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1860 Jacksonville citizen petition
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: June 21, 2013 at 12:26:56
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I recently purchased the subject document written on a single sheet of gray-colored paper. It reads as follows [question marks indicate hard to read letter(s)]:

"FRED LOCKLEY [name embossed]
                     August 9. 1860
We the undersigned citizens of
the above named place do respectfully
solicit of the county commissioners
permission for “Frank Mayo,” to use the
court house for the purpose of giving a
series of entertainments for a few
evenings. As we can positively certify
that the character of the entertainment
is genteel, & one not calculated to incur
a noise, disturbance, or in any way injure
the premises.
              W A Wilkinson
E B Parker              G [?] W [?] ilson
I D Haines [?]       J F Zimmerman
Brunner              T. L. [?] Birch
Kram [?] P Haso Antiord [?] Schroim [?]
L V Spicer              Geo Lunk
M Brentano       Sachs Bros.
Elder                     L H Ziggler
J J Foster              Oles [?] A [?] ta [?]
U B Freane       Jas Clugage [?]
E Perry              C E Stewart
M [?] Judge       W O [?] Qume [?]
M [?] Ashly       J T Kendrick

[recorded on verso]

Sarlos Diggings [?] an July 19 A D 1860
Sarlos Diggings
D. L. Vales [?]

Petition for use
of Court House
for Entertainments

Filed August 9 1860
Wm Hoffman

Frank Mayo, born 18 Apr 1839 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, died 8 Jun 1896 in Grand Isle, Hall Co., NE, went to California at age 14 to make his fortune in the Gold Rush, but his success came in acting. He made his professional debut in San Francisco in 1856. He barnstormed the Pacific Coast with other actors, including Edwin Booth. At the time of the 1860 enumeration, he resided in Portland, Multnomah Co., WA, with his wife Mary, an actress, born about 1841 in Ireland.

Many of the loosely written signatures on the petition are difficult if not impossible to decipher. I was able to find some of the individuals in the 1860 census data for Jacksonville, as summarized below:

E. B. Parker, born about 1841 in NY, was a merchant.

J. D. Haines, born about 1828 in OH, was a merchant.

L. V. Spicer, born about 1837 in OH, was a clerk.

Max A. Brentano, born about 1825 in Austria, was a merchant.

M. A. Elder, born about 1821 in Saxony, was a clerk.

U. B. Freane, born about 1834 in MD, was a printer.

J. F. Zimmerman, born about 1834 in Hesse-Darmstadt, was a saddle maker.

Thomas L. Birch, born about 1834 in VA, was a cabinet maker.

Sachs Bros. (Isaac Sachs, born about 1842 in Bavaria, Solomon Sachs, born about 1845 in Bavaria, and Benjamin Sachs, born about 1850 in Bavaria), were general merchants.

Lewis H. Zigler/Ziggler, born about 1829 in VA, was a landlord (Union Hotel).

James Cluggage, born about 1825 in MD, was a farmer. In January 1852, he and John R. Poole, mule packers and owners of 'Jackass Freight,' discovered gold in this area in January 1852, which led to the founding of the town.

William Hoffman, born about 1802 in MD, was the county auditor/clerk.

Contact me for free scans.


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