Fourth of July was big celebration in San Diego

On July 2, 1887, The Corp Christi Caller reported that Moritz Cohn of E. Morris & Co. was delivering quite a number of ready-made suits to boys in San Diegoy. William Hubbard, meanwhile, reported that the well digging at N. G. Collins' place was not going well. A foul air was being encountered at 150 feet and scarce water was found.

Judge Wright bound Pancho Bazan (?) to grand jury for allegedly stealing pair of boots. The accused failed to post bond and was jailed. There were 16 prisoners in the county jail.

E. E. Denner married Johanna Nathan.

The following week, the jail’s population had grown to 19 as the district court opened its session. A disturbance in the town’s west side the previous Saturday night resulted in one man charged with assault to murder and carrying firearms and another was held for assault.

Avelino Perez’ ranch, two miles from town, had grass in abundance and 40 acres of cotton and watermelons. Rev. Sutherland of San Diego planned to make prohibition speech in San Diego.

San Diego celebrated the Fourth of July in grand style. In the afternoon, the Gun Club assembled “in brilliant array.” The grounds were decorated with American flags, tents were put up, lemonade and beer were handed out to the ladies and visitors, and a band of musicians played.

A great crowd enjoyed the festivities. A Mr. Tibilier raised an Irish flag among the American and Texas flags. There was also a Mexican flag, “As no American could be more enthusiastic than were the Mexicans in celebrating the day," the newspaper reported.

Gun Club members included Charley Hoffman, M. C. Spann, Ferdinand Tibilier, George Bodet, Frank Gravis as well as new members, Avelino García Tovar, Eusebio Martínez, and Antonio Rosales. W. B. Croft and John Buckley were also present.

On entering the grounds, the Gun Club formed a procession with the band of musicians. Everyone went to serenade J. O. Luby, club president, who had to attend to business in his law office and could not attend the celebration. Some anti England comments were made, which may have been the real excuse or the native Englishman’s absence, the newspaper said in jest.

Over in Benavides the Fourth of July was celebrated on a small scale with 13 guns fired. An excursion train, meanwhile, ran over a cow and cut off the tail of one of Mrs. Villarreal’s pigs, “to the delight o the boys.”

The county attorney had a “purely Mexican” case at Benavides where the jury, witnesses, defendant, nor opposing counsel spoke English. And the audience was all Mexicans. The newspaper expressed surprise that even under these circumstance the jury fined the defendant $5, which he paid along with court costs. And “they say Mexicans don’t want law enforced,” reported the correspondent named Jeffreys.

E. L. Feuille of San Diego made photo enlargements of crayon size, 20 x 24 and 32 x 36 in fine gilt frames for $25. His offer was good for only couple of weeks.