John Bidwell was born on August 5th, 1819 in Chautauqua County, New York, near the shores of Lake Erie. Today is his 197th birthday.
As he noted in his diary in 1898:
BIRTHDAY (79th) – Florence had an extra good dinner.
The Bidwell Mansion Association will be holding a somewhat belated birthday party for General Bidwell on Sunday, August 28th, 4-6 p.m.
Join us at his home, Bidwell Mansion, for fun and tours, food and music, dramatic vignettes and games on the lawn.
Happy Birthday to the Prince of California Pioneers! (as one of his biographers called him).