Later from the Lower Country

 As reported in the Daily Alta California – February 18, 1852

 Several different communications from Los Angeles have been received at San Diego, warning citizens against a band of robbers who have left that vicinity for Lower California, and now said to be at Temecula.  It has caused no little solicitude (sic) among the rancheros.   They have brought their families into town, run their horses, &c. (sic), into some private and secluded gorge of mountains not easily to be found by the robbers, and fear themselves to return to their ranches.  Those of them disposed to plant have lost the season entirely, by such stampedes.  It appears that the place cannot rest in peace and quietude for a month at a time.   These fears, which are too true and well-founded, not to be heeded, have seriously injured the agricultural portion of the community this season.

 Blogger’s Note:  There is some belief that the infamous ‘Joaquin Murrieta’ and his gang stole horses in California and ran them south of the border to Sonora, Mexico.  The complete name ‘Joaquin Murrieta’ first appeared in the San Francisco newspaper Alta California on December 15, 1852, 10 months before this article was written.  Is it possible that these robbers and horse thiefs that terrorized the Temecula area for a month were the one and same ‘banditos’?

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Witchcraft Case

As reported in the Daily Alta California – October 13, 1858

The Vineyard, of the 2nd inst., speaks as follows of the San Luis Rey witchcraft case:

Don Francisco P. de Rodriquez, who came up on the Senator from San Diego, informed us that the Sheriff Lyon had left that place for Temecula, where the Indians were reported to be about sacrificing five of their class on the shrines of fanaticism.  Mr. Eli M. Smith, who has subsequently arrived from San Diego overland, via Temecula, gives the following details:

On his arrival at Temecula, he found about sixty Indians under drill, preparatory to the performance of the tragedy.  They were armed with guns, lances and clubs.  They continued this drilling during the two days which he remained there.  The intended vicitims were two male and two female Indians; two of which were charged with witchcraft, and the others with poisoning, or attempting to poison, some of their fellow creatures.  An investigation of the charges had been held by order of the grand chief, Manuel Cota, which resulted in the condemnation of the accused to be hung at the old Mission of San Luis Rey, on Monday, the 20th ult.  The night previous to the expected execution of the victims, the Sheriff of the county arrived on the ground and rescued the unfortunate subjects, taking them to the town of San Diego.  This interverntion of the Sheriff was so repugnant to the principles of justice as understood by the chief, and so derogatory to the authority held by him, that he immediately resigned his commission, and he retired in disgust from his chieftainship.

Note – In 1858 Temecula was part of San Diego County.  Riverside County was not formed until 1893.

Published in: on February 6, 2010 at 10:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Old Town Sweet Shop Grand Re-Opening

Old Town Sweet Shop Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, February 6th from 9am to 9pm. Come meet Mr. Jelly Belly, compete in the Hula Hoop and Bubblegum blowing contests and try guessing to win our Jelly Belly or Bubblegum Jar. Samples of Jelly Bellys, Fudge and Ice Cream will be handed out all day. Yum-O!

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm  Comments Off on Old Town Sweet Shop Grand Re-Opening