Sunday, March 28, 1999
Woman recounts time living in Suisun Valley
Lowe was first in family to attend school
‘My father, Chun Tim, came into America in 1873 at 20 years old. He traveled from his village, Sek Keh, to Hong Kong and took a boat to San Francisco. The trip was four months. Toward the end their supplies were getting low.More On This Story...
Sunday, March 21, 1999
Ex-Vacan recalls town’s Japanese past
Joseph Saito’s family was sent to internment camp for WWII
During the heyday of the fruit orchards in Solano County, the ethnic mix of orchardists and workers was astounding. The early arrivals were the original settlers, the Spanish and then the trailblazers from back East. Then came the Chinese.More On This Story...
Sunday, March 14, 1999
Tracing ranch ties through generations
High school, museum stand where family once farmed
‘My mother’s grandfather, John Wesley Hill, came from Missouri in 1847. He rode up here when the oats would come up to the top of the horse’s back. He says, ‘That’s good enough for me,’ and he squatted on some land. His main thing was raising cattle.More On This Story...
Sunday, March 07, 1999
Longtime Solanoan recalls family’s past
Fred Jones’ great-grandfather farmed 125 acres of cherries in Green Valley
Granville Swift was my great-grandmother’s brother. He got to California in 1841. In about 1844, he moved to Orland where he started a horse and cattle ranch. “In 1848, when gold was discovered, he went over to the American and Feather rivers and made a killing. After he got his fistful of money, he went back to Missouri and brought his entire family back to California - father, sisters and brothers. He bought up an estate in Orland and became the largest rancher up there.More On This Story...