The Infamous Squatter Riots

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Vandalism and petty acts of violence had been escalating in Sacramento for months before finally erupting in bloodshed on August 14, 1850, at the corner of 4th and J Streets. The hotly contented issue was property rights, and emotions on both sides were Continue reading The Infamous Squatter Riots

Pioneer Governors: James Budd, 1895 – 1899

James Budd

In 1858, when James was only seven years old, the Budd family moved to California from Wisconsin, finally settling in Stockton three years later. Young James graduated with the first four-year class from the Continue reading Pioneer Governors: James Budd, 1895 – 1899

Pioneer Governors: Robert Waterman 1887-1891

Robert Waterman

Future California governor Robert Whitney Waterman was one of the lucky gold miners in 1850, netting $500 a day near the Feather and Yuba Rivers. Returning to his home in Illinois the following year, he became a Continue reading Pioneer Governors: Robert Waterman 1887-1891

Pioneer Governors: Washington Bartlett 1887

Washington BartlettThe Gold Rush lured Washington Bartlett to California in 1849, but when he sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, he brought along a printing press from his home town of Savannah, Georgia. Bartlett, born February 29, 1824, Continue reading Pioneer Governors: Washington Bartlett 1887