Oakland Tribune Saturday, March 12, 1927
OAKLANDERS OWN BONANZA AT WEEPAH
Frank Horton, Sr., Principal
Owner of Electric Properties,
Scene of Rich Strike,
Claims Residence Here
Others Fortune-Hit in Eastbay
Include Frank Ish,
Baseball Magnate Who Has
Property Next to Strike
By D. E. CRUZAN,
Staff Correspondent The TRIBUNE
TONOPAH, Nev., March 12.—
The future of Weepah, the. phenomenal
strike on the property of
the Electric Gold Mining company,
carries pledge of fortune to a number
of Oakland residents, several
of whom bid fair to become millionaires,
if the development of the
property lives up to its present
Chief of these is, of course,
Frank Horton Sr., principal owner
of the Electric properties. Horton
claims Oakland as his home, having
lived there for several years.
Next comes Frank Ish, associated
With J. Cal Ewing in the ownership
of the Oakland Baseball club and
in numerous ventures.
Next there are the holders of
varying portions of the 35,000
shares of stock in the Electric,
which were put on the market by
Horton some years ago at twenty
cents a share to California buyers.
The list of these holders, some 2000
Oaklanders being stockholders, includes
the following from that city:
F. W. Baude, a director in the company;
L. C. Fraser, insurance
broker; Dr. W. H. Simmons, Dr.
Labarra, N. E. Nicholson, Attorney
F. W. Bunker, A. Wolf, Alexander
Smith of Alameda, and Lou
Crellin of Pleasanton, member of
the family that formerly owned the
While Frank Ish has no direct
connection with the Electric company,
he has a large numbers of
claims which adjoin the electric
holdings, blanketing them on two
sides to the west and to the south.
Ish is thought to hold about fifteen
claims, the same number as
the Electric owns. The ledge on
which the big strike was made
runs in a direction that should cut
through much of the Ish holdings.
Engineers who have visited the
property are a unit in declaring
that the showing to date has not
been exaggerated and that if anything
the tonnage figures are conservative.
The first assay showed
$78,000 to the ton, and it is thought
that new assays will show the ore
to run at least two thousand dollars
The Oakland Tribune Monday, April 11, 1927
The flag at the Oakland ball
park was at half mast yesterday
out of respect of Frank M. Ish,
who passed away at his home on
Fairmount street shortly before the
afternoon game got under way. Ish
was one of the big three stockholders
of the Oakland association and
in his passing baseball lost an old
foundation. During 1906, Ish helped
to keep the Coast league together.
The San Francisco fire and earthquake
all but wrecked the league
when Ish and J. Cal Ewing, present
head of the Oakland association,
went to the rescue. Ish became
president of the San Francisco
club and remained until he
took a trip around the world. Then
Cal Ewing was elevated from vice-
president to president, and about
1914 the pair disposed of the San
Francisco stock and ???????
have been associated with Del Howard
in the Oakland club.
Oakland Tribune Tuesday, April 12, 1927
BALL LEADERS ATTEND LAST RITES FOR ISH
Rev. Edgar Gee Preaches
Funeral Oration at Services at
The funeral of Frank M. Ish,
took place at the New California Crematorium, 4199
Piedmont avenue today. Members of the Pacific coast baseball world
Scores of floral pieces were sent
by the Oakland baseball team, the
Oakland Elks, and other organizations
and individuals. Rev. Edgar F. Gee of
St. Peters Episcopal church, Berkeley, preached the
funeral oration. Bernard Rosenthal, son-in-law of Ish, was
in charge of arrangements.
??? SEALS IN 1906.
Ish had been ill at his home, ?? Claremont avenue,
for several ?????????
Howard Ish; one son, Roy Ish, and two daughters,
Mrs. Bernard Rosenthal and Mrs. Kenneth Taylor, survive.
In 1906 when the San Francisco earthquake and fire
had all but wrecked the coast baseball league, Ish and his nephew,
J. Cal Ewing, went to the rescue.
Ish became president of the San Francisco club and remained
in this position until he took a trip
???? his place. In 1914 they both disposed of their stock
and have since ??? baseball with Del Howard in the Oakland
club. At the time of his death, Ish was vice-president of
the team with Cal Ewing, president.
NATIVE OF CONTRA COSTA.
Ish was born in Contra Costa
county in the San Ramon valley
near Danville. When only 14, he
became an Indian fighter with
General Nelson A. Miles in Oregon
and won a captain's commission in
the militia of that state. Later
he was graduated from the Missouri
school of Mines and went
to Bear, Ark., where he prospected
for gold in the Ozarks.
When the Cripple Creek rush
began in Colorado, he trekked into
that frontier town. He left a short
time before the big strike there.
But he was in Tonopah and Goldfield
in time for the big Nevada
strikes, coming out of the Iatter
with a fair fortune. He is said to
have built the first modern house
in Tonopah and installed the water
system in Goldfield, which is still used.
Oakland Tribune Monday, April 11, 1927
FRANK M. ISH.vice-president
of the Oakland Baseball
club, who died yesterday after a
colorful career as an Indian
fighter, mining prospector and
SERVICES FOR FRANK M. ISH SET TOMORROW
Veteran Baseball Official
aid Mining Engineer Died
Yesterday at Home.
Funeral services for Frank M.
Ish, veteran official of the Oakland
Baseball club and a former mining
prospector and Indian fighter, who
died yesterday, will be held tomorrow
morning from the California
Ish died at his home at 679
Claremont avenue after an illness
of several months. He was 76
years of age, and had been in Oakland
for the past 25 years.
He was a native of Contra Costa
county, where his parents made
their home in the San Ramon valley
near what is now Danville. He ????
eleven sons. When he was only 14
years of age, he went to Oregon as
an Indian fighter under General
Nelson A. Miles, attaining the rank
of captain in the state militia.
Later Ish went east, where he
was graduated from the school of
mines in the University of Missouri.
Following his graduation, he
went to Bear, Arkansas, where he
began his mining career prospecting
for gold In the Ozarks. Shortly
thereafter, he went west with the
Cripple Creek gold rush, and went
through all of the exciting days in
the Colorado mining town. He
published a small newspaper while
prospecting at Cripiple Creek, and
left a short time before the big
Ish also went through the Tonopah
and Goldfield mining booms,
amassing considerable wealth in
the latter rush. He was credited
with building the first wooden
house in Tonopah. He also installed
the water supply system in
Goldfield, which still is in use
INTERESTED IN BASEBALL.
In 1906 Ish entered the baseball
field when he bought an interest in
the San Francisco club, of which
he was vice-president for a short
time. He then bought an interest
in the Oakland club, and at the
time of his death was vice-president
of the team. He was an uncle
of J. Cal Ewing, president of the
For the past 20 years Ish had
been interested only in the baseball
club and a few mining ventures.
Although he did not go north during
the boom, he was financially
interested In the big Klondike
Ish is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Stella Howard Ish; one son, Roy
Ish, and two daughters, Mrs. Bernard
Rosenthal and Mrs. Kenneth
Woodland Daily Democrat Friday, September 26, 1924
Ish Boys, Winters,
At San Jose School
Stephen and Stanley Ish have transferred
their high school work to San
Jose, where they will reside with their
sister, Mrs. Arthur Greathead.
Woodland Daily Democrat Wednesday, June 08, 1921
Licenses were issued yesterday to:
Roy S. Ish, 28, of Oakland, and
Elizabeth E. Brinck, 20, of Winters.
Woodland Daily Democrat Monday, June 20, 1921
PLEASANTS VALLEY AND OLIVE
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Ish, Miss Marion
Ish and Mrs. Berry arrived in Winters
the first of the week from Oakland
to attend the Brinck-Ish wedding.
They were guests at the A. B.
Woodland Daily Democrat Friday, May 18, 1928
Five Yolo county estates, varying in
value from $400 to $100,000, are involved
in probate petitions filed late
yesterday in superior court here.
Real estate, cash, personal property
and securities amounting to more than
$100,000 in value are contained in the
estate of William Brinck of Winters,
who died May 6, a petition for letters
of administration filed by the widow,
Mrs. Josephine Brinck, through Thomas
and Bruton says- Heirs are Mrs.
Brinck and a son and two daughters,
William A. Brinck and Gladys Ish of
Winters and Elizabeth B. Ish of Richmond.
Woodland Daily Democrat Monday, May 07, 1928
WM. BRINCK, PROMINENT ORCHARDIST,
DIES AT 78
Able to be about Saturday and apparently
as well as usual, William Brinck, Sr., a resident
and orchardist in the Winters district for 56 years,
died suddenly in his sleep early Sunday. He
was found lifeless in bed shortly before noon, Mrs.
Brinck making the discovery.
Doctors believe that his heart, weakened
by an active life of 78 years,
collapsed and death came without pain
or struggle. The venerable Winters
man was a native of Bichweiler, Alsace,
France, born October 20, 1849.
Rev. H. C. Culton, a lifelong friend of Brinck,
is now the last surviving
member of a trio of '49ers who lived
at Winters and were cronies. The late
Henry Robinson was the other.
Reverend Culton will officiate at
funeral services to be held at the
Brinck home Tuesday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock. Ross C. Wilson is completing
the arrangements. Masons
will have charge of services at
the grave. Brinck belonged to
Buckeye Lodge, No. 195, and to the
Winters chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Besides a wife, Brinck left two daughters, Mrs. A. B. Ish of Winters
and Mrs. R. Ish of Richmond and a
son, W. A. Brinck Jr. of Winters. Six
grandchildren and a brother and sister
also survive him. August Brinck
is the brother and Mrs. E. Young of
San Francisco the sister.
Brinck held a big influence in educational, business and all civic affairs
in the Winters district. He was one of the first trustees of the Winters
High school board, a vice-president of
the old First National and Savings Bank of Winters—now the Bank of
Italy, and a director in the Winters Canning association and the Winters
Dried Fruit company.
He was considered one of the deans
of the Sacramento Valley orchardists,
his methods being patterned after by
hundreds of successful fruit raisers in
this district. The Brinck ranch west of Winters is
one of the show placesof Yolo county and one of the richest
producers in the thriving Winters fruit belt.