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100 years ago today

December 1902

Christmas toys and novelties are showing up on merchants’ shelves.

Terrible gale on the Great Lakes. Several ships and many lives lost.

Rain around the 6th and 12th. Heavy rain and snow near month’s end.

The oldest ship in the world recently was sent to the breakers. The Anita was built in 1548 and last sailed in 1902.

Mrs. I. H. Lawrence had a leg fractured in a runaway near Pine Grove Cemetery.

E. M. Mock tried to shoot Jack Lewis in Colfax. Mock’s gun failed to fire. There is bad blood between the two.

George Murray, finishing 30 days for obtaining money under false pretensions, was re-arrested on a Yuba County warrant.

Former Nevada City resident F. M. Smith, returning from a fishing trip with his wife, was shot down and killed by a bandit near the American River.

Washington is in favor of admitting Oklahoma but ignored Arizona and New Mexico requests for statehood.

Miners Gassaway and Sharpe were injured by a blast in the Nichols Mine.

The great coal strike is yet unsettled. People in East suffer for lack of fuel.

The Congregational Church was crowded for the first night of the church bazaar.

In Oregon, eight bachelor daughters of William Walker do all the work on his ranch: breaking horses, branding, roundup, cutting, training. They remain unmarried from choice as they love what they do.

George Grymes of Grass Valley won $10,000 in the lottery. He is a Civil War veteran.

A petition circulating in Nevada City seeks a pardon for Thomas Evans who killed Robert Holland in 1897.

Miss Edna Penrose of North Bloomfield is visiting Miss Katie Davidson of Graniteville.

Pearl Rosie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Twitchill, died at home.

Dan Patch, the famous unbeaten pacer, was sold for $60,000 in New York.

The Grand Jury is looking into who’s supplying liquor to the Indians. Diggers at the Nevada City campoodie have been supplied with liquor for years.

A survey in Mahin’s Magazine lists 303 U. S. occupations. Only 8 fail to have any woman performing them – occupations such as soldiers, linemen and firemen. But many do fill men’s jobs. 879 are policemen and detectives; 2 motormen and 13 conductors; 22,000 telephone operators; 26 plumbers; 167 brick layers; 1,759 painters; 549 carpenters; 193 blacksmiths; 571 machinists; 3,370 iron and steel workers; 100 lumbermen; 440 bartenders and 323 undertakers.

A trolley hit and killed a bovine last evening.

Crime has become so rampant around Oroville, there’s talk of forming a vigilante committee.

Two highwaymen attempted to rob R. Palladini on Blue Tent Road five miles out of Nevada City but his spirited horse dashed off, taking him out of danger.

Union reporter J. F. Haley was badly beaten by Alvah Morgan and J. McCloskey, apparently over the reporting he’s been doing on the Ballestero trial.

Julia Grant, the widow of U. S. Grant, died.

Ballestero claims no part in Haley’s beating and visited the injured man.

William Lamb was killed by a black man, Frank Kinney, in a Truckee gunfight in Al Connor’s saloon. Lamb was a hard case and Kinney, who saw service in the Philippines, is well thought of, his fellow workers taking up a collection for his defense.

Twenty-five persons killed when the Los Angeles-bound Owl hit the Stockton Flyer near Byron.

C. D. Turner, manager of the Coe Mine, plans to establish a first-rate racing stable in Glenbrook Park, not far from the Sutton place.

Thomas Bennett, 64, an old mountain prospector, passed away at his Clay Street home.

An attempted assault by a Greek railroad laborer on 15 year old May Rowell near Colfax almost resulted in the Greek camp being dynamited. the railroad moved them quickly out of the area. McCloskey and Morgan are fined $60.

A Stockton contractor is doing tile work for the new owners of the Owl Tavern on Mill it should open soon.

A Merry Christmas to all from The Union and Herald.

Special services were held in most churches and almost every house was the scene of merrymaking and rejoicing. The town was quiet – no arrests. the grim reaper takes four people: Miss Deyrl Hocking, Jeremiah Noonan of Moore’s Flat, Mrs. George Berry and Philip Jackson.

Dr. A. W. Bradley was found dead of a heart attack in his buggy on Alta Hill.

$23.50 will buy a first class, drop head sewing machine, nicely finished with all the latest improvements – Legg & Shaw store.

A claim dispute in Rough and Ready led to Dennis Donovan taking a Winchester to J. S. Kirkpatrick. Donovan had the rifle wrested from him and received a beating in return.

By Brad Prowse

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