Solano, The Way It Was

Sunday, July 27, 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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Saturday, July 05, 2008

It was primitive, but settlers celebrated Fourth

Some of my recent columns followed the story of Frances Ann Copper, as told to the San Francisco Chronicle on the occasion of California’s 50th anniversary in 1900.

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