Sunday, February 28, 1999

English teacher recalls days in the fields

Marcus Lopez’s family worked picking California’s produce

Marcus Lopez is the son of Mexican migrant farm laborers. He now teaches English at Solano Community College. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara. He also studied at University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

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Sunday, February 21, 1999

Moreno family builds legacy in Vacaville

Son of immigrants remembers

‘At the turn of the century, the governor of Hawaii came up with the idea that maybe the Portuguese and Spanish people would be good to work in the fields. They had knowledge of sugar cane, because sugar cane was raised in many of the Spanish colonies.

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Sunday, February 14, 1999

Carrying on family’s agricultural tradition

Fourth-generation Vacan takes over ranching duties

“I am a fruit rancher and fourth-generation Vacavillian. My great-grandfather, George Sharpe, came here from England. He was a contractor and a builder and when the train stopped in Elmira, he decided the building opportunities were here. The towns were booming in the 1860s or 1870s. He built many of the old buildings that are still standing in Vacaville. Some of his notable buildings included the first college, the first grammar school, and the first high school and he built the Buck Mansion. He designed them, he built them and did the landscaping.

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Sunday, February 07, 1999

Agricultural tradition of Solano recounted

Cannery work helped orphan survive Depression

While the discovery of gold in California is being celebrated throughout the state during the sesquicentennial, the majority of people who came to California did not find wealth in the Gold Rush but rather in agriculture.

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