Colusi > Colusa (town)
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4:17PM
Jo Giessner

AKA:  Salmon Bend (no Post Office)

1851 April 5, California Gazette - An experimental trip has been made up the Sacramento as far as Colusi in the steamboat Martha Jane; and it is said that this stream, as far as Colusi, is better adapted for navigation by steamboats of the class of the Fashion or Gov. Dana, than is the Feather River between Sacramento and Marysville. The distance to the Feather River mines is also said to be less and over a better road than by way of Marysville.~

1851 July 29, The Daily Alta California Newspaper dated the establishment of the Colusi Post Office. Located on the Sacramento River 23 miles northwest of Yuba City, Sutter County.~

1851 September 6, The California Gazette - Post Offices in Colusi County:  Colusi, Monroeville (designated as County Seat), Moon's Ranch.~

1851 November 29, date of confirmation of Postmasters per Washington Postal Department.

Benjamin Knight, First Postmaster.~

1852 February 21, California Gazette (Benecia, California) - DIED, at Colusa, on the 14th February, Osgood H. Evans, Esq. of this City, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, in the 89th year of his age. In the death of Mr. Evans, the community of which he was one of the earliest and most upright citizens, and the church of which he was a Trustee, Sunday School Teacher and ruling Elder, have sustained a grievous loss. His honesty as a merchant, his integrety as a man, his piety as a Christian, commanded universal respect; and his memory will long be perpetuated by those best and most enduring moments he labored so diligently and successfully to construct - the School House and Church.~

1852 June 1, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - A correspondent writing from Colusa, under date of the 24th inst. says that the Shasta stages of Cole & Co. leave daily and continued to be well laden with passengers. Houses are going up with unexampled rapidity, and business is brisk. The steamers are doing a good trade, there being five plying regularly with the down river ports. The river at this point has risen from eight to twelve inches daily, for some time past, owing to the hot weather and the consequent melting of the snow upon the mountains.~

1852 July 9, San Francisco Evening Journal - Correspondence of the Journal, Colusa, July 6, 1852 - Messrs. Editors: Our little town at the head of navigation is thriving. New houses are being erected, and our business facilities are increasing rapidly. Many country merchants have been in the habit of visiting Sacramento and the bay for the purpose of laying in their stocks, prefer making this their stopping place. It is unquestionably an advantage to them, in more views of the question than one. The fact, however, that they can make three or four trips from Shasta and back, whilst going to either of the places above mentioned, is of sufficient importance to induce them to buy here.

We have some two or three lines of daily stages running to Shasta City, which place one can leave at 6 o'clock one morning, and arrive at San Francisco at 9 p.m. the following day, a distance of about 375 miles. This, I think may safely be called the head of navigation of Sacramento river. An effort has been made to establish a town some one hundred and fifty miles above, and one person already has taken a stock of goods to the "Red Bluffs," but he will have a time of it, in replenishing, for the river will soon be so low that no boat will be likely to venture the trip, on account of the sand bars and the thousand and one snags which fill the channel of the river. - Adios.~

1852 December 14, William Vincent, Postmaster.

1853, Colusa made the County Seat for the County of Colusa.~

1854 Oct 25, Colusa - Dr. Robert Semple, well known pioneer who came to California in 1846, died today at his home near here of wounds suffered in a fall from his horse. Dr. Semple took a prominent part in the Bear Flag Revolution soon after his arrival.~

1856 September 26, Daily Democratic State Journal - Two men are to be executed at Colusi today. The rope which is to be used upon the occasion, was sent up from this city [Sacramento] yesterday.~

1858 April 14, James H. Woods, Postmaster.

1859, According to the State Register and Year Book of Facts, California, 1859, there were 2 grist mills in Colusa County. COLUSA - owned by Dunlap & Suydam - 2 stones - steam - worth $10,000 & GRAND ISLAND - owned by G. Wilson - 3 stones - worth $20,000~

1861, Courthouse built.

Historical Marker No. 890 - Erected in 1861, this Federal/Classic Revival style building is the oldest remaining courthouse in the Sacramento Valley. The "southern" style reflects the county's heritage and states' rights sympathies during the Civil War. In its early years, the courthouse also served as a center for cultural, social, and religious activities. Location:  547 Market and 6th Streets, Colusa~

1863 June 29, John H. Liening, Postmaster.

1869 November 16. Philo B. Chamberlain, Postmaster.

1874 May 27, Joseph H. Jones, Postmaster.

1874 August 19, Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nevada) - Allen Springs, Lake County- Dr. Spaulding and wife were seriously injured today (August 18th) by being thrown from an express wagon near the blockade, on their way from this place to Colusa.~

1881 September 10San Francisco Bulletin - The Colusa Bridge will be completed by the 1st of November.~

1884 January 8, Bennett A. Pryor, Postmaster.

1886 October 18, Hiram H. Thomas, Postmaster.

1890 December 11, Mrs. Susan L. Drake, Postmaster.

1891 August 5, Evening News, Colusa, Cal. August 5 -  A DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION OCCURS THERE THIS MORNING - A fire broke out at 12:30 o'clock this morning in a building owned by James Bolsden, of Grand Island, and occupied by J. C. Moyk, a commission merchant, and J. R. Homes, manufacturer of cigars. The building was completely gutted. The fire communicated to a building on the west occupied by Charrey & Mazet, and to a building on the east occupied by B. Suebe, a liquor merchant. Both places were considerably damaged by fire, smoke and water.~

1910 September 30, Byron D. Beckwith, Postmaster.

1914 March 23, Ruth E. (Dempsey) Kilgore, Postmaster.

 

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