With a bag of 142 ducks, which he shot on the Alvarado marshes, James Boyd of San Francisco, congratulated himself on the success of the days’ sport. But he failed to reckon with Deputy Game Warden J. Rose and L. Pape of Alvarado. As a result his little shooting expedition cost him $25 yesterday when he appeared before Justice of the Peace C. Prowse of Hayward.

The Oakland Tribune, January 1, 1913


(From The Woodland Daily Democrat)

The sugar beet crop will be planted in Yolo County nearly two months earlier than it was last year. As practically all of that land is irrigated a large crop is assured whether the rainfall is sufficient or not.

The Woodland Daily Democrat, Woodland, California, January 3, 1913

Liquor License:

T. S. Mello, an application for a liquor license in Alvarado was protested by Miss G. R. Crocker, Chairman of the Civic Committee of the Washington Township Country Club based on technical grounds. A hearing has been set.

The Oakland Tribune, January 6, 1913

Escaped Lunatic:

Information has been received that Edward Delancy, an escaped lunatic from Agnew's State Hospital last Wednesday, is heading for this district. He was last seen in the vicinity of the Alvarado marshes. Sheriff Barnett and a posse are on the trail of the demented man, and have been scouring the neighborhood the countryside in this area for the past few days.

The Oakland Tribune, January 27, 1913

Liquor License Granted:

T. S. Mello, Alvarado, no protest

The Oakland Tribune, February 1, 1913

Beautiful Panorama:


I have seen no comment anywhere on the remarkable atmospheric conditions, which prevailed on Saturday of last week. I happened to be in Piedmont on Saturday afternoon and was amazed to note the clearness with which distant hills could be distinguished.

A gentleman who was with me pointed out various peaks with which he was familiar with in the coast range and far to the south Mt. Hamilton was plainly visible. Nearer at hand the Alvarado hills (Coyote Hills?) could be seen very distinctly.

Thus from Mt. Tamalpais on the north to Mt. Hamilton in the south, the eye ranged over a vast expanse embracing at least one hundred square miles. I think people in general scarcely appreciate this marvelous panorama, which is spread before the eyes

The Oakland Tribune, February 5, 1913


George Adams of Oakland was up around Alvarado several days ago and managed to bring in a good bag of canvasbacks and bluebills.

The Oakland Tribune, February 16, 1913


The Alameda Sugar Company has sold 6.3 acres of its land on its Alameda Sugar Company’s Fair Ranch at Alvarado to Tony D. Luiz

The Oakland Tribune, February 20, 1913

Alameda Eagles:

A large number of Alameda Eagles journeyed to Alvarado last night in a big “sight seeing” expedition. The Alameda degree team put on the work of initiating a class in the Alvarado Lodge. Afterwards everyone treated to a large banquet.

The Oakland Tribune, March 4, 1913

Liquor License:

L. Hansen, Alvarado

The Oakland Tribune, March 10, 1913

Niles Carnival:

The contest for Queen of the Niles Carnival is now in full swing, and will continue so until closing on March 15th. The list of fair competitors consists of twenty-five young ladies of Washington Township. The contestants from Alvarado are Beryl Farley, Mamie Amaral, Minnie Rose and Dorothy Ford.

The Oakland Tribune, March 11, 1913

Bank Robbery:

Five bandits armed with powerful searchlights and rifles stood off all interferences of the part of citizens in Alvarado at an early hour this morning, when they dynamited the vaults of the Bank of Alameda County in an effort to gain access to $27,000 in gold and silver.

With the building shattered and the heavy vaults wrecked, the two men working on the inside of the institution were forced to leave with but $19.20 in spite of the fact that the greater amount was in sight through forced steel doors. They could not move the doors, which had blown inward instead of outward and with daylight threatening and the alarm spreading into the surrounding country, they abandoned their efforts.

Constable G.G. Bontelho was held a prisoner in his home across from the bank. Three men stood guard about the building flashing their searchlights upon neighboring doors and windows whenever a head appeared. Their threats were backed up by frequent shots from their rifles and sawed-off shotguns. Telephone wires were severed before the men commenced their operations.

From the information garnered by Sheriff Barnet, who went to the scene several hours later when he received word of the robbery, the five bandits had entered Alvarado shortly before 3 o’clock this morning.

The Oakland Tribune, April 5, 1913

Bank Robbery:

While yeggs (safe-crackers) held off an armed crowd from the town of Alvarado, three of their companions set off seven explosives in the vault of the Alvarado bank. The last explosion jammed the wrecked door of the vault where a receptacle containing $27,000 in gold was kept. The men were only able to secure $19 from the bank. They escaped in an auto into the hills where a posse is now hunting for them.

The robbery was the most sensational in this part of the state. The boldness of the robbers took the populace by surprise and no attempt was made to fire on them until they were leaving the city although many of the frightened citizens were armed.

The Modesto Evening News, Modesto, California, April 5, 1913

Bank Robbery:

The bank robbers that blew up the vault of Bank of Alameda County in Alvarado took several precautions to gain time for an escape. The bandits cut the telephone wires into and out of town, and then went to the Southern Pacific Train Depot and cut the telegraph wires. Finally they went to the Hose House of the Fire Department and dismantled the town’s general alarm.

One of the peculiar freaks in connection with the dynamiting was shown when a piece of the steel door weighing eight pounds was hurled through a bank window, cut off two branches of a nearby tree and dropped through the roof into the attic of an adjacent building.

At the time the dynamiting was going on it was raining hard and townspeople who heard the blasts stated that they could only see dim forms through the windows of the bank.

The Oakland Tribune, April 5, 1913

Bank Robbery:

The automobile used in the Bank of Alameda County robbery on April 5th has been found on Brokaw Road in San Jose. Found in the car were raincoats taken from the SP Depot in Alvarado and a bottle of nitroglycerin. It is theorized that at least two of the safe crackers boarded a train for San Francisco.

The Oakland Tribune, April 6, 1913

Constable Bontelho:

Where was Constable G. G. Bontelho of Alvarado during the early hours of Saturday morning, when five yeggmen aroused the entire town during the hour that they placed seven charges of nitroglycerin in the Bank of Alameda County’s vault, the explosions shaking the country for miles around?

It is a question that puzzles Sheriff Barnett and other officials who are working on the case in an effort to apprehend the bold robbers, who finally gave up the job and drove away in an automobile, leaving $27,000 in gold exposed in the open vault.

Constable Bontelho explained that he was asleep in a building directly across the street from the bank, and that he did not hear the explosions, although they were sufficiently powerful enough to knock down pictures on walls in adjacent buildings.

The Oakland Tribune, April 7, 1913

Around Town:

Mr. George Beebe left Sunday afternoon for Walnut Creek, where he has accepted a position in a general merchandise company. He will have charge of the concern in the absence of the proprietor who will be in Europe.

Mrs. Robie and Mrs. Farley returned from Sacramento Sunday night.

Mrs. Ralph and Miss Anne Lowrie were in Oakland on Tuesday.

Mr. & Mrs. Carmichael of San Francisco were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. Dees Monday.

Miss Ida Terra is on the sick list suffering from a sprained ankle.

Mrs. King of Newark visited her parents here the first of the week.

Miss Celeste Bunker spent Sunday in Newark.

Mr. A Morris spent Tuesday & Wednesday in the city.

Mr. & Mrs. Brown and children, who have been visiting Mrs. Richmond, returned to their home in Crockett this week.

Mrs. McCarty is enjoying a visit with old friends in Placerville. She will remain there two weeks.

Miss Maud McCarty is at home enjoying a two-week vacation from her teaching duties in St. Helena.

The Baron family, former residents of Alvarado, motored through town Tuesday and stopped for a short visit with old friends here and also in Centerville.

O. B. Barth is enjoying a two-week vacation.

Mr. George Rose and Tom Flores were in Oakland Sunday.

Mrs. Turner of Oakland is visiting her parents Mr. & Mrs. Lund in Alvarado this week.

Mr. & Mrs. A. R. Joyce of San Francisco spent Sunday with Mrs. Joyce.

A number of Alvarado ladies are guests today at a birthday party in honor of Mrs. Ralph Richmond of Hayward.

Mrs. Joe Luna and Miss Mary Duarte spent the weekend with relatives in Decoto.

Miss Minnie Flores spent Sunday in Oakland.

George Hellwig returned Monday from a week’s stay at Byron Hot Springs.

Mr. & Mrs. Granger were in town Tuesday.

Mrs. Allguire is spending the week with Mrs. Wiegman.

Mrs. J. Rose visited Saturday and Sunday with her mother in Hayward.

The Oakland Tribune, April 12, 1913

News Note:

Mrs. T. E. McCarty has returned home Wednesday from a several week visit with relatives in Placerville.

The Mountain Democrat, Placerville, California, May 10, 1913


Sold to J. Vargas and T. Vargas (wife) 18.64 acres of land in Alameda Sugar Company’s Fair Ranch at Alvarado.

The Oakland Tribune, June 2, 1913

Alvarado Eagles:

A large contingent of members from the Alameda Aerie of Eagles attended the installation meeting of Alvarado officers and the barbeque that followed yesterday. The Alameda Aerie brought its drum corps with them. They arrived by train.

The Oakland Tribune, June 2, 1913

Bank Robbery:

In the arrest of Frank Smith, alias Lederer, alias Bryce, and an ex-convict, in Santa Rosa yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Barnett believes that he has apprehended one of the men who dynamited the safe in the Bank of Alameda County at Alvarado on April 5th last. He is charged with robbing a store on Fillmore St., San Francisco, which he and confederates entered by sawing a hole in the floor of a rooming house above the establishment. They attempted to blow the safe but failed.

In the Alvarado job, the yeggmen obtained a small amount, but were unable to reach $27,000 in gold, which was inside an inner door they were unable to open after the explosion. Entering Alvarado in an automobile the yeggmen severed all telephone and telegraph wires, removed the fire alarm bell from the engine house and worked for two hours during a very heavy rainstorm.

The Oakland Tribune, June 5, 1913

Around Town:

Mrs. W. S. Robie spent Monday in Oakland.

J. M. Scribner was visitor in Oakland and San Francisco on Thursday.

The Eagles have their posters out for their dance in the IOOF Hall for Sunday.

Mrs. J. H., Ralph entertained a few of the old friends of Mrs. Robert McNorris on Thursday.

Mrs. A. Dees, who has been on the sick list for the past week, is reported to be much better.

Miss Mildred Jackson of Oakland spent Saturday and Sunday of last week with Miss Beryl Farley.

F. C. Harvey, who has been on crutches for the past two weeks, is now able to be about without them.

The Oakland Tribune, June 8, 1913

Deputy Coroner Found Dead:

George Bontelho, undertaker and deputy coroner of Alvarado, was found dead in his room at his place of business yesterday by one of his employees. He was 39 years old. Heart failure was pronounced to be the cause of death. He was unmarried.

The Oakland Tribune, June 9, 1913


(From The Woodland Daily Democrat)

It is reported that a right of way for a branch line connecting Woodland and Meridian has been obtained by the Northern Electric. The line will run through the Fair ranch (Yolo County) and district 108, and along the west side of the river to the Meridian Bridge connecting with the line soon to be opened between Marysville and Colusa. The proposed will be an important one, as it will open up a large area of fertile land that is not at the present time in direct touch with the market.

It will undoubtedly be a great boost to the sugar beet industry in that portion of the valley, as it will give growers easy access to the factory to be built by the Alameda Sugar Company at Meridian. When the branch is constructed the Northern Electric will have connections between Woodland and Chico on the east side of the valley, between Woodland and Colusa on the west side with connections between Colusa and Marysville in the center.

The Woodland Daily Democrat, June 9, 1913

Around Town:

Manuel Avila was married on Wednesday, June 18th, to Miss Mae Lewis of Hayward. They have gone to San Diego for their honeymoon and upon their return will reside in Alvarado. Their many friends wish them happiness and success on their new mission in life.

Mrs. F. B. Granger of Broadmoor, formerly of Alvarado, entertained a number of ladies from Alvarado, Decoto and Oakland at a most delightful luncheon on Thursday. Winners of the “Dutch Whist” games were Mrs. Ralph and Mrs. August May.

School closed on Friday for the summer vacation.

Miss Celeste Bunker will spend her vacation in Forest Hill.

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Ralph went to San Francisco on Tuesday.

Miss Hattie Kent intends spending her vacation in King City.

Miss Ethel Foley, who has been teaching for the last term in Lompoc, returned home this week for her summer vacation.

A number of young people are rehearsing a little play, to be given by the Chamber of Commerce of Alvarado sometime this month.

John Ralph made a flying trip to town on Tuesday.

Miss Hattie A. Kent spent Saturday in San Francisco and Oakland.

Mrs. McCarty entertained a number of ladies in her “At Home” on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The Oakland Tribune, June 22, 1913

Man Killed by Train:

Fred H. Gall, a laborer, 40 years old, was knocked down and instantly killed yesterday evening by a Southern Pacific train near Alvarado. He was taken to the morgue. Trainmen say that Gall was walking on the tracks and failed to heed the whistle. He was identified by papers in his pocket.

The Oakland Tribune, June 23, 1913

License to Marry:

Frank Luna, Decoto, 25

Mary Duarte, Alvarado, 19

The Oakland Tribune, July 10, 1913

Around Town:

Mrs. Ed Winegar visited her mother Sunday.

Jerrie Jacinto spent the Fourth in San Francisco.

Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Farley motored to Oakland Monday.

Mrs. J. H. Ralph entertained the “At Homes” Thursday.

The “At Homes” were the guests of Mrs. W. S. Robie Friday.

M. S. Hendricks and family spent the Fourth in San Francisco.

Miss Minnie Soito has returned home after three weeks visit in Oakland.

Mrs. A. C. Fisk and boy of Sacramento spent a week with Mrs. J. G. Rose.

Will Richmond and family were visitors at the Richmond home over Sunday.

Miss Frances Humphreys of Hollister is the guest of Miss Annie Lowrie this week.

Mr. & Mrs. Cohen of San Francisco spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. S. Aftergut.

Mrs. J. Edwards left Thursday for San Francisco, where she plans on spending a week or so.

T. E. McCarty is on a camping trip with F. C. Harvey and family. They are making the trip by auto.

A kitchen shower was given Miss Mary Duarte Saturday night.

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Dix and children, Florence and Dorothy, of San Francisco, were the guests of Mrs. J. Edwards the latter part of last week.

Miss Edna Ralph, who has been spending the past few weeks with Mrs. J. H. Ralph, returned to her home in Oakland very much improved in health.

The Oakland Tribune, July 13, 1913

Washington Township Water District:

Residents of Washington Township who oppose the proposed new East Bay Municipal Water District are taking steps to bring about a defeat of the proposition and to form a water district of their own which will take in the Alvarado Pumping Plant and prevent the city of Oakland from drawing upon that source of supply.

The Oakland Tribune, July 16, 1913

Around Town:

Fred Mueller was a visitor in town Thursday.

Russell Robie returned from Healdsburg Thursday.

T. E. McCarty was a visitor in Oakland this week.

Ralph Richmond was a visitor in Alvarado Thursday.

Mrs. N. Ballhache of Fitchburg was a visitor in Alvarado Thursday.

Mr. & Mrs. John H. Ralph were visitors in Walnut Creek Sunday.

Mrs. J. Edwards is home from a visit to her sister, Mrs. A. Edwards, of San Francisco.

Mrs. E. L. Farley and daughter Miss Beryl Farley spent a few weeks in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mrs. I Cohen of San Francisco is visiting the home of her daughter Mrs. Aftergut of Alvarado.

Otto R. Schmidt of San Francisco was in town Tuesday, looking after the interests of his father, Mr. J. A. Schmidt.

The Oakland Tribune, July 27, 1913

Alleged Horse Thief:

After fleeing Alvarado, where he was accused of having stolen two horses from the corral at the ranch of A. Vargas, a man giving his name as A. Lucca was arrested at Niles and placed in custody. He is awaiting arraignment.

The Oakland Tribune, July 28, 1913

Oakland Typhoid Scare:

Using teachers to reassure pupils and to deny statements that Oakland’s water supply is in danger of typhoid infection, Dr. N. K. Foster, health officer of the Oakland Public Schools, today has sent to all principals notices of the findings of the city’s health department, supplementing these with a statement of his own to the effect that the so-called “typhoid scare” is absolutely unfounded.

“The Oakland water supply comes from the purest heights of the sierras, through the Alvarado wells, and from clean clear reservoirs and good watersheds. There is no need to boil the water. The few cases of typhoid fever have been brought into Oakland from outside sources.”

The Oakland Tribune, July 29, 1913

Around Town:

Mrs. Jung and daughters, the Misses Mildred and Charlotte, spent Saturday in San Francisco.

A number of local young people attended the picnic given by the U.P.E.C. Lodge of Alvarado, which was given at Fernbrook Park last Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. E. M. Foley and daughter Miss Ethel Foley returned Sunday evening from a two-week trip to Los Angeles, San Diego, and across the line into Mexico.

Mrs. Scribner and Mrs. Ford went with Mr. Logan to the Logan Camp back of Mission Peak on Wednesday.

Misses Mavis Scribner and Genevieve Ford of Alvarado and Farley Granger Jr. of Broadmoor visited at the Logan Camp this week.

Mrs. Richmond Sr., Mrs. F. C. Harvey and Mr. & Mrs. T. E. McCarty spent Tuesday in San Francisco and Oakland.

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Brown, of Hellwig & La Grave, have just purchased a new passenger automobile.

Russell Robie returned home on Thursday of last week after a visit at Healdsburg.

Mrs. Herb Woolsey is expected in Alvarado this week and will make a short visit here.

Mrs. A. Silva returned from Oakland Monday after a visit with her daughter.

Miss Ethel Foley commences her tenth year as a teacher at Napa, which opens Monday.

Mr. & Mrs. James McCloud of Oakdale is visiting with Mr. & Mrs. P. G. Lowrie.

Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Kaiser left on Monday for a ten days’ vacation trip to Santa Cruz.

Mr. & Mrs. Tainton returned Sunday evening after a two weeks’ stay at Santa Cruz.

Miss Nauert returned Tuesday after a weeks’ visit with friends in Livermore.

Mrs. L. P. Norris of Sacramento is visiting at the A. Norris home in Alvarado.

The Oakland Tribune, August 3, 1913

Infant Death:

William W. Hartz, beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. William Hartz of Alvarado passed away on August 12th. He was seven months and 13 days old.

The Oakland Tribune, August 13, 1913

Washington Township Water:

To protect the water sources in Washington Township, William H. Ford of Niles today presented to the Board of Supervisors a petition asking permission to form a county water district to be known as “The Alameda County Water District.”  This will not take in Alvarado and will not conflict with the present Oakland municipal water district plan. “We are doing this to protect our own water in the Alameda Creek gravel beds,” said Ford.

The Oakland Tribune, August 18, 1913

Amos L. Fuller Dies:

Amos L. Fuller, former Superintendent of Schools for Alameda County died three days ago at age 75 years. He was a former teacher at San Lorenzo, Alvarado and Fruitvale.

The Oakland Tribune, September 9, 1913

Around Town:

Henry Kelly accepted a position here with the S.P. Co.

Miss Dorothy I. Ford, who has been on a vacation for the past two months, returned home last Saturday.

Mrs. A.J. Rutherford left on Wednesday morning for Placerville where she will spend a couple of weeks.

The Oakland Tribune, September 14, 1913

Alvarado School District:

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a special tax for the year 1913 of 12 cents per $100.00 of assessed value for property within the Alvarado School District for the purpose of maintenance of said school for the fiscal year 1913-1914.

The Oakland Tribune, September 25, 1913


The reduction of the duty of sugar (2 cent bounty) with the provision for free sugar after the first of May 1916 (which legislation the Sugar Refining Trust, or cane sugar producers, was so persistent in advocating as shown in the hearings, hoping no doubt to cripple their chief competition, the beet sugar interests), strikes California particularly hard because it is recognized as the principal beet sugar producing state in the Union. The first successful sugar beet factory in the United States was established in 1879 in the town of Alvarado, Alameda County, in the State of California. We now have 13 factories in the state for there is a larger acreage adopted to the growing of sugar beets in California than found in any other state, the coast valleys being particularly being adapted as to climatic and soil conditions for the sugar beet.

There are now 13 factories in the state. Twenty-five thousand men are employed. Twenty million dollars is invested in factories, land and equipment. Last year over $14,000,000 was spent in the state due to this industry and of this amount farmers were paid $6,701,582 and $3,900,000 for labor. The crippling of this industry is no small matter to California.

The Oakland Tribune, September 30, 1913


The Railroad Commission has approved a Southern Pacific request to construct a passing track between the Alvarado Depot and the Alameda Sugar Company spur.

The Oakland Tribune, October 6, 1913

Around Town:

Miss Maude McCarty has returned from Fabiola and will be able to return to her school duties in St. Helena next week.

Miss Marjorie Jackson spent Wednesday and Thursday with Mrs. J. H. Ralph.

Mrs. Dees has been absent from her duties at the post office due to a severe cold.

Mrs. August May entertained a number of friends on Tuesday in honor of Mrs. Edwin Whipple and Mrs. D. Jackson of Decoto.

Little Robert Barth is somewhat improved in health this week.

Mrs. Winegar of Oakland spent Wednesday with friends in town.

Mrs. J. H. Ralph will be hostess at a meeting of the Ladies Aid next Thursday.

Mrs. Kaiser visited in Oakland Thursday.

Mrs. May spent Wednesday in San Francisco.

The Granger’s came up from Broadmore on Wednesday and enjoyed a few hours with old friends.

The Alvarado Whist Club met at the IOOF Hall on Wednesday evening with Mesdames Farley and Dees as hostesses.

Miss Annie Lowrie visited San Francisco Wednesday.

Miss Dorothy Ford is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Worsley, in Exeter.

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Dees will be guests of relatives in Oakland Sunday.

Mrs. G. Beebe of Walnut Creek is visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. Scribner.

The Alvarado Ladies Aid Society will have their annual bazaar and entertainment on November 8th.

Mr. & Mrs. Van Gordon and little son were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. O. J. Emery this week. Mrs. Van Gordon was Laura Emery, formerly of Alvarado.

Mrs. McKeown, Mrs. & Mrs. Ed Harvey motored to Oakland Wednesday.

Mrs. Robie entertained the “Butt In” Club Friday.

The Oakland Tribune, October 12, 1913

Around Town:

Robert Richmond gave a house party at the home of his parents on Saturday night. All the town young folks were present. Among the guests from out of town were Miss Beryl Farley, Miss Grace Kelly of San Jose, Miss Ethel Foley of Napa, Miss Gladys Ralph of Oakland, and Miss Emma Nabor of San Francisco. A delightful time was enjoyed in games, cards and dancing.

Alvarado is full of duck hunters.

Mrs. J. Ralph entertained the “Butt Ins” on Friday afternoon.

Alvarado Rebekah Lodge meets next Saturday night.

Mrs. McCarty entertained the “Butt Ins” Tuesday. Cards were enjoyed for a time, followed by refreshments.

Mrs. John Ralph and Mrs. P. G. Lowrie spent Tuesday in Oakland.

Mrs. Peaks spent Wednesday in the city.

The picture show is under new management and is well attended. The pictures are of an excellent character.

Mrs. George Beebe of Walnut Creek is the guest of Mrs. J. M. Scribner.

Mr. & Mrs. Rutherford, Mr. & Mrs. Dees, Mr. & Mrs. Avilla, W. S. Robie and Miss Kent were in Oakland Sunday.

Mrs. E. M. Tainton and Mrs. Scribner spent Wednesday in Oakland.

Miss Maud McCarty has returned to her school duties in St. Helena.

The ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. Richmond Sr. on Thursday.

Mr. Norris is attending the Grand Lodge, F. A. & M., and the opening of the new Masonic temple.

Mr. & Mrs. Allan Richmond of San Francisco is visiting the Richmond family.

The Oakland Tribune, October 19, 1913

Around Town:

A surprise party was given to Mr. & Mrs. James Logan last Saturday in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. They were presented with a beautiful set of China.

John Silva was taken to the Alameda Sanitarium this week.

Miss Kent has been spending the vacation week in San Francisco.

Mrs. Robie and Miss Bunker are spending the week in Healdsburg.

Mr. Robie attended the opening day festivities of Portola in San Francisco.

Mrs. Scribner and Miss Lund were in the city Thursday.

Mr. Davilla has been suffering from an attack of pneumonia.

Mrs. Heitmuller spent Wednesday and Thursday in Alvarado.

Mr. M. A. Silva had his foot badly scalded while on duty at the sugar mill.

Mrs. Rutherford, Miss Helen McCarty and mother, Mrs. McCarty were in San Francisco last Tuesday.

Mrs. J. G. Ross attended the reading of her father’s will in Hayward on Tuesday.

Mr. John Leal of Woodland has been visiting friends in Alvarado this week.

Mrs. E. L. Farley entertained the “Butt Ins” Tuesday and Friday. Mrs. J. H. Ralph was hostess.

George Hellwig was in the city on Wednesday.

The Misses Meyer of Alameda spent last week with Mrs. August May.

Robert Barth is very much improved.

The Oakland Tribune, October 26, 1913

George Gray Dies:

George Gray, former plant manager of the Alameda Sugar Company in Alvarado, died in his home in Hayward yesterday morning. Mr. Gray was 62 years old.

The Oakland Tribune, October 26, 1913

Around Town:

School opened again on Monday after a week vacation.

Miss Helen Granger was a visitor in town Saturday evening of last week.

Miss Emma Ford entertained the “At Homes” on Monday of this week.

Joe Gaspar had his leg amputated on Tuesday as a result of recent injuries.

Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Harvey and son, Theodore, were visitors in San Francisco recently.

Born to the wife of James Logan, a son, on October 24th. Both mother and child are doing fine.

Mr. & Mrs. I. Cohen of San Francisco spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. S. Aftergut.

Milton Aftergut, who attends school in the city, spent Saturday and Sunday here with his mother.

Ralph Richmond and family of Niles were the guests of Mrs. E. A. Richmond on Monday of this week.

Mrs. W. S. Robie returned on Wednesday accompanied by her sister-in-law and niece, Mrs. W. Kelly and Miss Irene Kelly.

Miss Ethel Foley of Napa came down last Wednesday and she and her mother Mrs. E. M. Foley took in the Portola, Miss Anne Lowrie was also a visitor in San Francisco and during the Portola.

The Oakland Tribune, November 2, 1913

Surprise Marriage:

Joe G. Rose, Jr. surprised his many friends by the announcement of his marriage to Miss Evangeline Riley, daughter of Attorney Riley of San Francisco. The marriage was kept a secret for three weeks. Rose informed his friends that he was going on a duck hunt, but instead he took Miss Riley to Redwood City and were quietly married. Miss Riley was a popular member of the Elks Club while Mr. Rose is in business with his father here.

The Oakland Tribune, November 2, 1913

Chamber of Commerce:

A meeting of the Associated Chamber of Commerce, representing the members of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Alvarado and Decoto was held in the library building in Decoto on Wednesday evening. In attendance at the meeting were Henry May, Henry Lachman, J. E. Wamsley, F. T. Hawes, E. L. Farley, T. E. McCarty, M. H. Lewis, Frank D. Martin, J. J. Sandholdt and J. L. Olson. Several issues were discussed. It was stated that the Newark chamber has yet to respond to an invitation to join the association.

The Oakland Tribune, November 9, 1913

Around Town:

Mrs. E. M. Foley entertained the “At Homes” on Tuesday.

Mr. & Mrs. A. Dees were visitors in Fruitvale last Sunday.

Robert Richmond of San Francisco was a weekend visitor at the home of his parents last weekend.

Mr. & Mrs. Elmore Brown of Port Costa were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Richmond on Saturday and Sunday.

Miss Celeste Bunker, Mrs. W. S. Robie, Mrs. W. Kelly, and Miss Irene Kelly were visitors in Newark on Sunday.

Many attended the Japanese Opera on Friday evening, given in honor of the Mikado’s birthday.

C. P. Lange has been laid up for the past few days, having received a few injuries at the sugar mill. They are not serious.

The return of J. S. Neal and wife to Alvarado, after making Woodland their home for the past two years came as a surprise to their friends.

A surprise party was tendered to Russell Robie on Saturday evening of last week. Halloween games were participated in.

The Oakland Tribune, November 9, 1913


Notwithstanding reports to the contrary, the Alvarado sugar mill will continue to run according to proceedings of a meeting of the stockholders, when it was decided to keep the factory going, although the company has decided to quit raising beets themselves.

It has also been decided to raise the price of beets to $6 per ton delivered to the factory.

The Oakland Tribune, November 9, 1913


(From The Woodland Daily Democrat)

2,000 acres of land in Cache Creek (Yolo County) have been leased by the Alameda Sugar Company to Barker & Bemmerly for the purpose of raising grain.

The Woodland Daily Democrat, November 11, 1913


(From The Woodland Daily Democrat)

Showing that the Alameda Sugar Company is to positively abandon the local field, which confirms the report as first published in the “Democrat” the company in the last ten days has shipped twelve carloads of personal property, including farming utensils and stock, to Meridian. In an ad in the “Democrat” today will be noticed a list of property that the company is desirous of selling at great reductions. This list includes horses, mules, wagons, harness, cottages, carts, troughs and tanks, pipe, a motorcycle, road graders and other articles.

The Woodland Daily Democrat, November 15, 1913

Around Town:

Mrs. A. J. Rutherford entertained the Birthday Club on Monday. “500” was indulged in during the afternoon and Mrs. J. H. Ralph carried off the prize. A delicious luncheon was served at 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Ballhache was a visitor in town on Monday.

Miss Sophie Olendorf, Miss Lizzie Estoleda, and Miss Elizabeth Edwards of San Francisco were the guests of Mrs. J. Edwards on Sunday.

Mrs. Kingswell of Oakland was the guest of Mrs. J. Edwards Sunday.

Mrs. William Kelly and daughter, Miss Irene Kelly, returned to their home in Healdsburg on Saturday after a ten days’ visit with Mrs. W. S. Robie.

The Oakland Tribune, November 16, 1913


George T. Adams and his father (both of Oakland) returned from Alvarado with their limits of ducks.

The Oakland Tribune, November 27, 1913

Mrs. John Joyce Dies:

Mrs. Dora Joyce, a prominent resident of Alvarado, died at her home here on Tuesday after an illness of several years. Mrs. Joyce was a native of New Orleans. She leaves behind a husband, John A. Joyce and children Mrs. H. H. Lampher, Mrs. E. M. Winegar, Mrs. E. A. Richmond, Jr., Fred Joyce and John Scribner.

The Oakland Tribune, November 29, 1913

News Notes:

John Davis is registered at a San Francisco hotel and will remain in that city for some time.

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Edwards have returned to Alvarado after a weeks’ stay in San Francisco.

Russell Robie is home after a few days’ stay in Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune, November 30, 1913


By acquiring a well sunk by the Alameda Sugar Company at Alvarado last summer, the People’s Water Company has increased its present availability supply of water by 3,000,000 gallons a day. Under pump, driven by a 45 HP electric motor, the well yielded for two months consecutively 2,625,000 gallons a day, and that without decreasing the flow or lowering the water level in the well.

The Oakland Tribune, December 1, 1913

Around Town:

Miss Annie Logan was tendered a surprise party on Friday evening at her home in honor of her 18th birthday. Miss Smith of the high school faculty gave a number of whistling solos and Miss Mayo of Berkeley charmed all by her viola solos.

Mr. & Mrs. August May were in Oakland on Thursday.

Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Foley were in San Francisco Tuesday.

Little Artie Dees, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Dees of Alvarado, died at the home of his aunt in Fruitvale on Wednesday night. The funeral was held on Thursday.

Mrs. Rutherford spent Wednesday in Oakland.

Mrs. E. M. Tainton is in San Jose having gone down by automobile with her sister Sunday,

Mrs. George Beebe of Walnut Creek is the guest of her sister-in-law Mrs. Scribner.

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Richmond were in San Francisco Thursday.

Mrs. Flores, Miss Minnie Flores, and Mrs. Avila went Christmas shopping in Oakland Thursday.

John Leal returned to Woodland after a months’ visit in Alvarado.

The “Butt Ins” were entertained Monday by Mrs. Robie, Wednesday by Mrs. McCarty, and Thursday by Mrs. Farley.

George Hellwig went to the city on Thursday.

Mrs. Ralph and Miss Lowrie spent Thursday in San Francisco.

The Oakland Tribune, December 14, 1913

Around Town:

B. F. Ford of Stockton is visiting here and will remain over the holidays.

Mrs. Richmond of Niles was a guest at the E. A. Richmond Sr. home over the weekend.

Miss Dorothy Ford is improving from the recent attack of rheumatism.

Mrs. Wm. Hartz gave an “At Home” on Thursday.

Mrs. E. M. Tainton was in San Francisco on Thursday.

Mrs. P. Lowrie will have a family dinner on Christmas, which will be a family reunion.

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Edwards moved to San Francisco last week.

Mrs. E. M. Foley went to the city on Thursday and to Napa on Friday, where she will remain over the weekend.

Mr. & Mrs. A. May were in the city on Thursday.

Mrs. Skow and Mrs. Boye were among the Christmas shoppers in San Francisco and Oakland on Thursday.

The Alvarado Whist Club met in the IOOF Hall on Wednesday night. Mr. Rutherford and Miss Nauert received gifts for the highest scores.

Mrs. E. M. Tainton made a hurried trip to the city Wednesday evening.

The Alvarado Aerie of Eagles has shown progress since its last report under the guidance of President A. A. Lee. There has been a growth in membership of 33 having come in.

The Oakland Tribune, December 21, 1913