Solano, The Way It Was

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bitter Miners Find Golden Harvests in Suisun

Town Founded and becomes shipping hub

In 1849 the California gold rush was in full swing with people from all over the world headed to the land that was sure to make them rich. But not all were so inclined when they saw the fertile valleys of the Suisun. Others, not finding the riches they felt they so richly deserved for their arduous labor remembered the lushness of the valleys of Suisun they passed through on their way to the mines.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Walnut orchards part of Solano since 1930s

Grower recalls shelling out for mechanization

One of my fond memories of growing up in Germany includes spending dark winter nights with my family, reading to each other while sharing a special treat - a bowl of California walnuts.  My brother and I would try to shell the nuts so that the two halves of the shells remained undamaged. These half shells eventually would be used to fashion little boats, baskets, figurines and other crafts.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Waters muddied early location of state capital

In my last column we took a look at the events leading up to the establishment of the California State Capital at Vallejo. Congress finally passed a bill to admit California to the Union and it was signed by President Fillmore on Sept. 9, 1850.

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