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Agricultural tradition of Solano recounted
While the discovery of gold in California is being celebrated throughout the state during the sesquicentennial, the majority of people who came to California did not find wealth in the Gold Rush but rather in agriculture.
Carrying on family's agricultural tradition
"I am a fruit rancher and fourth-generation Vacavillian. My great-grandfather, George Sharpe, came here from England. He was a contractor and a builder and when the train stopped in Elmira, he decided the building opportunities were here. The towns were booming in the 1860s or 1870s [...]
Woman recounts time living in Suisun Valley
'My father, Chun Tim, came into America in 1873 at 20 years old. He traveled from his village, Sek Keh, to Hong Kong and took a boat to San Francisco. The trip was four months. Toward the end their supplies were getting low.
Christmas trees become tradition in 1800s
Information for this article came from the Solano County archives. Last in a series By 1877, there were beginning to be a number of family Christmas trees, and it was also noted that it was becoming a custom to have a public Christmas tree. Apparently the public tree was not located in a church, but in another building or hall. It was felt by some that this "public tree" made an ostentatious display of the holiday, at the same time recognizing that it did give the children a great deal of joy.
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.)
'49er gold rush has golden tie to local man
The discovery of gold in Colma in January 1848 set off one of the greatest gold rushes known to man. The 150th anniversary of the momentous discovery is being celebrated this year. Today the discovery of the first gold is credited to James Marshall and the official date given for that discovery is Jan. 24.
Recounting women's roles in early California
Women played an important role in early Californian history. In 1900, California celebrated its first 50 years of statehood. The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed several prominent pioneer women and published their oral histories in an article on Sept. 9, 1900.
Roy Mason continues ranching tradition with cattle, grapes
Roy Mason and his wife, Betty, live on a ranch in Green Valley, where he runs cattle and grows grapes. On the same property, his daughter and her family now occupy the house where his grandmother lived. The family, which traces its Solano County heritage to the mid-1800s, also owns and operates a vineyard in neighboring Suisun Valley.
Chinese immigrants bring rich traditions
The Gold Rush brought many immigrants to California.
Rush family helped agriculture thrive in local area
I've often been asked why I think that knowing something about the past is important. Today, most of us don't even think about the fact that all the mistakes and the good decisions made by those who came before us have had a profound effect on our lives.
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