ASSAYERS

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  CHARLES R. WORES — JOHANNESBURG SAMPLING WORKS An advertisement appeared in the Randsburg Miner newspaper in May of 1898 for the above business.  Mr. Wores provided not only assay services but would also purchase ore at a discounted price based on the assay reults.  Thjis was a much needed service for the small miner to get ready cash to continue to develop his … More >


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BARBERS

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Francis Ford Hatfield — Mr. Hatfield listed his occupation as a Barber when he registered to vote in Johannesburg in 1898.


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BLACKSMITHS

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GEORGE BRADY Mr. Brady started out in Garlock and  is listed in the 1902 business directory as a blacksmith in Johannesburg. By 1904 he was in partner ship with the Houser Bros. in Randsburg in the Blacksmithing business. 2 S. F. LIDY Mr. Lidy pursued his occupation as blacksmith in Johannesburg from 1900 until October of 1905 when he sold out … More >


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BOARDING HOUSES

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J. H. Burdick J. H. Burdick ran a boarding house in Johannesburg prior to March of 1912 when he sold out to Mrs. All and moved to Atolia to take charge of the company boarding house.  1  Mrs. A. All — Mrs. All bought out the interests of J. H. Burdick in a boarding house in Johannesburg in March of … More >


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DANCE HALLS and OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS OF ILL REPUTE

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 L. L. Brennan — Monte Carlo Dance Hall In June of 1897 L. L. Brennan was issued a liquor license for Johannesburg.  It was reported that in October of 1897 That the Monte Carlo Dance Hall, in Johannesburg, was being remodeled and decorated.  Private boxes were being added.  Then local newspaper said that the young ladies engaged for the opening … More >


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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

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R. T. F. Smith — Bank of Johannesburg The First Bank of Johannesburg was located in the building in which the Foursquare Church now resides. It was not the first bank for the Rand Mining District, as reported in the local newspaper at the time of its anticipated opening in late October of 1922, however it was the first and … More >


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GARAGES

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 L. W. Livengood & Noble  Mr. Livingood who appears to have been in the blacksmithing trade in Johannesburg as early as 1913, was listed in the 1920 business directory as conducting a garage business in Johannesburg. 1 L. W. Livengood & Christiernsen  By 1917 the partnership of Livengood and Noble and been dissolved and Christiernsen and joined the firm.  Hill … More >


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HOTELS

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“A tempest in a teapot, and a toy teapot at that."

VAL VERDE HOTEL The Los Angeles Herald reported that among the businesses of Johannesburg were The Val Verde hotel and Phillips’ restaurant which are commodious buildings, also the Miners’ home. MINER’S HOME The Miner’s Home mentioned above is assumed to have been a hotel of sorts.  It’s existance was confirmed in the October 31, 1897 Los Angeles Herald. H. W. Squires … More >


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LAUNDRIES

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Mrs. Jennie Frydendell Jennie was listed in the 1900 Census as being a laundress in Johannesburg.


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LUMBER MEN

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Tehachapi Lumber and Milling Company January 28, 1898: “The Tehachapi Lumber and Milling and Lumber Company is also erecting a building, and will make Johannesburg their headquarters for the Rand District.” – The Herald    Alexander N. Farris — Desert Lumber Company Mr. Farris was the agent for the Desert Lumber Company in Johannesburg in 1898.  However, by June of … More >


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MERCHANTS

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Arthur Woods — Commission House Mr. Woods was a commission and forwarding agent and dealt in hay, feed, potatoes flour and other staples.  Mr. Wood served as President of the Johannesburg Improvement Club until he sold his store in March of 1899. 1 Huston & Arnold August 29, 1897:  “J. S. Huston of Cripple Creek arrived In Johannesburg a week … More >


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NEWSPAPERS

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 Charles Fuller Gates — The California Rand                 January 31, 1898:  “The California Rand, a weekly paper to be published at Johannesburg, will make its debut into the newspaper world next week, under the guidance of Chas. Fuller Gates, a bicyclist well known in Los Angeles. Mr. Gates is a young man of push, drives a trenchant and diversified pen, … More >


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POOLHALLS

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  Schwartz & Heller — Jo-Burg Bar This advertisement, which appeared in the 7 June 1922 edition of the Rand District News, raises questions that have now been answered.  Where was the new Hotel?  It was on the south west corner of Buluwago and St. Elmo. Is this the bar that the fixtures from Tex Rickard’s famous saloon, the Northern in Goldfield … More >


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RESTAURANTS

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A. K. Cambell —      The Rand District news reported in June of 1922 that ” A. K. Campbell, a restaurant Man of experience said to himself, there are going to be a lot of hungry people around Johannesburg.  That new hotel won’t feed them all, so I’m going to set up right across the street from the front door.  He did, and … More >


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SODA FOUNTAINS

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Lewis Huff — 1900;  WHILE THE LOCATION of the soda fountain is unknown, and it is not clear whether Lewis was the owner or just an employee, he did list his occupation in the 1900 Census as a soda dispenser.


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SALOON KEEPERS

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LLOYD B. (JACK) HARRISON– ALAMEDA SALOON The infamous Jack Harrison was one of the earliest settlers in the Rand Mining District.  Jack came here purportedly from the Oil fields of the San Joaquin valley, where he had been running a saloon, in late 1895.  According to Geo. W. McPherson in his History of the Rand Mining District, Jack opened one … More >


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DOCTORS, LAWYERS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND OTHER SHYSTERS

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C. L. HANSON — REAL ESTATE December 19, 1897:  “Johannesburg – C. L. Hanson, late of Los Angeles, has opened a real estate and mining brokerage office in the bank building.”  The Herald ( Researchers note:  This is the only mention found of  Bank or Bank  Building in Johannesburg at this early date. In 1922 a bank was established which … More >


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