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****** 15 new photos · Album by Katherine J. Rinehart [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
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****** Gaye LeBaron remembers the city that suffered through Sonoma County's last mega fire and wonders if we overlooked peril. [...]
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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***Sunset Photo - Sean Bressie*** [...]
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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***From Sonoma Land Trust: The historic stone barn at Glen Oaks Ranch after the fire. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Wirka and Sasha Berleman of Bouverie Preserve. However, on Monday night, after the worst of the fires up to that point had raced through the Glen Ellen area, we learned from our neighbors at Bouverie Preserve that the grand old house was still standing — and they just reaffirmed that news a few hours ago! You can [...]
Fri, Oct 13, 2017
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****** All Sonoma County Library branches closed on 10/13. No Wifi, internet, or phone. Sonoma Valley branch most vulnerable. Stay tuned. [...]
Thu, Oct 12, 2017
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John Wilkes Booth escaped after assassinating Lincoln and spent his last 25 years living comfortably in Forestville. Believe it or ...no, don't believe it. Not a chance it's true. But many locals were convinced he really was hiding there and were eager to shield him.The tale of Thomas Jerome, the man supposed to be Booth, has more angles than a funhouse mirror. A superficial writer could look at the funny side of it all, as [...]
Fri, Oct 06, 2017
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Helen Putnam discusses plan for walking tour with Fred Schram of Heritage Homes and Barbara Lind of the Bicentennial Committee. Photo taken by Ted G. Hansen. Petaluma Argus Courier May 8, 1975
Helen Putnam discusses plan for walking tour with Fred Schram of Heritage Homes and Barbara Lind of the Bicentennial Committee. Photo taken by Ted G. Hansen. Petaluma Argus Courier May 8, 1975 It's Wednesday and I'm thinking about women. In a week and a half I'll be giving a talk at the Petaluma Regional Branch Library. The subject is the Ladies' Improvement Club which was founded in 1896 by what a San Francisco Call reporter termed [...]
Wed, Oct 04, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
She was a good hen, sitting patiently on her nest for nearly twenty years. Then she loudly blew up.In the 1920s and 1930s she was Petaluma's first goodwill ambassador, greeting visitors driving into town from the south.Her name was Betty.She was originally part of a float for the very first Egg Day parade in 1918 and made by Albert Welchert, a German carpenter turned chicken rancher. "Mr. Welchert is building the biggest hen that has [...]
Tue, Sep 26, 2017
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In April 1865 the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union. The Confederate newspaper in Santa Rosa did not.Over the four horrific years of the Civil War, the Sonoma Democrat remained steadfast in its support of the South and opposed to the Union and everything it stood for, including freedom for the slaves. This article covers what happened in Sonoma county at the end of the war and mirrors the earlier story of how the Democrat [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017
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Thu, Sep 14, 2017
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Ever been to Santa Rosa? You know; it's that charming village in the middle of a forest. Too bad about their second-rate courthouse, however.Those are among the surprising observations made by a writer traveling by stagecoach from Petaluma to Healdsburg in June, 1865. Although not very long (the whole essay can be read in less than five minutes) the article is richer in detail than other descriptions I've read from that era.It appeared in the [...]
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
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Back when the Petaluma Argus Courier was publishing the Petaluma Magazine I was lucky enough to contribute a regular feature called Changing Landscape where I'd provide a historic photo of a building, park, etc. with 500 words of background information. Terry Hankins, Argus photographer at the time, would take a current picture of the same site. I always planned to include this photo of New Labor Temple. The Temple was located at the southeast corner of Western Avenue and Liberty Streets. The building was a
New Labor Temple at Western Avenue and Liberty Street, Petaluma circa 1924. Courtesy of the Sonoma County Library Back when the Petaluma Argus Courier was publishing the Petaluma Magazine I was lucky enough to contribute a regular feature called Changing Landscape where I'd provide a historic photo of a building, park, etc. with 500 words of background information. Terry Hankins, Argus photographer at the time, would take a current picture of the same site. I always [...]
Mon, Sep 04, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
It will always be a popular rip–roarin' tale of Santa Rosa's early days: How a few guys sneaked into the town of Sonoma, snatched the county records, then raced back to Santa Rosa amid fears that a furious mob of Sonomans were in pursuit. Unfortunately, it's not true - well, not much, anyway.Santa Rosa was born in 1854, or perhaps it's more accurate to say it was declared by fiat. The previous summer Barney Hoen [...]
Thu, Aug 31, 2017
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Bill Albert and Wendy Entz exchange marriage vows at the Sonoma County Fair on July 16, 1980. Photo taken by Chris Dawson for the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Bill Albert and Wendy Entz exchange marriage vows at the Sonoma County Fair on July 16, 1980. Photo taken by Chris Dawson for the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) I understand that today at the Sonoma County Fair it was Valentine's Day and that couples were invited to get married or renew their vows on Butler Amusements' Majestic Giant Wheel. In 2011, while researching in preparation for the Sonoma County Fair's 75th-anniversary museum exhibit, I came [...]
Fri, Aug 11, 2017
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Howard Gilkey with Mrs. Kraft and Mrs. Parson in Santa Rosa - October 23, 1949
Howard Gilkey with Mrs. Kraft and Mrs. Parson in Santa Rosa - October 23, 1949. Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat The Historical Society of Santa Rosa recently informed its members by way of a Face Book post that the City of Santa Rosa's Recreation and Parks Department is conducting a pond resurfacing project at Juilliard Park. Many likely know that property upon which the park sits was given to the City of Santa Rosa by Frederic [...]
Mon, Aug 07, 2017
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Tue, May 09, 2017
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