Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grandma, What’s a Speakeasy? Part 1

Things that grandchildren of docents from the San Joaquin County Historical Museum—and other youngsters—will not do, recognize, or understand. dialing a phone a busy signal a collect call phone operators steam engines train whistles train yards the milkman Lillian Gish, … Continue reading

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George Shima, “Potato King”

In an earlier blog, I addressed San Joaquin County's lesser-known Chinese-American "potato king," Chin Lung (January 25, 2012). Here's the story of the County's nationally known "potato king," Japanese-American George Shima. Japanese immigrant Ushijima Seikichi, later known as George Shima, … Continue reading

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The Rise of Mariano G. Vallejo

Most Northern Californians probably know about a community in the San Francisco Bay Area named Vallejo. They may also be aware that its name honors General Mariano G. Vallejo, an early California landowner in the Sonoma area. What many people … Continue reading

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The Stockton Historic Maritime Museum

It's hard to forget that Stockton is a seaport city, especially when towering oceangoing vessels regularly enter the port to load up with agricultural goods. But how many people currently remember the city's past as a major West Coast shipbuilding … Continue reading

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