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What Would Happen Without the American Farmer
UNCLE SAM'S BACKBONE - When Edwin Markham walked from his Lagoon Valley home to the schools in Vacaville before the turn of the century, he saw first-hand the toiling farmers in the area, which no doubt inspired him in later years to write his immortal poem, "The Man With the Hoe."
The Senator Who Is Mr. Solano County
YESTERDAY IT WAS THE MAN WITH THE HOE - On several occasions I have referred back to famed poet Edwin Markham and his poem, "The Man With the Hoe." Markham, who spent his boyhood days in rural Vacaville, saw first-hand the strenuous efforts needed to till the soil. The first two lines in that poem read:
Rhyme and reason behind early Solano poet
I don't suppose that most newcomers to Vacaville have ever heard of Edwin Markham. Some may have heard of the poem, "Man With a Hoe," but don't know that a man who once lived in the now-contentious Lagoon Valley wrote it. So, let's look at a little history of Charles Edwin Anson Markham and some interesting contradictions.
A. Edwin Markham. B. Mrs [...]
Writings reveal turn-of-the-century life
Pearl Fowler and Evelyn Lockie, both born around the turn of the century, wrote about their early days in Cordelia and the Suisun Valley. These writings give a window into their world and what their day-to-day life was like in Solano County. Fowler lived in the Green Valley Township with the small town of Cordelia the center of her universe.
Farmer, columnist Wood Young kept history alive
Every once in a while a person comes along who is so persuasive and personable they can inspire others to see their vision. Wood Young was such a person.
Mary Enos: farmer, landowner, 'mother' of Travis
The last thing in the minds of most Americans on that fateful Sunday in December of 1941, was that our Pacific fleet would be attacked and we would be at war.
People You Once Saw Around Vacaville
EPITAPHS FOR THE LIVING - This may sound as a crude statement; but I find more comfort in writing or hearing about epitaphs for the living, rather than the cold inscriptions chiseled into a chunk of stone.
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.
Solano poet Edwin Markham: a man with a dream
"Charlie" as his mother, a very dour and troubled woman, called her youngest, had been sent to dig soap root. Sometime around 1867-68, the burdened young man dug in the clay of the Suisun Valley.
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