Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Scandalous Saga continued –Pistols in the Courtroom

The San Francisco of the 1880s was still the Wild West and both men and women often went armed, even into Court. Mrs. Mary Shawhan was summoned to testify about her relationship with Sarah Althea Hill. She was described as … Continue reading

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Dr. Poynter, One More Time

Readers of this blog might recall that last year I did a series on the first novel written and published in California: Entewa, the Mountain Bird, by J.R. Poynter M.D., published in Marysville in 1852. I have one more little … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga continued — Dirty Dealings in the Graveyard

Sarah Althea Hill tried potions and charms from an assortment of fortune-tellers – they were numerous in old San Francisco – but she had not secured Senator Sharon’s affections to her satisfaction. Another of the mystic league gave her a … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 4

But wait — it gets better! The counsel for the defense (William Sharon’s side) had a string of strange witnesses and bizarre testimony. Sarah, seemingly desperate to find and keep a sugar daddy, sought help from fortune tellers and charm … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 3

While Sarah Althea Hill’s suit for adultery was still pending, ex-Senator Sharon filed his own civil suit in federal court against her for falsely alleging that they were married. He could sue in federal court because he claimed residency in … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 2

The court dismissed the suit against William Sharon for adultery on a technicality, so Sarah Althea Hill promptly sued for divorce. Of course, in order to obtain a divorce, she first had to prove that they had been married. Her … Continue reading

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“Sarah and the Senator”

I learned of the story of William Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill from the book you see here. I sort and price books for the Chico Friends of the Library’s weekly book sale, and that’s how I came across the … Continue reading

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