Vern D //////////////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch ////////////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Argus Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA *************************
>>Saturday, 2 Mar 1861<<
LETTER from the MOKELUMNE -- Mokelumne River, Feb. 28th, 1861 Editor 'Argus': Since I last wrote you I have been roving over hills, across the valleys, up the rivers, down the gulches, through the ravines and finally, 'turn up' at the ranch of C.R. MONTHOMERY, Esq., on the Stockton and Poverty Bar road. Capt. MONTGOMERY has a fine farm -- all bottom land, containing 320 acres, with appointments all complete for carrying on farming in style, which clearly established the fact that a man can be a sailor and a farmer too. It is the intention of Captain MONGOEMRY to build a public house this spring which, from its favorable location, will greatly add to the convenience of the traveling public.
Next above Capt. M. is the ranch of Thomas B. PARKER, well known to the agricultural community. The numerous diplomas awarded to Mr. PARKER at the State and District Fairs, will suffice as comment for this valuable ranch. Mr. PARKER is greatly annoyed by the Indians, who have a rancheria within his enclosure, and are in the habit of pulling down the fences, leaving open the gate, letting the stock pass in or out at will, and many other annoyances, rendering their presence intolerable.
Mr. PARKER is now in San Francisco, making an effort to have them removed. This, in my opinion, should be done. The State has Reservations especially for the natives; and when they become obnoxious, why not remove them at once.
The next place I visit, is the ranch of D.S. TERRY (formerly HODGE & TERRY). The ranch contains 1200 acres of good land, a cosy cottage, and a small orchard. The place is in charge of W.N. BATTLES, during Judge TERRY's absence.
Adjoining this is the ranch of T.W. MAGEE, who tells me that he has adopted the old and well established rule of 'a place for everything and everything in its place;' but he fails to put it in practice, for during my stay with him at the 'Catawba Mills,' I noticed a very fit place for a mate, but I saw no mate in that place! Mr. MAGEE takes passage in March for the East, for the purpose (he says) of procuring a new run of French burs for the mill. This would look all very well, if there were no French burs in this State. Mr. MAGEE is building a splendid residence for the express purpose of housing his Franch burs.
The next place in the progress of my journey is that of Mr. MEGLER, the obliging postmaster, of Poland's, who keeps a public house, and does all that can be done to make his house worthy of public favor. In connection with the establishment, is a saddle and harness maker's shop -- the only one outside of Stockton, on this road. In my last, I stated that P. MEGLER had been in a difficulty with T.B. PARKER, which is an error. It should have read, C. MEGLER. The trouble grew out of a misunderstanding in a business transaction.