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Carols And A Blaze
In the days before automobiles, movies, TV or radio, many Vallejoans turned to their churches for Christmas Eve fellowship and entertainment. We chose 1878, at random, and here is what the weekly Chronicle of 86 years ago said, on Dec. 28:
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.
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?
Grandfather's New Year's Eve
We've reviewed the New Year's Eve celebrations of earlier generations of Vallejoans. A half century and more ago there was one program which was inevitable. This was the formal grand ball attended by all of the officials and leaders in the community, usually followed by a generous meal sometime around midnight.
Armijo blazed an arm of the Old Spanish Trail
Several stories have been written about Antonio Maria Armijo over the past years concerning his life as one of Solano County's earliest pioneers. Not much has been said up to this point about his accomplishments before he arrived in the area.
Christmas In Vallejo
Christmas is the same over the years--the family reunions, the joy of the children, and the turkey on the table--but the manner of reporting it has changed. We went back into the old copies of the Vallejo Chronicle 70 to 90 years ago, and bring you the life of the city in those holidays.
Other Days Of Mourning
Vallejoans shared the grief of the world and of the nation following last week's tragedy. With heartfelt reverence, our citizens worshiped in their churches, closed shop, displayed the flag in mourning, and many unashamedly cried.
Saturday Club galvanized Vacaville society
By the turn of the last century, Vacaville had developed into a small town with a lively society. In an age without radio, television, movie theaters or other forms of amusement, people developed different venues to keep themselves entertained.
It is difficult for most of us, living in the year 1964, to realize the advantages we possess over those available to Vallejo residents or Mare Island personnel just a hundred years ago. We take our freeways, radio and TV, dial telephones with direct connections to New York or Hawaii, automobiles, airplanes, etc., for granted.
Every day Is an anniversary of some person, some discovery or other event. These have varying degrees of importance. February reminds us of anniversaries because we celebrate the birthdates of Washington and Lincoln. But we are tempted this week to recall other February anniversaries which should interest many Vallejoans and Mare Island folk.
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