.... September  2009 ~~~~ Editor:  Cliff Hanger ~~~~
August 7th, 2009 saw the passing of Richard F. Clark. 
            Many know him as "Old Scout"
 Richard learned how to work on guns at an early age from his father. He learned to make his only tooling to fix or modify what every he was working on. From the early 1950's he began to compete on a regular basis is various disciplines. He seemed to talk about pistol matches where he used original Double action Star and Roger and Spencer single action revolvers. Another love of Richard was long range off handed rifle matches. If he could use black powder in these matches, all the better as far as he was concerned. 

Richard found SASS very early. He signed up, gave up his money and became "Old Scout" receiving SASS badge #323. His participation lead to learning how to make single action revolvers and lever rifles run faster with reliability. He even smoothed up a few shotguns over the years. He was not a fan of the Winchester 92 lever rifle nor the Winchester 1897 model shotgun but he did know how to make them work. 

His favorite rifle caliber was the 38-55. He worked on a lot of rifles making them very competitive for many SASS members and BPCR shooters.
Richard was a  very quiet man. You would see him at many matches in Southern California and Nevada off to the side just taking it all in. If you had question, he would take the time to listen. He would even take the time to give you a complete if not overly technical answer. If you asked him if he could fix your guns particular problem, he just smile slightly and say, "I think I can."

If you had the chance to know Old Scout, you were better for it. If you didn't, we have all lost a dear friend.

Old Scout
On Sunday, September 20th. 2009, the Double R Bar Regulators are throwing a little 5 stage match and wine party together to honor Old Scout. 

The plan is to have the shooting finished up around noon. Then there will be Tri-tip provided for the main course.

Everyone is asked to bring a side dish and a bottle of wine for the tasting party. Old Scout's favorite was Zinfandel Red.

RRBar is also putting together a Drawing to raise money for Happy Trails Children's Foundation in Old Scout's name. So far there are 4 Cap & Ball revolvers to be given away in pairs. 2 Ruger Old Army and 2 EMF Navy 51's. If you have something you would like to donate to the drawing, contact Claremore Calie or Cliff Hanger. They'll add it to the list.

You can see the list here near the bottom of the page. 
  Old Scout Match and Wine Tasting Party

See ya all there. 
    (word has gotten out that this is a black powder match. Not true!  This match is for everyone, shooting what every they like)

The Western Regional is coming up October 8-11th held in Lucerne Valley, California. I think if you like shooting a lot, this match will be what you're looking for. 

I was volunteered as on of the match RO's. I also wrote 4 of the main match stages and the 3 All Shotgun stages. Prof Bullspit was also volunteered and has written the 3 Plainsman stages and the 3 BP night stages. Oh! Prof. Bullspit also wrote the storyline for the entire match. And I'm sticking to that statement. 

I have heard that Thursday which is side events day, there will be the usual speed events. You ...know. Speed pistol, speed rifle and speed shotgun. There is a mystery stage which so far has been kept under wraps and only the two who wrote the stage knows what t is. I don't think there's even going to be a description in the shooter's book. Just what's needed and what's provided. I guess what I'm saying is, you can if you want start shooting at 8:00am until well after 7:00pm. You'll want to sneak off for lunch and dinner if you can.

November 20th, 2009, "Thunder Valley" which is Brimstone Pistolero's annual match is coming up. So you'll have a month to recover from the Regional to et ready for this all black powder match. You can read upon
Match and Entry information here.
History of Colton, CA


The City of Colton was formally founded in 1875 and incorporated in 1887 but its history goes back to the 1770's when several explorers from Mexico searched routes from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, bringing the first Europeans to the Colton area. Prior to this time, the area was inhabited by the Gua-chama, Seranno and San Gorgonio Indians.

By 1840 Colton was part of two large privately owned ranchos, the Jurupa and the San Bernardino Ranchos. The southwest section of Colton is referred to as Agua Mansa (“Gentle Waters”); the area settled by New Mexico Pioneers in 1842.

The town of Colton was laid out when the Southern Pacific Railway was constructed through the valley on its way eastward from Los Angeles in 1875. Colton was named for Civil War General David Colton who was also Vice President of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.


From a photograph taken in 1876, the entire population of the then new town, except for Mr. and Mrs. Noel Davenport who were away from home at the time. 

1885 - Cooley Ranch Approximately 

For nearly 100 years, Cooley Ranch was also known as Indian Knolls. The name derived when the Indians in the San Bernardino Valley found refuge on the knolls of the property during the flood of 1862. Original owner of the property was George Cooley, born in Kent, England. He came to the area in 1853 and in 1854 purchased 200 acres at $3.50 per acre along the Santa Ana River. Mr. Cooley was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of San Bernardino County. By 1873, the ranch was 19 years old with 400 acres, all in Colton. Because of high taxes, the ranch was sold to Villelli Enterprises of La Habra. It is now the Cooley Ranch and construction began in 1975.

1887 - Virgil Earp, 1887, first Marshall of Colton

Colton was incorporated July 11, 1887 when 119 of 176 citizens voted in favor of incorporation. Nicholas P. Earp, father of the “Earp Brothers”owned the Gem, a saloon, while he was the City Clerk for Colton. Wyatt Earp applied to City Hall to operate a gambling hall in Colton, but was turned down. The Nicholas Porter Earp family settled in Colton in 1877; Nicholas was elected to the position of Recorder in 1887. The same year, Virgil Earp was elected Colton's first Marshal and lived with his wife Allie in a house at 528 W. H. Street which still stands today.

1887 -  Morgan Earp Grave - Hermosa Cemetery in Colton.
1889 - First City Hall

On October 16, 1889, Colton voted $12,000 in bonds for the erection of a City Hall completed in 1890. The first meeting in City Hall was convened September 1, 1890.

Through the next century, citrus groves were bought and sold, the railroads and road systems grew to accommodate the growth, business grew and so did the city.

1891 - Colton Library - Built as the Carnegie Library

The building now housing the Colton Museum on La Cadena Drive was originally a Carnegie Public Library. Andrew Carnegie, founder of Carnegie Steele Co., initiated a project in 1891 to donate money to towns and cities across the country for the building of public Libraries. Carnegie distributed $68,333,973 to build 1,689 public libraries in the united States and 830 in other countries. The Colton Woman's Club initiated the campaign and Cramer B. Morris, City Attorney, negotiated the $10,000 donation from the Carnegie foundation to build a library here.

The City Council agreed to set aside $1,000 annually for the building's maintenance and residents of Colton contributed $4,000 for purchase of the site. The first 1,100 books were donated by the Woman's Club who held “Book Showers” to raise money to purchase books. The building was completed in 1908. Three other Carnegie libraries built in San Bernardino County were in San Bernardino, Ontario, Upland. Only the buildings in Colton and Upland are still standing. In addition to housing the library, Club Rooms in the building's basement were utilized by groups such as the Boy Scouts and Kiwanis club, chapels for Methodist and Presbyterian religious and marriage services. During World War II, Red Cross volunteers met there to prepare bandages for wounded service personnel.

Now the site of Colton Museum, once the Colton City Library, located
on La Cadena Drive, south of City HallCarnegie Library.


1896 - Colton Electric Utility

Colton Electric Utility is the second oldest municipal electric utility in the State of California. Formally established in 1896 by passage of an ordinance to provide for “intention to acquire, construct, own, operate and maintain a public electric light system for supplying lights, power to the city residents”. The issue was passed 114 to12 by a vote of the citizens and the plant, costing $6,000 was built. Additional services and expansion has occurred over the next 100+ years and In 2003 the Agua Mansa Power Plant was built and dedicated. It is a GE LM 6000, 50 Mega Watt gas fired turbine generator; it generates 43 mega watts for the city on average.
1900 - Reche Canyon

            Local Milk Delivery

Reche Canyon was once a box canyon area full of natural vegetation, many deep springs and abundant wildlife; deer, bobcats, quail, rabbits and coyotes. An old stage road wound along near the tops of the hills where bandits harassed travelers. They stole horses and cattle and everything else they could move. One tale maintains that an organized crime wave in Reche Canyon was broken up after outlaws stole money and as many sacks of flour as they could carry from a prosperous local flour mill. What the bandits didn't realize was that in their haste to make a getaway in the middle of the night, the flour sacks leaked. When the mill was opened the next morning, a trail of flour identified the route back to the hideout. At the north entrance to the Canyon, stood “Hollow Hill” dairy, later to become a restaurant for a short period of time, later a summer school for children. As time progressed, part of the land became mobile home estates and part single family houses. Few of the original springs of the Canyon exist with the water level dropping each year. Rumor still persists of a mystery gold mine in Reche Canyon but no one knows where to look for it.

1910 - Colton Fire Department 1889-1998

It is not known of the exact location or who attended that first meeting to form the Colton Fire Department on February 21, 1888. Possibly Judge Nicholas Earp, who was appointed the County Recorder seven months earlier or, perhaps his son Virgil, the town Marshall, or George Cooley, a ranch owner who was very active in city and county affairs. In any case, the newly formed department was made up of volunteers from local businessmen, ranchers, and farmers.


The new department fought fires with water buckets as they had done since Colton's beginning in 1875. The first fire apparatus was purchased by the City, October 16, 1889. It consisted of one hose cart, 1,000 feet of 2-inch hose and 3 fire extinguishers. This hose cart was pulled by the firemen throughout the streets of Colton. City Leaders made the department official November 11, 1889, in a brick building at the corner of 7 th and “I” street (Valley Blvd.). In May of 1892, the city purchased a hook and ladder cart that was also hand drawn by the firemen. Both pieces of equipment were used until 1905, when a horse drawn hose wagon was put into service. (This wagon still exists and is on loan for display at The San Bernardino County Museum). The members of the Fire Department asked the Citizens of Colton for contributions to purchase the horse harness and tack. The cost was $300.00.

By 1914, progress brought a new motorized engine to the City of Colton; this was the first motorized engine in the San Bernardino Valley. Engine #1 was a white triple combination (pump, hose, and chemical rig). It sported the best trim and gold leaf insignias the decorators could find. The emblems on the side of the hose bed were gold hubs, representing the “Hub City.” This engine was chain driven and had solid rubber tires to support the massive weight.

Pictures of this engine are on display at the Colton Fire Stations, as well as the Colton Museum. The last remaining pieces of Colton Engine #1 are at the Pioneer Fire Museum in San Bernardino.

1937 - Colton Police Department


The Colton Police Department's colorful history began with its first Chief, Marshall Virgil Earp, in 1887, the year the city was incorporated. The title of Town Marshall was changed to Chief of Police, a position appointed by the City Council, in the early 1900's. Originally the Town Marshall owned his own horse but administered police service from the new city hall in 1890. He booked prisoners, after transporting them in a wheelbarrow, into a two-room cell too low for a man to stand in. Colton grew in square mileage, which required the council to furnish a horse; they raised the Chief's salary to $75.00 per month.
A strong foundation for law and order was built as Colton entered the 20 th Century. In 1884, the last convict was hanged in San Bernardino for a Colton homicide stemming from a love triangle. The century cost the lives of two officers in police shootings during 1927. In 1937 the city purchased two police cars and two motorcycles. Technology, as primitive as it was, allowed the placement of radios in both of those cars. The police now required a Chief, an Assistant Chief, two sergeants, two motor officers and four patrolmen.

In early 1932 the Police Department recruited its original citizen volunteers as merchants walked nightly patrols for the beat officers. Throughout the 30's, vagrancy and hobos impacted the police calls for service. Police from all over California looked upon Colton, the Hub City, as an important point to observe the transient flow for wanted suspects. By 1940 the police department installed radios in all their police cars and the station. The frequency was shared by neighboring cities; this remained a constant through the early 1970's. Complaints of speeding vehicles, curfew violations, panhandling and burglaries have dominated police calls for 100 years.

Colton has grown from a one-man department in 1887; today, Colton is a full-service police department comprised of three divisions, staffed by 80 men and women who are responsible for carrying out the department mission.


Today the City of Colton encompasses an area of approximately 16 square miles and operates as a general law city, governed by the City Council, of the State of California. Colton, with a current population of over 51,000 is located between the Cities of San Bernardino and Riverside, in the middle of the Inland Empire, one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Colton is now a thriving and well-balanced community offering affordable housing, many family support programs, recreation and parks, health services, a quality education system, public safety programs, two community centers, and an aggressive problem-solving government.


The Mayor is separately elected and serves a four-year term. Six elected Councilpersons serve four-year terms. The City Council also serves as the Board for the Redevelopment Agency for the City of Colton. Advising the City Council are a number of appointed citizen commissions and boards. Other elected officials include the City Clerk and the City Treasurer who serve four-year terms.

The top appointed officials are the City Manager who oversees all City operations and the City Attorney who provides legal services to the City Council and all departments.

Colton is a full-service city staffed by over 300 employees. Services include public safety (police, fire, and emergency medical services); planning and inspection services as well as public works maintenance programs; community development, a full range of people services (recreation for all ages, library services, child care, youth and family support programs); all utilities (electrical, water, sewer, refuse collection) except gas; economic development and redevelopment programs; and administrative services providing support for all departments.

I'd like to know who read this newsletter. If you could just click the link and then just send the e-mail. You don't even have to type anything. Cliff Hanger

Here's the e-mail link. E-mail

Well it's been seven days so far. I have received a grand total of 2 responses saying they read the Brimstone Gazette. I may have to rethink the Brimstone Gazette.

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