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Making a life in Vallejo wasn't easy for the Gills
When I started this story two weeks ago I made a whopper of a mistake when I said, "Annie wasn't very generous with dates in her book," but it appears she and her husband Howard left Florida by train in the winter of 1918. If I was a politician I guess I could say I "misspoke" but truth is always better.
Vallejo's Annie Lizzie Gill was a pioneer activist
As I start this series of columns, I have absolutely no idea on how many installments it will take to finish the story of a remarkable lady that lived in Vallejo, Annie Lizzie Gill who was born in 1863 on a farm outside the town of Oblong, Ill. Her story is a wonderful cavalcade of events and personal anecdotes before arriving in Vallejo in 1918, but since this is a local history column, I'll stick mostly to her life here in Solano County.
Annie Lizzie Gill: A pioneer in every sense
In my last column, we left off with Annie Lizzie Gill's husband, Newton, dying on Jan. 22, 1924, by a fall. Then her youngest son, Homer, left home to see the world by working on ships, leaving just her and No. 1 son, Howard, to carry on with the future.
Starting an orchard barely panned out for Gills
In my last column, the Home Acres Improvement Association failed to get the teacher promised by the Vallejo School Board even though they had obtained a building for a school.
How Easy It Is for All to Forget
Falling leaves - There's a change in the weather and before long the trees will start to shed their leaves. This is an annual seasonal transition.
St. Vincents Church and school on Florida St., Vallejo. Building started in 1867
A year in the life of Solano County's past
Among the State Fair entries in 1871 was a gangplow invented by G.W. Haines of Maine Prairie. Theodore Winters of Putah and L.P. Marshall of Collinsville entered their thoroughbreds. Suisun's livery man, R.B [...]
Life flowed on at the Fairfield waterworks
Before I get into the meat of this column, I need to correct a mistake I made in the first segment. In the column I spelled Ms. Venning's middle name as "Lucille." It is spelled "Lucile."
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