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Catalog number 1997.2.1633
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1945
Description TITLE: NEW ALMADEN CENTENNIAL OF DISCOVERY SUBTITLE:George H. Sexton, President of Mining Company, Is Host to Distinguished Guests From Bayside AUTHOR:
Cities - Casa Grande May Become Hotel.
CASA GRANDE, the lovely old managerial residence of the New Almaden company, with its green lawns, its stately old tree and shimmering lake, was the setting for the 100th anniversary celebration of the discovery of-the famous New Almaden quicksilver mines, second largest in the world, yesterday afternoon.
George H. Sexton, president of the New Almaden company, was host of the afternoon, assisted by Mrs. E. T. Sterling, Mrs. D. M Burnett., Mrs F. Mattenberger, Mrs. G. C. Singletary, and Messrs. A. E. Rowe, Harry Nichols and H. R. Pate, the reception committee.
About 1000 invited guests partook of the delicious barbecue, which was served on the long veranda of Casa Grande and on the tree-shaded lawn at the south, and was followed by speaking by Congressman Arthur M. Free, John S. Mitchell, personal representative of D. M. Linnard, of the Linnard Hotel company, Arthur A. Caldwell and W. G. Alexander of San Jose.
Free Traces History.
Mr. Free traced the romantic history of the New Almaden mines from their discovery, a century ago by the Indians, to the present day, introducing, in his speech, various reminiscences of his college life when he and other classmates at Stanford university edified the townspeople with a college concert.
"Three-quarters of the world 's quicksilver comes from the New Almaden mines," said Mr. Free, "and congress realized this when it placed a tariff of 25 cents on quicksilver. This does not mean an embargo, but it means that England cannot put American quicksilver out of production." Continuing his reminiscences, Mr. Free introduced Judge A. C. Innes, for 54 years a resident of New Almaden and for years justice of the peace in the mining town, as "the political dictator of New Almaden," telling of the first time he was seeking to be district attorney, and how Judge Innes aided him. "All the candidates were invited to pa-take of the hospitality of the then manager of the mine, who favored my opponent," said Mr. Free. "'Come on over here, said Judge Innes, and we ate with the bunch in the corner," and he added, "when the votes were counted Free had 95 per cent of the votes of New Almaden. And I want to thank Judge Innes again," and he turned and bowed to the gray-haired little Scotchman beside him, history and sentiment of New Alma-den, that he will be glad to come here to help in this development."
Sexton Is Host.
Mr. George H. Sexton, the host of the afternoon, expressed his thanks to his guests for helping make the centennial of New Almaden's mine discovery, such a success. He was followed by Mr. Caldwell, who spoke of transforming the historic Casa Grande into a magnificent hotel as "Santa Clara county's greatest opportunity for future prosperity."
W. G. Alexander, who was called upon, spoke of the difference in sentiment prevailing now from that of 10 years ago. "Then an oak tree's value was measured in the number of cords of wood it would produce when cut into firewood; now it has a definite value as a bit of the landscape. Then the hills only meant grazing land, now they are beautiful sites for homes. We have caught the vision. We have grown. So with Almaden, it is more now than successful. industry. It is a beauty spot of which must be preserved and made more lovely."
"Oldest Inhabitant" Talks.
Judge Innes, one of New Almaden's oldest inhabitants, talked entertainingly of New Almaden a half century ago. Much of this has been incorporated in an article printed elsewhere, so will not be repeated. Judge Innes has lived in New Almaden 54 years, and for 25 years was its loved and feared - justice of the peace.
The festivities at Casa Grande ended with a delightful supper for a few of Mr. Sexton's personal friends, and a dance at Hacienda in the evening.
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art