Monthly Archives: June 2015

Indian War on the Klamath River

On February 7, 1854 James C. Callen wrote John Bidwell about an “Indian ware on the clammoth river.” A ’49er, Callen had been residing in Butte County in 1850, but by 1854 he was living on the Klamath River “ten … Continue reading

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Across the Isthmus of Panama with Mary Jane Megquier

Mary Jane Megquier, known to family and friends as Jennie, came with her husband to California in 1849, leaving her three children behind in Maine with relatives. At first the plan was only for her husband to go — many … Continue reading

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A Visit to Vina

What do a 12th century Spanish monastery, Peter Lassen’s ranch, Stanford University, and New Clairvaux Vineyard have in common? They all come together at Vina. I have been planning to take the short (19 miles from Chico) drive north to … Continue reading

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Public Reaction to the Lemm Ranch Murders

The murders of four Chinese men at the Lemm Ranch near Chico in March 1877, plus several cases of arson against the Chinese and their employers, put Chico on the map as a locus of anti-Chinese agitation. Even though most … Continue reading

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