Sonora’s First Hanging a Group Effort

On Thursday, June 26, 1851, James Hill, a desperate fellow, altogether too lazy to aspire to the dishonor of a full fledged desperado, entered the store of B. A. Mardis in Campo Seco armed with a revolver in one hand and a Bowie knife in the other. Mardis was in his bunk at the time…

Sonora’s 4th of July

Wouldn’t you love to turn back the pages of time to the Fourth of July in the dear old Sonora of yesterday? Do you remember how we all talked and planned for months for the coming Fourth? Why, it was the big, outstanding celebration of the year. Everybody – men, women and children from every…

In A Sweet Country Town

So you ask for the Christmas of our childhood days? My, it seems only yesterday that we were romping, happy, carefree youngsters, eagerly waiting for Christmas Day to come; we roamed the nearby hills, gathering holly berries and mistletoe to help decorate the house; and it was sweet and homey. Today everything is made to…

The Circus Comes to Town

The other day while driving through one of the valley towns I noticed big circus posters here and there – bright and gaudy ones – and it seemed to me I had not seen any like them for years… Every fence and barn and shed around the town and country for miles was plastered with…

Bradford Avenue

S. S. Bradford was probably the most prosperous and influential citizen of Sonora during his time. He came to Tuolumne County from his native state of Maine where he had been engaged in the lumber business. Mr. Bradford’s experience and background as a logger and sawmill operator, plus some capital, enabled him to establish a…

Benches

Have you ever noticed how lovely our park is just now? Such green grass and sturdy shrubs, and the sycamores with fluttering leaves and restful shade! I truly think the cold and snow of winter did something for the park. And the benches seem very popular resting places for men about town – many how…

Aviation Comes to Sonora

Aviation first came to Sonora with the hot air balloon. About this time every Spring the balloon ascension of the traveling carnival was advertised for miles around and the people flocked from far and near to witness the big event. The towering bag of the filling balloon was about the biggest man-made structure we had…

Sonora Chinatown

And this is our old Chinatown of yesterday – a block of dingy wooden buildings grown brown with the years, and a few bricks that housed the better class – the front covered with strips of red paper, while near the doorways lighted punk smoked to “scare the devil away”; a laundry filled with jabbering…
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