December 27, 1896: “DECEMBER 25 (REGULAR CORRESPONDENCE) CHRISTMAS IN A MINING CAMP, while subject to deprivation of many of the customs and pleasures incident to a higher civilization, is not altogether so dull as dwellers in cities might suppose. Last night, the Christmas festivities began with a swell ball at the new skating rink, a building 40×60, just finished on the upper end of Butte Avenue. There were forty couples present, and one would scarcely think to look around the camp, that so-many fine-looking matrons and maids could be found in the place. Randsburg, Garlock, and surrounding camps all had representatives at the ball. The music was furnished by local talent and the dancing was kept up until light in the sky on the eastern horizon warned them that Christmas morn’ was dawning.
Downtown, in Thompson’s saloon were three friendly boxing contests of three rounds each, which drew nearly the entire male population in the early part of the evening. Only one lady was a spectator and she sat on a bench at the ringside and seemed to enjoy the sport to the full. A real boxing match of ten rounds for New Year’s Day, with bets of $50 a side is arranged between “Montana Kid” and “Arizona Jake.”
At the Elite Theater a dance was given after the regular performance. This place is nightly crowded and is being enlarged to near twice its present size.
The town was quiet in the sense that no rows occurred, although some were under the influence of liquor and many people did not go to bed at all.This morning is warm and sun-shiny, and for the first time in many weeks all the principal miners have quit work and are taking a Christmas holiday.
For several days past the stages have gone out loaded with people going out to spend the holidays with families and friends, as for the most part men have left their families behind them in coming to this place. This is perhaps well for the families, but it is not in all instances well for the men.” -- The Los Angeles Daily Times
FIRST WEDDING IN RANDSBURG
April 14, 1897: “Gala Event in the Famed Mining Camp on the Desert. Entire Population, Headed by a Band. Parades behind the Principals. Free-Hearted Citizens Give Liberally of Town Lots, Furniture and Provisions-RANDSBURG, Cal., April 13,— During the brief history of this flourishing mining camp all sorts of important events have taken place, including births, deaths and a wedding?, but the historian of the camp was compelled to wait patiently until the evening of the 12th day of April, 1898, for an opportunity to record an event of the latter nature.
Some time ago Edgar Scott fell a victim to Cupid’s dart and a few days ago it was announced in camp that he would lead Miss Louise Van Norman, one of Randsburg’s fair ones, to the altar and make of her a blushing bride. This being the first wedding in the camp preparations on a scale in proportion to the importance of the event were at once begun. The skating rink, the largest hall in the camp ,was engaged, and, though it is in the heart of the Mojave Desert, it was converted into a veritable bower of loveliness. Wild flowers in profusion decked the walls on all sides. A railed platform at one end of the hall was converted into an altar and flowers were piled in profusion around and upon it, while suspended overhead hung a large floral bell. To spread far and wide the news that Randsburg was to nave a wedding the following posters were printed and scattered about:
Randsburg Will Celebrate Her First Wedding on Monday April 1-.
MR. EDGAR SCOTT
MISS LOTTIE VAN NORMAN
Will be united in marriage at the Skating Rink at 7 p. m. The hearty co-operation of every citizen of Randsburg and vicinity is solicited to make this a memorable event in the history of our camp.
A procession composed of the bridal party, city officials, miners, tradesmen and citizens will form at 7: p. m. on upper Butte avenue, and proceed down Butte avenue to Rand, up Rand to Broadway, down Broadway to Butte avenue, up Butte avenue to the rink. The ceremony will be performed by Judge Maginnis, after which a reception will be tendered the couple. The guests will be entertained during the evening with a suitable programme,
1. Street parade.
2. Wedding ceremony.
4. Address by Chairman Clarke.
5. Toasts— “Our Camp, Its Past, Present and Future Possibilities”
6.”Our Country”; music, vocal and instrumental; “Our Homes”; “Our Ladies”; Grand barbecue; moonlight burro race on Butte Avenue; Grand ball at rink, commencing at 11:30 p. m. .Grand floral decorations.
W. W. Clarke, Chairman of Committee. H. E. de Remer, Secretary.
Promptly at 6 o’clock last evening the wedding parade started for the hall and marched through the principal streets. The bride and groom were in a coach and four, preceded by a band and followed by the entire populace. On arriving at the hall they alighted and marched down to the altar and took their positions under the floral bell, where Justice Maginnis awaited them and in a few words gracefully tied the knot that made them one. Fully 150 couples were assembled to witness the ceremony. Following the custom of all prosperous mining camps the bride and groom were presented with a town lot and a complete outfit for housekeeping and provisions for the first six months of their wedded life. One enterprising physician donated six months’ professional services. During the entire night a large portion of the camp’s population continued the celebration in honor of the first wedding on the Rand.” — San Francisco Call
April 24, 1898: “RANDSBURG, April 21.— 0n receipt of the news that the squadron had been ordered to move to Cuba, church bells and fire bells were rung. Several members of the Miners’ Union came running down Butte Avenue with their handsome national colors. Stopping in front of The Call headquarters, three times three cheers were given for Old Glory. Thirteen sticks of dynamite were touched off as a salute. Business and professional men, miners and mine owners then formed themselves into an impromptu parade. The most noticeable act during the excitement was the ringing of the fire bell by a Spanish-American— Thomas R. Rivera.” – The San Francisco Cal
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS
June 21, 1915: “RANDSBURG MAKING FINE PROGRAM FOR THE FOURTH—Celebration Will Be Held On Fifth; Long List of Attractions—The residents of Randsburg have arranged their program for the Fourth of July celebration, which is to be held on the 5th, and from its length it appears that the day will be crowded with activity from sunrise until after sunset. Randsburg is the fourth town in the county to make special arrangements for a celebration of the national Independence Day, Tehachapi, Isabella, and Maricopa having prepared for extra festivities.
Starting with a salute at sunrise, the Randsburg Fourth celebration will consist of morning exercises at 9:30 a. m., a baseball game in the morning between the Yellow Aster mine nine and the team from the Atolia mine representing Randsburg and Johannesburg respectively and a program of sports in the afternoon, starting at 1:30 o’clock. The program of sports includes twenty-two events, for each of which cash prizes will be awarded. The events are principally running, three legged, obstacle, and wheelbarrow races. A nail driving contest for ladies and a sawing contest, also especially for the weaker sex, will be features. The principal event seems to be a “mucking contest,” for which prizes of $15, $10, and $5 are to be awarded.”—Bakersfield Californian
OLD TIMER’S CELEBRATIONS –