Solano, The Way It Was

Saturday, April 26, 2008

California changed when gold was discovered

After their marriage in the fall of 1847, Robert and Frances Anne Semple settled down to develop Benicia into a thriving new center of commerce.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

It was a taxing situation during the Depression

In my last column we began to take a brief look at some of the history of the Depression of the 1930s. A look at our elected officials performance gives us reason to wonder if they have learned anything from the past.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Semple was beaten to the punch in naming rights

In 1900, the San Francisco Chronicle commemorated California’s 50th anniversary by interviewing prominent pioneer women. Among them was Frances Anne Cooper. She came to the Bay area in 1846 from Howard County, Mo. Her interview appeared on Sept. 9, 1900.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Great Depression caused hard times in Solano

Today I saw an interesting front page from a United Kingdom newspaper, The Independent, showing a photo that may or may not be a modern soup line waiting for handouts. The headline blatantly shouts, “United States of America 2008; The Great Depression.”

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