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Slavery of Indians was common in California
In 1846, Frances Anne Cooper, who later married Benicia founder Dr. Robert Semple, left Howard County, Mo., with her family for California. The San Francisco Chronicle published her oral history of these years on September 9, 1900 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of California statehood.
Semple was beaten to the punch in naming rights
In 1900, the San Francisco Chronicle commemorated California's 50th anniversary by interviewing prominent pioneer women. Among them was Frances Anne Cooper. She came to the Bay area in 1846 from Howard County, Mo. Her interview appeared on Sept [...]
Benicia was known as the 'Athens of California'
This column continues the story of Frances Anne Cooper Semple and Susan Cooper Wolfskill and life in 1850s Solano County. Their stories appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 9, 1900 in commemoration of California's 50th anniversary.
Local revelations Vallejo woman documents slavery, early black pioneers
Sharon McGriff-Payne of Vallejo is passionate about her latest project: the recorded history of African-Americans in Solano County.
Recounting women's roles in early California
Women played an important role in early Californian history. In 1900, California celebrated its first 50 years of statehood. The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed several prominent pioneer women and published their oral histories in an article on Sept. 9, 1900.
Bob Allen dressed as an Indian at 200th anniversary of opening of San Francisco Bay..
Town 'built around the shipping of fruit'
The following are excerpts from an oral history with T. Robert Boone Hawkins, interviewed June 1977. The Hawkins first came here in 1852, with my great-grandfather Arculus C. Hawkins [...]
Indians, grizzlies succumb to newcomers
Information for this article came from the Solano Genealogy Society and the Yolo County Library. In early days, Putah Creek passed just south of what is now the city of Davis. There along the banks, Patwin Indians - the Pooewin - built their villages some 1,500 years ago. Archaeologists have determined that they lived in dome-shaped structures common to Patwin tribes [...]
California's pioneer women first recognized in 1900
This is the final installation in my series based on the recollections of pioneer women who arrived in California in the late 1840s. The San Francisco Chronicle gathered their histories and published them on Sept. 9, 1900, in commemoration of California's 50th anniversary.
California changed when gold was discovered
After their marriage in the fall of 1847, Robert and Frances Anne Semple settled down to develop Benicia into a thriving new center of commerce.
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