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Suisun's early years ripe with growth, drama
In my last column, Suisun was incorporated and officers were elected in 1868. By 1879, nearly 10 years had elapsed before the railroad traversed the tule marsh on the direct route to Benicia. Ballast hauled onto the soft peat ground sank from sight time after time, although hundreds of trainloads were deposited. The sink would appear to be filled and work on the track started again, when suddenly the surface would give way, and the tracks would disappear.
How Early Editors Wrote
One of' the Gibson Publications-the Evening Chronicle, is nearing Its 97th birthday. It was established as a weekly in the summer of 1867, just in time to give a running account of the progress of railroad construction proceeding from South Vallejo toward Marysville.
It was a taxing situation during the Depression
In my last column we began to take a brief look at some of the history of the Depression of the 1930s. A look at our elected officials performance gives us reason to wonder if they have learned anything from the past.
Vaca's and Pena's lengthy trek west
The year was 1841. Newly elected President Tyler died one month after giving a long-winded inaugural speech in a cold March rain and an unpopular Vice President James K. Polk assumed the presidency, the first president ever to come to office by constitutional succession.
Writings reveal turn-of-the-century life
Pearl Fowler and Evelyn Lockie, both born around the turn of the century, wrote about their early days in Cordelia and the Suisun Valley. These writings give a window into their world and what their day-to-day life was like in Solano County. Fowler lived in the Green Valley Township with the small town of Cordelia the center of her universe.
Suisun City's Early History full of Drama
Suisun was a fast growing town from the 1870s to the 1890s. Loads of marble passed through Suisun from Judge Swan's marble quarry located about seven miles north of Suisun at Tolenas Springs en route to San Francisco. A few of the old Suisun families had 40-pound clocks encased in the marble. The mineral water there was bottled and sold, along with sarsaparilla in the bars of the period [...]
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