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Archive for October 2014

Historic Old Courthouse Square building for sale

Empire Building - Photo © Sean Bressie

Change is coming to the historic, clock-capped Empire Building on Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square. It is up for sale and its primary tenant — … ...read more Source:: PressDemo – Local News

‘Day of the Dead’ at Sonoma Barracks

California State Parks, in cooperation with Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association, proudly announces, Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, on Saturday, November 1 from noon to 4 pm. Come to Mission San Francisco Solano to help celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, the historic holiday of Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. This celebration is designed to honor the dead who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on the evening of October 31. In recognition of this holiday, the Mission will have an altar in the Chapel honoring General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and his wife Benicia. The altar … ...read more Source:: Sonoma Valley Sun

Lest We Forget – Samuel Cassiday

Samuel Cassiday - c1880

The lead sentence states that, “Petaluma owes a debt to Argus Editor Sam Cassiday that has never been paid. Only his gravestone in Cypress Hill Cemetery commemorates his name. The forgetful city long ago should have done the right thing by at least naming a street in his honor.” His collection of newspaper files dating back to 1855 is one of the most complete and “priceless” collections in the West. They may be found in the public library. He also authored a book about Sonoma County history, “An Illustrated History of Sonoma County, 1889.” An article in his file stated that, “he received the bitterest blow when the Chicago publisher of his history failed to credit him as author.” Cassiday was born near Reedsburgh, Wayne County, Ohio in 1830, and spent most of his boyhood near the Sac and Fox Indian hunting grounds of the Iowa Territory. Over time, he worked on a farm nine months out of the year and also learned the printers trade, as well as serving as an assistant teacher in a private academy. Cassiday came overland in 1850 to Sacramento and got involved with various mining operations in Nevada and Yuba counties. He moved to Sonoma County in 1854 and farmed until 1860. He spent a brief period of time publishing the Petaluma Republican before becoming one of the owners and editors of the Argus in 1861. After he sold the Argus in 1869, he moved to Monterey County where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. Later, when offered a United State consulship, he declined. This article closes with, “A few men gave to their community more than they received in return. Petaluma could change the name of Main Street to Cassiday Avenue and still not come out even.” Cassiday married Cynthia Francis Denman in 1864 and they had five children. His funeral was held April 6, 1904 with E.S. Lippitt, H.L. Weston, G.W. Lamoreaux, C. Temple, C. Poehlmann and Charles Dillion serving as pallbearers. Source:: Petaluma – Our River Town Related Links: California Biographies - RootsWeb 1898 Sonoma County Atlas - Rumsey Collection History of Sonoma County - Google Books Find a Grave

Charlie Siebenthal presents expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad

WHISTLESTOP NORTH -- SANTA ROSA

The next program will be on Monday October 27, 2014

THE RAILROADS OF SONOMA VALLEY. NWPRRHS President Charlie Siebenthal will present a much expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad, its successor as the Sonoma Valley Branch of the NWP and the Sonoma Valley Branch of the Southern Pacific. Field work plus recently discovered maps and newspaper articles will be used to answer the many questions asked during his first talk on the railroads of Sonoma Valley.

Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Parking in the rear of the building. Take 101 to the College Avenue exit. Turn west onto College Avenue. Monroe Hall is on the left just past the G&G Shopping Center. For further information please contact Charlie Siebenthal at 707-838-8882 or vandtrr@cs.com Please mark this date on your calendars. If you wish to receive an email reminder of each program please send an email entitled "WN list" to Charlie Siebenthal at vandtrr@cs.com your email address will be held confidential.

Windsor barn preserved by Strawn instead of burned for practice

Milo Strawn, a carpenter and millwright by trade, was not one to discard the old or broken for the new and different. He was from the generation that never threw anything away. When it broke, you fixed it. So when the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department decided  to use a 100-year-old, open dairy barn in east Windsor for training burns,  Milo, the Fire Chief,  offered to take it apart instead. He bought it for $1 in 1985 from a contractor, who planned to develop the land where the Mattie Washburn School and Pleasant Oak Park now stand.   ...read more Source: Press Democrat

The little engine that could, just can’t anymore - Support the Howarth Park Train

Howarth Park Train

Help Keep the Howarth Park Train in Motion

Santa Rosa Parks Foundation's 1st annual Family Fun Night is on October 10th at Howarth Park from 5-9pm. All proceeds from the night will go towards the purchase of a new ADA compliant Howarth Park Train. This event will include live musical performances by Pat Jordan Band, Bear’s Belly and Midnight Sun Massive, along with delicious provisions provided by The Wurst, Island Ice and Third Street Aleworks. Santa Rosa High School’s agricultural department is supplying pumpkins for a children’s pumpkin decorating booth and rides will run until sundown. The train has been a part of the Santa Rosa community for 44 years, and as stated in a previous article by the Press Democrat, “The little engine that could, just can’t anymore.” Currently, the C.P. Huntington costs the city of Santa Rosa $30,000 a year in maintenance and sadly due to its datedness, the 1863 replica steam engine is broken down 1/3 of the time. We ask the community to come together for this special event so that the future generations of our city can enjoy 50 more years of wonderful memories. Tickets will be sold at the venue or you can purchase them now at http://tinyurl.com/n58fxep. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children: adult entry fees include an adult beverage and children entry fees include a train ride.
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