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Capt. Thomas Theodore Tidball,
Mexican-American War Veteran and Civil War Veteran of Monterey County, Ca

Researched & Compiled by Timothy P. Reese, PCC, Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10, Based out of Santa Cruz, Ca. Department of California and Pacific. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  

Thomas Theodore Tidball was born in Allegheny City, PA on October 2, 1826 a resident of Ohio where he learned, first, the hatter’s trade under his father and then turned to printing. At the outbreak of the Mexican War, he enlisted with Company “A” of the 3rd Ohio Infantry, serving 14 months. Overland with one friend for California, meeting up with a party at Independence, Mo. They contracted with the party to bring them across for the sum of $75.00. At Platte he and his friend purchased a ferry for $50.00, and operated it for a week, accumulated $150.00.  And they funded their travel to San Bernardino then proceeding to Los Angeles.  Then they caught a vessel bound for San Francisco. They chopped wood to make money after they arrived. The tried their luck in the placers with little success. Tried Ranching near Sacramento, illness set him back. And the venture crashed. He then elected to settle in Soquel as the editor of a newspaper. In 1858 Tidball was elected Assessor and again in 1861. When the first shots were fired at Charleston, he formed & organized Company K, of the 5th California Infantry, with himself as Captain. After his commission and activation by Gov. Downey in November of 61, he and his company were off to Arizona to protect the southern routes from potential assaults from the Apache and possible Confederate gun running outfits. He was cited for outstanding work and service by the Arizona Legislature – for “15 enlisted men of Company K composed of the expedition under the direct command of CPT: T.T. Tidball, met the Apache in combat in Canon di Arivaype, in the Arizona Territory on May 7th 1862, the battle claimed the lives of 47 Apache warriors, 10 prisoners, and captured 66 head of stock and lost only one man in the conflict, he returned to Tucson on the 11th of May marching 180 miles in five days. Company K left Fort Bowie and was mustered out in the fall of 1864 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Between 1867-70 he held elected seats in Santa Cruz as county clerk and Assessor. He later became a Revenue Collector for San Jose. For many years the Tidball family farmed in the Jolon area of Monterey County, buying a General Store and partnership in Hotel/Livery stable with his former LT: George Dutton of company K., later Dutton bought Tidball out, and Capt. Tidball sold the General Store, he and his wife moved to Monterey, California where he died on January 28, 1913.  He was a member of the “Grand Army of the Republic” and a mason of the Lodge #.217, F. & A.M. of Monterey, Ca. 

On March 12th, 2001: Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10 of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War” installed a headstone monument on the unmarked grave of Capt. Thomas T. Tidball of the 3rd Ohio Infantry in the Mexican-American War and the 5th California Infantry, Company K in the Civil War. The following are photos and newspaper clippings from that day at “EL ENCINAL CEMETERY“ on Lake El Estero, Monterey, California, as well as some clippings of a biographical sketch of Capt: T. T. Tidball from local newspapers. He was nationally recognized for his service in the War with the Apache and stopping Confederate gun running in the South-West states. His regiment was part what was known as the “California Column“.  {See: California Civil War Rosters Fifth Regiment of Infantry, Company K. “Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867.” 1890. 

TIDBALL, Thomas Theodore (1827-1913) MONTEREY El Encinal Cemetery 
(Source: Guinn, James Miller History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.) 
Capt. Thomas T. Tidball Patriotism is a prominent characteristic of the Tidball family. Not only has Captain Tidball himself rendered valued service to the country, but other members of the family have been equally loyal and valorous. His maternal grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and the spirit that led him forth to do battle for the colonies caused his four grandsons to enlist in the Union army during the Civil war. One of these commanded the Fifty-ninth New York Infantry at numerous engagements; another, Joseph L., was a captain in the regular army and at the outbreak of the Civil war became a recruiting officer; another brother held rank as first lieutenant and regimental quartermaster in the Fifty-ninth New York Infantry. 

Near Allegheny City, Pa., Captain Tidball was born October 2, 1826, being a son of Joseph and Eliza K (Lynn) Tidball. When he was a year old his parents settled in Holmes county, Ohio, where they remained until 1838, and then settled in Mansfield, same state. There the son learned the hatter’s trade under his father’s instruction, and later he also acquired a knowledge of the printing business. In 1846 he enlisted in Company A Third Ohio Infantry, for service in the Mexican war. With his regiment he proceeded to Mexico and thence still further southwest. After fourteen months as a private he was honorably discharged and returned to Mansfield, where he secured work as a clerk in a warehouse. In 1849, in company with a friend he stared for California. At Independence, Mo., they joined a party westward bound, it being the agreement that they were to pay $75 for their passage to California. However, when they reached the Platte river he and his partner bought a ferry for $50 and remained behind after their companions had proceeded on the way. In a little more than a week they had cleared $150. With this welcome addition to their funds they again started westward, overtaking their former companions and proceeding via Salt Lake, where they saw Brigham Young. Thence they walked to the present site of San Bernardino, where they arrived weary and hungry. Going on to Los Angeles, they took a boat to San Francisco, where they arrived with $10 in their combined possessions. 

A few days later Mr. Tidball s worked as a wood chopper at $5 per cord. The then bought an axe and some provisions on credit from a man he had never seen before, and for six weeks engaged in cutting wood, soon making enough to repay his accommodating creditor. His next venture was at Placerville, where he tried his luck at mining. From there he went further up the Feather river, where he remained for six months. For two years he engaged in ranching near Sacramento, and then for six months he was interested in a store at Jackson, Cal. At the expiration of that time he returned to Indiana with a partner, expected to buy cattle and drive them across the plains. However, on account of sickness, the project was abandoned. For two years he edited a paper at Albion, Ind. and while there married Helen M. Hill. Three children were born of their union, but May and Minnie died in girlhood. The only one now living is Nellie H., wife of John D. Hall, and mother of four children, John J. Helen H., Stella and Charles S. During 1857 Captain Tidball came to California via the water route and settled in Santa Cruz, where he was employed on a paper when the Civil war broke out. Inspired with the patriotic spirit of his ancestors, he at once raised a company of eighty men, which was mustered into the United States service at Sacramento, with himself as captain. Ordered to Southern California, they remained several weeks near the coast, and then marched to Fort Yuma to suppress the Apaches, who were on one of their customary fierce outbreaks. About the 1st of October they were sent to San Pedro, and on the 1st of February were ordered to Tucson, Ariz., form which point they proceeded after the Apaches. they were obliged to be cautious in their pursuits, as they had a cunning foe to deal with. For five nights they traveled on foot, sleeping in the daytime. No camp fires were built, lest the Indians might see the smoke. There wee only twenty five white men in Company K, the balance of the one hundred and four men being Indians and Mexicans. On the morning of the fifth day they surprised the Indians, killing eighty of the braves, and capturing eighteen women and children, also sixty six horses and some government property. The expedition had been one of great hardship, but the successful termination caused the soldiers to forget their annoyances, and all rejoiced at the fortunate outcome. They had traveled about one hundred and eighty miles, with pack-trains to carry supplies, and had crossed one stream thirty six times. It was just at break of day when they surprised the Indians who were in the act of building a camp fire. With the loss of only one man, the expedition returned to Tucson, bringing with them their prisoners of war and the booty taken in the battle. 

From Tucson Captain Tidball was ordered to the Rocky mountains, where he had command of a post at Bowie, Ariz., for sixteen months. During that time he commanded an expedition to the San Carlos reservation, and meanwhile killed thirty or more hostile savages, including the chief of the tribe. Frequently he went on scouting expeditions, and more than once crossed the desert on foot. Mustered out of the service November 30, 1864, he then returned to Santa Cruz, and in the fall of 1865 was elected county clerk. At the expiration of his term of two years he was appointed internal revenue collector of the second district. Resigning two years later, he moved to Tulare county and ranched there for a year. His next location was on the Cooper ranch in Salinas Valley, where he spent three years. In 1876 he came to Jolon and opened a store in partnership with Mr. Dutton. Two years later he erected a building, which he utilized as a hotel and store. He also conducted feed yards, and has served as postmaster, while at this writing the post office is in charge of his wife. for sixteen years he has been a notary public. His political affiliations are with the Republican party, among whose members in Monterey county he occupies a leading position. In 1853 he was made a Mason and has since been identified with the fraternity, being now past master of the lodges at Santa Cruz and Castroville. 

At the first meeting of the legislative body of Arizona, its members adopted a resolution commending Captain Tidball for his services in the Apache outbreaks, and the letter forwarded to him from the legislature was cherished by him as indicative of the appreciation in which his l abors were held. He also received recognition in another manner no less acceptable than the former, this being in his promotion to major and brevet-major in the army, which honor his faithful and intelligent services amply merited. (Santa Cruz Riptide and Evergreen Records) 

Born near Allegheny City, Pa., Oct. 2 ‘26 a resident. of Ohio where he learned, first, the hatter’s trade under his father and then turned to printing. At outbreak of the Mexican War he enlisted with Co. A, 3rd Ohio inf., serving 14 months. Overland with one friend for Calif., meeting up with a party at Independence Mo., who contracted to bring them across for$75. At the Platte he and his friend purchased a ferry for $50, operated it for a week during which they cleared $150; with this welcome addition to finances caught up with their friends and proceeded to San Bernardino. Going on to LA they caught a boat for SF, made a living chopping wood for a time before trying their luck in the placers with little success. As a rancher near Sacramento he had high hopes of becoming wealthy, went east to buy cattle, but was taken sick and did not get back for three years. The second trip was made by water ‘57. This year he settled in Soquel as the editor of a paper perhaps with Judge Skirm, elected pub. adm. ‘58 and appointed assessor vice Wm. Henderson resigned, candidate for county clerk ‘59 and for assessor ‘61 being a vice president of the Union the latter year. When the shot was fired at Charleston he organized what was organized as Co. K 5th Calif. inf. himself as Capt. and was on his way to Arizona to protect the southern routes overland from potential rebel assaults, engaged for the most part in fighting Apaches for which he was cited by the Arizona legislature. Mustered out in the fall of ‘64 he returned to Santa Cruz and in the fall of ‘65 was elected country clerk, grantee of a home site by the town council ‘66, possessed of a large taxable income ‘67, Union party leader, part owner Santa Cruz Times ‘68 in which year he became collector of revenue at SF. He never again called this city ‘home.’ Lived for the most part in Jolon in later years. Still living 1902. His wife was an Ind. lady nee Helen M. Hill. They were the parents of three, only one of whom survived to become the mother of four of her own. 

(Scrapbook # 7 [Ruth Baldwin] Safety First) Circuit Rider Column- Column 1- Page 3 ------Thomas T. Tidball was a young fellow who was appointed Santa Cruz county assessor in 1855 when the incumbent, William T. Henderson left un- expectedly. (It was rumored that a few Hundred dollars of county funds and another man’s wife left at the same time.) Tidball made an unsuccessful race for country clerk in 1859. Two years later he was vice president of the Union Club and elected Captain of the Cavalry [infantry] company raised in Santa Cruz county which spent the Civil War fidgeting Apaches in Arizona. Back from the wars he was elected country clerk in 1865 but soon afterwards left for Jolon. 

(Annals of Santa Cruz by Leon Rowland) Thomas T. Tidball was one of the first vice presidents of the Union club started May 8, 1861. 

Began recruiting an infantry (became Captain) unit in the fall of 1861 and by November he had 36 men enrolled and word was sent to Governor Downey. It was sworn in as Company K 5th California Infantry, November 22, 1861. They stayed on the California Texas border fighting against Apaches. See Citation. 

“15 enlisted men of Company K composed of the expedition sent under command of Captain T.T. Tidball against Apache Indians in Canon di Arivaype, Arizona Territory. The expedition left Tucson May 2 at dusk, made five successive night marches, built no fires, hid during the day. It surprised and attached the Apache rancheria in Canon de Arivaype on the morning of the 7th. Killed 47 Indians, took 10 prisoners, captured 66 head of stock with the loss of one man, a citizen of Arizona. Returned to Tucson on the 11th, having marched 180 miles in five days.” 

In the fall of 1864, the regiment marched from Fort Bowie to Las Cruces to be mustered out. Captain Tidball returned to Santa Cruz where his war record won him immediate election as country clerk and appointments in 1867 to fill a vacancy as assessor. He moved to Jolon and died January 28, 1913 near Monterey.

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3 Tid-bit articles from Salinas Daily Index (now Salinas Californian) [published 1894 to 1906]
tidball-thomas-1894-party.jpg (229750 bytes)  April 25th, 1894 Concert Party
tidball-thomas-1906-sells-hotel.jpg (65029 bytes)  February 5th, 1906 Captain Tidball Sells

TIDBALL, Thomas Theodore (1827-1913) MONTEREY El Encinal Cemetery (Salinas Daily Index February 5, 1906) Captain Tidball Sells Captain T.T. Tidball has sold his hotel and store at Jolon to Edward Ganoung, who will take possession on the first of March. Capt. Tidball and his wife will retire to their ranch a few miles from Jolon and enjoy rural life.

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Capt. T.T. Tidball, arrested. 1887

TIDBALL, Thomas Theodore (1827-1913) MONTEREY El Encinal Cemetery (Santa Cruz Sentinel Dec. 7, 1887) San Francisco Dec. 6th- T.T. Tidball of Jolon, Monterey County, has been arrested for falsely certifying the signature of John D. Hall, who has been indicted by the federal grand jury for complicity in the Benson Surveys. [The] Judge ___set the case this morning for Dec. 19th, and stated that if John A. Benson who is now absent from this city did not appear that the bond would be forfeited. (Santa Cruz Sentinel Dec 10, 1887) Capt. T.T. Tidball, arrested “for falsely certifying to the signature of John D. Hall, who has been indicted by the Federal Grand Jury,” was a prominent resident of this city many years ago. He was Captain of the second military company organized in Santa Cruz, and went forth to fight during the Rebellion, but saw no fighting beyond a light brush or two with the Indians. The Captain returned to Santa Cruz and was elected County Clerk, but when it came to a re-election he was defeated by H.H. Hobbs, who’s majority was 48. Tidball and one Halley were elected by the Santa Cruz Republicans, with the understanding that they should vote for Gen. Bidwell for Governor at the Republican Convention. They did not do so, but for his opponent, Geo. G. Gorham, the leader of the San Francisco boys. The nomination of Gorham cost the Republican party the State for the campaign. Capt. Tidball soon got a Federal office, his headquarters San Jose. His office was that of Revenue Collector for a large district, and a very responsible and remunerative office it was. Among his deputies was this same Halley, a Pacific Ocean House clerk under Bromley. To the best of our recollection Halley was located in Alameda Co., left the State without giving his principal notice, there being a shortage in his accounts of some $30,000, which amount, through allowances made by the government, was reduced to some $19,000, which amount was made good by E.L. Williams and his associate Bondsmen. The books kept by Capt. Tidball were straight and clean, but he dropped out of office and moved to Monterey county, where he still resides, and it is likely that when his present trouble is sifted to the bottom it will be found that his offense is more apparent then real.

The Passing of Capt. Tidball 
Salinas Daily Index
January 29th, 1913

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Capt. T.T. Tidball No More (3 articles)
Santa Cruz Sentinel February 1, 1913 and
Masonic Funeral Notice Unidentified Monterey Newspaper 01/30/13 and
Funeral of Late Capt. Tidball Santa Cruz Surf February 1, 1913

TIDBALL, Thomas Theodore (1827-1913) MONTEREY El Encinal Cemetery (Santa Cruz Sentinel February 1, 1913 [Additional Newspaper] ) Capt. T.T. Tidball No More 

Captain T.T. Tidball passed away quietly at his home in New Monterey Tuesday forenoon. He was for a number of years United States Collector of Internal Revenue, and for several years county clerk in Santa Cruz. The day he died he was about the streets and apparently in good health. He was born in Ohio something over 86 years ago. As a young man he was one of the first volunteers to enlist for the war with Mexico, in which war he served with distinction. At the outbreak of the great Civil War he was located at Santa Cruz. He at once proceeded to organize a volunteer company and set out for the front. For many years he farmed in the Jolon country, also keeping a store there. He still has large holding in that section. While there he was the real old country squire and justice of the peace. The last few years he has spent in well earned retirement in Monterey, although during a part of his stay there he was justice of the peace. He is survived by his wife and four grandchildren, the children of John Hall of this city, his daughter, Mrs. Hall having preceded Captain Tidball to the grave by a couple of years. He is also survived by two brothers. They were here last fall and the three old men had a real old time family reunion- Monterey American. Captain Tidball settled in Soquel about 50 years ago. He was a printer and in 1865 worked on the Sentinel, just after he returned from the war. he was elected clerk of this county, which position he held for two years. If we recollect correctly his wife had been a school teacher as was his daughter in Monterey Co. several years later. The Captain was a man of few words, but great distinction. 

(Unidentified Monterey Newspaper 01/30/13 [Monterey Library Microfilm Files] ) Masonic Funeral Notice Wardens and Brothers of Monterey Lodge No. 217 F&AM are hereby notified to assemble in Masonic Hall on Thursday January 30th at 1:30 PM sharp for the purpose of attending the funeral of our deceased brother Theodore Thomas Tidball. The funeral cortege will start from Roberts Undertaking parlor at 2 o’clock. Masonic Services at Cemetery. 

(Santa Cruz Surf February 1, 1913) Funeral of Late Capt. Tidball The funeral of the late Captain Theodore Thomas Tidball took place at 2 o’clock this afternoon from the undertaking parlors of Edward Roberts under the auspices of Monterey Lodge, No. 217, F.&A.M. The Grand Army veterans attended the funeral also. A large number of friends of the late pioneer assembled to pay the last tribute of respect and numerous beautiful flora offerings were contributed by sorrowing friends.- Monterey American.


Article from the Monterey Peninsula Herald, dated September 1st 1939 (2 pages) transcription

TIDBALL, Thomas Theodore (1827-1913) MONTEREY El Encinal Cemetery (Monterey Peninsula Herald September 1, 1939) Capt. Tidball To Be Honored By Nation Indian Fighter Was Founder of Santa Cruz Civil War Company By Jimmy Costello 

“In May 1864, we attacked a rancheria in Canon de Arvaypi, New Mexico. “With a force of 25 men we were able to disperse a band of 100 Indians defending the ranch, killing 50 and taking 10 as prisoners and capturing 65 head of stock. We lost but one man.” So reads a report handed his superior officers by the late Capt. Thomas Theodore Tidball, organizer and commander of Company “K” Monterey Bay’s detachment in the Fifth California Volunteers of the Army of the Republic. 

Now three quarters of a century after his exploits as an Indian fighter during the Civil War, Captain Tidball is to be honored for his work by the Congress of the United States and by the state of Arizona. 

His granddaughter, Mrs. Chester Wilson of 686 Laine street, New Monterey, heard recently that the government planned to make some sort of recognition of the work done by her grandfather, but she has had no word of what form the citation will take. 

      Santa Cruz Outfit 
Before he died in Monterey in 1913, Captain Tidball told his granddaughter of many of his exploits during “the War,’ but heave have left her unimpressed, she says. His sense of humor apparently obscured the dangers of Indian fighting in the Southwest. To illustrate she tells of an entry in the Captain’s diary which he kept faithfully during the campaigning describing how a soldier with a very large morning-after head making a rough forced march in the bottom of a baggage cart. Captain Tidball organized his company in November of 1861 at Santa Cruz and joined the California volunteer regiment commanded by Colonel John Kellogg and later by Col. George W. Bowie. 

     Fought Indians. 
The personnel of the regiment was entirely local and seen on the company “K” roster, which has been preserved and kindly lent to the Herald by Mrs. Wilson, are many names which are well known in the county. Written in a time old script, Captain Tidball’s muster Roll for Company “K” carries a complete and faithful record of the men in his command and the size of the document shows that paper work played an important part in army life, even during the Civil war. Given are the dates and place of birth of every man in the company, his time and place of enlistment, his service record and facts pertaining to his discharge. During the campaign of this local company in the Civil War, the men traveled all through Arizona, New Mexico and finally were disbanded in November and December of 1864 in Texas. Most of their action was against Indians and they developed into first class woodsmen. 

     Monterey Men 
The Captain describes in his diary of long forced marches through the Southwest when he camped his men during the day time and then marched silently over plains ant through canyons during the night. At no time during these forced marches were the men allowed to build fires for cooking nor were they allowed to show lights at night. That they were successful in preserving the secrecy of their movements is shown by the fact that they were able at one time to nail up the scalp of “Old Plume,” an Indian chief wanted by the Union forces. While the majority of men serving with Captain Tidball were from Santa Cruz, where the regiment was organized, several Monterey names were on the roster. Included are Charles Brown, John Gainer and Joseph O’Donnell, all local men. While all the names of the members of the company are registered on one side of the company scroll, the reverse is devoted to the service record of the men, and the Captain was sorry to note that there were several desertions from his band. 

     Back to Monterey 
Gila City, Arizona, apparently was an attractive place during the Civil War period, if the number of desertions from Company “K” at that place can be used as chamber of commerce propaganda. After his command was mustered out, Captain Tidball served for a time, from 1869 to 1870 as customs inspector at Santa Cruz and later as Santa Cruz county clerk. Later he lived in San Jose and then for a time was postmaster at Jolon, near King City. Captain Tidball moved again to Monterey and he died here January 28, 1913, leaving many close relatives and scores of friends on the Peninsula. At the time of his death he was affiliated with the local A.F.M. and the Lucius Fairchild, post 179, G.A.R. Three children are still living in California, Mrs. Wilson of New Monterey, her twin brother, Thomas Tidball, of the Circle M ranch and another brother, Charles, a Hollister rancher.

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Monterey Herald page 1     Monterey Herald page 2 

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Civil War Hero Gets New Marker - Hero/group still growing
Civil War Hero Gets New Marker Hero/group still growing  

Please Note: that the birth place of T. T. Tidball in his obit reads Ohio, while his local biographical sketches indicates Pennsylvania, also his birth year has been recorded as 1826 or 1827 in some records. The best “estimate” would be in PA in 1826 as indicated by local biographical record & Military records.

Civil Servants Monterey County Herald, March 13, 2001

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Tidball’s service spanned nation Monterey County Herald, March 13, 2001

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Front Page from the Monterey County Herald Newspaper on Tuesday, March 13th, 2001. Participating in the Headstone installment Ceremony is Camp Commander of Camp Lincoln 10: Robert L. Nelson of Santa Cruz, Junior Vice Commander: Timothy P. Reese of Monterey, Historian, Peter McGettigan of Santa Cruz, Sec. and Treasurer: Wayne Thalls of Santa Cruz, and member: Brian Zetwig of Castroville. More information on the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War “, “Department of California and Pacific“ can be found at: (WWW.SUVCW.ORG ) just scroll down to web index to California and Pacific. The SUVCW is a non-profit organization, congressionally chartered by the 2nd session of the 83rd US congress in 1954. The SUVCW was created by the members of the GAR – “Grand Army of the Republic “in 1886.

Paying homage to a hero Salinas Californian March 13, 2001

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The Honcho from Jolon Salinas Californian March 14, 2001  

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The installed Headstone monument (2 views below) to Captain Thomas Theodore Tidball, Civil War Veteran, 5th California Infantry, Company K. Mexican-American War veteran: 3rd Ohio Infantry.  Born: October 2nd 1826 in Allegheny, PA. Died in Monterey, California on Jan 29th, 1913. The headstone was ordered from the US Veterans Administration and marked his death date for Feb 1st - that was the date of internment.  Tidball was a General Store owner in Jolon, California (1979 Restoration of General Store studied. Hotel partnership with his former Lt. George Dutton of Jolon, Ca.  On the day of T. T. Tidbal’s actual internment, Members of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Posts – James Blair Steedman #56 of the Salinas Valley, Lucius Fairchild #179 of Pacific Grove & the Sherman Circle Post 41 of the LGAR of Monterey (Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic) officiated at the service and ceremony.

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Letter to the Monterey American March 2000

Monterey American (Letter from Meg Clovis to Kevin Howe of the Monterey Herald March 15, 2000) Dear Kevin: I enjoyed your article on Capt. Tidball. I just wanted to let you know a little more information. Capt. Tidball opened a business in Jolon in 1878 in an adobe built in 1868 by the Pacific Coast Stage Co. He incorporated parts of the adobe into a two story redwood structure. He ran a hotel, general store, post office, livery stable and saloon until 1900. The store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The County of Monterey was given the store by the San Antonio Valley Historical Assn. (SAVHA) in 1978. Since then, with the help of SAVHA, the store has been stabilized and will hopefully be restored in the near future. The County has contracted with the Salinas Nation to do this work. They plan on opening a Cultural Center in the building.
Meg Clovis County Historian 831-755-4913


Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC

Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca

Dept. of Calif. and Pacific

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P. O. Box 1641, Monterey, Ca. 93942-1641