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Our River Town

Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Earthquakes – Where’s Our Focus?

Two earthquake related events took place this past week. Thursday was the annual Great California ShakeOut Day, and Friday was the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake (1989). The focus of the Great ShakeOut was to help people to “Be Ready & Prepared” for a major  shake, which included how to “Duck, Cover & Hold On.” Friday’s article explained what causes a major 6.8 earthquake and how to protect homes and buildings.. Both news items were important, but for… Read More »

Emergency Preparedness Blog #110

As we approach the annual California Great ShakeOut Day on October 16th, remember to DUCK-COVER-HOLD when an earthquake strikes. Also check out these earlier Emergency Preparedness blogs listed in the August 24, 2014 blog titled, “It’s Not a Question of IF, But WHEN?” They explain WHY it is important to “Be Ready” and to “Be Prepared” for an earthquake, hurricane, or flood. (Just click on the link.) http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/11550/looking-back-to-2005-and-2011 http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/11512/during-an-earthquake/ http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/hurricane-isaac-72-hours-later/ http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/11435/power-outages-repeat-when-disasters-strike http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/11302/community-preparedness-starts-with-you/    

California Great ShakeOut Day -2014

Earlier today, I e-mailed local amateur radio operators information about the upcoming Annual California Great ShakeOut Day on October 16th. Its overall purpose is to help citizens to Be Ready and Be Prepared to cope with a major disaster such as a flood, wildfire, or earthquake. Nine years ago, an initiative called NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) brought together a local neighborhood to help them to be on their own and to self-activate in the event of a major disaster… Read More »

Lest We Forget – Samuel Cassiday

To date, most of our blogs that feature an early Petaluman have been personalities well known by Petalumans of today, as well as the past. One name, however, that most Petalumans of today may not know is a former editor of the Argus, teacher, lawyer, farmer, and historian – Samuel Cassiday. Information about his past was discovered in the history files of the Historical Museum & Library. The lead sentence states that, “Petaluma owes a debt to Argus Editor Sam… Read More »

Gold Rush (1848) to an Incorporated City (1858)

Since an earlier blog focused on what constitutes an event of “historical significance,” my thoughts turned to a state event of great significance that helped create several smaller events of historic significance in the history of “Our River Town.” Although the California Gold Rush interrupted the growth of Sonoma County for a year or two, it did attract large numbers of potential settler to the state. From 1848 on, animal trappers and hunters came to our valley for ducks, geese, elk, deer,… Read More »

Petaluma’s Historic Water Street Trestle

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to support the Petaluma Trolley & Living History Museum in its effort to preserve and rehabilitate the Petaluma downtown trestle, which runs along side of Petaluma River from the Yacht Club to the Balshaw Bridge. Since I have been blogging about places and events in Our River Town that are of historical significance, I thought I should act in a way that matches my mouth. This local railroad trestle certainly qualifies as a structure… Read More »

What Is Historical Significance?

Last month (July 8th), I posted a blog titled, “Our River Town’s Historical Significance,” which added a new theme to my Petaluma360 blog site. Some readers might ask, “How do we define historical significance?” One web site “Facing the Past-Shaping the Future” addresses that concern: “Historical significance is the process used to evaluate what was significant about selected events, people, and developments in the past. Historians use different sets of criteria to help them make judgments about significance. Significance has… Read More »

Organizations – Clubs – Lodges

Early Petalumans were fortunate to have many community groups created over the years to meet their personal  needs and interests. Section “K” of the 1855-1955 Centennial Edition of the Petaluma Argus-Courier identifies and describes briefly various non-commercial groups serving the needs of local residents in many different ways. Many of them are no longer active today.  (Date established in Petaluma) Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 30  (1854) Masonic Order, Petaluma Lodge No. 180  (1855) Royal Arch Masons, Chapter No. 22  (1858)… Read More »

Petaluma’s Future – Did It Turn Out This Way?

Petaluma’s Future – Did It Turn Out This Way?   Seventy-three years ago (1941), in the 85th Anniversary & Program Edition of the Petaluma Argus-Courier, an article titled: “The Future of Petaluma” contained the following information: * The Poultry Industry Is Here to Stay Because … Our climate is especially adopted to it Our soil is of the right type Our proximity to markets is a great factor Our poultry men know the game from experience, and their sons and… Read More »

It’s Not a Question of IF, But WHEN?

Today’s 6.1 earthquake answers the question; will another major earthquake strike Northern California and the Bay Area? This blog site created a special category – Emergency Preparedness” – eight years ago in 2006, that includes over 100 posts. They are still available to read, today. Just go to the index on the right. Click on “Emergency Preparedness” and scroll down to the date of these earlier blogs. 4-18-06   Then & Now #8 – It will happen again@ But when? 10-18-06  … Read More »