The Moving Gravestone

My brother died in 2000. He was 51 years old. We had been estranged for over 20 years. We had lived much different lives. When he died (killed) some of his acquaintances had his ashes scattered in the hills of Hopland. After several years I felt that there should be some permanent indication of his […]

Before Grapes Went Upscale

This is an addendum to the recently published history of Allied Grape Growers, 1951-2011 celebrating the 60-year history of the grape growing cooperative. My family grew grapes in Hopland, Mendocino County, and delivered the grapes to Italian Swiss Colony for many years up to and including 1952. In 1944 National Distillers purchased Italian Swiss Colony. […]

Big & Little Beggar Lake

Until a short time ago I, like many, had never heard of Sites or even what or where Sites was. A little research indicates that Sites is in Colusa County, California and was established in 1887 and was named for John Sites. A post office was established the same year and the zipcode is 95979. […]

The Windmill

In the 1940s I remember my grandfather digging a well at our pear ranch. It was not very deep and he lined with wooden boards. He purchased the parts to a windmill and when it was assembled he tilted it up right over the well on a wooden platform. World War II was going on […]