This week marks the 102-year anniversary of California women winning the right to vote. Woman Suffrage, as the cause was termed, had strong opposition, and a similar measure had been defeated in 1896 by well-populated San Continue reading California Women Win the Vote
Johnson’s Ranch is mentioned in many pioneer diaries. Situated in present-day Wheatland, the ranch was the first outpost of civilization the overland immigrants encountered after they descended the Sierra Nevada Mountains through Continue reading Johnson’s Ranch
The inscription on the Maiden’s Grave marker reads: “Broken dreams and hope, carried 2,000 miles through scorching deserts and over loft mountains. At last…the sight of the promise land. Those of you who visit this grave carry a torch of love and Continue reading Who is Buried in Maiden’s Grave?
Elizabeth Thorne Scott was an educated black woman who emigrated from New Bedford, Massachusetts, with her husband Joseph Scott and young son Oliver during the California gold rush. The date of their arrival in the gold fields near Continue reading Pioneer Women: Elizabeth Scott Flood
Only twenty-five and a nun for a mere six years, Sister Mary Baptist Russell was chosen as Superior when a group of eight Sisters of Mercy from the Kinsale Convent in Ireland accepted a plea from the newly created Catholic Diocese of San Continue reading Pioneer Women: Mother Mary Baptist Russell