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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.
Farmer, columnist Wood Young kept history alive
Every once in a while a person comes along who is so persuasive and personable they can inspire others to see their vision. Wood Young was such a person.
Every day Is an anniversary of some person, some discovery or other event. These have varying degrees of importance. February reminds us of anniversaries because we celebrate the birthdates of Washington and Lincoln. But we are tempted this week to recall other February anniversaries which should interest many Vallejoans and Mare Island folk.
Mare Island shipyard celebrates 150th birthday
This past week, Mare Island celebrated its 150th anniversary. The shipyard facility closed in March 1996. According to Sue Lemmon and Ernie Wichels, in their book, "Sidewheelers to Nuclear Power," Mare Island was established in 1854, and was the oldest naval installation in the Pacific.
Early schoolhouse couldn't manage to keep its name
Providing education to the growing number of families was a major concern during the early years. In 1855, James W. Anderson of Vacaville, the second superintendent of schools in Solano County, founded the private Ulatis Academy.
Days Of May 114 Years Ago
Many things have occurred in Vallejo's 114 years of existence. Every day must be an anniversary of some event in our community life. One way to dip into the pages of the past is to recall earlier happenings in the merry month of May.
Many catch fever for gold in California
The 50th anniversary of the discovery of gold in California was celebrated in 1898, and this year is the 150th anniversary of the same event. The event was celebrated in San Francisco in 1898 with a Mining Fair. This included a diversified program for all attending.
Kaisers business acumen transformed the country
Henry J. Kaiser, the son of German immigrants, a self-made 20th century American industrialist multi-millionaire, co-founded Kaiser-Permanente. This year, that institution is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Temperance, taxes part of librarys past
During several of the Solano County Historical Society meetings to save the old Fairfield Library building, some of those in attendance from Vallejo expressed continuing anger over the razing of the Vallejo Carnegie Library building.
Local's legacy: lengthy land litigation
At the northwest corner of Lagoon Valley is Bassford Canyon where the descendants of Joseph Bassford still occupy the old homestead, keeping their heritage alive and well.
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