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Floods of 1880s washed over Solano
This past holiday season reminds us how "watery" Northern California can be.
Flood of 1849 forced residents to rooftops
This winter has not yet brought much cold or rainy weather, so that my holiday letter to shivering friends in Germany includes photos of roses in bloom. Yet this weather can change quickly, turning into heavy winter rains, such as Luzena Stanley Wilson and her family experienced in 1849 in Sacramento.
Agriculture boosts Rio Vista as major port
Information for this article came from the Fairfield Library, Vacaville Heritage Council and Rio Vista Museum. This is the second of two parts (Last week: The Township of Rio Vista starts rolling and is suddenly washed away in torrential rains and flooding.)
Solano Christmas holidays festive in 1800s
First of a series Last-minute shopping was the order of the day back in 1863. The first newspaper ad for the season did not appear until the second week of December. And then there was only one ad for toys in the Solano Republican. The ad read: "Toys! Toys! Just received a beautiful assortment of toys for the holidays."
Happy anniversary to those who keep the past alive
And of course, members celebrated, inviting lots of people. Harry Rowe, the founding president of the society in 1956, attended. He, along with "older" members of the group, recalled the early days.
Current Seasonal Rainfall Is Disappointing
LACK OF RAIN - ALWAYS A DRY SUBJECT - We are heading for the end of the present 1980-81 rainfall season, and with only the remainder of June in the 12-month period, there's every likelihood the total for the current season can be tabulated among the 11 in the past 80 years when precipitation has not gone over the current total of 15.12 inches.
Armijo family prospered on Tolenas land grant
Solano County was originally made up of six Spanish/Mexican land grants, all acquired by General Mariano Vallejo. He encouraged Mexican and American citizens to settle in Northern California, purchase land from Vallejo, raise cattle and their own little empires. One of those families were the Armijos, who arrived in the Suisun Valley around 1842.
New Year Eve Past Century
We discover what our forefathers did during the New Year season by reading Farragut's log books, and looking over the early editions of the Vallejo Chronicle. How did the weather behave here 100 years ago today?
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