Monthly Archives: February 2015

“The Farmer of Chico” in Politics

Back in the day when political campaign songs were numerous and popular, the following song appeared in the Sacramento Bee on August 4, 1875. It is not complimentary to John Bidwell. In 1875 Bidwell was the candidate for governor of … Continue reading

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Amethyst and Adobe

What do amethysts and adobe bricks have in common? A tale told by John Bidwell about Sutter’s Fort and a treasure thrown in the dust. In January 1892 John and Annie Bidwell visited old Sutter’s Fort, which by then was … Continue reading

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A Valentine for Annie

To: Miss Annie Kennedy               February 14, 1866 A  Annie is a charming girl, an editress, a writer N  Nor could you find in all the world a better nor a brighter N  Now if fair Annie would be mine, take … Continue reading

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Annie’s Diamond Ring–The End

What happened to Annie’s ring, with its California diamond? Was it buried with her? Did she leave it to a relative in her will? Where did it go? I’ve been wondering about that, and thought I would check the Bidwell … Continue reading

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Annie’s Diamond Ring, Part Four

During his Washington years John Bidwell felt like he was navigating a minefield of social missteps and blunders. In his letters he often refers to his fear of giving offense. He had spent the last 25 years on the Western … Continue reading

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Annie’s Diamond Ring, Part Three

John writes from Chico on June 18, 1867: And now another thing, the ring. I send it by this steamer. It may be a little too large for you. If so, have it made smaller. It will cost but little. … Continue reading

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