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"Did'ya see it?" Was likely the question everyone in Santa Rosa asked that Saturday in 1924. "It" was the car driving through the streets all night with a flaming cross attached to the hood, while the passengers tossed cards announcing the Ku Klux Klan was here and not going away.In the mid-1920s Sonoma county had the reputation of being the hotspot of Klan activity in the Bay Area - which was a kind of homecoming, [...]
Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
***What does history taste like? For some lucky Californians, it tastes like the sweet-tart, aromatic Gravenstein apple.*** The FruitGuys partnered with Slow Food Russian River to offer a Gravenstein Apple Box, which featured apples grown by three longtime Sonoma farms: Devoto Gardens & Orchards, Hales Apple Farm, and Walker Apples. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
****** Luther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Three [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
***For this year's Sonoma County History Society picnic, our historic chosen spot is Sturgeon's Mill, at 2150 Green Hill Road west of Sebastopol. It's a great place to get a sense of what rural life was like back in the late 19th and early 20th century. SCHS day at the mill is Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. on. The visit is open to members and friends. [ 358 more words ] http://www.sonomacountyhistory.org/2017/08/2017-history-society-picnic-spot-is-sturgeons-mill/*** For this year's [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
***Bennett did not stay long, two or three years at the most. Just long enough to leave his name on the valley and its signature mountain....*** What exactly comprises Bennett Valley? And who the heck is Bennett — and why is it named for him? PD columnist Gaye LeBaron recounts the tale of the man who lent his name to the place that played a pivotal role in the birth of Santa Rosa. [...]
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
***Photo - Press Democrat There are many things disappearing from every corner of this county that need to be preserved. At the very minimum we need to preserve the memory of what is being removed if we can't stop the physical removal. Some of these treasures get demolished almost in the dead of night before anyone can do anything about it. Please document anything of heritage that you feel is threatened. With this I [...]
Sat, Aug 12, 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
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
There was no question who killed the Wickershams because no one questioned who killed them; it was definitely their Chinese cook - right?This is the final chapter in the series about the 1886 killings of Sarah and Jesse Wickersham on their ranch at the most remote part of Sonoma county, between Cloverdale and the ocean. The same night, their cook - whose real name is unknown and here called "Ang" - ran away to San [...]
Fri, Aug 11, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
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
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Ah, 1913, the year Californians demonstrated how easy it was for untrained drivers to get behind the wheel, drive really fast and run people down.On just one December day in San Francisco, a man named Caseilli was arrested for a hit and run of three children ("I didn't think they were badly hurt and they were picked up, so I went on"). A man named Roy Burton was charged with hitting a pedestrian (at least [...]
Thu, Jul 27, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Remember the pursuit of O.J. Simpson in his white Ford Bronco? Of course you do; that strange, slow-speed police chase mesmerized the nation for an evening in 1994. Now flip the calendar back to 1886, when an even slower pursuit of a man suspected of a double murder transfixed the country for nearly three months, with even the White House becoming involved.In January, 1886, Sarah and Jesse Wickersham were found brutally murdered at their remote [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
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Heading back a century to visit Santa Rosa in your time machine? Remember this: Use swear words in front of women or children - or anywhere on the street where they could be within earshot - and you might spend weeks in jail or pay a stiff fine.The Santa Rosa newspapers of the late 19th/early 20th centuries often reported men (VERY rarely women) being arrested for vile, obscene, profane or otherwise offensive language in public [...]
Fri, Jul 07, 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