Off for California
Ovid Bee - March 14, 1849
A portion of the 'Ganarga Mining Company,' of Wayne County, N.Y. passed through this village on the 11 o'clock train Wednesday evening, en route for California. David Fairchild, late editor of the 'Wayne County Democrat,' goes as President of the Company, Dr. Christopher C. Hyde, an experienced Chemist, V. President and Mahlon D. Fairchild, late Editor of the Newark Harold, Sec'y. Geneva Gazette.
Off for California
Ovid Bee - March 21, 1849
The 'Ganarga Mining Company,' of Newark, Wayne County, David Fairchild, President ; Mahlon D. Fairchild, Secretary; . . . left New York on Thursday last, 15th inst. on board the Crescent City for Chagres; from thence across the Isthmus to Panama - thence to San Francisco. Of the first named the Wayne Co. Democrat, says; "They take with them all the necessary implements and utensils for digging up, sifting and holeing the dust; and if as successful as anticipated will return in a year with slathers of that, the love of which, is the 'root of all evil.'"
Ovid Bee - October 3, 1849
For the gratification of the numerous friends of David Fairchild, who with his son Mahlon D., left in the Spring for California, we will state, intelligence is received of their safe arrival in San Francisco, July 26th, in good health and fine spirits.
Ovid Bee - November 28, 1849
Geo. R. Parburt, Esq. late editor of the Geneva Gazette, in one of his letters to that paper, written on board ship, during his voyage to California, remarks as follows:
"Among the passengers of the Sylph, there are not less than a score of sea captains; if commanders of steamboats and coasting craft may aspire to that dignity. The are nearly a score of physicians, three lawyers, but no clergymen. We have, however, enjoyed the privileges of public worship almost every Sabbath during the voyage. David Fairchild has ministered to us in a very acceptable, and I trust, not unprofitable manner. His discourses have been characterized by much more system, clear reasoning, and sound argument than is always found in the pulpit. - The larger proportions of the passengers are farmers and mechanics, with a tolerable sprinkling of merchants and clerks."
"As I swing myself around a rocky point, and hung a moment on its shelving cliff to ponder the paths of my feet for the next step I caught the glimpse of familiar faces on the opposite bank of the river. Being unobserved, I glided down into the grateful shadow of a huge rock, and watched with mingled emotions the toils of honest industry, unaccustomed heretofore to such exhausting labor, and felt that it was not avarice which compelled them to so great a sacrifice of comfort and strength to obtain gold. The younger man was washing out the result of the forenoon's labor - the elder was upon his knees, digging with a pick beneath the roots of an alder tree, for gold - they were my friends, the Messrs Fairchild, I called about to them from among the cliffs of the rocks, and though for some time they could not discover my retreat, as soon as I was recognized a salutation of joyous welcome greeted my ears. My feet being in poor condition to travel, at their earnest solicitation I concluded to remain as their guest a few days. On Friday and Saturday I worked their 'lead' with them, and received for my share of the spoils twenty three dollars in virgin gold, - That you may know that I improve as a laborer, both as to ability and skill in washing gold, it may not be egotistic to state that on Friday afternoon I washed one hundred bushels of earth, which yielded nearly thirty dollars.
Two hundred pans, or buckets, is a full day's work for an able, bodied and experienced miner. But 'heavy piles' would be necessary to induce me to continue, day after day, such wasting toil - and endure the privations consequently upon such labor. If the strength and patience of my friends 'held out unto the end' of the digging season, they shall accumulate quite 'a bank' in their present industry and its vicinity.
The Messrs Fairchild
Ovid Bee - March 27, 1850
There is the deepest solicitude felt here as to what news has been received from these two gentlemen, and what the results of their adventures in California. For the information of their friends we say, we publish all the news we have received, and though it is small, is favorable. In a letter from a friend in Dansville, Livingston Co., we have the following;
"Mr. Charles, of Angelica, has recently returned from California, and says Mr. Fairchild and Son are well, and getting rich," also the Dansville Chronicle, of the 15th of Feb., contains some extracts of a private letter from Mr. Wilson of that place who had arrived in California in which he says "Messrs Fairchild are accumulating a considerable." Newark Dem.
Ovid Bee - July 24, 1850
Messrs. David Fairchild and son - We learn that these gentlemen (our father and brother - Mahlon D. Fairchild.) who enlisted into the Newark company about a year and a half since to emigrate to California, the "Gold Mines for to see," better know as the "Ganargwa Mining Company," are both in good health and spirits, although the former had been somewhat indisposed. According to an extract of a letter just received at Lyons, "they had left the Middle Fork for Deer Creek, where they had been one week. There were nine of them together, and they had each made $100 during the week. I will give their names, as you may see some of their friends Kinyon, Runyon, Hosmer, Ellis, Culver, McKinster, Grippen, and the two Fairchilds, and all in good health."
A Printer in the Gold Diggings!
Ovid Bee - January 29, 1851
A correspondent of the Steuben Democrat writing from California, gives the following information in relation to one of the company - David Fairchild - who went from Neward, Wayne County.
"A day or two ago, loitering about the door of the hotel, I saw a strange figure? (and yet it looked familiar,) standing not far from me. He leaned upon an oaken staff terminated with an old bayonet, (evidently designed and used for a prospecting instrument.) His dress was somewhat tattered, and his boots showed signs of travel. The white neckerchief I ought to have known, but then, in this country, the name does not always convey the true meaning, only the approximation thereto. He commenced conversation with a person near - I could not mistake that voice, and on a nearer inspection discovered our old friend Fairchild. I had not heard that he was in the country. In our brief interview I learned that he had not meddled with blanks or presses and had been remarkably successful, this season he sunk a hole, and in two weeks took out $2900 and then sold his claim for $1800 more. That will do for a poor printer. He had kept a house of entertainment, and done well at that. He however made a little misgo in buying into a damming claim that turned out not worth a d---, like too many others. He has been more successful than any man of my acquaintance in mining. He says he has been under the press long enough; he hopes now to "stand from Under" the rest of his life. I gave him an Argus and Democrat, for which he was indeed thankful. I saw the fire of the old flint was in him. He began to think that a press would do well in Nevada city, I did not encourage the opinion, knowing his penchant. He intends to remain in this country another year.
Ovid Bee - February 19, 1851
We had the pleasure on Friday last of grasping the friendly hand of GEO. W. DEMOTT, a returned Californian. He arrived at his residence in Lodi, the day previous, reports himself to have enjoyed good health during his absence, and as being in a measure successful in his search for the “needful” in the “Land of Gold.” He is the bearer of numerous letters and packages to “friends in the States,” and among the number was a letter to our address from a Brother, the first one, during an absence of two years. It is gratifying indeed to us, to be thus assured of the good health of our friends, (Father and Brother,) who have made the venture to profit pecuniarily in the gold mines of California. - No time is set for their return - they may be, and again may not be successful;.
Ovid Bee - December 10, 1851
We were gratified beyond measure in grasping the hand of our beloved father David Fairchild, who returned to this place on Thursday last, from California - whither he went from Newark, Wayne co., in March, 1849 in company with his son, Mahlon D. Fairchild, who also returned and have not yet seen. Both have enjoyed good health and are in excellent spirit and have been measurably successful in their search after the needful.
Ovid Bee - January 28, 1852
The Republican Era, (Allegany county), of a recent date, is responsible for the following, which supposing it to be O.K. we give a place, as the individual referred to is not wholly unknown hereabouts:
David Fairchild, long connected with the Press of Western New York, and well known in this county, went to California in 1849, in search of gold. He has just returned with "a pocket full of rocks." A gentleman who knew him in the Ophir of America, informs us that he was wont to dig hard during the week for the golden stores of the earth, while on each succeeding Sabbath he would voluntarily empty the golden truths of Holy Writ into the mental washers of his brother miners free of charge.
Ovid Bee - June 15, 1853
We received yesterday, an interesting letter from an absent brother, (Theo. Tracy) now in California, under date of April 29, containing a small specimen of the Dust, that causes so large an emigration to that distant country. We are pleased to learn of his good health, and that of his brothers, Mahlon D. and Oscar L. and brother-in-law, Mr. W. K. Creque, who are with him in the land of Gold. - They are all located at, or near McDowelville, Sacramento County, three miles above Mormon Island, on the south fork of the American River, and thirty miles from Sacramento City, and from all accounts are as prosperous in their search for the 'needful' as could be reasonable expected.
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