Old Newspapers Found at White Sulphur Springs Ranch

By John Lullo

The past has come to life many times during the work associated with the restoration of this historic property … and it happened again on the 12th of April 2022.

New carpets had been ordered and John Barker, Robert Ware, Dennis Horton and Don Maddelena were painstakingly ripping out the old stuff. Suddenly, under layers of the old worn and torn carpet, in one of the upstairs bedrooms, some old newspapers appeared. The date on the masthead of an old San Francisco Chronicle was April 10, 1905. The front page had articles dealing with the participation of the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese war. Another article on the front page described a hit by the Mafia on a local San Franciso man. More than the front page was found but the interior pages were not explored for fear of them disintegrating into paper flakes.

Another old tabloid sized paper entitled “Woman’s World” had a date of November 1904. It was published in Chicago and cost 25 cents a year or 5 cents a copy. It contained an ad for a “ball bearing sewing machine” the cost of which was $5.75. Another one was for “Hayner Whiskey”….”4 full quarts for $3.20,”express paid”.

It begs the question; how did these publications from faraway cities like San Francisco, and especially Chicago, find their way to rural Plumas County in the early nineteen hundreds?

The old newspapers were testament to the fact the layers under the old carpets being replaced were laid down at least 117 years ago! It was another historical highlight experienced in the long and fascinating process of restoring White Sulphur Springs Ranch.

After a couple of lean, pandemic years the volunteers of the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) are getting back into high gear. Summerfest, the primary fundraiser, is coming back on the 26th of June and visitors will be able to take tours of old ranch house with its restored façade and vintage furnishings.

New MVSC members are always welcomed. If you would like to be a part of the restoration of this historic property or just make a tax deductible contribution, visit http://www.whitesulphurspringsranch.com.

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