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Harry Rich tale - APRIL 20, 1909. all a the receive an a old...
APRIL 20, 1909. all a the receive an a old under life he In are No In one-half yet saloon In by 22-24 22-24 of of T. C. of to II. 22 distribution A. Wat-sonville, Harry Rich a Singular Man The reported disappearance from Watsonville of Harry Rich, the young attorney who has had half the county talking about his exploits In the world of politics, law and business, was the sensation of yesterday's news. Rich has been a wonder to many of those who thought they knew him best. Determined, reckless and domineering, domineering, he had many of the characteristics characteristics that go to make successful politicians, lawyers or business men of a certain order. Sky what you will about Harry Rich, he was no mean antagonist antagonist In any one of these three fields and he dabbled In them all. It was Rich who, as town attorney of Boulder Creek, was responsible more than any other half-dozen half-dozen half-dozen men, for the movement which reduced the number of saloons in the mountain town within two years from 17 to 2, and finally to none at all. And he enjoyed the work. He didn't seem to be happy, the saloon men used to say, unless he was prosecuting "some poor devil of a saloon keeper" for selling liquor to minors or drunken men, or for permitting gambling In his place. And with a board of trustees behind him, he made havoc of the saloon business business in Boulder Creek. That done, or nearly so, he went Into the lumbering lumbering business with one of the trustees, C. A. Smith. Together they secured a timber claim on King creek, bought a mill and sawed lumber there two seasons. Lawyer Rich on horseback, aun-tanned aun-tanned aun-tanned and tired, coming home from the mill after a hard day's work, was a familiar sight in Boulder during during the cutting season. And he kept up his law practice and his work as town attorney too. Boulder Creek well remembers one memorable occasion when he undertook undertook to arrest a prominent citizen who claimed he was being unlawfully prosecuted prosecuted and went so far as to shoot he said In the air, but others claimed lower In order to make sure of the capture when he was afraid the marshal marshal couldn't do it alone. Another time he and the marshal were accused of using their office to force a favorable timber contract from some Japs, and they were arrested and the case taken up by the district attorney, but the evidence was inconclusive inconclusive and Boulder people concluded that Rich's enemies had concocted the charge. Nothing came of It, anyway. Rich made life one continual round of excitement for the people of Boulder Boulder Creek In those days and that' was only two years ago, at most. But he did things everybody had to admit that, and his very aggressiveness forced people to admire him. Finally, when the cessation of lumbering lumbering and Uie panic combined, struck Moulder Creek, Rich moved to Watsonville, Watsonville, put up his shingle as a lawyer lawyer and went Into the produce business business with his brother, in the meantime selling out his interest In the Smith mill to Smith. In Watsonville, his aggressiveness won him the confidence of the higher-ups higher-ups higher-ups In politics and his efforts to secure the retirement of W. 11. Pool from the recent supcrvlsoral fight made him an Important figure In the last campaign and put him in the front rank of political political diplomats In this county. In politics, he claimed to have the confidence confidence of Supervisor Linscott, and Lieut.-Gov, Lieut.-Gov, Lieut.-Gov, Porter, (he recognized heads of the Republican party in the Pa.iaro valley. The dinner, or lunch, as he afterwards described it, which those gentlemen attended, and which Rich gave In honor of Carl Lindsay, the Republican candidate for superior jndg last fall, was a fruitful topic for the political humorists in that campaign, campaign, in fact, Rich modestly admitted admitted that he had been largely instrumental instrumental In bringing Mr. Lindsay into the campaign, although lie had a strong compel itior for that honor in Editor Duncan McPherson of the Sentinel, Sentinel, who saw the dark horse candidate candidate groomed and saddled, under the oaks, you remember, days before his name was sprung on a surprised Republican Republican county convention. But. wherever Harry Rich goes, you can count on this; there will be something something doing every minute. Charles W. Trailing, wno was clerk for Harry Rich and his brother, J. L. Rich, in Watsonville, yesterday filed an action against the two for $1.50 due as unpaid wages. It was stated yesterday that Rich was seen in San Francisco last Thursday and said he was going to go to Portland, Oregon, from that place to Victoria, where he expected to take a steamer to the Philippine islands and begin life all over again. LOCAL GETTING WILL SING SANTA CRUZ The local copies of a pamphlet for lodges of Canada, Inviting grand lodge stop off at guests for a going or The that has not Santa Cruz tall timber could put a beneath the smallest tree." that we do one of the 824 is a "the other believes that' The plumber Fan-euf and the Harry The local continuous barbecue the eastern Santa Cruz WILLIAM Rev. E. L. church of information Jose comniissioser at the general held in Too?;e of represent assembly. Grant B. lawyer and announced the Republican governor of Oregon It will if you economical RELIABLE, GAS 125 " Hot Syringes are sold of two good get a J. G. 67 Pacific Real

Clipped from Santa Cruz Evening News20 Apr 1910, WedPage 2

Santa Cruz Evening News (Santa Cruz, California)20 Apr 1910, WedPage 2
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