Solano, The Way It Was
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wartime proclamation reflected somber mood
My last column looked at the early years of the Fairfield-Suisun Airbase, a wartime response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although the local newspapers did not report much about the activities, local residents were eager to learn more about the “great flying field.”More On This Story...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Course was spelled out for pupils 100 years ago
In my last column we took a sneak preview of what it was like for school students back in 1909. I thought you might find it quite interesting how much of an education you had to have just to enter high school. In 1911, the Solano County Schools Board of Education issued a book of “Rules for Promotion and Graduation” and a “List of Supplementary Reading Books.”More On This Story...
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Construction took off in building an Army airfield
Area dirt flew at what was later Travis Air Force Base
My recent columns on the wartime housing boom in response to the incoming personnel for the Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Field led me to look a bit closer at the early years of Travis Air Force Base.More On This Story...
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Snapshots of an era
Lessons learned from class of 1909
Among the collections at the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Solano County Genealogy Society at the Old Town Hall on East Main Street are yearbooks from Solano County Schools dating back as far as the late 1890s. These publications are a treasure that help historians gain some insight into past attitudes, styles of dress, and pride in school and community and to perhaps learn something valuable from the “good old days.”More On This Story...