Solano, The Way It Was

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The way it was: Poor road conditions in Solano

This story concludes the “Solano - The Way It Was” column. It has been a rewarding experience to delve into the lesser-known stories of our community. I am grateful to all readers for your suggestions, comments, critics and nice compliments. I also want to thank Reporter editor Diane Barney and its outstanding editors for their wonderful support over the past eight years.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to explore the West

When I started writing Solano County history articles for The Reporter, I couldn’t help wondering if there was enough history to write about different subjects for any amount of time. I must admit that while I was the editor and writer for the United Prospectors Inc. publications, there was plenty of fodder about the gold country but I wasn’t sure about Solano County.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Poor road conditions brought the citizenry together

“Good or Poor Roads. - Messrs. Citizens of Vacaville Township, which will you have?” opened the Reporter on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 13, 1890.  Deteriorating road conditions and especially the lack of well-designed connector streets, created hardships for many local citizens.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Annie Lizzie Gill: A pioneer in every sense

In my last column, we left off with Annie Lizzie Gill’s husband, Newton, dying on Jan. 22, 1924, by a fall. Then her youngest son, Homer, left home to see the world by working on ships, leaving just her and No. 1 son, Howard, to carry on with the future.

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