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Formerly known as the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly

Short Biographies of Authors & Contributors

Alphabetical listings with a short biography, articles published and issue number : page number.

Many of our authors are members of California historical societies, state historic parks and museums. By clicking the blue underlined name of an organization below you will link to a descriptive listing with information about that group.

Illustrations of books below are works by our authors and may be ordered from Paradise Coin & Gift by clicking on the blue underlined words "Click Here for Booklist."

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Lee Albright: Lee is an avid western researcher and memorabilia collector who gives western history lectures from time to time at the Gold Nugget Museum in Paradise, California where he served as a volunteer for many years.

Much of his time was spent volunteering at the museum doing everything from building displays to yard work. He was been instrumental in helping to create the frontier town behind the museum known as Nuggetville.

Lee has served as Editor of the museum's annual publication, The Dogtown Nugget and authored a book The Mines and Miners of the Paradise Ridge, with proceeds donated to the museum.

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Contact through California Territorial offices.
(Yellowstone Kelly, 2:9; The Gold Nugget Museum, 3:9; George Pegleg Michaels, 3:22; The North Valley's Movie Heritage, 4:6; Gold Nugget Days Celebration, 9:46; A 'New' Old Mining Town 10:14, Re-Creation of an Old Mining Town 14:15; Doc Standley, Lawman, 16:52)


Bill Anderson: An immigrant from Wisconsin, Bill has lived in Colorado, Arizona and finally in Paradise, California. He spent 10 years in the grocery business before he and his wife, Penny, opened a rare coin and gift shop in Paradise, California in l981.

Over the years they expanded their store and began to carry gold and silver, mining supplies, gift items, jewelry, history books and magazines.

They started publishing the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly in early 1990 in response to a growing demand for California history books in the store, Paradise Coin & Gift. People were asking for stories that were out of print or just had not been written about yet, so they decided to publish a small history magazine with a focus on the Butte County, California area.

Response to the magazine was encouraging and one issue led to another. In the beginning, Bill wrote several of the stories (only because he had to). Authors were in short supply for an unknown publication. Fortunately, over the years, the magazine gradually improved to the point where now far more stories are submitted than there is room to print. The focus of the Territorial has expanded as well, now covering the period from 1800 through the turn of the 19th century dealing with all of California and the ways people came to California.

Beginning with issue #51 the magazine became known as the California Territorial Quarterly, a name which better describes the content of the magazine.

Bill was also the editor of the California Historian, the magazine of the Conference of California Historical Societies, based at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He also did the typesetting and layout for the Paradise Historical Society's magazine, Tales of the Paradise Ridge for several years and currently typesets the Butte County Historical Society's quarterly journal, the Diggins. In addition, he has published books for historical societies and individuals on a contract basis.

Bill and his wife Penny have been married for 24 years and live in the Feather River Canyon where they enjoy their time together. Write: 6848 U Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969 Phone (530) 872-3363. E-mail:
(To Be All That The Name Implies, Paradise, 1:14; Black Bart The PO8, 2:6; Panning for Gold, 2:24; Sluicing for Gold, 2 25; The Southwest Expedition of Jedediah Smith, 4:4; The Great Stagecoach Race of 1857, 4:6; How Dogtown Got Its Name, 7:14; The Settlement of Northern California, Part 1/10:4; Part 2/11:8; Part 3/12:10; A Tale of Two Lovelocks, 12:18; The Murder of Hi Good, 12:28; Robert B. Semple, Part 1/14:8; Part 2/ 15:8; Part 3/16:8; Part 4/17:60; Hitching A Ride With A Covered Wagon, 14:36; The Deaths of Cowie and Fowler, 14:44; The New California History Website 32:62; The U.S. Mint's Statehood Quarter Program Fuels a New Generation of Coin Collectors 41:47; California's State Capital Moved Several Times Before Finally Settling at Sacramento 44:4)

Robert Allen Anderson: Came to California in 1857 and settled on Deer Creek in northern California where he raised vegetables and delivered them with an ox team and later raised cattle. He was one of the early Indian fighters who sought retribution for attacks by Indians and eventually became sheriff of Butte County in the 1890s. He wrote his memoirs in 1909 about the Indian-settler difficulties of the 1850s and 1860s.
(Fighting the Mill Creeks, 1857-1865, Being a Personal Account of Campaigns Against the Indians of the Northern Sierra 62:18)


Margaret Bauer: Margaret and her husband moved to the Tehama, California area in 1947 and it wasn't long before Margaret became addicted to local history. When her children were in high school her family elected to send her to college to obtain a teaching degree which she received in 1957. She then taught at Los Molinos High School for about 20 years teaching English, Spanish, Social Studies, Drivers Ed and ran the Library in the course of that time. Her son and husband persuaded her to pursue a Master's Degree in History, which she received in 1970. Since retiring freom teaching she has become involved with the Tehama County Museum in DEPTH! She has served as president of the Tehama County Museum and was involved in all facets of its operation. Maggie passed away in 2002.
(William C. Moon, Henry L. Ford and the Bear Flag Revolt, 13:20)


Nick Becker: A native Californian who discovered California history after becoming a member of E Clampus Vitus. Nick is a past Humbug of the order and is still active in teaching history to some of its members. A building contractor by trade, he tries to find time to continue his education in California history. Contact through California Territorial.
(Miner's Inch, 7:37; Manoah Pence of Pence's Ranch - Pentz P.O., 8:4; Walker Mine, 11:40)


Breverly Bass Beers: Breverly was a historian, prize-winning poet and a free-lance writer. She published an inspiring novel for children, Jaybird. It is available from Paradise Coin & Gift.

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She was an Associate Docent at Sutter's Fort and she and her husband, Alan, were both Docents at the Ehmann Home, the Butte County Historical Society museum. They served on the Board of Directors of the Butte County Historical Society. Breverly passed away in 1997. Contact Alan Beers through California Territorial.
(Sutter's Last Stand, 19:16)


Paul Bowman: Born in San Francisco and raised in Paradise, Paul has been a life-long Californian. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the California State University, Chico, his employment has included working as an archaeologist for the University Foundation, C.S.U.C., as well as for Professional Archaeological Services of Paradise. He also served for several years as Museum Technician for the County of Merced.

The early Chinese of California, as well as the history of the Maidu Indians, represent two of his primary research interests. As a writer, he has published numerous articles concerning California's past, and in a variety of periodicals. Write: 678 E. 7th Street, Chico, California 95926 Phone: (530) 898-1301.
(Chinese Miners on the Dogtown Ridge, 2:16; Maidu Indians on the Dogtown Ridge, 3:4, Occurrence at Nimshew Village, 11:4; Life in Hat Creek Valley at the Time of Lassen Peak's Eruption, 16:16; Wealth and Shadows, The Gold Rush and the California Indians, 17:12; Aloha Oe, Polynesian Pioneers of Butte County, 20:8; Samuel Clemens, William Brewer & J. Ross Browne, The Mono Lake Connection 22:8; California Mountaineers 23:10; Mortars, Miners and Forbidden Archaeology 35:32; Ishi and the Long Concealment 64:16)


Phil Brigandi: A native of Orange County, California, Phil wrote several books on the history of that city. His other areas of expertise included the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Riverside/San Diego County back country.

He studied the background of the Ramona story since 1977, and was associated with the historic Ramona Pageant in Hemet, California since 1980. He served as Pageant Historian and Museum Curator.
(The Killing of Juan Diego: From Murder to Mythology 23:6)


David R. Brown: David lives in Livingston, California where he has been a teacher for over thirty years. He teaches U. S. History at Livingston High School and also at Merced College.

His four part series "The History of Bidwell Bar" was originally written as a thesis for his Degree for Master of Arts at Chico State College in July 1969. Contact through California Territorial
(The History of Bidwell Bar, Part 1/8:6; Part 2/9:6; Part 3/10:8; Part 4/11:14)


Sharon A. Brown: Sharon received a Bachelors of Arts in History from California State University at Sacramento in 1993.

Sharon enjoys historical research and writing and is in the process of securing funding to complete a documentary on the Bear Flag Revolt. Contact through California Territorial .
(Historical Perceptions: The Controversy Surrounding William Brown Ide, Part 1/16:6; Part 2/17:54)


Chris Burchfield: Chris lives in Junction City, Trinity County, California. Formerly a resident of Mariposa County, his articles have appeared in The Californians, the Mariposa Guide and the Merced Sun-Star. Contact through California Territorial.
(Gentleman John, 20:14; Joseph W. Palmer: Banker, Bank Robber, Huckster; The 19th Century's Highest stakes Gambler 57:20; The West's Greatest Claim Jump, A Story of High Crimes in High Places 58:18; Unlocking the Secrets of the Mariposa Grant 59:19; The Reign of Trenor Park, The Mariposa Company Left in Ruins 63:34; The Sweet, Sad Song of Yellow Bird, California's Confederate Cherokee 64:4)


Nena Burkhalter: Nena was associated with Paradise Historical Society, Fact & Folklore for many years, serving as a past president of the organization. Write % Paradise Historical Society, P.O. Box 1696, Paradise, California 95967.
(Paradise Fact & Folklore, 4:9)


John P. Cahn—also known as John Kenner: Few men are better qualified to write about the real Old West than John Cahn. His great grandmother, Eugenie Fuget Baudin came to the Mother Lode with her husband, Louis in 1853, the peak of the Gold Rush. His grandmother, Jeanne Baudin Meyer was the first Caucasian woman born in the Central Mines, an area now known as Calaveras County.

His grandfather John W. Meyer, was proprietor of the famed Oasis Saloon, Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, the only saloon in which a respectable woman might venture in the Mok Hill, once the Lode's toughest mining camp. Only one female visited The Oasis regularly--John W's daughter Alma, who became the author's Mother. Little Alma brought her Dad lunch daily from their home across the street.

Alma's Godfather was Superior Court Judge Victor Gottschalk who on 17 November 1883 sentenced C. E. Bolton a. k. a. BLACK BART--possibly California's most notorious highwayman, "to be imprisoned" in the State Prison for six years."

Another close family friend, 'Uncle' Mike Tovey, was the last Wells Fargo shotgun messenger to be killed in a stagecoach holdup.'Uncle' Mike was shot off the box of the Jackson stage on June 15, 1893.

In 1894, Cahn's father Philip, drove a horse and buggy through the Mother Lode peddling petticoats made by his first wife, Mary Theresa, who died in 1914. Philip and Alma Meyer, who didn't meet while he traveled the Mother Lode, were married in 1916.

John Kenner was the pen name of a successful San Francisco businessman whose real name was John .P. Cahn, a man who liked to keep his career as a writer separate from his business activities, was a Stanford graduate, Class of '39 and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter 1849 since 1957 which kept his ties to the West alive.

Jape Cahn passed from this world on April 27, 2004. His long-time friend Robert McClay of Daly City, California wrote the following obituary which was published in the San Francisco Chronicle and sent to the Stanford Alumni Association:

J.P. Cahn, as he was known to his friends and associates, was born in 1919, the only child of a prominent Stockton family. His great-grandmother came to California's Mother Lode in 1853 during the Gold Rush. His grandmother, Jeanne Boudin, was the first white woman born in the Central Mines area that is now known as Calaveras County.

A Stanford graduate, he served in the U.S. Navy and subsequently worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Denver Post. His employment at the Chronicle, as a re-write man, feature writer and promotion director, was during one of the paper's most colorful and popular eras.

He also wrote for Coronet, True, Liberty and other national magazines, RKO Studios and for television shows including ?Alfred Hitchcock Presents.? His popular stories of the Old West, based upon real events and eyewitness accounts, were also published in several limited editions volumes.

In addition to his writing, J.P.'s deep, authoritative voice landed him jobs doing radio commercials and his interest in the theater, begun in college, led him to an associate membership in the Bohemian Club and productions at the Bohemian Grove.

He was the organizer and director for several early Chinese New Year's Parades and for Import Car Shows at San Francisco's Brooks Hall. More recently, he was employed as a business and marketing consultant for corporations and gave seminars in promotion, public relations and merchandising.

John Cahn died on April 27th, 2004 at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California after several years of declining health. He was 85 years old and leaves no surviving relatives.

As per his instructions, there were no funeral services and his body was donated to the University of California Medical School.
(Death Valley Scotty, The Man Who Turned Dust to Gold 40:4)

Warren B. Carah: Warren Carah was born in Sacramento, California in 1947, the son of a U.S. Air Force officer. Most of his growing-up years were spent in Europe, the Pacific, and Asia. He earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969 and an M.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University in 1972.

In 1975 he changed his career path, moved to the midwest and went into marketing and engineering. In the late 1980s he changed to power plant engineering and is now the principal of an engineering firm for nuclear power plants.

He has been a student of his Cornish California ancestors for some years now and he has written several histories concerning their activities in the sothern Sierra Mother Lode country. He is currently researching material for a book on escape and evasion by downed allied airmen in occupied Europe during World War II.

Warren's wife Maggie is a teacher and an artist, they have two grown children, and live in Brighton, Michigan, approximately 15 milkes north of Ann Arbor.
(William Bowden Phillips, Early Pioneer of Mariposa County 66:18)


Bob Carter: Bob Carter has been a docent volunteer at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park since 1990. He is currently the program lead for the Crafts Demonstration Days at the Fort and serves as the quartermaster for the River Trip-Mobile Living History Program. Bob is married with three children, and when not plying his carpentry skills or trapping beaver for Captain Sutter, he is a consulting architect.
(The River Trip, Sutter's Fort Mobile Living History Program 36:58)


Dick Chamberlain: After 30 years as a teacher of U. S. history and government at various levels and administering the Porterville Adult School, Dick retired and took his cattle to a ranch near Flournoy, Tehama County. Extension classes he has taught for the state universities at Fresno, Bakersfield and San Bernardino have dealt with the Gold Rush, California deserts and firearms in American history, among others. He is also associated with the Tehama County Museum.

Dick is the author of Early Loading Tools and Bullet Molds, and with his wife Judy, of Two G.W. Coles, Pioneer in the West, and Civil War Letters of an Ohio Soldier. His magazine articles total over 40, are mostly on firearms history.

Of cornish descent, Dick is president of the California Cornish Cousins and author of "Who Are the Cousin Jacks?" in the Spring 1993 issue of the Dogtown Territorial. While at the "Conference on Cornwall" held at Perranporth, he spoke on the Cornish role at Grass Valley. His illustrated article on Cornish Miners at Bodie, California appeared in an issue of the British quarterly "Cornish World." Write: Box 2320, Flournoy, California 96029 Phone: (530) 833-5461.
(Who Are the Cousin Jacks?, 13:61)


Dr. Robert J. Chandler: Bob received his doctorate in 1978 from the University of California, Riverside, for a dissertation on "The Press and Civil Liberties in California during the Civil War, 1861-1865." Since that time he has been the senior researcher for Historical Services, Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, and has written some thirty articles on Wells Fargo and the Civil War in California. He is acclaimed by many to be the premier authority on California in the Civil War, and in particular, San Francisco.

Dr. Chandler also serves as a Historical Advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly. Contact through California Territorial.
(A Journey to the Imaginary Empire of Norton I 25:6; The Soldier's Friend: The U. S. Sanitary Commission 25:10; Emma Hardinge: A Spiritual Voice for the Slave and the Union 29:6; Women's Work in the 1860s 29:8; Democratic Turmoil: California During the Civil War Years 31:32; Private Feelings: Californians View the Civil War 31:47; Political Skirmishing, Introduction 32:52; Jose Chico: Bearing a Bi-Cultural Burden 32:54; California Stagecoaching: The Dusty Reality 47:4; Fighting Words: Censoring Civil War Journalism in California 51:4; Wells Fargo: A California Company Goes North of the Border 58:28; What Do We Want? The Emperor Norton Bridge When Do We Want It? Now! 59:28; Boontling: Local Dialect of Boonville and Southern Anderson Valley 67:38 )


Thomas H. Core: Tom Core retired some thirty years ago to live in Big Bear, California, which he had known since he was eight years old--he's now 88. He became interested in the area's fantastic history and began writing about it. Over 1,000 of his stories have been published in Big Bear's weekly newspapers, the Grizzly, and Big Bear Life, and in the Lake Arrowhead On the Mountain magazine. He also worked with CTQ historical advisor John Robinson on the Big Bear part of his popular book, The San Bernardinos.

Tom has been closely associated with the Big Bear Valley Historical Society and their local historical museum for many years. He held the position of president for ten years and served as an officer for another dozen.
(The Worthless Gold Mine That Changed Southern California 39:23)


Raymond Cushing: Raymond, a former editor of the Colusa County "Sun-Herald," is a freelance writer who lives in West Sacramento. Contact through California Territorial.
(Authors Uncover Treasures in Colusa County Archives, 15.44)


Betty Davis: Betty lives in Oroville, California and has been crucial in preserving the collection of historical artifacts of Butte County that was started by her mother, Florence Danforth Boyle. The Pioneer Museum has a wonderful collection of Butte County artifacts but is only open on some Sundays from 12 noon to 3 pm. Contact through California Territorial.
(A Dream Come True, Pioneer Museum, 8:18)


Tim Davis: Tim is a state park ranger associated with the Lake Oroville Visitor's Center near Oroville, California. He is directly involved with the annual Bidwell Bar Day festivities and is involved in many other activities. For instance, each year he organizes a canoe trip that travels in the normally closed waters just below the Lake Oroville Dam. Write Bidwell Bar Association, Lake Oroville Visitor's Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, California 95966 Phone (530) 538-2219.
(Bidwell Bar Day, 5:15)


Glenn Della-Monica: Glenn has been a docent at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park for twelve years. He interprets the gunsmith James McDowell during the Living History Programs. He was responsible for the room plan for the rehabilitation of the gun shop at Sutter's Fort.

Glenn spent 26 years in law enforcement, after which he enetered a second career as a computer analyst for the State of California. His hobbies include collecting and researching tools and household goods of the Sutter's Fort period. He has had articles published on firearms, timepieces and money of the 1840s.

Glenn is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the FBI National Academy. Contact through California Territorial.
(What Time Is It?, 19:12; James McDowell, Sutter's Gunsmith, 19:62)


Richard H. Dillon: Richard served as Head Librarian of San Francisco's Sutro Library from 1953-1979, President of the Book Club of California from 1977-1979, board member of Western Writers of America, and faculty member of the Fromm Institute of San Francisco.

A popular and prolific author, he has written numerous books on california and Western history including The Legend of Grizzly Adams, Meriwether Lewis, The Gila Trail, Humbugs and Heroes, J. Ross Browne, Burnt-Out Fires, Great Expectations, High Steel and Captain John Sutter: Sacramento Valley's Sainted Sinner.
(A Spectral Rescue: Napa Valley Extra-Sensory Perception 39:40; Home, Home on the Grange: Napa Valley Farmers 47:41; Book Review of Their Horses Climbed Trees 51:47; Ho! For the Kern River: Andrew Smith Hallidie 66:38)

Donald Duke: Donald Duke is a name well-known in the blue book of railroad history and book publishing. He established Golden West Books in 1960 to publish quality books on railroad history. The firm has published some 260 titles of Railroad Americana. Duke's patient research and editing has produced more than 20 titles under his own name. For Duke, photography, publishing, railroad history, and Western History all belong together.
(The Fred Harvey System, Civilizer of the American Southwest 61:4; William Parker Lyon's Pony Express Museum 63:26; Sourdough: Yeast of the Gold Rush 63:45)


Ken Falletti: A docent at Sutter's Fort since 1984, Ken is the last active volunteer at the Fort who participated in the original dugout canoe river trips. Ken retired in 1997 from Pacific Bell Smart Yellow Pages and spends his time writing, traveling to rendezvous reenactments, Living History events and makes 1800s era reproduction trade goods. He is also heavily involved with the Fort's Mountain Man/Pioneer Traders Faire and Historic Demonstration Day which occurs the last full weekend in April each year. The Traders Faire features live music, historic demonstrations and vendors of 1840s era reproduction merchandise.
(The River Trip, Sutter's Fort Mobile Living History Program 36:58)


E. L. "Geno" Fambrini: Geno is the past Sublime Noble Grand Humbug for E Clampus Vitus, a California fraternal organization that traces its roots back to the California gold rush. Geno travels all over the west attending historic functions while representing the Clampers. He lives in San Francisco. Contact through California Territonal.
(Norton I, Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico, A Brother Knight of E Clampus Vitus & the Greatest Humbug of All 25:16)


Marilou West Ficklin: Marilou lives in Truckee, California, is a member of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and published its quarterly newsletter from 1993-1995. She wrote several years for Genealogical Computing and has published a geneaology reference CD of early Truckee records. She lectures on genealogigy and early Truckee history. Contact through California Territorial.
(Constable Jake Teeter Versus James Reed and the 601, Sex, Crime and Race in Old Truckee 43:34)


Capt. W.T. "Willie" Fink ,X.N.G.H.: E Clampus Vitus Pair-O-Dice Chapter 7-11 Researching Historian and leader for S.E.A.R.C.H. 1994. Willie "Loved California History."

Capt. Willie lived in Paradise, California since 1972 and was the owner of PDQ Plumbing. He was married to Toni Allyn Fink for over thirty years. He passed away in 2001. Write: P.O. Box 1670, Paradise, California 95967 Phone (530) 872-2367.
(The Story of E Clampus Vitus, 5:16; 6:16; 7:16; 8:16; 9:16; 11:16; 12:16; 17:42)


Mildred Forester: Mildred was a well-known Butte County historian who spent years researching the colorful history of Butte County and northern California. She relied primarily upon original government documents for her research and frequently provided information to other historians.

In 1972 she collaborated with Lois Coleman by doing research for the book Tailings of Butte Creek Canyon, A History of Big Butte And Little Butte Canyons. She also authored numerous articles in a variety of historical publications, including the Butte County Historical Society's Diggin's. Mildred was very helpful to the Dogtown Territorial in its first years of publication.

In 1990 Mildred helped Rene Lassen, a descendant of Peter Lassen, to publish a new book entitled Uncle Peter, The Story of Peter Lassen and the Lassen Trail.

Mildred was closely associated with the Coleman Memorial Museum in Centerville, California. She passed away in 2001.
(Landslide at Sawmill Peak -1897,3:31; Peter Lassen, The First Permanent Settler in Butte County, 5:4; Butte County Pioneer, James Wilson Marshall, 6:14; Welcome to Butte County's Little Grand Canyon, 7:18; J. Goldsborough Bruff Celebrates Christmas, 8:15; Christmas Customs Through the Ages, 8:32; Mystery on the Black Rock Desert, 9:44)


John Fox: John is a British high school teacher of Irish immigrant background. Some of his forebears came to the California and Nevada goldfields. An Oxford history graduate and writer, he took a car and tent through the Sierra Nevadas in 1995 as a result of a Teacher Travel Fellowship from the London Company of Goldsmiths. His research into the Gold Rush Irish, 1849-70 is ongoing and he welcomes any correspondence - information, statistics, family details or anecdotes, not to mention research sponsors! All letters answered. 31 London Road, Wheadey, Oxford, OX33 1YJ, United Kingdom.

John is the author of Forgotten Divisions: The First World War from Both Sides of No Man's Land, Cheshire, England: Sigma Leisure Press, 1994. Contact through California Territorial.
(Admiral Seymour, the British and California, 1846 24:4; "Weeds Not Worth Picking Up": Theodor Hatweg, Botanist in California 28:6; Researching the Gold Rush Irish 30:10; The California Letter 54:38; Revisiting Eugene Macnamara's Irish Colony Scheme in California 56:36; William Kelly, Gentleman Gold Digger, California, 1849-50; Australia, 1853 and 1858 64:36)


John Furry: John was an archeaology instructor at Butte College and was been involved in numerous archeaological investigations over the past years. He and members of his class at Butte College located the remains of William B. Ide, the Bear Flag leader, in the Monroeville cemetery during its reconstruction.

John is married with one child and lives in Chico, California. Contact through Californian Territorial.
(Monroeville, A Historical Summary, Part 1/6:20; Part 2M:20; Yana: The Elimination of a Native People, Part 1/9:12; Part 2/10:12; Part 3/11:12; Part 4/12:12; Nomlaki and the Nomlaki Reservation, 13:16; The Twain and Grays Flat Area, 13:50; The Sexton Collection of Native American Art, 13:53; Rich Bar, 14:12; Neal Road and the Elliott Spring House, 14:18; Archaeological Investigations of the Tuscan Formation, 15:18; The Durham Cemetery, 16:18)


Ward Garing: Ward is a third generation Californian, born in Concord and raised in Oakland. He graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton in 1966 with a B.A. in Economics.

He traces his interest in California history to his uncle, Mike Senger, who urged him to read Men to Match My Mountains by Irving Stone when he was in Junior High School.

Ward and his wife Gloria enjoy camping and traveling the back roads of the western states. They reside in La Selva Beach, Santa Cruz County, with their two sons where he is self-employed as a real estate broker and developer. Contact through California Territorial.
(The Modoc Indian War, Part 1/22:12; Part 2/23:4; Part 3/24:8; Part 4/25:8; Part 5/26:68)


Michael J. Gillis: Michael was born and raised in East Walpole, Massachusetts. He has been a lecturer in History at California State University, Chico since 1981.

Presently, he and a colleague from the Chico State History Department, Michael Magliari, are finishing a book on John Bidwell. The book tentatively titled John Bidwell's California: Observations of a Pioneer, 1841-1900s the first book-length study of John Bidwell in over fifty years and promises to deliver new information and a new interpretation of Chico's founder.

Contact through California Territorial.
(John Muir & the Bidwells: The Forgotten Friendship 21:4; John Bidwell and California, The Life and Writings of a Pioneer, 1841-1900 53:4)


Fred Green: Fred Green was born in Wallace, Idaho in July 1910. One month later the town erupted into flames from the devastating Couer' d' Alene forest fire. The baby was evacuated from the inferno in a refugee train, his body covered with wet clothes. Perhaps this is why all his life trains fascinated him.

After retiring from business as a building contractor he took up historical writing and painting of "birdseye views" of various historical towns getting his inf.ormation from old photos. Many of these have been exhibited in western museums; railroad scenes predominate.

Fred has also served as president of the Butte County Historical Society. He passed away in 2001.
(Historic Homes Tour, 3:32; 10:43; Inside Gateway, The Last Gasp of A Hundred Year Frenzy, 15:6; The Great Siskiyou Train Robbery, 18:32)


Andy & Joanne Hammond: Andy and Joanne are charter members of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and, since 1978, have worked with Trails West, Inc. to place markers along the 1841-1851 emigrant routes to California. Prior to retirement, Andy's career was in aerospace engineering and Joanne was Director of Nursing Services at a Seattle hospital. In 1989 they moved to Chico, California to better continue their trails research. For their work on the Beckwourth Trail they received OCTA's meritorious achievement award as well as certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Forest Service for their contribution to historic trails preservation. Their guide book, Following the Beckwourth Trail ($8.45 postpaid) is available from the Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Contact through California Territorial.
(Following the Beckwourth Trail 34:4)


Jim Hardee: Jim lives in Quincy, California and is an Executive Director for Environmental Alternatives, a foster family agency. He is married and has two sons.

His primary interest is the fur-trade era. Being involved with re-enactments for the past ten years, he has worked with several schools developing living history programs and has also been instrumental in establishing mountain man" programs in two Boy Scout camps.

His articles have appeared in True West, Boy's Life and Muzzle Loader. He is currently working on a novel and a book on the mountain men who came to California and is the 2003 President of the Jedediah Smith Society based at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Contact through California Territorial.
(Trappers at the Buttes 21:6)


John P. Harrigan: John lives in Hacienda Heights, California. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in June 1970. He is a licensed Electrical Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He enjoys working in the Department's old hydro-electric power plants, some of which date back to 1908. He is a member of the Scenic Mount Lowe Historical Committee and a volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service working on the preservation of the old Mount Lowe Railway System in the mountains above Altadena, California. Contact through California Territorial.
(The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island 33:40)

Paul Hatfield: President of the Colma Historical Association in Colma, California.
(Colma, California: The City of Souls 65:47)


William Hathorn: Bill Hathorn and his wife Martha live in Stockton, California. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Bill is a buff historian and retired math teacher.

Bill's interest in Mark Twain and Reuel Gridley comes from family ties coupled with the study of local Stockton history. Being born and raised in western New York State's Finger Lakes region, his great-grandfather, Ulysses Breeze, married Elizabeth Langdon of Horseheads, NY (a short distance from Elmira) October 9,1846. Another ancestor, Joseph Hathorn, is buried adjacent to the Langdon and Mark Twain plot.

When MGM Studios shot an updated version of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in Stockton in 1959, Bill and Martha's son Billy, was Eddie Hodge's (Huck) stand-in. Bill has visited Virginia City, Elmira, Hannibal, Angels Camp, Jackass Hill and other Mark Twain sites.

As for Reuel Gridley, in 1985 Bill and Martha attended Austin, Nevada's annual Gridley Days Festival where he won first place in the Flour Sack Race for those over 60 years old. Again, June 17 & 18,1994, Bill and his grandson attended Austin's 10th Annual Gridley Days Festival where Dan won second place in the Flour Sack Race for 18 - 32 year-olds. They delivered a 50 lb. sack of flour to the event where it was auctioned for $186; proceeds were forwarded to Nevada's Red Cross chapter at Elko, Nevada. The sack of flour had been previously "christened" by resting it upon Gridley's head stone in Stockton Rural Cemetery. May 13th, 1995, the Stockton Corral of Westerners auctioned it for a Red Cross fund-raiser at a Gridley Cake Breakfast. Other auctionings of the new Gridley Sack of Flour are available to those willing to pay UPS freight charges.

The editors and publishers of the "Dogtown Territorial Quarterly" donated 150 copies of the Reuel Gridley issue #20 that were auctioned off at the dedication of a plaque to Gridley at the Stockton Red Cross Headquarters April 8th, 1995 and at the Gridley Cake Breakfast in Stockton during the month of May. All proceeds were earmarked for the American Red Cross. Contact through California Territorial.
(Sam Clemens & Reuel Gridley, Prospectors From Hannibal, 20:1)


Ronald Hayes: Ron's great grandfather, John Wolff, along with kits two brothers, had the distinction of operating the first brewery in the northern mine fields. His grandmother and his mother were born and raised in Howland Flat in northern Sierra County.

Ron was employed for thirty years by the California Youth Authority and retired as Deputy Director of Parole. He lives in Meadow Valley, California, just a "ridge away from Howland Flat," and does freelance writing. Contact through California Terntorial.
(Justice, Sierra County Style, 18:14)


Dorothy Hill: Dorothy is the recent past president of ANCRR (Association for Northern California Records & Research) located in Chico, California.

A historian and anthropologist, Dorothy published many articles and several books about the Indians of Chico Rancheria. She has served on the Board of the Bidwell Mansion Association, was involved with the American Pen Women of Butte County and many other organizations.

Always helpful, Dorothy was frequently consulted by historians from all over California. Her most recent project, along with Lois McDonald, was to edit and prepare for publication the articles for Thelma White's book, Glenn County Sketchbook.

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Glenn County Cover

Dorothy passed away in 2001.
(Mechoopda-Maidu Indian Legacy, 11:43; A Trip to Ishi's Cave, As Told to Dorothy Hill by Mel Speegle, 12:24; A Butte County Maidu Legend, 13:31)


Don Hislop: Don has been an educator at Red Bluff Union High School and Shasta College for over 30 years. He earned his Master of Arts in history at Chico State University. He is an active participant in the living history programs at the Ide Adobe State Historic Park in Red Bluff and served as a former president of the Ide Adobe Interpretivee Association. Several years ago when Monte was introduced into the Ide Adobe programs, he became one of the gamblers. His involvemnt in period gambling and his desire to"get it right," led to research into gambling during the Gold Rush era. Contact through California Territorial. Visit the Ide Adobe Website.
(Bucking the Tiger: Gambling During the Gold Rush, Part 1/4:10; Part 2/27:8; Part 3/28:8; Part 4/29:12)


Anne M. Homan: Anne holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a M.A. in English Literature from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. For twenty-one years she taught a variety of English classes at Livermore High School until her retirement in 1996. Anne belongs to a number of historical societies as well as The Institute for Historical Study, a community of independent and academically affiliated scholars.
(Some Transitional Alcaldes of Northern California 42:50)


Joe D. Hood: Joe retired in 2000 after 40 years with the California Department of Parks and Recreation as a State Historian where he did research for the Department on William B. Ide and his connection with the adobe at William B. Ide State Historic Park in Red Bluff, California. He started as a Park Ranger and later worked as an archeaologist before becoming a historian.

Joe's research was compiled into a story that appeared in issue #12, winter 1992 entitled "Who Built the Adobe at Wm B. Ide State Historic Park?"

Joe did historic research on the state parks in order to prepare resource inventories and resource elements for general planning purposes. He is a native Californian, and a graduate of the California State University in Sacramento. Contact by email:
(Who Built the Adobe at Wm B. Ide State Historic Park, 12:6; The Bear Flag Revolt, William B. Ide and the California Republic, 13:6)


Eileen Hook: Eileen has been Co-ordinator of the Sutter's Fort State Historic Park Living History Program since 1980. She is experienced in first person living history, portraying both real people and composite characters.

Ms. Hook's personal historical interests are the Sacramento Valley before the Gold Rush, women in pre-gold rush California and women's and children's clothing of the 1840s.

Employed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation for 17 years, Ms. Hook now works for the Division of Rail, Caltrans. She has a degree in Recreation and Park Administration with a specialization in Environmental Interpretation. Contact through California Territonal.
(Suttersville - A Pipe Dream At Best, 19:10)


Katrina Hoover: Katrina is the Docent Co-ordinator at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento and is responsible for the training and scheduling of the volunteers who bring the fort to life for visitors at the park in their Living History programs. Katrina and her husband Howdy live in Sacramento. Contact through California Territorial.
(New Gold Rush Exhibit at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park 33:56)


Benjamin M. Hughes: Ben received his Masters Degree with an emphasis in local history from Chico State College in 1965. In that year he began a teaching career at Red Bluff Union High School and has subsequently taught, additionally, as a part-time instructor for Shasta College.

Over the years he has been involved in several projects related to the accumulation and preservation of information and records concerning Tehama County history.

In addition to his teaching, he has worked closely with the Ide Adobe State Historic Park Environmental Studies Program for several years and served on the Board of Directors of the Ide Adobe Interpretive Association. Visit the Ide Adobe Website.

Ben completed his six-part series on William B. Ide, one of the most comprehensive works ever compiled on Ide. He has also uncovered new information about Ezekiel Merritt. Ben also serves as a Historical Advisor to the Territorial. Contact through California Territonal.
(Ezekiel Merritt: The Leader of the Bear Flag Revolt, 13:4; William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder, Part 1/16:4; Part 2/17:46; Part 3/18:6; Part 4/19:48; Part 5/20:56; Part 6/21:8; Ezekiel Merritt: An Update 22:4; True Lies: Early Accounts of the Bear Flag Revolt 23:8; Bucking the Tiger: Gambling During the Gold Rush, Part 1/24:10; Part 2/27:8; Part 3/28:8; Part 4/29:12)


Alexander Hunter: Alex is a native of Scotland and a graduate of Glasgow University, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Languages and Literature. A teacher by profession, he has lived and worked for many years in France, Spain and the United States. He was working on a new biography of Father Junipero Serra when he was asked by the Sonoma State Historic Park Association to fill their need for a biography of General Vallejo. His book Vallejo: A California Legend is available for $10.

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Vallejo Cover

Write: P.O. Box 1365, Sonoma, California 95476.
(Vallejo: A California Legend, The Bear Flag Incident, 13:10)


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