Pioneer Governors: William Irwin, 1875-1880

William Irwin 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

Creating the California Missions: Father Junipero Serra

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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