Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sarah Pellet in California

In Gold Rush California, Miss Sarah Pellet was an item of interest, receiving considerable attention from the newspapers. The first notice of her arrival, in the Sacramento Daily Union of September 20, 1854, stated: Miss Sarah Pellet, a graduate of … Continue reading

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Sarah Pellet, Lady Reformer

I haven’t been able to find a picture of Sarah Pellet. I wish I had one to show you, because I wonder what she looked like. Newspaper reports sometimes refer to her as “fair” (as in “the fair lecturer”), but … Continue reading

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Duel in Downieville, and the Woman Who Caused It

But not for the reason you might think. Miss Sarah Pellet came to California in the autumn of 1854 to lecture on temperance, women’s rights, and political reform. A female lecturer was a rarity anywhere, but especially in California, and … Continue reading

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Bear Story

While searching old newspapers online looking for something else (isn’t that always the way), I came across this entertaining story in the Butte Record of December 23, 1854. Bear Story The little town of Hamilton, a few evenings since, was … Continue reading

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More Shameless Book Promotion

  My picture book biographies, Nancy Kelsey Comes over the Mountain and John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and the Short of It, are both available on Amazon. But I need to some reviews! If you have bought or read … Continue reading

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This Date in California History

Today, January 9th, is the date of the final battle of the California Campaign of the Mexican-American War. The Battle of La Mesa occurred one day after the Battle of Rio San Gabriel and brought an end to hostilities between … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs of the Gold Rush

What would a canny ship owner do as soon as he heard about gold in California in 1848? He would load up a ship with goods and passengers, and set sail for the Pacific. Among the many fascinating items to … Continue reading

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