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Education Was Never Meant to Be Simple
OUR CHANGING SCHOOL TIMES - Judging from the number of Letters to the Editor appearing in this newspaper giving pro and con observations about our school system, and about some of the individuals responsible for the operation of these schools, it would seem as though the educational facilities in Vacaville were in a sorry mess.
Newspaper editor gives scene of Vacaville
The first issue of the first newspaper out of Vacaville was dated March 15, 1883. The subscription price was $2 a year and the publisher was James D. McClain: "The Reporter will deal with the present and future. [...]
Solano celebrates post-Civil War era in 1865
The following are newspaper accounts that appeared from January through May 1865 and giving an indication of life at that time. Solano County had a population of 8,000 to 10,000 people and ranked seventh in the state as measured by their wealth.
How Early Editors Wrote
One of' the Gibson Publications-the Evening Chronicle, is nearing Its 97th birthday. It was established as a weekly in the summer of 1867, just in time to give a running account of the progress of railroad construction proceeding from South Vallejo toward Marysville.
Writers impressed with local area in 1860s
In the 1800s, writers from newspapers and publications visited Solano County and give a report on the area. The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in the California Rural Home Journal, which was published semimonthly in San Francisco.
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.
Reporter's Writers Now Have Added Chores
THE COMPUTER AGE IS NOT FOR ME - When I started to set type back in 1924, and doing my small bit to help produce the Vacaville Reporter, little thought did I give to that day in 1981 when Publisher Richard Rico would unwrap a new typesetting system which is not in my bag of endeavors.
Suisun's early years ripe with growth, drama
In my last column, Suisun was incorporated and officers were elected in 1868. By 1879, nearly 10 years had elapsed before the railroad traversed the tule marsh on the direct route to Benicia. Ballast hauled onto the soft peat ground sank from sight time after time, although hundreds of trainloads were deposited. The sink would appear to be filled and work on the track started again, when suddenly the surface would give way, and the tracks would disappear.
The Simple Hoe Became a Victim of Progress
Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back the burden of the world.
Air Base originally meant to house bombers
This is the first of two columns on the beginnings of one of the largest U.S. military bases. The information comes from the Travis Air Force Base library, The Reporter and Tailwind newspapers.
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