December 24 – December 31 1857

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Dec 57

letter from John Overton say
ing he would be over to see me a
bout money Due him as interest
225$ to day I recvd 125$ from Bourne
by C. lindley from Mville express
cost 1 1/2$

Fr 25           I was at the Ball last kt awhile
looking on his morning I dressd up
this morning some several Drunk
to day of the smart ones in town

Sat 26         the weather is pleasant of days
& cold of kts. no snow in the vally
p.m. the Plumas Rangers1 met
in Quincy & was drilld some by Capt
Cunningham & Lawyer Haydon
was married to Miss Story this eve
ning at Betsy town, a runaway match
the girl 16 & the Boy 32 quite

Su 27          the day of rest is here again so
far as labor is concernd I rest evry
day. but in minf no day all is
labor to me. I was dund to day
again, John & Carter went over to
Rocky Bar & took a 1/2 tts. Krought
to Kyler, they got back after dark

Dec 57

Mo 28          I, john & Kyler went over to
Rocky Bar it was late when
arrivvd, late before we started

Tu 29           I slepd with old dad in his
Bunk, as usual I was up before
day & built a fire, early we had
Breckfast. I & John went up to
the point. John & the express
man started for rabbit creek
John on his way to Mville. I
& F Fox footed it to the vally got
Home at noon, in time we had dinner

We 30         I am poking about as usual
as miserable as can be, but living
on hop that the day will come
when I shall be free again

Th 31          the kts are quite cold, but the
days are warm and sunny preperali
ons are being made by many of the
folks to go to Marlins to kt to ate
nd a ball. I am not in the mix.
we stay at home as sutch amus
ement is too young for us.

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  1. Plumas Rangers, Sixth Division, First Brigade, founded November 24, 1855 under the seal of Judge W.T. Ward with E. T. Hogan as captain. The militia was formed in response to rumors of unrest among the Indians. 82 local men were enrolled and officers were elected at a meeting at the Saloon of Flournoy & Company in Elizabethtown on Saturday December 1 but the expected attack never came. The Rangers participated in no action other than parades and drills until conflict arose between white settlers and Pit River Indians in the Honey Lake region in 1857. With food in short supply, the local Indians harvested three acres of potatoes belonging to local rancher William Morehead. The resulting conflict became known as the Potato War. The Plumas Rangers marched to the aid of the settlers, but found the conflict already quelled by United States Army troops under Captain William Weatherlow and Chief Winnemucca and the Pah-Utes, who assisted in tracking the Pit River Indians involved. The group disbanded in 1860. (www.militarymuseum.org/plumasrangers) (Fariss, pg 282 -283)