Surprise Valley Record, Cedarville, Modoc County, California, July 1923

Wednesday July 4, 1923

Percy Harris was awarded $629 damages from Porter Heard last week by the Superior Court.

W. H. Mayfield and family moved to town last week and are occupying the Whittier residence, on Main St.

The preliminary hearing of Claude Coonse for the murder of Frank Gooch has been set for next Monday. Robinett and Wylie are attorneys for the defendant.

A report of another murder at Denio last week reached here. Mrs. Tregaskis, 25, had been shot and killed by a man named Tompkins, 65, and he is now in jail at Winnemucca.

Mrs. Nettie B. Harris, ex-School Supt. of Modoc and brother, Lawrence Wilson, of Fresno, stopped here for a few minutes last Thursday, on their way to Eagleville to visit Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Grove.

Card Of Thanks
We desire to express our sincere thanks to the many kind friends who assisted us during our sad bereavement in the death of Frank D. Gooch.
Mrs. F. D. Gooch and family
O. S. Gooch and family

R. M. Brown, wife and daughter, Marie, who resided here about twenty-five years ago, Mr. Brown being in the jewelry business, passed through here last Tuesday on a trip thru the northern part of the State. They are now located in Paradise, Butte County, where they are in business and doing well.

Wednesday July 11, 1923

Married In Reno
Miss Muriel Wilson “stole a march” on her friends here last Saturday, while at Reno, was married to Wm P. Evarts, formerly of this place. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wilson and is a graduate of the High School here and is one of our most popular young ladies. The groom is a steady and industrious young man now in the employ of the Crescent Creamery at Reno. The many friends of the young couple extend hearty congratulations and wishes them all the joy and prosperity possible. Mrs. Evarts arrived here Monday evening and is preparing to move to her new home.

Born – At Lovelock, Nevada, July 2, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Misley, a son – James Robert Misley.

Mrs. L. F. Mounts and daughter, Miss Genevieve Hironymous, for many years residents of this place but now of Marin county, arrived here last week on a visit to relatives and friends and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lem Toney.

William Johnstone, brother of the late T. H. Johnstone, arrived here last week on a visit.

Miss Elaine Strotts returned last week from a visit to her sister, Mrs. Lawrence Herren, of ’49.

Claude Coonse was bound over to the Superior Court last Monday for trial for the murder of Frank Gooch of this place.

Ed Jones and wife, former residents of this place, but now of Ashland, Oregon, arrived here last Saturday on a short visit and report that they are doing splendidly.

Mrs. Bramhall, the county nurse, came over last week, taking the temperature of Surprise valley, we presume, and will no doubt determine whether it needs an emetic or a cathartic.

John L. Wood and wife, who have been visiting friends and relatives here for a few days, left for their home in Los Angeles this morning and were accompanied as far as Reno by Mrs. J. H. Wood, his mother, and his brother, Sam.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Decious and family, of Bidwell, left last Friday for a trip thru the State, visiting different points of interest and going as far south as Long Beach. The P. O. at Bidwell will be in charge of Audrey and Stanley Decious, during Mrs. Decious’ absence.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stiner and family, who spent the winter in Porterville, arrived home last week and will remain for the summer. Mr. Stiner says that crops of all kinds are good in the lower country, but the demand is light, which creates a tightness of money matters.

Wednesday July 18, 1923

Visits Old Home
Judge Felix Ewing, accompanied by his wife, arrived here from their home in Ventura last Monday on a short visit to the scenes of early days and to meet again those who were left of the old-time friends. Those, however, were few, and while the Judge expressed great pleasure in visiting his old home place, that pleasure was marred somewhat by the thought of the absence of those who had passed over to the “Great Beyond.”
Those who were here in the late seventies and eighties will remember Judge Ewing, who first taught school in Cedarville and later on was elected District Attorney, which office he filled for three terms. While here he met Miss Kemble, to whom he was married in 1877, and one of the queer freaks of fate in their married life is that the Judge and wife were assigned to and occupied the same room last Monday night in the Hotel Surprise that they occupied on their wedding night, forty-six years ago.
About thirty-five years ago Judge Ewing moved to Ventura County where for a time he practiced law successfully and his marked ability carried him to higher honors and he was selected to serve one term as Superior judge of Ventura County, after which he retired from the practice of law and engaged in the banking business, in which he has been engaged ever since and is now the principal owner and President of the Ojai State Bank, the Home Savings Bank and the First national Bank, all of Ventura County.
Mr. Ewing is one of the pioneer builders of the west and has been a big factor in shaping the destinies of both Modoc and Ventura Counties, and those who knew him in the old days were truly pleased to meet him again.

Born – In Cedarville, Cal., July 10, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Kesner Perry, a son

Mrs. F. Rutter is confined to her home with a case of the measles this week.

Gulls Destroy Hoppers
Supervisor Ash last week informed us of a new method by which grasshoppers are being destroyed in the Tule Lake Country. Thousands of acres of land in that section had been seeded to wheat, and grasshoppers came in droves this spring and had already destroyed several hundred acres, when the sea gulls commenced to come to the fields from the lake and now the thousands of acres were thickly covered with the gulls, which are devouring the grasshoppers. Petitions for help had been prepared for presenting to the different boards of Supervisors, but when the gulls commenced destroying the hoppers, they were withdrawn, as the sea gulls were doing the work nicely.

We understand that W. U. Scott, of Eagleville, is suffering from a severe attack of the flu.

Born – At the Dr. Coates’ Sanitarium in Cedarville, Cal., July 17, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Harve Smith, a girl.

Mrs. Catherine Holly, of Mosier, Oregon, arrived here last week on a visit to her sister, Mrs. W. G. Robinson, of this place. She expects to spend the summer here.

A good many, of cases of the flu have been reported in the valley during the past two weeks but none of them have proved fatal.

Wednesday July 25, 1923

Mrs. Conlan, an aged and old-time resident of Fort Bidwell died at that place last week and was buried Sunday. The family, have a host of warm friends who extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

Mrs. Wm Hatfield and daughter, Miss May Wandling arrived from Palo Alto Thursday. Miss Wandling has been teaching in the south the past year and Mrs. Hatfield has been visiting her son, Prof. H. F. Wandling and wife, of Palo Alto.

Dr. Kennedy reports the following births: At the Patterson ranch, near Cedarville, Cal., July 18, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Cloud, a son. In Cedarville, Cal., July 22, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cannon, a girl.

The United States government is building the first silo in Surprise Valley. Its operation will no doubt be watched with interest by our people. Silos are a necessary adjunct of the dairy business and one of the big factors of its success.

Painful Accident
Miss Bertha House had a narrow escape from death last Wednesday. While raking hay the horses became frightened and commenced to run and in some way her foot caught between the double-tree and rake frame and losing her balance, she fell and was dragged quite a distance, when one of the horses fell and landed in a ditch on its back. Her ankle was badly crushed by being kicked by one of the horses, and one of the small bones of the leg between the ankle and knee was also broken and she was otherwise badly bruised. Dr. Kennedy was called and attended the injuries and she is now doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

Mrs. Jesse Strotts left for Gerlach this week, where she will visit her daughter, Mrs. Lee Leonard.

Sam Wood, Mrs. J. H. Wood and daughters, Mrs. Wm Hill and Mrs. John Games motored in from Reno Friday and returned Sunday.

Mrs. Rose Mateer and Mrs. Antoinette Aston arrived here Sunday from Oakland and are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Smalls.

We are informed that nearly all the Indians at Fort Bidwell are undergoing a siege of the measles. They claim to have contracted the disease at Alturas while attending the round up.

While several small children were playing at the Shirk Ranch last Wednesday afternoon a 22-rifle in the hands of 13-year old Lossie Butler was discharged, the bullet entering the face of little June Shirk, daughter Mrs. Gussie Shirk, near the mouth and coming out below the ear, causing a bad flesh wound. Dr. Kennedy reports the little one doing nicely and it is hoped that the wound may soon heal.