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Catalog number 1997.2.1691
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1950
Description TITLE: We, the People SUBTITLE: RECALLS DAYS IN ALMADEN AUTHOR: JOHN J. HYER PUBLISHER: San Jose News - 8/29/50
Editor, San Jose News: Your article about the coming Almaden Fete with the picture of some of the old timers interested' me very much.
I have been away from this region for many years and have recently returned to make my home in San Jose. Since coming here, I have been thinking of some of my old friends and particularly Dave Bulmore. Picture my surprise when I opened my paper and found Dave staring me in the face.
When I was a lad about nine or ten, a cousin of mine, Emil Menke, and his mother took up a homestead, on top of the mountain just on the other side from Almaden Hill. I used to spend my summers with them there.
Every week it was my job to take my burro down to the Hacienda for supplies and get the mail. Mr. Carson the postmaster, carried mail sacks into the little post office in the north end of the Almaden Store and distributed the mail.
Your article speaks of the Fourth of July celebrations. I well remember one when we were making merry at the picnic grounds down the road from the Hacienda (must have been about 1880). Word came that the mine company's ranch was on fire. We all high-tailed it down to Almaden Station and found a big barn in flames. Desperate efforts were made to get the horses out of the barn, with rather sad results.
In those days, too, there were fandangos, to which we would ride from far and wide, big supper at midnight, and the rising sun would find us dancing. Oh, yes, my burro and I, we got around.
Now what I really wrote to ask you, before I got started in this string of memories, do you know if Dave Bulmore is still alive, and where he is?

Cataloged by Boudreault, Art