Monthly Archives: April 2019

John Bidwell Joins the Hall of Fame

  The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) has a Emigrant Hall of Fame, and John Bidwell is joining it this year. Last year I submitted an application for him on behalf of the Bidwell Mansion Association.  I recently got the welcome … Continue reading

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On the Banks of Deer Creek

Yesterday I went on a treasure hunt an archeology field trip to Vina to dig around in the dirt and see what we could find. My friend Josie Smith invited me to join Dr. Eric Ritter’s Shasta College Field Archeology class, … Continue reading

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Bidwell Bicentennial

The year 2019 marks the 200th year since the birth of John Bidwell. He was born in Chautauqua County, New York, on August 5th, 1819. In honor of General Bidwell’s Bicentennial, the Bidwell Mansion Association has lots of great activities … Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner Tonight?

Here is the Bill of Fare for dinner at the Pacific Hotel in downtown Sacramento on April 8th, 1870, just 149 years ago. Prices are not given, other than for the wines and beers listed at the bottom.  Anything printed … Continue reading

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A Few Last Notes on Sarah Althea, Sharon, and Terry

I hope you have enjoyed reading the many parts of the scandalous saga of William Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill. I’d like to add just a few other notes to the story— There is a short street in San Francisco … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga concluded

Legal loose-ends remained to be tied up in the various cases brought forth by Sharon v. Sharon and Sharon v. Hill. Sarah Althea was still trying to establish that she had been married to William Sharon, so as to inherit … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga continued — Showdown at the Depot

Justice Stephen J. Field had earned the undying enmity of the Terrys when he ruled against them in September 1888, and even more so when he sent them to jail for their violent antics in court. David S. Terry, who … Continue reading

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