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Ranch life full of drama
Today I am announcing my retirement from this column. It has been a source of great pleasure, and knowing there are many good stories yet to uncover, I feel some regret.
Civil War-era Solano full of commotion
The New Year's news was about the "great Christmas fight" in Silveyville. A Suisun man, a "pure Union man," was visiting those parts when a drunk "Secesh Smith", also know as "Curly Headed Smith", started looking for a fight.
A man of history, community service
This is the story of a man many folks in Solano County know. I have always felt very fortunate that I was lucky enough to count myself among Bert Hughes' many friends.
Orders For Mare Island
We oldsters often date ourselves by the fashions we wear, by the tunes we hum, or by the furniture we insist on keeping. Today we are going to date the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Most everyone knows that our great naval plant is 109 years old but it is interesting to read the thousands of Commandants' Orders and Notices which serve as milestones of the past century.
Ranch work: Hardest job a family ever loved
'We have bobcats. Foxes on and off. I've never had a problem with the coyotes. I don't know why, everyone else does [...]
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.
Montezuma hides in remote corner of Solano
In my last column I discussed the history of a corner of Solano County that few of today's citizens know about or visit, even though it is like time warping into the past.
Where is the 'real' Vacaville?
In my last column, I stated that it was unknown which blocks of lots in the town of Vacaville were allotted to Vaca and Pena. Well, dagnabbit, that's not quite true. It's just that nobody seems to have written about it that I know of.
Tragic demise of "People of the West Wind"
Stone Age people were the first inhabitants of Solano County. This is known through artifacts found in Green Valley some years ago and dated by archaeologists to 2000 B.C. The next residents that we know of were the Patwin Indians. These people were the southern branch of the Wintun group and they lived in the region for a thousand years or more; some figures are as high as 4,000 years.
Gomer School -100 years of learning
Today, when many remnants of our past are disappearing, it is always nice to know that a jewel survived destruction.
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