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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.
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.
The day Armijo High School burned down
The fall of 1929 was turning out to be quite a year for the country, and for Fairfield, as well. Black Thursday - Oct. 24 - had brought about the stock market crash. People all over the country, whether they had the financial means or not, had invested in the market.
Meet the famous owner of Green Valley Country Club
Have you ever noticed how many great public buildings started out as magnificent homes before their conversion? Such a building is the current Green Valley Country Club. The house was originally built by James Harbin on 130 acres that he had homesteaded. However, in my research, the most interesting owner of the home was the man who took possession of the property in 1864. Granville Swift was larger than life [...]
Reporters took probing tour into country
In the spring of 1879, staff from the Suisun City's Solano Republican set out to explore the countryside. Their trip started with a train ride to Bridgeport, present-day Cordelia. Along the route they viewed the orchards then in bloom. Once in Bridgeport they stopped in at each of the town's business establishments.
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.
Cost of business in 1857 Benicia lowered
Just before New Year's 1857, there was a snowstorm in Benicia that lasted four to five hours and left 2 inches of snow on the ground. To citizens' knowledge, it was the first snowfall since the city was founded. Hatch, Brackett and Co., proprietors of the Brick Store at 1st and E, celebrated New Year's Eve with an old-fashioned housewarming to thank customers for their patronage. Business was apparently so brisk the owners had just completed an extensive addition to the store [...]
Helping to make their communities better
At the beginning of the 20th century, women all over the country founded women's service clubs to improve their communities. In upper Solano County, the three most prominent clubs were the Dixon Women's Improvement Club, Vacaville's Saturday Club, and Suisun/Fairfield's Wednesday Club.
Solano pioneer: rich woman, poor woman
The gold rush of 1849 created a massive migration. People from all walks of life and from around the world made their way to the rich gold fields of California. After months of walking across the country from Missouri, Luzena, along with her husband, Mason, and two small children were in sight of the promised land.
It was a lavish affair for the 1914 celebration
The July 4, 1914, Independence day celebratory event was topped off by a patriotic concert in Fairfield's ballpark, conducted by Vacaville's Brass Band.
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