Sacramento Daily Union, 2 January 1871
1st — The straw sheds of the paper mill company near Santa Cruz were burned.
3d — Soundings show the removal of Blossom Rock to be complete. . . .Surveying parties for Stockton and Visalia Railroad commenced work.
4th — Creed Haymond, John C. Burch and Charles Lindley appointed Commissioners for the revision of the laws. … Earthquake at Grass Valley… Captain H. A. Good was killed by Indians near Tehama ; twelve bullet holes found in his body.
5th — The Mexicans celebrated the defeat of the French in 1862 in various parts of the State.. ..Green McMahon sent to the Union office two bones of an elephant dug up on Wolfskill’s ranch.
6th — The furniture factory of G. W. Weir, and several adjoining buildings, were destroyed by fire at San Francisco; loss, $150,000.
8th — Fifteen thousand people attended the Fenian picnic at Redwood City Park….Earthquake at Gilroy….John Todhunter was killed by William Williams at Cottonwood, Siskiyou county.
9th — The State Grand Encampment I. O. O. F. elected and installed officers in San Francisco… Store of I. Sokolowsky, at Mokelumne Hill, was burglarized last night to the tune of $1,400 in coin and jewelry.
10th — Annual meeting of State Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. at San Francisco … Asby Mineor, aged twelve, was drowned in the Guadalupe river, near San Jose.
12th — Three distinct shocks of earthquake at Gilroy….Frank Eugene Cannon, aged ten years, was drowned while swimming in Canada Hill reservoir, Nevada City.
13th — E. H. Leary had a lot of laudanum hydraulicked out of him in San Francisco— it was the second time in three months … Philip Dick, for the fifth time, was sentenced to be hanged at Stockton. . . .$20,000 worth of property on the corner of Geary and Leavenworth streets, San Francisco, was destroyed by fire.
14th — The new officers of the State Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. were installed at San Francisco … Hickok & Spear, brokers, paid a $14,000 forged check in greenbacks, at San Francisco … A fire in Downieville destroyed $15,000 worth of property.
15th — Terrific storm at Los Angeles badly damaging first crop. etc.
16th — Julia Winant shot herself through the arm while attempting suicide at San Francisco ; cause jealousy…. John Leary was successful in his fourth attempt at suicide in San Francisco …Two men who gave their names as George and Lewis Clark were arrested at Stockton as the forgers of the $14,000 check, C. C. Howard was arrested in San Francisco as an accomplice — the $14,000 greenbacks have been recovered. …. Alexander Campbell was crushed to death by a rock that fell on him in the Carral Hollow coal mines.
17th — Three men in prison at Watsonville, for the murder of Indian Bill, were taken from the jail and hung by a mob.
20th — Joseph Hewitt shot and instantly killed S. P. Adams, in Pleasant Valley, near Vacaville. 21st— Josephine Platter and Teresa Siegelmier were burned by explosion of a kerosene lamp at San Francisco, the former fatally.
22d — Chinese had a great riot at San Francisco ; 3,000 celestials engaged in the row ; none killed …. Patrick Gallagher fell down a shaft, sixty feet deep, at the Spring Valley Water Company’s works, near Seventeen-mile House, and both legs were badly broken.
23d — Johnson and Lagrange opened a starch factory at San Jose … E. H. Burnham was found dead in his room at the Weber House, Stockton. A bottle containing laudanum was found in the room. J. W. Mandeville resigned the office of Commissioner of Immigration.
25th — The corner-stone of the new Mint was laid in San Francisco with imposing Masonic ceremonies.
28th — Wm. M. Zabriskie, a prominent criminal lawyer, died in San Francisco.
29th — A house was burned four miles from Knight’s Landing, on Lynch’s ranch. Four of Lynch’s children and Miss Swift, aged sixteen, were burned to death. Origin of fire unknown…. Seven business houses burned at Sutter creek … Turners’ picnic near Marysville, attended by 2,000 persons.
30th — Memorial Bay was celebrated in San Francisco and elsewhere in the State by the Grand Army of the Republic… Mrs. J. J. Riggs was burned to death by the conflagration of her house near Yuba City Wm. G. Lansing shot Hylton, the Mazeppa man, through the face on Montgomery street.
31st — Colonel A. P. Dudley and his son Alfred had a series of fights with knives and pistols with Edward Ingham, son-in-law of Colonel Dudley in San Francisco — nobody killed.
1st — The Mercantile Library Lottery office was opened in San Francisco .. Ingham fired two shots at young Al. Dudley on Montgomery street near Bush — nobody hurt. Ingham held in $5,000 bail.
2d — Seventy-five Chinamen, practical bootmakers, left San Francisco for North Adams, Mass.
3d — Michael Bach hanged himself at Anaheim … Thomas Scully was crushed to death by a saw-log rolling over him near Santa Clara…. The dead bodies of Horace Hand and wife found in their house in San Bernardino county. He had been stabbed and she beaten to death.
4th — Hubert Pritchard shot himself through the brain at Sutter Creek. He had a looking-glass in one hand and pistol in the other when found . . . Isaac Williamson, an old and prominent resident of Nevada City, died.
5th — Steamship Active wrecked off Cape Mendocino ; no lives lost . . .About fifty boarders at the Bella Union Hotel, Los Angeles, were poisoned at dinner ; some were quite sick.
7th — J. H. Newton shot himself through the heart at Los Angeles.
8th — Grand Grove Ancient Order of Druids met at San Francisco.. ..Moses Eaton, an old resident of Stockton, was thrown from his wagon and his neck broken.
9th — John Carter shot one McLaughlin through the leg on Montgomery street while he was walking with Carter’s wife.
11th — A three-year old son of Frederick Battersby was run over by the street cars and instantly killed in Oakland.
13th — A son of S. W. Williams was thrown from a horse and killed at Healdsburg. . . . John Quinn and Ignatz Murckenschnable were killed by being thrown from wagons, in Stockton.
14th — John A. Stanly appointed as County Judge of San Francisco, vice Delos Lake, resigned.
15th — Steam up for first time in the Stockton Woolen mills.
16th — S. B. Musick was knocked off his horse and killed by the cars at Mokelumne Station.
18th — Chas. H. Dapass was shot and badly wounded while burglarizing the Edwards Ranch, Contra Costa county … Bernard McNally fell into the bay from schooner Nideros and drowned … James Black, who came to this coast in 1832, died at San Rafael.
19th — The body of Louis Seligman was found in San Mateo county. On the body $10,000 worth of coin, greenbacks and valuable papers were found ; also bottles of drugs with which he had suicided.
22d — Henry Henry was thrown from a horse at the Mission, San Francisco, and his neck broken.
25th — A fire at Benica destroyed $5,000 worth of property … Rochon & Co. found a piece of solid gold in their claim near Shasta, that weighed 184½ ounces.
26th — The wife of Elias Viera, residing near Vallejo, gave birth to a child weighing sixteen and one-quarter pounds.
28th — Mrs. Dr. Burdell of San Rafael was indicted for tearing up the will of her father, the late James Black; his estate is valued at $850,000.
29th — Patrick Buckley, a brakeman, was run over and killed at Crystal lake, while uncoupling cars.