YEAR 1886


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Bee in Maine
Anna Holden Payson Bee - Mrs. Albert Wilson Bee and Children - Circa 1886
Photograph by Bryant Bradley
Number 5643 - The Southwest Harbor Public Library Collection of Photographs
From: Charlotte Morrill
"Anna Holden (Payson) Bee - Mrs. Albert Wilson Bee (1854-1939)
Albert Wilson Bee (1882-1949), son of the Southwest Harbor Albert Wilson Bee
Charles Everett Bee (1884-1938)
Mrs. Bee and her children are dressed for an afternoon walk, probably from their summer home, "Sleepy Hollow By-the-Sound" on the back shore of Southwest Harbor, to Mr. Bee's emporium near steamboat wharf. The six people on the steps and lawn of the Nathan Clark home are probably members of that family. The awning over the front steps extends from the house to two tree poles, which are circled with vines."
A.W. Bee in Maine, pages 169-171
Cottages of Mount Desert Island

1886 Langley San Francisco City Directory

History of Chinese in Crescent City, California begins on page 73.

Great Register 1886
Name Age Birthplace Profession Residence Date
Frederick Alonzo Bee 61 New York Consul 1533 Sutter Street, San Francisco October 13, 1886
Frank Maxwell Bee 34 New York Insurance Broker 1533 Sutter Street, San Francisco October 14, 1886
Everett Newton Bee 25 California Clerk 1001 Pine Street, 4th floor, Room 12, San Francisco September 30, 1886


Consul Bee mentioned as a guest in the 1886 Report of the Golden Gate Kindergarten Association, Jackson Street Free Kindergarten Association

Chinese Immigration by William Morrow
William Morrow was an attorney and member of Congress.

Executive Documents of the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the Forty-Ninth Congress, 1896-87

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13081, 6 January 1886
Colonel Bee asserted that Chinese citizens in Truckee are prepared to defend themselves.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13085, 10 January 1886
Chinese citizens of Truckee notified by other citizens to leave city.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13086, 11 January 1886
Sandlot orators

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13087, 12 January 1886
F A Bee signs petition to adopt a higher liquor license.
Note: Albert Bee had started a Temperance Society in 1850.

San Francisco Chronicle January 17, 1886
One of Withers' Proteges
Among the passengers on the steamship Gaelic, which arrived on Friday from China, is Jack Yuen, who presents a passport issued by the Chinese Consulate in this city, indorsed by the United States Consul at Hongkong, R. E. Withers. The letter approved the certificate on receiving a letter from the Chinese Consul-General and Consul Bee, in which they asked that Jack Yuen might be lawfully landed in this city.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13092, 17 January 1886
Jack Yuen’s certificate
Case number 3849
Autobiography of R. E. Withers

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13094, 19 January 1886
Telegram from Colonel Bee to Deputy Deasey in Truckee was taken as Deasey’s sympathy for the Chinese. The telegram concerned guns sent to Truckee.

Search for Chinese murderer
Special Dispatches in the CHRONICLE. San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Jan 24, 1886. p. 5 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13301, 26 January 1886
Search for Ang Tai Duck (aka Ah Tai)– alleged murderer
Note: Is this the same Ah Tai as in this article?
Daiily Alta California, Volume 32, Number 11096, 31 August 1880
Colonel Bee helped Ah Tai accuse Officer Donnelly of stealing silk handkerchiefs from Ah Tai. Officer Donnelly was dismissed from the Police Force.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13302, 27 January 1886
Low Hee Yen and Lon Ting Bun were allowed to land.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13302, 27 January 1886
Ang Tai Duck (aka Ah Tai) allegedly murdered Mr. Wickhersham.

Adventures of Ang Tai Duck (aka Ah Tai), alleged murderer of the Wickershams
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Jan 27, 1886. p. 4 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13304, 29 January 1886
Doll confused with severed head.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 24, Number 132, 31 January 1886
Devine-Bee marriage

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13307, 1 February 1886
Louise Bee (Barlow Bee’s daughter) and Mark A. Devine wedding. Mark Devine worked for Wells Fargo.

TRANSFERRED OFFICIALS; Inspector Hawes and Consul Bee's Son Change Places
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Feb 1, 1886. p. 3 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13308, 2 February 1886
Surveyor Morton commented on Inspector Frank Bee rumor

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13309, 3 February 1886
Frank M. Bee allegedly was absent from his job as a port inspector.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13309, 3 February 1886
Inspector Frank M. Bee charged with not being at work.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13310, 4 February 1886
Frank M. Bee's explanation

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13311, 5 February 1886
Anti-Chinese Convention in San Jose, California

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13312, 6 February 1886
More about Inspector Bee’s charges

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13313, 7 February 1886
Frank M. Bee removed as inspector.

February 7, 1886 Transcript of Western Union Telegram
From: Owyang Ming, Consul General and F A Bee, Vice-Consul San Francisco, California
To:Olympia, Washington
Governor Watson C. Squire
“In conformity with instructions from Washington through Chinese legation to call your attention without delay to any threatened outrage upon Chinese in territory we now inform you that we are this day in receipt of information of Chinese at Seattle have been notified by the so called Knights of Labor to leave that place or take the consequences. Will you please give your immediate attention to this matter.”

Washington Public Documents more telegrams

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 54, Number 145, 8 February 1886
Plans to arrest Ang Tia Duck in a foreign country

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13315, 9 February 1886
Consul Bee commented on Seattle riots.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13317, 11 February 1886
Steamer Belgic was quarantined because of smallpox.
and
Notes from Chinese Legation

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13317, 11 February 1886
Colonel John Mosby, ex-Consul to China, was admitted to practice in the Ninth District Court.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13318, 12 February 1886
What Colonel Bee says [Seattle affairs and other matters]
and
The entire article

Reported capture of Ang Tai Duck
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Feb 15, 1886. p. 3 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13322, 16 February 1886
Chinese labor and the California economy

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 24, Number 145, 16 February 1886
Surveyor Morton vacated his position.
Surveyor Morton's salary was $5,000 per year.
John Morton's new position

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 24, Number 145, 16 February 1886
Chinese asked to leave Placerville..

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13323, 17 February 1886
Ang Tai Duck (aka Ah Tai) arrested for Wickersham murders

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13323, 17 February 1886
A Memorial [the other side of the Chinese question]
The Other Side of the Chinese Question
published February 8, 1886 by Fred A. Bee

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13326, 20 February 1886
Consul Bee explained how the Chinese deal with the labor market.

Frank M. Bee removed as Customs Inspector.
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Feb 21, 1886. p. 5 (1 page)

NOTE: Frank M. Bee was a customs inspector for about 4 years.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13327, 21 February 1886
Edgar M. Dean hired to replace Frank M. Bee.
NOTE: Edgar Dean was a 28-year-old carrier for the San Francisco Call at the time he was appointed to be a customs inspector.
See image below of letter from Department of Treasury

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13327, 21 February 1886
Consul Bee expected 600 Chinese to return home and 2 separate notices about a boycott and a lecture

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13327, 21 February 1886
Former citizens of Oneida County, New York, paid tribute to Horatio Seymour, Governor of New York

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13329, 23 February 1886
Editorials that express attitudes about the Chinese

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13329, 23 February 1886
Chinese expelled from Oregon City, Oregon.

Consul Bee denied rumor that Chinese would be given free passage back to China.
New York Times (1857-1922). Feb 24, 1886. p. 5 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13331, 25 February 1886
Consul Bee said the Japanese government would allow Ang Tai Duck to go to Hong Kong and then be arrested by British authorities.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13332, 26 February 1886
Plan to import Italian labor to supplant Chinese

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 24, Number 155, 27 February 1886
Senator Mitchell introduced bill to abrogate treaties with China.
Copy of speech

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13339, 5 March 1886
Chun Ko Mew was not allowed to land because of discrepancies in his documents.
Case 3866

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13339, 5 March 1886
Reaction to Colonel Bee’s report to Imperial China about Rock Springs massacre.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13346, 12 March 1886
Anti-Chinese Convention
John Bidwell said he only employed Chinese laborers to pick large fruit crops.
and
From John Bidwell biography

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 22, 18 March 1886
Consul Bee and the Nicolaus rioters case

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13352, 18 March 1886
Arrivals and departures

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13353, 19 March 1886
Nicolaus habeas corpus cases

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13361, 27 March 1886
John Bidwell continued to discharge Chinese workers.

Was a boycott of Chinese businesses also a conspiracy? Frank Baldwin case
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Mar 27, 1886. p. 2 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13363, 29 March 1886
Mrs. Albert Bee was selling tickets for recitals of Society for Christian Work of the Unitarian Church.
and
its successor the Society for Community Work
1886 - Unitarian Universalist churches
Society for Christian Work

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 34, 1 April 1886
Consul Bee at a hearing the Nicolaus conspiracy

Notes from Chinese Legation regarding the admittance of Chinese officials

Notes from the Chinese Legation regarding the killings of Chinese immigrants

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 39, 7 April 1886
Arrival of Chinese Minister

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13374, 9 April 1886
Customs official explained that Consul Bee was at fault about problem landing Chinese officials.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 41, 9 April 1886
Detention of Chinese officials

Review of "The Chinese Question" in the Nation

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13375, 10 April 1886
Problem with the arrival of Chinese dignitgaries
Note: This article is interesting for the number of times that “telephone” is mentioned. The second telephone directory in the United States was published in 1878 in San Francisco. President Grant first used a telephone during his visit to San Franciso in 1879. Frederick Bee saw communications evolve from steamship to telegraph to Pony Express to railroad to telephone.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13375, 10 April 1886
Customs officials deny charges that they treated Chinese officials discourteously.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 46, 15 April 1886
Colonel Bee blamed for unfairly accusing officials of mistreatment of Chinese dignitaries.

Notes from the Chinese Legation regarding the lives and property of Chinese immigrants

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 47, 16 April 1886
Editorial about Consul Bee and alleged indignity against Chinese Minister

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13385, 20 April 1886
John Hager, Customs Official, outlined instructions on how to process Chinese Minister through customs.

April 30, 1886 National Republican
Controversy over alleged indignity against Chinese Minister

May 1, 1886 Providing Indemnity to Certain Chinese Subjects - Report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Read May 3, 1886 leter from Frederick Bee to General Bidwell regarding the anti-Chinese boycott.
Bee letters to Bidwell

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13406, 11 May 1886
Decision in Yick Wo vs. Sheriff of San Francisco
San Francisco Municipal Report ending June 30, 1883
Tung Hing Hong- laundreymen's association
More about Tung Hing Tong

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13407, 12 May 1886
Boot and Shoemakers’ White Labor League

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13408, 13 May 1886
Chang Tso Yu was met by Consul Bee and put on a steamer for trip to China.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13408, 13 May 1886
Mass Irish meeting in favor of Home Rule

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 82, 27 May 1886
Consul Bee said there were fifteen Chinese carpenters in San Francisco.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 55, Number 87, 2 June 1886
Colonel Bee denied rumor that he would furnish Chinese labor for laundry work in Troy, New York.
Note: Colonel Bee was born in Clinton, New York.

Otago Daily Times 7 June 1884 Page 1 OUR AMERICAN LETTER
G. F. Sherwood bought Samoa property from residents of San Francisco.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13436, 10 June 1886
Chinese passengers arrived.

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13436, 10 June 1886
Death of Captain Roper of the Anjer Head

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13444, 18 June 1886
Col Bee gave statement in court about status of Chinese immigration.

Consul Bee was at the scene of a family argument at the wharf.
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Jun 23, 1886. p. 4 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13450, 24 June 1886
Colonel Bee and smuggling

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13450, 24 June 1886
Chinese statistics

Daily Alta California, Volume 40, Number 13451, 25 June 1886
Consul Bee received gold medal from Emperor.

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13459, 3 July 1886
Bee’s letter to the editor regarding remarks by W.W. Morrow

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13485, 29 July 1886
Consul Bee consulted with the Board of Health about uninhabitable places.
Picture of Bartlett Alley

August 11, 1886 Notes from the Chinese legation in the United States to the Department of State
regarding murders at Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana Territory

August 14, 1886 – Consul Bee collected belongings of Ah Yook from City Morgue

Consul Bee and other consular officials met informally with local military officials.
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Sep 10, 1886. p. 2 (1 page)

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13546, 30 September 1886
Consul Bee commented on arrest of Captain Bryan.

Pacific Rural Press, Volume 32, Number 14, 2 October 1886
Contra Costa County exhibit at Mechanics' Fair in San Francisco, CA.

October 9, 1886 Charles Denby Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States
Discussion about rights of missionaries in China

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13559, 14 October 1886
Consul Bee defended Wong Jock’s rights to return to USA.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 56, Number 47, 15 October 1886
Consul Bee commented on Mayor Bartlett’s renting property to Chinese laundrymen.
Note: Washington Bartlett died in 1887 after serving nine months as California’s first and only Jewish Governor.

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13560, 15 October 1886
Consul Bee bought 60 acres in Martinez, California.
1888 Grape Growers Report
Note: W.M. Gwin in Concord and F.A. Bee in Martinez
1891 Grape Growers Report
California wine industry 1830-1895
Article about Rose Peru grapes

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 56, Number 48, 16 October 1886
Colonel bought 60 acres in Martinez, CA.
A house was to be erected. Colonel Bee planned to grow fruit and grapes. Chinese laborers were hired to prepare the land. According to the obituary printed by the Contra Costa Gazette, when Colonel Bee died, he owned 200 acres; I could not find evidence of the ownership of 200 acres; Colonel Bee may have rented acreage.
Bee Ranch
This map of 1885 Contra Costa County has two properties named "Barber". Colonel Bee bought the Barber property that is bordered by Strentzel to the north, Gillogly to the east, the county road to the west and Lockwood to the south.

1939 Thomas Atlas of Bee Ranch
Contra Costa County Historical Association photo search page

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13588, 12 November 1886
Luey Ah Gin abduction case
Case number 4106 in index and passenger list
Habeas Corpus case 4106

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13589, 13 November 1886
Luey Ah Gin was abducted in China and shipped to San Francisco. She was remanded to the custody of Consul Bee.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 56, Number 74, 16 November 1886
Colonel Bee denied rumor that the Chinese Government wanted to recall their citizens home.

Consul Bee asked for maximum bail for procurer of Chinese woman.
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Nov 25, 1886. p. 5 (1 page)
Note: The Page Act of 1875 (Sect. 141, 18 Stat. 477, 1873-March 1875) was the first federal immigration law and prohibited the entry of immigrants considered "undesirable."[1] The law classified as "undesirable" any individual from Asia who was coming to America to be a contract laborer, any Asian woman who would engage in prostitution, and all people considered to be convicts in their own country.

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13604, 28 November 1886
May Crowell (daughter of M L Crowell and granddaughter of Barlow Bee) married John Latham of Portland, Maine.

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13604, 28 November 1886
May Crowell (daughter of M L Crowell and granddaughter of Barlow Bee) married John Latham of Portland, Maine.

Judge ordered witness in abduction case to be in custody of Consul Bee.
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File). San Francisco, Calif.: Nov 30, 1886. p. 3 (1 page)

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 56, Number 86, 30 November 1886
Colonel Bee went to Sacramento to ask for Governor to intervene in hanging of Jung Quong Sing.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 56, Number 89, 3 December 1886
Governor commuted death sentence to life imprisonment for Jung Quong Sing.

Daily Alta California, Volume 41, Number 13633, 28 December 1886
Reverend J. K. McLean presided over meeting of Congregational Chinese Mission Society

Property assessments 1887, 1890, 1892, 1893 in table format
Tax assessment maps and records of Frederick Bee's property in Contra Costa County, California
Courtesy of the Contra Costa County Historical Society


March 27, 1886 Harpers
house
The Barber house was built in 1854 and is still occupied. F A Bee bought his property in Martinez in 1886 from Mrs. Barber.Frederick Bee did NOT live in this house.
and
From "Contra Costa County, California Biographies 1917" - "Mathew Root Barber, one of the respected pioneers of Contra Costa County, and who was born in Delaware County, Ohio, August 7, 1815. When two years of age he was taken to Bond County, Illinois, where his father engaged in farming. His father died when Mathew R. was young, and he made his home with the family of the Honorable Elam Brown. Here Mr. Barber attended school and resided until he was twenty-one years of age. In 1837 he took in a partner and followed farming and wagon-making. On March 15, 1849, he joined a party and crossed the plains, making the journey in six months. The first place at which he stopped in California was Hangtown, now Placerville. This was in September. Mr. Barber mined for a time, and then engaged in lumbering near San Antonio, then in Contra Costa County. While working in the redwoods he wrote tickets for the first election of officers in this and Alameda County. He erected many of the first houses in Martinez, and on February 14, 1851, he sailed from San Francisco via Panama and New Orleans and went to Illinois. Remaining one year, he, with his wife and family, drove a band of stock across the plains to California, arriving at Martinez, August 22, 1852. In the fall of 1852 he purchased a beautiful tract of land consisting of four hundred and forty-three acres. Mr. Barber was elected to the office of Public Administrator for four successive terms. He was married in Pike County, Illinois, November 14, 1837, to Orpha Bean. "



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