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History of Alameda County, California, by Frank Clinton Merritt, Chicago, Ill.: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1928, 1276 pgs.; Chapter IV, The County's Early History, pgs.163-____.
The Centennial Year Book of Alameda County, California Biographical Sketches ~ Prominent Pioneers and Public Men
Oakland, California, Published by William Halley, 1876
Miscellaneous, pg. 573
HISTORY OF ALAMEDA COUNTY CALIFORNIA
California became a state on September 9, 1850, but it was not until March 25, 1853, that the bill creating Alameda County was approved. The county derived its name from Alameda Creek, its principal stream, and which had been the dividing line between Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. The creek, lined with trees through the otherwise sparcely [sic] wooded plains, gave it the resemblance of a shady walk or road, which in Spanish is called an alameda. When the Mexican pioneers discovered this section of the state they knew it b the name of the place of the alameda. It is not known exactly what the population of the county was at the time of its creation. In 1862 a second census was taken of Contra Costa County, and its entire population, including the portion secured by Alameda County in 1853, was but 2,750. However, William Halley, who wrote his history of county in 1876, estimated the population of Alameda County in 1853 at about three thousand, which, he admits, was a considerable increase over the population of two years previous, when it was credited with 752. The act creating the county reads as follows:
"Section 1. The following shall constitute the boundaries and seat of justice of Alameda County: Beginning at a point at the head of a slough, which is an arm of the Bay of San Francisco, making into the mainland in front of the Gegara ranches; thence to a lone sycamore tree that stands in a ravine between the dwellings of Fluhencia and Valentine Gegara; thence up said ravie to the top of the mountains; thence in a direct line easterly to the junction of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Counties; thence northwestwardly to the west line of San Joaquin County to the slough known a the Piscadero; thence westwardly in a straight line until it strikes the dividing ridge in the direction of the house of Joel Harlan, in Amador Valley; thence westwardly along the middle of said ridge, crossing the gulch one-half mile below Prince's mill; thence to and running upon the dividing ridge between the redwoods, known as San Antonio and Prince's woods; thence along the top of said ridge to the head of the gulch or creek that divides the ranches of Peraltas from those known as the San Pablo ranches; thence down the middle of said gulch to its mouth; thence westwardly to the eastern line of the county of San Francisco; thence along said last mentioned line to the place of beginning. Seat of justice, Alvarado.
"Sec. 2. There shall be held an election for county officers in the county of Alameda, on the second Monday of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, at which election the qualified voters of said county shall choose one county judge, one district attorney, one county clerk, who shall ex officio be county recorder, one sheriff, one county surveyor, one county assessor, one coroner, and one county treasurer.
"Sec. 3. James B. Larue, Michael Murray, J. S. Watkins, J. S. Marston, and Gustavus Harper are hereby appointed commissioners to designate the necessary election precincts in the county of Alameda for said election, and to appoint the judges and inspectors of election at the several precincts designated; to receive the returns, and to issue certificates of election to the parties receiving the highest number of legal votes, and in all other respects said election shall be conducted according to the provisions of the 'Act to regulate election,' passed March 23, 1850.
"Sec. 4. For the purpose of designating the several precincts in said county, said commissioners shall meet on the Monday two weeks previous to the day of election, and at said meeting shall designate the judges and inspectors of election for such precincts. The commissioners shall appoint one of their number as president and one as clerk, who shall keep a record of their proceedings in a book to be provided for that purpose, which record shall be deposited in the clerk's office after the commissioners shall have closed their labors. A majority of said commissioners shall at all times constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
"Sec. 5. The commissioners shall, immediately after designating the precincts and appointing the proper officers to conduct said election, give notice of such election, and the names of the officers appointed to conduct the same, by written or printed notices to be posted at each of the precincts, and aid notices shall be thus posted at least ten days before the election.
"Sec. 6. Sealed returns from the officers of election may be delivered to any member of said board.
"The commissioners shall meet in the town of New Haven, on the tenth day subsequent to the day of election, and the returns shall then be opened by said commissioners and canvassed, and the persons having the highest number of legal votes for the several offices to be filled shall be declared elected, and the president shall immediately make out and send or deliver to each person chosen a certificate of election, signed by him as president of the commission, and attested by the clerk.
"Sec. 7. Each person
From: History of Alameda County, California, by Frank Clinton Merritt, Chicago, Ill.: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1928, 1276 pgs.; Chapter IV, The County's Early History, pgs.163-____.