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History of Yolo County

With Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been
Identified With Its Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present

History by Tom Gregory and Other Well Known Writers
Illustrated, Complete in One Volume
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, [1913]

 


CONTENTS 

CHAPTER I

BETWEEN THE RIVER AND THE RANGE 5 

First View of Yolo—Early Dweller in Tule Town—Red Headed Grand Island Bucks—The Spanish Come Up the Rio—Names Appear. 
CHAPTER II

THROUGH A SLUMBER PERIOD 9 

Before the Gringos Came—A History-Making Smith—Alexander McLeod, Not McCloud—Cached Their Pelts by the Creek—Chief Solano. 
CHAPTER III

A MILD LAND—A MILD INDIAN 11 

When Lo Was the Adobe Architect and Builder—Tribes of the Sonoma District Before the Plague—California Red People That Passed and Left No Memory. 
CHAPTER IV

THE FAIR AMAZON CALIFA 14 

Spain in Her Mad Dance of Death—A Golden Story—They Tell the Rosary of the Missions—Carlos and His Mighty Dominions—Playing at State in Manana Land. 
CHAPTER V

SPAIN MOTHERED HER SIMPLE PEOPLE 18 

The Don and His Childish Pensioners—No Horde of Officials—No Ponderous Judiciary—Mild Priestly Regulations—All the World Loves the Spanish Girl. 
CHAPTER VI

ALTA CALIFORNIA DRIFTS TO UNCLE SAMUEL 22 

Boys Early Taught to Ride—Dandy Centaurs of the Rancho Ranges—Mother Mexico and Her Disobedient and Disrespectful Daughter—The Yankees Wrangle Over the "Admission." 
CHAPTER VII

FROM SAN DIEGO TO THE YOLO PLAIN 25 

The Great Valley in the Roaring Forties—Uncle Billy Gordon Reaches Cache Creek—They All Live in Clover—The Landing of William Knight- Hair Trigger Touchiness—In the Tulares—Tinker's Great Fight. 
CHAPTER VIII

STAKING OUT THE TULE CITIES 30 

The Lost Knight Rancho—The Berryesses' Fleeting Acres—Kelsey Hodoo That Followed That Wandering Family—Pioneer Wheat Patch—Washington. 
CHAPTER IX

RECRUITING THE BEAR FLAG PARTY 33 

The Rearing of the California Republic—Fremont, the Pathfinder—Vallejo—El Oso Waves Over Sonoma—Then the Stars and Stripes Went Aloft for All Time.
CHAPTER X

JONAS SPECT AND HIS RIVER METROPOLIS 36 

All Roads Went to Fremont City at the "Forks"—Everybody Had Plenty of "Sand"—On the Highway to the Mines and Wealth—Constitutional Government. 
CHAPTER XI

MAPPING OUT THE TULE COUNTY 39 

The Humor of the Colusa "Scratchers"—The County Seat Was Fremont at the Forks—Early Election Campaigns—The County Grows Apace—On the Pioneer Tax Rolls.
CHAPTER XII

SETTLING ALONG THE BIG SACRAMENTO 43 

Murphy in the Toils of a Fierce Law—Rounding Up the Cattle Thieves—In the Livestock Days—The Padres Farmed a Little—Wool Shirts Made the Red Convert More Lousy and Mucho Itchy. 
CHAPTER XIII

WHEN THE MUSTANG GALLOPED OUT OF THE TWILIGHT 47 

Here's to You, Tough Bronco!—The Dairy Queen From Over the Seas- Useful Though Homely Hybrid Mule—The Yolo Horse Industry—Beef and Butter Business—Floods Wash Out the River Ranches.
CHAPTER XIV

PASSING OF THE CITY OF THE TWO RIVERS 50 

Leaves from Early County Records—A County Seat That Flew by Night —-Woodland Is Born Under Her Grand Trees—They First Called the Town "Yolo City"—She Gets the Fleeting County Seat and the Newspapers Came Also. 
CHAPTER XV

PLANTING THE YOLO VALLEY SETTLEMENTS 54 

In the Rich Vale of the Capay—What the Railroads Did—Theodore Winters Builded Well—The Town "Dry" and Prosperous—Dunnigan and His Town—Black's Station—Along the River Front—When Knights Landing Was Baltimore. 
CHAPTER XVI

JEROME DAVIS AND DAVISVILLE 60 

Farmers Made Scientifically—The Rich Alluvium from the Hills—Reservations of Fertility in the Sinks of Cache and Putah Creeks—The Warm Grape Loam—Alfalfa the Busiest Plant on Earth—The Sugary Beets and Grapes of Yolo—A Few Fruit Figures. 
CHAPTER XVII

YOLO COUNTY'S SPLENDID PROMISE 64 

Some Large Ranches—The Valley of the Sacramento a Water Basin—How the Flood Came Down in "Fifty"—A Furious Tidal Wave—Winter of Fifty-Two and Three—Sacramento City and the Deluge of Sixty-Two—Over the Yolo Plains—The Tribute of the River—Reclamation and Irrigation—Dream of the Yolo Rancher. 
CHAPTER XVIII

COMMERCIAL HISTORY OF YOLO COUNTY 73 
Began With 1869—Incorporation of Bank of Woodland—Beginning of First Railroad—Wheat-Raising and Stock-Raising—Pioneers of Yolo County—Need of a Local Bank—Bank of Woodland Organized—Business Progresses—Present-Day Conditions. 
CHAPTER XIX

FREMONT 81 

Earliest Settlement in the County—Jonas Spect and His Speculation—Population of Town Increases—First School—Fremont Made the County Seat—Its Short Life.
CHAPTER XX

WASHINGTON 87 

Washington Profits by the Dissolution of Fremont—The First Settler and Those Who Followed—Population Continues to Grow—Progress Along All Lines—Floods Bring Disaster—Political Events—County Seat Removed to Woodland—Reclamation Undertakings.
CHAPTER XXI

WOODLAND 94 

Its Splendid Location—Henry Wyckoff, Its Founder—Settlers Who Followed and What They Accomplished—Naming the Town—The Only Survivor of the Early Pioneers. 
CHAPTER XXII

WOODLAND BECOMES THE COUNTY SEAT 98 

Has Been the Seat of Government Since 1862—An Era of Prosperity— First Plat of Town Recorded—Cornerstone of Courthouse Laid—First Newspaper. 
CHAPTER XXIII

OTHER EARLY ENTERPRISES 102 

Newspaper of Early Days—Fire Department—Fraternal Bodies—National Guard. 
CHAPTER XXIV

A PERIOD OF DEPRESSION 108 

Woodland Feels the Stress of Hard Times—Woodland's First Street Car —Coming of the Telephone and Electricity—The Woodland Creamery— Municipal Building Erected. 
CHAPTER XXV

A PERIOD OF DISASTER 111 

Woodland Chamber of Commerce—Severe Snowstorm of 1890—The First Fair—Bonding of Town—Site Selected for City Hall—Disastrous Fire of 1891—Woodland Fair Association—Earthquake and Fire of 1892—Depression of the Three Years Following—Famous Worden Case—Wine Industry—Woodland Athletic Club—Yolo Consolidated Water Company. 
CHAPTER XXVI

PERIOD OF MARKED ACTIVITY 117 

The Year 1902 Sees Further Progress in Irrigation Facilities—Improvement in Postal Service—Carnegie Library Erected—Other Notable Improvements—Disastrous Fire of 1905—Notable Improvements of Later Years. 
CHAPTER XXVII

OFFICERS OF CITY OF WOODLAND, AND OF COUNTY AND STATE 122 

Board of Trustees—State and County Officers for Years 1849-1911. 
CHAPTER XXVIII

SCHOOLS OF YOLO COUNTY 132 

The Pioneer Teacher of the County—First School of the County—Interesting Account of Early School Days—List of Districts and Teachers—High Schools—Hesperian College—Yolo County High School Districts—University Farm. 
CHAPTER XXIX

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN YOLO COUNTY 146 

Pioneer Catholic Family of the County—First Resident Priest and Those Who Followed—First Services in Davisville, Winters, Madison, Blacks, Guinda, Broderick—Holy Rosary Academy. 
CHAPTER XXX

TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT IN YOLO COUNTY 155 

Institution of Sons of Temperance—Independent Order of Good Templars —Vote Upon Question of License or No-License—Organization of W. C. T. U.—Midnight Closing Ordinance—Closing of Saloons in Woodland.
CHAPTER XXXI 

WOODLAND LIBRARY AND WOMEN'S CLUBS 161 

Library Opened in 1874—Those Who Have Labored to Make the Undertaking a Success—Carnegie Donation Received in 1904—Yolo County Library Improvement Club—Five Club—Woodland Study Club—Woodland Current Topics Club—Mutual Club—Fortnightly Club.

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