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Go Long built a new life for his family in America
Nira Fong Wong's grandfather, Go Leong (also known as Go Long), was born an only child in 1846 in the village Dai Do Province of Canton, China. He migrated to America about 1860. He first found work in Marysville on the railroad. After a short time, he moved to Suisun Valley, where he took up farming, and became an established fruit farmer during the next 30 years.
Long family roots grew on Winters fruit ranch
Melvin Fong and Nira Fong Wong are the grandchildren of Go Long, who started fruit farming in the Suisun Valley in the 1860s.
Chinese enjoy long history in Vacaville
'My grandfather came to America in the 1850s to look for gold. He wanted $200 in gold to buy land in China. He stayed a year, got his $200 and went home to the family he had started there.
America Should Move Forward - Vacaville, Too
LET'S GET AMERICA ROLLING - HOW ABOUT VACAVILLE, TOO? - Many of the larger business corporations across the country are calling attention via newspaper and television announcements, that it's about time "We get America rolling again." That's not a bad suggestion, but it is going to take more than words to accomplish a new-born forward movement in the United States and Vacaville.
Recalling Chinatown life in early 1920s
This column continues the story of the Yee family, who came from a small village in southwest China, near Canton. In 1977, Ron Limbaugh interviewed Yee Ah Chong, the son of Yee Gim Wo, for the Vacaville Heritage project. Yee Ah Chong's recollections of a vanished world are preserved at the Vacaville Museum. - Editor
Town 'built around the shipping of fruit'
The following are excerpts from an oral history with T. Robert Boone Hawkins, interviewed June 1977. The Hawkins first came here in 1852, with my great-grandfather Arculus C. Hawkins [...]
Freitas recalls family's trek to Solano County
Former butcher Edward "Bud" Ralph Freitas has his roots in Portugal. Both his grandfathers came to America from the Azores. His paternal grandfather, John Lewis Freitas arrived in the 1870s and is written up in Solano County history.
Fires and family life at the Water Works
Some of the most interesting local history comes from the people who lived it. Last year, during the Solano County Historical Society's Pioneer Days Celebration, I was very fortunate to meet Betty Davis who lives in Fairfield. While we were talking, she asked me if I would be interested in a family history that was written by her mother, Edith Lucille Venning.
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.
How Harbisons built, lived in their home
During recent days, one of the prominent houses in Vacaville has embarked on another chapter in its history. Harbison House has moved off its foundation to a new location as part of the Nut Tree redevelopment.
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