Martin Murphy Junior was 37 when he and his father helped lead the first company to take wagons over the Sierra Nevada in 1844. Born in Ireland in 1807, Martin had first emigrated to Canada with his family in the 1820s, and then followed his Continue reading Pioneer Martin Murphy Jr.
As President pro Tempore of the State Senate, William Irwin assumed the role of acting lieutenant governor when Romualdo Pacheco stepped into the governor’s chair after Newton Booth’s resignation in February 1875. Irwin had first Continue reading Pioneer Governors: William Irwin, 1875-1880
The priest who is credited with creating California’s missions was born Miguel Jose Serra, on the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain. Entering the Franciscan Order at sixteen when he took the baptismal name of Junipero, he was soon Continue reading Creating the California Missions: Father Junipero Serra