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Subject: [NORCAL] Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA -- 2-9 May 1863
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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
2-9 MAY 1863
>>SATURDAY, 2 MAY 1863<<
BIRTH -- in this city, April 30th, to the wife of
Charles GRUNSKY, of a daughter.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE -- A man whose name we have
been unable to learn, but who was recently
discharged from the Insane Asylum, attempted to
commit suicide under the following circumstances:
He was traveling in the direction of French Camp,
when he was overtaken by a team, and from the
driver solicited the privilege of riding. He took
a seat in the bed of the wagon, and at the same
time discovered a pistol near him. He enquired of
the driver if the pistol belonged to him and was
answered in the affirmative. He then laid down in
the wagon, and shortly thereafter the driver was
startled by a report from the pistol. On looking
around he found that the man had attempted
suicide, but the ball had failed to reach a vital
spot. He hurried on to French Camp, where the
excitement produced by the circumstance brought
on convulsions. The wounded man was taken back to
the Asylum, where he lies in an exceedingly critical condition.
TERRIBLE ACCIDENT -- A dispatch from San
Francisco to the Union, April 30th, says:
The steamer Senator arrived tonight from the
southern coast in charge of the 1st officer,
BUTTERS. Capt. T.W. SEELEY was killed on the 27th
instant by the bursting of the boiler of the
little steamer Ida Hancock, on her trip down from
New SAN Pedro to the anchorage of the Senator
with passengers and freight. The steamer was a
small propeller, owned by R. BANNING of San
Pedro, and employed as a tug and in freighting
between San Pedro and the ship anchorage. The
boiler was new. There were some 50 passengers on
board, and the loss of life is fearful. The boat
was torn to pieces, and the explosion was heard
on board the Senator. Boats were sent from the
steamer, and the officers and soldiers at Camp
Drum hastened to render assistance.
The following is the only list of killed and
wounded procurable; it is not complete:
Dr. H.R. MYLES
Sydney JOHNSTON [son of the late A. Sydney JOHNSTON]
Mrs. D. HEREFORD
Mrs. Sue WILSON
Most of those reported dead were probably killed
instantly. RITCHIE, Express Messenger, lived for
2 hours. A small portion of the Express matter
was saved. There were some 25 killed in addition to the names reported.
SAD BEREAVEMENT -- In the recent explosion of the
boiler of the steam-tug Ida Hancock, in the
harbor of San Pedro, Mr. John SANFORD, one of the
Board of Supervisors of this county, met with the
loss of a brother whose name appears in the list
of the killed. On board of the same steamer at
the time of the accident, Mr. SANFORD had a
mother, sister, brother-in-law and nephew, all of
whom are reported among the wounded. They were
all en route for this city and at the time of the
explosion, were making the passage from the shore
to the steamer Senator, which lay at anchor in
the harbor. This is a sad bereavement and one
which calls forth the sympathy of an entire community.
HOW IT WAS DONE -- A correspondent of the Visalia
Delta thus tells how Captain McLAUGHLIN
disposed of the horse-thieving and murderous
Indians taken in a recent fight on Kern river:
The Captain ordered Jose CHICO to select all of
his Indians for whose good behavior he could
vouch, and let them stand aside, which was done.
He then requested one of our oldest citizens (Mr.
HARMON) to select all whom he personally knew to
be peaceable residents on Kern river. The Captain
then ordered all children and females out of the
ranks, and the remaining bucks, 32 in number,
were marched out of sight of the rancheria and
told to skedaddle for life, but from some cause
unknown to us a row commenced, and the result was
that 31 of their number was killed on the spot
and the 32d mortally wounded. The majority of the
Indians killed were a part of those who had been
engage in stealing stock from this vicinity since
the outbreak on Owens river; the balance were
Kern river Indians, who were in the habit of
disappearing whenever the Owens river Indians
broke out, and were unable, on their return, to
give any satisfactory account of themselves.
SAN FRANCISCO DISPATCH, May 1 --
-The funeral of Frederick COOK, Assistant
Treasurer of the Overland Mail Co.; Captain
SEELEY, of the Senator, and Frederick KERLIN, were largely attended today.
-Jas. L. EOFF, indicted for killing Wm. B. CHAPMAN, ahs been acquitted.
>>MONDAY, 4 MAY 1863<<
MARRIED -- J.R. HARDENBURG, ex-Mayor of
Sacramento and proprietor of the Russ House, San
Francisco, was married on Monday last to Miss Maria HASTINGS, of Sacramento.
SHOOTING AFFAIR -- A shooting affair took place
at Snellings on Saturday evening last, between
John BREEN and a man named COLTON. BREEN, who has
but 1 leg, beat COLTON over the head with his
crutch; and later in the day the parties met
again, when the quarrel being renewed, BREEN drew
his pistol and shot COLTON in the hip. The nature
of the wound was not reported by our informant;
but Mr. BREEN who had undergone an examination
before a Justice of the Peace, was discharged, as
having acted in self justification. BREEN was
formerly a resident of this city and will be
recollected as the person who was wounded in a
difficulty with Cherokee Bob on the 4th of July, 1861.
>>TUESDAY, 5 MAY 1863<<
A PARRICIDE -- A colored man named Squire DRISDEN
was stabbed dead by his son at Drytown, Amador
county, April 25th. Deceased had for a number of
years been a resident of Drytown, and bore a good
reputation for honesty and industry. He had
labored in this State successfully for the means
to purchase the freedom of his wife and family,
including the wretched son who slew him.
ANOTHER PAPER -- The Pajaro Times is the name
of a paper just received from Watsonville, in the
Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz county. It is published
by KEARNEY, McQUILLAN & DUCHOW; it is a neat
paper, well got up as to matter, neutral in politics, but loyal in tone.
THE WEEKLY TIMES, a new peace democratic
journal, is shortly to be started at San Andreas,
under the proprietorship of L.M. SCHRACK, and the
editorial management of A.C. RUSSELL, late of the
Stockton Argus. We are also informed that
another weekly is soon to appear in the same place.
A CHANGE -- George C. GORHAM, Superintendent of
the Marysville Reform School, has been tendered
and will accept the place of Clerk of the U.S.
Circuit Court. He will be succeeded in the Reform
School by J.C. SARGENT, late an Assemblyman from Yuba.
REMAINS of EDWARD GILBERT -- The printers of San
Francisco, on the 4th inst., assembled in a body
to re-inter the remains of Hon. Edward GILBERT,
1st editor of the Alta who was in 1852 slain in a duel with Gen. J.W. DENVER.
SAN FRANCISCO DISPATCH, May 4th --
-An Italian named Pietro Gercari Wettlo CARRI,
while walking with his wife near Hunters Point
yesterday, was approached by an unknown man and shot dead.
-Mr. SAWYER, Foreman of Liberty Hose Co., was
presented with a handsome fire cap by the company.
>>WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY 1863<<
BIRTH -- at Merced Falls, April 27th, to the wife
of D.P. BUINLAND, of a daughter.
BIRTH -- in Coulterville, April 30th, to the wife of Mr. J. HOWETH, of a son.
BIRTH -- in Columbia, April 28th, to the wife of Daniel McCOY, of a daughter.
DIED -- in Columbia, April 27th, Mr. FOLKS, aged about 45 years.
DARK AFFAIR -- Willis COOPER, a colored man,
whose will [wife?] keeps an apple stand on the
Levee between El Dorado and Centre streets, got
mischief into his wool yesterday, and beat the
poor woman in a style not at all consistent
either with modern civilization or the peace and
dignity of the city. He was arrested and lodged
in jail to answer a complaint for assault and battery today.
COMPARATIVE HEALTH -- Dr. LOGANs health table
reports 22 deaths in Sacramento during the month
of April. For the same time the number of deaths
in Stockton was but 3, and 2 of those were from
violent causes. The population of Stockton is
about ½ that of Sacramento. The mortality for the month specified was but 1/7.
ASYLUM OFFICERS -- At a meeting of the Directors
of the California State Insane Asylum, held
yesterday in this city, Dr. G.A. SHURTLEFF was
elected President; Austin SPERRY, Vice President;
and Fletcher C. ANDREW, Treasurer and Secretary
of the Board, for the ensuing year.
SAD ACCIDENT -- At Douglas Flat, April 26th, 2
men named William McDERMOTT and Ami DUNLAP met
with severe and painful injuries in the premature
explosion of a blast which they were drilling
out. McDERMOTT lost both his eyes, had 1 of his
hands torn off, and his skull fractured; while DUNLAP lost 1 of his eyes.
>>THURSDAY, 7 MAY 1863<<
DIED -- at Hookers Ranch, Sacramento county, May
4th, L.G. HOOKER, a native of Pechim, Vermont,
aged 39 years, 3 months, 23 days.
POLICE COURT --
-Willis COOPER, for assaulting and beating his wife, fined $5 and costs.
-Mary MILLS, fined $10
-A.M. WOOD (colored) fined $10 and costs
-Mary OCONNELL, fined $10 and costs
-N. MARIN, fined $5 and costs
MEXICAN REJOICING -- The Mexicans of this city
held high carnival and indulged in a square set
to at rejoicing night before last, over the 1st
victory achieved over the French by their
distinguished countryman, Gen. ZARAGOZA.
LIST of LETTERS Remaining in the Stockton Postoffice May 1st, 1863
*Ladies List --
AUSTIN, Labrina A Miss
BOEN, Sarah E Miss
BLANCHARD, Cornelia L Mrs.
BROCKWELL, Margaret E Mrs.
BROWN, Mary Mrs.
BOLTHIS, Mary G Mrs.
COMER, Mary Mrs.
COMBER, Mary Mrs.
CROW, Charlotte Mrs.
DUBOIS, S.H. Mrs.
DOUGHTERTY, Elizabeth Miss
DODGE, Emily Mrs.
DODGE, Sarah Mrs.
DAY, Mary P Mrs.
GREEN, M. Mrs.
GREEN, Rachel, Mrs.
GRAY, Lucy A Mrs.
GIRRARD, Emily Miss
HAYFORD, F Mrs.
HITCHCOCK, Rosina Mrs.
HILLS, R.A. Mrs.
HOWLAND, Anna L Miss
JONES, Margaret Mrs.
LACEY, Isaac Mrs.
MYERS, Mary Anne Miss
MARE, Mary E Mrs.
MEMULEN, Anna Miss
MOEREY, Sabra Miss
OTT, Ellen Mrs.
PONCE, Maria Senora District Attorney
POWELL, Francis Miss
RICHARDSON, C. Mrs.
RAN, Lucinda Mrs.
RICHARDS, Lucinda Mrs.
RICH, George W Mrs.
STEPHENS, Malissa Mrs.
SEDGWICK, John Mrs.
SCOTT, E.M. Mrs.
WERTLY, M.L. Mrs.
WILSON, Sarah Mrs.
*Gentlemens List --
BROOK, Sam H
BENNETT, Major C.V.
BOLLS, Wm M
BRAY, W; 2
BARNES, Albert; 2
CUTLER, Wm O
CROW, W.P.; 2
CHIDESTER, John G
CROW, Jas. A
COPLAND, G.H.; 2
FORNO, J. Christopher
GHOULD, Hiram; 2
HOWLAND, Geo W
HENDERSON, Guy C
HERBERT, Geo W
HANNA, David G
KERRICK, Joseph & Co.
KASSIN, Geo M
McCAUSLAND, John M; 3
MUDGETT & LIBBY
MORSE, James J; 2
MOSES, Andrew J
MACKBEE, James W
NEALL Jr., Samuel
PERRY, Geo B
PARTON, Major Chas.
REED, James G
SON, David T
SMITH, Dr. J.B.
SMITH, Chas. S
SHRADER, John M
TURNER, James L
THOMPSON, J. Alxis
WILLARD, Geo O
WHITFORD, Silas B
>>FRIDAY, 8 MAY 1863<<
SAD ACCIDENT -- Jacob MYERS, a farmer who resided
some 3 miles from French Camp, met with his death
by drowning, on the night of the 6th instant. He
was engaged in chopping fire wood on the San
Joaquin near Sheppards Ferry, and after the
days work was concluded, he started homewards on
horseback. In attempting to cross the slough half
a mile from the Ferry, his horse pitched (as is
supposed, for no one was with him at the time)
suddenly into a deep hole which had been made by
the flood of last winter; and as Mr. MEYERS
[spelled 2 ways] could not swim, he drowned. The
body was found at 1 oclock yesterday. Deceased
leaves a wife and 3 children to mourn his loss. [see next issue]
RECRUITS -- Lieutenant L.M. GARDNER, of Company
L, 1st Cavalry, C.V., arrived in this city
yesterday, with 15 recruits for his company. They
were all obtained at Mariposa and Hornitos,
within the last fortnight, and are a fine,
intelligent, sober lot of men. This raises company L to 52 men.
RIOTOUS and DISORDERLY -- Senora ANTONIA, a dame
from the sunny land of Mexico, had a hearing
yesterday in the Police Court on a charge of
drunk, disorderly and smashing in windows. She
was found guilty of these naughty offenses and fined $10 with costs.
>>SATURDAY, 9 MAY 1863<<
MARRIED -- at Hawkins Bar, Tuolumne river, May
5th, Cornelius M.V. RIPER to Mary Ann McGRATH.
MARRIED -- at the Crimea House, April 25th, Mr. CHURCH to Miss Elizabeth DAVIS.
DIED -- in La Grange, Stanislaus county, April
29th, Elizabeth, wife of John M. CARTER, a native
of Halifax, Nova Scotia, aged 52 years.
DIED -- in Sonora, May 6th, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph HALL.
DIED -- at Chinese Camp, of puerperal fever, Mrs. Joseph WHITE.
DIED -- at Poverty Hill, April 30th, Jas. A.
MANN, a native of Maine, aged 28 years.
DIED -- at Columbia, May 11th, Helen Maria, only
daughter of Valentine and Harriet HAHN, aged 5 years.
CORONERS INQUEST -- We yesterday made mention of
the death of Jacob MEYRE, a farmer near French
Camp, by accidental drowning. The following is
the proceedings and verdict of the Coroners Jury summoned on the occasion.
State of California, County of San Joaquin, ss --
Castoria Township, before R.W. NOBLE, J.P., May
7th, 1863. -- At an inquisition taken for the
People of the State of California, at the
residence of the late Jacob MEYRE, deceased, in
said county and township, before me, R.W. NOBLE,
a Justice of the Peace, in and for said county, 6
good and lawful men were sworn to inquire, on the
part of the people of the State of California,
into the circumstances of the death of Jacob
MEYRE, then and there lying dead. The jurors
having been duly sworn, agreed upon the following verdict, to wit:
We, the Jurors, find that the deceased, Jacob
MEYRE, came to his death from accidental
drowning, in a slough, near the river San
Joaquin, about sundown, on Wednesday, the 6th of
May, 1863. Signed, J.K. MEYRE, H.S. HOWLAND,
Andrew MEYRE, Frank JOKEL, R.B. MEYRE, C.F. HOWLAND.
R.W. NOBLE, J.P.
A FRATRICIDE -- At San Bernardino, April 28th, 2
brothers, Tom MORGAN and Jack MORGAN, got into a
quarrel and fight, when the latter shot Tom in
the left breast, killing him instantly. The fratricide made his escape.
NEW CARRIAGE PAINT SHOP, Main street, above the
Court House. The subscriber (with W.P. MILLER for
the last 4 years), informs the public that he has
opened a carriage paint shop, of his own account.
The patronage of the public is respectfully
solicited. Terms reasonable, and satisfaction in all cases guaranteed.
Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
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