Town Fire - 1858
from the SCHELLENS COLLECTION- submitted by Waltor Castor
Pg. 099 Coulterville 1859
Steamer Times, SF Sat 5, 1859:
"On Thursday morning last, about 2 o’clock, a fire broke out in the fruit and
cigar store of Mr. David COHEN, of Coulterville, by which Mrs. HAUFF, A
Jewish lady, and her two children - one 3 years and the other one month old - lost
their lives. Mrs. H. was on a visit to the store of Mr. BARUCH at the time,
and on the alarm of fire started to run out with her children, but unfortunately
fell into a cellar, which was closed soon after by some one who was not aware
of their being in it. After the fire their lifeless bodies were recovered.
They had not been burned, but smothered. Their remains were brought to this city
and placed in the hands of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, who interred them
yesterday. The fire was caused by rats getting among a lot of matches. Among
the sufferers by this fire, which destroyed nearly the whole town, are Mr.
BARUCH, D. COHEN, & Co., Mr. DAVIS, Mr. HARRIS and Mr. SHOENFEILD. The last named
gentleman lost about $10,000, and the others their stock of goods."
(from the files of the Mariposa Gazette)
Arson-Tuesday, 9 Apr 1861-
Stockton Daily Argus
FROM MARIPOSA -- James HENRY, convicted of arson, and sentenced to
the State Prison for 3 years, and James THOMAS, negro, partner of
James HENRY, convicted of the same crime, but having pleaded guilty
was sentenced for 1 year, passed through this city yesterday under
charge of Deputy Sheriff Thos. R. HOWELL, on their way to San Quentin, from Mariposa.
Bear Valley Fire-
August 16, 1862
August 16, 1862: " A
destructive fire occurred
in Bear Valley Saturday night last, about 11:0'clock; entirely
the southern portion of the town. The fire originated in the St.
Hotel. It appears to have first caught fire, between the kitchen
and main building adjoining. From the hotel the fire spread to
office and store of the Fremont Estate, destroying both buildings and a
large amount of goods; it also crossed the street and burned the livery
stable and blacksmith shop of R. W. HAMMATT.
Bear Valley Fire- August 16, 1862
TUESDAY, 19 AUG. 1862September , 1862
FIRE at BEAR VALLEY -- A fire broke out at Bear Valley, Mariposa county, on Saturday night. It started in SHEPPARD's Hotel, and spread rapidly to PARK's store and assay office, to HAMMATT's stable and blacksmith shop, and to CASTAGNATTI's frame building. The Oso House was saved by the great exertions of friends of Mr. BATES, its proprietor. The losses incurred are as follows:
Mr. SHEPPARD (Hotel), $5000
PARK's (store, assay office, &c.), $45,000
HAMMATT (stable, hay, grain, &c.), $3000
Mr. T.S. BATES lost 40 tons of hay & 10,000 pounds of barley. transcribed by Dee S
About two-thirds of the population of Snelling was reportedly made homeless and "pennyless" as a result of a fire that broke out about 1:00 a.m. on September 16, 1862. The fire started in the rear of the carpenter shop and sash and blind factory owned by Frank PECK, spreading to PRINCE's Hotel and the GOLDSMITH Store and ultimately the entire principal business block in town. The fire was believed to have been of incendiary origin.
Gazette Centennial Edition- 1954
October 2, 1862
Stockton Daily Independent
-The house of Louis HADLICK, a mile from Hornitos, Mariposa county,
was destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening. The flames spread with such
rapidity that everything in the way of furniture within the house
except the 2 trunks of clothing, was destroyed. An infant was taken
from a burning bed only in time to save its life after receiving a
severe burn in the arm. The property was estimated to be worth $3000
and was insured by McLean & Fowler, San Francisco, for $2000. transcribed by Dee S
MONDAY, 26 OCT 1863
Stockton Daily Independent
FIRE at HORNITOS – On the morning of the 23d instant a fire broke out next door to the wooden hotel of E.G. HALL, in a stable, owned by D. GHIRADELLI. The hotel and stable were both destroyed. Mr. HALL saved none of his furniture, and his loss is severe, as none of the property was covered by insurance. Incendiaries is thought to have been the cause of the fire.
TUESDAY, 3 NOV. 1863
Stockton Daily Independent
INCENDIARYISM – No doubt, says the Mariposa 'Press,' exists in the minds of the people of Hornitos, that the recent fire there was the work of an incendiary. On the Tuesday night previous to the fire, an attempt was made to fire the building occupied by R.R. GIVENS as a meat market. Some kindling wood was placed between the building (which is of wood) and the brick wall of a store adjoining and ignited. It had burned a hole through the former when it was discovered accidentally by some person who happened to be up and about at an unusually late hour. The object of the rascals who are at this work, is probably plunder – at which they would be enabled, during the consequent excitement, to do a pretty fair business.
Mariposa Gazette, June 23, 1866
Lower Agua Fria Destroyed by Fire.
morning, about 2 o'clock,
the town of Lower Agua Fria was
consumed by fire. The
town was built of the most combustible
and when the fire commenced
it spread with such rapidity that
impossible to do anything.
The fire first appeared in the Chinese
and was undoubtedly the
work of an incendiary. About 75
composed the town, all
of which, excepting Mr. Leverone's
were entirely destroyed.
Mr. Egenhoff's loss was from $6,000 to
$7,000–insured for $3,000; Gossner & Co. Brewery, $9,000–insured for $3,000; Geo. Bertken, loss, $1,000 – insured for $600; Stienberger, loss, $1,000. submitted by Tom Hilk
Sacramento Daily Union Friday Morning, January 1, 1869,Page 1
STATISTICS OF CALIFORNIA - 1868 STATE RECORD
Noticeable Events During the Year
The largest part
of the town of Hornitos, Mariposa county, was destroyed by fire. Loss, over
$60,000. transcribed by Betty Loose
FIRE AT HORNITOS
San Joaquin Valley Argus
May 21, 1870
FIRE AT HORNITOS. – We learn that a fire broke out in Hornitos on
Thursday night last, about ten o'clock, which was not checked until the
entire Chinese portion of the town was destroyed. We have heard no
Independent-Monday, 24 July 1871
THE RESIDENCE of J. ADAIR of Bear Valley, Mariposa county, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday last.
San Joaquin Valley Argus
June 14, 1873
FIRE IN HORNITOS. – A fire broke out in the lard factory in rear of
Reeb's butcher-shop, in Hornitos, on Tuesday last at about 3 o'clock P.
M., which destroyed the butcher-shop, George Reeb's residence in rear of
the shop, and his barn in the field across the Gulch, Mrs. Adams'
restaurant, Odd Fellows' Hall, Bates office and dwelling house, and a
number of other buildings. Considerable damage was also done to a number
of fire-proof building, besides burning fences and outhouses, destroying
shrubbery, trees etc. The loss is serious one to the sufferers, some of
whom are totally unable to rebuild and resume business. Loss $14,000
insurance about $7,500.
articles here contributed by Tom Hilk
Fire July 12, 1879 Mariposa Gazette
Destructive Conflagration- One Half of Coulterville Burned to the Ground.
On Wednesday last, about 10 o'clock a.m. occurred one of the most destructive fires in Coulterville that has ever been the misfortune of
that beautiful mining town to meet with. The fire broke out in the dwelling occupied by Mr. J.W. REED and family, situated on the southerly
end of the main street leading north through the principle business portion of the town, and adjoining on the south the old City Hotel,
formerly owned and occupied by Mr. George COUNTS and family, who at present reside in this place.
Mr. George W. COULTER, to whom we are indebted for the particulars concerning the fire given us early on Thursday morning last,
the next day succeeding the fire, says: The fire was first discovered in a bed room of the house, and everything being of an inflammable nature,
it must have got beyond control before it was discovered by the inmates.
There were quite a number of children about the house, which makes it quite possible that matches where being tampered with that caused the
destructive fire which so rapidly followed its outbreak. The alarm was scarcely given before the dwelling was wrapped in flames, which with the
assistance of a southerly breeze was rapidly carried to the Old City Hotel, a large two story wood building, and in less time than it takes
to describe it this massive wood structure was fast yielding to the fire fiend.
The hotel was untenanted, but used as a lumber depot, in which a large amount was stored and materially added strength to the venomous
fire, that raged fearfully, vomiting forth fire and black smoke which ascended to so great a height that it was plainly observed by the
inhabitants of Bear Valley, about twelve miles distant. The next building in the pathway of the merciless destroyer
was the warehouse of Francisco BRUSCHI, which was soon destroyed with all its contents. Following this was Harlow's blacksmith shop; from
thence to the PENDOLA property, comprising dwelling houses, barns and other buildings, all of which were speedily reduced to ashes. The
building known as the PENDOLA Store was not burned. Total destruction of all that portion of the town lying on the east side of Main Street was at this time inevitable. As the fire increased, so did the wind blowing from the south. The next to succumb was the restaurant of John DEBOLT; dwelling and stable of A. TISCORNIA; his store being fire-proof was saved. Next in line of attack was the butcher shop and beautiful residence, fences and out-building of John C. RIHN. At this juncture the fire seemed to increase in its rage and ferocity. Just before it were situated the beautiful and commodious dwelling, livery stable and other valuable improvements of Jonathan MENTZER, a worthy member of our Board of Supervisors, who at the moment the fiery fiend was reducing to ashes his hard earnings which he had for years been accumulating was here in Mariposa attending to his official duties, little supposing at that moment his all of the worlds wealth was being destroyed, and that his wife and children were fleeing from before the invading monster to save their lives only. The business of the Board having been concluded MENTZER, in company with others who had been serving upon Grand Jury, left for home about noon of the same day the fire occurred. On his way he met Mr. Coulter at Bear Valley, who imparted to him the sorrowful calamity that had befallen him, and it is said that he wept bitterly. The fire swept on. The store and dwelling place of Mr. Frank CUNEO and family were entirely consumed. To all appearances the fire at this point ought to have ceased its rage, but it did not. With the assistance of the wind it jumped for some distance to the old dwelling house formerly known as the GOODWIN residence. From that point the fire shaped its course easterly and crossed the street bordering up on Maxwell's creek, and consumed the residence of John R. COLLINS and family, and the carpentry shop of George EGGETT. From thence it crossed Maxwell's creek and was rapidly pursuing its way in a northerly direction up the east branch of Maxwell's creek towards the farm and ranches of James LINDSEY and Patrick DIEGNANS, which were at the time our informant left, considered to be in immanent danger. These ranches are two miles above Coulterville, and the fire was within one mile and advancing rapidly. There were seven families made sufferers by the fire, vis: Jonathan MENTZER, John C. RIHN, A. TISCORNIA, Frank CUNEO, John R. COLLINS and J.W. REED.
At this writing we have no means of knowing the amount of loses sustained or who had any insurance upon their property. It is thought
that MENTZER, RIHN and DEBOLT each were partially insured. submitted by W Disbro
Hornitos Correspondence Aug. 16, 1884 Mariposa
VALLEY ON FIRE
San Joaquin Valley Argus
July 21, 1888
From Monday's dailyYesterday ( Sunday) morning a fire started in the Oso House at Bear
Merced Express, September 16, 1922
The town of Mariposa narrowly escaped possible destruction by fire Thursday when the forest fire, which had been raging for several days, burned up to the local county hospital in town, threatening it and the section of town on the west side of Mariposa creek. The schools were closed, and the high school boys aided residents in fighting the blaze, while the school girls carried water. The fire was about four miles wide and burned over 30,000 acres of dry feed. submitted by Tom Hilk
July 28, 1924
Woods Fire Rages Uncontrolled in Mariposa County
Whitlock District, Near Briceburg Prison Camp, Devastated by Blaze; Big Timber is Eaten into by Conflagration To-day; Fifty Fighters Busy
MARIPOSA (Mariposa Co.) July 28- a brush and timber fire which started in the Whitlock district six miles north of here at noon yesterday, is still raging uncontrolled to-day, in spite o the efforts of fifty men, twnety-five of whom were recruited in this community.
The fire at present is sweeping south up Mt. Bullion and north toward Merced River, where Briceburg and the convict state highway labor camp are located. These places are not yet threatened by the blaze it is said.
An area of ten or twelve square miles has already been burned over; mostly grass, brush and white oak and white pine. The "big timber" is being burned into to-day and the damage will probably mount much higher during the day.
Two homes in Whitlock have been destroyed. One was known as the HELM house and occupied by William P HOSSTETTER. The other house, occupied by an unidentified man, was also destroyed, and $100 in bills burned with it.
The fire started on the farm of A E BENJAMIN, from undetermined causes. The Whitlock district lies a few miles west of the state highway, which runs north from Mariposa to Briceburg.
LUMBER. BUILDINGS AT BAGBY
Bagby (Merced Co) Aug 11- Fire ealy yesterday destroyed lumber valued at $700 and an old-time saloon and barn here.
C R Thompson, Merced contractor, owner of the lumber to be used in construction of the new Bagby station for the YV Railroad line, decared the fire began in the barn in an unknown manner. Neighbors and carpetners assisted in extinguishing the flames.
Bee, August 22, 1927
MARIPOSA SAVED FROM ONRUSHING FIRE BY 100 MEN
Blast of Powder Rock Mine As Flames Pass Through Mt. Bullion District
Mariposa (Mariposa Co) Aug. 22- Mariposa, the historic mining town in the gold rush days, which was threatened by destruction by fire, was saved by a number of volunteer firemen after a desperate battle last night. By backfiring the residents prevented the blaze from igniting the buildings, and reports from the scene of the raging fire aid that over 10,000 acre have been burned.
The conflagration started last Wednesday on he Thomas homestead near Hornitos, and has spread to gigantic proportions. It is estimated that the fire is burning on a twenty-five-mile front consuming trees, brush, and range grass.
Word from the fire line at 10 o'clock this morning said that the fire was eating its way to Raymond. John J Castagnetto of Mariposa, who is in charge of the fire fighters, is centering the battle at this point.
100 Men In Battle
Over 100 men under direction of Postmaster J P Galgliardo and Constable Richard Morrisey succeeded in brining the fire under control at the north west end of Hornitos last night about 6 o'clock. The area was covered with a low haze of smoke to-day. The wall of flames stretched from Hornitos to five miles below Mariposa in the White Rock district, a distance of about twenty-five mils. before it was controlled by Hornitos residents.
The blaze destroyed the carpenter shop on the new Princeton Mine, a mile east of Mt. Bullion, and caused a loss estimated at $2,000. The old assay building also went up in flames and caused a $2,000 loss.
Rocks were blown high into the air when 750 pounds of giant powder and 9,000 caps exploded in the powder house near the mine. ON one was injured here, but Dr. J. Rutland , company physician, was rescued from the powder house by Sheriff Castagnetto, Herbert Ellingham, Stanley Pearl and Bart Johnstone when the fire swept close by. A number of men working within a half mile of the powder house escaped injury.
MARIPOSA IN DARKNESS
Mariposa has been in darkness since Saturday when _________(unreadalbe) carrying the power lines of the San Joaquin Light and Power Corporation were destroyed. The residents used candles and lamps. Telephone communication was also hindered.
Wire fences were cut in the burning area in order that the cattle might escape. They are pouring down the moun tain sides to escape the best they can. Ranchers are making attempts to herd the cattle into groups. Already a number have been killed.
RANCHED BURNED OVER
The Wass and DeMoss ranches, near here, were burned over by the creeping flames, but the buildings were saved.
Homes in the Mount Bullion community were saved by women who formed bucket brigades, but cabins on the Mount Bullion gold mine property were destroyed.
Several ranches in Cathey Valley are reported to have been burned over, but no buildings were destroyed in this section.
The Long Mary quartz mill near Mariposa was also destroyed by the fire and the loss is estimated at several thousand dollars. It is owned by the Mariposa Commercial Mining Company.
transcribed by c ferobn
August 26, 1927
100,000 Acres Are Burned In Co. Fire
After eight days of continuous burning, in which more that 150,000 acres of land were left a blackened waste, the largest and most destructive fire in the history of Mariposa county was brought under control 10 miles east of Mariposa last Monday night. The loss will run well into six figures.
The fire started Wednesday, August 11, near the Mt. Gaines mine in the Quartzburg district although various reports as to the cause of the fire have been given out, such as the burning of brush and smoking of ground squirrels from their dens, the real origin of the fire is unknown.
Owing to the high grass and the favorable wind, the flames spread rapidly in several directions, making its way over the mountains toward Bear Valley and Mt. Bullion, crossing the Bear Valley road and onto the Mt. Bullion. A large force of men were fighting the flames and practically had the fire under control by Friday. It jumped the fire line at Green's Gulch on Saturday and for several hours threatened the town of Mt. Bullion. A number of houses, including the Trengove and Tedrow homes and the dance hall took fire but were saved by the heroic work of the fighters.
A half-ton of giant powder was exploded in the powder magazine at the Mt. Bullion mine, completely demolishing the house and hurling tons of stone and debris into the air, near where the men were battling the flames; the assay office, Fournier mine buildings and carpenter shop at the Mt. Bullion mine were destroyed with several thousand dollar loss. The buildings and timbers in the shaft at the new Princeton mine took fire in several places and it looked for a time that the property must be destroyed as the fire-fighters were forced to leave the scene on account of the intense heat.
Again the flames were almost under control but at Agua Fria creek the higher winds swept the flames on toward Mariposa and Cathay Valley. On Sunday a thousand men were on a forty-mile fire line fighting to save dozens of ranch homes and the towns of Mariposa and Mt. Bullion which latter place was again threatened by the approach of the fire from the north.
Near Mt. View the fire crossed the Yosemite highway and burned its way south toward White Rock destroying the Robert DeMoss and James Ward ranch buildings, also it burned east toward Bootjack and Pea Ridge over the several thousand acres of fine feed and destroyed hundreds of cords of wood that have been cut for the trade.
The fire threatened the town of Mariposa again on Monday when it broke out again near the top of Mariposa hill, four miles north of Mariposa. This was brought under control that evening by running the backfire line down the county road and into the old fire line about a mile for Mariposa.
On Tuesday the fire started again near the Peterson Ranch. This was the last out break of the fire and was under control by evening.
Mariposa was in darkness from Saturday until Wednesday night, the electric power line having been badly damaged.
IN MARIPOSA CO BRUSH FIRE
San Mateo Times, August 20, 1931
Bee Republican, July 1, 1933
TWO FIRES IN MARIPOSA
MARIPOSA (Mariposa Co.) July 1- Small fires were reported this week on the George Ashworth place near Mormon Bar where a few acres of brush was burned and near the Nelson place on the outskirts of Mariposa where two buildings and a tank house were destroyed.
MARIPOSA RANCHER's LIGHTING PLANT BURNED
Gazette July 13th, 1961
Nip & Ahwahnee Gone - - Fire Raging Uncontrolled
Two Dead; 50 to 60 Homes Destroyed
Nipinnawasee has gone up in flames, all but the school house and one home; Ahwahnee has only twelve structures left standing and Dead Wood has but few home left. No report on many of the home in secluded areas has yet been made, and the forest fire, which started on Stumpfield Mountain Monday, in Mariposa County, has spread into Madera County and is still out of control. Termed the fastest moving fire in the state, the line still has 70% of open county, with 37,000 acres blackened.
The Fire was reported nearly under control around noon Tuesday, when high winds of 25 to 35 miles per house came up, causing it to break out of the control, with flames traveling in dry grass faster than the ground crews could run. High Temperatures, winds, and low humidity combined to make "perfect disaster" fire weather, forestry officials said.
Fifty to sixty structures are known to be burned, Nip and Ahwahnee burned within an house for the time the first building caught and Deadwood was gone within 18 minutes. Residents fleeing this way reported they were barely ahead of and went through flames, some saving their pets and a few possessions. They said people of the area were dazed, the fire came on so fast.
Gene Warren, local telephone manager, with Constable Ted Chase, who assisted with the road most of the domestic livestock block on this end reported that was lost and the wild life seemed largely to turn and run back into flames. Numerous newspapermen and other publicity men flew into the Mt. Bullion airport and were transported to the scene.
Mariposa's district ranger Frank Crossfield, Robert Moran of Madera and Bob Flynn, U.S. Forestry Fire Control officer have formed a trio of fire bosses, in a untied effort to control the inferno.
On the fire are 1200 men from all parts of the state, national, state and county fire crews from as far south as San Diego, Folsom and Tehachapi prison, the Mt. Bullion Youth Authority, conversation camps at Miramonts, Mount Home and Murietts and a mobile camp. Crews are being replaced at near the exhaustion point.
56 fire trucks are at the scene, 20 dozers and at 5:00pm this afternoon six borate planes and one bird-dog started operations from Hammerfield in Fresno. Spraying operations were called off yesterday because of the density of the smoke.
One Ahwahnee couple, George Kipp and his wife Edna, both about 60 years of age, were fleeing in their car when it ran off the Roundhouse road and became stuck. Kipp was burned to death in the car and his wife was beside it and still alive, but died a few hours later after being taken to the Madera hospital.
Several fire fighters were flown to a Merced hospital and brought into Mariposa when they collapsed on the fire line.
Youth camps in Oakhurst, Sugar Pine, Bass Lake and Westfall areas were evacuated as a precautionary measure as was the Cedarbrook Girls Camp.
Authorities feel that with proper conditions the fire may be brought under control by Saturday. Starting Monday at Stumpfield Mountain, it was nearly under control that evening then breaking to burn to the Miami Lookout, race across the mounting into Nipinnawasee and Ahwahnee, and destroying them, on toward Oakhurst, burning most of Deadwood. Traveling almost to the Morgan ranch out of Ahwahnee in missed it. Area surrounding Oakhurst has been burned; so far the town is safe. The fire is within one-half mile of Coarsegold.
As we go to press the Fresno Division of Forestry reports the main trouble at present lies near Yosemite Forks and the Sky Ranch, near the Bass Lake turn-off. transcribed by Tom Phillips
LOCAL YOUTH ADMITS SETTING $1,500,000 FIRE LEVELING TWO COMMUNITES; TAKING 2 LIVES
Fredrick Litke, 18 of Mariposa confessed in the Madera district attorneys office last night of setting the 1½ million dollar fire on the Stumpfield Mountain road Monday, July10 which leveled two complete communities and took the lives for George and Edna Kipp of Ahwahnee.
Litke stated in his confession that he set the brush on fire with book matches in order to make an impression on his friends in that area when he overheard them say they were having trouble finding their stock because of the density of brush.
Lester Gendron, District Attorney for Madera County, stated that the early arrest of the arson suspect was due to the cooperation of Orville Jewell, special investigator from his office, Dick Ford, special investigator for the Division of Forestry, S. Bates special investigator for fire insurance underwriters and the personnel of both Mariposa and Madera sheriffs offices, who worked as a closely knit unit these past two weeks to determine the cause of the fire and its source.
Litke, who spent the night in the Madera County Jail, was transported to Mariposa yesterday to view the scene of the disaster area he caused, from there he was taken to the Oakhurst Justice Court for arraignment on 1 count 605, arson and tow counts 187, murder.
Frank Crossfield, District Ranger, State Division of Forestry, announced that the man-made fire storm consumed 20,000 acres in two hours the equivalent of 3 acres per second or 1 square mile every four minutes. He also stated that the fire season is not yet over and with several of his crew and trucks now fighting fire in adjacent counties everyone should remain on the alert and minimize the possibility of another calamity by clearing the areas around home, out building and business establishment s as well as good housekeeping on the interior of all structures.
transcribed by Tom Phillips
RED CROSS NEEDS
FOR FIRE AREA HAVE BEEN MET SAYS LOCAL HEADS
Stanley Fiske, chairman of the Red Cross Disaster Committee in Mariposa County and Mrs. May Kleiman Director of Mariposa County Department of Social Welfare advise that no further collection of clothing and articles of household furnishings will be undertaken locally as the immediate needs of the area have been met. Many truckloads of items collected in Mariposa County have been delivered to the area and distributed to the disaster victims.
All the clothing delivered to Building A of the Fairgounds was sorted, sized and packaged by Mrs. LaRue Wren and her committee of volunteers before being transported to the distribution centers at Nipinnawasee and Ahwahnee.
We feel that the residents individually, church groups and other organizations in Mariposa County deserve a vote of thanks, as the response to the call was tremendous. transcribed by Tom Phillips
Gazette, October 5th, 1961
Notice of hearing On Harlow Fire
Chairman Lloyd W. Lowrey of Rumsey today announced a hearing of the Assembly Interim Committee on Natural Resources, Planning and Public Works to be held on October 30, 1961, commencing at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly Hall State Building, Fresno California.
This hearing was called at the urgent request of Assemblyman Gordon Winton of Merced in order to hear testimony relative to the recent "Harlow fire" in Madera county which burned in excess of 42,000 acres, costing two lives, destroyed some eighty to ninety homes and business, completely wiped out the communities of Nipinnawasee and Ahwahnee, and cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,000,000.
All interested persons and groups are invited to appear at this hearing. Those persons wishing to present testimony should notify the Committee Office prior to October 25, 1961 in order that a complete agenda may be prepared.
Other members of the Committee are: Jack T. Casey, Vice Chairman, Bakersfield; Lou Cusanovich, Van Neuys; Louis Francis, San Mateo; William S. Grant, Long Beach; Vernon Kilpatrick, Lynwood; and Charles W. Meyers, San Francisco. transcribed by Tom Phillips
Mariposa, Investigators searched Friday for the cause of a wild fire which killed four men and burned 280 acres near here Thursday.
victims , all experienced firefighters, were Thomas
Foley, 39, foreman of the six-man crew; Jon Vaun Rasch, 37, of
Mariposa; Martin Georgi, 39 of Mariposa, an employee of the U S Soil
Conservation Service, and Raymond S Pierre, 23 of Merced.
Two other crew members- Kent Stoel(hard to read), 24, and Roy Chapin, 41 were hospitalized in Mariposa with critical burns.
(note:per the Foley family this fire was located in Midpines) c feroben
SURVIVOR OF FOREST FIRE SUES PGE for $700,000
Mariposa-Mariposa Co. Roy E. Chapin of Mariposa, a survivor in a forest fire which claimed the lives of four men, is seeking $700,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
In a suit filed Thursday in a San Francisco superior court, Chapin claims a PGE utility line started the 280 acres Timber Lodge fire at Mid Pines, Mariposa County, last August 2nd. The fire trapped a crew of six, killing the crew foreman, Thomas Foley, and Jon Vaun Rasch, Raymond St. Pierre and Martin Georgi, and critically burning Chapin and Kent Stoel.
It was the worst forest fire tragedy in the Sierra National Forest's history. A preliminary report filed by state and federal report filed by state and federal forestry investigators two days after the fire said it started near a PGE utility pole and "was spread over a wide area by falling transmission lines, which caused a rapid sweep up the brush covered slopes".
Chapin received lengthy treatment in hospitals near Mariposa and in Fresno for burns suffered in the fire and now is under a doctor's care in his home in Mariposa where he lives with his wife, Nancy, and three children.
His wife said he has suffered permanent injuries as a result of the fire.