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COUNTY PIONEERS H I S T O R Y Leaders, entrepreneurs and Just pLain CharaCters  Lola Montez yard, held lavish salons, and there were rumors she horse-whipped a local editor for things he wrote about her. Boredom may have been the reason Lola left Grass Valley after two years. One thing for certain, things were pretty lively during her stay. E xperienced in the hotel business ELIJAH J. RECTOR and his brother Bayless took over I n July of 1853, dancer LOLA MONTEZ sailed into Grass Valley. Her arrival was met with delight and with displeasure. The former mistress of the King of Bavaria, Lola was flamboyant. She had a temper, had lovers, was on her third husband and was known for her daring Spider Dance. Lola purchased a home at 248 Mill St. which has been rebuilt. She kept a bear in the the ailing National Exchange Hotel in 1886 on a lease agreement. They become the owners five years later. Under the Rectors, this Nevada City landmark built in the 1850s, became the best hotel in the state north of San Francisco. They expanded the building and added the distinctive sec- ond floor balcony. There was also a large second floor dining room where local dignitaries and their families dined Sunday nights seat- ed each week at the same table. N evada City resident GEORGE KIDD was small in stature, but contributed a huge amount to the area’s growth. He was involved in mining, real estate, banking and water. He was also involved in an incident that has gone down in history as The Big Scare. On January 14, 1865, Nevada City’s sheriff got wind of a plot by secessionists from Grass Valley to sack the town. The Light Guard met to prepare, and Kidd was given the military trappings of a man twice his size. He made quite a spectacle march- ing down Broad Street in the huge uniform  John Tinloy founded in the 1860s. Located in an area bounded today by Bank, Bennett and South Auburn Streets, the population reached 2,000. Among the prominent citi- zens were members of the TINLOY (TIN LOY) family. Their store, Quong Chong Company, supplied traditional foods and specialty items from China. It was also a center of activity. Elderly Chinese gathered to talk and reminisce, others were found in the backroom enjoying a pipe of opium. The Quong Chong Company also served as a bank and assumed the role of employment agency, especially for recent immigrants.  G rass Valley’s Chinatown was with his cartridge box striking the ground with each step. The sheriff fortified himself with whiskey, women and children were sent from town, sentinels kept watch through the night. As it turned out, there was never any sign of the “enemy.” National Exchange Hotel N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D . c o m 123