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  • Stockton 1856
    A remarkable squatter fight
    A remarkable squatter fight took place at Waterloo some eight miles north of Stockton on November 9, 1861 after a man named Drullard bought land covered under a supposed Mexican land grant. However John Balkwell squatted on part of that land,...
  • Bigler 809
    Governor bids for squatter vote
    Due to the large amount of interest associated with squatters, politicians such as Governor John Bigler began to bid for their vote. In a message to the legislature on January 4, 1854, Bigler referred to squatters as bona fide settlers, an...
  • sanfran 1854
    1854 squatters at Third and Mission
    In 1854 squatters took possession of a lot in San Francisco at the corner of Third and Mission that belonged to Captain Joseph L. Folsom and there they built a squatter’s shanty that had three inch planks lining the interior walls. Because...
  • Tomatoes are good in a garden
    Wasatch Community Gardens rolls out the carp tacos for 25th anniversary
    On March 20, 2014, Wasatch Community Gardens will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with an open house at Rico’s Warehouse (545 West 700 South, Salt Lake City) from 6 to 9 p.m.Wasatch Community Gardens started as Wasatch Fish &...
  • A gold miner
    Gold rush miners sought richer diggings
    Miners were, even in the early days of the gold rush, a restless bunch. Almost always discontented they longed for what they termed “big strikes” even though they could make as much in a single month as they could in a year with their...
  • Ejecting the squatters
    Squatter claims around the state
    All around the San Francisco Bay, as well as in other parts of California where there were Mexican or Spanish land grants, squatters and squatter claims existed. In some cases the squatters were right while in others they were not intentionally...
  • McKinney 1
    Sacramento Sheriff seeks squatters
    The day after the gunfight with squatters in the streets of Sacramento Sheriff McKinney and about twenty men left town in search of squatters involved in the gun battle. They proceeded out past Sutter’s Fort and the Five Mile House to the...
  • Hardin Bigelow
    Sheriff arrests squatters
    On August 13, 1849 James McClatchy was arrested with a man named Michael Moran for interfering with the sheriff in the attempt to execute a judgment of forcible entry and retainer from the Sacramento County Court against certain squatters. A...
  • John Sutter
    Squatter resistance to lawsuits
    A squatter meeting was held at the Herkimer House on 4th Street on the evening of July 1st with the object of raising funds to make a combined resistance to all lawsuits brought to enforce the title of John Sutter to the land around Sacramento. Dr...
  • Sacramento California Squatters Camp
    A reasonable squatter
    Occasionally a squatter could be found who was open to reason as to who the land he had taken over really belonged. Much of the ground squatted upon had been cultivated by John Sutter until his workmen left him in 1848 to mine for gold. A few days...
  • Squatters take over Rhode Island home while family on vacation.
    Squatters take over home while family on vacation: Leave disgusting mess
    Squatters took over a Barrington, Rhode Island home while the family was on vacation. The Woodward family returned home from vacation to find the house stinking of bad food and mildew, it had a stench that was repulsive.According to Yahoo News on...
  • Tracy Woodard
    Family returns from vacation to evidence of squatters
    A Rhode Island family returned from vacation last week to discover some shocking surprises in their home. According to Cranston, R.I. affiliate NBC 10 today, the Woodard family came home and found evidence that their house had been lived in and...
  • The Squatters
    The power of squatters
    Because of the huge numbers of squatters all over the various parts of California, including cattle thieves and other freebooters who took from property of the old ranchos and the comparatively small number of land and cattle owners, there grew up...
  • Squatters in early California
    Squatters in early California
    As California advanced in the early days after the War with Mexico one particular drawback retarded its progress even though the strength and force of it depended on the causes of that same progress. And in spite of the extremely low land prices...
  • fire truck
    Investigators say arson behind early morning house explosion
    An east side home that burned and then exploded early Wednesday morning was not caused by a gas leak, arson investigators say. Instead, the house had been so saturated by gasoline that the vapors exploded.The explosion occurred at a home in the...