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Sierra County History

 

Illustrated History of PLUMAS, LASSEN & SIERRA Counties
with CALIFORNIA from 1513 to 1850, Farriss & Smith, 1882, San Francisco

History of Sierra County

Illustrations

(Illustrations for Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra Counties are all on one page)  

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION 417-419

Topography 417

Area 418

Climate 417

Altitudes 418

   

EARLY HISTORY OF SIERRA COUNTY 419-422

P. A. Haven at Little Rich Bar 419

Major Downie's Reminiscences 421

Discovery of Gold at Downieville 419

Cut-Eye Foster 421

Indian Reminiscences 420

Early Mining 422

ORGANIZATION OF SIERRA COUNTY 423-424

Creation of Yuba County 423

Creation of Sierra County 423

First Townships 423

Boundaries  424

Justices' Courts and Justices 423

First Election 424

Miners' Courts 423

Officers elected 424

OFFICIAL HISTORY OF SIERRA COUNTY 425-426

Creation of Townships 425

Northern Boundary changed 425

Naming of Townships 425

Southern Boundary changed 426

Present Election Precincts 425

Board of Supervisors 426

THE COURTS AND JUDICIARY 427-431

District Court 427

Judges and Associates 428

District Judges 427

County Court 429

Court of Sessions 428

Biographies of Judges 429

First Grand Jury 428

Superior Court 430

First Indictments 428

Sierra County Bar 431

OFFICERS OF SIERRA COUNTY FROM 1852 to 1882 432-434

County Clerks 432

Coroners 433

District Attorneys 432

Public Administrators 433

Sheriffs 432

Surveyors 434

School Superintendents  432

Recorders 434

Treasurers 433

Board of Supervisors 434

Assessors 433

 

SENATORS AND ASSEMBLYMEN 435

PRESIDENTIAL AND GUBERNATORIAL VOTES 436-437

COURT-HOUSE AND HOSPITAL 437-488

First County Jail 437

Erection of Court-house 437

County Physicians 438

Old Hospital 438

New Hospital 438

Condition of Hospital 438

HISTORICAL REMINISCENCES 439-445

Negro Suit 439

A Durgan Flat Incident 441

Extent of a Mining Claim 439

Punishment by the Lash 442

Unappreciated Eloquence 440

The Kelley-Spear Duel 443

Pap Harris' Sale 440

The Lippincott-Tevis Duel 444

Asiatic Antics 441

 

CRIMINAL ANNALS 445-455

Hanging of the Spanish Woman 445

The Butler-Moffat Tragedy 451

The Slate Creek Tragedy 447

A Forest City Fight 452

Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy 448

A Poker Flat Fiasco 452

Hanging of the Indian Pijo 448

Tired of Life 452

Quick Work at Goodyear's 449

Execution of Michael Murray 452

Wholesale Butchery of Chinamen 450

Lynching at Chip's Flat 453

Hanging of Harlow 450

Express Robberies 454

DOWNIEVILLE 456-465

Early Settlement 456

Fire of 1864 461

Christening of Downieville 456

Fatal Explosion 461

First Business Houses 456

Post-office 461

First Miners' Meeting 457

Schools 462

Langton's Express 457

Illustrious Citizens 462

Durgan's Saw-mill 457

Proving up 463

Mining at Downieville  457

Water Companies 463

Condition of Society 458

Fire Department 463

Fire of 1852 459

Stage Lines 463

Business Houses of 1852 459

Telegraph and Express 463

Fire of 1858 460

Business Houses, etc 464

Incorporation 460

Churches 464

Fire Department established 461

Secret Societies 465

GOODYEAR'S BAR 465-469

First Settlement 465

The Taylor Brothers 468

Mining at Goodyear's 466

The Murdered Germans 468

Post-office 468

Long-bearded Kuntz 469

Pioneer Dances 468

Stage from Camptonville  469

Schools and Churches 468

Fire of 1864 469

SIERRA CITY 470-472

First Settlement 470

Demolished by Snow 470

Sierra Buttes Quartz-ledge 470

Town rebuilt 470

Murder of Black 470

Churches 472

Societies 472

Hotels 471

Schools 471

Express and Post Offices 471

Stagey 471

Telegraph 471

The E Clampus Vitus 471

Hose Company 472

SIERRA VALLEY 256-275 (see section of Plumas County history)

Discovery and Settlement of Sierra Valley 259

Loyalton 260

Sierraville  261

Randolph 261

Antelope District 261

Craycroft 201

FOREST CITY AND ALLEGHANY 473-476

First Diggings - Rapid Development - Schools and Churches Stages Fires Business Houses Societies - etc.

NORTHERN SIERRA 476-478

St. Louis 476

Rowland Flat 476

Pine Grove 477

Gibsonville  477

Newark 477

Hepsidam 477

Port Wine 477

Eureka City 478

MINNING OF SIERRA COUNTY 478-483

The various mines and their owners 

THE PRESS OF SIERRA COUNTY 483-484

Newspapers and their editors 

SCHOOLS OF SIERRA COUNTY 484-485

Board of Examiners 484

School-houses 485

Number of School Children 485

Value of School Property 485

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (see biographies)

Abbe, George H 485

Jump, Dr. Alemby 491

Adams, J. C. 271

Kennedy, Henry H. 491

Bigelow, H. H. 485

Kimball, Walter B. 492

Brown, J. W. 486

Knuthsen, Jacob 272

Brown, A. M. 274

Keyes, David B. 266

Brown, J. C. 268

Lefever, Dr. Josiah 492

Burgess, William H. 486

Luther, W. T. 492

Busch, August C. 486

Lewis, Hiram 269

Byington, L. 486

Lemmon, B. F. 273

Buxton, G. Q. 273

Martinetti, I. 492

Bringham, Marion C. 262

McGuire, A. J. 492

Beckwourth, James P. 256

Meany, N. H. 493

Beaton, Alexander 263

Mowry, Lewis 493

Battelle, T. S. 270

McCann, Judge Ferdinand J. 429

Campbell, Jason 487

Maddux, Theophilus 272

Castagneto, G. B. 487

Myers, J. D. 274

Clute, John Howard 487

Miller, James 271

Crignon, A. 487

Nessler, L. 493

Connolly, Patrick 269

Newman, David D. 268

Church, Isaac S. 274

Nicholson, James 270

Chapman, Albert P. 265

Orear, J. W. 493

Campbell, Judge William 429

Osgood, L. H. 493

Cowden, Judge D. H. 430

Pauly, Benjamin 494

Downer, Eugenie Kincaid 487

Purdy, H. H. 494

Dolley, E. P. 274

Patterson, David B. 268

Davis, Charles H. 273

Pettibone, Judge S. J. 429

Davis, Aaron 270

Ryan, W. 494

Davidson, Judge Samuel B. 429

Rowland, Francis M. 264

Eggleston, B. T. 488

Rains, W. Smith 269

Eschbacher, F. A. 488

Rawden, William B. 274

Fischer, F. L. 488

Sawyer, Dr. J. J. 494

Fish, N. B. 488

Scheffer, 494

Forbes, Robert 488

Scott, John 495

Fagg, J. D. 269

Scullin, S. A. 495

Freeman, Joel E. 271

Spaulding, Henry 495

Goff, Peter  489

Stewart, J. C. 495

Gallagher, E. J. 275

Strange, H. 496

Haskins, William 489

Sheer, Roy R. 273

Haven, Pbilo A. 489

Strang, Jared 263

Heringlake, C. A. 490

Smith, Judge Alanson 429

Hill, S. D. 490

Vaughn, Jerome A. 496

Hutchinson, Joseph 490

Ward, Alonzo 496

Harris, Judge Garland 430

Weir, H. G. 497

Humphrey, George W. 266

West, John T. 497

Hughes, Marshall 272

Weston, Dr. R. S. 497

Howk, Corel 266

Wiggins, J. S. 497

Hamlen, E. H. 275

Whitney, D. L. 498

Hardin, M. 270

Wixon, Julius S. 498

Haines, G. P. 271

West, T. F. 269

Howe, Judge A. J. 430

Weston, Isaac 268

Jones, I. G. 490

Webber, Dr. D. G. 267

A Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California Chicago, Lewis Publ. Co., 1891