The Valley's Legends & Legacies, Volume 1

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Quill Driver Books, 1996 - History - 327 pages
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A community without knowledge of its history is like a man without knowledge of his soul. Catherine Morison Rehart’s captivating vignettes extend to all of us an invitation to learn something of California’s Central Valley history. It is here in Rehart’s near near-magical journey through time that we are privileged to view the sacrifices and successes, the toils and triumphs of those who preceded us, each contributing his or her measure to the legacy of this extraordinary place.
In Legends & Legacies, a five volume series, Rehart sojourns at the wellspring of local history, chronicling with warmth and affection the intriguing, exciting, humorous, and poignant stories of the vibrant, colorful Valley inhabitants who created the legends and bestowed the legacies on those of us who now roam the same cherished ground.
  

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This book is helpful for anyone interested in local history of Fresno. In it I found reference to Professor Sanders and his trials for the forgery and murder of William Wooten. I was interested in this story because I knew my great-great grandfather had been a key witness for the prosecution. However, I found some details in this story to be a bit inaccurate. But, I also found new information about Sanders. More generally, this book is good for research about buildings and famous people in Fresno. 

Contents

Legacy of a Spanish Lieutenant
2
A jreen bush A New Towns Name
8
Fresnos Most beloved Citizen
14
Dirt Moving Made Easier
20
Incorporation of Fresno
26
A Mill a Ditch
32
The Ice Man Cometh 57
33
Fresnos Horse Car Lines 59
39
Invitation to a Hanging
176
Take Me Out to the ball game
186
An Oil barons Mansion
192
Sisters of the Holy Cross
198
The Tail and Its builder
202
Omar Khayyams
208
An EggsActing Contest
214
Fresnos Chinese Associations
220

The Crusading Editor
46
An Academy for the Foothills
52
The butcher the baker k the Produce Man
54
Telephones Operators a Parrot
58
Timber the Toll House jrade
64
The Fresno Sanitarium
70
A Tuneful Treasure
76
Fresnos Civil War Doctor
77
Fresnos Favorite Native Son
84
The Legend of Murrieta
90
Prohibition Parcels of Land
96
Fresnos Finest Fighter 5
104
A Memorial for general grant
112
Old Fig garden
121
Tower Theaterbehind the Scenes
128
The E wing Home 150
134
Fresnos War Hero
140
Fresno Comes of Age
146
baley
152
Fresnos First businesses
159
From Touchdown to Haltime
164
Prankster Colorful Citizen
170
The Cocktail Napkin Policy
226
Fresnos Electric House
243
The Exfositor
249
A Sacred Right
251
The MungerPorteous Home
252
Hattie May Hammat
255
The ParkersSteamtoat Ride
257
Mr Wishons building
261
The Childrens Librarian
267
Fresnos First Teacher
273
A New Depot for Fresno
281
The belt less Firemen oflQ 236
288
basque Food Fellowship
294
Parks boulevards Cheney
301
A great Humanitarian 11
313
The Undomed Courthouse 165
314
A Penthouse in the Sky 199
316
Autumn in Fresno
318
Street Names
319
The Old Administration building
320
IndeK 529
328
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About the author (1996)

Catherine Morison Rehart has served as first vice-chairwoman for the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Fresno; as a member of the board of directors of the Fresno City and County Historical Society; as chair of the Preservation Committee of the FCCHS; and a president of the La Paloma Guild, the FCCH’s auxiliary. From 1986 to 1994, she held the position of education/information director for the FCCHS.
Her work as a freelance writer includes writing the KMJ Radio scripts for “The Valley’s Legends and Legacies” —from which this book is derived—and other writing projects on local history.

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