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Guests at the National Hotel       Bidwell, California 1852 -1854

A ledger kept by John F. Thompson, Priportor of the National Hotel, provides a interesting record of some of the indivuduals that stayed at this hotel-boarding house and the cost associated with the accomidations. In addition to cash advances, it apppears individuals also purchased merchandise a other businesses and had the items charged to their National Hotel account. These are examples of how gold rush era businesses often functioned like banks before the establishmet of banks as a separate business enterprise. 

 * The indicated months are the first and last entries in the ledger for the individual  

Name

Year

Months *

Some of the charges to the individual account

Mike Walsh

1852

 

Listed under Van Orden & Co.

W. F. Weight

1852

 

Listed under Van Orden & Co.

Thomas Wells

1852

 

Listed under Van Orden & Co.

Woodmason

1852

 

Listed under Van Orden & Co.

Hiram Mitchell

1852

 

C. H. Stone started to board May 18th

O. Van Orden

1852

Nov. – Dec.

Uncle Ben two meals  $2.00 ; Cash $87.22

B. Masour

1852 -53

Nov. –Feb.

Dinner for Meyer

Thomas Fleming

1852 - 53

Nov. – Apr.

Hay for Mules $2.00 ;  Eight days Mule keep $ 16.00

E. Burnsides

1852 - 53

Nov. - May

 2/22 ball ticket 10.00.   2/28 Cash advance for filling teeth $20.00

Anderson Miles

1852 - 53

Nov. - May

Balance due May 7, 1853  $261.51

N. M. Meason

1852

Nov.

Week board $12.0

Hiram Mitchell

1852

Feb.

Paid bill of $80.00

Mike Walsh

1852

Oct. – Nov

Two drinks $0.50

Chas. Horrell

1852 - 53

Nov. - Jan

On Novemer 29th paid $13.75 of bill with gold dust

Mr. Major

1852  

 

To be paid by Stone & Co.

E. Conrad

1852-

Nov. - Feb.

 Cash advances from fifty cents to one hundred dollars

Mr. Furginson

1853

July

Begins to board

R. Johnson, Wn. Foreman: O.Thayer, Bill Hicklind

1852 -53

Oct. –Jan

Appears to be board and other charges for individuals  charged to the account of the Mill Co.

C. H. Cutting

1852

Oct.-Dec.

20 # Barley  $2.50 ; Horse Keep $9.00 ;  Week Board $12.00

Babcock

1852-53

Nov. -Jan

One bottle of Ail & four drinks $2.00

F. Carey

1852

Nov.

Appears to have been paid by Babcock

Adriance & Sharp

1852

Nov.-Dec.

Two boxes of cigars  $10 ; Stove Pipe $4.25

I. I. Clyman

1852-53

Dec.-Feb.

His account credited for $50 for shingles

Joseph Thornan

1853 ?

May

Started to board May 16th

Geo. E. Crossette

1852

Nov.-Dec.

Cash advances and purchased a gold specimine for $45.00

A. B. Newmand

1852-53

Oct.-Mar.

Dr. Smith’s Grill $10.75

Mr. Wright

1853

May

Began board on May 14

N. M. Meadows

1852

Nov.-Dec.

One week board $12.00

W. Buddington

1852

Nov.

One week board $12.00; Two drinks $1.00

Jones & Co.

1852 ?

Nov. – Dec.

Paid bill for Capt.-Singer $7.50; Jones $1.50

Jas. Black

1852

Nov.

Board Horse 2 days 3.00; Mules one night 4.00

Everts & Co.

1852 -53

Nov. – Jan.

Part of bill paid by letters, Turky (turkey?) papers

Jas. Jones

1852

Nov. – Dec.

Board all of Nov & Dec.  $110.00

James Jones

1853

Jan. – Mar.

3 wks board in Jan; 2 wks in Feb, 2 meals in Mar

G. H. Thompson

1852

Nov.

Board

C. H. Persons

1852

Nov. – Jan.

Dec 16; 7 drinks 1.75; same on Dec 20

Spotswood

1852

Nov. -Dec

Nov. 2 9; drinks $2.25

Elliott

1852

Nov. - Dec

Cash $25.00

Harry Rose

1852

Nov. - Jan

Four weeks board  $48.00

Ferguson & Co.

1852 - 53

Nov. – Jan.

Glikeson 9 days; Ferguson & Driver; Gills & Peters.  Advance for 20 feet of lumber $1.60

Jack Beaman

1852 - 53

Nov. – Feb.

Three weeks board

Lewis Arner

1852 -53

Nov. – Mar.

Cash $75.00

Horace Jones

1852 - 53

Nov. – Feb.

Paid to C. Nelson $38.40 (reason not given)

Chas. Nelson

1852

Nov. - Dec.

Three weeks board $36.00

Merrill

1852 - 53

Dec. - Jan

Four weeks and one day board  $50.00

Richard Shipley

1852

Dec

Three weeks and three days board in Dec. $56.00

Jos. Gluckyoff

1852

Nov. – Dec.

Sundries $ 18.76 ; Three weeks board $36.00

Chas. Alvord

1852

Oct.

Cash $5.00

J. Kinkle

1852

Nov. – Dec.

4  cash  draws for lumber 131 b.f. total $10.48

Mrs. Burt  (Woman)

1852

Oct. –Dec.

Bill per Hunter - $9.00 ; 10# barley $5.25;  Cash $10.00

Isaac Lynch

1852 -53

Dec. - 

Worked to pay off part of bill

Capt. Jackson

1852 - 53

Dec. – Jan.

Boaard bill for several weeks and days $62.00

Fairchild

1852

Dec.

One day $2.50

Robert Gray

1852 –53 

Dec.– Mar. 

Board  $11.50

Henry Haris  

1853

Jan

( Note: clearly typed as Haris) Board  $11.50

Charles Hunt

1853

Jan.

Board bill on Januayr 10, paid by cash on February 1. $11.50

Frank Babcock

1853

Jan. – Feb.

Mar.17th settled up to date in full of all demands

Mc Lauchlin

 

 

No charges listed for this name

Marcellus F. Waters

1853

Jan. - Mar

Commenced work at the National Hotel on the 25 of Nov. 1852.  Account settled on Mar 27.

Mr. Buckley

1853

Feb.

Cash advance of $68.00 on Feb. 6 and $148.50 on Feb 24

Robert Latimore

1853

March & May

Appears to have paid board bill by providing barley in exchange.

William Lattimore

1853

April -May

Nine weeks of board bill totaling  $108.00

James Jones

1852-53

Nov. -July

2/9: credit By timber 175.26 (did he provide tbr.?)

Hamilton

1853

July

Two cash advances one on July 1 for $100.00 and second on July 9 for $35.00

Frank Babcock

1853

Sep.

Settlement, paid balance due $15.65

T. Wells

1853

Aug. - Sept

No charges.  His account is credited on two days with total of $72.00

W. T. Sexton

1853

Aug.

No charges indicated

Hamilton  

1853

 

 “Cook” No date or charges indicated

Teo. Delane  

1853

Jan. –Apr.

 “Stewart” 1/6: commenced work Thurs.

H. Gammon 

1854

Jan

“Second cook” credit for two months work $150

J. T. England

1854

Jan

Payment by cigars: 500 for 32.50: 1000 for 45.00 and 1000 for 30.00. Freight $1.00 = $108.50

England Dr.

1854

Jan. Aug.

20 weeks and 6 days board. Bill paid by: babcock:32; Burt:20; Dr. England 75; Bancroft:120; F. Thompson 30.

W. B. Lamb

1853-54

Nov. –Apr.

Pay by two months and 11 days work $155.70. Two months and 10 days work $152.00. Bought: Boots: 6.50; Shirt: 2.50; Pants 5.50.  C. A.Bar:20

Crawford

1853 -54

Oct - Feb

Pair gloves: 1.50: cigar: .25: Bill of Furgeson: 19.00; bottle of Chologouge; 2.50; 1lb.tobacco:.75; Bill Smith:14; Medicin; 5.50: Parker: 37.25

C. G. Lincoln   

1853 -54

Nov. - May

Too much to list. See page. Also on page 68

Mr. Troughton

 

 

No date or charges listed

Mr. Woodman

1854

Jan. – Apr.

Paid lodging for Spencer on 1/27:1/29 & 4/6

S. G. Scofrite

1853

Dec.

Three days board and two meals $ 11.00; two drinks & two cigars $1.25

C. C. Catlett

1853

Dec.

Meals, hay and barley

J. B. Brown

1853

Oct.

15 weeks & five days  board @ $12 $188.50. Paid $95.50 by blacksmith work

Erastus Burnsides

1853

Oct.- Dec.

15 weeks and 1 day board @ 14.00  $212.00

C. W. Stites 

1853

Oct.- Dec.

Hall’s bill: 69.50; DeCourey: 35.50; Kerr’s order: 75; Chandlers order: 65:

C. A. Bancroft

1854

Jan

Cash to Stage Co: 35; Bill of goods: 245.53

Mighelles

1854

Oct. – Dec.

Nine weeks board; Ball ticket: 10;  Work for a $8.00 credit on bill

R. Diver

1854

Jan.- Mar.

Eighteen days board at $1.72/day  $30.90

Mr. F. W. Brown

1854

Apr. - May

Lot of charges for horse care and feed

C. A. Bancroft

1854

Jan

Indicates he burrowed $ 80.00 from Clat & Co.; Expenses for trip $ 15.62

W. B. Lamb

1854

Feb.

Cash advance $272.00

I. G. Lincoln

1854

May - June

Numerous charges, see ledger page

C. A. Bancroft

1854

Jan.

Appears to be charges for Hotel supplies

Capt. F. F. Thompson

1853-54

Nov. – Sept.

Lots of interesting charges an barter of payment

C. A. Bancroft

1853 -54

Nov. - June

Appears to be Bancroft’s personal charge accout

I. B. Barker 

1854

Jun.

Numerous charges for board and horse feed and stable costs  $391.60s

T. M. Sexton

 

Dec. – Aug.

Nov. 8: Paid legal services $25.00.

C. A. Bancroft

1854

Jun. - Sept

Numerous references on this page to attorney fees etc. i.e. C. A. Bancroft’s private bill in Gluckauf account. $41.00 : Money to pay for att. $307.00

C. I. Lincoln

1854

Jul - Aug

Part of bill charged to Bancroft’s Attorney

 


 

The relocation of the county seat from Bidwell to Oroville in 1856 had disasterous impact on the National Hotel. The company assets were liquidated that year, after the facility went bankrupt. A list of names, indicating outstanding bills owed to the National Hotel was included in the court documents. These names are in addition to the previous list of guests. It was common for individuals to have outstanding charges.  The dates of the visits by the induviduals below is unknown

 

Name

Name

Name

Name

Asa A. Bacon

I. B. Barker

J. C. Barker Es

Alex Brown

Judge Beam

F. Blue

Mr. Brokey

F. W. Brown

J. B. Brown

W. F. Brown

Mr. Crosit

Jas. Curr

J. Dennell

M. Denton

Wm Dunlap

H. Fenteher

L. Hamond

Mr. Harrison

Wm Hopkins

S. A. Jacaways

Wm  James

J. W. Jones Exp.

Robert Latamore

Sam Latamore

G. Lepole

Cap. J. L. Lewis

Purd Lindley

Ludington

C. J. Martin

McIntosh

Michels

Mickey

Miller

Fred Parks

J. Rolle

W. Rusell 

Samford

C. Schralton

W. W. Sherman

Dr. Smith

K. Smith

Jack Spalding

George Stanton

Wm. Thayer

Oak Their

W. A. Titus

Mr. Veits

Dr. Wadley

J. Watts

Weldson

Mr. Williams

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