Formerly known as the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly
Alphabetical listings with a short biography, articles published and issue number : page number.
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Bob (B.C.) Janney: Bob was raised on a ranch in the Cimarron country of northwest Oklahoma, and his grandfather ran with the land rush of 1893. He has had an interesting life, and had a wonderful marriage for 40 years. Bob was a building contractor in Paradise, California. He has authored two books and enjoyed writing for various publications from time to time. B.C. published a pamphlet, "The Cimarron Crossing" which was made into a video and shown on Oklahoma television.
B.C. was instrumental in helping the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly to get started by selling advertising to businesses all over Paradise. He currently resides at Prestige Living care home in Oroville, California.
(A Horse in the Bank, 1:10; Dogtown From the Beginning, 1:17; Dogtown Histoy, 2:8; Ode to a Gold Dredger, 2:19; Dredging for Gold, 2:39; Dogtown History, 3:8; The Story of a Pioneer Doctor, 4:14; Dogtown Ridge Travel Guide, 4:24; Springtime on Table Mountain, 9:47; A Trip to Philbrook Lake, 10:32; Feather River Canyon Travel Guide, 11:55; Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge Travel Guide, 12:55; Trip to Fremont's Camp in the Sutter Buttes, 13:37)
Charles Jewell: Charles is a retired military officer who enjoed the history of California. He was a member of the Butte County Historical Society and was a direct descendant of California's first civil governor, Peter Burnett. Charles passed away in 2001.
(Pacific Avenue Cable Line, 1885-1929, 14:18)
Jeff Jones: Jeff is a California State Park Ranger who was assigned to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento. He moved to Grass Valley to work at Empire Mine State Historic Park in 1998.
Jeff has roots in the Grass Valley area. His great grandfather, Alonzo Jones, homesteaded 170 acres near Jackson in 1880 and later moved to Grass Valley. He owned gambling parlors in the Jackson area and may have worked at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley. Contact through California Territorial.
(He Came With a Dream..., 19:32)
John Kelly: A native Californian from Long Beach, John is a State Archaeologist with the California Department of Parks and Recreation and for twenty years worked on Cultural Inventories and General Plans, often in conjunction with George Stammerjohan, a historical advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly.
John has been involved in reenacting with the Sutter's Fort Living History Program for over ten years, where he portrays Dr. John Marsh. He and his wife Claudine live in the Orangevale, California area. Contact through California Territorial.
(John Sutter and His Fort, 19:4)
John Kenneralso known as John P. Cahn, Jape Cahn: Few men are better qualified to write about the real Old West than John Kenner. His great grandmother, Eugenie Fuget Baudin came to the Mother Lode with her husband, Louis in 1853, at 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 November 17, 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, Kenner'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."
(Death Valley Scotty, The Man Who Turned Dust to Gold 40:4)
LaVonne Ketchum: LaVonne is a family researcher who lives in Oroville, California. She was the past Genealogist for the Butte County Historical Society and was also the Historian for the Bidwell Bar Association for three years. She and her husband Cecil sold their restaurant and retired. LaVonne passed away a few years ago.
(Isaac Reeves Ketchum of Bidwell Bar, 10:40)
Don Kidd: Don has been a member of the Butte County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team for over 20 years. He has donated his time and expertise to serve and protect the citizens of Butte County and surrounding areas. Don is an owner of an office products and service company located in Chico, California. Contact through the California Territorial.
(A Brief History of the Butte County Sheriffs Search & Rescue Team, 10:17)
Joseph A. King: Prior to his death in 1996, retired community college English teacher, Joseph A. King of Walnut Creek, California, was the author of seven books and well over fifty articles in journals in Canada, Ireland, England and the United States, including Newsweek, Saturday Review, America, The Californians and California History. He was an advisor and participant in Donner Party films for "The American Experience" (PBS) and "The Real West" (A&E cable tv). His award-winning Winter of Entrapment: A New Look at the Donner Party, revised edition 1994, is available in softcover.
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Joe served as Historical Advisor for the Special Donner Party Issue #26. Contact his wife Betty through the California Territorial.
(Newly-Discovered Documents on the Donner Party: The Donner Girls Tell Their Story 26:6; William G. Murphy's Lecture and Two Letters to Mrs. Houghton 26:14)
Bill Knorr Jr.: In 1980 Bill Knorr and Jim West met for the first time at the old blacksmith shop in Rough & Ready, California. Later, when Jack Steed told Bill that he was taking a group of Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) members for a field trip to Johnson's Ranch, Bill decided to rent a couple of wagons from Jim West and surprise Jack and his guests by showing up at the historic site in period costume.
It was while they were at Johnson's Ranch that Bill Knorr and Jim West decided to start an annual wagon train from Rough & Ready through Johnson's Ranch & Crossing and on to Wheatland.
The Emigrant Trail Wagon Train continues its annual trek. Write 2429 Elmer Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95992-3623 Phone: (530) 674-5799.
(The 1993 Emigrant Trail Wagon Train, 14:10)
Gail Kulhavey: Gail was on the staff of the California Sesquicentennial Commission that was responsible for planning events for the 150 anniversary of the Gold Discovery, the Gold Rush and Statehood. Contact through California Territorial.
(Update on California's Sesquicentennials 23:9)
Deborah and Jon Lawrence: Deborah and Jon are co-editors of Spanish Traces, the publication of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA), and Desert Tracks, the newsletter of the Southwest chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA).
Jon is a physicst at the University of California, Irvine, and Deborah is an early Americanist at California State University, Fullerton. They can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(The Captivity of the Oatman Girls: New Research & Interview with Margot Mifflin 63:16)
Scott J. Lawson: Scott is a fifth-generation native of Plumas County, California, his ancestors finding roots there in the early 1850s. Scott's life-long love of the outdoors and local and regional history is a perfect fit for the research and background development required for the reprinting of Edward Washington McIlhany's book. He is the director of the Plumas County Museum in Quincy, California, where he has worked since the 1970s. A graduate of California State University, Chico, Lawson has also spent time gold mining, working as a logger, and has edited two books, authored three, and has had articles printed in a number of publications, including the California Historian. He makes his home with his family in the Mohawk Valley of Plumas County, California, not too far as the crow flies from Onion Valley.
In 2006, Scott brought Edward Washington McIlhany's experiences back to life in the first reprinting of his book, Recollections of a '49er, since 1908, and meticulously annotated and researched the events described by McIlhany in his informative end notes. The 575-page hardcover book is available from the Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson St., Quincy, CA 95971. Phone 530-283-6320. www.countyofplumas.com
(Edward Washington McIlhany: Recollections of a 49er 67:4)
Dorothy Kupcha Leland: In 1989, Sacramento-area publisher, Tomato Enterprises, founded and owned by Dorothy, brought out a paperback reprint of Kelly Laurgaard's book "Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party."
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Dorothy is also the author of "Sallie Fox: The Story of a Pioneer Girl." Contact through California Territorial.
(The Story of Patty Reed's Doll 26:25)
Jim Lenhoff: An active historical preservationist and consultant for many years, Jim has been instrumental in saving numerous landmarks throughout the state, including placement of several historical plagues and monuments.
He is a past president of the Butte County Historical Society and the California Heritage Council, presently serving as a board member of the Association for Northern California Records and Research (ANCRR), the Oroville Heritage Council and the Cherokee Heritage Association. He currently serves as the Editor of the Diggin's, the quarterly publication of the Butte County Historical Society. (He was a founding member of the Society, named the Diggin's and was its first editor back in 1957.)
Jim also published a magazine known as The Feather River Territorial from 1957 through the mid-1960s. He was also the publisher of the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada for a period of time, the very same newspaper Mark Twain worked for.
Jim's "Territorial" and 4th issue of "Diggin's" (1957)
Jim has authored scores of articles for various publications and currently operates the Cherokee Museum complex with his wife Donna and daughter Jennifer. Write: 1084 Montgomery Street, Oroville, California 95965 Phone: (530) 533-1849.
(150 Years Ago.John Bidwell & Nancy Kelsey Came to California, 7:8; George Lovelock, 12:20; John Bidwell and the Golden Feather, 17:10; John Sutter and Hock Farm, 19:8; California's State Capital Moved Several Times Before Finally Settling at Sacramento 44:4; Crazy Stoddard and His Sack of Gold 45:34)
JoAnn Levy: JoAnn is the author of They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush and Daughter of Joy, A Novel of Gold Rush San Francisco, inspired by the life of the famed Chinese courtesan, Ah Toy.
She is a frequent public speaker on behalf of the gold-rushing women she discovered during nearly eight years of research. She has been featured in two PBS documentaries, The Gold Rush and Secrets of the Gold Rush, as well as two A&E documentaries, California and the Dream Seekers and The Real West. She lives and writes in the historic gold rush town of Sutter Creek, California.
(Chinese in the Gold Rush 39:16; Two Remarkable California Pioneers: Eliza Farham and Georgiana Bruce Kirby 56:24)
Donovan Lewis: A California native from Alhambra, Don attended Pasadena City College and U.C.L.A. He retired from the State of California after 33 years as a Tax Administrator and District Manager. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.
He has always been interested in writing but did not pursue it seriously until after retirement in 1978; when he became a zealous history buff.
Donovan portrayed James Marshall for twelve years at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park during their living history programs and was closely associated with the Gold Discovery Park Association.
His first major book (567 pages), Pioneers of California, (Scottwall Associates, San Francisco) was published in 1993.
Don is an avid reader and mostly self-taught when it comes to history. Write: We Love You Dad Residence Home, Citrus Heights CA
(James Wilson Marshall, 17:6)
Tom Macauley: Tom is a retired Civil Engineer living in his home town of Reno, Nevada. He is the grandson of pioneers who crossed the plains by wagon train to California in 1852. His father's stories of family legends, passed down from father to son over the generatiuons, sparked his interest in history. Tom's grandfather lived in Waloupa, Nevada City, San Francisco and Truckee before moving to Reno.
Tom has been researching stories about mining and ice harvesting to trace his grandfather's life. He has contributed articles on natural ice harvests to the Truckee-Donner Historical Society, Nevada Historical Society, Sierra Heritage Magazine, and Sierra Sun newspaper in Truckee. He has also appeared in a segment of Huell Howser's California's Gold PBS program.
(Ice Harvesting in the Truckee Basin 37:4)
Jack Mackey: Jack is a retired editor and feature writer with the Sacramento Bee. He resides in the Oroville area. Contact through California Territorial.
(Indian Lore Recaptured at Butte County Library 21:12)
Carllene Marek: Carllene is the former editor of the Paradise Genealogical Society's publication Genealogical Goldmine and was editor of Nuggets from Paradise, the society's monthly newsletter. She is a former board member of the Association for Northern California Research and Records (ANCRR). Carllene writes a monthly genealogical column, "Ancestree Seekers" for the Chico Enterprise Record. Write % Paradise Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 460, Paradise, California 95967. E-mail: email@example.com
(Paradise Genealogical Society, 5:9)
Lois H. McDonald: Basically a local historian, Lois's background includes a M.A. in history from California State University at Chico, and a published book The Fur Trade Letters of Francis Ermatinger, coverage of Hudson's Bay Company activity through one trader's experience. (Arthur H. Clarke's Northwest Historical Series No. XV.) Elsie Hamburger: I Never Look Back is a book with focus on Paradise, California and a Paradise woman.
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In 1993 Lois and her husband Archie were honored in Paradise, California during the communities annual Gold Nugget Days celebration by being named Grand Marshalls of the popular event.
Many articles and collaborations feature subject matter related to Butte County, California. For 13 years McDonald edited Tales of the Paradise Ridge, a bi-annual journal of the Paradise Historical Society. She has also been a regular contributor to the Butte County Historical Society's publication known as the Diggin's.
Helpful by nature, Lois quickly offered her help when the editors of the Dogtown Territorial approached her for help in gathering local history for publication and continues a working relationship with the Territorial.
Lois was president of the Bidwell Mansion Association and has previously served as editor of their newsletter, "News & Notes." From 1994 to 1997 she was editor of the California Historian, quarterly journal of the Conference of California Historical Societies.
Her accomplishments include the comprehensive work William Chambers Hendricks published in the Butte County Historical Society's Diggin's and, in cooperation with Dorothy Hill, she edited articles and prepared them for publication for Thelma White's new book which is entitled Glenn County Sketchbook. She also authored This Paradise We Love as a fundraiser for the Gold Nugget Museum and co-authored with Bob Colby the new book Magalia to Stirling City in 2006.
Lois passed away in 2006.
(Samuel Neal of Rancho Esquon, Part 1/6:4; Part 2/7:4; Once For A Time... The Land Was Theirs, Part 1/10:20; Part 2/11:20; Bidwell Mansion Association 11:23; John Bidwell & The Bear Flag Revolt, 13:12; Larkin & Fremont: Protagonists on the California Stage, 13:32; The Bear Flaggers at Sonoma, 13:63; The Bidwell Era Revisited, 15:14; A Million Dollars in Real Estate: A Mexican Land Grant Becomes a Widow's Fortune 61:36)
Rosanne McHenry: Rosanne lives and works in California's gold country. She was the Chief Ranger at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, and has enjoyed working in some of the great parks of the American West. She began her career in 1974 as a U. S. National Park Ranger at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near San Francisco, where she patrolled on horseback and taught park visitors about the military and natural history of the area. She then worked two seasons at Mt. Rainier National Park in the State of Washington where she researched and presented interpretive programs on glacial geology. She met her husband, Vernon, at a coastal park in California and together they have shared a variety of California State Park Ranger assignments. The most notable of these include the Hearst Castle, Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, Sutter's Fort, the California State Railroad Museum and the American River Recreation Area. McHenry also serves as a part-time instructor for the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento, where she teaches courses for law enforcement professionals. She enjoys writing and has written guidebooks and articles on California history.
Today's ranger has to be a historian, naturalist and peace officer. McHenry began her assignment at Coloma in 1989. Her duties include managing the park's museum collection, development of historic building restoration programs, resource management and staff supervision.
Rosanne and Vern McHenry live in an 1898 Victorian home in Auburn, California with their two children. Contact through California Territorial. Visit Marshall Gold Discovery Park Website.
(The California Gold Discovery, 17:4; From Ruins to Renown: The Story of Old Sacramento's Restoration, 19:14; Gold Discovery Day Sesquicentennial 33:53; The World Gold Panning Championships 34:58)
Edward Washington McIlhany: Edward McIlhany made the arduous trek across the plains to northern California, tried his luck gold mining at Shasta, and finally landed at Bidwell's Bar in the fall of 1849 where he spent a very wet winter. After an unsuccessful river mining venture at American Bar on the Middle Fork of the Feather River the following spring, he made up his mind to become a professional mule packer.
McIlhany's adventures while packing goods to gold miners provide readers with an excellent first-hand account of life in the gold mining camps of the northern Sierra Nevada range that included Bidwell's Bar, Rich Bar, Onion Valley, Nelson Point, Hopkinsville, Gibsonville, La Porte, and Downieville, among many others.
In 2006, Scott Lawson, the director of the Plumas County Museum in Quincy, California, brought Edward Washington McIlhany's experiences back to life in the first reprinting of his book, Recollections of a '49er, since 1908, and meticulously annotated and researched the events described by McIlhany in his informative end notes. The 575-page hardcover book is available from the Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson St., Quincy, CA 95971. Phone 530-283-6320. www.countyofplumas.com
(Edward Washington McIlhany: Recollections of a 49er 67:4)
Haskel McInturf: Haskel "Hack" McInturf came to Oroville, California from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri in 1936. He graduated from Yuba Junior College and Chico State College. He received his B.A. degree and teaching credentials in 1951 and began teaching and coaching at Oroville High School in 1952.
In addition to teaching, he completed graduate work at Chico State, coached for nine years and became active in local politics. He served as treasurer of the Oroville-Wyandotte Irrigation District and was later elected to the OWID Board of Directors where he served for nine years. In 1984 he was elected to the Butte County Board of Supervisors from District 1, serving two terms until his retirement in 1995.
In 1997 Hack published Once Upon a Depression, which describes his personal experiences while living near the Banner Mine during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Haskel McInturf passed away in late April 2005.
(John McKinstry Smith, Argonaut, Entrepreneur and Agriculturist of Long's Bar 37:32)
James Merritt: James and Robert Merritt contacted the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly concerning information they had discovered about Ezekiel Merritt and offered to make it available for publication. They shared their research with Ben Hughes and even made a trip to Red Bluff to meet with Ben and other historians in the area.
(Ezekiel Merritt: An Update 22:4)
Robert E. Merritt: Bob was the great-great-great grandson of Jonathan and Christina Patterson and first cousin of John and Daniel Rhoads. He was also a cousin of Ezekiel Merritt, the leader of the Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma in June 1846.
Bob was a member of the Society of California Pioneers and lives in Turlock, California with his wife Mary. He wrote a book of his family's history entitled The Merritt's Tradition.
Robert Merritt passed away in 2004.
(Ezekiel Merritt: An Update 22:4; The Rescuers, John and Daniel Rhoads 26:8)
Robert Ryal Miller: Robert received a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a professor emeritus of history at California State University, Hayward. Author of ten books and many scholarly articles, he has given public lectures on California history at the Oakland Museum, the Society of California Pioneers, the Presidio of San Francisco and local historical socities. His newest book is a biography of Juan Bautista Alvarado, governor of California from 1836 to 1842.
His article on Captain Richardson is based upon research found in his book, Captain Richardson: Mariner, Ranchero, and Founder of San Francisco, published in 1995.
Robert Ryal Miller passed away in 2004
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(Captain William A. Richardson, Founder of San Francisco 29:4; Governor Juan Alvarado, Life in California Under Three Flags 35:4)
Willis Osborne: Willis is a retired educator and lives with his wife Mary in Glendora, California, located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. He enjoys researching and writing about his native state since his retirement in 1994.
Willis' articles have appeared in several Southern California publications and he has presented his slide program on the Old Ridge Route to several history organizations. He enjoys hiking in the San Gabriels and the Sierra. He is a graduate of USC with BS and MS degrees. Contact through California Territorial.
(The Old Ridge Route 28:12; Curry's Camp Baldy, "The Yosemite of the South" 37:14)
Bill Penland: Bill and his wife Belle lived in the beautiful mountains of the Feather River Canyon near their beloved Rich Bar for many years. In 1989 Bill published his book, Deep Canyon - Heavy Gold, a collection of true stories about everyday life in the Feather River Canyon, its interesting people and the surrounding areas.
Bill passed away in 1996.
(Deep Canyon Heavy Gold, A Rich Bar Miner's Recollection 15:10)
Dr. Nicholas C. Polos: Dr. Polos is professor of history, emeritus, and has taught California and Western history, Intellectual History of the United States, Historiography, and has conducted seminars on Methods of Teaching History at the University of La Verne for many years. At various times he has been an educator at the University of Missouri, Queens College, University of California-Berkeley, Claremont Graduate School, California State Polytechnic-Pomona, Claremont Unified School District, and at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California.
Dr. Polos has published nine books and over 75 monographs about history, teaching, and education. He has traveled extensively and has taught in Japan, Italy, and Greece. A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, he was Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, had honors in history, and was magna cum laude. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow from Princeton University, he was also a Rhodes Scholar appointee. He took his M.A. in History at the University of California-Berkeley. His teaching awards include the UCLA Teacher of the Year Award; Teacher of the Year, twice, Claremont Unified School District; Teacher of the Year, twice, University of La Verne. He has been awarded six Freedoms Foundation Gold Medals.
Retired from teaching, he is now engaged in research, writing, and travel.
(Acquiring the Power of Ready Thought: The Educational Philosophy of John Swett, The Father of Public School Education in California 51:19)
Kelly Pons: Known to some as "The Tunnelmaster," Kelly is probably one of the most experienced gold miners in Northern California. He personally drove a 1,000 foot hard rock tunnel using only a pick, shovel and wheel barrow. He found gold all along the way, but apparently not enough, for he closed the mine and then worked for a while in a mine near Butte Creek Canyon. He continued his mining operations at Rich Bar in the Feather River Canyon in Plumas County for several years.
Both Kelly and his wife Janie were helpful to the Dogtown Territorial by providing typesetting facilities for our very first issue.
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(Goin' for the Gold, 1:9; Tunneling for Gold, 2:38.)
Paul H. Rippens: Paul is retired as Chief Forester of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department and lives in San Dimas, California. Paul has written articles for The Branding Iron, the quarterly publication of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners, and is currently working on a book regarding the history of William K. Henninger, an early pioneer of southern California, and Henninger Flats located on the Mount Wilson Toll Road in the mountains above Pasadena, California.
Paul is currently having his first book published. This book is a hiker's guide to the historic Mount Lowe Railway that ran from 1893 to 1937 in the mountains above Altadena, California. The book is available from the author.
(The Night of the Flood, The St. Francis Dam Disaster 33:4; Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe and His Observatory 34:52)
John Robinson: John is a retired school teacher living in Fullerton, California. He has written extensively on the history of Southern California, with articles appearing in numerous publications. He has authored several books, the most recent being The San Jacintos (1993). He is a recipient of the Donald H. Pflueger Award for local history, awarded by the Historical Society of Southern California.
John has written over 30 scholarly articles for both the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly and the California Territorial Quarterly.
John also serves as a Historical Advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly. Contact through California Territorial.
(California's Covered Bridges, Surviving the Ravages of Time 22:14; The Killing of Juan Diego: From Murder to Mythology 23:6; Placerita Canyon: California's First Gold Rush 24:6; Josiah Dwight Whitney and the California Geological Survey, Part 1/24:12; Part 2/25:4; Tiburcio Vasquez in Southern California: The Bandit's Last Hurrah 27:6; Jedediah Smith, Overland to California 28:4; Pedro Fages: Unheralded Explorer of Spanish California 29:10; Tejon Pass and Those Who Crossed It 30:4; After Jedediah Smith: Trappers From New Mexico 31:4; A California Copperhead, Henry Hamilton and the Los Angeles Star 32:38; The Creation of Yosemite Valley, A Scientific Controversy from the 19th Century 33:32; Railway Into the Clouds, Professor Lowe's Mountain Railway 34:41; Stephen Watts Kearny, the Army of the West, and the Battle of San Pasqual 35:10; Ordeal of the Sobobas 35:46; The Long March of the Mormon Battalion, 1846-1847 36:4; The Jackass Mail, The Pony Express of the South 40:23; Butterfield's Overland Mail in California 41:4; Guardians on the Mountaintops, The Fire Lookouts of Southern California 42:40; William Bradshaw's Road to Gold 43:4; Traders, Travelers, and Horsethieves on the Old Spanish Trail 44:34; Rushing for Gold Via the Southern Overland Route 45:4; Francisco Garcés: Intrepid Missionary-Explorer of Spanish California 48:4; Gateway to Southern California: Roads, Old and New, Over Cajon Pass 50:4; Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Old Ridge Route 51:32; Winged Feet in the Dust: Long-Distance Trade Routes in Aboriginal California 52:4; The Big Four Move South: The Building of the Southern Pacific Railroad 55:4; Rails to San Diego 59:4; Crossing California's Sahara: Imperial County's Plank Road 61:26; Antonio Maria Armijo: New Mexico Trader to Californio Ranchero 63:4; Alexis Godey: Indian Friend or Indian Killer? 66:4)
Larry Rogers: Larry is a native of San Francisco. He didn't start out to write a book. Upon his retirement, he became a volunteer in the History Department of the Oakland Museum of California, and then later, he became a volunteer at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum where he was the acting Registrar and Custodian of Artifacts. However, while researching his family genealogy, he came across the Civil War records of his great grandfather, Abraham Loane, a Private of Company A, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry RegimentThe California Hundred. California in the Civil War? His curiosity was aroused and he began to look for more information on the unit. Finding very little, he turned to ther newspapers of the day, both here and in the East.
As his research notes gtrew, so did his travels. Many a two or three week vacation were spent following the movements of the Californians. From Readville, Massachusetts to Gloucester, Virginia; a dirt road to White House Landing; throughout Northern Virginia (Mosby Country); the many battle sites; the Shenandoah Valley campaign; to Richmond, Appomattox, Five Forks, Dinwiddle, C.H.; to Andersonville; to the national and private cemeteries in the East and here in the West to locate the gravesiotes of the veterans.
The idea of a book came about when his wife, Clare, and sons, David and Keith, encouraged him to publish a book. Keith took on the tasks of teaching him how to work a computer, and then assisted in entering the data.
He has been a Ciovil War re-enactor many years and is a member of the "Recreated" California Hundred, National Civil War Association, and served as company clerk and historian. Larry and his wife live in Concord, California.
Keith Rogers: Keith is a native of San Francisco, California, and was brought up with the family history of his great, great grandfather Abraham Loane, and of his being a member of the California Hundred. Family interest in his ancestor led Keith to become a Civil War Reenactor in the California Hundred in 1988. Keith and his father Larry have been researching the California Hundred ever since. He participated in the research, editing and compiling of their book. A design engineer for an electronic company, Keith and his wife Laurie reside in Concord, California.
(From Pipe Dream to Reality, A Personal Journey Through Time, The California Hundred 52:37)
Frances A. Leonard Rohrbacher: Frances has for many years been a student of the Irish in the Mother Lode since the Gold Rush days in California. Her roots are both in Ireland and in California. Her mother was a native of San Andreas and was born to Irish parents. Her grandfather Charles McGuirk came to Columbia in 1857, mined for the yellow metal and even traded his labor for water during the construction of the ditches that brought water from the high Sierra to the Columbia gold fields which were starved for water from May through the first rains in the fall.
Frances is a native of Watsonville and is a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. Among other affiliations, she is a member of the Columbia State Park Docent Association and in that capacity has done much research for the museum.
In 1995, she won honorable mention for her work on a research paper for the Tuolumne County Historical Society. At the moment, she is considering doing a book on the Fenian Movement of which this article would form parts of a number of chapters. Visit Columbia State Park Website.
(The Fenian Brotherhood in Northern California, 1858-1875, Part 1 27:10; Part 2 28:10; Elizabeth Leary of Columbia, A Remarkable 19th Century Woman 36:13; Father James Croke, Pastor, Mountain Man, Fund Raiser, Extraordinary 54:21; The Reverend John O'Hanlon's Irish Immigrant's Guide for the United States in 1851 64:26)
Richard W. Rohrbacher: Richard is professor emeritus from the College of San Mateo where he taught Theatre Arts, Public Speaking and English. As an active member of the Columbia State Historic Park Docent Association, he researches, writes and produces their annual Lamplighter's Christmas celebration.
A Stockton, California native, he is a third generation Californian. He is a 1952 graduate of the University of the Pacific where, in 1978, he was honored by being selected as an Alumni Fellow. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity, Washington State University chapter and has an earned M.A. and Ph.D. degree.
In 1993 he published a book entitled Yesteryear's Child, Golden Days - Summer Nights, which chronicles the life of his family after they arrived in Oroville.
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Contact through California Territorial. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit Columbia State Historic Park Website.
(The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah Territory · September 11, 1857, 18:8; The California That Nearly Was, 20:4; The Fenian Brotherhood in Northern California, 1858-1875, Part 1/27:10; Part 2/28:10; The Reverend John O'Hanlon's Irish Immigrant's Guide for the United States in 1851 64:26)
Laura Elaine Romaniak: Laura is the great-grandniece of Jake Teeter and has spent years researching the Teeter family history. She lives in Whiting, New Jersey, where she is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). A member of the New Barbadoes Neck Chapter, Mrs. Romaniak served as Lineage Research Chairman and is past State Historian of the New Jersey State Society. Contact through California Territorial.
(Constable Jake Teeter VS James Reed & the 601, Sex, Crime and Race in Old Truckee 34:34)
Jim Rose: Jim was born and raised in San Jose, California. Twelve years ago, he and his family moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills, and settled near Nevada City. He considers himself very fortunate to have lived in these two extremely historically significant areas of our state. Jim has always had a general interest in Calihrnia history and geology, due in large part to the influence of several excellent teachers in his earlier school days.
Several years ago Jim became very interested in the history of the Overland Emigrant Trail, primarily because of living in such close proximity to the "Trail," in particular, the Truckee Route and the Nevada City cutoff. For the past hr years he has been extensively researching the history of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy party of 1844 and hopes to take this information, much of which is new, into to a book about this historic emigrant party, the first pioneers to successfully take wagons across the Sierra Nevada - opening the Truckee Route of the California Trail.
Jim was Chairman of the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission, Vice-President of the Nevada County Historical Society; Vice-President of the California chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association; and a member of the Chief Truckee Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
(Saga of the Stephens-TownsendMurphy Party of 1844, Part 1/18:4; Part 2/19:56)
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