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Los Angeles Daily Herald | Wednesday, June 9, 1886.
Pico, June 6th, 1886.
Editor Los Angeles Herald: — I transmit to you by this mail a brief allusion to a very enjoyable affair which took place at the "Pico Oil Wells" on last evening.
While Matt McCormick, assistant foreman of the oil works, was at Newhall, little did he think or mistrust what was in store for him on his return, at about ten o'clock. But on entering his office with the intention of leaving the cares of the day aside and repose in the quiet innocent slumber of the mountains, he was confronted by about twenty ladies and a corresponding number of gentlemen, who expressed by their smiling faces and busy hands that something was up, and the realization that his birth had arrived was only made more impressive by a stroke from each lady for each and every year of his life, making him almost wish be was never born. Yet the pain somewhat subsided when he was led "almost helpless" to a table and there presented by the ladies with one of Webster's finest dictionaries, a gold ink stand and pen, and a very beautiful chair tidy.
The happily surprised victim imagined the embarrassing ceremonies were about ended, but when on gaining strength sufficient to glance around, be found his bachelor compartments being speedily transformed by the busy hands of the ladies into dining apartments, where a beautiful lunch of every variety of good things was spread, which, together with music, mirth and dancing, brought quite rapidly the small hours of another day.
Below is a complete list of those present: Mr. and Mrs. Skelton and daughter, C.D. Reynolds and wife, Mrs. Bowermaster, Mrs. Mentry, W.N. Forker and wife, W.E. Pardee and wife, P.S. Mathers and wife, Geo. Mendenhall and wife, A.B. Gates and wife, L.P. Hanscom and wife, D.A. Connell and wife, Henry Miller and wife; the Misses May Grable, Lillie Miller, Annie Bowermaster, Lillie Wall, Carrie Lyon, Ella Skelton, Maude Hanscom, Carrie Lininger; Messrs. M.R. Craig, M.A. Craig, R. Miller, Wm. Miller, Ed. Mathers, H.B. Proudfit, C.D. Hanscom, Col. Hopkins.
To those who are unaware of the extent of the oil business at Pico, I might add that the above names constitute only a partial list of the men employed here by the Pacific Coast Oil Company.
News story courtesy of Tricia Lemon Putnam.