Merry Christmas from the Butte Record, 1857 (2)

Note: When I wrote yesterday’s post, I said that this Christmas pictorial appeared in 1856. It was actually 1857, and the post has been corrected.

This one is almost like a rebus:

A tree on one side and a house on the other equals a small town, with a barrel in the center signifying the chief entertainment in that place. Put a sun above, and there you have it — Bangor by the light of a rising sun.

Butte Record 5 May 1857

Miss Julia Budson is most likely fictional, but Ned Pratt was a real person, the driver of the stagecoach on the Marysville to Bangor route.

The Butte Record was a Democratic paper, so the editor here compliments Ned on his political advertising. Ned turns up in news stories every so often, and here’s a good one.

Butte Record 11 November 1857

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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