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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.

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Leon Schegg: Leon was the organizer of the Donner Summit Bridge Rededication and lives in Reno, Nevada.
(Donner Summit Bridge Rededication & Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party Plaque Dedication 35:54)

Dorothy R. Scheele: Dorothy is a free-lance writer and former English teacher living in Philadelphia. She has been researching and writing about the Friendship and Merci trains for several years. She became interested in the trains after seeing gifts from the Merci Train on exhibit at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenis. She has graduate degrees from Penn State University and Beaver College. Dorothy has had several other articles about the trains published in other states.
(Forty Million Dollars of Food & One Million Gifts: A History of the Friendship & Merci Trains 54:4)


Steve Schoonover: Steve is a long-time Chicoan who has spent many years researching Northern California's Yahi Indians and exploring their homeland in an effort to resolve inconsistencies in their history as it is commonly told.

The work is shaping itself into a book. The articles published in the Territorial are adapted excerpts from the book. Write: P.O. Box 2181, Chico, California 95927 Phone: (530) 891-3361.
(The Three Knolls Massacre, 15:4; Who Were the Victims at the Three Knolls?, 16:12; Near Disaster on the Lassen Trail, 17:14; Kibbe's Campaign, 20:10; Captured by the Mill Creeks, Prologue & Epilogue 22:10)


Joy Scott: Joy is a freelance ariter who lives in the Yuba City, California area. Her last known occupation was working for Sue Pantane Public Relations in Yuba City and for the Yuba/Sutter Chamber of Commerce. Contact through California Territorial.
(Jim Beckwourth, 11:18)


Barbara B. Sharpe: Barbara is the past coordinator for the Elderhostel programs at American River College Sacramento. She is currently a resident of Placerville, California.

Barbara is closely associated with the Gold Discovery Park Association which helps to support the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at Coloma. Contact through California Territorial.
(Elderhostel: Is It For You?, 13:62)


Bill Shelton: Bill's family lives at an historic spot just above Paradise, California where Tom Neal first discovered gold in 1851. He is interested in his family's history in northern California and has preserved a variety of historic artifacts over the years.
(J. Goldsborough Bruff, 49er, 5:20)


Michele Shover: Michele is a Professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico. She has published numerous articles and monographs on 19th century northern Butte County. Several of these apply to the anti-Chinese movement in Chico. Her articles deal with what she calls "the politics of Indian fighting."
(John Bidwell, Reluctant Indian Fighter, 1852-1856 36:32; The Politics of the 1859 Bidwell-Kibbe Campaign 38:4; John Bidwell and the Rancho Chico Indian Treaty of 1852, Seduction, Betrayal, and Redemption 42:4; John Bidwell: Civil War Politics, and the Indian Crisis of 1862 46:4; John Bidwell's Role in the 1863 Indian Removal in Chico, Part 1 49:4, John Bidwell's Role in the 1863 Indian Removal in Chico, Part 2 50:34; The Indian Removal to Round Valley in 1863, A Reconsideration, Part One 56:4; The Indian Removal to Round Valley in 1863, A Reconsideration, Part Two, The Indians' Account: Soldier Savagery 57:4; James F. Eddy Ends His Journey 57:17; The End of the California Indian War on the Butte County Front, 1864-1865 62:4)


Dottie Smith: Dottie is a freelance writer, archaeological field assistant, and Shasta County historian. She wrote The History of the Blue Ridge Flume for the Bureau of Land Management office in Redding. She self-published The Dictionary of Early Shasta County History in 1991 and plans to self-publish a new book on Shasta County Indians in the near future. 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96013-0883
(Reading vs. Reading, 13:47; Whiskey Won the Election, 13:48)


Dr. Edgar C. Smith: Dr. Smith is a fourth generation Californian, graduated from Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University. Retired from a career in computer science, he now enjoys studying California history and being near his children on the East Coast.

Dr. Smith lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contact through California Territorial. E-mail:
(A Little Sacramento River Steamboat 27:4; W. T. Sherman versus the U. S. Navy 30:8; Massacre on the Colorado River 39: 4; The Hotel Del Monte Goes to War 49:46; Gunny Sacks Galore 52:18)


James O. Souther: Jim was born in Santa Rosa, California, and adended Shasta College at Redding, where he received the certificate of Associate of Arts; and Chico State College at Chico, where he was awarded his Bachelor and Master degrees. A commercial and news photographer, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a photo interpreter. He frequently doubled as a reporter for the Alturas Plaindealer and the Klamath Falls Herald-News when he worked as a news photographer.

After spending a number of years in retail sales, he has retired and now lives in Alturas, Modoc County, California. Write: P.O. Box 1451, Alturas, California 96101 Phone: (530) 233-2737.
(Legend Into History Facts & Fiction of the Lookout Lynching, Part 1/20:4; Part 2/21:10)


John Southwourth: John is a retired aerospace engineer long-interested in the history of the deserts of the American Southwest. Several of his desert stories have appeared in other publications.

John tells us that he has recently located on the ground the elusive trail alignment of the Manly-Rogers-Bennett-Arcane escape route out of Death Valley in 1850 as described by Manly in his classic Death Valley in '49. Contact through California Territorial.
(O. K. Smith, the Wade Family, and the Map That Opened the Door to Death Valley 31:22; The Many Passions of Joaquin Miller 37:21; Patrick Reddy, Frontier Lawyer 40:38)


Duane Spilsbury: Duane is a retired professor of journalism, California State University, Sacramento (1960-1983). He is currently a freelance newspaper writer living in Carmichael, California.
(Dame Shirley, The Best of the California Gold Rush Writers 45:43); Margaret Crocker's Love-Hate Relationship with Sacramento 51:41)


George Stammerjohan: George is retired from the California Department of Parks and Recreation as an Associate Historian. By vocation he is a military historian, interested in the Mexican Army in California, and the first two decades of the U. S. Army, also in California. His primary interest is the U. S. Army at Fort Tejon State Historic Park.

Mr. Stammerjohan, a native of California's Central Valley, holds a B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Sacramento. He is one of the originators and coordinators of the Living History Program at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento. For seven years he portrayed "Capt'n Sutter" in the Sutter's Fort Living History Program.

George has become a regular contributor to the Territorial and as a Historical Advisor, reviews many of the stories we publish prior to publication. His critical reviews are picky and demanding, but his attention to detail and his vast knowledge of California history have been responsible, in part, for improving the quality and content of the California Territonal.

George and his wife Judy, a retired educator, live in Sacramento, California. Contact through California Territorial.
(The Popular Movement, and Sutter's Fort; An Interpretive View, 13:8; Soldiers-Pioneers-Bakers, 14:4; Change of Command, 16:10; Gold Discoveries Before 1848,17:28; The Camel Experiment in California, 18:10; John Sutter and His Fort, 19:4; Sutter's Indian Guard, 19:6; Some New Opinions on John Augustus Sutter, 19:18; Beauracracy Will Kill You 21:16; "Sir, I Am Underage" 23:12; "Sir, My Horse Shot Me!" 27:14; Fort Tejon State Historic Park: An Interpretive History, Part 1/31:54; Part 2/32:4; Part 3/33:16)


Shirley Stasko: Shirley's been an office worker and homemaker, degreed interior designer and teacher. She has lived and worked in California, Colorado and Michigan. In 1991, she retired to Glenn County, where she grew up, and began writing.

Her historical article, "Blue Blood and Battlefields - The Ords of Ordbend" appeared in the "Willows Journal" and the Dogtown Territorial. "Dr. Etta Lund, Pioneer Doctor" and "Dr. Hugh Glenn; Victim or Villain?" were featured in the Willows Journal. An article on Dr. Glenn's killer Huram Miller, appeared in the Colusa Sun Herald.

Shirley also completed a course in fiction writing. Presently she is dividing her time between developing a history of Glenn County and working on a novel. Several of her poems have appeared in National Library of Poetry and Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum anthologies.

She has one daughter, an art major at California State University, Chico. Contact through California Territorial.
(The Ords of Ord Bend: Blue Blood and Battlefields, 18:12; Dr. Hugh Glenn: Victim or Villain? 22:6) -


Jack Steed: Jack, a Sacramento realtor, and his son, Richard, in 1985 rediscovered the long-lost Johnson Ranch adobe, which was the jumping-off place for the four relief teams which rescued the survivors of the ill-fated Donner Party who, in 1846-47, were trapped at the Truckee (now Donner) Lake, in the high Sierra.

The Steed's have received national recognition for their work; one award being the coveted Award of Meritorious Achievement given by the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) headquartered at Independence, Missouri.

Their book, The Donner Party Rescue Site, Johnson's Ranch on Bear River is in its second printing.

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Rescue Site CoverJack Steed Photo

Jack Steed Showing Artifacts at Johnson's Ranch


Jack is a past president of the Sacramento County Historical Society. Contact through California Territorial.
(Terrible Trek: The Donner Party Story, 9:4; 10:6; 11:6; H ow We Rediscovered The Johnson Ranch Adobe, 12:4; Terrible Trek: The Donner Party Story (Revised) 26:4; Newly Discovered Documents on the Donner Party: The Donner Girls Tell Their Story 26:6)


Kent Stephens: Kent has written extensively for varied railroad publications, including Western Railroader, Pacific News and Diggin's. He is a member of the Feather River Rail Society and has served as grant coordinator of the Portola Railroad Museum. Kent is also a member of the American Library Association. He has long-time service as Librarian at California State University at Chico. He also published The Yreka Western Railroad, A Centennial History.

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Yreka Railroad Cover

His book Matches, Flumes and Rails has been sold out for many years and is a highly-sought reference book by railroad historians. Kent plans to revise the book and publish it at a later date. Contact through CaliforniaTerritorial.
(Steel Rails on the Ridge: The Butte County Railroad, 1:4; 2:4.)


Granville Stuart: Granville left lowa in 1852 with his brother James to seek a fortune in the gold fields of Califomia. They traveled with their father, Robert Stuart, from the American Valley (Quincy) to Bidwell Bar, then on through Morris Ravine near Cherokee, finally arriving at Sam Neal's ranch near present-day Durham.

He and his brother moved up the mountain to Dogtown trying their luck in several different mining ventures. After prospecting all over northern California, Granville eventually ended up in Montana, becoming the state's largest cattle owner in the 1880s. A horrible freezing winter later killed his entire herd.

Granville became the state Librarian for Montana and wrote several books describing his western experiences. Permission to reprint his journal was given to the Dogtown Territorial by the Arthur H. Clark Company.
(A Dogtown Miner's Journal, 1:40; 2:30; 3:40; 4:30; 5:30; 6:30.)


Jack Sturgeon: Jack was born in Iowa, but has lived most of his life in Northern Califomia. He came to Butte County with his family in 1939 and in insuing years he attended schools in both Paradise and Chico. He was first introduced to Cherokee Flat when, as a child, he accompanied his father to that general area to mine for gold during the years before World War II. After leaving Butte County in 1944 he settled with his family in Sacramento County.

After graduation from San Juan High School he returned to Chico where he completed both his B.A. and M.A. Degrees at Chico State College. The subject of his Master of Arts thesis was an exhaustive study of historical records and extensive newspaper accounts relating to the history of Cherokee Flat. The complete study, including many photographs, is available at the library at Chico State University.

He began his teaching career in 1956 at San Juan High School. In 1963 he moved to Contra Costa County to begin a lengthy teaching career in the social sciences at Del Valle High School in the Acalanes High School District. Retired from teaching, he now works as a supervisor for the U. S. Census Bureau.

Mr. Sturgeon is married and has one son. He and his wife, Jane, currently reside in Clayton, California. Because of his great fondness for the area, he frequently returns to Butte County. Contact through California Terrtorial.
(The Great Hydraulic Gold Mine at Cherokee Flat, 1:6)


Bill Talbitzer: As a long-time Butte County historian, Bill was well known throughout the state. His best known books include "Lost Beneath the Feather," "The Gandy Dancers," and "Days of Old, Days of Gold."

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Gandydancers Cover

Bill encouraged the editors of the Dogtown Territorial in their efforts and became a true friend. Known for speaking what was on his mind, Bill never minced his words or kept his opinions secret. He was an open book.

When informed that an Arizona publication had published his story about a giant sturgeon caught in the Feather River and used another author's name, he said, "I don't give a damn... One thing you'll have to learn; all historians are thieves!" And in a way he was right - for all historians depend upon the work of those who have preceded them. He told the editors of the Dogtown Territorial ... "go ahead and use any of my stories, you don't even need to use my name..." (We would never do such a thing!). Bill Talbitzer died in 1994 after a short period of illness. He will be greatly missed by those interested in the history of Butte County.
(Major McLaughlin's Wonderful Wall, 3:24; Vengeance in Cherokee, 4:20)


Ron Tamburello: Ron is a freelance writer and photographer based in the Northern California southwest Oregon area.

With an eye to the obscure and unusual, he has traveled widely in the western states, always in search of the curious details of our past that make western history the interesting and enduring topic that it is.

His work has appeared in Adventure West, Backpacker, Motorcycle Tour & Travel, and Oregon Coast Magazine, among other national and regional publications. Contact through California Territorial.
(Dogtown U.S.A., Mono County, 16:14; Dogtown U.S.A., Shasta County, 17:17; Dogtown U.S.A., Butte County, 18:16)


Eleanor Lee Templeman: Eleanor Lee Reading Templeman was the granddaughter of pioneer Pierson B. Reading, and daughter of Robert L. Reading. She grew up in Redding and her father was a civil engineer and County Surveyor.

In 1928 she moved to Virginia with her mother and built a house in Arlington where she lived from 1935 until her death in 1990. She was a commercial artist, photographer and writer, and worked as a cartographer for the U. S. Geologic Survey.

Eleanor was mindful of her western heritage and was generous in providing the Shasta Historical Society with documents, artifacts and memorabilia for the Reading Collection maintained by the Society. Write % Shasta Historical Society, P.O. Box 990227, Reading, California 96099-0277 Phone: (530) 225-4155.
(Peace & Friendship, Pierson B. Reading, Tom Hill & The California Battalion 13:18)


L.E. " Ed" Thomas: Ed was educated in public schools in Oroville, Butte County and Portola, Plumas County, California. He worked on ranches in Sierra Valley and a box factory the California Fruit Exchange at Graeagle, California, during his high school summer vacations.

On May 16,1937 he was employed by the Western Pacific Railroad as a railroad brakeman. During his career as brakeman, conductor and trainmaster, his duties required working on all the main lines, from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, fourth subdivision (NCE) and all the branch lines.

Ed passed away in 1997. He retired September 30,1979 and lived at Oroville, California. His interest was history and he had published articles in the Diggin's, the Oroville Mercury and other publications. Ed served as the president of the Butte County Historical Society and was an active member of the Board of Directors. Write to his wife Erva: 539 Silverleaf Drive, Oroville, California 95966 Phone: (530) 589-2499.
(The California Northern Railroad, 9:8)


Madge Walsh: Madge and her husband, Bert, came to Redding, Shasta County, in the 1960s from the San Francisco Bay area. Putting down new roots, they joined the Shasta Historical Society to learn more about the place. Both have served on the Board of Directors and as officers of the Society.

A job change took thern to Oregon for 10 years, but they returned to Redding in 1986 and resumed activities with the Society. Madge writes and does historical research, primarily for the Society and edited the Society's publications. These include the annual Covered Wagon, and past publications such as the logging history of Shasta County and a book of historic photos. Pierson B. Reading's diary of his 1843 overland journey to California, and a revised edition of Peterson's history of Shasta County. She worked on a paper on Reading's Rancho Buena Ventura, which she eventually turned into a book, The Journal of Pierson Barton Reading Overland to California, 1843.

Madge has a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Califomia at Berkeley. Write Madge Walsh, 1397 Edgewood Drive, Redding, CA 96003-9294.
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(Gold At Reading's Bar On Clear Creek, Shasta County, 17:8; New Light on the Life of Pierson Barton Reading 58:4)

Marc Wanamaker: Marc was a kid actor and appeared as a stunt kid at Corriganville in the 1950s and worked on Walt Disney TV shows such as Spin and Marty. Later he was in the marching bands in the movie Music man and in Hello Dolly and was an extra on TV shows such as the Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Mr. Novak and other shows.

Marc formed the Bison Archives in 1971, a research and informational archive on the history of the motion picture industry specializing on the history of the motion picture studios in the United States. He worked on more than thirty feature films from 1972 to present, being a consultant on the "look" of Hollywood, Los Angeles and the film industry in general. As an example, he worked as a technical advisor on Richard Attenborough's film Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and was responsible for creating all the eras of the film industry where Chaplin appeared. Marc is a professional consultant on motion picture projects in many levels of involvement.

Marc is an associate with the Los Angeles County Museum, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the California State Library at Sacramento, and is a history consultant with many historical societies in California specializing in Hollywood and Los Angeles history.

He has written, collaborated on, supplied historical information and photographs for many books and magazine articles as well as working on documentary films for over thirty years.
(Vasquez Rocks: The Southland's Most Famous "Rock Star" 53:30)


Ron West: Ron first moved to Paradise in 1959. He graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in history. Besides history, he also enjoys travel and photography.

Ron recently closed his bookstore in Paradise and moved to Springdale, Arkansas where he drives for a major trucking firm. Contact through California Territorial.
(Juanita, Tragedy at Downieville, 6:8; Popular Justice: Vigilantism in Butte County, 8:8; Hazards of Stage & Express, 9:40; Hostile Indian Relations in Butte County, 11:28; Tom Bell, Road Agent, 15:16)

Trumbill White: Author of the 1906 book, Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, Scenes of Death and Destruction.
(Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, Scenes of Death and Destruction 65:4)


Eleanor del Conte Wilson: Eleanor has become rather prolific in her activities and interests that she shares with her husband, Bob.

In addition to her writing skills, she also has given historical presentations dressed in period costumes as some colorful character from the past. Two of her best-known characters are Nancy Kelsey and Patty Reed's doll. She has presented these programs to the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) national convention, Butte County Historical Society and Nevada County Historical Societiey, as well as many social and philanthropic organizations.

Eleanor's travel and historical essays appear internationally. Contact through California Territorial.
(Can You Name This Local Pioneer?, 6:12; Pioneer Dr. John Barnett Smith, His Adventures & Misadventures, 7:30; The House That Dimes & Quarters Built, 11:10; A New World of an Ancient People, 12:8; Schliemann Slept Here, 14:6; Gold Rush Silver Legacy Comes Home, 15:12)

Luzena Stanley Wilson: Luzena traveled overland to Sacramento, California in 1849 where she and her husband bought an interest in a boarding house on what is now known as K Street. After losing everything they had in the January 1850 flood, they tried their luck in Nevada City before finally settling down in the Vacaville area.

Historian Fern Henry presents some of Luzena's memories from her book and compliments them with other contemporary accounts and historical background.
(My Checkered Life 57:30)

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