Local News

Following are transcriptions from the "Local News" columns of The Oakland Independent Enquirer.

05 Sep 1885:

Thaddeus Brainard, the little boy who was run over by a local train a week ago Sunday, and susequently had his leg amputated at the receiving hospital, is doing well.

The Jewish holidays, which begin September 9th, will be duly observed by the pastor, and members of the First Hebrew Congregation of this city. The service will be held in the Hamilton Church.

The hat business of M. Brink, deceased, has been acquired by WD Rogers, formerly of the Piedmont Hotel.

Much house building is in progress all over Oakland. Indubitable sign of good times.

Alameda's bonded indebtedness is $40,000. Five per cent, sewer bonds amounting to $30,000 will soon be issued.

Prof. Homer S. Sprague, of Boston, the new head of Mills Seminary, comes well recommended.
19 September 1885:

There is continued activity in building, which even to contractors themselves is a source of considerable surprise seeing that the number of new buildings constructed so far this year in this city, including West East and North Oakland, aggregate all of four hundred houses.

J. McElroy is building a two story house at the corner of Durant and Telegraph avenue. The lower floor is for a store and upper for residence purposes.

"Nanon" at the Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco.

Early Wednesday morning cracksman blew open the safe in Tum Suden & White's store in East Oakland and secured $300. Fred Gardes, the frightened clerk, crawled under the bed and watched them operate.

Work has begun on the foundations of the six cottages which John Fleming and JM Richardson are to build on East Eleventh street, between Ninth and Eleventh avenue.

Catherine Berndmayou, aged 80 years has been sent to Stockton, being insane through grief at the suicide of a son.

Loss by the burning of the horse car stables at Temescal fully covered by insurance policies call for $12,000.

H. Griffin has been chosen President of a State society of fire insurance agents.

Seventh Day Adventists are in camp at Beulah Park.

The mid-term vacation of the public schools begin on the 28th instant and lasts for two weeks.

Vera Campbell, Ned's bright little child, partook of strychnine found in a shed, and had a close call.

Mass meeting will be held on the 27th, the centenary of temperance reform, by anti-tipplers.

Officer Felley deserves great credit in hunting down that old reprobate Jerry Creaver and prosecuting him for exposure of person to little girls. Judge Daniels sentenced Creaver to six months in the City Jail and to pay a fine of $250, or in default, to serve in jail 250 days longer; making a total of 440 days.

Henry Mathews, a capitalist, will erect a fine three-story block on the northwest corner of Washington and Thirteenth streets.

Patents have been issued to John D. Isaacs, of this city, for a street cable railway, and W. Jones of Berkeley, for a hemal truss.

A Chabot, the Water King, has contributed $250 to the Ladies' Relief Society.

City taxes are due on Monday next.

[Following is a second Local News column in the same day's paper-trans.]

The City Marshal is extending the Alice street sewer complained of, to the estuary.

A. Rammelberg, who combines the business of ferry, superintendant and farmer, at Berkeley, has filed his petition in insolvency. His debts are $42,458.31 and his assets nil.

Deputy City Clerk Z. T. Gilpin has completed the footing of the assessment rolls for the city of Oakland for the fiscal year 1885-86. The total taxable property of the city is $29,217,050. The total tax is $286,327.77. The total property valuation last year was $28,794,949, and the total tax $215,970.

Rev. Dr. Willis, D. D., chaplain of the United States army, will speak at the Young Men's Christian Association rooms, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

Mrs. Krausehaer, who was shot by Graul, is rapidly improving.

Madam Bowers, a lady friend, a dog and the poundman created a sensation on Ninth street yesterday afternoon. The latter tried to lasso the dog and had partially succeeded when the screams and shouts of the Madam coupled with the fact that she took the dog in her arms as tenderly as a baby, was too much for the official. The Madam was the subject of much applause for her fidelity to the "purp."
23 September 1885:

JO Lund, of Oakland, has received a special diploma for carrier-pigeons exhibited at the State Fair.

Mary Newland has been appointed executrix of the estate of Andrew Newland, the value of which is $23,000.

The Tucson home of SC Meyer & Co., of this city, has been burned; estimated loss, $15,000; insurance, $8,000.

The Uniform Degree Knights of Pythias will go to Napa to attend the installation of a new lodge at that place.

George Shaftner, a colored boy, broke his left ankle Saturday afternoon in jumping at Oak street from the train.

Mrs. WJ Millan, mother of Ex-Councilman Millan, was interred Sunday, the funeral at Watts tract, being very largely attended.

On next Sabbath a temperance mass meeting of all Sunday schools of Oakland will be held at the Congregational Church, at 3:30 o'clock PM.

David Burt, WJ Dingee's late book-keeper, has squared his accounts. Mainly through his wife's devotion he may escape serious punishment.

Hermine Soberanes yet lingers. Robert Mitchell, her assailant, is suffering at the county jail from asthma, attacks of which have nigh suffocated him.

Ed. M. Campbell, who was injured by falling from the second story window of the Durant School, will not be strong enough to do any work for a year.

On Eighth street, near Adeline, about 9 o'clock Saturday night, two footpads relieved Ed Hunt of $18 or $19 and his watch and chain. Robbers still at large.

Mrs. Lily Kraushaar has so far recovered from the wounds inflicted by Edward Kraul, the suicide, she will be enabled to go home to San Francisco before the week is out.

The liquour license of the "New Lyceum Theater" on Eighth street, has been formally revoked. Next move is to prohibit the sale of liquor in the dens of ill fame below Seventh street.

The contract for building the University Observatory has been let and it is expected that it will be finished in about three months. Astronomical instruments costing $5,000 have already arrived.
26 September 1885:

Hermines Soberanes is not yet dead.

The pay-car tarried in West Oakland yesterday.

WW McKenzie, the veteran undertaker, is dangerously ill.

Janauschek is to appear at the Oakland Theater on Monday evening.

"The Mikado" is running to large houses at the San Francisco Tivoli.

Ransom Springer, the child beater, has been expelled from Harbor Lodge 253, I. O. O. F.

HY Baker has been held in $1,000 for embezzling funds from Liberty Lodge, K. of P.

Louis Gottshall has petitioned to administer the estate of James Johnson, valued at $4,700.

Hiram Tubbs is having all the eucalyptus trees in his garden cut down and the roots grubbed out.

The Pacific Nail company employs 200 men and uses 28 tons of coal and 50 tons of iron per day.

The Mayor has specially instructed the police officers to raid all houses of prostitution and all disordily [sic] houses.

The case of David Burt, the embezzling book-keeper of WJ Dingee, has been peremptorily set for trial to-day.

Union temperance services will be held tomorrow evening at the First Congregational and First Presbyterian churches.

A few days ago Mrs. Capt. Taylor, residing on Franklin street, fell down stairs and broke her left arm near the shoulder.

Cleve Cull, the wife strangler, will be taken to Livermore today, from the County Jail, and examined on a charge of murder.

Salaries of city officer and employees will be paid on Monday next. Salaries of school teachers will be paid on November 1st.

James W. Ballard, a prominent politician, has been appointed deputy superintendant of streets by City Marshal Hilton.

Mrs. LM Beaudry, residing at North Oakland, tripped and fell down Monday last, sustaining a fracture of the left fore arm.

[Following is a second Local News column in the same day's paper-trans.]

Monsignor Capel will give a course of lectures sometime in October at the church of the Immaculate Conception.

Under the direction of Mrs. Dr. Kirby and Miss May Risdon, the Flower Queen, a [?] will be given in the Sunday School room of ST. Paul's church, to-morrow evening, for the benefit of the Children's Guild fund.

Sunday evening the pavilion at Stevens' Park was again destroyed by fire. Building, owned by Captain Badger, and contents, owned by Mr. Stevens, insured; total loss, about $6,000.

The Ebell Society will give a concert on October 6.

Under the auspices of the Lyceum Lecture Association, a course of six lectures will be delivered in the First Congregational church. The lectures have been arranged in the following order: October 5th, reading (with music), Miss Garthwaite; October 12th, "School and Skill," EG Beckwith, DD; October 19th, "Mexico as Seen To-Day," Ex Gov Geo. C. Perkins; October 26th, "Four Years Among the Mormons," Rev. CW Hill; November 2d, "The Battle of Shiloh," Warren Olney, Esq.; November 9th, "Scottish Traits," Robert Mackenzie, DD.

Company C, Hancock Rifles, won the regimental company champion medal Sunday at Schuetzen Park. Sergeant Poulsen won the $10 cash prize, and Lieutenant AC McAlpin won the Savage medal.

The new kiln and furnace at the California Pottery (Miller and Winsor), is now ready for use. An addition to the main building of the pottery is being built [sic].

The nine-year-old child of Rabbi Levy fell out of a window at her residence on Bush street Saturday evening and broke her arm.

Rev. Father King will not hold any fair in his parish this year, but will depend for funds upon the contributions of the parishioners. He and his assistants are at present engaged in collecting the contributions.

Al Wood, the painter, seems to be doing more business than any other in his line. He does good work, employing first-class workmen, and giving jobs his pesonal attention; and that, perhaps, is the reason his services are so much in demand.

The lot on Fourteenth street owned by First Hebrew Congregation has been purchased by John Rosenfeld for $4,000. Mr. Rosenfeld is a director of the Narrow Gauge railroad company, and the sellers say they have information that the purchase is made for the corporation.

JF Gowan, a resident of Berkeley, was driving his horse and buggy across the Berkeley Railroad, near Dwigh way, Monday evening, shortly after dark, when the horse was struck by the cow catcher of the local train and instantly killed. The buggy was occupied by Mr. Gowan and his little son and daughter. The boy was slightly cut in the face, but the others were unhurt. The buggy was smashed.

Janauschek is playing at the Oakland Theater this week.

JB Garratt, book-keeper for Fred. Becker, the butcher, has been arrested on a charge of embezzling $125 from his employer.

[Following is a third Local News column in the same day's paper-trans.]

Olaf Swenson has been appointed guardian of his sister, Mrs. GC Brink, and of her four children. Recently her husband, M. Brink, died, and she became insane.

Mrs. Buckley of East Oakland and a little girl were knocked down, Monday, by a horse driven by RM McCloud of Watson & Co. Neither was hurt.

HC Cull has been held to answer without bail on account of the murder of his wife at Livermore. The testimony for the prosecution was given by two little children of the defendant.

John Callahan and George Freeman, two young men, settled a dispute one night last week by a prize fight with bare knuckles, in a vacant lot near the junction of Market street and San Pablo avenue. Monday they were arrested.

Hermines Soberanes grows worse. Monday, while the wound was being dressed, there was a copious hemorrhage. The blood reaches the wound from collateral circulation, the carotid artery, that would be the direct supply, having been ligated by Dr. Woolsey.

On Sunday night there was a fight near the corner of Sixth and Washington. Albert Meeks shot at Chris. Siegel, but the ball did not strike him, though it pierced his clothing. Neither has been arrested, as no one appears to have seen the fight and cannot swear to a complaint.

Veitch & Knowles, a firm of contractors, have made an assignment for the benefit of their creditors. Recently they received the contract for replanking the Eighth street bridge. Monday they gave a bond in the sum of $1,000 to insure the fulfillment of the contract. Hugo Fuegel, the Oakland agent for the Schlitz Brewery, has also made an assignment.
03 October 1885:

William J. Dingee will have a special credit auction sale of valuable property in Alameda, on Saturday, October 10th, at 2 o'clock PM. The property for sale is admirably located, being situated near the railroad and in one of the pleasantest sections of the city. The site is in close promoxity [sic] to the churches, schools, markets, and within a few minutes walk to the business portion of the city. The terms of the sale being easy, only one-third of the price to be paid down, will enable those of moderate means to secure a homestead in one of the most desirable of suburban locations.

JB Garratt, Fred. Becker's embezzeling clerk, was sentenced by Judge Daniels to pay a fine of $75 or be imprisoned 75 days in lieu thereof.

The trial of WJ Carson, for embezzlement, has been postponed until next Tuesday.

It has been found that the shoulder of PJ Gowan's little son was dislocated by the accident last Monday, in which the Berkeley local collided with the buggy in which they were attempting to cross the track.

The Shasta Land and Cattle company has been incorporated for the purpose of raising live stock, and their principal place of business is in Oakland. The capital stock is $100,000, divided into 1,000 shares and the directors are WL Prather, Thomas Prather, HF Gordon, and JE Nicholson, of Oakland and CC Webb and George W. Webb, of Berkeley.

Charles Kramm, the genial senior partner in the Oakland Brewery, is sojourning for a few days over in Contra Costa county.
07 October 1885:

The Poundmaster killed 140 dogs and 5 goats last month.

There is already quite a demand for the special delivery stamps at the Oakland Postoffice.

The western end of the Main Lake sewer, a plank affair, is complained of as a nuisance.

Henry F. Prindle's second trial will begin on November 11. Prindle "removed" Dr. NL Buck.

The Teachers' Institute will be adpressed [sic] to-morrow evening by Homer B. Sprague, of Mills College.

Edward Burt, WJ Dingee's defaulting book-keeper, has been held to answer with bail fixed at $1,000.

The State Grange is holding its annual meeting at Odd Fellows' Hall, Eleventh and Franklin streets.

The jute mills will reopen January 1, with new machinery. Superintendant Robertson went East Monday. [sic]

The work of tearing up the old planking on the Eighth Street bridge is about half completed. Two men are engaged in the work.

Miss Carrie Woolsey, the daughter of deputy sheriff EH Woolsey, has just completed a beautiful quilt of the "crazy" pattern. The quilt was begun in 1884.

Arrangements are being made for the establishment of a stage line between East Oakland and San Jose, passing through the towns of Haywards, Livermore, and others.

Chesley Perkins has been arrested, charged with having forged the signature of CB Card on a check for $20 which he passed on the landlady of the Taylor House.

Mayor EW Playter has bought the gore-building, now occupied by the postoffice, price paid, $50,000, and Senator Henry Vrooman has become owner of the gore-building at New Broadway and Telegraph avenue.

Rev George W Sweeney, the new pastor of the Christian church, Thirteenth and Market streets, discoursed last Sunday on "The Blues, Despondancy and Suicide-The causes and cures."

We acknowledge the compliment of AC McAlpin in the way of an invitation to attend the Fan Social of Liberty Division, Uniformed, Rank K. of P., to be held on the evening of the 12th inst. at Hansen's Hall, West Oakland.

The funeral of Charles Clayton, president of the San Francisco Merchants' Exchange, who died of cerebral apoplexy Sunday evening, at the Newland House, will be held at the First Presbyterian church, this city, at 2 o'clock today.

"The Mikado", at the Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco, is being witnessed nightly by Oaklanders. Miss Helene Dingeon's role is captivatingly filled, and the remainder of the dramatis personae perform pleasingly. The play is superbly mounted and the music is pretty.

The work on the large building on Washington street, near Seventh, is progressing rapidly, and the foundation is well under way. It is the property of S. Hancock, of San Francisco, and is being built under his personal supervision. The building is to be three stories with a basement. It will be constructed entirely of brick, except the front, which will be of wood.
14 Oct 1885:

Kate Castleton's brother, Charles Freeman, is proprietor of a saloon in East Oakland.

WR Thomas, chief deputy of the county clerk, has resigned on account of impaired health.

On Saturday, a fete champetre will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. FM Smith, of East Oakland.

Nash A. Brown's building on Webster street, between Seventh and Eight [sic] streets, was damaged $150 by fire Saturday night.

The City Board of Examiners will meet in the Board of Education rooms today for the purpose of examining candidates for teachers' certificates.

Veitch & Knowles' total liabilities are fixed at $9,428.61, and the assets as follows: Real Estate, $4,391; value of contracts, when completed, $6,766; total, $11,167.

Sunday the Contra Costa Water Company completed the connection of its new main with the reservoir at Lake Chabot. The increased pressure is very apparent.

FR Davis, the man who fell from the building on Twelfth street, last Friday, was out walking on the street Monday. The only injuries received was a broken collarbone.

Mrs. Wm. Galvin, whose husband was so brutally murdered on San Pablo road, last week, has retained the Hon. William H. Jordan to assist in the prosecution of Cassidy.

Otto Arnold has petitioned for letters of administration of the estate of Lena C. Wells, who committed suicide recently by jumping off the "Piedmont." She had $850 in bank.

Ransom Springer, it is said, is making arrangements to leave West Oakland, and it is understood that he will go into the grocery business in one of the interior towns.

A private school house is being constructed for Miss Sarah W. Horton on Twelfth and Filbert streets. it is to be a one-story structure of four rooms, and will cost completed $3,100. The builder is W. H. Wallbye.

Winslow Hall, the contractor for Coleman Bros. building on the corner of Thirteenth and Broadway, reports that the structure will be ready for occupancy by December 1st. The building, which has heretofore been described, will cost in the neighborhood of $66,000 or $70,000.