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Newcomers, and the younger generation, are not as conscious of the changing fashions of living in this area as are the oldtimers or those who pore through Solano County's historical past. We are all aware of the new bodies on automobiles and the gadgets which add considerably to the cost of a car.
Old Time News Writing
Like women's fashions, automobile bodies and hair-dos, the style of reporting news also changes with the years. In our research the past few weeks, poring over the century-old editions of our Vallejo newspapers, we have gleaned some amusing stories. The most interesting aspect is that the city editor, in the olden days, always editorialized in his reporting. Today no city desk would dare to do so.
Buildings That Are Old, New
Several days ago the Casa de Vallejo was heavily damaged by fire. The blaze was confined to the wooden, or eastern portion of the structure. The younger generation is undoubtedly of the opinion that this has always been a hotel-but less than 50 years ago it served an entirely different purpose.
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.
Ferry changed bay transportation
Dec. 1, 1879, was a grand day to launch into a new era of travel in the Bay Area.
Early Schools About County
Alfred W. Newman, a member of the governing body of Vallejo's Unified School District, presented a remarkable story of the public schools in this community at the November, 1963, meeting of the Solano County Historical Society.
Cost of business in 1857 Benicia lowered
Just before New Year's 1857, there was a snowstorm in Benicia that lasted four to five hours and left 2 inches of snow on the ground. To citizens' knowledge, it was the first snowfall since the city was founded. Hatch, Brackett and Co., proprietors of the Brick Store at 1st and E, celebrated New Year's Eve with an old-fashioned housewarming to thank customers for their patronage. Business was apparently so brisk the owners had just completed an extensive addition to the store [...]
Railroad fire changed face of Suisun in 1906
With all the disasters flooding the news, I might as well add one more, although it's nowhere near on the scale of Hurricane Katrina. It happened in 1906. No, this story isn't about the San Francisco earthquake on April 18, 1906. That was already old news, at least for the local folks.
Paddles To Polaris
We, all Solano County citizens, live on an arm of one of the greatest harbors in the world! Navigable waters bound two sides of our county. And yet we find that the average Solano an seems only dimly aware of our county's heritage in waterborne traffic, and its past and present reliance on water "highways."
New Year Eve Past Century
We discover what our forefathers did during the New Year season by reading Farragut's log books, and looking over the early editions of the Vallejo Chronicle. How did the weather behave here 100 years ago today?
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