Category Archives: Mary Helen Crosby

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 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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Miss Crosby’s Blue Umbrella

On September 9, 1850, John Bidwell was present when President Millard Fillmore signed the bill, passed by the Senate and the House, that made California the 31st state of the Union. Bidwell had been in Washington since May, advancing the … Continue reading

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