1899 News Excerpts from the Telegram Tribune


These from Wilmar Tognazzini's One Hundred Years Ago book (3)

Gold in Cayucos

Hanna, Horstman and Hardie are exhibiting some alleged specimens of quartz rich in gold, said to have been found near Cayucos. Assayer Hanna says it will run 'steen (sic) thousands of dollars to the ton, and that the woods are full of it. They will open up their mine as soon as the Mid California Railroad is opened to traffic as far as Cayucos. (Compiler's note: It is difficult to know whether this article was written in jest or not. On the one hand it appears that gold may have been found in or near Cayucos. On the other hand it appears that the writer is saying "There is no gold in Cayucos, the sarcasm being that IF the east west railroad materializes the mine would be opened...considered to be an unlikely thing). Mayhall and Hendricks have been prospecting for quicksilver near here and have found some very rich ore.

Traffic Resumed

The Stage From San Simeon Arrives On Time Yesterday


The storm being over, the stage traffic between San Simeon and way points has been resumed and the stage arrived from the north on good time yesterday afternoon

One of the stages used on the line is now a wreck in Villa creek, north of Cayucos, where it landed bottom side up about three days ago. Driver Lenahan previous to fording the raging torrent, saw that he might have trouble and so tied the mail sacks on the backs of the horses. Then he started. When about half way across the current was so swift that the wagon was overturned and Lenahan cut the harness, thus letting the horses loose and team and driver reached the opposite shore in safety.

Drouth of 1898--1899

ED. TRIBUNE: The blessings of heaven were showered down upon Cayucos Sunday night and Monday in a bounteous rainfall, and the glad heart once more prevails in this seaside resort. The supernal waterways had been so long closed against us that despair had filled the breast of everyone, and our citizens were only waiting the disastrous inevitable. During the season of 1897-1898 the deficiency of rain was so great that there was no feed and no harvest, leaving the ranchers and the dairymen with vast herds of cattle and horses and short supplies from former years. Many thousands of cattle and horses were driven or shipped away and many hundreds more died or were killed to prevent starvation. The rainfall was 1˝ inches, and is sufficient to start grass and the distress will soon be relieved. Dairying, of which Cayucos is the centre (sic), has suffered very greatly and the shipments of butter and cheese are only a small per cent of the normal volume this season, and these only by dairymen who have fed heavily with imported feed. Within a few weeks there have been shipped to Cayucos over 100 tons of ground mill feed and more than 75 tons of hay, while many tons have been hauled in from San Luis, Templeton and other interior points and 100 tons more to arrive by steamer soon. An examination of the rain table carefully kept by James Cass, reveals the fact that in four years there have been only four days on which the rainfall was heavier than that of Sunday night last. During the season of 1896-1897 the rainfall was 17.70 inches, about the annual average. During 1897-98 it was only 7.68 inches; and from April 1, 1897 to Jan. 1, 1899 only 9.11 inches. Mr. Cass says the season of 1897-98 was the first damaging drouth since 1849. Mr. Neil Cook, of Harmony valley, departed for San Francisco last week and on Jan. 6th will go to Vacaville, where he will be united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Gifford at the residence of the bride s parents... ...The attractions of Cayucos as the best seaside resort in this county are without number and occasionally a new one is added to make our rivals blush. Last week we had excellent mid-winter fishing. For several days the wharf was fairly lined with men, women and children, with fishing tackle of every description, primeval and modern, who caught hundreds of pounds of fine large smelt. The opinion prevails that the Supervisors should re-enact the ordinance protecting abalone. Under the ceaseless onslaught of the Chinaman this shellfish, if not protected, will certainly be exterminated from our shore, whereas they should be preserved for the use and benefit of our own people and those attracted here by the beauties and resources of the seaside...

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...The attractions of Cayucos as the best seaside resort in this county are without number and occasionally a new one is added to make our rivals blush. Last week we had excellent mid-winter fishing. For several days the wharf was fairly lined with men, women and children, with fishing tackle of every description, primeval and modern, who caught hundreds of pounds of fine large smelt. The opinion prevails that the Supervisors should re-enact the ordinance protecting abalone. Under the ceaseless onslaught of the Chinaman this shellfish, if not protected, will certainly be exterminated from our shore, whereas they should be preserved for the use and benefit of our own people and those attracted here by the beauties and resources of the seaside...

...Louis Pedraita has bought the residence property of his brother, Ruffino Pedraita, on the bank of Little Cayucos creek, and about May 1st will open a hotel. As the proprietor of the late Swiss American hotel he became well known to the traveling public... ...The Misses Lillie and Annie Kester, two young school girls with the aid of a pitchfork captured a large salmon in Old creek near town last Saturday.

...Whales in large numbers, accompanied by a few sword fish, have entered the bay within a few days. Their presence is considered an indication for early and good fishing. ...A young son of Seconde (sic) Minetti fell from a wind mill tower last Tuesday and was injured quite seriously. He remained unconscious nearly a day. Arthur Ramonetti coasted down the Cayucos creek hill on a bicycle the same day. He doesn’t know how it happened, but since then has been carrying his left optic in a sling. Mike Righetti has erected a frame building between the drug store and the Exchange Hotel, to be occupied with a meat market by De Gottardi & Righetti and a barber shop by Henry Hanna. The carving in the meat shop will be done by Alfred Canevascini, while our expert barber never does any carving. ...The north bound and south bound steamers were tied up at the same time, the 18th inst. and loaded and unloaded large cargoes of freight. The north bound took a cargo of hogs. The wharf was crowded with citizens and campers and with all this bustle Cayucos put on an appearance of a metropolis...

CAYUCOS CELEBRATION.
CAYUCOS, Aug. 15.–Everything looks bright for a big celebration of the anniversary of Swiss independence at this place. The balloting for the election of two young ladies to represent Helvetia and Columbia respectively, is quite spirited. Those being voted for to represent Helvetia are the Misses Tonina Paracchini, Ednia (sic) Muscio, Artila Tonini and Jennie Gada. For Columbia, the Misses Cora Ramonetti, Laura Righetti, Nellie Hardie and Miss Burroughs. (Compiler Tognazzini's note: Helvetia is the female representation of the early Celtic people of Western Switzerland. Columbia, after Christopher Columbus, is the female representation of the United States.)

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