History of Santa Clara County
EUGENE T. SAWYER
COMPLETE IN ONE-VOLUME
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Santa Clara County During the Mexican Rule--The Adventures of Captain Fremont--Don Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo--Raising the Bear Flag--Proclamation of General Jose Castro--War with Mexico Declared--Proclamation of Commodore Sloat--Capt. Charles M. Weber--Juzgado Transformed into Barracks--Battle of Santa Clara--Captain Thomas Fallon Raises First American Flag--Gold is Discovered--Reminiscences of the Days of '49--Killing of Young Pyle--Local Government--Early Merchants and Buildings of San Jose--
Grandma Bascom's Story.
Military Rule Constitutional Convention--San Jose as Capital of the State--First Legislature Convenes--Removal of Capital--First July 4th Celebration--Boundaries of Santa Clara County--County Government Court of Sessions--Land Grants and Suertes--San Jose Land Company--Settlers' Leagues Defend Titles--A Trumped-Up Robbery of Public Treasury--List of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants.
Courts of First Instance--The Early Bar of San Jose--Alcalde Burton's Common Sense--Mule Appears as Witness--District, County and Justice Courts Supersede Courts of Alcalde and First Instance--Judge Watson's Informal Handling of Cases--Eccentricities of Judge Redman--The Lord of Hardscrabble--The First Court House--Judge Almond's Demijohn--Strange Career of Rufus A. Lockwood--Freeman McKinney--The Irrepressible J. Alexander Yoell--Judge Buckner's Quaint Ways of Dispensing Justice--High Standing of Judge Hester--W. Frank Stewart--Change in Court System--Tribute to Judge Belden.
Topography and Geology--The New Almaden Mines--Crime in the Early Days--Outlaws Terrorize the County--Exciting Career of Francisco Soto--Augustin C. Hall Murdered--Santiago Berryessa Kills Pedro Aravena--Francisco Berryessa Stabbed--Murder of Joseph Pellegrini--Juan Jose Rodriguez Killed--Mary Hallock Foote's Mining Camp Stories--Guadalupe Quicksilver Mine--Enrequita Mine--Mineral Springs of the County--The Oil Development.
Society Events in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies--Reminiscences of Pioneer Women--Mrs. Mary A. Carroll's Interesting Record--Mrs. Frances A. Sunol-Angus Writes of Early Society--Joseph H. Scull Tells of Festivities--Entertaining Account of San Jose Society by Mrs. S. O. Houghton--Recollections of Dr. Chamblin--Charles G. Ames Bests Judge William T. Wallace in Oratorical Combat--Opening of Hotel Vendome--Distinguished Visitors.
Passing of Old Landmarks of San Jose--Fair Grounds--Live Oak Park and Prevost's Gardens--Old Court House--Duel Between Thomas Shore and S. J. Crosby--Killing of Jailer Martin Roohan--John Marr Escapes From Jail After Killing Peter Veuve--Jailer Hendricks Killed When Indians Break Jail--Killing of William Cooper--Harry Love Slain--Old Residential Landmarks--Naglee, Hensley and Josiah Belden Homes.
Newspapers in the Early Days--San Jose Weekly Visitor--Daily Mercury--J. J. Owen a Striking Figure--His Encounter With Montgomery Maze--Charles M. Shortridge--The Daily Times--The Tribune--The Herald--E. A. and J. O. Hayes--W. Frank Stewart and the Daily Reporter--Mark Twain--The Courier--W. A. January and the Santa Clara Argus--History of Henry C. Hansbrough--Chester H. Hull--Daily Garden City Times Started by Edwin Markham, S. H. Herring, Perryman Page and E. T. Sawyer--A. P. Murgotten and The Pioneer--Daily Morning Times--H. A. De Lacy Establishes City Item, Now the Evening Times--Charles W. Williams--The Santa Clara Valley Started by Major Foote--His Exciting Experience with a Delegation of Cornishmen--John T. Wallace and E. T. Sawyer Start the Scooper--W. W. Elliott, Editor of the Santa Clara Index--His Experience as a Court Reporter--Allen P. Kelly, Editor of the San Jose Herald; Captures Grizzly Bear--Other Newspapers.
Early Days of Drama in San Jose--James Stark Establishes First Theater--Samuel W. Piercy Makes His First Appearance There--Name Changed to San Jose Theater-Gustav Brohaska Converts Armory Hall Into San Jose Opera House--Eleanor Calhoun, Now Princess Lazarovich, Makes First Appearance on Stage in E. T. Sawyer's Loyal Hearts with John T. Malone and H. A. De Lacy--California Theater Had Many Notable Stars--Auditorium, Later the Garden City Theater--Victory Theater--The Hippodrome--T. & D. Theater--Lyric Theater--Jose Theater--Liberty Theater--First Amateur Dramatic Company--John W. Dunne--Frank Bacon--John T. Malone--Charles W. Williams--John T. Raymond, California's Star Comedian--Some of the Old-Time Minstrels--Charley Rhoades.
Distinguished Visitors to San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley--Political Orators--George Francis Train--Henry George Unmasks a Mysterious Spook--Bret Hart--Mark Twain--President Harrison's Visit--General Grant Receives Ovation--Lecturers from the East and from Over the Sea--General Fremont Is Guest of Santa Clara County Pioneers--Ned Buntline's Adventurous Career.
Santa Clara County During the Civil War--San Jose Volunteers--Many Companies Formed--Band of Confederate Sympathizers Rob Stages to Obtain Money for Cause--Ingraham Gang--Methodist Church Burned--Dick Baker Gang--Excitement Over Death of Lincoln.
The Fruit Industry of County--Largest Prune Producing Section in State--History of the Development--Introduction of French Prune--Early Orchardists--The First Cannery--Lyman Burrell Has First Mountain Orchard--Dr. J. M. Dawson Pioneer Fruit Canner and Packer--Other Packing Companies--Strawberry Section--Annual Orchard Production--Vineyards and Olive Orchards--Seed Growing Carried on Extensively--Citrus Fruits--Farm Loan Association--Vegetable, Poultry Raising and Dairying, Important Industries--Artesian Wells Supply Water for Irrigation--Growers' Organizations--Santa Clara County Statistics.
County Government and Good Roads--Transportation of Passengers in Early Days--Water Transportation--History of Various Important Road and Railway Enterprises--First Railroad Completed--Western Pacific--Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Public Buildings of the County--Many Locations of the County Court House--Changes Made by the Legislature--Present Court House a Splendid Building--Futile Attempt to Regain State Capital--New County Jail--Hall of Records--Hall of Justice--County Hospital--County Poor Farm.
The Resources and Attractions of San Jose, the Garden City of California--Soil, Climate, Production and Opportunity--What a Man from the East Learned from an Old Resident.
San Jose Incorporated as City--Organization of Political Parties--First Gas Lights--Water Pipes Laid--Horse Railway on Alameda--Severe Earthquake in 1868--Disastrous Floods--Story of Tiburcio Vasquez, Noted Bandit--Street Railroad--John C. Arnold Figures in Remarkable Case of Mistaken Identity--Dick Fellows, Lone Highwayman, Escapes from Constable--Brutal Murder at Los Gatos--W. P. Renowden Tortured and Killed--Lloyd L. Majors Hung for His Murder--Bond Issue of 1886--New City Charter Defeated--The Dixon-Allen Trial--Electric Tower Erected--Chinatown Destroyed by Fire--Mexican Hanged by Mob--Charles Goslaw Meets Death on Scaffold--Disastrous Fire of 1892--Henry Planz Murdered--Sextuple Murder--New Charter Adopted--Earthquake of 1906--Commission Form of Government Adopted--Mayors of San Jose.
San Jose and Santa Clara Activities During the World War--Liberty Loan, Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., Belgian Relief and Other Drives--The Men and Women Who Did the Work.
History of the Lick Observatory on the Summit of Mount Hamilton--The Eccentricities of James Lick, the Philanthropist--Erection of the Lick Mill--The Lick Hotel at San Francisco--What He Did for San Jose.
The Story of Alum Rock Park, San Jose's Beautiful Reservation of One Thousand Acres--Judge Richards' Description of Its Beauties and Attractions--The Claim of J. O. Stratton.
The Attractions of the Big Basin, or California Redwood Park--How It Was Preserved by the Efforts of a San Josean--The Sempervirens Club--The Annual Forest Play in a Natural Setting.
The Public and Private Schools of San Jose--The Growth of the High School Constructed on University Plan--The State Teachers' College--College of Notre Dame--College of the Pacific--Other Institutions.
The Public Utilities of San Jose--The Early Service of the Gas and Electric Companies--The San Jose Water Company and Its Sure and Steady Progress--The Street Railways in and out of the City--The Post Office and Postmasters.
San Jose Woman's Club--County Alliance--Newman Hall and Club--Sainte Claire Club--Columbia Circle, C. L. S. C.--Lecticonian Society--The Country Club--The Pioneers' Society--American Legion--Law Library and Bar Association--Housewives' League--Daughters of the American Revolution--Musical Clubs and Record--Y. W. C. A.--Club La France--Boy Scouts--Loyal Italo-American Club.
San Jose Board of Trade--San Jose Chamber of Commerce--Merchants Association--Rotary and Lions Clubs--Civic Welfare Club--The 100 Per Cent Club--Labor Organizations--Commercial Club--Pen Women Branch--The Plotwrights--The Western Aero Club.
Associated Charities--Good Cheer Club--Home of Benevolence--The Odd Fellows Home--The Pratt Home--Notre Dame Institute--The Salvation Army and Volunteers of America--The Story of Old Bob Bennett--Juvenile Court and Probation Office--The Coffee Club--The Woman's Exchange--Humane Societies--Y. M. C. A.--Boys' Outing Farm--Red Cross Society--W. C. T. U.--Community Shop--Fraternal Orders.
The Sanitariums and Hospitals of San Jose--The Splendid Appointments of the O'Connor Buildings--Columbia Hospital--Santa Clara Medical Society--Dr. Ben Cory.
The History of San Jose Fire Department--Primitive Appurtenances of the Early Days--Volunteer Department for Twenty-Six Years--The Police Department's Growth and Work.
The Early Churches of San Jose and Their Vicissitudes--History of the San Jose Library--Its Growth from Small Beginnings--The County Free Library--The Carnegie Library.
The Santa Clara Historical Society and Its Objects--Spanish Names for Natural Objects--The Interesting Career of Judge Augustus O. Rhodes, a Nonogenarian.
The Banks and Industries of San Jose--Bank of Italy--A Daring Robbery--Garden City Bank and Trust Company--Security State and Savings Bank--First National Bank--Growers Bank--San Jose Foundry--Bean Spray Company--Anderson-Barngrover Company--Smith Manufacturing Company--Sperry Flour Company--Globe Mills--American Can Company--Security Warehouse and Cold Storage Company--Garden City Manufactory--Tile Company--Spray Manufacturing Company--Artificial Leather Company--Wholesale Grocers--The Oliver Company--National Axle Corporation--Plow Factories--Farmers Union--Granite and Marble Works.
The Romantic History of the Town of Santa Clara--Home of One of the Early Missions--The Story of Santa Clara University--Planting of the Mission Cross--Marcello, the Last of the Mission Indians.
Palo Alto and Leland Stanford, Jr., University--The Rapid Growth of One of the Progressive Towns of Santa Clara County--The Location and Uses of a Great Educational Institution.
Los Gatos, the Gem City of the Foothills and Its Environs--The Gateway of the Valley--Gilroy, the Thriving Little City at the Southern End of the County.
Other Growing Towns of Santa Clara County--Sunnyvale--Change from Grain Field to Thriving Community --Campbell --Cupertino --Alviso --Milpitas --Agnew --Saratoga --Los Altos --Evergreen --Mountain View --Mayfield --Morgan Hill --Tragic Encounter with a California Lion --Berryessa --Alma --Wrights Station --Ambrose Bierce's Life --Patchen --Mountain Charley's Adventures --Small Towns and Villages.
Miscellaneous Items of Interest--Observations of a Weather Expert--Judge Belden and Mayor Pfister--An Auto Camp--Result of Presidential Elections in the County.
Federation of American Farmers--Last Relic of Santa Clara Mission--Census Figures--Decorations Received by Santa Clara Boys in World War.
[Picture of Eugene T. Sawyer.]
[Sketches not included herein. They are being transcribed by another project, Pioneer Families of Santa Clara, and are included in the search engine at sfgenealogy. -ed.]