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***Hitchcock And Wilder At Santa Rosa Date taken: June 1942 Photographer: J R Eyerman LIFE collection http://images.google.com/hosted/life/8b50b6169a92f6c5.html*** [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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****** Did you know that the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is just one of three special collections that are part of the Sonoma County Library? The other two are the Wine Library at the Healdsburg Library and the Petaluma History Room at the Petaluma Library. Here is an example of one of the cool items you'll find at the Wine Library. This image will be used a book that will be published in the [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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***Today in Sonoma County - The Legacy of Louise Hallberg (1917-2017) continues at the Butterfly gardens open house.*** Hallberg Butterfly Gardens will host its 20th annual Open Gardens Celebration on Sunday. It is a tribute to matriarch Louise Hallberg, who died in February. [...]
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
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***Volpi's through the years...*** A friendly toast to the historic bars (and yes, the 'dives') of Petaluma [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
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***The Historic Healdsburg water festival is upon us once again. Come join the fun!*** The Healdsburg Water Carnival offers a day of classic fun on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach! Come out from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, for Sonoma County's only floating wine-barrel races, the "Zoom Flume" river slide, rides on the "Sandy the Swan" float, children's games, live music, local foods, community booths, and a rubber [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
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You lucky, lucky soul; you just won vacation property in Sonoma county! Tell your friends and family so they can rush to buy a lot close to yours!That was the premise of a con game that swept the nation in the early 1910s. The land existed alright and you actually did own it, as long as you gave the promoters a few bucks for paperwork, sent the county a small recording fee and paid your [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
The Wickershams were brutally murdered in 1886 at a remote cabin west of Cloverdale, but the San Francisco police were the first authorities to learn of the crime - and they didn't share what they knew with investigators in Sonoma county or the press, as crucial days slipped by.That's the surprising new twist in Sonoma's most infamous 19th century murder mystery. Yes, the history books say the Wickershams were killed by their Chinese cook (which [...]
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Most folks are content to put their name on the mailbox and leave it at that. Paul T. Hahman put his moniker on his doorknob - well, his initials, actually.The Hahman home at 718 McDonald Avenue is currently on the market for the first time in ages. The exterior and most of the interior is beautifully preserved, in part because the house has had so few owners. The original family lived there for the first [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
It was a fearsome crime and although newspapers in those days were packed with stories about terrible murders, this incident was so horrific that news of it spread nationwide, becoming the first time most Americans heard of a place called Sonoma county. Even your great -great (-great?) grandmother Augusta in far-away Minnesota read this wire story on the front page of her local paper in 1886: CLOVERDALE, Cal., Jan 23--Details reached here to-day of a [...]
Sun, May 28, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Hours before dawn, the boys were gathering at the depot waiting for the circus train. They would be playing hooky that day but wouldn't get into much trouble for it; after all, their fathers did the same thing (and maybe grandfathers, too) and they had heard their elders speak wistfully about the pleasure of it, waiting in the dark with a swarm of kids and grown men for the trainload of marvels speeding their way [...]
Sat, May 13, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Tue, May 09, 2017
Source: SSU Special Collections News
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
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
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