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Question or comments? Contact Editor Lisa Van De Hey at FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 18, 2016 >> THE GRIDLEY HERALD -Jr- The Gridley Museum is proud to now have the buggy once belonging to JW Browning on display for everyone to enjoy, thanks to Barbara Stohl- man, his great-grand- daughter. John W. Browning was one of Colusa Coun- ty's earliest settlers and most colorful and largest landowners and livestock men. At one time he had more than 25,000 acres under cultivation and Was one of the pioneers in successful commercial rice farming. His father came to Colusa in 1849. John was the only white child for miles around and he received much at- tention from the vaque- ros carrying bowie knives who worked for his fa- ther. He used to recount about his experiences as a boy riding the great un- fenced valley floor, even to Willows to help cow- boys gather his father's cattle. John Browning ac- quired from 15,000 to 20,000 acres of range land in western Colusa County where he win- tered his cattle, taking them to valley stubble fields in summer. He died in 1935. Browning's three children, J. Lendell Browning, Elna Schohr and Aileen Armstrong, formed The Browning Company, increased the cattle numbers and, for a time, had a feed yard near west Butte in Sut- ter County, the first one in this area. Some of the Browning properties are now owned and operated by the Browning heirs. As a boy of 10 years, Browning was recognized by stockmen as capable of doing a man's work in the saddle. As a young man, Browning owned one of the first warehouses on the Sacramento River, Eddy's Landing at Grand Island. Despite his youth, Browning's business abil- ity and his able manage- ment attracted attention. Colonel George Hagar, one of the richest men in Colusa County, asked him to operate his proper- ties in Reclamation Dis- trict 108. Colonel Hagar owned 40 miles of land along the Sacramento River in Colusa and Yolo Counties. Browning was only 16 or 17 years of age when the land was turned over to his management. Gradually, Browning be- gan buying land of his own. Hagar advanced him money to make pur- chases at various times. The Browning holdings began in a small way to take shape. Browning was a trustee of Reclama- tion District 108 for 30 years and was president for eight or nine years. At one time he owned 30,000 acres of land in ii i iLil ii!:ii:il !i!iiii:!ii! ii iii ilili ili/i ii)::, the Sutter Basin, but his holdings in the district in recent years amounted to only 7,000 acres. Th6 first hogs Brown- ing raised he shipped by barge from Grimes to Sacramento. He re- claimed thousands of acres of land in the Sac- ramento Valley, making it productive. His expe- rience in Reclamation District 108 proved valu- able to him in formation of Reclamation District 833, on which he served. as chairman of the board. When the district had difficulty in dispos- ing of its warrants he pur- chased $700,000 worth. J.W. made two trips to Louisiana to learn de- tails of how reclamation districts were operated there. He took over the Balfour Guthrie Ranch, the old Chappell proper- ty, near Butte Creek along Gridley-Colusa Road in about 1910. It consisted of 5,520 acres. Barley and wheat were bringing low prices and the previous owners had abandoned efforts to raise these grains and had gone into the cattle business. Cattle also was bringing in little profit and the owners de- cided to plant rice. They were told that rice could not be grown successfully in California, but this did not daunt them and they set out 100 acres as an experiment. It was the 1600 variety. Browning harvested the rice in 191o after he had taken taken over the property. It yielded slightly more than 100 sacks to the acre. The next year he planted several hundred acres which averaged 80 sacks to the acre and which sold for about two cents a pound. He contin- ued to plant rice, and the third year the plantings had reached 1,000 acres. In the meantime, his suc- cess began attracting at- tention. Following his lead, other land owners began, planting rice near Wil- lows. Stories of cattle and hog drives from the Browning Ranch, to the railhead at Gridley have been told for years. Ezra Johnson and Ernie Car- lquist, old-timers and both now deceased, de- scribed in great detail weather conditions and the city of Gridley at that time. In the winter, the herders on horses plod- ded through inuck and mire to get to town, and in the drier months, they raised such a dust that they could hardly see the livestock they were driving into the then un- paved streets of Gridley. One can only imagine the reaction of Gridley townspeople when word got out John Browning's crew was headed their way. Can you visualize the city workers dreading the mess after their passing, or even worse, how the matrons must have hast- ily removed their drying laundry from the clothes- lines? Mr. Aaron Waller, long time Gridleyan, told of the "free enterprise" act of a Gridleyite that was not so free. It seems a male resident profited from the roaming hogs at the Browning ranch by slaughtering and of- fering them for sale to butcher shops in Gridley and Live Oak -- five or more carcasses at a time. This was all fine until BUGGY FROM LONG AGO - JW Browning and his son Lendell Browning are pictured on the buggy with "Buffalo Bill" (the Indian standing alongside the horse that was named Artichokes, named after a man who wanted Browning to raise artichokes to feed tohis hogs. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Stohlman) . i )i!iiiiiiii!ii!iiiiiiiiii!iiiii!i!i!iiiii!ii! SURRY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP - Many thanks to Barbara Stohlman for housing this beautiful buggy at the Gridley Museum and thanks to Dick Watson and Jack Lindo say for transporting, dismantling and placing the buggy in the museum for all to en- joy. John Browning found out about the transactions. He took the man to task and directly put a halt to the operation. Come visit the Grid- ley Museum Tuesday Friday 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., Careless cooking is the number one cause of residential fires. Never leave anything unattended while cooking! Don't let an unfortunate grease fire ruin your holiday meal. With the holiday season fast approaching; here are some helpful tips and safety information to make this holiday season a memorable one, brought to you by CAL FIRE/ Gridley Fire Department. - Stay Away from the House .- Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unat- tended. - Find Flat Ground - The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed. - Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey - Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble fu- riously and spill over. Ifoil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire. - Monitor the Temp - Use caution when touch- ing the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil's temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats. - Be Prepared - Have a fire extinguisher (multi- purpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites. or Saturday, November ber 30 before the Winter 26 and opening at 4 p.m., Wonderland Parade of on Wednesday, Novem- Lights at 7 p.m. FALLS FROM PAGE 1 and is board certified. To recruit and retain phy- sicians to staff a 24/7 emergency room means Orchard Hospital must pay wages comparable to those found in the larger hospitals. "We have to compete with large city hospitals like those found in Sac- ramento or San Francisco to get doctors here. They have to be paid the going rate to come to our small hospital or they would just stay in the cities", Stark said. Of course when a family "member needs to be rushed to the Emer- gency Department, we don't take the time to worry about the ER doc- tors credentials, we are merely looking for help as quickly as possible. This of course is pos- sible With an ER in our own community, rather than the scary thought of having to drive out of town and the thought of our loved one becoming worse on the way. The Stewarts gave credit to the hospital's Medical Specialty Center and the great care they receive there especially when walk-in appoint- ments are available. The clinic is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Stewart's also expressed their gratitude for the times they have had family members in the ER. If "Measure M had passed, it would have meant $330,000 per year which would have been 25 percent offthe loss the ER faces each year. Stark feels the pas- sage of Measure M was overestimated partly because of the surveys that came back saying it would pass by 77 percent according to the people who were called. For anyone who would like to help make the difference for our lo- cal hospital and show their support, checks for any amount will be glad- ly accepted when made out to Orchard Hospital Foundation ER Fund, 240 Spruce Street, Grid- ley, Ca 95948. Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, According to my rough calculations, there were approximate- ly 2,000 people who voted for Measure M. That works out to about $165 each to reach the $330,000 lost. Here is our $330 con- tribution. 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