Monthly Archives: February 2020

A Hike to Iron Canyon

I went with an OLLI group on a hike to Iron Canyon today. Not too strenuous, about the right length for me. The weather was perfect, warm with a slight breeze. I wouldn’t recommend this trail in the summertime — … Continue reading

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A Few Last Items About the Crosbys

Just a few last tidbits about Elisha O. Crosby and Maria Crosby, to wrap things up. Elisha O. Crosby married in Fremont, Nebraska in 1874 and his son was born there in 1875. After having lived in California and Guatemala, … Continue reading

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Rivals for Miss Crosby’s Hand

John Bidwell took a liking to Helen Crosby during the five-week journey back to California, perhaps one reason for giving the admission documents into her care. Young ladies were few on board ship and in California, and he was an … Continue reading

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The Crosby Puzzle Solved

So why did Elisha Crosby have a daughter only 14 years younger than himself? Let’s go back to 1844, when Crosby was a young lawyer in Elmira, New York. Here is an excerpt from the Reports of Cases Argued and … Continue reading

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The Crosby Puzzle Continued

Mrs. and Miss Crosby came to California in October 1850 on the same ship that brought the news of statehood. They went to San Jose to be with Elisha O. Crosby, and within a few months Miss Mary Helen Crosby … Continue reading

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The Puzzling Life of Elisha O. Crosby

I am working on an article about John Bidwell’s activities during the year of 1850. It started with a short narrative I put together for Admission Day last year. During 2019 the Bidwell Mansion Association had a number of special … Continue reading

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