1853 - 1952
Brewery in 1906 , Heilbron Ranch, Sutterville California
Is Dedicated To The Sutterville Brewery Building And My Friend
This Informative Collection Of Words
New Helvitia Chapter
of the E Clampus Vitus and the Author Both Express
AppreciatiationTo Mr. Clovis McGuire , An Owner Of The Site ,
In The History OfThe Sutterville Brewery And His Permission To
Place This Marker
The Site .
We Are Equally
Endepted To Mrs E H Heilbron Bellmer For Numberless
In Researching TheHistory Of The Building . Mrs Bellmer A Grandaughter
Mrs. August Heilbron , loaned the picture ofthe brewery in 1906
and permitted us the use
an Abstract of Title which she has . She also granted freeaccess
to the scrap book her father kept on
building and told her of her expierences during the year she and
her husband made
building their home . We cannot thank her adequately for her assistance
, so shall not make an attempt .
1 , 1983
The beginning was on
August 15 , 1839 when John Sutter , from the landing on the American
the rise which is now the of Sutters Fort . This was to be the
center of his empire .
land on the north bank of the American River was later to be granted
to Eliab Grimes . That land ,
Rancho Del Paso was occupied by John Sinclair on behalf of Grimes
, who obtained the grant
August 1840 his party numbered 25 ; 17 whites and 8 Kanakas .Sutter
wanted neighbors and craftsmen .
his fort wsa a place of safety and he had established friendly
, people began to settle nearby . He also encouraged parties from
the States to seek land grants on their own .
deeded one mile of land on the Feather River to Nicholas Altgeyer
in 1841 and another mile
Edward Farwell in 1844 . It was Sutter's dream to amass a fortune
. He could
this , he felt , with the support of other people settled in the
he didn't want everyone crowded up at the fort . By 1844 Sutter
completed his first fort .
January 1846 , Sutter had had enough expierence with the high
waters of the winter
realize that the land west of the fort was mostly a flood plain
determined to found a village or town and set John Bidwell and
L . W. Hastings to the task ,
town was Sutterville , located on high ground , less than half
a mile east of the Sacramento River , and
four miles south west of the fort .
T. Sherman , who was in the area during the summer of 1849 wrote
in his memoirs ,
AT SUTTERVILLE .
. . .
would have made a better site for a town than the low , submerged
where the city now stands .
1847 George Zins and his wife commenced
the manufacture of brick at Sutterville and
a house 18 by 35 feet . His first kiln was of 40.000 brick . In
the fall of 1848
burned another kiln of one hundreed thousand brick. A school house
was planned to
built that year. That same year Sutter sold 350 acres
Laneford W. Hastings, which land included the site of McDougal
elected delegates to the Sutterville in 1849.
attempted to sell lots, but was not too successful until after
the floods of 1852.
that time the people who had evacuated Sacramento
to look with more favor on Sutterville.
his part of a real estate program, Hastins
his inter in the town to a group composed of Hastings, William
Weston, Henry A. Breed, Robert H. Vance and others.
transfer was conditioned on the buyers
a pier and dock, anchoring a barge on the river,
an elevated roadway
the high ground and constructing certain buildings with 90 days.
all five brcik buildings were build in Sutterville during 1853.
building at the SE corner of Willow and Crystal Street was two
full basement of brcik, build for Robert H. Vance of
Francisco at a cost of $27,000.
building came to be known as the Sutterville Brewery. The bricks
all of the buildings were obtained from the brickyeard of
and Queens in the SW coring of the town.
building was let to Lockwood and Tilden of Sacramento
to S.T. Weston for two stores.
sawmill was erected by T.F. Gould and Jefferson Lake in 1853 at
had three upright saws and on circular
Thielan's bankruptcy the operation of the brewery ceased and was
The savings and loan held onto the
until May 1890 when it was sold to J.P. Melchior.
transferred it to he wife the following year.
years later, she deeded the property to her son, Frederick William
the deed stated, being the place now occupied
resided upon by me as my house.
properted rested under this ownership until May1905
it was purchased by Mrs. August Heilbron.
1905 no tenant occupied the building for a prolonged periord,
as a dance hall and used for other parties up until
beginning of World War Two.
one year after the war it became the residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Bellmer is the granddaughter of Mrs. Heilbron.
tracks which border the west side of the property are the river
branch of the
Pacific which originated at Front and I Street
was completed as far south
Freeport in June 1909. Sacramento County records show that Mrs.
sued the railroad in connection with
the right of way.
December 1947 an annexation election in the area designated as
by 10 votes. I was not until August 1950 that the land which Jon
originally sold to L.W. Hastings became a part of
Shortly thereafter the brewery
was sold to R.G. Schmidt, and salvaged the brick in 1952.
ended the history of the Sutterville Brewery
99 years. It was the last to be torn
in the old town of Sutterville. Although there is a California
across the street marking Camp Union
is considered most appropriate to mark this site. Mr. Robert H
vision and he built well. The brewery
succor early in the Civil Way to the 5th Infantry Regiment
provided a pleasant summer outing as long as
brewery was open. I remember the brewery fondly, as do most people
fifty who grew up in Sacramento. I have
a number of parties in the old building.
Roadway In Front Is Sutterville Road
INFORMATION ON CAMP UNION SUTTERVILLE