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HISTORY

OF

BUTTE COUNTY,

CALIFORNIA,

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA FROM 1513 TO 1850.

BY FRANK T. GILBERT.
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The Great Fur Companies and their Trapping Expeditions to
California. Settlement of the Sacramento Valley.
The Discovery of Gold in California.

BY HARRY L. WELLS.

VOLUME II.

HISTORY OF BUTTE COUNTY,

From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time.
BY HARRY L. WELLS AND W. L. CHAMBERS.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, by Harry L. Wells, in the office of the Librarian of Congress,

at Washington, D. C.

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HISTORY OF BUTTE COUNTY

PROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME.

Pages

Description 127-128

Early History 128-129

The Sacramento District 129-130

Organization Of Butte County 130-134

Boundaries. -First Election.

Official History 134-143

Changes in County Boundaries. Formation and Boundaries of Townships. Supervisor Districts.

The County-seat And Court-house 143-149

First County-seat Election. County-seat at Hamilton. County-seat at Bid well's Bar. Coun-

ty-seat at Oroville. Chico and Oroville Contest. Court-house at each Seat of Justice.

The County Hospital And Infirmary 149-151

The Courts And Judiciary 151-164

Courts under the Mexican laws. Supreme Court. District Court and Judges. County Court

and Judges. Probate Court. Court of Sessions. Superior Court. Justice Courts.

List of Jjustices and Constables.

Elections And County Officers 165-175

Tables of every County Election. Board of Supervisors Vote at Presidential Elections.

Financial 175-179

County Debt and Bonds. Assessment and Taxes from 1850 to 1881. Rate of Tax on $100 from

1850 to 1881.

The Criminal Annals of Butte County 179-190

Condition of Society. Death of Cassius Paris. Death of Joseph Van Buren. Scotch Camp-

bell's Horse Venture. John Harper's Gold-dust venture. J. C. Martin's Suicide. Whit-

comb-Small Affray. Death of Burr and Suicide of Keenan. Nick Johnson's Crime and

Suicide. Death of Philip Farclly. Chinaman Shot by Horn, W. H. Hastings Killed by

Jacob Smith. Thomas White Killed by .Desperadoes. Coyle Shot by Mullings. Death of

William Reese. Death of C. E. Campbell. Death of E. S. Dickinson. Robbery of Shasta

Stage, in 18G0. Robbery of Quincy Stage, in 18G4. Execution of Albert Reisburg. Exam

tion of Adic Eckron. Lynching of Three Men at Bangor. Lynching of Charles Olsen.

Murder of Miss McDanel and Death of Sharkovich. Lynching of Tom Noakes.

The Bench And Bar 191-194

Judge W. S. Sherwood. Judge Warren T. Sexton.——Judge Charles F. Lott. Judge Moses

Bean. Judge Joseph E. N. Lewis. Attorneys Who Have Departed. The Resident

Attorneys

The Press Of Butte County 195-197

Written by Hon. George H. Crossette.

Reminiscence And Anecdotes 197-200

Thomas Wright's Legal Decisions. Henry Ashley's Will. Manumission of Slaves. Judge

Bean Remits T Fine for the Drinks. Fourth of July Celebration, in 1851. First Marriage in

Butte County. -A Chinaman Gets First Marriage License.

Navigation Of The Upper Sacramento 200-204

Steamers that Plied on the River. [For Navigation of Feather River Bee OroviUe.]

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