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100 years ago today: December 1913

Roger Kitto of Grass Valley was chosen by the Great Western Power Company to fly along with aviator Robert Fowler as he checks power lines between Oakland and Butte each day in an aeroplane.

Senate to decide if San Francisco can take water from Hetch Hetchy.

G.L. Brooks, manager of Grass Valley Hardware, is in critical condition from an infection.



Rain started around the 8th, turning to snow on the 21st and then back to rain near month’s end.

W.J. Mitchell of Reliance Hose Company was elected Grass Valley’s next fire chief.




The old Harrigan home at Forest Springs burned down.

In Utah, Ralph Lopez, killer of six men, is hiding in a mine. Smoke pots set to drive him out have so far failed.

William Till, a half-breed Mexican, crazed on liquor, kills A.M. Dunn and John Hoos and wounds a third in a Dutch Flat saloon with a rifle. He is in custody.

Eight Navaho Indians surrender to General Scott in New Mexico. Uprising there over.

Clinch Mercantile has a new delivery truck — replaces three horse teams. If it proves satisfactory, the other three teams will be retired.

The new school bonds will only cost the average taxpayer $1.50 a year.

Marshal Shearer passed a ‘black list’ of known drunkards to Nevada City saloon men, warning them not to serve liquor to anyone on it.

Ralph Lopez, slayer of six men, still runs free in the Utah-Apex mine. Authorities will cut off his water supply.

Thomas Bison, who floored William Till during the Dutch Flat shooting spree, is a Sioux Indian. As a 10-year-old, he fought Custer at the Little Big Horn. He was left there, wounded and thought dying, but was found by soldiers and raised as a white. Presently he works for PG&E.

It’s felt that ragtime’s popularity is dying out.

A local Italian, resurrecting the role of “Jack the Hugger,” and following young women and frightening them, is going to receive a reception one of these nights not to his liking.

Hopes for drys at fever pitch as prohibitionist’s influence rises in Washington.

Harry Crase of the Golden Gate mine was killed by a mine truck as he crossed a track.

Dr. Richard Cowen of London’s Royal College of Surgeons says experiments on animals is entirely unnecessary for medical advancement.

The board of supervisors accepted the new Allegheny road — A.B. Foote receives $13,000 for work done.

The local Knights of Pythias celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Thirteen miles the Utah-Apex mine were searched without finding Ralph Lopez.

Poundmaster Mitchell must account for money received for the sale of livestock.

Old prospector William Francisco found dead in his cabin near U-Bet.

A shift boss spotted Ralph Lopez in the Utah-Apex mine — said he knows he is cornered, that the mine will be his grave.

Vaudeville will play at the Auditorium along with a movie.

De Vinci’s Mona Lisa, missing from the Louvre since 1911, is found in Florence.

High school student Ivan Snell was beaten senseless by two drunken ruffians, George Richardson and Charles Kinser, in Grass Valley last night. The two were run down and captured by Dr. Carl Jones and are held under $1,500 bond.

Col. Roosevelt is in Rio de Janeiro, about to plunge into the Brazilian jungle.

The election to raise $50,000 in school bonds lost by 100 votes.

Mexican and American soldiers exchange shots across the border in Texas — one federal regular killed.

Richardson and Kinser, who beat up Ivan Snell, were found not guilty — jury felt Snell may have said something to bring on the attack.

Mrs. Margaret Pearce, 67, died at her California mine home near Deadman’s Flat.

Autos have been driving recklessly across the Gualt bridge in Nevada City, splashing and endangering pedestrians.

New currency bill is law as the Federal Reserve System is initiated, reorganizing America’s banking system and furnishing plentiful and elastic credit.

Despite the bad weather, local spirits are bright. Merchants report good trade and the posted office handled an immense volume of mail.

In Lexington, Kentucky, Solomon Jackson and Tate Saunders, in a lawsuit dispute, grasped each other’s left hand and shot it out with pistols in their right hands — two funerals.

C.B. Northup, North Bloomfield pioneer, died in his mine — his lamp went out and he became lost in the darkness.

Punch Jones and his company of darktown cabaret entertainers scored a hit at the Auditorium last night featuring ragtime and African tango dancing.

Eight sticks of giant powder with fusing were discovered by a milk boy under the Narrow Gauge tracks near Union Hill.

Auto owners must now register their vehicles according to a new California law.

Attorney-General threatens to dissolve the Bell Telephone Company under anti-trust provisions.

With his clothing stiff with ice and his limbs frozen, a woodchopper was brought in from the storm and worked on by Dr. Chappell for an hour before there was evidence of life. It appears he will survive — his first words were a request for a cigarette.


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