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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Alcalde Rogers

An ACT, to legalize the elections of certain persons as justices of the peace in the county of Jackson.
    WHEREAS, John R. Hardin, Chauncey Nye, U. S. Hayden, Clark Rogers and W. W. Fowler, have been informally elected justices of the peace for said county, or precincts of said county of Jackson, under the title of alcaldes, and doubts have arisen respecting the legality of their proceedings,
    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oregon, That the said John R. Hardin, Chauncey Nye, U. S. Hayden, Clark Rogers and W. W. Fowler, and each of them, be declared and deemed to have been legally elected and qualified to discharge the office and duties of a justice of the peace for said county; and that all their acts and proceedings in that capacity be deemed and declared to be valid--provided, that the same would have been valid if done by a justice of the peace duly elected and qualified.
    Passed, Dec. 21, 1853.
Oregon Territory Special Laws, 5th Session, 1853-54, page 12


    The Yamhill Nationals have nominated A. Shuck and A. V. Short for State Legislature, R. Loughlin and ------ Wright for Territorial Legislature, G. W. Lawson for State Senator, Judge Olds for County Judge, Courtney Walker for County Clerk, and Clark Rogers for Sheriff.
The Oregon Argus, Oregon City, April 18, 1858, page 2


    In early days, the miners of Jacksonville, Oregon, elected an Alcalde. A party to a contested claim case, thinking himself wronged, posted this notice: "Whereas, the Alcalde has given an unjust and corrupt decision against me, on Sunday next I shall take an appeal to the Supreme Court." Sunday saw a hundred miners, attracted by curiosity, to learn what the Supreme Court was. They themselves were that august tribunal. The aggrieved party tried the case and rendered a verdict reversing the Alcalde's decision. All acquiesced, recognizing them as the Supreme Court of original and final jurisdiction.
Albert Deane Richardson, "Richardson's Letter About Oregon," Marysville Daily Appeal, California, October 29, 1865, page 1    When the Sacramento Daily Union reprinted the letter they signed it "A.D.R."


PIONEER JUSTICE IN OREGON.
    Oregon, twenty years ago, was yet in territorial swaddling-clothes. Only a short time had elapsed since the fame of her beautiful valleys and noble streams, already blended in our national poetry, had reached the overcrowded settlements at the East. Astor had established a small trading colony, which yet bears his name, at the mouth of the great river whose solitary grandeur had awakened poetic inspiration. Douglass, the naturalist, had pushed alone far among the majestic mountains that crown the western slope. Fremont had touched it among the southern lakes, and Lewis and Clark had stood and gazed in silent wonder over its almost endless plains to the eastward. When the question of boundary between Oregon and British North America assumed a public prominence, it attracted attention to our extreme western possessions; but there was another influence greatly instrumental in the settlement of the new territory and in molding the character of its population.
    Round the campfires of the trappers and mountain men, from the Yellowstone to the Arkansas, the enchantments of the reputed fairyland beyond the Rocky Mountains were a constant theme, and the few who had courageously penetrated to it, drank from its crystal streams, and beheld its wondrous beauty, were regarded with a sort of envious admiration. Passing from mouth to mouth, and losing nothing, the wonderful stories of Oregon and its beauty and fertility were occasionally related in the settlements along the Mississippi and its tributaries, creating a feverish and unsettled longing. In 1850, the government, wisely perceiving the importance of inducing emigration to our northwestern territory, offered a princely share of the public domain to all bona fide settlers in Oregon. The offer was tempting. Along the frontier line of the Mississippi States was echoed "land for the landless," and soon the plains, heretofore dreaded as an almost impassable Sahara, were dotted with moving caravans pressing to the promised land. Therefore--drawn mainly from the border states and territories, and composed largely of men whom civilization, with irksome restraints and apparent encroachments on the liberty of the citizen, had pushed to the verge of the wilderness--it is not surprising that the population of the young territory should be not only of a marked American character, but of a peculiar type of Americanism. These pioneers were brave people, who accepted the liberal offer of the government and its consequent trial and hardship with all the pluck which characterized the frontiersmen. They had been in the advanced guard of progress, they had cleared the way for the settlement and development of the Mississippi Valley, and were still willing to cleave new homes at the very outposts of our domain. While they brought with them their marked Western prejudices and their half-nomadic habits, they brought also their sturdy independence, and that keen sense of right and wrong inseparable from strong courageous natures, that left its sterling impress upon every public act and record in Oregon's early history. Society in the young territory was by no means rude or unsettled. Inferior, perhaps, in some of the refinements of the older communities, it was superior in the absence of many things with which older communities were cursed and hampered. Life and property were comparatively safe. Wherever the territorial law extended, it was simple and effective in its operation. Where it did not, through lack of judicial organization, justice was reached by shortcuts, unobstructed by the complex machinery of modern law, unclouded by the perplexing and uncertain verbiage of legal lexicons. In such localities justice was administered by alcaldes elected by the people. Their jurisdiction was ample, their decisions were final, and the mandates of their courts were generally respected; but their acts were vigilantly scrutinized by those who invested them with official dignity. Consequently, the administration of this backwoods magistracy, always subject to the powerful test of public opinion, was usually honest and just. Occasionally, however, bad men stole into office, and under their extensive powers perpetrated wrongs that in the absence of any court of appeal were hardly redressible. Under such circumstances an episode occurred during the early history of the territory that illustrates this simple judicial system, and recalls vividly the stories of the just Caliph of Baghdad, over which childhood has lingered with so much delight and admiration.
    Prior to January, 1852, there were no county organizations south of the Calapooia Mountains, a range stretching from the Cascades to the Pacific, and dividing western Oregon nearly midway between the Columbia and the California boundary; and for nearly a year later no courts were held in that region, other than those of the local alcaldes. In [January] of 1852, a rich and extensive discovery of gold on Jackson Creek, within half a mile of the present site of Jacksonville, had brought a large number of miners to that locality, both from other portions of the territory and from California. At this time, justice was dispensed within the new district by an individual named Rogers, who had been elected prior to the gold discovery. [There is no record of Rogers' election, but it was unlikely to have occurred before the gold discovery, since the Rogue Valley's white population would have been in the neighborhood of twenty.] Rogers was known as a man of stubborn, willful nature, and not credited either with discernment or honesty; but, hitherto his decisions, involving no considerable amounts of property and not outrageously unjust, had passed unquestioned by the people. When, in the fall of 1852, the mining camp was at the full tide of prosperity, a complication arose between two mining partners, involving the right to a mining claim and the settlement of a partnership, the adjudication of which was finally taken in hand by the people, and resulted in stripping a dishonest judge of his undeserved honors.
   
Two miners, named respectively Sprenger and Sims, owned and worked in partnership a valuable mining-claim on Jackson Creek, and, late in the fall, Sims, taking the partnership funds, started for Portland to purchase a supply of provisions, leaving Sprenger at work in the claim. During his partner's absence, Sprenger met with a serious accident, which confined him to his cabin, crippled and helpless. There was "lack of woman's nursing" in the wild mining regions, but there was no lack of kindly, generous sympathy for the unfortunate among the rough miners, and Sprenger was nursed and cared for with all the proverbial humanity of this class of people. When Sims returned, finding his partner likely to be a burden on him for the coming winter, he at once ejected him from the cabin and took possession of the claim. Sprenger appealed to Alcalde Rogers for restitution, but appealed in vain. His suit was conducted with considerable skill by a fellow miner named Kinney. Every point of law, both territorial and local, were on his side; every principle of equity in his favor; but the pleadings of his advocate fell on the ears of a corrupt and unfeeling judge, whose decree stripped him of every dollar of his worldly possessions. His counsel, suspecting the credibility of some of Sims' witnesses, and satisfied that the trial was as unfair as the decision was unjust, demanded a new one, which was refused by the alcalde.
    Poor Sprenger was almost in despair. He was a cripple, dependent on public charity, his means entirely exhausted--cheated and robbed by the man who should have stood by him in his misfortunes. In his distress, he sought the services of a neighboring miner named [Paine Page] Prim, who, report said, was a lawyer, but who, for the sake of avoiding annoyance in petty trials where the fees were not commensurate with the lawyer's services, had kept his true calling a secret . Sprenger found the disciple of Blackstone in a tunnel, vigorously swinging his pick among the muddy and dripping boulders, looking more like a Cornish miner than an expounder of legal perplexities. Prim was disposed to disavow any knowledge of law for the sake of saving himself the trouble of a case, where, under the circumstances, defeat was certain; but his humanity overcame his selfishness, and, moved by the recital of Sprenger's grievances, he threw down his pick and espoused the injured man's cause as zealously as if expecting a generous fee. Kinney, the former counsel of Sprenger, was sought, and a consultation entered upon. Every known point of the law bearing upon the case was discussed. Every familiar maneuver or pretext, likely to assist in obtaining a new trial, was proposed, and the advocates waxed more earnest upon each examination of the subject. All, however, to no purpose. The known obduracy of the alcalde and his suspected collusion with Sims rose everlastingly before them, presenting an impassable barrier between them and justice. A protracted and exhaustive view of the case only left the attorneys less hopeful than ever--when Prim, in a half-soliloquy, remarked: "If we only had a Court of Appeal."
    "Great God, sir!" exclaimed Kinney, springing to his feet in a state of intense excitement. "Why did we not think of that before? We will have a Court of Appeal, sir!"
    Prim did not understand him, thinking he referred to a probable election and the organization of the regular judiciary, and suggested, gravely, that their client would probably starve, and reach the Court of Death, before they would get it before any earthly tribunal.
    "No, sir!" continued Kinney, with increasing warmth; "I say we will have a Court of Appeal within twenty-four hours. Who made the d--d scoundrel alcalde? We, the people, sir! and if we have the power to create one court, we can make another high enough to try and hang the one below it, if necessary."
    A new light dawned upon Prim. Kinney was right. His strong good sense, by going back to first principles and invoking the power of the people to correct an abuse which was the result of their own shortsightedness, had solved a problem that to the lawyer was full of stubborn impossibilities. A Court of Appeal was resolved on. Sprenger was immediately dispatched to summon the "boys" to a miners' meeting. He was not armed with any wordy legal process, with its angular and imperious verbiage, but with a writ that found a soft spot in every rough breast among the mining population; a writ that the miners never resisted--an appeal to their sympathy and sense of justice. Never was imperial ukase more potent. Never did the fiery cross on highland height rouse the clans more effectually than this simple appeal did the mining population in the early days; and the crippled envoy was as successful as his advocates could wish. The "boys" threw down their tools, and, deserting their claims, flocked to the town nearly a thousand strong, and in a perfect ferment of indignation. A committee waited on the alcalde to demand a rehearing for Sprenger; but he declined to open his court for the purpose of reversing his own judgment. Kinney at once sprung upon a stump, called the meeting to order, and suggested the organization of a Court of Appeal, and its investment with full power to review the proceedings of the court below. The proposition struck the popular chord, and the affirmative response that swelled up from the crowd, which was now in ill mood for trifling, almost drowned the speaker's voice. A gentleman named [U. S.] Hayden, a native of Connecticut, known for his uprightness and probity, was unanimously pointed to for the position of Chief Justice. In vain did Mr. Hayden protest and decline the proffered honor; in vain did he modestly insist that he was ignorant of law and unwilling to bear so grave a responsibility. The popular current was too strong; a wild yell of acclamation proclaimed him Judge of Appeal, investing him, in a limited sphere, with a power as supreme as ever clothed czar or sultan. The new justice did not wait for a formal certificate of election, but proceeded with the organization of his court in a manner that showed him to be a man of no ordinary business capacity. A clerk and sheriff were at once appointed, a record opened on which was spread the extraordinary proceedings of the hour, and when the court was in working order, a mandamus issued commanding Alcalde Rogers to appear with the records of his court. The writ was disobeyed, the alcalde refusing to recognize the appellate powers of the new court. An unexpected complication having thus arisen, the process was about to be enforced by the excited people, when Justice Hayden, maintaining the dignity of his court amid the greatest uproar, solved the difficulty by ordering the parties in equity to appear before him for a new trial. Sims dared not disobey, seeing that the dissolution of the high court would be the signal for popular violence, and securing the services of Orange Jacobs, a young attorney from Michigan, promptly responded, and the trial at once went on. A venire was issued for a jury--twelve good and lawful men--subpoenas issued for witnesses, and the case formally opened. Jacobs, of whom little was known except that he was recognized as a quiet, unassuming miner, appeared with an able and apparently exhaustive argument, protesting against and denying the extraordinary jurisdiction assumed by the court as contrary to the organic law of the territory, and therefore against public policy and revolutionary; and moved that the case be dismissed for want of jurisdiction. He pleaded as one wedded to his profession as an abstract science, jealous of the law's infringement for its own sake; but he appealed to a judge who sat for the dispensation of justice more than for the vindication of law, and, as might have been expected, his motion was overruled. Prim and Kinney managed the case with the skill of veteran attorneys, and in knowledge of the peculiar circumstances surrounding it overmatched their opponent, who deftly and courageously met every argument and sifted every witness with all the adroitness of a thorough legal expert. During a stubborn argument on a law point presented by Jacobs, he became so earnest as to venture to bet a small sum that it was good law and supported by ample authority. Kinney sprung to his feet triumphantly; he knew the point was law, but he knew his man, and understood the composition of the jury. Drawing his buckskin with an air of the most supreme confidence, he flung three of the old-fashioned fifty-dollar slugs upon the table, and demanded the amount of his opponent's bet. It was bluff against knowledge, and bluff won. Jacobs was a recent immigrant, without "color" in his wallet, and responded not; there was an audible smile on the faces of the jury, and the court, with becoming gravity, pronounced the point "not well taken." Jacobs fought over every inch of ground and opposed every effort of Sprenger's joint counsel with a moral heroism, that, in the face of an angry and excited crowd of spectators, was almost sublime; but he was at a sad disadvantage, and talking to a court and jury who did not care a fig for law when conflicting with their ideas of right and wrong.
    The witnesses examined and the issue made, Kinney presented the case to the jury. He dwelt on the right of every citizen to the peaceful possession of his property, and on the duty every man owed to society in the protection of his neighbors' rights; but it was when he referred to the relations existing between the two men that crude human nature triumphed over legal science and skill. Drawing a distinction between partnerships in civilized communities and those in the wild mining region, where the social amenities of life were uncommon, he showed the former to be mere commercial and financial connections among men, while the latter were ties of brotherhood, sanctioned and prescribed by custom, and imposing obligations than which there were none stronger. He told the jury that a man's partner was required to be his friend, to sustain him in evil and in good repute, to share with him in health, to nurse him in sickness, to divide his last ounce of dust with him, and to stand by him when all others had deserted him. He summed up the evidence clearly and forcibly, showing the jury, who were becoming each moment more impatient to render their verdict, that Sims had disregarded his neighbor's rights, violated the common law of the region, and robbed and abandoned--not Sprenger--but Sims' partner. It was then that decorum ceased, and the honest manhood of the rough crowd found vent in applauding cheers. The jury rose and swung their hats, forgetting the dignity of their position, while Justice Hayden with difficulty restored order, and informed them that the case was only half tried. It was now Jacobs' turn. He rose, quiet and self-possessed, conscious of a strong prejudice against himself and client, and presented an array of legal objections that under other circumstances or before another tribunal would have been most formidable; but he forgot that he was talking law to a court sitting only for the purpose of doing equity, and he talked to listless ears. The court charged the jury--an unnecessary proceeding, perhaps, so far as their understanding of the case was concerned, but necessary to sustain the proper dignity of the court, which would have been infringed had this important formula been dispensed with. The charge was one that might be a model for higher courts. His Honor instructed the jury that they must strip the case of all the legal mystifications with which Sims' counsel had surrounded it, regarding no law but that of right and wrong, and decide upon their belief of an existing state of facts established by the testimony, and in such a manner that justice would be done, though all the law in Christendom fell to the ground. And they did so decide it. At first, they experienced great difficulty in their finding. Some of them were in favor of recommending the hanging of Sims; others stoutly demanded the punishment of Rogers as particeps criminis. One or two suggested the mercy of the court; but the difficulty was solved by the permission of special instructions. Jacobs again objected, but he looked askance at Kinney's plethoric buckskin, and his now feeble protest was again overruled. Of course, the verdict was for the complainant, and the court at once ordered his reinstatement in possession of his claim, his share of all partnership property, and an allowance of all charges during his sickness. The decision was received with a deafening yell of applause, amid which the court adjourned. It was then that the half-smothered feeling of indignation against Rogers found vent. The evidence had disclosed unmistakable rascality and malfeasance on the part of that official, and his contemptuous noncompliance with the order of the superior court could not be passed in silence. A low sullen murmur, like the sweep of an approaching storm over a treeless prairie, was heard. Knots of angry men gathered together; louder and louder grew the tumult, till a fierce, determined voice rang out, "Hang him!" and five hundred voices hoarse with rage echoed the dreadful words that nearly paralyzed the poor wretch with terror. It was a fearful moment for Alcalde Rogers. The excited throng swayed to and fro like angry human waves. The cry swelled into maddened fury, and his life was not worth a minute's purchase, when Jacobs, Hayden, Prim, and others, sprung among them, and begged them not to stain the record of a noble day's work by the commission of a terrible and unnecessary crime. Fortunately, their counsel prevailed, and after the most strenuous exertions, Rogers was allowed his life on condition of his resigning the alcaldeship, which he immediately did without a single demurrer, glad to escape so easily. The case, however, was not over. The functions and existence of the Court of Appeal had by no means ceased, and it appearing that Rogers was in possession of part of the property of which Sprenger had been robbed, he was forced to disgorge the last dollar, which was only done by means of an execution, and justice was satisfied.
    The principal parties to this case have disappeared from sight, but the remembrance of it is yet fresh among the old settlers of southern Oregon, and the proceedings therein are still of record in the archives of Jackson County. Some of the actors in this little drama are still among us. Jacobs, who stood before that exasperated mob and pleaded in behalf of the sacred principles of law, now occupies the position of Chief Justice of Washington Territory. Prim has been Chief Justice of Oregon, and is now associate Justice on the Supreme Bench of that State. "Chief Justice" Hayden has held the honorable place of Recorder for the principal town of southern Oregon for nearly twenty consecutive years, having repeatedly refused higher honors; while Kinney has long since gone to plead, in obedience to a resistless mandate, before a higher tribunal than all.
    The day of the pioneer is over. The star that he followed has reached its zenith, and he can go no farther. We may now regard him as a soldier in the cause of human advancement, whose battles have been fought and won, and he may well look back in surprise at the wonderful social and material results that have followed in his wake. The shifting sands of the desert have covered up his footsteps, but the solid and substantial foundation laid by the pioneer for the social structure of the Far West will be as lasting as it is surprising. Separated by thousands of miles of lofty mountains and barren plains from the ties and influences of civilization, these wild rough men in the early days established a code of ethics for the regulation of the social duties, that was founded on the soundest principles of morality. Without written law, they enforced justice, and decided all questions relating to individual rights with that unerring judgment which springs from a keen discrimination between right and wrong, and is worthy of the jurisprudence of the highest civilization.
William M. Turner, Overland Monthly, March 1874, pages 224-230


    The first courts held were by justices of the peace, called alcaldes as in California, chosen by the miners informally. The first on Jackson was named Rogers, and afterward Hiram Abbott officiated in the town of Jacksonville. Before the election of alcaldes the miners met and selected officers and judges to act for special occasions only, in short to administer arbitrary justice.
    One Springer had a mining claim on the left fork of Jackson Creek who was wounded by an accidental shot so that he was not able to work his claim for several months. So one Simms jumped his claim. A contest following the case was brought before alcalde Rogers, who decided it in favor of Simms, the jumper. The miners, thinking the decision unjust, held a meeting of all the miners on both branches of Jackson Creek to see what should be done about it. At this time Mr. Prim, who had kept secret the fact that he was a lawyer, not wishing to be troubled with the petty quarrels of the miners, was at work mining on the left fork of Jackson Creek. Springer in some way came to think Prim knew something about law or practice in courts, [and] went to him in great trouble, for it was a rich claim and the miners had been supporting him while recovering from his illness in order that he might go on with it afterward--went to him and begged him to help him. Prim asked him what he could do, but Springer begged so hard that Prim finally wrote a notice calling a meeting and told Springer to go to all the miners on both forks of the river and call them together.
    Prim would not undertake the case himself, but told Springer to employ Daniel Kenney, a brazen-faced pettifogging lawyer, to conduct the case, with Prim behind him to direct things. The people convened, Kenney, following directions, mounted a stump and proposed U. S. Hayden should be elected supreme judge to organize a court of appeals, which was done, Kenney appearing for Springer and O. Jacobs for Simms. Jacobs was afterward chief justice of Washington Territory. Springer won the case and [was] reinstated in his claim.
History of Judicial Affairs in Oregon, interview by Hubert Howe Bancroft with Paine Page Prim, 1878    Spelling of "Simms" and "Springer" is Bancroft's.



HOW AN ALCALDE WAS ONCE DEPOSED.
     We have said that in the mines there always was a tacit recognition of the power vested in the people of the camp to depose an alcalde from his high office. One of the best known instances of the exercise of this power occurred in the southern Oregon mines, as late as the autumn of 1852; and its history throws more light upon the ideas of justice and law which underlie these frontier courts, than could be obtained by pages of barren generalization.
    It is not our purpose to describe the beginnings of local government in Oregon, the famous "Wolf Meeting" of the settlers of the beautiful Willamette Valley in 1843, and those earlier local organizations in that region in 1838 and 1839, which preceded and made possible that notable assembly. The Spanish-American and gold-seeker elements were entirely foreign to the struggle that organized Oregon under a legislative committee and supreme judge, while the ownership of her territory was as yet undetermined. That interesting struggle of Americans to gain control in the Northwest must be studied elsewhere.
    But in southwestern Oregon there were placer mines; and to these narrow gulches, clad with spruce and fir, California miners went, bearing with them the organization perfected through fierce struggles and dire necessity in the camps of 1848 and 1849. They governed their Oregonian camps on the plans adopted in Siskiyou and Shasta, in Amador and Fresno, in Tuolumne and Nevada. North of the Calapooia Mountains, the pioneer Oregonians were, and always remained, totally unacquainted with that famous Spanish office, the alcaldeship; south of those mountains, there were several alcaldes chosen by the settlers, and given the extensive powers of the office as known in California camps. Before January, 1852, there were no county organizations in the southwestern fourth of Oregon, and for a year later the alcaldes continued to rule supreme in that region. Returned Oregonians, who had determined to prospect nearer home after one or two seasons in California, were influential forces in all the earlier Oregon camps.
    The miners of Jackson Creek Camp, Rogue River Valley, had an alcalde named Rogers. He was not at all popular, but was thought to be honest and capable until events showed him in an unexpected light. His election had occurred before the camp had "boomed"; the few early miners on the creek had chosen him, and the crowds that came later had accepted his authority.
    It happened that there were two mining partners, named Sim and Sprenger, who worked a claim together, and were unnoticed and unknown in the mass of busy workers till a sudden difficulty brought them into prominence.
    Sim took money from the funds of the concern, and went to Portland to lay in their winter's stock of provisions. During his absence his partner, Sprenger, met with an accident, and was crippled, helpless, and sick in the cabin, nursed by a few sympathizing friends, when Sim returned. The real nature of Sim revealed itself: Without any compunctions he at once ejected Sprenger from their cabin and their claim. Of what use was a sick and crippled partner?
    The wronged and unfortunate miner secured the services of a young man named Kinney as his lawyer, and took his complaint to Alcalde Rogers. But Sim, as events proved, had forestalled him by arguments of another sort: Putting little trust in his claim of a verbal sale, and his extremely doubtful witnesses, he bribed the unworthy alcalde, who, disregarding local custom, mining law, and the plain dictates of reason and justice, rendered his verdict against Sprenger. The plaintiff, in sad destitution and misery, and urged as a forlorn hope by some of his friends, begged the alcalde for a rehearing of the case, which was promptly refused: a judge could not be expected to overrule his own decisions. Nor would he grant a jury trial. Restitution, and reinstatement in his possession of one undivided half of cabin, tools, provisions, and claim, appeared unattainable for poor Sprenger.
    The story was told throughout the camp, and it was openly said that there had been bribery of the witnesses, perhaps of the alcalde; but the camp, though populous, was a scattered settlement, and concerted action was difficult. There was indignant talk, but the men and the hour had not yet arrived. Sprenger found shelter in a friendly cabin, and Sim began to look about for an able-bodied partner who wanted to "buy in." But no one desired the situation of partner to such a man.
    Matters were in this condition when Sprenger, still brooding over his wrongs, still urged by sympathizing friends, heard that a miner in the camp, named Prim, was a first-rate lawyer, a graduate of some law school, and an attorney of considerable experience. Hoping against hope that some new mode of procedure might yet be devised, Sprenger hobbled to Prim's claim, and begged for his assistance. At first this was denied; and Prim even said he was no lawyer, and could not leave his work. But Sprenger's penniless and piteous condition became an appeal that could not be disregarded: the miner threw down his tools, hunted up Sprenger's former attorney Kinney, and they held a conference.
    Further appeal to the alcalde was clearly useless. But Prim proposed to reach the territorial courts north of the Calapooia Mountains--to go, in fact, to Portland itself--and there obtain powers to organize a district court with appellate powers over the entire region. There was constant need, he argued, for a more complete, scientific system. They could not continue the unbalanced, uncontrolled, irresponsible alcalde system without a higher court to check its abuses. The practical difficulty in the way was, that all this would take months, and their unfortunate client would probably starve long before the close of the approaching winter. Then, too, the value of the interest he owned in the claim from which he had been ousted was steadily diminishing, as Sim worked there from daylight to dark. And if Sim should succeed in finding a partner, a new element of difficulty would be added.
    At last Kinney is reported to have exclaimed, "Who but the people made the damned scoundrel alcalde, anyhow? We can organize our own court of appeals."
    Prim caught eagerly at the idea. They sent a man up and down the gulches, and over the ridges, to the extreme limits of the district within Alcalde Rogers' jurisdiction. It took a day of hard travel to summon them all, but nearly everyone heeded the appeal to his sense of justice. There was no attempt to prejudge the case, or to bias men's opinions. Each miner was told that numbers of persons thought a great wrong had been done, and that it was desired to examine the entire subject with all fairness and deliberation, sustaining or reversing the former judgment as the evidence should warrant.
   
So the eventful morning dawned; and over a thousand miners threw down their picks and shovels, left their rockers, long toms, and sluices, and came hastening to the main camp. Every man of them all suffered a loss, by his day's idleness, of whatever his work that day would have earned--perhaps five dollars, perhaps fifty dollars; but the miners of Jackson Creek were willing to suffer loss if justice, as between man and man, could thereby be established.
    The court met in the open air, and chose a presiding officer. They then elected a committee of three well-known miners to wait on Alcalde Rogers, and respectfully request him, "in the name and by the authority of the citizens of Jackson Creek Camp," to reopen his court, and give the case of Sim vs. Sprenger a new trial: they asked also that a jury be allowed. Rogers refused point-blank, and retired grimly defiant to the entrenchments of his log cabin. The committee returned, and made a report in open meeting. It was then discharged, and the first act of the drama had closed.
    Only one course was left for the miners' meeting--to organize their higher court, and invest it with full authority to review any and all proceedings of the court below. This seems to have been done by these bold reformers on the supposition that it might have to be a permanent thing: it was not merely an expedient by which to reinstate Sprenger in his rights, if such rights a fair trial proved him to possess. It had dawned upon the minds of those earnest men assembled in that winding Oregonian ravine, that the time had come for a higher judicial organization. With strong good sense and sturdy independence, they grappled with the problem.
   
First, a miner named Hayden, one of the most respected and intelligent men in the entire community, was nominated and elected to serve as chief judge of the district. He declined the responsible position, begging them to choose someone else; but the duties of the office were urged upon him until he was forced to accept.
    Judge Hayden displayed the greatest promptitude, dignity, and good sense in his proceedings. He at once asked for a sheriff and a clerk, who were immediately elected, and reported themselves ready for duty. Within an hour after Hayden's acceptance, a writ of certiorari commanding Alcalde Rogers to appear in the new and duly established court, before Judge Hayden, and submit the records of his proceedings, was served upon that officer by the newly installed sheriff of Jackson Creek. To the surprise of all concerned, the stubborn alcalde refused to yield, and proceeded to impugn the motives of certain leaders, and deny the legal existence of the court. History has failed to keep an exact record of his language; but, beyond a doubt, it was profanely belligerent.
    The crowd of miners were by this time tired and angry. It was suggested to batter down Rogers' cabin, take possession of his records, and lay them before the newly chosen superior judge. But to this Judge Hayden objected, as defeating the ends of justice. He called the sheriff, and issued new writs, ordering both parties in the original controversy to appear before him at once for a trial; in other words, he ignored all former proceedings, and asserted original as well as appellate jurisdiction over the camp. The impressiveness of the scene had now become indescribable. Those hundreds of brawny, bare-armed, red-shirted men, grouped in the open air, under giant oaks, were moving without noise or excitement to the full accomplishment of their appointed task.
   
Plaintiff and defendant came before the new court, and were assured of a full and fair trial. Witnesses were summoned; a jury impaneled, sworn to do their duty; and lawyers appointed for each side. Tradition reports that Sim's lawyer was able and courageous, but that his witnesses weakened under the severe cross-questioning of his opponent. Both lawyers made appeals to the jury, and the case was submitted. No one can doubt, from the dignity and earnestness which had hitherto prevailed, that a verdict for the defendant, though contrary to the general expectation, would have been accepted by the assemblage. By the verdict of that jury, those freemen who had left their claims lying idle for miles were tacitly pledged to abide; and Prim, Kinney, and Hayden would have been the first to acquiesce, the last to propose any "new deal."
    The court, in his charge to the jury, said that they must strip the case of technicalities, regarding no law but right and wrong, no test but common sense. They listened with approval, and at once proceeded to disagree on a vital point: some wanted to hang Sim, who had been proved guilty of bribery; several wanted to hang Alcalde Rogers. This dangerous phase soon passed away; the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, and left the sentence with the court, where it evidently belonged. Judge Hayden then, amid breathless silence, announced his decision: Sprenger was to be reinstated in all his former rights, as half owner of cabin, tools, provisions, and claim; Sim was also ordered to pay the costs of his partner's sickness. The court then adjourned.
    But some of the evidence offered had revealed so much rascality and malfeasance on the part of Alcalde Rogers, that none of the miners were satisfied to let him longer hold the office he had so disgraced. Who could any more put confidence in so untrustworthy an official? How could a thousand men, some of them living five miles from the central camp, be expected to leave their claims, and administer justice by newly organized courts each time there was need thereof? The crowd proceeded to Rogers' cabin, growing angrier and more tumultuous each moment. A cry that he should be hung swelled like a mountain torrent in time of flood, but Hayden, Prim, Kinney, and Jacobs (who had been Sim's lawyer), made speeches, and reason again prevailed. One thing, however, was certain--Alcalde Rogers must resign; and this he did without demur. Judge Hayden's court was then reassembled, and it levied an instant execution upon some mining property which ex-Alcalde Rogers had illegally and unjustly obtained; it being part of the Sim-Sprenger claim, given to him by Sim as a retainer at the time of the first trial.
    The Hayden court lasted until county organization, a few months later, but no other case of any importance was brought before it. The lesson taught by the sight of those assembled pioneers had proved sufficient.
   
The typical nature of this remarkable case is best shown by the facts that Sim's lawyer, Mr. Jacobs, has since become chief justice of Washington Territory; that Mr. Prim has been chief justice of Oregon; that Judge Hayden for many years has been one of the leading citizens of southern Oregon; that the full records of the case are on file in the archives of Jackson County, Oregon [now lost]; and that variants of the story can be heard in mining camps hundreds of miles from Jackson Creek. Years ago, in Douglas City Camp, Trinity County, Cal., the writer first heard of "Judge Hayden's appellate court"; today, perhaps, the story is told in the Kootenay passes, and under the Uintah pines.
Charles Howard Shinn, Mining Camps: A Study in American Frontier Government, 1884, page 190    Shinn cites as his sources the above Overland Monthly article, as well as "letters of correspondents." The remark that the records are on file in Jackson County suggests that Orange Jacobs was one of those correspondents. I could find no such records in the Jackson County archives. Shinn's article was reprinted in the Oregonian on May 17, 1885, page 3.



   
Judge P. P. Prim said: "I came to Jackson County in March 1852. I came here to practice law, but got caught in the gold excitement and became an honest miner. We had an alcalde court in those days, and I helped to try one case. A miner had his leg broken, and while he was unable to work his claim was jumped by a newcomer. The case was decided [by the alcalde] against the miner. This so enraged the miners that a mass meeting was called; an appellate court was instituted, the decision of the lower court reversed and the case remanded back for trial. Of course it was decided in favor of the miner."
"Table Rock Legend," Ashland Tidings, April 22, 1892, page 1


FRACTURED HIS SKULL.
Clark Rogers, of the Red Hills, Meets with a Fatal Accident.

    About 6 o'clock Saturday evening Clark Rogers, an old and highly respected resident of Marion County, while at work in his barn on his farm seven miles south of Salem, fell and fractured his skull. He did not regain consciousness and died at 7 o'clock Sunday morning.
    When the accident occurred Mr. Rogers was engaged in storing away some choice ears of corn for seed. Having prepared a number of ears, he mounted a dry goods box about 3½ feet in height to hang the ears on a nail in the joist. He lost his balance and fell to the barn floor, striking his head at a point just behind the right ear, on a plow.
    He was discovered within a few moments afterwards by a daughter who promptly summoned assistance and removed the unfortunate man to the house when medical aid was immediately obtained. He did not regain consciousness, dying as above stated. An examination disclosed the fact that his skull had been fractured by the fall.
    The deceased leaves a wife and eight children, viz: Mrs. Mary McIntyre, of this city; Mrs. Sadie Emberson, of British Columbia; Clark Rogers, residing 4 miles south of Salem; Amelia Rogers, living at home; Clarence Rogers, of this city, Clayton Rogers, Cecil and Laura Rogers, all at home.
    Deceased is an old pioneer having come to Oregon as early as 1850, settling south of Salem, where he has since resided.
    Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church at Turner at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Belknap officiating. The remains will be interred in Twin Oak cemetery. All friends of the family are invited to attend the services.
Daily Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon, October 4, 1897, page 1    This Clark Rogers was born in 1831, not fitting Orange Jacobs' description as a "grey-headed and venerable" man in 1852. Narcissa Cornwall Moore recalls him being a "young man" in 1846.


    As in all mining towns of California, before county organizations were perfected, an alcalde was elected in each Southern Oregon town to administer justice in all cases. The same was done in Jacksonville. This officer's authority extended over everything, from a petit offense to a trial for life. The day I arrived in Jacksonville, a murder was committed. The murderer was immediately arrested and the next day a jury was empaneled, a prosecuting attorney and counsel for the defense were appointed, the defendant was duly convicted, and was sentenced to be executed in 10 days, which sentence was duly carried out.
Chauncey Nye, "Southern Oregon's Primitive Days," Medford Mail, January 24, 1902, page 3


    Disputes arose among the miners concerning the water rights. A big meeting was held on the banks of Jackson Creek. At this meeting Rogers was appointed alcalde.

Jessie Beulah Wilson (Jacksonville High School student), "History of Jacksonville," Jacksonville Sentinel, June 5, 1903, page 4



    Civil government had not been extended over that section of the country. The only system they had was the Alcalde system. This was borrowed from California, and by the Californians was borrowed from the mining jurisprudence of Spain. Every mining community of any considerable size had its Alcalde. He held his office by election, and his jurisdiction swept over the entire field of jurisprudence. There was no appeal from his judgments or decrees. Jacksonville and its mining community had such an officer; his name was Rogers. I think he was a lawyer, but had long since ceased to practice. He was a grey-headed and venerable-looking man. He administered the unwritten and the unclassified law of justice and equity as it appeared to him from the facts of each case heard by him. His judgments and decrees were promptly enforced; but there came a change. In the fall of '52 four men in the Willamette Valley formed themselves into a co-partnership for mining purposes, and with their horses and provisions went to Jackson Creek to try their fortune at mining. At first they were not successful. Provisions running low, they dispatched one of their number to the Willamette Valley with their horses to bring in an ample supply of provisions for the fast-approaching winter. This partner, sent on such a mission, became acquainted on his trip with a blooming damsel who had just crossed the plains. He made love to her; she reciprocated, and they were married. The season had far advanced when the honeymoon was over. He brought, however, on his delayed return an abundant supply of provisions. His partners during his absence, had located some claims, opened them and found them very rich. But on his return, while they accepted the provisions, they denied to him all accounting, and refused to acknowledge his interest in the newfound claims. He brought an action before the Alcalde for an accounting and for the affirmation of his interest in the claims. The Alcalde, after hearing and fully considering the facts of the case, granted both of the petitions. Up to this time I had had no employment in the case and had taken but a general interest in it. The defeated parties called a miners' convention, whose declared object was the election of a judge of appeals for that and other cases. My connection with the case commenced at this point. I was employed by the successful party before the Alcalde, and by others, to oppose this movement. At the appointed time nearly all of the miners of Jackson Creek
and its vicinity assembled in convention at the appointed place. The feeling for and against the proposition was quite intensified. After the convention was organized I arose and with some trepidation addressed the large crowd. I was listened to throughout with silent and respectful attention. I took the position, first, that inasmuch as the machinery of civil government had not as yet been extended over that district of the country, the Alcalde system prevailed, and thousands upon thousands of valuable properties had changed hands by virtue of the Alcalde judgments and decrees and their enforcement, and the property rights of many were dependent upon the validity and stability of such judgments and decrees, all would be endangered by the proposed change; that his ministerial officers might be subject to prosecution; that under such circumstances we had better stand upon the records of the past--records as old as the institution of mining in the United States. I further argued that if we attempted to complicate affairs by the election of a judge of appeals, and possibly by the institution of other tribunals for the correction of error, we turn a system simple in itself, and beneficent in its operations in the past, into a complicated farce. I argued in favor of the probability of the Legislature, when it extended its machinery of civil government over that section of country, passing an act validating the judgments and decrees or providing for a liberal mode and time for an appeal from them. My last point, omitting others, was that this movement had its origin in, and promotion by, the parties defeated in the Alcalde's court. If they had the power to secure a determination in favor of a court of appeals they certainly had power to elect the judge of appeals; that as this would be the first case to be heard by him, they certainly would not elect a judge who was not favorable to their interests; and that it had the appearance to me of a court organized to convict or to reverse. I pushed this point with every reason and every illustration and consideration that I could command, I appealed in conclusion to their native sense of justice and equity, and closed after speaking a little over an hour. I was roundly applauded. My opponent was what was known in the States as a pettifogger. I use this term not opprobriously. He was an old miner and possessed the power of rough-edged ridicule and philippics. He thought that the best way to answer my argument was to annihilate me. His description of a beardless tenderfoot coming all the way from Michigan to teach veteran miners what they ought to do, or ought not to do was certainly amusing, if not overdrawn by its exaggeration. He was frequently applauded by his side. When he was through the voting commenced. The contending forces arrayed themselves on each side of a line with a space of four or five feet between them. The pulling and hauling across the space was continuous. After several efforts to make an accurate count, it was reported to the President that there was a majority of from three to ten in favor of the proposition. The next move was to select a judge of the court of appeals. This was soon accomplished. The judge so elected notified the parties of the time and place where the appeal was to be heard. At the appointed time I appeared and filed a written protest and demurrer to his jurisdiction. When I had finished reading them he promptly, and without hearing the other party, overruled both protest and demurrer. He heard the case anew and promptly reversed the judgment of the Alcalde. I think this was the only case the judge of appeals ever heard. Nothing but the dignity of the office remained. In after years I became well acquainted with said judge, but I never mentioned the subject to him. A more extended account of this affair is given in one of Bancroft's histories of the coast. The record or papers filed by me in this case, I have been informed, are in the archives of Jackson County.
Memoirs of Orange Jacobs, 1908, page 72


    Mr. [Irving E.] Vining then referred to the trial of Sims & Sprenger in the spring of 1853. By common consent a mass meeting was held on Jackson Cr., attended by citizens of the town & miners from Rich Gulch. At this meeting a man named Rogers was appointed "Alcalde" & given unlimited jurisdiction.
    It was soon apparent that Rogers was unworthy of public confidence & the fountainhead of power again drawn upon when a miner proposed the election of a "Superior Alcalde" & U. S. Hayden was unanimously proclaimed "Chief Justice" & according to the unwritten code of the miners jury Sprenger was reinstated in his right, and the decision of the court & jury stood & today in all the courts of law this court proceedings held by the miners in Jacksonville in 1853 is held as a model.
Minutes of meeting of September 24, 1925, Records of the Southern Oregon Pioneer Society, volume 1, page 238, Southern Oregon Historical Society MS 517


    In the year 1853, according to the radio story, a judicial tribunal took the place of the people's court. Disputes rose over water rights to mining ground and to property in general. A mass meeting was called on Jackson Creek and a man by the name of Rogers was appointed alcalde, or judge, with unlimited power.
    A case in which two miners fell into dispute over a jointly owned mining claim, one denying the other his partner's rights, proved his undoing. He decided in favor of the plaintiff. The miner who lost his interests went through the camps explaining the injustice done him. A meeting was called with 1000 people in attendance, most of them miners, and a "superior alcalde" adopted.
    U. S. Hayden, a highly educated miner, was elected chief justice. He in turn appointed a bailiff, and a jury was drawn. P. P. Prim appeared for the appellant and Orange Jacobs for the respondent. The "pardner" was reinstated. Prim was later elevated to the circuit court, which position he held for 18 years, and then became Chief Justice of Oregon. Jacobs went to Washington and was later a delegate to Congress.
"KMED Broadcast Reviews Pioneer Times in J'Ville," Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1930, page 5


    Capt. C. Sims joined the command and handsomely performed the duties of assistant adjutant general until the 29th, when compelled by sickness to resign.
General Joseph Lane in his report of September 16, 1853 on the Battle of Evans Creek, Oregon Statesman, Salem, October 11, 1853, pages 1-2


    LIEUT.-COL. SIMS.--A Los Angeles correspondent of the San Francisco Bulletin, writing under date of September 20th, says:
    "Columbus Sims, of this city, has been offered by Gov. Downey a commission as lieutenant colonel in the new cavalry regiment to be raised in California. Col. Sims, on receiving the tender, immediately commenced enlisting a company of cavalry for his regiment in this county. The company already has fifty members who set to drilling at once under competent drill-masters from Captain Davidson's dragoons. I understand that the company would be full within two days if they could go into camp. Although Col. Sims was born in South Carolina, he is intensely 'Union.' He even goes so far as to declare, which he did long ago, that the government should make the rebels pay the expense of a war of which they are the cause, and that if he had the authority he would at once make forced contributions of the rabid secessionists here who are doing all they can to urge on the rebellion. He does not believe in any halfway business."
    We understand Col. Sims was formerly a resident of this county, and will be remembered as one of those heroic men who never had the least conception of fear.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 12, 1861, page 2


    Col. Columbus Sims, Second Cavalry California Volunteers, will move from his camp near this city at an early day, with his headquarters and two companies of his regiment, by water to Sacramento, and thence by land along the mail route.
Special Orders No. 115, Headquarters, Department of the Pacific, San Francisco July 5, 1862


    . . . on September 5, 1853, a regular court was held in Jacksonville, by Hon. Matthew P. Deady, who had just been appointed United States district judge for the Territory of Oregon, by President Pierce, and it is almost needless to say that his honor presided with distinguished ability. The officers of the court were, L. F. Grover (subsequently governor of Oregon and senator in congress), United States district attorney pro tem; Columbus Sims, territorial prosecuting attorney; Joseph W. Drew, deputy marshal; Matthew G. Kennedy, sheriff. [page 363] Court was held in a building next to the "New State" saloon, and it was a most unpretentious temple of justice. The bench was a dry-goods box, covered with a blue blanket, and it is quite probable that the uncomfortable seat occupied by the judge was so irksome that it had something to do with his rapid dispensation of justice. [page 366]
A. G. Walling, History of Southern Oregon, 1884, page 363


    [December] 7th . . . Supervisor Canavan, of San Francisco, at a meeting of the Board, assaulted by Columbus Sims, formerly a lieutenant colonel of volunteers. Sims was subsequently arrested, tried and convicted on four charges--assault and battery, exhibiting a deadly weapon--and sentenced to pay a fine of $150 and suffer seventy-five days imprisonment in the county jail. Sims subsequently appealed to the county court.
"Noticeable Events During the Year [1868]," Sacramento Daily Union, January 1, 1869, page 1



    Col. Columbus Sims, well known in San Francisco, died suddenly at Hamilton, White Pine, recently.
"Pacific Coast News Summary," Sonoma Democrat, August 21, 1869, page 5


    DEATH OF COL. SIMS.--The Idaho World contains an account of the death of Colonel Columbus Sims, in Hamilton City, on the 14th of August, of delirium tremens. Colonel Sims was a brother of John H. Sims, who was shot in this city last spring, and was also a colonel of California Cavalry during the early part of the war.
States Rights Democrat, Albany, Oregon, September 4, 1869, page 3


SPRINGER CAME HERE IN 1853
Settled at Vancouver After Taking Part in California Gold Rush.

    William H. Springer, father of C. H. and J. S. Springer of this city, who died suddenly in Seattle on Thursday, was a pioneer of Washington and was born in Hamburg, Germany, October 1, 1830. He emigrated to California in 1849 and worked in the Northern California and Southern Oregon gold fields for a number of years, later going to Vancouver, Wash., where he was married in 1853 to Elinor Turnbull, who after a life of trials and hardships such as fell to the lot of the early pioneers of Southern Oregon and later in the Willamette Valley, passed away in 1884.
    Mr. Springer, after his marriage, removed to Southern Oregon, where he participated as a volunteer in the Rogue River Indian War. He journeyed from Portland to Jackson County, Oregon, in 1867, making the trip with his wife and four children in a prairie schooner.
    After a short residence in Portland he moved to Idaho and engaged in mining for several years, after which he again returned to Portland, living there until 1895, when he came to Olympia, living here for the succeeding ten years, when he moved to Seattle, and for the last seven years, and until his death, November 18, resided there with his daughter, Mrs. J. H. VanAsselt.
    Mr. Springer is survived by two sons and two daughters, C. H. and J. S. Springer of this city, Mrs. A. R. Wright of Portland Mrs. J. H. VanAsselt of Seattle.
    The remains will be taken to Portland, where they will be laid beside those of his wife next Sunday.
Morning Olympian, Olympia, Washington, November 20, 1909, page 1  I don't know if this is "our" Springer/Sprenger.


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    SISKIYOU IN EARLY DAYS--HOW JUSTICE WAS DISPENSED.--Sometime during the year of '51, or '52, a young man appeared before the Yreka Alcalde and complained that an old chap hailing from Oregon owed him a considerable sum of money but would not pay him. It seems that the young man had been hired by the Oregonian to drive an ox team to the mines, and had agreed to give him a hundred dollars a month, and during the time the complainant had loaned his employer about fifteen hundred in money. After hearing the plaintiff's statement, the Alcalde without requiring any bond of the plaintiff for security of costs, or damages to the defendant, issued a writ of attachment against any property that might be discovered, and summoned the old chap to appear before him forthwith. The officer usually in attendance on the primitive court started out and in a short time returned, having the defendant with him, but had not been able to find any property. The court informed the defendant of the nature of the complaint, and immediately commenced asking him questions. The honest Oregonian made a clean breast of the whole affair, acknowledged that he was justly indebted to the plaintiff for $2,500 borrowed money, and for several months' service at $100 per month, but said that he had no money or property except a yoke of oxen and a cart, which the plaintiff could have at any time. The Alcalde soon figured up the interest on the whole amount at ten percent per month, the ruling rate at that time, and entered up judgment accordingly. The case seemed a desperate one for obtaining any money. Nothing was "in sight" but the yoke of cattle and the cart. But desperate cases sometimes require desperate remedies. Through want of a more convenient place the Alcalde usually held his court in a public saloon, adjoining which was a small private room. To this the court and the executive officer adjourned to consult. After a few minutes' absence they returned, when the Alcalde said to the officer: "Take the defendant into that room and stand him on his head and see what he's got." The Constable seized his man by the collar and dragged him into the room. Presently he returned bringing a well-loaded buckskin waistcoat and called for a "blower" [probably a "putty blower"--a pea shooter]. Having procured one he commenced cutting the pockets and emptying out their contents. After finishing the job he "weighed" and found that he had developed just twenty-three hundred dollars, just enough to satisfy the plaintiff's demand and pay the Alcalde's fee, two ounces, and the Constable's fee, which was an ounce. The Oregonian departed from the presence of a primitive California court a poorer if not an honester man.
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, August 31, 1864, page 2


    Three weeks after his marriage Mr. A. J. Snyder started with his wife for California, but first stopped a year in Illinois, and a while in Burlington, Iowa, following his trade, in order to raise the means necessary for the trip. He left the latter place April 25, 1852, with a wagon made by himself and four horses. At Kanesville, now Council Bluffs, he refitted for the journey, and joined a train of about thirty wagons. While crossing the plains they had a little trouble with the Pawnee Indians, at the Loup Fork of the Platte River. Mr. Snyder came on by way of Fort Hall to the Dalles, Oregon. On the Columbia river he built and ran a steam paddlewheel boat, on which he carried passengers and made money between the Dalles and the Cascades. Then he followed mining at Rich Gulch near Jacksonville, in Southern Oregon. Provisions were scarce, and he suffered much privation. He took in a partner because he had a bellows, anvil and a few tools, costing him about $3,000, which in the East would be worth only about $65. While there he was Alcalde for the miners, under miners' law. He followed blacksmithing until the fall of 1853, when he left there with $1,600 for San Francisco, by way of the Crescent City.
The Bay of San Francisco: A History, Chicago, 1892,
vol. ii, page 104



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