Monthly Archives: April 2022

Happy 200th Birthday, U.S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822, making this year his bicentennial. So Happy Birthday! to “the man who saved the Union” and to two-term President Grant. He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Port Pleasant, Ohio. Always … Continue reading

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Old Settlers

In 1850 the Sacramento Transcript published this list of the members of the “first band that penetrated the almost unknown wilderness lying between the shores of the Pacific and the Mississippi valley.” This is what became known as the Bidwell-Bartleson … Continue reading

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Ice! Ice!

File this under “Who’d a thunk it?” Wenham Lake ice was famous. The lake in northeast Massachusetts supplied crystal-clear ice to the eastern states, Great Britain, and all the way to California. The ad above began publication in the Sacramento … Continue reading

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Sir Francis Drake’s Plate of Brass

On this date, April 6, in 1937, Herbert E. Bolton, professor of history at UC Berkeley and director of the Bancroft Library, announced a spectacular find. Nothing less than the inscribed brass plate set up by Sir Francis Drake to … Continue reading

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A Trip to Table Mountain 2022

Today my daughter and I made our annual pilgrimage to Table Mountain in Butte County to enjoy a hike and admire the wildflowers. With almost no rain in January, February, or March, it is a meager year for flowers. The … Continue reading

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