FREIGHTERS, TEAMSTERS, LIVERYMEN & STAGES

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SUMNER & GUERIN–MOJAVE AND RANDSBURG STAGE

The Bakersfield Daily Californian reported in April of 1896 that Pete Guerin had established a new stage line to the mines in Randsburg, and that he would make his headquarters in Garlock. By May of 1896 Pete had established a partnership with a Mr. Sumner of Mojave and formed the Mojave and Randsburg Stage Line.  According to the advertisement in the Bakersfield Daily Californian the stages left Mojave on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and returned on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

JOHN W. KELLY

Destined to be one of the more successful of the early pioneers of the Rand Mining District, John Kelly started in this area in Garlock as the proprietor of a corral and feed yard, which was reported to be doing well in May of 1896.  In July of that year he sold out to Adolph Heydlouff.  In 1898 he was listed as a mining broker and was also in the Stamp Mill business with Neal Mclean.  In 1900 he was listed as the Constable of Randsburg, in1901 he became the County Supervisor for the first district a position he served in for tow year until his election as Kern County Sheriff in 1903.  In 1916 he ran for the Board of Supervisors, for the First District but had to withdraw due to the demand of his mining interests.  This attention to mining eventually paid off, as he was one of the partners in the big silver strike in what is now Red Mountain.  The Kelly mine in which he was a partner was named after him.

C. B DOTY

The only information found on C. B. Doty is a listing in the 1896 ledgers of the Rand Mining Co. for August 26, 1896 where he had been paid $78.75 for 17 1/2 days of work at the rate of $4.00 per day for “man & Team”, for grading tailings, pond, etc.. It is not certain what town C. B. Doty was operating out of but as the rest of the Doty family in the area lived in Garlock at the time it is assumed that he did too.3

J. A. CLARK –

Mr. Clark left Bakersfield in October of 1896 with three wagons and ten mules to establish a freighting business between Mojave and Randsburg.  He apparently set up in Garlock where he state that he was doing fairly well, but not making a bonanza off the business.  When the railroad came to Johannesburg in 1897 Mr. Clark continued freighting into the Panamints.  Although listed in the 1898 California Gazetteer & Business directory, Mr. Clark, in January of 1898, had sold his feed barn, corral, and sixteen-mule team and wagons to Neil McLean.

NEWELL & HEYDLOUFF

Adolph Heydlouff bought out John Kelly in July of 1896 and was joined in partnership by D. Boone Newell of Tehachapi.  In October of 1896 they had to put in a new well to accommodate the growing business created by the stage and freighting traffic.  In January of 1898 they had to move the corral and barns to upper Main Street in order to make room for tailings from the Henry Mill.  While so doing Boone moved his house just a bit to fast and dropped it off in front of the Post Office.  In February and March of 1898 both Newell and Heydlouff, respectively, were issued traders licenses for Garlock.  By 1900 Heydlouff had moved on to Randsburg and Boone Newell was working as a miner in Garlock.  Boone later moved to Bakersfield where he became the Sherriff of Kern County.

NEIL McLEAN

The earliest listing for N. McLean that has been found is in the Rand Mine Co. Journals as a payment for freighting on 31 December 1896.  In February of 1897 Neil was arrested and brought to trial for issuing fraudulent checks for the purchases or horses.  However when Herman Piper the complaining witness took the stand to testify against Neil, his testimony was so poor that the court stopped the trial in mid-stream and ordered the jury to acquit the defendant.  The jury did so without ever leaving their seats.

In January of 1898 Neil McLean bought out J. A. Clark’s feed barn, corral, wagons and sixteen-mule team. In that same year he was listed as being a partner in the stamp mill business with John Kelly.  He later moved to Randsburg where his wife was listed as dressmaker.  When business slowed in the area Neil moved on to Tonopah Nev. where he was one of the contractors that built the railroad from Goldfield to Bullfrog in 1906.  He returned briefly to the Randsburg area in 1912.  The firm of McLean & Francisco had, at that time, a contract for distributing poles and other material along the line of the Nevada – California Power Co. (Southern Sierras Power) which placed the first large transmission line in place, and brought electric power to the area.  That he was doing rather well was evidenced by the fact that he used his private automobile to visit the work sites.

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