Combing newspaper archives, MendoFever will work hard to provide a MendoThrowback every day of the calendar year to remind residents of days long gone.
The “Boonville High-Roller” was the pen name for The Mendocino Dispatch Democrat’s correspondent in Anderson Valley. On Friday, February 4, 1898, the High-Roller’s letter gave an overview of the notable events throughout the previous week.
The smell of men curing squirrel bacon was in the air, the High-Roller reported, as multiple Boonville residents prepared for their sojourn into the Klondike with visions of gold. High-Roller said, “if all the people go that are now thinking of it we will not have many towns, not enough to hold an election next fall.”
John L. Carlin had already departed for the “gold fields of Alaska”, and Geo Lambert and Don McGimsey were planning to leave by mid-February, and the High Roller wished the “the very best luck, hoping they may make a speedy return with cords of their precious metal.”
J.R. Wallach made his wife particularly happy after killing a panther on Hiatt’s Ranch. He skinned it, presented it to her as a gift, and the word around town High-Roller said was “she seems very proud of it and intends to have it dressed and made into a buggy robe.”
Boonville beauties Miss Minnie Burger and Miss May Hutsell, represented the town at a San Francisco jubilee last week.
William Lambert has returned to town after taking his drove of pigs to Yolo to feed on acorns. High Roller said Lambert “returned home looking fine after his outing.”
Reggie Burger got an ax stuck in his head by Mede Windom when the pair were out chopping brush. The ax ended up “cutting a gash about 1 ½ inches in length above the ear.” Dr. Thompson used a needle to close the cut and as of publication, “the boy is doing nicely at present,” High-Roller assured.
The “Owl Club” elected officers for the next six months and rounded off the night with an oyster dinner.
High-Roller wished a bundle of Boonville Boys luck as they are heading out to the coast to hustle and make some money in the split lumber business.
Reverend Page is holding his quarterly meetings and J.O. McSpadden’s wife is still ill despite being relocated back to Virginia.
William St. John went to Ukiah again for legal business, but High Roller suspects “there must be some other attraction.”
Boonville’s football team is improving, High-Roller opined. “They will soon be trim to exhibit their manly strenght with any team in the county.” The team is determined and High-Roller reports “it will take a pretty good team to walk over them.”