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December 6, 1850, pages 1 & 2

List of Letters – Remaining at E. W. Tracy’s Store, Agent of Freeman & Co’s Express, late Hawley & Co., December 1, 1850.

A – John L. Anderson 2, James Allen, William Ashworth 4, Hiram C. Allen, William Allison, John Adams 3, John Atkinson 2, Alexander Walker & Co., John Amy, William Allison, Thomas William Allison, William Aldrich, James W. Adams, August Arens, Frederic Ashton

B – Josiah Beach 3, W. W. Barlow 3, Edwin Blakeslee, John Boucke, Frederick E. Berry, George William Brown, Joseph Bartlett 2, F. Eugene Baldwin 2 or Amos Merrill, Charles W. Bradley 5, Joseph Briggs Jr 2, John W. Barnes 2, James Baker 3, C. C. Baines 4, George H. Brown, Ebenezer Bent, Doct. S. T. Brewster 3, James Barry, Levi Berythiesel 2, F. Budde & Co, C. C. Breyfogle, Cap R. C. Burgan, Russell Bourne, Joshua M. Bradley, B. C. Brayton, Charles Brooks 4, John Bridges, J. D. Babb, James Barker, Charles A. Bradley, Doct. Timothy P. Beers, John Brewer 2, Miles Bradley, Charles Bradley 2, John B. Burritt, Brown & Hipkins, Henry Bird, George H. Beach, Robert C. Bell, John H. Bradford, James H. Bird, J. Henry Benson, C. H. Bailee, George A. Baily, Joseph Briggs 3, L. H. Brooks, Joseph Bartlett, H & J Bowers, Brink Doctor’s Company

C – S. S. Clark 3, Alvan Cook, D. M. Cole 2, James Caines, Henry Crippin, David Cosnen, David M. Cole, John Churchill, Louis Campbell, Francis B. Creighton, A. B. Conger, David E. Carpenter, Wanton Chambers, James Cullins, Samuel H. Cook 2, Wm. Clemings 2, John Crouch, John Caldwell 2, Samuel C. Chase, Sason Clapp, Edwin S. Coles, Wm. Corker, N. S. Chamberlain, Cutter & Aud, William Courier Jr, Cutting & Atkins, H. Crumins, Cohn & Smith, John Crouch 2, Edwin S. Case, William Canfield,  Theodore Cordua, Whipple M. Cone, Henry Cleveland 2, Samuel Carr, Henry H. Clark, Alexander Campbell, George H. Child, Maurice H. Chustee

D – James Dunn Or J. M. Condeere 5, Dodge & Steel, Stephen M. Decudry, William H. Daniels, Henry Dyer 4, Capt. H. Dillingham, Alonzo B. Dean 2, Joseph B. Dillaway, Charles T. Day 3, Paul Day, William Daiels [Daniels?], Joseph Dillaway, William H. Daniel, Robert Dinsmore, James Dickson, John Wells Davis, Ichabod Dodson, Daniels & Whitcomb, Foster F. Dennis, Edwin Pickerin Drew, James Dodson, Thomas Dinsmore Jr, William L. Daines, John K. Dean, George H. Davis 4, J. K. Dunbar, George Daniels, Charles W. Dannals

E – Thomas Edwards, Andrew H. Estell 2, Joseph Elstran, Englander & Jones, James Edwards, Henry Eno, George R. Eldredge, W. T. Eaves

F – Henry L. Fish 3, J. W. Fish, Leprelet Fuller 2, Orlando P. Foster, Henry Fitch, Isaac Flood, Francis L. Faulkme 3, James Fitzgerald 4, Charles G. Fiet, Samuel N. Futter, William Foster

G – George Goly 3, George Gilbert 4, Robert Gray 4, Joseph Grace, John Graham 3, Charles Gray, Lewis Garrison, James Gaily, Jacob Grim, Amasa Gardner, Andrew J. Gray, G. M. Gates, J. H. Green, James K. Gardner

H – E. G. Hall 3, William Hart, Joseph E. Huse, Joseph Hackee, William Hull, Theodore M. Harels 2, Henry Hocker, E. Wyatt Hall, John Caverly Hall 2, Frederick Hall, J. B. Hast, J. H. Harper, Hazen Hazeltein, Alfred or John Hornbeck 8, Eugene Howard, Frutrell Hull 3, Dr. C. C. Harrington, H. E. Hulbert, William Hammond, Martin Hinsdale 2, J. Warren Hastings, Albert B. Hoyt 2, Chas Hoyt, Anthony Hallenbeck, Hiram Hawley 2, Austin S. Howard, Albert B. Head, David Howard 2, E. Howard, William Harris 2, G. A. Hamblin, Allen Henly, Austin Howard

J – Benjamin Johnston, Benjamin E. Jackson 2, John M. Jones 2, Sanborn Johnson 2, Thomas Jones, David Johnson 2, Aaron Johnston & Travers, Jahiel Jones 6, Orville Jones, Martin Johnson 3, Abraham J. Jorsteinen 2, Daniel V. Jones 3, Henry Q. Jennison, John Jones 2

K – J. G. Kittredge, Frederic H. Kimball, Stephen Klingamon 2, John Kelly, William King, Samuel Kyburz

L – John K. Lamerick 2, Richard H. Lutch 2, Mack H. Leeds, John Losey 2, Myron LeFever, P. Landre, Richard H. Lawrence, J. G. Lum, Hiram, Hackman or H Z Ludington, Augustus A. Lane, Charles F. Loring, Gustavus A. Lane, M. Lineburgh

M – Augustus Mantes, Romeyn Mead, Jonathan Millen, James K. McAdams, W. S. Moses 2, Chas Mosley, Charles Marshall, John W. Morrow 4, William G. Manter, John W. Morrow, Thomas S. Mitchell, Lyman G. Mardon 2, Ashbel Moses, William F. March, John J. Martin 5, R. J. Murray, Milton Miller 2, Calvin McKnight 3, George Moore, James Mullay 3, Philip F. Macumber, J. W. Morrell, W. H. Manford, Francis Mucan, Joseph Moore 5, Dr. Logan McReynolds, Robert T. McCay, James McKenzie 3, Andrew Murphy, Lewis Moses, James Meggruson, James Mugridge, M. Marshall, Joseph Morse, James Murphy, William S. Malile

NO – William Nichols, John Nichols 2, J. V. Nash, Isaac Nathan 2, Onafra Navarro, Martin Osborn, John Overmeyer

PQ – Thomas B. Page, Thomas B. Parker 5, Robert H. Porter, John A. Paxton 2,  George Pierson 3, J. Prickett, Geo. W Peckham, Louis Picard, James H. Paddock, Thomas B Page 2, Alexander S. Palmer, Geo W Peckhany 2, Robert Park, Joseph W Pennington, William Pickering, Robert Park, R. L. Patton, John T Palmer, James E Pelham, Francis Prichard 2, Geo N Probasco, George Pallinos, B F Powell, Wm Mc Quoid

R – Frederick Row, Richard H Rice, Charles C Richmond, Alfred F Richardson, Jas A Rigby, J Q Robinson, Leander Rodgers, William N Reed, Frederick W Robinson, Henry Reed, Ira V Reevs, Abraham W Rapalye, Samuel H Robinson, Richardson Smith & Co, Lewis Roper, T. Ruegger, William Rightman, John E Rice, W S Ryerson, Oliver Ross, M H Reed, Raish & Franklin

S – Capt Edward Smith 2, Warren T Sexton, William Sullivan, James A Stuart 2, Edward Smith 3, Charles W Simonds 2, Joseph L Stevens 4, Frederick A Stimson 4, G W Smith, Charles Simmons 5, Capt James Stewart, Henry Smith 3, William Smith, James Stewart 3, Daniel or Jessee Sarles 2, James Stuart, Joshua Sullevan, Horace I Stillman, Capt Henry Smith 2, Joseph Stuart, John C. Seldon, John B. Simmons, George W Sharp, James L Speingh, Scott Mathew & Co, William Sherman, James O Shaw, Frederick A Stimpson, Robert Sager, Alfred T Small, William B Smith, Larkin Subenger, Larkin, Robt or George Sullenger, Walter or Fred Sackes 2, Thomas B Scott, Ebenezer Smith, Canning Smith, George F Sylvester, Sanderson & Fitch

T – W S R Taylor 2, Cornelius W Threlkheld, Isaac Thomas 3, James P Thompson, I C Taber 4, Charles L Taylor 10, Thomas H Thompkins 2, D E Timothy, Henry Thompson 4, John G Tinner, J Tate, George Tyler, Capt Taber, W H Toddt, John B Trask, F W Tryon 3, Frank Tryon, J H Trask, Amos H Titcomb, Joseph G Turner, Andrew T Thompkins, Samuel H Thompson, George W Tobey 2, Benjamin P Tripp, William Teiter, Dr. William Todd, Thomas H Thompson, John Threltall, Henry S Thompson, James T Thompson

V – James R Vinegard, George Varnum, Charles Van Scharck, A K Vanduwaker

W – J W Wadleigh 2, Lafayette Woodward 4, James Wilson 2, George L & Wm C Wyatt 4, Charles Wood 2, Joseph Q Wilber, Henry M Wright, George Weimer 4, Wm C Wait, Henry Wise, David C Ward 3, Charles R Williams 2, William H Watkins, Willman & Granes, Chas C Williams 2, F E Weggant, Wm M Webster 3, Samuel B Weller, John A Williams, Henry P Wolf, Perry H Williams, Thomas White, Cornelius Wheeler, Austin Wilcox, Philip Welleman, H L P Wolf, Perry Williams, Cyrus N Williams, James Walker, Dr. Joel R Watkins, Joseph Wright, Doctor Robt Wood, John H Wilson, John W Webster, Mr Waters, William Walker, J G Wetmore, E A Wood

YSterkland Yardley, William C Young, Walter Young 2

                                                E. W. TRACEY, Agent Freeman & Cos Express.


December 6, 1850, page 2

City Organization

            At a public meeting of the Citizens of Marysville, held at the United States Hotel, on Tuesday evening, 3d December, on motion of Col. R. H. Taylor, G. N. Swezy, Esq. was called to the Chair; and on motion of Mr. A. Lawton, Mr. B. F. Henderson and Mr. W. W. Smith were appointed Secretaries.

            The Chair briefly, but pertinently stated the object of the meeting, which was to consider the propriety of applying for a Town or City organization for this place.

            It was moved and seconded that the Chair appoint a Committee of three to retire and draft Resolutions for the approval of the meeting.  The Chair appointed Mr. Alfred Lawton, Col. R. H. Taylor, and Mr. J. T. McCarty.

            On motion of Captain E. Powers, James Cushing, Esq. was added to the Committee.

            Mr. McCarty then made some remarks in favour of a City organization but opposed to any further agitation of the matter this evening, on account of the limited notice given of the meeting.  He was opposed, therefore to the Committee’s reporting resolutions to-night.

            The Chair remarked that the Committee could take the matter into consideration, and if they thought best might ask leave of the meeting to report at a subsequent day.

            Col. R. H. Taylor proposed to have the Committee remain and hear the wishes of as many as felt inclined to express them; they would thus be put in possession of the views which might form data to base their resolutions upon, should they determine to report resolutions to-night.  As to agitating the subject upon which we met, he conceived that it was as proper to do so now, as at any time; and that even if we have a subsequent meeting, it could do no harm to discuss the matter at the present one, and to discuss it fully and freely.

            Mr. S. B. Mulford was then called out, and spoke at length of the growing prospects of Marysville; where a year ago there was no habitation but an old adobe, to-day sits a flourishing town teeming with a busy population, the merchants, the tradesman and the artisan are reaping a rich harvest of reward.  This rapid growth of our town, its increased and increasing commerce, require a City organization, in order that they may be fostered and guarded.  He said that merchants had been here from San Francisco, asking the privilege of mooring their ships at our landings, and that they were willing to add to our revenue by paying a tax for that privilege; but there is now no authority to make such an arrangement with them.  He spoke of the condition of the streets, and of the attention which should be paid to the sanitary condition of the town generally.

            James Cushing, Esq. followed in a few remarks; after which,

            Col. John Mitchell, being loudly called for, said he spoke feelingly, although comparatively a stranger, and as yet no tax payer.  But he was with the people in whatever organization they wanted; he was in favor of an organization.  He said that Marysville was destined to be a place of much importance and would be this winter and spring what she will continue to be hereafter, a depot for the northern mines.

            The Committee was about to retire when Capt. E. Powers moved that John C. Parks be added to their number. – Carried.  The Committee then retired.

            The Chair expressed a wish to hear from any person in the room.  Mr. C. S. Kasson was then called for, and although he said he was not prepared offered a few remarks, pointed and to the purpose.

            Dr. D. W. C. Rice then remarked, in answer to a call, that he had been forestalled in his remarks and therefore would say nothing.

            Dr. S. W. Peirce then spoke for a few minutes.

            Mr. Jewett said, as this is a young and fast country, and as the greater portion of its inhabitants are young men, he being one of them would make a few remarks, which he did in very good style.

            Mr. Woodruff succeeded Mr. Jewett.

            Mr. J. O. Goodwin, being loudly called for, came forward, hat in hand, and in his bland and happy manner, said truly this is a fast country; so fast, that but a few months ago this was but a ranche, and now a large white settlement; and even this morning; and even this morning was quiet, and now ere ‘tis dark, all is commotion – and for what?  To organize a city or town.  For his part he was with the people, but thought it useless to organize as a town, for in this fast country, ere three weeks would roll round all would be swept away, and a cry for a city would be the go.  Then, said he , let’s have a city charter from the start.  Mr. G. gave his views at length, and was very much applauded.

            The Committee then came forward and made the following report, which was accepted.

            The Committee appointed by this meeting, respectfully report that in accordance with what they believe to be the sentiment of the meeting, they offer the following resolution:

            Resolved, That the further action of this meeting and their Committee be postponed to Thursday evening next, at this place, at which time your Committee will make their report.

            Messrs. J. O. Goodwin and C. S. Kasson were, on motion, added to the committee to report on Thursday evening.

            The meeting was characterized throughout by good feeling.

                                                            G. N. SWEZY, Chairman

                                                            B. F. HENDERSON, W. W. SMITH, Sec’ys.

            At an adjourned meeting of the citizens of Marysville held at the United States Hotel, in reference to a city charter, on Thursday evening, 5th Dec. with G. N. Swezy in the chair.  The committee appointed at the former meeting brought in their report to organize under the act of the Legislature, as a city, which, after considerable debate by Messrs. Wheeler, Goodwin and Cosset was upon motion referred back to the Committee with instructions to prepare the draft of a special act for a city charter for the consideration of the citizens at their next meeting.  Upon motion, the meeting adjourned to Saturday evening, 14th inst., at same time and place.

                                                            G. N. SWEZY, Ch’n.

                                                            W. W. SMITH, B. F. HENDERSON, Sec’ys.


Friday December 20, 1850, page 2

City Charter – In accordance with a  vote of the meeting on Tuesday evening, we publish the draft of a city charter for Marysville, even to the exclusion of matter we desired to introduce. – Considering the importance of the subject, however, we shall offer no apology for such use of our columns.  By the way, we would state for the information of those who are anticipating increased taxation, that Mr. Ramirez, one of the largest, if not the largest property holders here, was present at the meeting and was one of the first who signed the petition for a city charter.

City Organization

            At an adjourned meeting of the citizens of Marysville, held at the United States Hotel, in reference to this subject, on the evening of the 17th, H. P. Haun, Esq., was called to the chair.  After reading the minutes of the preceding meeting, the committee was called upon for their report.  Col. R. H. Taylor thereupon read the draft for a charter for the City of Marysville.

            Mr. Ransom moved that this draft of a charter be received as the report of the committee.  Carried.

            The meeting then proceeded to consider the charter, section by section, and they were each adopted as read, except sections 18 and 20 which were slightly amended.

            R. H. Taylor offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

                        Resolved, That a copy of the charter as approved by the meeting, signed by its officers, be sent to our representative and he be requested to present and urge the passage of the same in the Legislature of the State, at as early a day as practicable, and that he be authorized to fill the blanks left in the draft of said charter.

            Upon motion, it was

                        Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the chair to receive the copy from Col. Taylor and wait upon Judge Field.

            Messrs. Ransom, Rice and J. Cushing were appointed said committee.

            It was upon motion of E. Powers Esq.

                        Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting with the copy of the charter be published in the Marysville Herald.

            The following petition was presented by R. H. Taylor and it was

                        Resolved, That the petition be adopted and be signed by the citizens of Marysville and accompany the draft to the Legislature.

To the Honorable the Legislature of

the State of California:

            The statement of your petitioners sheweth that they are qualified electors in the “town of Marysville; that at a public meeting of the citizens of said town, convened in said town on Tuesday evening, 17th December, 1850, the sentiment of the speakers and of the meeting was in favor of a city organization for said town of Marysville, and it was, after due and mature deliberation determined to apply to your Honorable body for the incorporation of the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Marysville,” in accordance with the draft of a charter herewith presented.

            And your petitioners further shew, that to the best of their information, knowledge and belief, there is a population of more than two thousand persons, the number required by the general act providing for the incorporation of cities.  And they present the annexed plot or map of the same, as required by said act.

            Your petitioners therefore ask that the town of Marysville be incorporated by your Honorable body as the “City of Marysville” under the provisions of a charter as aforesaid.  And your petitioners will ever pray.

            It was further

                        Resolved, That the chair appoint a committee of three to circulate and get signatures to the petition.

            The following gentlemen were appointed:  W. C. Smith, B. F. Henderson, John Parks.

            It was moved that those present step forward and sign the petition which was done.

            The meeting then adjourned.

                                                                        H. P. HAUN, Ch’rn.

                                                                        B. F. HENDERSON, W. W. SMITH, Sec’ys.

The Draft of a Charter for the City

of Marysville

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

            SECTION 1.  The limits of the City of Marysville shall be the same which bounded the town of Marysville, and its municipal jurisdiction shall extend to said limits over the Yuba River, to high water mark on the Southern bank of said river.

            SEC. 2.  The Executive authority of the Corporation of Marysville, shall be vested in a Mayor, who shall be chosen annually.

            SEC. 3.  The Legislative powers of the Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Aldermen, and a Board of Assistant Aldermen, to be denominated the Common Council of Marysville, who shall be chosen annually.

            SEC. 4.  The Judiciary authority of the Corporation shall be vested in the Mayor, who shall have jurisdiction in all cases of the breach of City Ordinances, and shall be vested with the powers of a Justice of the Peace.  And for such services, he shall be paid by such fees as the Council, by ordinance shall determine.

                        The rules of practice in the Mayor’s Court, shall in all cases conform to those established for the District Courts of the State, and any person feeling aggrieved by any decision in said Court, shall have the right to appeal to the County Court of Yuba County.

            SEC. 5.  The city of Marysville shall be divided into seven wards, and each ward shall elect one member of the Board of Aldermen, and one member of the Board of Assistant Aldermen.  The Common Council shall have power to increase or alter the number of wards and councilmen, by a vote of two thirds of the members elected, provided said alteration shall be made three months previous to the annual election of City officers, and provided also, that the number of wards shall never exceed the number of Aldermen to which the City is entitled.

            SEC. 6.   Every person entitled to the right of suffrage, under the Constitution of the State, who shall have been a resident of Marysville one month preceding any election for City officers, shall be entitled to vote in the ward in which he resides.

            SEC. 7.  The City shall elect one Assessor, whose duties and powers shall be prescribed by ordinances, as well as the mode and manner of appeal from undue assessment.

            SEC. 8.  The first election for City officers, shall be holden on the ______ of _____, A.D., 1851; and it shall be the duty of the Common Council then elected, to divide the City into seven wards, equalizing said wards in population as nearly as practicable.

            SEC. 9.  No person shall be eligible to the office of Mayor or Assessor unless he shall have been, at the time of his election, a resident of Marysville three months.

            SEC. 10.  No person shall be eligible to the office of a Councilman, unless he shall, at the time of his election, be a resident of the ward in which he is chosen, and shall have been a resident of Marysville three months.

            SEC. 11.  The executive business of the Corporation shall be performed by distinct departments, the heads of which shall be chosen annually at the election of the City officers, and shall be denominated the Treasurer, Street Commissioner, City Attorney, City Marshal, Police, Fire and Surveyor’s department, the subordinates or assistants of all which said officers, shall be nominated by the chief of each department and confirmed by the Common Council; except the policemen of each ward who shall be nominated by the Alderman of each respective ward, and be confirmed by the Mayor; and such subordinates shall be paid such monthly salary as the Common Council shall, from time to time, fix by ordinance.

            SEC. 12.  The annual election for City officers, shall be holden on the _____ of ____; the officers elected shall be sworn into office within five days after the election, and the oath may be administered to them by any Judge or other person, entitled by the laws of the State to administer oaths; and all the provisions of law now in force with regard to the notification, duration, and conduct of elections for members of the Assembly, and in regard to the appointment, powers and duties of inspectors holding the same shall apply to the election of City officers.

            SEC. 13.  It shall be the duty of the Mayor,

                        1st  To communicate to the Council, quarterly, a general statement of the situation and condition of the City in relation to its government, finances and improvements.

                        2d,  To recommend to the Common Council the adoption of all such measures as he shall deem expedient, relative to the police, security, health, cleanliness, and ornament of the City, and the improvement of its government.

                        3d, To be vigilant and active in causing the laws and ordinances of the government of the City to be duly executed and enforced.

                        4th, To exercise a constant supervision and control over the conduct and acts of all subordinate officers, and to received and examine into all such complaints as may be preferred against any of them for violation or neglect of duty and generally to perform all such duties as may be prescribed to him by the Charter and City Ordinances, the laws of this State and the United States.

            SEC. 14.  Whenever there shall be a vacancy in the office of Mayor, and whenever the Mayor shall be absent from the City, or shall be prevented, by sickness or any other cause, from attending to the duties of his office, the President of the Board of Aldermen shall act as Mayor, and possess all the rights, powers and duties of the Mayor during such vacancy, absence or disability.

            SEC. 15.  It shall be the duty of each branch of the Common Council to elect annually a President from its own body, and a majority of either branch of the Council shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members, in the same manner as if a quorum were present.  The Common Council shall have power to elect a Clerk and such other officers, not provided for by this charter, as they may deem necessary, and shall define the duties and affix the fees and salaries of all officers elected or appointed under this Charter.  They shall have power to determine the rule of their own proceedings, and be the judges of the qualifications of their own members.  They shall keep a Journal of their proceedings, which shall be open at all times for the inspection of the public, and shall be published in one or more of the City papers.  The meeting of the Common Council shall be open to the public, except in cases where the public welfare shall require secrecy.  And all resolutions or Ordinances calling for the appropriation of any sum of money exceeding five thousand dollars shall lie over for the space of ten days, and be published for the space of one week in one or more of the public papers of the City.

            SEC. 16.  The Corporation of Marysville shall have power to pass all needful ordinances with regard to health order, cleanliness, improvements, government, police and the general welfare of the City; to levy and collect a tax upon the real and personal estate or property, provided said tax does not exceed two per cent, upon the assessed value of said property; and also to tax, license or suppress all games of chance, public shows and theatrical exhibitions, and to collect such revenue, as may be prescribed by ordinance, from the wharves, piers or landings, within the jurisdiction of the City, for the purpose of defraying the expense of the municipality and the improvement of its streets, highways and other property.  And the Council shall annually cause an estimate of the expense of the current year to be made by each department, and the purpose for which appropriations are designed.

            SEC. 17.  Annual and special appropriations shall be made by proper ordinances of the Common Council for every branch and object of City expenditure; nor shall any moneys be drawn from the City Treasury, except the same shall have been previously appropriated to the purpose for which it was drawn.

            SEC. 18.  The Common Council shall, if they desire to borrow money upon the credit of the city, submit the subject to the citizens, and if a majority of the qualified electors vote in favor of said use of the credit of the city, the Common Council shall have authority so to use it, but not otherwise.

            SEC. 19.  It shall be the duty of the Common Council to provide for the accountability of all officers and other persons to whom the receipt and expenditure of the funds of the city shall be entrusted, by requiring from them sufficient security for the performance of their duties or trust, which security shall be annually renewed; but the security first taken shall remain in force until new security shall be given.

            SEC. 20.  Every act, resolution or ordinance, which shall have passed the Council, before it shall take effect, shall be presented, duly certified, to the Mayor of the city, for his approbation; if he approve it, he shall sign the same, if not he shall return it to the Council , within ten days thereafter, with his objections.  Upon the return of any ordinance, bill or resolution, the Common Council shall cause the objection to be entered on their Journals, and shall within ten days after the return of any such ordinance, bill or resolution, proceed to reconsider the same; if, after such reconsideration, two thirds of the members present shall approve the original bill, it shall take effect, the same as if the Mayor had approved it.  In all such cases, the vote shall be taken by ayes and nays, and the names of the persons voting for or against the passage of the measure reconsidered shall be entered upon the Journals of the Common Council, designating how each member voted.

            SEC. 21.  If the Mayor shall not return any act or ordinance, or resolution so presented to him, in the time specified, it shall take effect in the same manner as though it had been signed by him.

            SEC. 22.  The Common Council shall have power to direct a special election to fill the place of any Councilman, or officer elected or appointed under this charter, whose seat shall become vacant by death, resignation, removal or otherwise; and in such case the person so selected to supply such vacancy shall hold his seat only for the residue of the term of office of his immediate predecessor.

            SEC. 23.  The Common Council shall have power to compel the attendance of absent members, to punish its members for disorderly conduct, and to expel members with the concurrence of two thirds of the members elected; and the member so expelled, shall by such expulsion, forfeit all his rights and powers as a Councilman.

            SEC. 24.  The regular and special meetings of the Common Council shall be regulated by its own ordinances; but the regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen and the Board of Assistant Aldermen shall be held on the same evening.  The meetings of the two Boards shall be held in separate chambers, except that when the appointments are to be made, or other necessary causes may require it, the members of both branches shall meet together, and vote by joint ballot.  On all such occasions, the President of the Board of Aldermen shall officiate as chairman of the convention.

            SEC. 25.  It shall be the duty of the Common Council to publish in one or more public newspapers printed in the city, two months before the annual election of city officers in each year, for the general information of the citizens of Marysville, a full and detailed statement of the receipts and expenditures of the corporation during the year ending on the last day of the month previous to the month in which the publication is made, and in every statement the different sources of the city revenue, and the amount received from each, the several appropriations made by the Council, the objects for which the same were made, and the amount of moneys expended under each, the moneys borrowed on the credit of the corporation, the authority under which each loan was made, and the terms on which it was obtained, shall be clearly and particularly specified.

            SEC. 26.  The Common Council may be convened by the Mayor at any time when he may consider it necessary.

            SEC. 27.  The Common Council shall have power to establish and regulate markets; to establish a Board of Health; to regulate the enclosure of any common field belonging to, or within the limits of the city; to impose and appropriate fines, penalties and forfeitures for breaches of their ordinances, provided that no fine shall be imposed of more than five hundred dollars, and no offender be imprisoned for a longer term than ten days; and to pass such other by-laws and ordinances as they shall deem necessary; which by-laws and ordinances shall be published at least three weeks in one or more of the public papers of the city.

            SEC. [28].  Whenever it becomes necessary for the Corporation to take private property for the purposes of laying out or altering streets or alleys, and the Council cannot agree with the owner thereof as to the price to be paid, the Council may direct proceedings to be taken to ascertain the value of such property.

            SEC. 29.  To determine such value, a petition, in the name of the corporation, shall be presented to the County Court, at a regular term, particularly describing the property, and praying the appointment of commissioners to ascertain its value.  If the owner is a resident of the county, he shall have personal notice of the application, and of the time at which it will be presented.  If he be a non-resident of the county, the notice shall be given by publication, at least three months, in some newspaper, printed in the county.  The Court, before hearing the application, shall have satisfactory evidence that notice, as required in this section, has been given.  When the owner is a non-resident of the county, the Court may adjourn the application for such time as may be reasonable, and may direct further notice to be given.

            SEC. 30.  When satisfied that sufficient notice has been given, the Court shall by entry in its minutes, appoint five disinterested persons commissioners, to ascertain the compensation, specifying in the entry, the time and place for the first meeting of the commissioners.

            SEC. 31.  The commissioners shall be sworn to discharge their duties faithfully and impartially.  They shall view the premises, and ascertain, and certify the compensation proper to be paid to the owner of the property to be taken, and may, in their discretion, assess a reasonable sum, to be paid to the owner, for costs and expenses.  They, or a majority of them, shall make, subscribe, and file, with the County Clerk, a certificate of their assessments.  The Court, upon such certificate, and due proof, that the amount determined has been paid to the party interested, or into Court, shall cause an entry to be made in its minutes, describing the property, setting forth the ascertainment of compensation, and the payment as aforesaid.

            SEC. 32.  Upon such entry being made, the corporation shall be entitled to use, and occupy the property, as fully as if conveyed to it by the owner; a certified copy of this entry, shall be recorded in the Recorder’s office of the county, in the like manner, and with the like effect, as if it were a deed of conveyance from the owner.

            SEC. 33.  No member of the Common Council shall be entitled to draw or receive any salary or compensation for his services as Councilman.

            SEC. 34.  The officers named in this charter, or who may be hereafter elected or appointed under this charter, and whose duties and powers are not herein defined, shall perform such duties, and receive such fees or salaries, as the Council may by ordinance fix and determine.

            SEC. 35.  The corporation of the City of Marysville may grant, purchase, hold and receive property, real and personal, within said City; may lease, sell, and dispose of the same for the benefit of the City; may provide for the regulation and use of all commons belonging to the City and may have a common seal, and alter the same at pleasure; Provided, that they shall not purchase or receive any real estate, other than such lands or lots within the same, as shall be necessary for the erection thereon of public buildings, or for the laying out of streets, or public grounds, or such lands without the limits of the City as may be required for burial purposes.

            SEC. 36.  The Legislature may at any time alter or amend their charter, provided such alteration be called for by a majority of two-thirds of the members elected to the Common Council, and the amendment proposed shall be approved by a majority of the legal voters of Marysville.


December 27, 1850, page 2

The Cordua Ranche

            At this season of the year, we are apt to indulge in reveries and reflections about past events, and by-gone times; the memories of other Christmas Days, in other scenes, soon give way to the realities we have experienced in California.  Among other thoughts, the rapid growth of our cities and towns occupies a full share of our attention.  We propose to-day to give a little of the past history of Marysville, and haply, as a seer, to forshadow its destiny.

            Of the locale where Marysville now stands, we know little previous to the year 1842.  The Indian was then the sole possessor of these plains and the hills beyond.  In 1842, Michael Torreno, the then Governor of California, made a grant of land to Mr. Cordua, covering a large tract of land about the present site of the town, and extending to the foot of the hills, including about seven square leagues.  This tract then became known as the Cordua Ranche, upon which Mr. Cordua had a large number of cattle.

            On the first of October 1848, Charles Covillaud, Esq. purchased of Mr. Cordua, one half of the ranche, for the sum of $14,000.  No idea then existed that upon any part of this ranche, a flourishing town would spring up, Mr. Covillaud buying with the sole idea of using the land for grazing purposes.  On the first of January 1849, Mr. Cordua’s interest in the ranche ceased, he having then sold to Messrs. Nye and Foster, the remaining half, receiving for the same $20,000.  The next October Mr. Covillaud bought out Nye and Foster giving them $30,000 for their interest.  There had now commenced, a tide of emigration, brought hither by the wonderful gold news, which has astonished a world; still, no town had grown here, one old adobe building, a part of which now stands on the bank of the Yuba, near the Plaza, being the only habitable tenement.  The emigrants had not settled here, but had become scattered along the Yuba and Feather Rivers, above here, to some extent.

            About a month after Mr. Covillaud had obtained complete possession of the ranche by his purchase from Nye and Foster, he took into partnership with him Messrs. Ramirez and Sampson, gentlemen who had come here from Chili.  He sold them one half of the ranche.  In the month of December 1849, he sold one quarter to a French gentleman by the name of Secard; the same who gave a gold bar on Yuba River, the well known name of Secard’s Bar – pronounced Secar’s, and which by the way we have seen spelled Segar, Cigar, Secar and Sicard.  About the time of which we are speaking, (Dec. 1849.) it was thought by some that this part of the ranche would be a good point for a town, as there had become quite a population scattered in the mining region above, who must be supplied with provisions.  They had hitherto received their supplies principally from Sacramento City, although Ramirez & Sampson, and Mr. Covillaud sold goods here.  Mr. Covillaud at once adopted the idea of locating a town here, but Messrs. Ramirez & Sampson rather objected to it, saying that as merchants their sales would be interfered with, if they allowed other merchants to bring their stocks of goods here.  They did not take into consideration how much sooner the proprietors of the town would become enriched by the rise in the value of their real estate, than by selling goods.  Indeed, no one could then foresee that this little spot of earth would so rapidly rise in value and importance.  The town, however, was surveyed, notwithstanding the objections at first urged by Ramirez & Sampson.  It shortly became evident that there would be more than a paper town here; but Captain Sutter had a claim upon that very part where it was thought best to locate the town; to avoid any difficulty that might occur from this assumed claim, Mr. Covillaud paid Capt. Sutter the neat little sum of ten thousand dollars.  Mr. Covillaud bought the claim which Capt. Sutter said he had, on the fifteenth of December, 1849.  This portion of the land was situated where the most populous part of the town now lies.

            The town was at first called Yubaville.  It began to grow into notice in the latter part of January, of the present year.  Then, Yuba City, on the west bank of Feather River, opposite the mouth of the Yuba, had been laid out, and was more thickly settled than Yubaville.  Public favour, however, soon worked a great change, and the tide set in, from various reasons, to the latter place.  Some confusion arose from the similarity in the names of the two towns, and it was deemed expedient to change the name of our town, as we were the younger shoot; the change was accordingly made, and to this town was given the pretty, modest and euphonious name of Marysville, in honor of the estimable lady of Mr. Covillaud, to the liberality and foresight of which gentleman the present prosperity of the town is, in a great measure, owing.

            In the month of April or May of the present year, Mr. Secard sold his interest in the town of Marysville and the Cordua Ranche, to Mr. G. N. Swezy and Mr. R. B. Buchanan; for what sum we do not know, nor is it necessary to our purpose to state.

            Marysville is firmly established, and constantly improving, while our elder sister Yuba City remains in statu quo.  Only about one half of the tenements there are inhabited.  The rest are deserted.  The amount of business done there is very small, and the proprietors of that town are now well satisfied that it can never become a commercial point.  In justice to the place, though, we must say that it is a delightful site for a town, for family residences; and that from our knowledge of a portion of its inhabitants, we have no reason to complain of a want of hospitality and kindness.

            Marysville is one of the few towns in California, whose success is beyond peradventure.  And notwithstanding our Sacramento City and San Francisco friends attempt an occasional laugh at what they would perhaps term our vanity, as to the measure of the importance to which our town will extend.  Marysville will go on and prosper, and can well afford to have an occasional slur thrown at her, especially when, as in most cases, it proceeds from jealousy of her increasing power.


January 10, 1851, page 1

List of Letters – Remaining uncalled for in the Marysville Post Office, January 1st, 1851.  Persons calling for letters will please say they are advertised.

A – M. Abraham Absolom, Jas D Adams, Lemuel or Sam’l M. K. Adams, Richard F Adams, John or John Q Adams, C Ackerman, Alfred and Maurice Askew, Wm Algoe, Wm Ashworth, John W Ames, Maxwell Abraham, John Atkinson, Fred’k Ashton, Joseph Avery, Benj D Andrews, George Andrews, John Amberson, G B Arnold, J P Albee, Daniel Axtell, Edward F Arthur,  John G Allender, Geo W Anderson, Benj D Anderson, P F Anderson, H H Anderson, Isaac Amsden, A A Alexander, Joseph J Arringon, Alcade White, Abram Allen, Robert Allen, Harvey Allen, Thomas Q Z Allen, Dr. Benjamin or Lewis O’Neil Allen, James S. Allen 5, Assessor Bute Co.

B – Charles Baird 2, James E Birckhead, Wm H Bayley, Joseph Bailey, Wm T Bentley, William Bicks, John Benjamin, Sempronur Boyd, James S Boyd, Fredk Black, Augustus Y Blodgett, Richard B Buckner, George G Briggs, Roger S Baldwin Jr, Chas S. Bolles, Chas H Barbank 2, James Benned, George Bryant, Robert Bryant, Leonard H Bacon, Peter H Bird, Wm H Bland, Robert H Bruce, Joseph Billows, Alpha Burr, Elbert Brush, James Bennis, Rev S F Blakeslee, Wm B Barnett, Dr Wm B Brink, John David Burry, Richard Brittin, Chap Bradon, Charles Burlingame, Boadley & Wood, William D Birch, Barckley J Burns, Dr. Amos Bachelder, Wm H Bagley, James Barry, Peter T Buck, Ezra Berry, G W. Brady, M James Bell, Noble D Bradford, Emel C Bedstrap, Peyton D Bibb, Ed C Bannon, James Buford, Mathew Buttees, Andrew Brady, Bertola Blackburn, Hoshaw Mayfield, E J Bonnie, Stephen Bates, Edward Bowland 3, F M Barnes 3, Barnes & Finely, Thomas R Barnes, Thomas Binnell, James Bolton, James F Bennett, Andrew D Brown, David and others Brown, John G Brown 2, Wm W Brown, Jona D Brown, Robt D Brown, Alexander Brown, David Brown, Orrin Brown, Wm B Beed, Fendall J. Bell, David Bell 2, J F Bell, Robt F Berin, Clarke Burnham 2, John Bradshaw, John Butler 3, John B. Butler, Thomas Belfield, James J Benham 4, George Beaumont, David Bopes 2, Isiah Bits, Edward C Bannan, Wm H Bagley, Peleg N Barton, Josiah Blanchard, John T. Butler, B Bixby, Deroma Bates, Dr. I Bradley, Chas W Bradlej, Purcell Baker, William Baker, Connell Billings, Hobert Blake Jr., Charles E Blake, Ebenezer Burgess, Nathan Brooke, George A Bailey, Dr. Browdie, Roger T Boyle 2, Thomas J Bullard 2, M J Benfon 3, Joseph Byerly 3, Dr J N Bozee, Keys J Barr, Charles Birkight, R B Buchanan, M W Buster, Wm T Bently, D W Brocklebank, Dister Burnett, James Barklay, Henry Banta, C A Berger, Robt N Bruce, Mr. Bennett, Isiah Betz, Samuel Barker, David M Bean, Wm H Baldwin 5

CColusi County Assessor, J K Cowan, George Carleton 5, Monty Carleton, D C Champan or J W Brown 3, Henry S Clark, Elbridge G Clark, Francis C Clark, Joseph Clark, Charles Calkins, Sinklare Cranmore 2, Geo J Callahan, R Charlton, Geo C Chisam, B Coquillard, Horace Cozens, Jacob Colver, R Chappell, Wm Cruser, Chas F Cooper, Wilson L Carr, John A Carman, John C Cork 2, George & John Cottrill, Richd F Cahill, John Caldwell, Charles H Chim, William Carlyle 2, James Coonce 2, Wm Cunningham, Ashley Carter, Cohn & Smith, Jesse Chilton, John C Carrier, W A Cinna, George Coffin 3, Wm H Cheever, John Collins, Abram Cook, Isaac L Chapman, Howell Clark, Duncan Calhoun, M Caeron, James Croslin, M J Clanton, John Churchill 2, Benjamin Croper, William Clements, Edgar Camp, Hiram Crippin, Wm A Caudle, Robt F Coflin, John Crouch 2, John Crawford, Jesse Cross, Daniel Cowley, William Chesterfield, John C Cork, John Chase, Daniel J Cresup, John R Crandell 2, Campbell Minehead, Frank M Caldwell, Patrick Connor, John L Coon, Samuel Charkon, Theodore A Cutter, R B Coleman 2, Nathaniel Curtus, A H Conway, Capt John Cole, Jonathan Cowles 2, N J Caldwell, Egbert Cary, Nathl Clarke, Wm E Copeland, Samuel Crawford, Jocob W Chapman

DBenja Darnell, John Dick, Samuel Dick 2, Samuel H Davis, Henry Davis, Samuel H Davis, F B Davis, E G Davis, Charles E Davis, Peter Dorr, John J Dallon, Wm O Dailey, T B Darney, Josiah Dibble, James Dumbar,  W H Degre, John B Dodd Jr, John B Dodd Jr, Charles E Davis, James Duhig, Thomas Dobbins, Wm W Dobbins, Samuel P Daggett 2, Joseph Daniel 2, Russell Dickenson, Wm H Dickerson, Wm H Dickeson, Miles F Dickson, Joseph Dixon, M Dulittle, Francis Durning, Robert J Duke, James Durkey, James Devant, D Divinal, J L Duryee, W J L Duryee, Ed P Drew, Henry C Downing, W P Defrees, Thomas M Duncan, A & C Drouillard, James M Day, J A Durkee, Lewis J Dreibelbois, James S Donohoe, Zachariah Donham, Francis F Dana, Moses C Dolson, David B Dibble, David B Douten, Robt Dunham, Wm D Dauphin

E – Lowell W Edwards, David Edwards, Albert G Edwards, Francis W Ely 2, Thomas N Eastin 3, Thomas Evans, J Evans, Jabez P Evans, G C Evans, Joseph T Evans, Andrew J Ewatt 2, Capt Nathan Ellis 8, James Ellis, Geo W Earhart, Dr E Elaly, Joseph E Emeric, Joseph Elestner, John Edmonson, G D Engler, George or Robert Ennis, Freedom Eaton, Charles H Everett, D C Everts

F – Benjamin Flake 2, Orlando Fuller, A P Ferguson, George Ferguson, Seth Flaher, George W Foster, F Isaac Foster, Darius D Farnam 2, Thomas Freeman, G A Fischer, John Fish, George Fink, Riley Fenning, Barrow Fox, Daniel J Fulton, Robbert Flernoy, Thomas Fallis, G L French, Rev Austin Fuch, Mathew V B Fowler, Albert G Franklin, Capt Joe Freeland, William P Fonda, John Fullerton, James B Floyd, Robert J Flournoy

G – John or Elzy Griffin, Henry Ganahl, Horace S. Grover 2, Moses Glynn, John Graham 4, Dr. John B Garland 2, Norval Garland, Theo Garnett, Wm F Garr, John Geldhauser, N Gervin, Samuel B Gridley, Lewis Garrison, Benj T Graves, Thos L Granberry, L Z Crigsby, A J Gray, Allen Greer 3, Orville Greer, Thomas M Criff, Alfred D Goyer, Amasa L Gardner, Abelard Gusturie, Isaac N Gilbert 2, Nathaniel Gove, Wm or Larkin Graham, Jonas Green, Joseph D Gage, Capt or J. Cooper Gara, Gardner or Chas H Waters, P T Gass, Thomas M Gordon, Thomas Gordon, Judson A Gustis 2, Jesse Grice, Wm Garman, Wynkoop Gilkigson, Robt S Gray, George Gwynn, Francis M Gibson, Moses Grienier, W C Grigory, John S Gunion, Theodore Garrett, Sampson P Grigsby

H – John H Humphreys, James Howison, John Horan, Theo Harris 10, Dewitt Hurd, M A Hart, Oliver Hart, Chas Hasler 2, Geo B Harvey, S J Henderson, Almanzar Holland, John Harter, Benja Harrison, John Hatch, Arthur Hatch, Oliver Hast, John P Haines 2, Columbus J Hubbard, Ralph Howard, Geo F Harden, John Hankey, Carey Hopson, John or Balser Hupp, John Hough, Martin Hinsdale, James Holohan, Geo C Hurd, John R Holloday, Peter Hogan, Charles H Haskell, Alfred E Hoget, James T Hopkinson, Haskell & Coburn, N M Harris, Henry P Howe, Thomas B Hope 2, Simpson D Huffaker, M Hiroemous, David Hobson, T A Hereford, R O Harrison, Wm Hacklewards, Asa N Holbrook, H E Hurlburt, William Henry, Philip Hinklee, John Holding, J B Harris, Daniel Hurff, Wm S Hichcox 3, James Hitchcock, Norman Hudson 2, Alexr Hays, Albert J Hall, J W Y Hugghart, David Herlyle, Ambrose Hall, S W Higgins, Fenton Henderson, Columbus Henderson, Robert Honten, James Houchins, J E Higgins 2, James Hover, Thomas J Howser, E A Hilby 2, M Hamilton, J W Hallse, M Harper, J E Harper, R Heinin, Dr T Hardy, Harris & S_____, J. Hurton, Arthur Hatch, A M Hoyt, B A Harrison, James B Hess, Geo W Hess, M Hollingsworth, J P Hargrave, Henry A Hodgdon, L or O Judd Houghton, J H Huntreville, James Hughes, Candie Hood & Co 3

IJ – Samuel Irwin, Michael Irwin, Michael Jones, William Jones, Newell Jones, Hiram A Jones, Albert Jones, Joseph B Jones, Benjamin Jones, James Jenkins, Robert Jenkins, James B Jenkins, John Joy, John P Joy, J J H Hennison, John Jennison, Marshall Jennison, Calvin Jackson 3, Capt Edward Jackson 3, J Jackson, John J Johnson, E C Johnson 5, J W Johnson, Joseph A Johnson, Clark Johnson Jr 2, Jacob Johnson, John O Johnson, B J Johnston, Albert Jessop, John H Jarvis, M Jacquet, M Joseph & Co, John Jeames, M M Jilli, Charles M Jacobs

K – John M Kew 2, C S Kasson 2, George V Knight 3, Francis P Knight, William Knox 2, E W King 2, Dr. John King 2, Samuel Kelley, Dr. George Keller, John Kolbern, John G Kahlman, H Kenedy, William Kane, James A Kingsbury, S Kirkpatrick,  Israel G Knowles, M Keating, Benjamin Kyandale, Samuel Kendall, Edward Kellin, James Kurnam, James S Kellam, William H Kennerson, Lewis Kenshaw, Samuel M Keifer, Joseph Kerns


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L – John Liscum 2, Frank C Loomis 3, John S Lankin, Ezra Lamkin, Chas N Lamison 2, Love, Wilson, Challon, Tyreee & Co., William Love, John S Love, George Love, Wm B Lewis, Capt Lewis, William E Lewis, Rufus Lockwood 3, W C Lambert 2, Amos G Lawrence, G W Larimore, G Linville, H H Lacy, F Lawton, M D Levy, Alexander E Lennox, Andrew Loferos, Dr John Lark, Lathrop & Rockwell, John Losey, Augustus J Langworthy, O Lagrange, O Logan, Anderson Logan, J R Lamerick, James Leavitt, Robert Lacey, Charles Linsley, Mr Laborn, Mr Levi, James Littleton, John Lane, E H Leonard

M – John J Mathews, James Mathews, John B Moore, Jonas Moore, Lee Martin 2, John Merryman, Andrew Merryman, Dennis Murphy 2, Mathew Morris, Morris & Belfield, Edwin L Melbourne 2, William F Meadbery, John H Magruder 2, W A Mead, Albert G Mead, George W Myer 3, R Murry, James Gleason Murry 3, Benjamin H Miller, Mr Miller, G or G M A Miller 2, Durney Miller, Alexander May, Thomas G Marcklay, Jerome W Marsh, A B & H Meacham, Francis Malone, C R Maynard, George H Mason, James B Murray, John Morrow, Abram Minges, Benjamin Maxfield, William Mordecai, Geo G Marquis, Samuel Murdock, James Mott, Foster N Mott, Capt Thomas Moone, Robert Muir, Harrison Meecam, R W Mannon, Francis M Muam, Hezekiah Morris, Wm F Miller, William Mock, William Moss, J W Maddox, Lyman G Marlen, Maton Maxwell, Smith Michell, Mace Moulton, John B Melnon, W W Mordecia, Walsingham Mather, Adam Metce, William Mallony, Stephen Mady, Francis S Malone, James Martin, William M McCaffry, William P McCaffry, James W McGuire, William McGuire, Dr William McMurtry 4, Wm S McGibbony 2, James McFarlan, Thomas B McFarlan, Edward W McEarty 2, Horton McNab 2, Mr McNab, Samuel McDonough, John A McFormick, Robert McQueen, William McFerson, William McCaffry, James McCormack, J McSumner, Dr A C McKeen, James McKeown, William McKinney, N McMinn, John McLeish Jr, George McCurdy, R F McCoffin, Donald McClearry, Jamee McDuffie, Samuel McKenzie, Wm McKeag, Alfred McMillen, John Miller

N – William Noble 4, Elizar Noble, Aaron Newman, S P Newman, James Nichols, John Nichols, Capt Geo Norton, Col J H Noteward, James H Noteware, Patrick Narin, Alexander S Nugent, Samuel Neal, Hosea Norris

O – Edward M Osborn, Martin Osborn 2, Samuel B Oshowrn, James C O’Bryon 2, L O’Donnell 2, John O’Callahan 2, R & J Owen, John M Oberchon 2, Daniel C Oakes, John O’Butler, Harrison Oliver, George Olcott, John W O’Laughlin, Ruben Oliver

P – Charles Pierce 2, David Pierce, Lorenzo D Pierce, Dr. Richard Parran 4, Alex Palmer 2, A T Palmer, James Taylor Patterson, William Kirk Patterson, W A Patterson, Aulis Patterson, W Patterson Patterson, Caleb R Patterson, William Pickering 3, Judge John Pearson, George Pearson 3, E W Parsells 5, Elva Poorman, Jas W Patton, Stephen Parratt, John Pogue, John Peters, John Powell, Samuel P Pope, John T Poland, John Parr, Simon Parshaal, Isiah Porter, S Platner, Jefferson Pryfress, William Punes, David Porter, Fredrick Phillips, James Pettigrew, W I Price, William F Pegg, James H Parkhurst, Washington Porter, Thomas Phillips, James Pattie, James Pettigrew, Edward Petron, Dr H W Peter, M Pinchard, Robert C Percevale, John H Peake, Ebenezer Pepperell, John Pinckney

Q – Robert Quinn, John Quayle, H B Queyley

R – Albert C Robbins, Mosley O Robbins, A J Rugh, Jackson Rugh, Uriae Russell, David C Russell, Martin Russell, Theodore Russell, David Robinson, Thomas Robinson, Thederis W Robinson, Edward Robinson, Wm B Reed 4, Wm H Reed, Simcon L Reed 2, James C Reed, Hiram R Reed, John B Reed, Parmerio A Rodgers 4, Dr L M Rodgers 2, P A & A M Rodgers, Joseph H Rodgers 3, V M O Richardson, C Richardson, D J Ridgway, Lumner W Robins, William E Riddle, J J Rennis, J G Reiff, Ardemas Rigby, Hugh Runey, Joseph C Reiley, John W Ryan, A J A Rooker, Henry T Riely, D B Ramsey, John Landers Rand, John H Rountree, James A Reynalt, John Roundtree, Peter Riker, Henry or Fred Reeves, H E Richmond, John B Rosebrough, Edward Romero, Reynolds & Rose, Skelton Right, G W Ripperly, S Reinhart, James Rosseter, P A Rosenberger, Edward S Rockwell, Clark Reese, David Roach, John Rows

S – Edward Shephard, Timothy Sawyer, Sereno F Sawyer 2, Nicholas Swann 2, N & P Swann 3, James Stewart, Moses Stuart 2, Mr Stuart, Daniel Sill 2, Henry D Spear, Joshua H Spear, Geore T Stocky, Scholl & Helve, James M Sanford, John F Slebaria, William Sevurn, Mr Stigger, Peter Servie, Mr Sinnot, Hanry L Snively, Isaac Seyaushey, Joshua C Sargent, John C Stout Jr, Levi Scott, J D Sternberger, Benjamin T E Stoddert, James H Sherman, Wm Hooper Sheldon, Francis Shattuck, Walter Sackett, P G Spencer, Basil Shelton, M Stoudenien 5, Walter Sackett, Philip J Spencer, Robert Slivey, Joseph C Stocking, S A Sutter, S P Sumner, Stephen H Squires, John Stenel, Henry H Stanley, J E Stephenson, E Sopes, Richard H E Sheilds, George Stuegg, Marten A Schellhouse, S W Shaw, Fred B Simonds, Leverett R Stevenson, Jesse C Sheil, Andrew Simon, Henry Stone, Samuel E Shatton, John Staal Jr, Edmond Scammon, Dr J D Steinberger, Thomas Shannon, County Judge of Shasta, John Stroke, Oliver Scudder, E J Stoddert, David Santom, Wm D Streed, Samueal Scinerly, Wm E Snaer, William Sake, Christian Scholl, William Stern, Wm Stokes, Samuel A Sylar, David Santom, John Steche, Samuel B Samson, Edmand Scanamon, W C Stevenson, Orlando Sewer, Stephen Skinkle, Philo G Spencer, Wm Stokes, John C Smidley, A Sites, John H Sears, L J Shearl, Daniel Stevens, F Strong, Freeman Sewell, Edward Strode, Henry H Smith 2, John Smith 2, Joseph J Smith 4, Jas N Smith, George Smith, Andrew Smith, F M Smith, John G Smith, Henry Smith, L Smith, Alanson P Smith, A W Smith, Charles F Smith, W H H Smith, Orvin V Smith, Asahee Smith 2, J G Smith, Cora Smith, James S Smyth, E Smyth, Loring Symnes

T – Wm H Tippit 2,  Squire D Turner, James M Turner, Alexander Turner 2, Jared H Trask, Samuel Thompson, James Thompson, John W Thompson, Mr Thompson, Samuel Thurston, Thomas J Thurston, James L Taylor 3, Samuel M Taylor, William Taylor, Francis H Taylor, S L Taylor, A J Taylor, Edward Taylor, John Taylor, John E Thomas, W S Thomas, Henry K W Tilton, Wm Wallace Tinket, James C Tolman, Robert Thomer, R Tull, B F Tebbs, John Terwilleger, William M Townsend, Peter Tietsort, John Tresper, George Tagg, Tilley, Mr. Twichell, Dr William Todd, W H Trimble, County Judge of Trinity, Thomas Terands, Joseph R Tanner, William Towle, P M Tyler

UV – Wm L Upham, Ansel Upham, H Uttig, Lewis Van Reed, Josiah Venable, William Vanderburgh, James R Vance, James R Vengard, Peter W Van Winkle, James Veckery, Wm J Van Denson, Thomas Vories, Henry L Van Scoy

W -  Robert E Warren, Samuel Warren 2, Lewis Wagner 2, L M Walten 2, J S Wright, Shelton Wright, Ira Williams, John H Williams, Salomon Williams, Richard Walch, John Welch 3, Geroge M Webster, Webster & McKenzie, Joseph Webster, William M Webster, Jeremiah Wood, Horace Wood, Henry R Wood, John H Washburn, Lysander Washburn, Parsons L Washburn, Hiram Wasson 3, Thomas Ward, Ira Ward, J C Walker, William S Walker, Lewis Walker, Andrew Walters 2, Charles Henry Walters 2, J Clinton White, Samuel Warren White, George White, Andrew J White, Joshua Wilson, Lemuel Wilson, William P Wilson, Henry Wilson, George Wilson, William Wilson, F B Wilson, Robert C Wilson, Thomas C Wilson, Jessee Wilson, John S Wilson, Jacob T Williamson, Peter Wolfe, Allen Walters, Dr Wiegand, Vitus Wackenreuder, Watts & Dorsey, J G Wetmore, Richard Wemple, E T Wilkins, Robbert Wallerman, R P Willett, L & F Woodward, John G Whitcomb, Mathew W Webber, W Wingfield Wilder, John Wilt, John Williamson, G Worth, Joseph Wisecarver, Edwin J Whaling, Albert Warthen, Joseph F Whitney, John C Welde, George Wennee, George M Wrenno, J W West, F S Weeks, Richard E Wemple, David Wooster, John Wearey, C H Wallace

Y – George E Young, Wm C Young 5, Samuel Young Jr 2, Hezekiah Young, Jacob Yokum, Josiah Yeekley, Alexander Yates, W or L York


            Miss Mary C Alison, Mrs. Nancy Davis, Mrs. Mary E E Manville, Mrs. Moody, Mrs. Ames Maury, Mrs. Mary S Morgan, Emma Smith, Mrs Ware, Marthy Olas, Mrs. Nancy Lear


            Frederick Soto Aguilar 2, J B C Charral, Chretien, E Celhay, Desmas, Joseph Froissard, Evariste Frauchere, Samuel Founik, Gadel, E. Gurchard, Eugene Germain 2, G Gonzales, Guargourski, G Groesinger, Otto Hirckstadt, Raymonn Healin, Madame Laubier 3, M L Leclere 2, H S Lesrsnski, A A Mace, Joseph Markel, Pierre Martelle, F. Meier, Pauena Mogen, Le Docteur T Munais, Nicholas Peirrong, John Rathzeb, John S Rueger, M T Kamer Ritschard, Pinjanin Rochat, Theodore Secare, Slomowski, John Swatzenbourg, John Sleche, Bernhard Schneider, John Verra, For Dr Waton, Jacob Larlinden, Don Jose Maria Lagueta


March 11, 1851, page 2

            In order to introduce the proceedings of last evening in the Common Council, and the excellent message of Mayor Miles, we dispense with a leader to-day, and trust that our readers will readily excuse us therefor.

The First Meeting of our Common Council

            This body met last evening at 8 o’clock in the Court House.  The following gentlemen appeared, presented their certificates of election, and Judge Haun administered the oath of office to them:  Aldermen Ransom, Stambaugh, Shaeffer, Tallman, Smith, Rice, and Covillaud.  Absent, Ald. Tompkins.

            Ald. Ransom called the meeting to order and moved that Ald. Rice take the chair as President pro tem.  Carried.

            Ald. Shaeffer nominated Ald. Tallman as Clerk pro tem.  Adopted.

            Ald. Shaeffer moved to proceed to the election of President.  Carried.

            The chair appointed Ald. Stambaugh and Shaeffer as Tellers of the election.

            Ald. Shaeffer nominated Ald. Ransom as President, who was unanimously elected and took his seat, and delivered an appropriate address.

            Ald. Shaeffer moved that Mr. R. H. Taylor be admitted within the bar on the part of the Marysville Herald.  Carried unanimously.

            Ald. Stambaugh moved to appoint a committee of two to wait upon the Mayor elect and inform him that the Board is organized and ready to proceed to business.  Carried.  And the chair appointed Ald. Shaeffer and Rice.

            In a few minutes the Mayor appeared with the committee, and the President yielded his seat.

            Ald. Ransom moved that the election of Clerk be gone into.  Carried.

            Ald. Shaeffer nominated as Clerk of the Common Council for the ensuing year, Mr. R. H. Taylor, who was unanimously elected and took his seat.

            His Honor the Mayor called the President to the chair and presented him with the official copy of the charter, and his certificate of election, together with the following message:

The Mayor’s Message.

            Gentlemen of the Common Council of the City of Marysville.

            Feeling deeply grateful for the suffrages of our fellow citizens who have elevated me to the office of Mayor of this city, and I may add without affectation, one of the most important commercial points in California, I deem it my duty to state in brief, my views upon the subjects to come before you as a body, whose action may affect the future destiny of this fast growing city.

            You are well aware gentlemen, that San Francisco and Sacramento cities have been burdened with heavy and onerous taxation, in part arising from hasty and ill-advised municipal legislation.  These burdens, as the example is before you, you can easily avoid by an economical expenditure of the moneys of the city and by passing such ordinances as will compel such person to pay his proportion of the city tax.

            It also occurs to me, that the tax to be imposed, should be as light as possible, and that in no case the city should incur indebtedness, not within her ability to meet but that the taxes nevertheless should be sufficient in estimate and collection, to cover all projected improvements, such as grading and cleansing the streets, making levee and such other improvements which in your wisdom you may decide upon.

            Permit me to call attention to the fact, that the front of the levee is continually occupied by trading boats, who, as a general thing, pay no tax whatever, and who are mere free traders, paying nothing towards the support of the county or town.  As an act of justice to our merchants, this should be so arranged, that each boat should pay a fair proportion of wharfage, and license to sell goods, wares and merchandise.

            Regarding steamboats and other large vessels, a regular rate of wharfage should also be established.  This subject, as well as the question of licenses, is a matter for your wise deliberation.  As Mayor, I can only recommend them to your favorable notice; I cannot dictate.

            By reference to section 6th of the third article of the charter, you will find specially indicated, the duties of the Common Council, among them you will observe an article to regulate a city police.  That some provision of the kind is required, no citizen of Marysville can question.  The frequent robberies, thefts, and other crimes committed almost daily, require something which will have a tendency, at least, to arrest such outrages at once.

            The exposed position of the city as regards fire, also requires attention.  We have thus far been peculiarly favored from the effects of this scourge, but no person can tell how long this exemption may continue.  At midnight perhaps, it may assault us when there is no water nearer than the Yuba, and in blocks where every foot of boards and canvas are of combustible material.  It such case it is always better to prevent the evil than to conquer it, when it makes its appearance.  I therefore recommend that the Common Council take proper steps to provide for a prevention of fires by the appointment of persons to inspect each and every house in the city to ascertain whether it is exposed to fire by negligently setting stove pipes, and to provide that each housekeeper shall provide a fire bucket or buckets with water sufficient, as the inspectors of ordinances shall deem just and right; and also to provide for the organization of a fire department, and to furnish suitable apparatus therefor.

            You will also remark a clause in the charter, giving to the Common Council power to remove obstructions to the navigation of Yuba river, from its mouth to the upper landing on the Plaza.  This improvement is much needed for the commerce of the city, and if the Council deem it expedient should in view of the low stage of water expected the ensuing summer, be effected if possible.  In connection with this subject, I would also recommend the passage of a resolution by the Council respectfully asking an appropriation from the Legislature, to remove the obstructions in Feather river from the mouth of the Yuba to the junction of the former with the Sacramento.

            I also beg leave to call your attention to the 9th section of the 2nd article of the charter, which says that “no person shall be entitled to vote at any city election who is not a white male citizen of the United States, and who has not been a resident of this State one year, and of the city, six months previous to the election,” seems to conflict with the Constitution of the State of California, guaranteeing the right of suffrage under that instrument, and as some disadvantages may result to the city, I would recommend that the Council by resolution, respectfully ask the Legislature so to amend it, that this provision may be in conformity with the Constitution.

            Gentlemen: - It was ascertained some months past, that the rapid growth and increase of business demanded a city organization, sufficiently effective to protect and secure the rights and position of those who had adopted Marysville as their future home.  In this spirit an assemblage of the people took place, in which it was agreed that it was expedient that Marysville be incorporated into a city, and a charter was drawn up and adopted by the people, to be sent to the Legislature to be legalized.  This, with some unimportant modifications and amendments of the original draft, became a law on the 5th of February last, and under that law the first charter election was held for municipal officers, on the first Monday of March, inst.  That election, gentlemen, has placed you and myself in the position which we now occupy.  In assuming the duties thus imposed upon us, we should not be unmindful of the responsibility which rests upon us, nor of the expectations of our fellow citizens.

            The almost astounding growth of our city has not only attracted the attention of correct observers in California, but also the Eastern States.

            Where but little more than a year ago stood but one house, now stands spread out a beautiful city on a plain with an active and suburban population, and the city itself teeming with industrious and busy men, with a daily and increasing commerce, and which I fully believe will, in a short time become the second city of importance in our adopted State.

            Contiguous to the mines of the prolific Yuba and Feather rivers, as well as the small streams and ravines in their vicinity, it become you, gentlemen, through your wisdom, to establish a course of action by which not only the present but the expected future increase of trade may be realized.

            Permit me gentlemen in conclusion, to remark that it is my sincere wish that our councils may be both harmonious and useful, and in all your acts having for their object the prosperity of the city and the various interests of our fellow citizens, you will find in me an ardent co-operator.                                                  S. M. MILES

City of Marysville, March 10, 1851

            The certificate of the Mayor’s election and qualification thereon was read by the clerk.

            The following named gentlemen were appointed on standing committees of the Common Council, for the ensuing year, viz: -     

            On Streets and Roads, Ald Tompkins, Rice and Stambaugh

            On Ferries and Bridges, Ald. Shaeffer and Tompkins

            On Licenses, Ald. Ransom, Tallman and Covillaud

            On Finance, Ald. Tallman, Ransom and Covillaud

            On Ordinances, Ald. Rice, Tompkins and Stambaugh

            On Salaries and Fees, Ald. Covillaud, Tallman and Shaeffer

            On Police, Ald. Ransom, Smith and Rice

            On Fires, Ald. Smith, Tallman and Stambaugh

            On Judiciary, Ald. Ransom, Rice and Tompkins

            On Public Buildings and Grounds, Ald. Covillaud, Stambaugh and Tallbaugh [sic]

            On Elections, Ald. Rice, Stambaugh and Smith.

            Ald. Ransom moved that the charter be read by title, which was carried and the clerk accordingly so read it.

            The Mayor then retired, and the President resumed his seat.

            Ald. Shaeffer moved to go into election for Treasurer for the ensuing year, when Ald. Stambaugh nominated Louis Cunningham, who was unanimously elected.

            Ald. Rice moved to proceed to the election of Assessor for the ensuing year, which was carried, when Ald. Shaeffer nominated B. S. Olds, who was unanimously elected.

            Ald. Rice moved to proceed to the election of City Attorney.  Carried.

            Ald. Smith nominated Mr. S. B. Mulford.  Ald. Tallman nominated Mr. F. J. McCann who received five votes and Mr. Mulford one.

            Ald. Rice moved to proceed to the election of City Marshall for the ensuing year.

            Ald. Shaeffer nominated Albert Miller.

            Ald. Smith nominated A. T. McDonald.

            Mr. Miller received 4 votes, and Mr. McDonald 2.

            Ald. Shaeffer offered a motion that the following be the order of business for the Common Council of Marysville for the ensuing year.

1.      Roll call.

2.      Reading of the minutes.

3.      Reception of reports.

4.      Resolutions.

5.      Petitions

6.      Unfinished business.

7.      Adjournment.

which was adopted.

Ald. Shaeffer offered the following:

            Resolved, That the subject of procuring a suitable room for the future sessions be referred to committee on Public Buildings and Lands.  Adopted.

            Ald. Shaeffer moved that a committee of one from each Ward be appointed for the purpose of drafting bye-laws for the government of the Common Council for the ensuing year.  Carried, and the Chair appointed the following committee:

                        Chairman, Ald. Stambaugh; 2d Ward, Ald. Shaeffer; 3d Ward, Ald. Rice; 4th Ward, Ald. Covillaud; and the board adjourned to Tuesday evening, 18th March at 7 o’clock.