Members of the Stirling City Historical Society will appear at the Gold Nugget Museum on Thursday, October 4th at 7 p.m. with two presentations—“The Bride and the Brigand” and “Big Jack Davis and the Champagne Robbery.” Free admission.
"The Bride & the Brigand" AND "Big Jack Davis and the Champagne Robbery"
October 04, 2018
Lee Dummel and Mary Schaefer, Old West reenactors from the Stirling City Historical Society, will appear at the Gold Nugget Museum on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. They will present “The Bride and the Brigand” and “Big Jack Davis and the Champagne Robbery.”
Eleanor Berry, a schoolteacher from Gilroy, had engaged in a mail-order romance with one Lewis Dreibelbis, a Grass Valley miner who was seeking a wife “to share stake and prospects.” While Eleanor was en route to meet her fiancé, robbers held up the stagecoach. The reenactors will reveal what happened next.
Big Jack Davis struck it rich at the Comstock Lode and then turned to a life of crime. He stole silver ingots and then became a holdup artist, pulling off the first train robbery west of the Rockies. He eluded punishment until an observant tavern owner, Naomi Pearson, brought him down.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Gold Nugget Museum is located at 502 Pearson Road in Paradise. For information call the Gold Nugget Museum at (530) 872-8722, or at the Stirling City Historical Society at (530) 413-7785