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Looking back at June 1912

Brad Prowse
Special to The Union

Hoffman’s bar in Nevada City closed for infractions – one less saloon license there.

Wilson slowly gains strength at Baltimore Democratic Convention.

Miss Harriet Quimby – first American woman to win an aviator’s license – fell to her death at a Boston aviation meet.

Hot except for a shower mid-month. It was 98 the next day – then hot until end.

Wilson will run against Taft and Roosevelt.

Two hundred pretty girls took part in the lantern parade on the night of the third.

Teddy Tetzlaff, driving a Fiat, won the 200 miles race for heavy cars in Washington state.

John Grenfell suffered a broken leg stepping off the trolley while returning home last night.

Parade, waterfights, special awards, prizes, boy-and-girl races and pyrotechnics spelled out a glorious Fourth for Nevada City.

Alec Durbin found a watch while harvesting in a field near the county hospital – lost by R.J. Ronchi 13 years before. Though the case was corroded, once wound, the watch performed perfectly and is still running.

James and Charles Freeborough, who lived in Alleghany and Poker Flat, died on the Titanic – they had been visiting their old home in England and were working off their passage as members of the crew.

Only one accident July 4th – a firecracker exploded in a boy’s pocket, burning him severely.

All the local mines are paying the miners at the mines – miners may go where they wish to cash checks and do their trading.

The U.S. wins the lion’s share of victories at the Olympic Games in Stockholm.

A horse being ridden by a young girl of about 15 took off down Church Street. Dahl Nivins managed to stop the animal near the Holbrooke Hotel.

Military men are jubilant over the success of a cannon firing 750 shots a minute from an aeroplane.

The body of Albert Griffith was found near the Harrigan house at Forest Springs – suicide suspected.

A U.S. Circuit Court in San Francisco said an Indian wedding ceremony was as binding as any other kind if done according to Indian rites.

Supervisor Bigelow is making use of a telescope from the Banner Mountain look-out. The $100, 35-110 power machine is paying for itself, spotting fires.

County supervisors passed an ordinance making bathing suits mandatory for swimming in public streams, ditches and ponds within view of any public road or highway or trail.

After more than 50 years, the Nevada City Transcript ceases publication.

An autoist found the body of Percy Fairbanks of U-Bet near Glenwood Park – apparently fell from the bridge.

The Jones Brothers’ Circus comes to town – there will be a street parade.

Simon Crase, buried beneath tons of rock at the Pennsylvania mine, was rescued alive after an hour.

PG&E prepares to build a dam at Lake Spaulding.

J.R. Jones, former resident but now living in Wyoming, has offered any interested organization here a herd of elk.

Zapatistas attack a train in Mexico – 60 perish.

Local school enrollment is up – 1,892, a gain of over six last year.

Winston Churchill arouses the House – points to unprecedented rise in German naval power. Said England must ‘Build, build, build’ in hopes of meeting menace of North Sea.

Charles Matson, employed at the Gold Canyon Mine, had his high-power Savage rifle explode while out hunting – he should recover.

The pleasant weather in French Corral and the Ridge Towns is luring vacationers.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Rodda swallowed an open safety pin – Dr. Grissom removed it from the child’s throat.

Los Angeles city council is trying to outlaw the free lunch in saloons there.

Mrs. S.A. Kidder, president of the Narrow Gauge, said a woman’s place is in the home – those that accomplish something away from it are the exception. “I do not like the idea of women voting and having politics taking up a lot of their time,” she said.

Willow Valley mines will soon have electricity.

Only three fires to date for the month despite large quantities of dry feed making the fire danger high. Last year, $265 was spent in July on fighting fires in Tahoe Forest, this year, only $45.

The 4th of July committee will meet to decide what to do with the $112 left over.

A diving exhibition from a 40-foot high board will be given at Lake Olympia.

Mormons flee their Mexico colonies – men remain behind and are disarmed by rebels.

The Nevada City Elks have raised $29,000 for their new home.

Andrew Comstock and Charles Franzen, former members of the notorious Hole-In-The-Wall gang, escape with the help of 12 of their gang from a Colorado jail.

The Oliver house on Colfax Avenue is destroyed – nearest fire hydrant was defective.

The Emperor of Japan dies – his son, Yoshihito, takes over.

Several children have been bitten by mad dogs lately.

Fred Searls, Jr., son of attorney Fred Searls, saw a driver beating a horse while he was in San Francisco. When the man cursed Searls, he jumped on the wagon and beat the driver to the ground. This is the second time Searls has gotten into such a fuss. Friends wonder if Searls is really that concerned over animals or just likes to get into scraps.

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