Sunday, September 27, 1998

Death, intrigue, scandal part of the times

Several men, women on trial for murder

In the first part of 1871, three deaths were reported out of Vacaville.
From the start of the year, things took a bad turn for Joseph Hewitt of Pleasants Valley. His barn, along 20 tons of hay and four valuable horses, were all destroyed in a fire.

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Sunday, September 20, 1998

Solano County communities bustling in 1871

In the winter of 1871, farmer Mathew Cooper was spitting wood he purchased some months before. He came upon a hollow log and discovered a large white oak walking cane.

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Sunday, September 13, 1998

Solano’s citizens full of vigor in 1870

In 1870, Solano County was the eighth county in the state in regard to population.
Powers and George A. Gillespie were operating the Weekly Solano Republican newspaper, which was published in Suisun City. George’s brother, E.F. Gillespie, was the justice of peace. His office was in the railroad station in Fairfield.

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Sunday, September 06, 1998

Suisun City becomes city of enterprise

Ventures prosper in Solano

The 1870s were to be a prosperous time for Solano County. Many of those early pioneers were realizing their dreams and had become respected citizens.
Suisun City was the major town for enterprise, but several businesses were also established in Vallejo, and Benicia was still a focal point for business.

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