Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sewing Project Done

I have a new respect for the seamstresses and tailors of yore. What a lot of work went into a shirt or a waistcoat! And a full three-piece suit — let’s not even go there. The patterns I used contained … Continue reading

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Blogging or Sewing?

I feel like I ought to be writing more blog posts. I have some topics I’d like to research and write about. But instead I have been sewing. I have a friend named Nick Anderson who portrays John Bidwell at … Continue reading

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Electioneering — American Style

Just as John Bidwell had his casaba melons, so Henry Wallace had his banana squash. Grown right here in Chico, the giant squash shown in this photo played a role in the presidential campaign of 1948. This item came via … Continue reading

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Bidwell’s Political Views

A snippet from a letter by John Bidwell gives a glimpse into his political views in 1891. The image may be difficult to make out — it reads as follows: What political party do you belong to? As to myself, … Continue reading

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Chico through Time

My two Bidwell books are now available at the Chico Museum.If you want to pick up a copy, you can get both books at Bidwell Mansion, Made in Chico, The Bookstore, Patrick Ranch, Chico Museum, The Rusty Wagon (Orland), or … Continue reading

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Mystery Solved!

Back in November 2014 a metal box was discovered in the base of the pioneer monument that sits on the corner of The Esplanade and So-Wil-En-No Ave. A mystery time capsule! What wonders might it hold? At the time I … Continue reading

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