Business and Professional News from the 1890s

Editor Rorick of the Bad Axe Democrat has commenced a $5000 libel suit against the Detroit Tribune. The trouble arises over a news item which appeared in the Tribune in regard to a registered letter which ex Postmaster Rorick failed to turn over to his successor when the office changed hands, but withheld until a postoffice inspector traced it to him last month. (The Huron Times, June 6, 1890)

A large number of copies of the new Huron county directory were delivered in this vicinity last week by E.R. Cookingham and Wm. Rorick. This volume comprises a large amount of valuable information for residents of this county, and its compilation is valuable for its accuracy and reliability. Aside from the maps and other charts displayed it contains a short history of the county. (The Huron Times, October 17, 1890)

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Announces Candidacy.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Feb. 14.—Adolph Dobrowsky, pioneer jeweler of this city, announced today his candidacy for city trustee. Dobrowsky has never before ran for office. It is expected that there will be a warm contest for the office on account of differences in the matter of municipal lighting.

Source: Sacramento Union, February 15, 1916.

Lives Were Saved By A Shasta Pine Tree

REDDING, July 14.—Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Dobrowsky of Redding had a narrow escape from instant death Sunday while autoing in their Ford runabout up to the McCloud river to enjoy a day’s fishing. Their automobile went off the grade about a mile and a half south of Baird, and only the sturdy presence of a pine tree prevented their being dashed down a straight fall of fifty or seventy-five feet. They were coming down the steep grade, which is remarked for the number of sharp curves, and were very near the bottom of the hill, having only two or three more turns to make, when something went wrong with the steering gear, causing the machine to run off the grade instead of turning the corner.

The runabout plunged from the road on the left-hand side and was going very slowly at the time. This fact probably saved the couple from very serious injury. As it was Mrs. Dobrowsky was pinned under the machine so that her husband had to get out his jackscrew in order to lift the car to release his imprisoned wife. One arm was pinned under the machine, and a limb of a pine tree was in painful proximity to her back. As it is, Mrs. Dobrowsky received a painful bruise on the eye, and was roughly thrown against the tree that saved their lives.

The autoists walked to Baird, where they sent men out to rescue the machine, while they enjoyed fishing as first planned.

Source: Sacramento Union, July 15, 1908.

Dog Poisoner at Redding.

REDDING, Aug. 3.—The two trained hunting dogs of Adolph Dobrowsky, the jeweler, were poisoned yesterday by some person unknown. Dudley Saeltzer of the McCormick lost a valuable mastiff at the same time in the same manner. Dobrowsky in particular is strongly aroused over the work of the dog poisoner, as his dogs had been his faithful companions upon many a hunting trip. An attempt was made two weeks ago to poison the mastiff belonging to the Gronwoldt brothers of the Golden Eagle hotel.

Source: Sacramento Union, August 4, 1907.

Short News Items from 1902

The crack shots of the vicinity contested for honors and an oyster supper in a shooting match, blue rock pigeons being used as targets. Frank Boehringer and Lorin Walling were the captains. Loyd Hunt carried off the honors with a score of five birds out of six shots. The winning side and their partners were feasted to oysters in Lincoln warehouse. A pleasant evening was spent in games, but the oysters gave out and Mr. Boehringer and Mr. Duncan have not been heard from since. (Polk County Itemizer, January 17, 1902)

D.A. Baxter, principal of the public schools at Meridian, is in the city to attend the county teachers’ meeting. (Idaho Statesman, February 9, 1902)

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Mountain Lions.

REDDING.—Mrs. A. F. Dobrowsky, the young and pretty wife of a local jeweler, killed two mountain lions on Sunday at Bear mountain, distant twenty miles. The man an4 his wife are ardent sportsmen. They go every Sunday into the woods, but last Sunday she killed her first mountain lion.

She was alone on the mountain side when she was attracted by the baying of her hound. She found he had a large panther up a tree.- As she prepared to shoot at it she saw a second lion looking hungrily at her through the thick foliage. Just then her husband came up, attracted by the noise of the dog. At the count of three the two rifles rang out and the two tawny brutes fell to the earth, mortally wounded.

As they rolled in their death struggles Mrs. Dobrowsky saw a third mountain lion higher up in the tree than its fellows had been. She killed it with one ball. The smallest lion measured five feet.

Source: Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, July 23, 1902.

Short News Items from 1899

Mrs. Z.C. Andruss returned Wednesday from her visit with her daughters, Mrs. Dilts, at Randolph, Iowa. (Algona Courier, January 6, 1899)

Mrs. Z.E. Brown of Minneapolis has been visiting her brother and sister, Dr. Armstrong and Mrs. Z.C. Andruss of Irvington. (Algona Republican, January 11, 1899)

Now that Steve George has joined the army of benedicts Wat Rorick has formed a partnership with Grant Cooksey and will be able to scoop any and all fishing next spring that is if he can teach Grant how to fish as fisherman should. (The Caldwell Advance, January 19, 1899)

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Jeweler Finds Diamond Through Unique Plan

Drives Home in New Automobile and Satchel Containing Gems Drops Out—Issues Handbills.

REDDING, June 24.—Adolph Dobrowsky, a Redding jeweler, lost a $1700 diamond from the seat of his automobile over a week ago somewhere between this city and Vallejo.  He had given up the brilliant as lost, but Saturday he received a telegram from a jeweler in Willows telling him that he could have the gem by coming after it.  Mr. Dobrowsky arrived in Redding Saturday, a week ago, from Vallejo in a new automobile that he had just purchased in the city.  He never missed the hand satchel containing the diamond ring and a few other articles of nominal value until he arrived at the door of his home.  He sent his chauffeur back over the road to look for the satchel and scatter handbills advertising the loss of a “$40 diamond ring of great value as a family keepsake, for which full value will be paid as a reward for its return.”

The chauffeur made a trip to Vallejo and back, but accomplished nothing, arriving in Redding yesterday morning.  At noon came the word from Willows that the satchel and all its contents had been found intact and awaited Dobrowsky’s arrival.  No other particulars were given.

Source:  Oakland Tribune, June 24, 1907.

Some Short Death Notices

Wallace Bailey, the 12-year-old-son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Bailey, living north of Clarkston, was found dead by his sister.  The lad was seen playing in a small trench on the farm.  A large portion had caved in, completely covering him.  (Bessemer Herald, July 3, 1909)

Adolph Dobrowsky, a native of Austria, 70 years of age, died suddenly in Redding Sunday.  He was a friend of Marshall, the discoverer of gold in California.  (Woodland Daily Democrat, November 27, 1901).

PONTIAC, March 9.—(By A.P.)—Ronald Porritt, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Porritt, of nearby Seymour Lake, died in the Goodrich hospital Monday night from a self inflicted revolver would in his breast.  (Lansing State Journal, March 9, 1926)

Sues to Recover Price of a Bogus Nugget

Redding, March 27.—A.F. Dobrowsky, a local jeweler, brought suit today against John W. Hare, an insurance agent, to recover $27 50 paid Hare for a nugget which proved to be bogus. The specimen appeared to be “lousy” with gold. The yellow metal filled its every crevice and there were large crevices. Had the filling been gold, the specimen would have been worth possibly $50, but it was not. It was goldfoil cleverly inserted by the hand of man. Hare paid $20 for the “gold brick” and sold it to Dobrowksy, not knowing its fraudulent character, at an advance of $7 50. The jeweler found it was bogus and demanded his money back, but the insurance agent would not return the full price, hence the suit.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 1903.