January 29, 1897: “January 29, 1917: “TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY. FROM THE CALIFORNIAN OF THIS DATE –J. A. Dunn of Randsburg and Miss Rebecca Palmer of Hot Springs were united in marriage at the Arlington Hotel.” – Bakersfield Californian.
April 12, 1897 – FIRST WEDDING IN RANDSBURG – Edgar Scott and Lottie Van Norman — see CELEBRATIONS for particulars.
August 24, 1897: “A MINOR’S MARRIAGE – Refused a License Here Annie Cuddeback Gets One at Santa Ana. Sea marriages for minors may have been invalidated, or rather their inherent invalidity may have been made apparent by the recent judicial pronouncement, but the fact remains that minors have few qualms of con science when they contemplate such an act of folly as getting married. Last week a telegram was received by “Cupid” Kutz from J. W. Cuddeback, at Randsburg, asking that a license be not issued to his’ daughter, Annie, as she was only 17 years old. The next day quite a young fellow walked into the office and asked for a license. When he gave the name of his fiancé as Annie Cuddeback be was informed that he could’ not be given the coveted document. The matter ended there, so far as this county is concerned, but accident revealed the fact yesterday that a couple of days after being refused a license in the county clerk’s office here the same young fellow, but this time accompanied by the girl, made application for a license at Santa Ana and got it. With nary a blush or turning a hair Miss Annie swore that she was 19 years old. And now, presumably, papa is supposed to look pleasant and give his blessing.” – The Herald
September 11, 1897: “THE DIVORCE MILL – A Husband Who Was Too Tired to Work. The suit of Kittie M. Swarthout against Lewis A. Swarthout came up yesterday before Judge York. The couple were only married in the early part of the present year, and went to Randsburg. There the husband treated his wife cruelly, his cruel treatment culminating in threats against her life. He would not work, himself, unless gambling and drinking whisky came under the heading of working, nor would he treat his wife with consideration. A decree was granted to the wife, with permission to resume her maiden name of Kittie May Howell.” – The Herald
October 16, 1897: “Ettiwanda–Walter Henderson will start for Randsburg tomorrow to attend his brother’s wedding.” – The Herald
October 30, 1897: “There has been a boom in the matrimonial line in Randsburg the past few days. Last week Judge Maginnis performed a double ceremony, uniting Geo. M. Clutter and Ella Baker, and Fred B. Pomeroy and Zona Harrold. This week the contracting parties were E. M. Skilllng and Lena Pengart, Robert Henderson and Lena Berry. – The Herald
November 23, 1897: “EDMUND BRYDEN of the Little Butte mine and Miss Belle Canawan of Ontario were married at that place November 17. The groom has built and furnished a cottage on Johannesburg avenue and the happy couple are expected to arrive and take possession today. ” – The Herald
January 28, 1898: “At 5.30 o’clock on the evening of January 20th G. C. Nebeker and Miss Elisabeth K. Price were married. Only relatives and immediate friends were present at the ceremony, but later in the evening the couple were tendered a reception by the members of the A. O. I. W. lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Nebeker are numbered among Randsburg’s most prominent young people, and a host of friends wished them prosperity and happiness. .” – The Herald
April 06, 1898: “Marriage Licenses Elon A. Ormsby, 27, California, a resident of Randsburg and Augusta N. Rogers, 24.” – The Herald
June 16, 1898: “Julius Goldsmith of Randsburg was married the first of June to Miss Matilda Lobe in San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith have arrived in Randsburg and will make this their home for the present.” – The Herald
July 27, 1898: “Miss Pearl Smith of North Madison Avenue and George Stamm of Ontario were married this evening at 6:30 o:clock at the Catholic church on South Pasadena Avenue by the priest, Rev. S. Family. Mr. and Mrs. Stamm will reside at Randsburg. Their many friends in this city wish them happiness.” – The Herald
August 19, 1899: “A FAITHFUL SWEETHEART. Comes All the Way From Dublin to Keep Her Plighted Troth. ALAMEDA, Aug. I8.— Miss Charlotte Mary Niole came all the way from Dublin. Ireland, to Alameda to meet and marry her lover, Henry C. Wilson. The ceremony was performed on Wednesday evening at the rector’s study of Christ Church by Rev. T. J. Lacey, but two witnesses being present. The couple had been sweethearts in Dublin since early youth, and when Wilson left to seek his fortune in this country she promised him to follow at a later period and become his bride. Miss Niele made the entire journey alone, and when she arrived In Alameda the groom, who is a telegraph operator at Randsburg, was here to meet her. They are still in Alameda. but will leave in a few days for Randsburg, their future home. – San Francisco Call
January 14, 1900: “Marriage License — Michael J. Casey, 30, Randsburg, and Lizzie M. Mullins 26, City.” – San Francisco Call
January 30, 1900: “A miner named Casey brought a bride from San Francisco to his home here on Thursday. The miners all turned out as a reception committee.” — Los Angeles Herald
November 27, 1902: “The following marriage licenses were issued yesterday: Orlando Quimby, 44, Stockton, and Clara M. Sickles, 29, Randsburg.” – San Francisco Call
February 22, 1905: “MARRIAGE LICENSES. Stephen E. Niles, 25, Randsburg, and Dollle A. Heckert, 27. Cottonwood.” – San Francisco Call
April 19, 1906: “MARRIAGE LICENSES — SMALLE Y-CO YLE-Henry D. Smalley aged 22, a native of Nebraska and resident of Randsburg, Cal. and Carrie P. Coyle, aged 22, a native of North Carolina and resident of Randsburg.” – Los Angeles Herald
May 07, 1907: “BUTLER-ROTT— M. Butler, aged 23 native of, Missouri and resident of Randsburg, and Effie Rott, aged 19, native of Texas and resident of Los Angeles. – Los Angeles Herald
May 15, 1908: “GUNDERSON-JERNANDER—DanieI Gunderson, aged 30, native of Norway and resident of Randsburg, and Anna Jernander, native of Minnesota and resident of Los Angeles.” – The Herald
September 09, 1909: “MARRIAGE LICENSES WOLFE-BASKETT-Clyde Wolfe, age 23, native of Missouri, resident of Randsburg, and Rosa Baskett, age 18, native of Washington, resident of Los Angeles.” – Los Angeles Herald
September 10, 1909: “The marriage of Miss Rose Baskett and Clyde F. Wolfe took place Sept. 8 at the home of the bride on East Twenty-fourth street. The ceremony was witnessed by a company of relatives and close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe left Thursday for Randsburg, where they will make their home.” – Los Angeles Herald
December 31, 1911: RANDSBURG MAN WEDS AZUSA MAIDEN—Mike Negro, 30, of Randsburg and Pauling Lancey, 20, of Azusa, were licensed to wed in Los Angleles on Friday.”—Bakersfield Morning Echo.
April 27, 1916: “MARRIAGE LICENSE — KLINE-KING- Arthur E. Kline, 38, and Mrs. Isabelle King, 38, both residents of Randsburg.” – Bakersfield Californian
January 14, 1920: “A marriage license was issued last week in San Bernardino, California, to Margaret A. Knowlton and Erwin P. Banwell. The groom to be is said to be a miner of the Mayer field, and gave his age as 38 and his residence as Randsburg, California.” – Weekly Journal Miner
February 16, 1923: “RANDSBURG COUPLE WED IN BAKERSFIELD –Randsburg Feb. 16 – A surprise came to the Randsburg post office when Bass Williams said to the assistant postmistress, Clementine, “Clementine will you be my Valentine?” The young couple left for Bakersfield February 15 to be married. It is hoped that they had no other mishaps than those they had before leaving, as they had the car cranked and were ready to go when they discovered they had forgotten to inflate the tires with air. Love must be a wonderful thing but it has its faults.
Miss Anna Thompson has taken Mrs. Williams’ place as assistant at the post office.” – Bakersfield Californian
February 20, 1923: “RANDSBURG MINING MAN WEDS IN S.F. –As the culmination of the mining camps came the marriage of Miss Ramona Louise Raggio and Charles D. Lane, the ceremony, performed in San Francisco February 15, uniting two old Californian families, both of which have been intimately concerned with the extraction of gold from the brown hills of the “Mother Lode” As the mining country of the northern part of the state is known.
Mr. Lane, who is associated with California Rand Silver Inc. at Randsburg, is a grandson of Charles C. Lane, famous mining man of the Mother Lode. His father, likewise, was a mining engineer. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse David Raggio, and she was born in Angel’s Camp, of “days of ‘49’ memory. More recently she has made her home in San Francisco with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane will make their home in Randsburg.” – Bakersfield Californian
July 2,1896: “RANDSBURG MINING DISTRICT—RANSBURG, (VIA MOJAVE) July 1, 1896—Randsburg, probably the richest gold mining camp in the United States , situated fifty miles northeast of Mojave, met with its first fatal accident today. Mary J. Wilder, a fallen sister, whose parents are wealthy and respected citizens of Eugene, Or., while attempting to light an oil stove in some unaccoutable manner exploded the same, setting fire to her clothing and the tent she occupied. Before help could reach the unfortunate creature, she was burned beyond recognition and died in a few hours in terrible agony.” — Los Angeles Daily Times
August 25, 1897: “Jas. H. Adamson died at Randsburg last Monday of typhoid fever. He came here several months ago from Ontario, where he has a number of relatives living. ” – The Herald
December 6, 1897: “John Degan was stricken with heart disease on Tuesday and dropped dead near the baseball grounds. He was laid to rest Wednesday in Mountain View cemetery. Mr. Degan was one of the early settlers here, but was formerly of Bakersfield, where he followed the business of contractor and builder.” – The Herald
February 7, 1898: “Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Rader lost their infant son on January 24. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.´–The Herald
February 20, 1898: “Frank Ham, an employee of the Orpheum, died Monday of typhoid pneumonia.” – The Herald
May 27, 1898: “Mrs. Nina Martin, wife of Harry Martin, died of spinal trouble last Sunday morning and was interred in Mountain View cemetery in the afternoon. Deceased was about 43 years old and had been ill several weeks. About a month ago she was taken to the hospital at Bakersfield, and while there received the fall which resulted in her death. – The Herald
May 30, 1898: “OTTO SEIBERT, only child, of! Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Seibert, died early Thursday morning at Chino. Otto was about two years old and was an unusually bright and winning child. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.” – The Herald
June 16, 1898: “Mining News RANDSBURG, Cal., June 14.—George Sitz died at noon today of mountain fever. He had only been sick a few days and in the morning was considered better. He was a young man about 26 years old, with no family. His parents resided in the east.” – The Herald
July 24, 1898: “Dr. Helm, coroner of Kern county, was in Randsburg a few days ago to hold an inquest on the remains of Andrew Bagley, who dropped dead on the streets.” – The Herald
January 16, 1900: Page Minor, a mining man well known on this coast, recently died in Mexico. He was a resident, of this town and interested in mines here.” –Los Angeles Herald
January 30, 1900: “John J. Melarkey, employed in the Yellow Aster, died on Jan. 25. He left a wife, to whom he had been married only a few months. The funeral services were under the auspices of the Miners’ union and the A. O. U. W chapter which the body was escorted to Johannesburg and shipped to Grass Valley.”
June 30, 1900: “RANDSBURG. June 23.— This morning shortly, after midnight . Carl Anderson, a carman in the Yellow Astor mine was struck by, a rock falling on him in the bottom of the shaft and was instantly killed, his neck being broken. Deceased was 27years of age and came here about six months ago from Colorado.” – San Francisco Call
August 03, 1900: “PETALUMA, Aug. 2. — Joel Doss, a highly respected pioneer farmer, succumbed to an attack of peritonitis this morning at his residence east of town. Mr. Doss was widely known throughout Sonoma County. He was born in Indiana and in 1854 he came to Placerville, where he was occupied for a number of years as a miner. At the time he was taken ill he was superintendent of a mine at Randsburg. A widow and large family survive him. The funeral will take place to-morrow.” – San Francisco Call
October 26, 1900: “ALAMEDA ATHLETE DIES. Alameda. Oct. 25- News of the sudden death in Randsburg yesterday of Harry J. Ryder of this city was received here today. Deceased was well known in Alameda social and athletic circles, having been one of the prominent gymnasts of the now defunct Encinal Club. Ryder was about 23 years of age. – He left here for Randsburg two months ago. The body will be brought to this city for Interment.” – San Francisco Call
October 28, 1900: “ Deaths –RYDER-In Randsburg, October 24, 1900, Harry J. youngest son of. Ellen T. and the late Charles B. Ryder, a native of San Francisco, aged 23 years.” – San Francisco Call
August 18, 1901: “Randsburg Miner Found Dead — Bakersfield, Aug. 17. —Charles Gale, a Randsburg miner, was found dead this evening, the result of apoplexy, superinduced by alcoholism and heat. Deceased left a widow in Randsburg.” — Los Angeles Herald
January 10, 1902: “DIED SUDDENLY LAST FRIDAY. Mrs. Delahide received a dispatch stating that her husband, R. J. Delahide, was dangerously ill at Randsburg, Kern County. She left the same morning for that distant point, but on arriving at Fresno was met by another telegram conveying the sad news of his death. She proceeded on her, journey, however, to arrange for the removal of the remains to Jackson. Mr. Delahide was foreman of a quartz mine at Randsburg, which position he had occupied for two years. He had been ailing for several days, but only the day before his death did his sickness assume a threatening form. The remains were brought to Jackson Tuesday evening, and the interment took place Wednesday morning, the Rev J. J. Gleeson officiating, the body finding its last resting place in the Catholic cemetery. Deceased was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and was about 50 years of age. He was a member of the A.O.U.W., and insured in that order for $2000. He also belonged to the Miners’ Union of Randsburg, which organization contributed $75 toward the funeral expenses. Besides his wife, he leaves three children — two boys, Eddie and Johnnie, aged 16 and 11 respectively, and Mamie, a young lady of 19, who has been attending the Chico Normal School.’ – Amador Register (Researchers Note: Although cause of death is not mentioned Mr. Delahide died in the midst of the smallpox epidemic in Randsburg. JBP.)
January 10, 1902: “Deaths -DELAHIDE. — In Randsburg, Kern county, January 3, 1902, R. J Delahide, a native of Mississippi, aged 50 years.” — Amador Ledger
May 11, 1902: “BAKERSFIELD. May 10—Henry C. Ramey, a miner of this county, died suddenly here this morning of heart disease. Ramey was one of the discoverers of the Butte mine at Randsburg, which has produced $600,000.” – San Francisco Call
October, 20, 1902: “DIED ON TRAIN WHEN HOMEWARD BOUND – Mrs. William Lechner, wife of a well-known resident of Randsburg, died on the Santa Fe train this morning just as it was approaching Bakersfield depot. The deceased had been ill for a long time with consumption and several months ago her mind gave way and she was sent to the insane asylum at Stockton. Her she recovered her reason, but was still a complete wreck.
She was discharged a few days ago at the request of her husband, who desired to take her home for her last moments. The trip however proved too much for her weakened constitution.
The remains will be embalmed and sent to Randsburg for internment there. The deceased was 26 years of age and a native of Sweden.” – Bakersfield Californian
January 12, 1903: “SHOOTS AT THE MAN WHO BARS HIS EXIT. RANDSBURG, While Taking a Woman From Randsburg Young San Franciscan Opens Fire. Jan. 11. — As a result of a fight in a disorderly house here one man has two bullets in his body and another occupies a cell in the town jail. This evening’s train brought Louis Edwards, a San Francisco young man, who went at once to the house and sought to persuade one of its occupants, a San Francisco girl, to leave the place. She had consented to go when Michael Suzzalo interposed. Then Edwards began shooting. Four shots were fired, two of them taking effect, one striking Suzzalo in the neck and another, in the left leg. Edwards then took the girl out and they both started up Butte Avenue and were arrested by Constable Arnold. Edwards was taken to jail. Suzzalo is in a critical condition. ” – San Francisco Call
January 25, 1903: “DEATH FOLLOWS RANDSBURG SHOOTING. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24.— Michael Suzallo the man who was shot In the mining town of Randsburg on the night of January 11, died from the effects of his wounds In the Pacific Hospital In this city to-day Suzallo was shot by Louis Edwards of San Francisco, who is at present confined in Jail at Bakersfield.” – San Francisco Call
April 26, 1906: “MINER CRUSHED TO DEATH. Former Resident of Los Angeles Almost Instantly Killed at Randsburg, California. By Associated Press. RANDSBURG. Cal., April 25.— Grant Smith, a single man forty years of age, was crushed in the Yellow Aster mines yesterday morning and died from the effects about three hours after. He was timbering a drift when the ground slipped and caught him. He suffered intensely until relieved by death. His father, two sisters and brothers live in Los Angeles. He had only been working here since the holidays. His remains will be taken to Los Angeles for burial this evening.” – Los Angeles Herald
August 28, 1906: “BAKERSFIELD, Cal., Aug. 27.—Louis A. Reeg, a California pioneer and an old resident of this county, died here today, following an illness extending three months. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Boden of Tehachapi and has several nieces residing in the southern part of California. Mr. Reeg was a mine owner and had some valuable mines near Randsburg and Tehachapi.” – Los Angeles Herald
November 2, 1907: “The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Houser died on Thursday evening the 31st,and was buried on Friday. The child had not been strong and in spite of every care and attention its life could not be saved.—Randsburg Miner”—Bakersfield Californian
December 17, 1907: “Woman Kills Herself. By Associated Press. RANDSBURG, Dec. 16. — Mrs. Catharine Dundon, about forty years of age, committed suicide today by taking carbolic acid. No known cause can be assigned. She was an old resident of Randsburg. She is survived by a husband and son three years old.” – Los Angeles Herald
February 28, 1908: “HENDERSON-Thomas Henderson. 34 years, single, native of California recently of Randsburg. Good Samaritan hospital; lobar Pneumonia. – The Herald
August 30, 1908: “WILL OF RECENTLY KILLED MINER FILED FOR PROBATE–The will of Bradford Peck, Jr., who was shot and killed at Randsburg, August 2 in an altercation over the ownership of a mining- claim, was filed for probate yesterday in the superior court. The will was executed five weeks before Peck’s death, and by its terms
property consisting of $2000 life insurance, a large collection of mineral specimens and other curios, and interests in various mining claims is left to his father, Bradford Peck, Sr., of Fresno; M . D. L. Hinzie, an aunt; H. G. We–ae and A. W. button of Los Angeles. Peck at the time of his death was 31 years old.”—Los Angeles Herald
November 08, 1911: “MINER CRUSHED UNDER ROLLING BOULDER DIES. BAKERSFIELD, Nov. 7.—A boulder loosened from the walls of the Yellow Aster mine at Randsburg Saturday rolled over Hans Zoblesky, a miner crushing him so badly that he died this morning.” – San Francisco Call
July 23, 1917: “RANDSBURG CHILD IS DEAD OF MENINGITIS—The little daughter of M. B. Lopez of Randsburg died on Saturday of spinal meningitis. It is understood that the malady which proved fatal to the Randsburg child is of the non-contagious kind and no epidemic is feared.” – Bakersfield Californian
October 23, 1918: “MANY BAKERSFIELD FRIENDS OF DANIEL GUNDERSON OF RANDSBURG will learn with deep regret of his death in the mining town. He was a pioneer of that place, and was widely known throughout the county, both through his mercantile connections and his relations with the public schools, he having served on the county board of education for the past eight years.” — Bakersfield Californian
June 15, 1921: “SUICIDE MOTIVE REMAINS MYSTERY—Inquest Fails to Establish Reason for Self Murder at Randsburg –The motive that prompted Pete Christensen, well known proprietor of the Silver Streak Hotel at Randsburg, to take his life by slashing his throat with a butcher knife some time Monday night or Tuesday morning will probably remain a permanent mystery, as an inquest conducted in the mining town yesterday by Deputy Coroners J. C. Flickinger and Joe Herpie failed to throw any light on the circumstances which led the hosteller to commit the deed. Christensen was buried in the Randsburg cemetery. Flickinger prepared the body for burial during his stay in the desert city.
A note bearing three words, “Please Kill my—“written by the deceased might lead to the solution of the mystery, but Coroner Flickinger was unable to obtain a satisfactory explanation of its contents during his inquiry. Several prominent men of the mining town and close friends of the suicide were interrogated. Justice of the Peace Edward Maginnis, his most intimate friend, was among the witnesses.
On a dust-covered piano top Christensen wrote shortly before he died: “Maginnis look after me.” It was by this piano where Christensen first cut his throat as the floor near the spot was soaked with blood. It is presumed that he died about 2 o’clock because that hour was noted on the reverse side of the “Please, kill my—“note. Flickenger declared that it is his belief that the hotel man was dying when he marked down the hour.
All Day Monday, according to testimony, the dead man was in the best of humor, and during the evening exchanged jokes with his guests. At 11 o’clock Monday night William Anderson of the Almond hotel brought a passenger off a late train to the Silver Streak. He knocked, and after failing to get any response, went elsewhere to find a room presuming that the Silver Streak was filled; it was stated at the hearing. He saw Christensen near the piano. After cutting his throat the deceased went to his room in the upper part of the place.
The hotel formerly belonged to Judge Maginnis, who sold it to Victor Lipps, a successful tungsten operator. Lipps placed Christensen in charge of the place.” – Bakersfield Californian
October 23, 1921: “DeWITT BISBEE. WHOSE FATHER GAVE HILL CITY ITS NAME, DIES IN CAL. DOUGLAS, Oct, 19. S. P. Applewhite received notice yesterday of the accidental death of DeWitt Bisbee at Randsburg. Cal. Mr. Bisbee fell in an old mine shaft and was killed. The city of Bisbee was named for his father. Mr. Bisbee is a cousin of Mrs. J. S. Douglas, of this city.” – Tombstone Epitaph
February 27, 1922: “ILLNESS PROVES FATAL TO RANDSBURG MAN—C. E. Beardsley, aged 68 years, died yesterday at a local hospital following a short illness. The deceased came to California over 30 years ago form Wichita Kansas, where he had established himself as one of the most successful real estate men. He was interested in Kern county oil and had mining interests near Randsburg, which city claimed him as a resident at the time of his death. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Lohman of Chula Vista, California, and a cousin, Dr. F. N. Sawyer, 2004 Cedar street, Bakersfield. The remains were at the Doughty-Morton funeral home and were sent to San Diego last night, where they will rest beside those of his wife, who passed on several years ago.” – Bakersfield Californian
March 31, 1923: “RANDSBURG MATRON CALLED BY DEATH – Mrs. Agnes Thompson of Randsburg, died this morning at a local hospital after a long illness. She was 42 years old. Seven daughters, six of whom live in Randsburg and one in Los Angeles; a sister Mrs. H. E. Bannister of Bakersfield, and a sister in Randsburg, survive her.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Doughty-Morton funeral home Monday at 2 p. m.” – Bakersfield Californian
October 15, 1923: “Henry York, an old miner in the employ of Keller Kent at Randsburg died Sunday evening. York, who had only been in the mining district one, week, complained of feeling ill and went to his bunk house to rest. J. W. Doughty, of the Doughty-Morgan funeral home has gone out to bring the body to this city.”—Bakersfield Californian
November 3, 1923: “RANDSBURG MINER IS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED—Telegraphic information received from Randsburg, stating that Frank McWilliams, a 40-year-old- miner was accidentally killed, October 23, when the gun with which he had been hunting rabbits exploded.
In company with Heinie Loesser and Fred Parsons, McWilliams completed the hunt and placed the gun in the rear of the car on the drive back to the town. Parsons, who was driving the car, stated that the gun must have been exploded when the car struck a bad rut in the road. McWilliams brains were blown out, according to the message received here.
The coroner’s office in this city has not been notified of the accident, neither have the undertaking establishments received word of the death of McWilliams. Detailed information concerning the affair could not be obtained at a late hour.—Bakersfield Californian
November 6, 1923: “THE VERDICT OF THE CORONER’S JURY in the Frank McWilliams case was accidental death. As the accident occurred near Kramer, San Bernardino County, this inquest was held in the Denton Sanitarium, near the Big Silver mine.”—Bakersfield Californian
March 7, 1924: “MANY MOURN PASSING OF RANDSBURG JUDGE—Randsburg, March 7,–In the passing of Judge Charles S. Taylor, general superintendent of Atolia Mining Company, there are many expressions of sorrow.
Charlie Taylor, as he was known at Goler long before the Rand was discovered and ever since, was a friend to a world of prospectors that came into this desert after the yellow metal and later on when he interested capital to open up and develop the wonderful tungsten mines.
In the 30 years that he carried on, he “never unmade a friend.”—Bakersfield Californian
May 25, 1925: “BERTHA WELCH PASSES SUDDENDLY WEDNESDAY –Bertha Welch, well known and respected by hosts of Rand district people, passed away at 2:15 Wednesday morning, May 20, 1925, after quite a number of months illness.The funeral was held from the Eagle’s Hall at 4 o’clock p. m., the Rev. O. Wise preaching the funeral sermon and a large gathering participated in the last sad rites.The friends of the surviving members of the family have the sympathy of the entire community.”
The pallbearers were George Coswert, Tim O’Conner, Emmet Elder, Harry Manny and Frank Earley.
Besides her good mother, Mrs. Roby, she left the following sisters to mourn her going; Mrs. G. R. Hitt of Randsburg; Mrs. W. Smith of Delano, California; Mrs. A. J. Kastenberg, Chicago; Mrs. Effie Rowland and Mrs. Maud Farrin, both of Glove Arizona.
The deceased was 39 years of age, and came to Randsburg during the silver excitement three years ago. She decided to make this place her home and invested in improved property on Butte Avenue. She has resided here since than time and has made man friends who will greatly miss her from her accustomed place in the town.” –Randsburg Times
June 5, 1925: “ Early last week little Jacqueline Reeves, infant daughter if Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Reeves, was taken quite seriously ill. The best of medical skill and nursing was at once secured but the little sufferer did not show any symptoms of recovery, but little by little lost strength and Sunday morning passed over that Divide which separates us from those who have gone before.
Late in the afternoon the remains were taken by the grief stricken parents to Los Angeles, where they now rest in peace and free from suffering.
The heart felt sympathy of the entire community goes out to these stricken young people, whose first born has thus been taken.
Mr. and Mrs. Reeves returned home Tuesday evening and are endeavoring to take up the threads of life where they were laid down.” Randsburg Times
November 16, 1925: “PIONEER PROSPECTOR MEETS DEATH IN FIRE – H. J. Smith, a pioneer of Randsburg mining district, was burned to death while alone in a cabin last night, according to word from Randsburg.
No one knows the origin of the fire. When first discovered, the cabin, directly in the rear of the Agman Hotel at Randsburg was seething with flames. Efforts to enter the burning mess were fruitless, and it was not until the flames had been extinguished by a volunteer fire department that the scorched body of the victim was removed.
Mr. Smith was 65 years old, and had lived in the Randsburg district since the time it was a small mining camp 25 years ago. He was well known throughout the country and leaves many friends. Mr. Smith was unmarried, and had no relatives in this part of the country.
Following the fatal fire, Flickinger mortuary was called to care for the body. Coroner N. C. Houze is in Randsburg today to conduct an inquest.—Bakersfield Californian
December 14, 1925: “RANDSBURG PASTOR ANSWERS LAST CALL—Rev. Ortho Wise, 59, Methodist pastor at Randsburg, died yesterday morning at a Randsburg Hospital. He is survived by his wife and several grown sons and daughters.
Rev. Wise has resided at Randsburg for about a year.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 4 o’clock at Randsburg with Flickinger mortuary in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Johannesburg cemetery. – Bakersfield Californian
April 9, 1927: “M. WEIDENBENNER DIES –Matt Weidenbenner, 49 year-old Randsburg miner, and resident of Kern County for six years, died last evening at a local hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Weidenbenner is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lorretta Weidenbenner, one daughter, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. X. Weidenbenner.
Mass for the Randsburg man will be solemnized here at St. Francis church Monday morning at 9 o’clock by Rev. Father J. L. Daumas. Interment will be inUnion cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of Flickinger mortuary.”—Bakersfield Californian.
June 27, 1927: “Funeral services for John C. Ray, 92, Randsburg miner who died Saturday at Randsburg, were conducted at 1 o’clock this afternoon at White’s Hall (Whitehouse?), Randsburg. Interment was in the Randsburg cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of Flickinger mortuary. Mr. Ray had been a miner in the Randsburg district for 10 years. Death followed a long illness.”—Bakersfield Californian
March 13, 1897: “RANDSBURG, Cal., March 12. -The first baby born in Randsburg is a tiny boy born to the wife of C. A. Ridmonr, a miner in the Wedge mine, on Monday morning. His name is Rand.” — San Francisco Call