San Francisco Call

December 17, 1896,

Gathered at the Palace Hotel a day or two ago was a group of men interested in and discussing gold and silver mining. Most of them were young men, but among them was an elderly man of striking appearance, with a
face something like that of the late James G. Blame.
He wore a rather heavy gray beard, and his hair, equally irosted, was thick and hand some. A broad, soft, black hat set off his features, and as a whole he looked like one who had seen and experienced much that was
calculated to stir the blood.
The man was Miinp Deidesheimer, famous in the in mils of Pacific Coast mining. He has been a pathfinder in mining, for he was one of the earliest pioneers of Virginia City, and he put in the first bet of square timbers in the Conutock that was ever used in any mine.
For this he has received a handsome medal, which is highly prized by him, and probably will be kept as a precious heirloom in his family.  While Deidesheimer and his companions sat talking another old pioneer indulged in
reminiscences of this interesting man. Said he to a Call representative :
“I remember well in the ’70s when Deidesheimer came over here from Virginia City and was tendered a great banquet at the Occidental. In those days he was a bigger man than Mackay, Flood, Fair or others of the bonanza kings. He was worth more, at least it was supposed he was, and everybody beieved in him and lionized him. The banquet was because of a report that Deidesheimer had made on the Comstock, in which he stated that there was $200,000,000 in these mines.
It was still at the time of the great boom in stocks on Pine sticet and of the consolida tion of the California and Virginia. Such excitement as there was on this occasion I never expert to see again. Mr. Deidesheimer was due to arrive from Virginia City, but he was late aud didn’t get in till 9 o’clock.
“Tne crowd that Had massed on the outside was immense. It was packed for four block*
each way. They cheered aud yelied for Deidesheimer, and nothing would do but he must make a speech. Finally he complied. He came out on the balcony in front and made a talk to them. He was not by practice a speaker, but he was a mining man and able to talk off some good points to them. Then he withdrew to the banquet-room, where the most influential of the City were gethered to do him homage. It was a great event is his life, sure. “But he has had some bad luck since then.He owns lots of mining properties, but they are not the snaps that his property was supposed to be then. He lives at the Occidental, and has lived there for almost thirty years.
He owns the Blue Gouge mine in El .Dorado County, and recently sold it on a bond to Mackay, Colonel Head and others He has also lately sold another mine whfen he owns in Calaveras County to Boston jarties. They are the same parties who not long since bought the Pioneer, in Mariposa County, from the
Fair estate and J. E. Davis. “Mr. Deidesheimer’s prediction that there weTe $200,000,000 in the Comstock wasconsid eratly off. They got ¥00,000,000, but that was nil. The rest is due. But that assertion that there was such an enormous sum tnero did more than any tiling else to demonetize silver. It scared the East almost to denth, and it but never got rid of the fear of a flood elswhere.”
Mr. Deidesheimer is now about 65 years old As his name indicates, he is a German by birth.

Deidesheimer celebrates December 17, 1896

Ed Tallant letter to William Wallace Hollister November 13, 1909

November 13, 1909

My dear Will,

Your two letters were duly received and I note what you may about the trustees having the income from your $30,000 legacy on your indebtedess. I have delayed answering your letters until I could get a chance to talk with Mr Richards about this. He tells me it will be necessary for you to get written authorization to apply this money and has drawn up a paper in blank for you to fill in and sign which will give us the local right to so apply this income. As we didn ot know what accounts you desired us to pay off he has left a blank space in which  you want the money applied.

The only ones I know of that you owe are the Anna Tufts note for $3,000 and the judgement in favor of Pedro Baron. I don’t know anything about the Cordero note that you refer to in your letter. Your mother paid off the  $1800 due Clifford Mare about two years ago and she also paid off a judgment in favor of Hermogenes Ortega a long time ago. Old Mr Vail paid Mrs Tufts the $5.000 that was due her before he died, so you really owe that the Vail boys this money instead of Mrs Tufts.

I find a paper in the safe which is an agreement between you, Harry and your brother in regard to the cattle you turned over on the Santa Anita: in it she agrees to take over the cattle and apply the proceed on a certain list of your notes. This arrangement was made between you all before I came into the Office, but I know that all the notes and a large amount of interest in them were all paid by your mother .

So I think this cattle  account must here cost more than was ever realized from the cattle. The cattle, I believe,  all went into that “infernal market” that you refer to feelingly. I can make your sentiments about it as I spent many a sleepless hour worrying about it before I finally disposed of it.   Your mother lost an awful lot of money in it.

The $11,000 that you mentioned in your letter I don’t know anything about; it must have  been price to the time I took over the estate matters. I presume some of the old back accounts should  show its payment to you. I understood the sum of $41,000, 00 that you stand charged with on the Estate books was made  up of sums of money you had drawn from the Estate on your account, these would be chargeable against your interest n the Estate and accordingly to my way of figuring the value of the Estate in far more than either Harry, Jim or Stanley will ever realize from the Estate in the final distribution. After the payment of the special legacies to your Mother, Jeanie and Jim, together with the accumulated interest, as the Will provides, there will be very little left as the reisduary estate to be divided among the heirs. I don’t believe there will be over $20 000 coming to any of the heirs.

Harry and Jim both had to hurry of back to Mexico, as they have a big deal on hand down there; the hope to affect a sale of the property they and Mead are interested in down there and the prospective purchasers are now down there looking over the ranch. I hope they can make the sale go, as it will give Harry and Mead a chance to get out whole on their investment. They have not made a cent on it since they went into it. They have been handicapped for insufficient funds to improve the property.

I am sorry to hear of your bad health and hope this will find you feeling better. I will be glad to answer any letters you write me and will always like to hear from you. Both the boys sent their regards to you and said they would write you as soon as they could get the time to do so.6642

By the way, several years ago you wrote your mother that you would like to have a little piece of land that you could settle on and raise alfalfa and chickens on. Soon after she received that letter she… in the San Joaquin valley in [Kitgo] county which she has been paying for in monthly installments with the intention of deeding it to you for that purpose. The payments are nearly completed now and if you would like to try it down there I can arrange to complete the payments  on it and have the title made out to you. The land is […] under irrigation or soon will be; the Company agrees to have it under irrigation by the time the property is paid up. The Company is farming it for the purchasers now one quarter crop rent and after the payments are complete they offer to farm it for a one-half crop rent. I shall continue to make the monthly payments until you decide what you would like to do with it.

Yours very truly, EC TALLANT.

Box 2 of Bancroft Catalogue, Letter Number 59  Ed Tallant letter  to William Wallace Hollister

The San Francisco Call

September 22, 1895


A Cavern That Is Inhabited by Hundreds of Poisonous Reptiles. Santa Barbara Women Succeed In Dispatching Two of the Largest Snakes.

SANTA BARBARA, Cal., Sept. 21.— A party of Santa Barbara women, who have just returned from a camping-out at Point Conception, bring an extraordinary account of the vast number of rattlesnakes found in a certain portion of the Cojo ranch. On one occasion the campers found five snakes in one knotted, squirming mass, and succeeded in killing two of the largest, bringing back their rattlers as trophies. The snakes literally infest the land and it is impossible to travel any distance without seeing them in large numbers.

On the Cojo ranch there is a great den where these reptiles are accustomed to collect, the opening being some twenty five feet in width, and consisting of an immense crevice between two rocks, the lower one of which forms a projecting shelf, which is polished by the constant travel of the slimy bodies over it. Ranch men in the vicinity declare that this den shelters hundreds of rattlers, and one among these which has been repeatedly seen is declared to be ten feet in length.

No horses or cattle can be induced to approach the cavern and even hogs, ordinarily the rattlesnakes’ enemy and destroyer, cannot be driven up to it.

William Hollister states that two similar dens of somewhat less importance formerly existed on the Santa Anita ranch, but that they are now deserted, and he believes that the reptiles have all moved up to this den on the Cojo rancho, which adjoins the Santa Anita, a few miles further up the coast, with only wild and uncultivated land between. Local sportsmen are talking of organizing an expedition to investigate this uncanny place. The women who bring in this news are of the first social standing, one of them being the daughter of a banker well known throughout the State. They are cultured women, yet had the courage to go out upon this trip without masculine protection, baring no fear of marauders, and relying upon their own revolvers and guns and their own good aim in case of unexpected trouble.

William Wallace Hollister, the Ladies and the Snakes.