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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.
Oral history gives look at Chinese culture
'There was a big Chinese laundry in town where the McBride Senior Center is. It was called Quong Sing Chinese Laundry. Two or three people worked in the washroom and there were about four ironers.
Newspaper editor gives scene of Vacaville
The first issue of the first newspaper out of Vacaville was dated March 15, 1883. The subscription price was $2 a year and the publisher was James D. McClain: "The Reporter will deal with the present and future. [...]
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.
Lessons learned in 1911
In my last column we took a brief look at some of the 1911 requirements to graduate from grammar school (the eighth grade). This week we will look at a brief summary of reading and literature and an example of part of an article written by a graduate of high school in 1912.
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.
Events parallel those of 50 years ago
I had originally intended this article to be used at the end of November around Pearl Harbor Day. But with events unfolding now, the attack in the USA by terrorists, perhaps a look at six months of news editorial excerpts 50 years ago will give a little insight as to how we got here.
Vaca businesses, families expanded in 1884
The ladies in the Vaca and surrounding valleys had an opportunity when Miss Gardner began giving lessons in lace work. Her terms were $1 per lesson or $5 per term. She gave an exhibition of her talents at Platt's store.
Lessons, then and now
In my last column, we took a continuing brief look at some of the 1911 requirements as written in the Course of Study Rules for Promotion and Graduation from Solano County Schools to graduate, in the eighth grade, from grammar school.
Looking back on market past
Q: Did they age meat in the early 1900s? A: Oh no. Never knew about aging. Never had the good facilities to age meat. They would sell meat by the pound in those days [...]
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