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***Who's on first, what's on second.... Where does Fort Bragg fit in all of this?*** Bennett Valley Grange changes name to Bennett Valley Guild in fight over property. [...]
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
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Hey, what's missing from the Santa Rosa newspapers? After 1911, readers no longer saw a steady stream of articles reporting children involved in armed robbery, arson, burglary, buggy hijacking, and that old favorite, chicken snatching. I loved writing up those stories, relishing the thought of a great-great grandchild of some distinguished judge or senator stumbling across the news of his arrest for leading a gang of ten year-old chicken thieves.This is a followup to [...]
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
****** From a roller-skating performance artist to the region's own [...]
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
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***Last of a breed...*** Ken and Luci Farr have been keeping track of weather for the National Weather Service since 1997. [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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****** It was a general merchandise outlet but also, in its heyday, it was something akin to the Capitol of the Sonoma Coast. [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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***Can Preservation AND Development be balanced to please all? John Webley, a well-known innovator and entrepreneur who owns Santa Rosa's landmark McDonald Mansion has a Freestone property is made of two combined parcels, part of Sonoma County's very first official “historic district.” The huge, historic white barn and silo on the site are in failing condition and Webley said he would like to restore the cavernous structure and rebuild the foundation. But he said he can do [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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With MUCH gratitude to Harrison Comstock, we can now share Brainerd Jones' preliminary design for Comstock House, painted in 1904.This watercolor shows several differences with his pen and ink architectural elevation (also shown below), which accurately represents the final design. Other historical images of the completed home can be found in the Comstock House photo gallery.Two years before starting this project, Jones had completed the mansion-like Paxton House two doors down from close friends of [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
It was the grandest, most beautiful house ever built in Santa Rosa, and a century ago this was a town with no shortage of grand and beautiful homes. Its design was bold in a controversial new style; there were few buildings anywhere on the West Coast that looked like this.And the parties! Hundreds attended one swank affair in 1903, with an orchestra on the balcony and San Francisco chefs in the kitchen. Elaborate evening gowns [...]
Tue, Mar 14, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Three Petaluma Women Stand in Front of a National Business Women's Week Poster - 1958
Three Petaluma Women Stand in Front of a National Business Women's Week Poster - 1958 In honor of International Women's Day I'm posting a photo from the Sonoma County Library's collection. According to the cataloging notes this picture was taken in 1958 and shows Ruth Snodgrass, Jessie Mitchell and Betsy McLaughlin. Additional notes include that Ruth Snodgrass was secretary to cattle dealer Chris Beck. Ruth, and her husband Harold, lived at 856 B Street, Petaluma. Jessie [...]
Wed, Mar 08, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
We've certainly gotten a lot of rain this year. Now imagine getting even more than this during just 25 days.The Press Democrat recently (March 2, 2017) offered an article, "Santa Rosa on its way to wettest year on record." As of that date, according to the "Press Democrat Data Center," the city had recorded 52.07 inches of rain, "more than all other years save for two since 1904 when record keeping began." The PD also [...]
Sat, Mar 04, 2017
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The Sonoma County Library's Central Santa Rosa Library — once known as the Santa Rosa Free Public Library — celebrates its 50th anniversary. The current modernist library replaced an crumbling Carnegie library in 1967 under the leadership of director David Sabsay. The Library hosted a celebration on February 26, following two excellent talks on the history of the Santa Rosa Library: Katherine Rinehart's Evolution of the Central Library (Feb. 15) and Darren Bradley's Organic Modernist [...]
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
Imagine asking someone in the Bay Area anytime around the turn of the last century to "Name someone who lives in Santa Rosa." There's little doubt that first pick would be that guy named Burbank. But depending upon the year, a surprising number of people might have thought of Blitz W. Paxton. Unlike Burbank, he wasn't famous because of personal achievements; he was well known because he was often mentioned in the newspapers on account [...]
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
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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
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
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
Thu, Nov 03, 2016
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Mon, Oct 10, 2016
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