with great care, and sold at the smallest possible margin.

C.H. KNAPP -- Very many of the houses of San Benito county testify to the skill and good taste of Charlie KNAPP as a house, sign and fresco painter. Whenever the exterior or interior of your house needs fixing up dont forget to give him a call. He carries a full assortment of papers and paints.

Wm. DEGENER -- Mr. DEGENER has been too long in this county to need any words of commendation concerning his ability as a painter and paper hanging, or his integrity as a business man[illeg due to damage]

Wm. HOLLINGERRY -- [illeg due to damage]

[illeg due to damage]Mrs. GRAVES is also agent for the White Sewing Machine, and has a large assortment of hair goods.

D. BRINSON -- This old and reliable boot and shoe dealer, of Hollister, has kept pace with the march of enterprise, and having recently moved his store from its old quarters to one more convenient and commodious, has an establishment well worthy of the large patronage it receives. Mr. BRINSON is a square man in business and every other way. It is to such men that the stability and success of Hollister is due.

R. COLEMAN -- At the establishment of Mrs. COLEMAN, ladies can find anything they desire in the line of fine millinery, dress goods, boots and shoes, and ladies furnishing goods generally. Keeping the latest styles, and knowing the tastes of the people of this county, this store is deservedly popular, and does a large business.

PALMTAG, BARG & KLEEN -- These gentlemen, having recently refitted and refurnished their saloon, have an exceedingly attractive resort. Aiming to sell only the best liquors, and to keep at all times an orderly and quiet place, this firm is doing a large business. Pure native wines and brandies are supplied from the vineyard of Mr. PALMTAG. A good billiard table can be found in the establishment.

Alex EATON -- The blacksmith shop opposite the Free Lance office has been the scene of great activity all the season. Mr. EATON is an A1 machinist, and is capable of doing work of every description in his line, from the most massive pieces of machinery, to the most delicate kind of work.

C.G. CARGILL -- As popular and as respected a gentleman as can be found in San Juan, is Dr. C.G. CARGILL, who for years has presided over the Post-office in that historic little burg, and has dealt out drugs and patent medicines to the afflicted in the community. He also keeps a full line of stationery, school books, and fancy articles, and is one of the leading spirits of his town.

Bank of Hollister -- This is one of the most stable and reliable of similar corporations in the State. It is well managed and officered. T.S. HAWKINS is President and T.W. HAWKINS, Cashier. The Directors are T.S. HAWKINS, Uriah WOOD, Hon. Thos. FLINT, N.C. BRIGGS, L.A. WHITEHURST. The capital paid up is $250,000.

F.A. CUNNING -- This popular gentleman does an extensive business on the corner of Fifth and San Benito streets. Vegetables, fruit, groceries, cigars and tobacco are the commodities dealt in and in the these lines he has built up a large and flourishing trade. Jack FROST, deservedly popular among the fair sex, is the assisting clerk, helped by Master Jimmie STEPHENSON, while George VARCOE wields the quill behind the desk.

J.G. HAMILTON -- If anyone desires a good, strong harness, or in fact anything in the line of horse-furnishing goods, the best place in the county to obtain it is at the store of J.G. HAMILTON, who has been in business here 17 years, and is prepared to stake his goods and work against all comers. Mr. HAMILTON is one of the pillars of the county, and experience has proved that dependence upon him is well placed.

GILMORE & Co. -- This firm has been established here less than a year, but is doing a large business. The stock is very extensive, and comprises everything in the line of hardware, tinware, crockery, and glassware departments. A large line of novelties is carried, and the aim is to supply the house-keeper with any of those manifold articles so necessary to a tidily kept house.

Western Hotel -- This hostelry, situated near the depot, was purchased a year ago by the JENSEN Brothers, who enlarged and re-fitted it, and furnished it throughout in a most comfortable and inviting manner. Its patronage soon largely increased, and during most of the past season, this House has had all the guests it could accommodate. Quite recently a commodious hay and feed yard has been established.

Eagle Hotel -- A few months ago this Hotel, situated in the north end of town, near the Victor Mills, passed into the hands of Mr. Wm. NOBLE, who had it entirely overhauled and refitted, guaranteed to give first-class accommodation and to set a first-class table[illeg due to damage]

J. GOLDFISH -- This gentleman has been a prominent member of the business fraternity of Hollister for 14 years. His establishment is one of the largest in the town, and his stock of general merchandise is most varied and complete. Besides running this establishment, he is also the proprietor of an extensive grain warehouse, and handles each year a vast amount of the cereal products of the valley. The clerks connected with the establishment are Messrs. ALEXANDER and HAYDON.

GURY & SPERBER -- These gentlemen compose one of the most enterprising and important firms of Hollister. In hardware, stoves, ranges, agricultural implements, etc., they have an almost endless variety, and can sell you anything you want, from an immense threshing machine to the smallest pocket knife. As plumbers and gas-fitters, they are very expert, and Mr. J.P. GURY and Wm. WALLACE have few superiors in the State, in their line. Ed. SPROAT is clerk.

DALZELL & TARLETON -- The planing mill, started such a short time ago by these young men, is no longer a business venture, but an assured success. From the beginning of the year they have been crowded with work, and have turned out almost everything in their line, from immense tanks holding ten thousand gallons, to the most delicate kinds of ornamental and scroll work. Their furniture is neatly and strongly made, and meets with a ready sale. Beehives and honey cases they have turned out by the car-load, and all kinds of sawing, planing, and turning are done at reasonable rates.

S.E. KENT -- This energetic and popular young business man is the proprietor of the large livery stable on Fifth street and does a rushing business. The stable is 131x30 feet, and has accommodations for 120 horses, and a large number of carriages and buggies of all descriptions. Mr. KENT became the proprietor of this stable about two years ago, and since that time, has succeeded in building up a most reliable business. It is the headquarters of all the breeders of fine stock, and during the spring there can be seen here, any day, the finest stallions to be found in the State.

Geo. C. PORTER -- This gentleman has successfully conducted the drug business in Hollister for 6 years, having come hither from San Francisco in 1880. Mr. PORTER is a gentleman of large experience in business, and has carefully been trained for the duties of his profession, being a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and a member of the British Pharmaceutical Association. In his establishment can be found a full supply of drugs, full line of druggists sundries and fancy articles, trusses, etc. Careful attention is paid to the compounding of physicians prescriptions.

J. NYE -- This enterprising and reliable business man came to Hollister in 1871 from the city of Pittsburg, Penn., and from his earliest residence here has been actively engaged in the jewelry business. For 12 years his store was situated in the building where is now the Bank of Hollister, and it was not till 1883 that he moved to his present location, in the LATHROP building. Mr. NYE carries a large and varied assortment of jewelry of every description, beside solid silver and plated ware, sewing machines, musical instruments, stationery, etc.

MEARS & LOWE -- Mr. James MEARS has been in business in Hollister for 10 years. Genial and social, always ready for business, Mr. MEARS has built up a large trade, and gained hosts of friends. Keeping a variety store, one can find there almost anything desired, and may be sure that the article obtained is just as represented. Mr. John T. LOWE conducts the jewelry part of the business, and on his side of the establishment can be found every variety of goods known to the trade. Mr. LOWE has been in Hollister 7 years, and has had a steady increase in his business. His specialty is the Columbia Watch.

French Hotel -- This hotel was reopened in May last by Mr. C.H. HARTMANN, formerly steward for Franks Rotisserie, in San Francisco, and is a most inviting hostelry. It has 22 rooms, newly furnished throughout, is conveniently located, being near the court house and business portion of the town.

[illeg due to damage]Mr. JOHNSON has the most extensive insurance business in the county, and he represents the leading foreign, eastern, and home insurance companies. This business also includes Life and Accident insurance, in which branches he does a good business. Mr. JOHNSON is also a Notary Public, and a Conveyancer. He has recently been appointed Deputy Assessor under Mr. D.F.H. McPHAIL.

ROSENBERG Bros. -- This firm, composed of 3 brothers, carry on one of the largest business establishments to be found in any medium-sized town in California. In fact, two establishments are maintained, two of the brothers remaining here, and one carrying on a large business in Nevada city, in which place all the brothers were formerly engaged, having located there in 1870. In 1875, Marcus and Wolfe opened a branch establishment in Hollister, buying out the general merchandise business of T.L. BALDWIN, and remaining in the BALDWIN building until 1883, when they bought their present fine brick store, the dimensions of which are 45x84 feet, with a large storehouse in the rear. The business carried on is one of general merchandising, and the stock carried is large, varied and well selected. The clerks assisting Messrs. ROSENBERG, are Mr. Ed FLAVIN and Mr. R. BRAVO.

COX & RICHARDS -- Although this is the youngest of the large firms of Hollister, it is by no means of the least importance, and in the extent and variety of its business, compares well with many similar firms in San Francisco. W.S. RICHARDS, who also has a large grocery and hardware store in San Jose, opened the store now occupied by COX & RICHARDS, in November, 1885, doing a general merchandising business. For three months the business was carried on successfully under his name alone, when he formed a partnership with Mr. C.J. COX, who had been established here 5 years in the grocery and crockery business. The store occupied by W.S. RICHARDS, under the McMAHON House, was enlarged to twice its size, a full stock of general merchandise was purchased. The store has two departments, one devoted to groceries and crockery, the other to dry goods and clothing. The size of the store is 50x70. The building is of brick, fire-proof, and has a new storehouse in the rear. Mr. W.S. RICHARDS remains usually in San Jose, and the following gentlemen assist Mr. COX as clerks: C.H. WAGNER, C. LUTTRELL, Frank WALL, L.L BROWN and Wm. DEWARD.

H.L. LEVY & Co. -- The Hollister White House is a center for the trade of a very large number of people throughout the county. Mr. H.L. LEVY has been engaged in business in Hollister for over two years. Occupying at first a smaller building, adjoining that of ROSENBERG Bros., some 3 months ago he changed his location to the Hollister White House, and his increased business has demonstrated the wisdom of the change. The business transacted is that of general merchandise, a full stock of every line of goods being carried, although dry goods and clothing are specialties of the house. The store itself is attractive, being roomy and light, and eminently adapted to display goods. Its size is 38x90 feet, and an L 20x40 is in the rear. The following clerks assist Mr. LEVY in waiting upon customers: Miss Edith LEVY, L.H. LEVY, Otto LEVY, Lauron INGELS and Frank ELLIS. Miss Estella LEVY fills the position of bookkeeper.

*****A Milk Ranch*****
The milk ranch of Mr. J.A. STEINBECK will well repay a visit. Lying on the outskirts of Hollister, with the San Benito river flowing in the rear, the situation is most excellent, and with the rich soil and feed, affords unusual advantages for engaging in the milk business. The ranch proper consists of 70 acres, though there are 10 additional acres belonging to the home ranch. For 10 years, Mr. STEINBECK has continued in the business, and in spite of the bad start he made on account of the dry year of 72 in which he commenced business, he has gone steadily onward and enlarged his business each year. The 30 cows with which the ranch is stocked are of good breed, 10 of them being Jersey and the rest mainly Durham stock. Although this is the time of year when the feed is of the poorest quality, the cows are all fat and in excellent condition. They give at present 30 gallons of milk, all of which is used by Mr. STEINBECK in supplying the wants of his Hollister customers.

The barn is large and kept in perfect order, and the milk house is built under a large oak tree, and with its cement floor and double walls filled with sawdust, keeps the milk cool and fresh in the hottest weather. Mr. STEINBECK has a large and steadily growing list of customers, all of whom are supplied with milk of the richest quality. Mr. STEINBECK also engages quite extensively in horticulture, and at the home ranch especially there are thrifty orchards of all varieties of fruit.

*****Lone Tree*****
The tree, from which this district derives its name, is situated on the top of a high hill, on the ranch of A.S. MURPHY, about 10 miles NE of Hollister. The tree is a Spanish laurel, and can be seen for miles around. Our school district derives its name from it, and is located in about the center of the district, on the county road, leading from Hollister to the STAYTON mines. Going from the valley into the hills, the first ranch is that of Mr. Dan MARCUS, containing 475 acres. It is used mostly for pasture. Grain does well.

Mr. Dan SNIBLEY has what was formerly know as the ESCHIBERRIA ranchThe ranch contains 850 acres.

Next is the ranch of Mr. A.S. MURPHY, containing about 800 acresNext, the ranch of C.R. WITTER, which contains about 190 acresMr. Vol GARNER comes next. He has 320 acresFollowing this comes that of Mr. M.C. and L.V. DAY, which contains 2,000 acres

Next is the ranch of Mr. John CARLISLE, of 240 acresThen the ranch of Mr. Edward FLYNN, of 240 acresMr. Bernard MURPHY comes nextThen the ranch of Mrs. MAZE, of 320 acresNext comes the ranch of Mr. HERRINGTON(Full story, p. 3, col. 6)

*****San Felipe*****
This garden spot of San Benito county is about 8 miles from Hollister, nestling under the protection of the hills that reach north and south throughout the countyMost of the homes and farms lie in an artesian belt, and the supply therefrom is abundantThere are now over 75 artesian wells in San Felipe, and few exceed a depth of 100 feet.

There is one feature of the country which will prevent its rapid growth, and that is the fact that most of the land belongs to large land owners who do not care to sell

Among the principal land owners is M. MALARIN, whose ranch contains over 67,000 acres, about 8,000 of which are in San Benito countyMr. MALARIN intends to run a large dairy this year. The old adobe mansion is perhaps one of the most attractive buildings in the county. The long, wide veranda, its open portals, its thick and lasting walls carry us back to the days when the missionary first landed among the nativesMr. MALARIN repaired it thoroughly a few years ago. During the summer months, the family make it their homeThe large orchard and grounds are well kept

The ranch of J.F. DUNNE comes next in size, containing thousands of acres, the greater portion of which lie in Santa Clara county, although about 5,000 acres lie in San Benito county, which are cultivated by tenants, who rent tracts from 100 to 150 acres in extent. In passing by Mr. DUNNEs mansion, one can not but be surprised with its beauty and cheerfulness. The house stands in Santa Clara county and the barn, not 500 yards away, is in San Benito county. The house is constricted after the style in vogue in the Southern States

The ranch of Wm. BUCK, though small compared with some others, is perhaps the most productive in proportion to size of any ranch in San Felipe, for hardly an acre is allowed to go to waste. In coming to it one could easily imagine he was transported into a semi-tropical climate, owing to the dense growth of palms, magnolias, cactus, orange and other trees and the heavily-laden odors that fill the air

The pear orchard contains about 250 trees, of which there are eight different varieties. Of apples there are also quite a number, 215 being of one variety. Of cherry trees there are about 150, several varieties being represented. Oranges have been grown most successfully

The ranch of Mr. CULP, within the last few years, has been chiefly devoted to tobacco raising, but of late he has rented it to a farmer, who raises vegetables and other products.

E.A. SAWYERs ranch consists of about 1,600 acres, nearly 100 of which are tillable land. Most of it is in the artesian belt. Mr. SAWYER devotes a large portion of his time to dairying

E.J. TURNER possesses a large ranch in this neighborhood. The house, situated several hundred yards from the road and reached through a long avenue lined on both side by poplar trees, is very pleasantly located. Mr. TURNER is the happy possessor of some of the finest thoroughbred Norman horses in California, which have taken the leading prizes in all the large fairs recently held.

C.W. WOOD has a well-kept orchard containing about 2,000 trees, [illeg due to damage]

*****Cottonwood*****
Cottonwood is situated between the spur of hills that separate the San Benito and Tres Pinos creeks on the west, and the Coast mountains on the east. In shape it is something like an inverted Y; the right hand prong representing the Los Muertos creek, the other prong and the stem the Tres Pinos creek. Its main length is six miles, with about four miles more up the Los Muertos, and it average breadth is about two miles

The fine ranch of Mr. MORRISON, adjoining the school-grounds, is a fair sample of what the country can do if it is well cultivated. The gentleman has a fine orchard and a large vineyard. He supplies his neighbors for miles around with fruit and grapes, and this year made 200 gallons of fine California port wine.

*****Emmet*****
Emmet is situated about 20 miles from Hollister, up the Tres Pinos creek. It has the finest school-house outside of Hollister, furnished completely in everything that is necessary for the education and comfort of the young Californians. It has a flourishing Sunday-school, and a divine (liked by everyone) whose name is Thomas HART

Emmet District is devoted chiefly to stock-raising; the largest ranch being the Pain Ranch, owned by George TOWLE, Sr., whose area is mentioned by sections instead of acres. Suffice it to say he has on it over 600 head of cattle, and could keep on it as many more; has several hundred acres of farming land; raises large numbers of hogs every year, and makes of them fine bacon and ham.

Next in size to this ranch is that of the CROXON Bros., which is quite extensive, and is devoted wholly to cattle.

W.W. MINER, last year, bought out the JOSE family. He is an enterprising Eastern gentleman, and has fenced and put up new buildings until the ranch hardly knows itself. He has bought extensively in cattle, and intends to devote his time principally to cattle-raising.

W.S. OLDHAM owns two ranches -- the upper devoted solely to cattle, on which he has 250 head; on the lower, where he lives, he raises grain and vegetables

John MILLER owns the old HENYON place. He devotes it to the raising of cattle and horses. He also trades extensively in horses, and makes occasional trips to the Bay City with his best teams.

Uncle John MATTEWS, Assemblyman-elect, and his son, Warren, own the next ranch. They raise cattle and fine horses.

Hugh MATTHEWS has the largest fruit orchard on the creek; his apples remind one of the apples eaten back east, when a boy. He has quite a number of fine dairy cows, and some nice horses.

Capt. McILROY owns, and runs, Elk Horn Station, and is Post-master. He has quite a large lot of grain land, and some nice cows, also quite an orchard and vineyard.

Charles TOWLE lives above him; has a nice ranch, on which he raises prime beef cattle. Charley is quite an artist, as any one who attended the last entertainment given by the E.L.S.C. will declare.

Park TOWLES ranch adjoins the school-house, and is a ranch suitable for stock-raising and farming.

The STEVENS place is a famous one for hay, wild oats completely covering it from one end to the other.

Bruce CALL owns a nice little place near the school-house. He raises hay mostly, but keeps a few cattle.

Emmet is fortunate in its choice of school teachers, the present incumbent being Miss HARMON, well known in Hollister

Thomas HART owns a nice little ranch, which he devotes wholly to the raising of cattle

The climate is the most healthy to be found in California. Pure good water is found on almost every ranch. The creek district sends out a great deal of butter and cheese, the cheese-makers being Messrs, GOMEZ, MATHEWS, OLDHAM, and MILLER.

*****Southern San Benito*****
In mapping out the county when separation was brought about, nearly 14 years since, a serious blunder was perpetrated. To say nothing of the omission to take in Gilroy township (which is now knocking at our door,) the organizers of the county should not have lost sight of the importance of including Cholame, Peach Tree and Priest Valleys. Warthans Canyon, Fresno county, should also have been added

The great majority of the settlers of the southern part of the county, are to be found, principally, in the valleys of the Tres Pinos and San Benito creeks; but, besides these two important basins, are the important and prosperous settlements of Bitterwater, Brown and Bear Valleys. There are also a large number of thrifty settlers in the Gabilan mountains -- the Cienega is likewise a thriving settlement, and justly celebrated for producing the finest potatoes raised in the StateOne particular advantage of the southern part of the county is, that it contains, in proportion to its extent, but few of the large Mexican grants -- there being only 2 -- One at Paicines, owned by the late A.B. GROGAN, and consisting of about 11,000 acresThe other grant lies about 6 miles south of the town of San Benito, and is owned by Mr. James F. DUNNE, of San Felipe

*****McCARTHY Bros. Ranch*****
While on our way to Paicines, last week, by the vineyard road, our attention was called to the tract of land surrounding the vineyard of William PALMTAG, on three sides, and belonging to the Messrs. McCARTHY BrosWe had always supposed that old Theophile VACHE had picked out the only available piece of tillable ground in that part of the mountains, which piece is now Mr. PALMTAGs propertythat idea is as erroneous as it is general, for never have we seen land better adapted for the growth of grapes

The tract is 7 miles distant from Hollister, and contains about 5,000 acresThere is absolutely no adobe on the ranch, and the land can be worked without difficulty at any season of the year

The ranch is now devoted to the raising of fine stock and horses

*****San Juan Valley*****
On stepping from a south-bound train, at Sargents Station, from San Francisco, after a ride of 92 miles, accomplished in about 4 hours, the traveler takes passage, on a fine Concord coach in waiting, for the town of San Juan. The first object that attracts his eye is the bridge across the San Benito river, 600 feet in length, built in 1883, costing about $4,500...

The Catholic Church, for years under the care of Father V. CLOSA, is in a prosperous conditionthrough Father CLOSAs endeavors, many substantial improvements have been made upon itHe has also inaugurated an enterprise in having plated ornamental trees about the walks and drives of the Catholic cemetery

The Congregational Church was organized here in 1880 and since then has accomplished much good, and is at present under the pastorate of Rev. A.B. PALMER

St. Johns Institute, a large three-story and a half brick building, shelters about 70 homeless little waifs, under the motherly care of the Sisters in chargeAlthough receiving State aid, this is inadequate to the needs of the children, and, being a charitable institution, it appeals to our citizens for contributions of money, food, or clothing, which will be thankfully received on the premises.

The water of the town is of a rather poor quality, being very hard, due to the presence of bi-carbonate of lime and alkali. The sweet temper of the housewife is ruffled each Monday morning, as the water has to be broke before it is fit for washing

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