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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.
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.
Money grew on trees - for awhile
In 1888, the land around Suisun and Fairfield was occupied predominately by prosperous grain and stock farms and, higher up in the valley, by about 3,000 acres in fruit orchards.
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.
Suisun City grows roots around it's businesses
Suisun City had its roots in the 1850s. Credit for the discovery of the area dates back to 1850, when Curtis Wilson and Dr. John Baker happened to sail up the winding Suisun Slough and they recorded their finding. The environment was mainly tule land populated with mud hens and a herd of elk.
Parking meter roots deep for Vaca man
'My father Samuel Lee Miller Sr., who was born in 1886 in Greencastle, Ind., started in the radio business in the city of Chicago in 1920. His business was located in a three-story building in the Loop where he was a wholesaler of radio units and radio parts during the era of battery-controlled radio sets.
How 'Stonedene' grew to 25 rooms
This is the continuation of the story of Stonedene and the Martin family in Suisun Valley. - Editor After Samuel Martin's death in 1885, his son, Henry, and daughter-in-law, Carrie Pittman, took over the management of the Martin ranch. They lived in the stone mansion that Carrie had named "Stonedene," the Scottish words meaning "House of Stone."
Rockville grew into crossroads for early routes
Information for this article came from the Vacaville Historical Society, Solano Genealogical Society and Fairfield Public Library. The village of Rockville in the Green Valley Township was located in the general vicinity where the Susuine Indians had previously located their head tribal village. The Indians called this place Yul Yul, meaning the place of the setting sun. When the white man's disease, smallpox, hit in 1839, the tribe numbers were vastly depleted and the few surviving Suisunees left the area, many choosing the safety of the missions in Sonoma and San Jose. In later years Chief Solano returned to this sacred place, where he died and was buried.
Pioneers of Fruit Industry J. M. Pleasants ranch west of Winters on 85th birthday of J. M [...]
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 [...]
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