Sacramento Daily Union, 2 January 1871
1st — A fire at Moore’s Flat destroyed a great part of the town; loss, $13,200.
2d — A. P. Crittenden appointed Supreme Court reporter vice Tod Robinson deceased … Nebraska Hotel at Watsonville burned; loss, $7, 000…. Irene Furry was thrown from a buggy near Woodland and killed.
3d — Mrs. Laura Fair shot and mortally wounded A. P. Crittenden, in the midst of his family, on the ferryboat El Capitan, while crossing to San Francisco from Oakland … Emil Hirch suicided in San Francisco by blowing out his brains with a deringer … Two freight trains collided near Blue Canyon, on the Central Pacific Railroad, killing Cyrus Parks and badly injuring R. Kemp, S. Heunessy, E. Tampy, P. Foley and H. Taylor.
4th — William Brown, a laborer in a stable at San Francisco, found dead, having fallen from above and broken his neck … Mrs. De Rosa suicided with laudanum in San Francisco.
5th — Fred. Shuster shot and killed John Miller at La Porte.
6th — A. P. Crittenden died from the effect of his wound…. Mrs. Sarah Dorsey, a colored woman, aged 113, died in San Francisco.
7th — Joseph Taylor died from accidental poisoning in San Francisco
8th — Second Mercantile Library Lottery concert — prize, a fine grand piano.
9th — Glosford Wilton had his hand blown off by the accidental explosion of a Hercater cartridge he was drying at a forge in Downieville….John Sullivan was stabbed by Hugh Mclnerney in San Francisco, because he would not treat . . Samuel Burner suicided by cutting his throat at Liberty Hill, Nevada county.
10th — Joseph Lindsay’s boarding-house, at Rocklin, was destroyed by fire; loss, $2,000…. A Chinese woman was bound to a stake and burned to death by some of her countrymen at San Bernardino.
11th — Hellman, drawer of the $100,000 prize, directed his agents at San Francisco to expend $5,000 of the amount in charity in that city and the same sum In New York… .Simon M. Cohen, doctor and astrologer, arrested in San Francisco, charged with murder, by producing an abortion for Mrs. Fanny Lanier, which caused her death …. Fire in San Francisco, on California street ; loss, $10,000.
12th — Judge R. Aug. Thompson appointed Supreme Court Reporter, vice Crittenden, deceased … Alfred Gafsted suicided in Oakland by lying on the track and letting the Central Pacific cars run over him.
14th — Judge Leander Quint appeared for Mrs. Laura Fair, who shot Crittenden, in the Police Court at San Francisco, waived an examination, and she was committed to county jail.
15th — John Conny died near San Jose from the effects of injuries received by a tree falling upon him the day before.
16th — Alexander, an old Frenchman, a veteran of the armies of Napoleon First, died in San Francisco, aged eighty-four.
17th — Wm. T. Britton had two ounces of laudanum pumped out of him in San Francisco. He took the drug because he did not win in the Mercantile lottery … The Wisconsin House and two other buildings burned in San Jose… The first ton of crystallized sugar made from California grown beets, was taken from the centrifugals at the Alvarado mill.
18th — McCleery beat Little for the silver cue and championship at San Francisco. McCleery, 1,202 ; Little, 826.
19th — August Miller died in Stockton from injuries received by being run over by a fire engine.
21st — The residence of J. M. Hellman, banker, was burned in Los Angeles; loss, $10,000.
22nd — Captain Pierre Carpie died in San Francisco from the effects of a kick from a horse. . . The railroad across Alameda creek, near Niles, was burned; loss, $80,000.
23d — Drs. Li Po Tai and Chan Tin Phoey, leading Chinese doctors of San Francisco, were, blown up and severely injured by an explosion of gas.
24th — Thanksgiving Day…. The St. Augustine Cadets of Benicia visited San Francisco.
25th — Peter O’Connor, while digging a well at San Francisco, was caved on and killed.
26th — The residence of the late Major Hensley, at San Jose, destroyed by fire ; loss, $60,000.
27th — Copperopolis restaurant and three other buildings in Stockton burned ; loss, $1,000.. ..Four buildings, including the City Bakery, burned at Vallejo ; loss, $20,000.
28th — Issac E. Brokaw shot and killed Robert Evans in San Francisco …. A young son of Hiram Chick, in Stockton. blew his hand off with a shot-gun.
29th — The first rail of the Stockton and Copperopolis Railroad was laid at Stockton.
30th — Timothy Lord, a hostler at the Cliff House, fell dead of heart disease … Dr. J. R. Russell, druggist at Diamond Springs, suicided with morphine.
1st — A Convention of Delegates from the Baptist churches met at Vacaville and took steps to incorporate a Baptist college.
2d — The President of the Mercantile lottery reported the net proceeds of the three lotteries to have been $310,122 25.
3d — R. Aug. Thompson, Supreme Court Reporter, filed his official bond in the sum of $10,900.
5th — Six boys escaped from the Industrial School, near San Francisco … Mrs. Jesse Honsell and two children were murdered near Portersvilie by the Indians.
6th — Western Union Telegraph Company perfected arrangements for making telegraphic drafts under fifty dollars. . ..John Wilson suicided with a pistol at Los Angeles … A young man named Martin fell from a wagon load of wood near San Jose and was killed.
7th — The old tower on Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, was blown down and destroyed …Two Indians, the murderers of Mrs. Bonsell and children, were hung by a mob at Portersville.
8th — Captain John Scheck, a deceased old resident of Stockton, was buried in that city ….William Waltman was killed at Nevada City by the accidental explosion of Giant powder … A fire in San Francisco destroyed the California Shoe Factory and did other damage; loss $15,000.
9th — Official statement of population of California published in the Union ; total population, 556,613…. Wm. Noah Venters was found dead near Georgetown ; cause of death unknown.
10th— John Howden fell from some trestle work near Wheatland and broke his leg.
11th — R. L. Woodward took the What Cheer House, San Francisco, sign for a target for pistol practice ; the police took him … Peter Bow was found dead in a house of ill-fame in San Francisco, his neck being broken.
12th — Charles Townsend at Bangor, Butte county, accidentally killed himself while examining a gun.
13th — The first sales of Alvarado beet sugar made in San Francisco ; thirty tons sold at 13½ cents per pound ….The wife of Colonel Charles L. Wilson died near Chico while taking a bath.
14th — Major Woods, an old Californian, fell dead in a saloon in San Francisco … Miguel Zacherias shot and killed Jacob Bell in Los Angeles.
15th — The Stocktonians celebrate the arrival of the first locomotive at the water front of their city.
16th — An unsuccessful attempt was made to blow up the China portion of Grass Valley.
19th — Mary Harrihan died suddenly at San Francisco from the effects of a severe beating given by her husband, who was arrested.
20th — Charles Richardson’s house at Marysville was burglarized, the inmates chloroformed, and $500 worth of jewelry stolen…. Vigilance Committee in full blast in Los Angeles…. Carter Cox and Benjamin Rowe were suffocated to death at Forest Hill by air from a fifty-pound blast.
1st — An old resident of Santa Cruz, named Clemens, suicided with morphine.
22d — Ellen Burns was killed by a team running away in Los Angeles … Allen Fish was instantly killed at Oakland by a runaway team.
23d — A fire at Colusa destroyed $5,200 worth of property….The bank of Marks & Co., at Moore’s Flat, was robbed of $4,000.
24th — A man named Shephard was thrown from a horse at Brooklyn and had his leg broken.
25th — Christmas Day was duly observed … A fire at Stockton destroyed the barn of H. Littlebrandt, containing eighty tons of hay and the racehorse May…. Two drunken Indians were run over by the cars at St. Helena and killed.
26th — A fire in Oakland destroyed the dwelling of Mrs. J. White, valued at over $2,500 … A Chinaman was run over at Clipper Gap, by the cars, and killed.
27th — Mayor Selby, of San Francisco, donated his year’s salary, $4,200, to charitable institutions of that city.
28th — A man named Dougherty shot and killed Mrs. Dennis at Wheatland for refusing to marry him.
29th — Napa selected as the site of the Odd Fellows’ College and Home.
31st — San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad formally opened to Santa Rosa . Dennis Gunn shot and killed Edward J. Murphy at San Francisco.