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****** In case you need to know how to move a caboose when the train doesn't run through town anymore ... [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
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***Bodega Ave - Petaluma, CA Photo - Michael Ryan https://www.michaelryanphotography.com/*** [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
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***We like seeing these re-purposed, yet preserved buildings!*** Leslie McQuown of Stone Edge Farms plans live/work use for historic building [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
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***ROSE PARADE IS TODAY...*** There was doubt that Santa Rosa would have a 1907 Rose Carnival, given that the town was barely recovered from the Great Earthquake; but it was decided that it would be a special juvenile parade and celebration that year, led by 6 year-old Geraldine Grace. A nice symbol of renewal, both. Besides bei... [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
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***Giacomini's Italian grandfather, Tobias Giacomini and his Swiss grandmother Celesta came to Petaluma looking for a better life. They bought a chicken ranch on Ellis St. and raised a family...*** Still in operation, iconic feed store now serves as community center and more [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
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In 2017 Santa Rosa suffered the Tubbs Fire and before that, the 1964 Hanly Fire. But way back in 1870, yet another firestorm charged over the mountain towards Santa Rosa. Our ancestors simply called it The Great Fire.The California fire history maps only go back to 1951 and none of the reports yet published by the state mention the 1870 disaster, although it followed the same pattern as what happened last year. Driven by very [...]
Fri, May 11, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
It's too late for the sesquicentennial year, but Santa Rosa should declare every April 15 Gus Kohle Day. On that date in 1868 he became a hero for taking his axe to a building on the town square.It was the most exciting thing to happen in Santa Rosa that year; as described here earlier, there was nary a whoop of celebration when the town was officially incorporated. Other than a heated debate over proposed routes [...]
Sun, May 06, 2018
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In Santa Rosa during the 1930s and under twelve? If so, then you were at the California Theater every Saturday at 12:30 for the pandemonium known as the Mickey Mouse Club.A quarter century before the Mouseketeers donned their plastic ears and gleamed sparkling smiles on our TV screens, hundreds of movie houses nationwide were filled to capacity with small children on Saturday afternoons. They would watch a movie and some cartoons, but mainly they would [...]
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
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Wave a flag and cheer, Santa Rosa; your National Guard boys are going off to protect the border with Mexico! The year was 1916 and beneath the cheery patriotism was terror about what might happen - and for good reason. It looked like a full-scale war with Mexico would start at any moment.While the soldiers going off to fight in Europe in 1917 get lots of attention from historians, the National Guard's call up for [...]
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
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Yay, sesquicentennial! So what was Sonoma county really like in 1868? If a movie was made of Santa Rosa in those days, would it have the flavor of the sweet little town in "The Music Man" or the sort of rough place seen in "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?"I recently visited the Midwest and while waiting at the St. Louis airport I met a very nice Dutch family (Jan, if you're reading this, please get [...]
Mon, Apr 09, 2018
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Sketch of Anna Morrison Reed courtesy of The Petaluma Courier, 2 September 1891.
Sketch of Anna Morrison Reed courtesy of The Petaluma Courier, 2 September 1891. Noted in a recent talk by library manager Katherine Rinehart and historian John Sheehy on the Petaluma Ladies' Improvement Club was an exemplar of early women journalists of Sonoma County, Anna Morrison Reed, the publisher and managing editor of the Sonoma County Independent (Petaluma) from 1909 to 1916. As we close out Women's History Month, [...]
Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
1909 Studebaker Ambulance. Source: Petaluma Argus, Feb 17, 1909
1909 Studebaker Ambulance. Source: Petaluma Argus, Feb 17, 1909 On March 18, 2018, I'll be joining my friend John Sheehy at the Petaluma Museum. We will be presenting on the topic of the Petaluma Ladies' Improvement Club. The Club held their first meeting on May 28, 1896, at the offices of the "Petaluman" a weekly newspaper published by Rena Shattuck (1858-1942). Miss Shattuck, a syndicated columnist that wrote under the byline of Polly Larkin, was the [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Articles from the Petaluma Argus-Courier on Frances D. Burmester, one of the 1,074 women who earned wings in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Articles from the Petaluma Argus-Courier on Frances D. Burmester, one of the 1,074 women who earned wings in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) The Sonoma County Library is thrilled to announce approval of its nomination to California Revealed for a unique project. California Revealed is a State Library initiative to support California's public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, to digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant California artifacts and culture. Sonoma County Library [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Portion of Anna Pohlmann's affidavit, 4 April 1900
Portion of Anna Pohlmann's affidavit, 4 April 1900 The recent cascade of public revelations by women who were sexually harassed or assaulted by popular societal figures whose behavior was allowed to continue unchecked for, in some cases, decades, bears a striking resemblance to a case that occurred in the spring of 1900 in Santa Rosa, the county seat of Sonoma. It is the case of a prominent doctor, Melville M. Shearer, who was in his fifth [...]
Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
2017-12-22 16_02_04-North Bay Dairy Collection map - Sonoma Heritage Collections
Just completed — a major overhaul of the Sonoma Heritage Collections site using the new mobile template! The new template still has a few pieces under development, so streaming and other external media won't currently display yet (but you can click links in the records to view our videos and digitized books). I can't bring back the old Google Streetview yet though I hope that will be possible soon — but…I'm rolling out maps showing [...]
Fri, Dec 22, 2017
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
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