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Exhibit item: JOB FRANCIS DYE, Recollections of California Since 1832: manuscript, 1877

Exhibit item:
JOB FRANCIS DYE
Recollections of California Since 1832: manuscript, 1877

Among the initial settlers in the upper Sacramento Valley, Job Dye obtained a grant of some 20,000 acres of land, then known as the Antelope Ranch.

Quotation:
JOB FRANCIS DYE
Recollections of California Since 1832: manuscript, 1877

"From there we went to the Tulares, in the San Joaquin region - then we found another band of Indians with a few horses & took them away from them and killed two or three of the Indians - came back, and in sight of the tule, we saw what we thought were 3 elk coming thru the tule - I told Fauntleroy to stop a moment & I would kill one.

I went to the spot where I thought they would come out within gunshot and waited, & out came three large grizzly bears within abt 20 steps of me, and I afoot. I shot the largest one and killing it - it ran abt 20 or 30 steps & fell dead.

The company then came - they were abt 60 strong - every man fired his musket at the other two bears, and not one hit. Many of those soldiers in fact were sailors from a man of war that were not skillful with the use of the musket."

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