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***Coming this Tuesday!!!! Reserve your tickets before it is too late!*** On February 28th, with doors opening at 5:30 and our event beginning at 6:00, the Historical Society invites you to join us for another of our history talks. Admission is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. To make reservations please email the number of seats you would like to reserve and the attendees names to: historicalsocietysantarosa@aol.com [...]
Sat, Feb 25, 2017
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****** Researching the history of the Central Santa Rosa Library has been so interesting. My latest "find" is learning that while the building was under construction, Maurice Lapp, chairman of the art department at the SRJC, had his students paint the 60 panels of fence that surrounded the construction site. The project was sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Rosa Library who, according to a April 6, 1966, Press Democrat article, planned to auction off [...]
Fri, Feb 24, 2017
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***Support your Local History day program....*** Celebrity chef Guy Fieri went back to his tiny Northern California hometown of Ferndale recently with a big thank you gift for one of his favorite teachers. [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
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Wed, Feb 22, 2017
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***20 Acre Kozlowski Heritage Property is for sale.. this is a little surprizing... http://tinyurl.com/jlulxee*** Ranch located at 5566 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville, CA 95436. View sales history, tax history, home value estimates, and overhead views. APN 084-170-001. [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
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They were an odd couple, yet clearly devoted to each other. She had poise and grace, the embodiment of Victorian America gentility. He presented Southern courtliness if you were on his good side, but woe to anyone who rubbed his thin skin the wrong way. She was around six feet tall, towering over other local women in her only verified photograph. Besides being short-tempered he was also just short, five feet, seven and five-eights inches, [...]
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
With the new year comes new batches of photos on Sonoma Heritage Collections and many new enki Library e-books. Sonoma Heritage Collections Lenny Mane's 1956 Chevrolet in Petaluma, California,1950s (Photo 42177) Roughly 1750 new photos of subjects ranging from Sonoma County beach erosion caused by a fierce storm in the early 1960s to George P. McNear, Jr. (of the prominent early Petaluma family) sculling on the Petaluma River about 1910. The biggest group of photos is another beach [...]
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
Take a look at the map below; it's a section of the 1876 bird's eye view of Santa Rosa. The arrow points to the house at 759 Mendocino avenue. It still exists, but not a single other building in the picture. In fact, there are only five four places left in town that are this old, including Luther Burbank's house. Others include two of the Metzger houses on B street (1868 and 1869), possibly the [...]
Wed, Feb 01, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
If you were invited to supper by your great-grandparents you might dislike their food - and probably wouldn't recognize some of it.We believe we know a little something about daily life in a small town such as Santa Rosa because of movies such as "The Music Man," set in 1912. Overall it seems like a pretty nice place (and probably was, if you were white, middle-class and not too outspoken about equality issues) so it's [...]
Fri, Jan 27, 2017
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Santa Rosa City Hall on Hinton Street - Photo Scanned from Santa Rosa A Twentieth Century Town by Gaye LeBaron & Joann Mitchell
Santa Rosa City Hall on Hinton Street - Photo Scanned from Santa Rosa A Twentieth Century Town by Gaye LeBaron & Joann Mitchell For those of you who read my last blog "Interesting Discovery at the Sonoma County Archives" you know that I claimed that J.W. Dolliver designed Santa Rosa's City Hall. Not true. Dolliver did in fact bid on the project, but it was Napa architect, Luther Turton (1862-1925) who got the contract. This I [...]
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Give Santa Rosa credit: When it decided to destroy the downtown area, it did so thoroughly. In the late 1960s the town demolished all of its legacy public buildings including the Carnegie library (which was replaced only after considerable arm-twisting) and the county courthouse. Supposedly they were completely unsafe and ready to tumble down at the first quiver of a quake although there were little or no concerns before. County archivist Katherine Rinehart just came [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
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One sheet of a set of architectural drawings prepared by E. Geoffrey Bangs on July 16, 1945, showing a third story on the Sonoma County Courthouse
One sheet of a set of architectural drawings prepared by E. Geoffrey Bangs on July 16, 1945, showing a third story on the Sonoma County Courthouse The Sonoma County Library was officially designated the official archive for the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in 1965 by a joint resolution. Today that Archive is located about nine miles east of downtown Santa Rosa and is contained within a 3,800 square foot warehouse. It [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
The driveway entry to the racing stable is seen. It passes the stabling office with the brand "Diamond E" on its wall. A barn is seen to the right while the racing stables are to the left. A Ford car of 1950's model is parked in the driveway. [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Sonoma Heritage Collection – Sonoma County Fair
The view of Market Street shows a large banner advertising the Sonoma County Fair in August of 1938. Streetcars are stopped on the street. Pedestrians are on the sidewalks. A large object in the foreground may be part of the transportation system. [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Sonoma Heritage Collection – Sonoma County Fair
Researching interesting historical characters or events is great fun. Stumbling across disturbing questions about a beloved figure: Not so much.This is the story of Jake Luppold, who was once the most well-known and well-liked man in town after that guy named Burbank. Between 1901 and 1922 he owned and operated “The Senate,” a saloon at the corner of Second and Main streets (next to the present transit mall) which was the unofficial political hub of [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
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Thu, Nov 03, 2016
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Thu, Nov 03, 2016
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Mon, Oct 10, 2016
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Dagny Juell poses for a photo with her dog while seated in front of the Santa Rosa Carnegie Library circa 1949
Dagny Juell poses for a photo with her dog while seated in front of the Santa Rosa Carnegie Library circa 1949 Dagny Juell joined the staff of the Santa Rosa Free Public Library in 1924, after working two years as a high school librarian. She was born in Minnesota in 1893 to Norwegian immigrants Niels and Petrea Juell. By 1905 Dagny had moved to Santa Rosa with her parents and brother and sister and was living [...]
Wed, Oct 05, 2016
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Lark & Warne Pharmacy, Guerneville, CA circa 1920
Lark & Warne Pharmacy, Guerneville, CA circa 1920 Included with a nice donation of books, photos, and maps received last week, was this post card. The card had no identifying information and we were not sure that it was related to Sonoma County history. By using the Library's subscription to Ancestry.com I found a U.S. Census entry for a Newton Allen Lark living in Guerneville in 1920. He was employed as a druggist. Now that I [...]
Sat, Oct 01, 2016
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy