Prohibition in San Joaquin County

Still for making illegal liquor, San Joaquin County, ca. 1920.

I need your help. Last week, an avid genealogist phoned me to discuss research on her ancestors, one of whom owned a detective agency in Stockton. That bit of information captured my attention. Then she told me that he worked as a detective during Prohibition, and . . . → Read More: Prohibition in San Joaquin County

The Living New Deal

Migrant family from Missouri on U.S. Highway 99 near Tracy, Calif., 1937. (Dorothea Lange, U.S. Farm Security Administration)

Remember the migrant labor camp in Thornton, California? Gail Erwin posted an entry about it last week on the Museum's blog. That camp is only one of many reminders that the U.S. government sponsored an array of projects—only . . . → Read More: The Living New Deal

Weedpatch in San Joaquin County

Remember "Weedpatch," the government camp that provided refuge to the Joad family in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath? Did you know that the remains of one of those government camps still exist in San Joaquin County?

Migrant farm worker building, Thornton, Calif.

The 1930s will always be remembered as a time of economic difficulties . . . → Read More: Weedpatch in San Joaquin County

The Agricultural Hall of Fame

What do the following five people have in common? Charlotte Wheeler Clowes, John Kroyer, William G. Micke, George Shima, and Tillie Lewis. You get twenty-five points if you answered, "They all lived in San Joaquin County." Fifty if you know that they were somehow involved with agriculture. A perfect score of one hundred goes to readers . . . → Read More: The Agricultural Hall of Fame