Those that had the largest share in shaping affairs in the new county were, Henry C. Smith, Addison M. Crane, Augustus M. Church and Horace W. Carpentier. The southerly end of the county possessed the controlling influence, as it carried off the county seat and nearly, if not all, the offices.

The first regular term of the Court of Sessions of Alameda County was held in the court-room in the town of Alvarado, on Monday, the 6th day of June A.D. 1853, before the Honorable Addison M. Crane, County Judge; Augustus M. Church, Clerk, Andrew J. Broder, Sheriff, and William H. Coombs, Esq., District Attorney of said county.

The First County Court House at Alvarado


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