Decent ladies and naughty women survived major fires, devastating floods, scandals and cholera… a thoroughly engaging history of chaotic times.
Paperback and Kindle – paperback also available at Sutter’s Fort Trade Store and the Sacramento History Museum.
From Disaster & Triumph:
Jennie Wimmer: The camp laundress who tested James Marshall’s gold nugget—and sparked the California Gold Rush.
Dorothea Wolfinger Zins: With her own hands, she made bricks to build Sacramento’s early homes hotels, and shops.
Mary Zabriskie Johnson: Cultured and charming, Mary was the wife of the first California governor to reside in Sacramento.
Margaret Frink: The Frinks journeyed west in 1850, intent on mining gold. Instead, Margaret was a founding member of Sacramento’s First Baptist Church, and the couple’s dairy provided fresh milk and butter to a burgeoning city.
Lavinia Waterhouse: Dynamic, intelligent, and opinionated, Lavinia was a midwife, water-cure practitioner, poetess, and dedicated leader for Women’s Rights.
Margaret Rhodes Crocker: They called her Lady Bountiful . . . the woman who gifted Sacramento with the finest private art collection in the West.
by Cheryl Anne Stapp.