Brad Prowse
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July 4, 2013
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100 years ago in The Union: July 1913

Uncle Sam starts twice-a-day mail delivery in Grass Valley. Meanwhile, railroads unhappy over the post office now accepting packages.

At Gettysburg, 40,000 blue and gray meet again — this time in friendship.

Hot — 102 mid-month in Nevada City, cooling slightly then hot again. But rain the 22nd and cloudy at month’s end.

Frank Osbourne — seriously injured falling 20 feet onto his head at the Central mine.

Pickett’s men form at Gettysburg — 53 enfeebled veterans seek out spot where their famous charge took place. But awful heat takes a toll on aged soldiers.

Patriotism runs rampant as the 4th is greeted with salutes, parades, fun and frolic long into the night.

Forty women committed suicide in Durango, Mexico rather than submit to the outrages of the rebels.

Certain individuals, bereft of all patriotism, are tearing down the flag decorations and trailing them in the dust near the new Chinese store on Auburn and Bank streets. The Chinese show more patriotism than do these ruffians.

A slighting remark concerning President Lincoln causes a row at Gettysburg — seven men stabbed, three may die.

J. Pederson, employed at Truckee’s Whitney Hotel, was killed in a runaway.

In Washington, blackmailers, having shameful information on many legislators, offered to sell Congress to the Morgan and Steel trusts.

A rancher named Watson, playing with his 4-year-old son, who was holding a knife, was stabbed in the eye by the little fellow — an accident but the eye is likely lost.

A commission will take the testimony of Mrs. Lines, a passenger on the Titanic, who claims to have heard a conversation between Captain Smith and Manager Ismay regarding the speed of the vessel.

A 32 mule-team in Chico ran off — the driver grabbed a tree limb and held on while the wagon passed under. The harvester he was hauling was badly damaged.

Mrs. Ella Simmons, suing her husband, lost her alimony and her son — the boy was awarded to the father.

Record travel to Tahoe this 4th — more than 250 auto parties passed through Placerville.

In Oklahoma, Cap Cahay, arrested for being a ‘sooner’ in an Indian Territory land rush, was allowed to remain free until his wife had their child. She still hasn’t, 20 years later, while Cahay remains free.

Leo Huy and Walter Hyatt made it to the Banner lookout on motorcycles, the first on that type of machine. Huy had his little son with him.

A dry U.S. by 1920 is the goal of the Christian Endeavor Society.

Fourteen Grass Valley Boy Scouts head for a two week camp-out at Lake Spaulding.

Roosevelt will leave for Argentina to explore the interior.

Tennis player Maurice McLoughlin brings Davis Cup back to America.

Famous Muir Woods on Mt. Tamalpais threatened by fire.

C. Jones of Sweetland had a horse roll on him, cracking two ribs.

J. Pierpont Morgan left and even $100,000 estate.

Thomas Crase met sudden death at the Golden Gate mine when he was run over by the skip.

Death Valley claimed another victim — miner Peter Busch was found dead next to his auto between Skidoo and Rhyolite.

John Fippin of Rough and Ready died at 82.

Hans Wagner is back in baseball, his knee problem resolved — batting .326.

Nearly 100 autos sped toward Dikemen’s Grove for the Grass Valley Sportsmen annual dove stew.

Mexico mad at America — Villa talking about going to war.

Forest fires rage near Dobbins and Wolf.

Tibet invaded by Chinese.

Thomas Ingram is our new mayor, John Northway, marshal, T.H. Williams, water collector and L.P. La Rue, city attorney.

Investigations in Washington reveal the U.S. Manufacturers Association had ambitious plans to control America, dictating policy to lawmakers and the presidency.

A cigar thrown into the sawdust started a blaze in McGuire’s saloon on Grass Valley.

Elizabeth May, whose mother is a Washoe Indian, graduated from a school of osteopathy in Kansas City.

Frank Gilham of Lime Kiln is in the Jones hospital suffering from knife wounds after a row with George Smith.

Miss Mae Williams was injured in a runaway on the Rough and Ready road — the buggy was wrecked.

Boy Scouts hike in from their camp at Spaulding — had a splendid time and were well treated by the PG&E men but were ravenously hungry.

All post office bids were rejected — too high.

President declares U.S. neutral in Mexican struggle.

City income for last six months, $20,917 — expenditures about the same.

James Williams and Harry Conklin — each fined $10 for being drunk.

Two masked highwaymen stopped a stage near Gold Lake. A second stage appeared with driver “Happy Jack” Harry and they fled under a hail of bullets from his gun.

Spaulding work ceases as PG&E lays off workers — unable to raise further funds.

The four Gladstone sisters, a family of artists and actors, will appear at the Auditorium.

A cloudburst near Sierra City dumped a quantity of small, salt-water fish onto the town — many witnessed it. One theory — they were dropped by pelicans known to be in the area.


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