• History

    Lester Rowntree, a hardy Californian

    by  • May 1, 2011 • Garden, History, Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    After her car could go no higher, Lester Rowntree would be accompanied by burro or mule.

    Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame–few outside native plant circles know who they are.  People like Lester Rowntree, a plant explorer extraordinaire, who traveled the length and breadth of California to find and record the locations and characteristics of California native plants simply lived for this ‘doing.’ When’s the last time you...

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    Franklane L. Sewell, artist to the chicken stars!

    by  • April 4, 2011 • History

    Today, since the backyard hen house is the new dog house, I have a short biography to share for any of my chicken loving friends. Documenting chicken breeds and,….family history! Franklane Sewell (1866 -1945) lived in Buchanan, Michigan for many years in a house on Walton Road, a house with a north facing skylight. There was...

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    How Peckinpah Mountain got its name

    by  • March 15, 2011 • History, Sierra Foothills

    After establishing our home on  Malum Ridge, looking out onto Peckinpah Mountain, I heard from neighbors about the  logging history in our town of North Fork, CA.  I became curious about the Peckinpah name and being a bit of a history buff, I decided to dig a bit further. This is what I found. Peckinpah Mountain rises...

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