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Gold Rush History: How the West Went Broke

Many hardworking gold miners lost their entire savings, except for what they had secretly buried in jars, tin cans and Dutch ovens around their claims.

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Love and Loss in the Throes of WWII

Love and Loss in the Throes of WWII

After graduating from high school, Bobby enlisted in the Army Air Force. When we met, he was just waiting to be called up. He had a good paying job, but his dream was to be a fighter pilot. Finally on Jan. 9, 1943, he left for the service and started his training for this dream. Before he left, we became engaged. He presented me with a beautiful solitaire diamond ring that was set in a lovers’ knot pattern. After Bobby left for the service, we kept up an exciting correspondence.

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Gold Rush History: Amazing Stories of Luck in the Diggings

The Mother Lode was once a risk-takers’ paradise – a wild and carefree place where a man’s pile of gold was more the doing of chance than of skillful mining practices. This led to lively times in our foothills when

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Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Wow! The technology to assist us in family history research is advancing like a tsunami.  I recently attended the Family History Expo at St. George, Utah and came away with my head crammed full of information. I really like the

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How We Got By: Lessons Learned From Hard Times Past

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without.” This was the “battle cry of the Depression,” remembers 81-year-old Halcyon Winter of Jamestown, among a dozen Tuolumne County residents who shared their memories of those lean years with

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Finding Your Roots: When the Bug Bites

Beware the ‘genealogy bug’! You know you have been bitten and are suffering the effects when you drive 200 miles just to crawl through a cemetery in the pouring rain. Peering through rain-spattered glasses at grave markers, you gently brush

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Genealogy Resources in Tuolumne County and Online

Tuolumne County Genealogical Society Library, (209) 532-1317, www.tcgsonline.org Within Tuolumne County Museum, 158 West Bradford Ave., Sonora Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am -3:30 pm Individuals can conduct their own research at the TCGS library with staff assistance. Those seeking

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Genealogy Fans Find Joy in Solving the Mysteries of History

Genealogy Fans Find Joy in Solving the Mysteries of History

By Patricia Harrelson Brenda Hix remembers her grandmother as a private person who didn’t share much about her background. “We knew she had been married several times, but she never talked about her birth family,” recalls Hix, 63, a retired

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Gold Rush History: Luck of the Miners

Gold Rush History: Luck of the Miners

The Mother Lode was once a risk-takers’ paradise – a wild and carefree place where a man’s pile of gold was more the doing of chance than of skillful mining practices. This led to lively times in our foothills when

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Chapters of Life: Threshing Day, Circa 1933

The activities of the harvest filled the air with excitement, and no one doubted that threshing day made life worth living.

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Gold Rush History: 49ers Left Rich Legacy of Outrageous Names

Oddly enough, one of the wettest towns in the Mother Lode was named Dry Town.

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Memories of Columbia School, 1930s

There was a lot of snow in those years, and at night I’d listen to the wind howling and know that I had to walk to school the next morning. But it was a way of life.

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Chapters of Life: 1933 Long Beach Quake

By Betsy Nutting When I was a little girl living in Sacramento, our cat had babies in my doll’s bed, much to my mother’s disgust. We kept the runt – that was Mr. Puss – and found homes for the

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Gold Rush History: Gossip from the Diggings

In the wild and carefree days of the gold rush, the diggings were abuzz with unusual stories like these: It was rumored in 1849 that a Frenchman on the Tuolumne River found a 34-pound nugget that drove him crazy. Whenever

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Gold Rush History: Performing Pets of the Mother Lode

Sierra wildlife should play starring roles in stories that recount our foothills’ history, but seldom do we hear about these loveable creatures, these all-but-forgotten creatures, these stage-struck creatures that performed amazing tricks in the diggings and brought smiles to a

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