San Mateo County History
San Mateo County Gazette News
February 1860
(Transcribed by Chris Havnar)

San Mateo County Gazette
Redwood City, San Mateo County, California
Saturday Morning, February 4, 1860, Vol. 1 No.44

A SAN MATEOAN APPOINTED TO THE NAVY - By a letter to a gentleman of this
place, we learn that Mr. Charles Fair, who was a candidate for County
Treasurer at the first county election in this county, has received an
appointment in the U.S. Navy, and is ordered to join the ship "Saranac" of
the Pacific squadron.

Sheriff's Sale
By virtue of an execution issued out of the District Court of the Twelfth
Judicial District of the State of California, in and for the County of San
Mateo, and to me duly directed and delivered, in the suit of C.C. BOWMAN vs
ALVIN ADAMS, D.H. HASKELL, and I.C. WOODS, by which I am commanded to make
the sum of five thousand dollars, ($5,000) with the interest from the date
of said judgment, until paid at the rate of ten per cent per annum,
together with forty-nine dollars and fifty cents, ($49. 50-100) costs and
disbursements at the date of said judgment and accruing costs, amounting to
the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents, ($1.75) I have levied on the
following described property, to wit: all that part of the Pulgas Ranch,
commencing at Hackett and Judah's northwesterly corner, designated as point
No. 2, in red ink on the map made by Troskiloski, and filed by the parties
in the County Recorder's office San Francisco County, thence running north
fifty-eight degrees, west thirty-three chains twenty-four link, thence
north fifty-seven degrees thirty minutes west five chains two links, thence
north fifty-eight degrees thirty minutes west twelve chains forty-seven
links, thence north fifty-seven (sic) degrees west two chains thirty-eight
links, thence north fifty-nine degrees west two chains eighty links, thence
fifty eight degrees west twenty chains ninety-two links, thence north
fifty-eight chains twenty-nine links, thence north twenty-four degrees
eleven minutes east one hundred and thirteen chains to the Bay of San
Francisco, thence along the line of the Bay of San Francisco to Hackett and
Judah's northwest corner and stake number twelve, designated on said map,
thence south twenty-one degrees thirty five minutes west along Hackett and
Judah's westerly boundary line to the place of beginning, estimated to
contain one thousand eight hundred and three seventy-six one-hundredths
acres, and also the marsh land to the northward and eastward.
 Also, the commencing at a point number one, in red ink, as laid down on
the map, made by Troskyloski aforesaid, thence southwesterly along the
meanderings of San Franciquito Creek by County Road, thence northwesterly
along the County Road to lands of John Briceland, thence northeasterly
along the southeasterly boundary of said Briceland's land, to the so-called
middle road, thence southeasterly along the middle road to the place of
beginning, containing three hundred and ten acres, more or less.  Said
above described parcels of land being the same premises levied upon by
virtue of an attachment in the above entitled cause, dated August 23d, 1858.
FEBRUARY, A.D., 1860, between the hours of nine o'clock A.M. and five
o'clock, P.M. in front of the Courthouse doors of San Mateo county, at
Redwood City, I will sell all the right, title and interest of the above
named defendants, or either of them, in and to the above described pieces
or parcels of land, at Public Auction, for cash in hand, to the highest and
best bidder, to satisfy said execution, interest, and all costs.
Sheriff San Mateo County
By John Ames, Under Sheriff
Redwood City, Feb. 1, 1960

SALE - We learn that Capt. Macondray, of San Mateo, has sold his beautiful
residence and grounds at that place, to John Parrot, Esq., of San
Francisco.  We are not at liberty to state the price, but it is sufficient
to satisfy any one that homesteads in that locality are held in high
estimation by men of taste and means.

San Mateo County Gazette
Redwood City, San Mateo County, California
Saturday Morning, February 11, 1860, Vol. 1 No.45

Notice to Creditors
In the County Court of the County of San Mateo, State of California - In
the matter of the petition of PATRICK WARD, an Insolvent Debtor.
 Pursuant to the order of the Hon. Benj. F. Fox, Judge of the said County
Court, notice is hereby given to all the Creditors of the said Insolvent,
Patrick Ward, to be and appear before the Hon. B.F. Fox, County Judge
aforesaid, at the Court Room of said Court, in Redwood City, County of San
Mateo, on the seventeenth day of March, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and
sixty, at ten o'clock A.M. of that day, then and there to show cause, if
any they can, why the prayer of said insolvent should not be granted, and
an assignment of his estate be made, and he be discharged from his debts
and liabilities, in pursuance of the Statute in such case made and
provided; and in the meantime all proceedings against said insolvent be
Witness my hand and the seal of said Court, on this 7th day of February,
A.D. 1860

SCHOOL STATISTICS - From the report of the State Superentendent (sic) of
Public Instruction, we make the following interesting extracts:
 At the close of the year 1858, the total number of children in the State,
between four and eighteen years of age, was forty thousand five hundred and
thirty.  At the close of 1859, the number has increased to forty-eight
thousand six hundred and seventy-six, of which twenty-five thousand three
hundred and forty-eight are boys, and twenty-three thousand three hundred
and twenty-eight are girls.  On the first of January, 1859, the total
number of children, under four years of age, was twenty-three thousand five
hundred and fifty-eight; on the first of January 1860, the number was
twenty-eight thousand three hundred.  The total number of children under
eighteen years of age, was therefore sixty-four thousand and eighty-eight
in 1859, and seventy-six thousand nine hundred and seventy-six in 1860 - an
increase of twelve thousand eight hundred and eight-eight.
 The total number of children in the State, who were born in California,
was in 1859, thirty-three thousand five hundred and forty-six; in 1860,
forty-one thousand four hundred and fifty, showing the number born during
the year 1859 to be seven thousand nine hundred and four.  The number of
orphans in 1859 was one thousand nine hundred and six; in 1860, two
thousand three hundred and fifty-four.  The number of deaf and dumb in
1859, was thirty-nine; in 1860, forty-two.
 The number of children attending private schools in 1858, two thousand
four hundred and twenty-two; in 1859, four thousand and eighty two.
 The number of children attending schools, public and private, in 1858, was
twenty-two thousand two hundred and forty-four; in 1859, twenty-seven
thousand six hundred and one.
 The number of organized School Districts in the State in 1859, was four
hundred and eleven; in 1860, four hundred and sixty-three.
 During the year 1859 the number of private schools increased from
fifty-five to one hundred and twenty-six.  The total number of schools and
colleges in the State was four hundred and eighty-seven in 1859 - six
hundred and forty-nine in 1860.
 In 1859, the total number of teachers employed in the public schools was
five hundred and seventeen - in 1860, seven hundred and fifty-four.  Of the
latter five hundred and thirty-six are males, and two hundred and eighteen
 The total amount expended for school purposes during the year 1859, was
$427,000.70.  Eight counties (San Francisco, Sacramento, Sonoma, San
Joaquin, El Dorado, Yuba, Santa Clara and Butte) with twenty thousand six
hundred and nineteen children between four and eighteen years, being less
that one-half of the schoolable children of the State, contributed, for the
support of schools, the sum of $289,775.95, or nearly seven-tenths of the
whole amount.  In other words, have paid twelve dollars and twenty-six
cents for the education of each child, while the other counties,
thirty-three in number with twenty-five thousand and fifty-seven schoolable
children, have paid but five dollars and forty-seven cents per child.
 The total amount of State school funds apportioned by the Superintendent
of Public Instruction during the year 1858 was $53,404.95, and during 1859
it was $72,349.52.  The apportionment of January 1860, amounted to $44,770.89.

DISTRICT COURT REPORTER - We have received a copy of a bill introduced by
Mr. Anderson, to provide for the appointment of District Court Reporters,
whose duty it shall be to make complete stenographic reports of all the
proceedings and evidence upon trials in District Courts, and afterwards to
write them up in full, and when not engaged in those Courts to be subject
to the call of County Judges to render the like service in County Courts
and Courts of Sessions.  This is one of the most high-handed attempts to
create lucrative offices for political hangers-on, that we have noticed for
many a day.

SHEEP IN CALIFORNIA - From a careful estimate, by one engaged in the
business, it is computed that there are now three hundred thousand head of
sheep in this State.  The largest flock by any one firm, is that of Flint,
Bixby & Co., San Juan, Monterey county, who own about twenty thousand,
nearly all of which are of American stock, and a few bucks are full blood
merino, among them the well known French merino buck whose fleece, of the
growth of fourteen months, weighed forty-two pounds after being washed.

San Mateo County Gazette
Redwood City, San Mateo County, California
Saturday Morning, February 18, 1860, Vol. 1 No.46

In Probate Court,
San Mateo County
In the matter of the Estate of PATICK LANGAN, deceased.
Pursuant to an order of this Court, made this day, notice is hereby given
that on Tuesday, the sixth day of March, A.D. 1860, at 2 P.M. of said day,
at the Court-room of this Court, at Redwood City, in San Mateo county, has
been appointed for hearing the application of HONORA LANGAN, praying that a
document now on file in this Court, purporting to be the Last Will and
Testament of Patrick Langan, deceased, be admitted to Probate, and that
letters testamentary be issued thereon to said Honora Langan, who is named
therein as Executrix, at which time and place al persons interested therein
may appear and contest the same.
Witness my hand and the Seal of said Probate Court, this thirteenth day of
February, A.D. 1860

not fail to visit the Restaurant of the old San Mateoan A.J. SAULMANN.  The
best that can be procured in the market may always be found upon his table.
 See his advertisement in another column.

MADAME TOUCHARD'S HOTEL - The attention of residents of this county is
directed to the advertisement of the Union Hotel in another column to
to-day's paper.  Many of our people already know the lady proprietress,
Madame Touchard, and therefore, but little need be said of her
establishment.  Those who patronize her house will find therein as good
accommodations as can be met with in San Francisco.

INSANE - We have received the Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees of the
Insane Asylum.  This report shows the affairs of that institution to be in
good condition, and a glance of its tables will convince any one of the
necessity and importance of such an Asylum in our State.  From it we learn
that there were on hand on the first day of December 1858, two hundred and
seventy-three patients, and admitted during the year ending December 1,
1859, two hundred and seventy-nine.  During the year there were discharged
one hundred and twenty-four, - died forty-nine, eloped six, leaving in the
Asylum, December 1st 1859, three hundred and seventy.  Of those admitted
during the past year, there were - married - males fifty - females
thirty-two - single, males one hundred and fifty-one; females nine - not
known whether married or single - male thirty-two, females two.  These
patients were sent thither from almost every county in the State - San
Francisco sending seventy-nine - Sacramento thirty-six, San Joaquin
twenty-three, El Dorado twenty-two - Petaluma seventeen - the other
counties sending each seven or less, many of them having only one each -
San Mateo having three.  These patients also represent at least twenty-four
of the different States of this Union, and almost every foreign country
which has contributed to make up our general population.  The highest
number from any one country is Ireland - fifty-seven, France furnishes
twenty-five, China seven, &c.  The highest number from any one State is New
York, twenty.  It is also interesting to look over the causes given, so far
as they can be ascertained, for the fearful malady with which these
patients are afflicted, but we will not enumerate them.  Suffice it to say
that of the two hundred and seventy-six received during the year, the cause
is unknown in one hundred and thirty-four cases,, leaving one hundred and
forty-two accounted for, and of these at least sixty-one is attributed to
dissipation and the lowest vices.

LEGISLATIVE LITTLENESS - The Legislature of our State sometimes lets itself
down to a very low ebb, and dabble in exceedingly small matters.  A
remarkable instance of this occurred a few days since, in the hurrying
through both houses of a bill requiring the transfer of dueling cases from
Courts of Sessions to District Courts.  This bill was evidently gotten up
for the special benefits of Judge Terry, whose case in San Francisco, was
to have been tried at an early day.  Had no case been pending, the action
of the Legislature might not have appeared so strikingly singular, but even
then it would have been difficult to have found a sensible reason for such
a souse.  As it is however, the course pursued by that body seems
disgusting in the extreme, and almost leads us to believe that when a man
has once entered the halls of a Legislature, he is no longer worthy of the
confidence or respect of his fellow men.  Not that we believe, however,
with many of our contemporaries, that it will make any material difference
with the result of Terry's case - for we cannot subscribe to the doctrine
that justice is not as well, or even better done, in the District Courts
than in Courts of Sessions.  But it is the principle we find fault with -
this low stooping, for the gratification of a single man to meddle with
that with which the Legislature had no business - it being already in the
courts under existing laws.  Terry and Broderick both violated the law of
the land with their eyes open - with a full knowledge of what the law was,
and whichever of them survived, after having "for honor's sake" set himself
up as a mark to be shot at, ought to have had sufficient moral courage to
hold himself amenable to the law as it existed.  Terry was indicted in San
Francisco, and tried to get his case transferred to the District Court.  He
has applied for and received the decision of three different courts, one
the Supreme Court, of which at the time of the commission of the offence he
was a member, upon that point.  It has been uniformly against him - his own
pet court, if we may use the expression, told him that under the law he
must be tried in the Court of Sessions.  He then goes to the Legislature
and asks for a change of the law, and the members of that body, like a set
of schoolboys who deserve flogging for their sneaking duplicity, make great
hast to do his bidding.  Judge Terry, late of the Supreme Bench, has
rendered himself liable to prosecution for one of the minor offences known
to our criminal code, but having once occupied an exalted position, he has
conscientious scruples against being so belittled as to be tried in a low
court like the Court of Sessions, and so the Legislature help him our of
the scrape, by establishing it as a rule that hereafter the grade of Court
in which a man shall be tried shall depend, not on the magnitude of the
offence with which he is charged, but on the dignity of his person! "Oh
shame! Where is thy blush?"  We can see no other reason for this dirty
intermeddling - certainly the Legislature would not have passed that act
for the benefit, (or rather gratification, for we do not believe it is a
benefit) of any common man, and certainly Terry could have had no other
object in asking it than a gratification of personal pride.  The same cause
that would entitle him to a change of venue in the District Court would do
it in the Court of Sessions - every right that he could have in the one
would be his in the other, and we will not believe that any baser motive
than the one alluded to could have actuated him, or would avail him any thing.
 We have said more about Judge Terry's case than we intended to, but we
have carefully avoided a discussion of its merits, or the expression of an
opinion thereon.  He is yet to be tried by a jury somewhere, and we desire
to see him have a fair and impartial trial, and would not do aught to
prejudice him in this respect.  We think he will ultimately be tried in
this county, for we believe no other has jurisdiction, and so far as the
simple question of courts is concerned, we would as soon it should be in
the one as the other, for in either we believe justice will be done between
him and the people, but we do not believe in having one man meet with
greater favor at the hands of a Legislature or a court, than another.  If
he has sinned like other men, let him meet the consequences like other men,
and let not the highest authorities of our land crouch and cringe at his
feet, more than they would at the feet of his servant.  Let nor, for the
sake of gratifying his or any other mans whims, the criminal code of our
State present the anomaly of having cases punishable by seven years
imprisonment, placed in the same category of those punishable by death, and
tried in a high court devoted more particularly to civil cases, while those
of a greater magnitude, and punished with many times the severity, are
tried in the common criminal courts of our county.  In a work - change not
the system of a whole government for the accommodation of one man.  We have
not seen the vote on this bill, but trust that none of our members voted
for it.

San Mateo County Gazette
Redwood City, San Mateo County, California
Saturday Morning, February 25, 1860, Vol. 1 No.47

A schedule of the real estate owned by the late Senator Broderick, has been
made up by D.P. Belknap, of San Francisco.  It embraces fifteen water lots,
eighty vara lots, and some smaller parcels.  The estate is valued at
$135,000, and is mortgaged fro $80,000.  Mr. Broderick made a will in the
city of New York on the 2nd of January 1859, and which was found among his
effects is Washington City.  The provisions of the will are, that after all
just debts and liabilities against his estate are paid, $10,000 is
bequeathed to Mr. John A. McGlynn, of San Francisco, and all the residue of
his estate, real and personal to George Wilkes, of the city of New York.
George Wilkes, John A. McGlynn and Andrew J. Butlor, are appointed
Executors, without sureties.

MURDER - At a quarter past eight o'clock last night, says the S.F. Herald
of the 22nd a man named Edward Sherridan, a contractor and keeper of a
boarding house, was shot on Front street, opposite the Sailor's Home.  The
ball took effect in the back, just below the shoulder blade, and passed
nearly through, lodging under the skin, in the left breast, just below the
nipple.  A man named James Whitford has been arrested, charged with the
commission of the deed, and is accused by the wounded man of being the
guilty party.  It will be remembered the Whitford snapped a pistol at Capt.
Soulis, of the ship Beau Monde, and at Mr. Lowrey, the stevedore, not many
months since in this city.  The wounded man is probably injured to a fatal

The Association meets on the first Mondays in January, April, July and
October, at Greer's Schoolhouse, Woodside.
OFFICERS - D. Jaggers, President; J.D. Rose, Secretary, Board of Directors
- D. Jaggers, J.D. Rose, R. Greet, W. Whitlock, A. Teague, D. Ross

On or about the 10th Instant, a dark brown filly, white star in the
forehead, black, heavy mane and tail, two years old, no brand.  Any person
who will deliver the above described animal to the subscriber at Langan's
Ranch, Canada Raymundo, near Woodside, will be liberally rewarded.
Canada Raymundo, Feb. 25, 1860

About three months since, a mouse colored Horse, about 14 hands high,
branded 45 on left shoulder and left hip, also other brands, walks still as
if foundered, right hip drooping.  Twenty dollars reward will be paid for
recovery of said Horse, and no questions asked.  Apply to:
WM. HUGHES, Redwood City

gives an account of the killing of Mr. G.L. Roberts, a Justice of the Peace
in Calaveras county, by a Mexican horse thief.  A constable had been sent
to arrest the Mexican, who resisted.  The Justice, seeing that the thief
was about to escape fired at him, but missed.  The Mexican returned the
fire, and Roberts fell, fatally wounded.  The Mexican made for Calaveras
river, pursued by the crowd, who fired upon him continuously.  He swam the
river three times, but was at last brought down by a bullet through the
leg, fired by Frank Tuder.  It was found that he had four wounds on his
person.  Even in that condition he fought like a tiger.  Justice Roberts
leaves a wife and two small children.

And Repairing
Daniel Ford Herby gives Notice to his friends and the public who have work
in his line of business which they wish done in a prompt and workmanlike
manner, that he is now prepared to fill all orders entrusted to him, in a
style warranted to give entire satisfaction.

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