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Ferry: Emigrant > Wells

Drury D. Harrill =

Samuel Francis =

Charles Smith =

A.S. Wells, Captain A.S. Wells = Ashbell Shipley Wells (1814-1863); born in Maine. Served in the Military for about ten years. Came to California via Yuba (1852) and Shasta County by 1853/54. Purchased the Government Ferryboat that was operating at the Emigrant Road/Sacramento River landing (1854). His untimely and unfortunate death occurred in Red Bluff, having been in an altercation with V.E. Geiger over the Generals Rosencrans and Bragg. Geiger slapped and then stabbed Wells with a knife. This took place on the night of the 13th October 1863 in front of the Magnolia Saloon in Red Bluff. On the 16th Captain Wells passed away. Being a member of the Shasta Lodge No. 57, I.O.O.F., the Lodge in Red Bluff took over his body and funeral rites and buried him in the Red Bluff Cemetery.~

Eliza Wells = Eliza Carpenter Wells (1828-1856); Married A.S. Wells on 21 December 1854 in Shasta County; applied for Sole Trader Certificate in ____. Died at her home, Wells Ferry, on 28 April 1856.~

Mary Ann Wells = Mary Ann MeGee Wells (1821-1870); Married A.S. Wells on 24 June 1857. Gave birth to daughter, Philomena Wells in 1858, and a son 16 July 1860. It was reported when A.S. Wells died in 1863 he left a wife and two children. Mary Ann ran the ferry for awhile, but it was all too much and she leased it to Dr. Louis Autenrieth. Upon her death in January 1870, the property and ferry went up for sale and it appears William Jackson purchased it.~

L. M. Autenrieth = Dr. Louis M. Autenrieth

Wm. Jackson = William Jackson

1852, A license was granted to Drury D. Harrill & Company [Samuel Francis and Charles Smith] to operate a ferry across the Sacramento River at the mouth of Cow Creek. This was known as the Emigrant Ferry, and best served the travelers coming in from the east via Noble's Emigrant Trail, on the last lap of their journey from Fort Reading to Shasta. - Way Back When, Myrtle McNamar, 1952 ~

1854 August 12, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - The government Ferry Boat, now at the Emigrant ferry, is offered for sale to the public on the following terms, viz:  Sealed offered addressed to the subscriber will be received at this office, until the 15th of August inclusive, for the purchase of the above. Terms, cash on delivery. Sale not positive, as the Government reserves the right of rejecting all the offers, should they not be deemed sufficiently high. In case of sale, the highest bid will be accepted.

Description:  The boat is 50 feet long, 16 feet wide, sides 2 feet high, with also 2 feet high. Rollers at each end of the railing to raise the aprons. Aprons 3 feet wide, and secured to the boat by 4 heavy strap hinges each. The boat has been in use for about 18 months, and only used for Government purposes. It has lately been thoroughly overhauled and put in excellent order, and is built in the most substantial manner.

A large rope, also in excellent order, and 7 blocks, with the necessary small ropes for working the boat, will be sold with it, in case the sale takes place. Signed:  Morris S. Miller, Capt. A.Q.M, Assistant Quartermaster's Office, Fort Reading, Cal., July 12, 1854.~

1854 November 18, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that the undersigned will apply to the Judge of the District Court of the 9th Judicial District of the State of California, in and for the county of Shasta, at the November term of said Court, for a renewal of License to keep a public Ferry across the Sacramento River, at a point about 5 miles below the mouth of Clear Creek, at the crossing of the emigrant trail, being the same place where my ferry is now established. Signed A.S. Wells, Emigrant Ferry, Oct 26, 1854.~

1854 December 16, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - District Court, November Term, 1854 - McMurtry, solicitor - Extension of ferry license to A.S. Wells. Bond $2500, and license tax $6. per month.~

1856 January 19, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - Is hereby given to all whom it may concern that the undersigned will apply to the Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, on the 4th day of February, A.D. 1856, for a renewal of license to keep for a period of one year a public Ferry across the Sacramento River in said County, at a point on said stream, known as the Emigrant Ferry, about four miles below the mouth of Clear Creek. Signed:  A.S. Wells, Emigrant Ferry, Jan 9, 1856.~

1856 April 30, Sacramento Daily Union - DIED - At the Emigrant Ferry on the Sacramento River, in Shasta County, April 28th, after a short illness, Mrs. Eliza Wells, wife of Capt. A.S. Wells, aged 28 years.~

1860 July 21, Shasta Courier, Shasta California - BIRTH - At Well's Ferry, on the 16th inst., Mrs. A.S. Wells, of a son.~

1861 February 9, Shasta Courier, Shasta California (Board of Supervisors Meeting) A license was granted to A.S. Wells to keep a public toll ferry across the Sacramento River for one year.~

1862 February 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - board of Supervisors - Commissioners were appointed to establish a road from Reading to the road leading from Wells' Ferry.~

1862 April 19, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - FERRY NOTICE - Notice is hereby given, that the undersigned will apply to the board of Supervisors of Shasta County, at the May term of said Board, for a renewal of his ferry license across the Sacramneto river, at the old stand. Signed:  A.S. Wells. April, 1862.~

1864 March 12, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Probate Court -  Estate of A.S. Wells - Petition for sale of personal property, and hearing set for 15th Inst.~

1867, July 20, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - FERRY NOTICE - I hereby give notice I will apply to the Board of Supervisors, at their next regular term in August next, for a license to keep the old ferry on the Sacramento River, below the mouth of Clear Creek, known as the Old Emigrant Ferry. Signed Mrs. Mary Ann Wells, Wells' Ferry, June 29, 1867.~

1868 February 1, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Delinquent List 1867-1868 - Against Mary Ann Wells, and 160 acres of land on the east side of the Sacramento River, Ferry, & c., $14.00.~

1868 August 1, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - The undersigned willl apply to the Board of Supervisors of Shasta county, at their next regular meeting, August term, 1868, for a license to keep and conduct a public ferry across the Sacramento river, at a point known as the Wells Ferry. Signed:  L. M. Autenrucht. Shasta, June 23, 1868.~

[ s/b L.M. Autenrieth for Dr. Louis Autenrieth. See next entry.]

1868 August 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered, that L. Autenrieth be allowed to conduct a public ferry at a point known as Well's Ferry, for 27 months, at the rate of $36.00 per annum.~

1870 July 23, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - VALUABLE FERRY PROPERTY FOR SALE - The valuable ferry property known as the Well's Ferry, crossing the Sacramento River on the direct road from Red Bluff to Yreka and Oregon at a point about sixteen miles from Shasta. For terms apply to L. GARRECHT, Shasta. Shasta, July 2, 1870.~

1870 November 19, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will apply to the Hon. Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, at their regular term to be held on the first Monday of November, 1870, for a Franchise and License to keep and conduct a Public Ferry across the Sacramento River in said County, at a point on said river known as Well's Ferry. Signed:  William Jackson. Dated Shasta, Sept. 20, 1870.~

1881, History and Business Directory of Shasta County - Advertisement Summarized - Go Via Wells Ferry Located one and one-half miles north of Anderson on the Sacrmaneto River. Frank Perry, Proprietor - Shortest and best route from Anderson, Cottonwood, and all points below to Millville, Shingletown, and all points on the east side of the Sacramaneto River; also to Burney Valley, Fall River Valley, Adin, Alturas and all points in South-East Oregon...

1886 May 12, Sacramento Daily Union - JUBILATION IN SHASTA COUNTY - Anderson, May 11th - The location of the bridge across the Sacramento River here has been decided by the Supervisors to-day, and will be at Wells Ferry. Bells are ringing, whistles blowing, anvils firing, bands playing and everybody cheering.~

1886 July 9 - Shasta - The contract for an all iron bridge over the Sacramento River at Anderson, in this county, was to-day awarded to Captain Burrell of Oakland representing the California Bridge Company. The contract price is [unreadable]. The contract provides for five iron spans crossing the entire river. This will be the fifth bridge which this company has built across the Sacramento River, and the people of Anderson and the county generally are well pleased with the action of the Board of Supervisors.~

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