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Our River Town

Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Another Twilight Moment – My Fellow Bloggers

It’s 4:00 a.m. – another twilight moment. is about to occur. It isn’t about “Our River Town;” it’s about “my fellow bloggers” on Petaluma360. For some unknown reason I envisioned we were all in the same room, listening to one another as we shared our individual thoughts about why we post blogs about the various topics or themes that we create.   It isn’t the money; because as far as I know, we’re not being paid to post our thoughts.… Read More »

Lest We Forget – Lyman Byce

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Although his name is well known in “Our River Town,” how much do current Petalumans really know about Lyman Byce? Most readers will respond, “he built the first incubator.” However, are there other tidbits of information we should be aware of? An article in the Argus-Courier’s Centennial Edition (Section 4G), reports the following: “Byce was the son of a Canadian poultryman and had experimented with various forms of incubators, as well as many other devices and inventions, before arriving here.”… Read More »

More Historical Significance Thoughts

Last week (7-8-2014), the first blog that focused on the use of the term “historical significance” was posted. Since then, I have also conducted an Internet search for “historical significance,” and guess what – I found a link to “Richmond, VA.: A City of Historical Significance.” This, in turn, led me to think about  a new series of blogs related to “Our River Town” and past people, places, and events that were important in the history of Petaluma (translation –… Read More »

Our River Town’s Historical Significance

Another personal twilight moment: one that I hope will be one of  “historical significance.” Coincidently, it occurred the day after another event of “historical significance” in the history of our nation – the United Sates of America. Why have I repeated the use of the phrase “historical significance” four times, so far, in today’s blog? Regular readers know that my recent theme for this blog site titled, “Our River Town” has focused on the historical treasure chest that our local… Read More »

Happy Birthday America

At today’s bell ringing ceremony,on the steps of our Petaluma Historical Museum, guest blogger Jack  Withington gave me this message posted on Facebook by Sgt Major (Retired) Al McClymonds, a 1959 graduate of Petaluma High School. Please consider it as “food for thought” on this significant historical day in our country’s history. “Tomorrow, July 4th, I will be celebrating my birthday. Not as a German-American, French-American, African-American, Italian-American, Gay or Straight-American or as any other type of hyphenated American. I… Read More »

Our 4th of July Bell Ringing Tradition

In today’s “Dear Abby” column, a letter from a former White House aide stated that, “At 2 p.m., July Fourth, I would love nothing better than for all Americans to stop briefly and give our country a ring. On July 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of the bells nationwide with the words, Let’s ring freedom bells! Since then, many Americans have forgotten to keep the tradition going. Let’s start it again!”   Petaluma supports this tradition; however, it… Read More »

Petaluma’s Other History Treasure Chest

My last blog (June 21st) featured the availability of the Argus-Courier’s 85th Anniversary Progress Edition in the Hoppy Hopkins Research Room of the Petaluma Historical Museum (4th & B Streets). My thanks to Nancy Wilson, a docent from the Petaluma Library (100 Fairground Drive), who sent me the following e-mail: “There is no need to wait till a Thursday to read this or any of the other special editions of the Argus. The History Room at the Petaluma Library has… Read More »

Argus-Courier’s 85th Anniversary Progress Edition

Although we have featured two other Petaluma Centennial edition, here are the headlines for the 85th Edition of the Argus-Courier, dated May 9, 1941. In order to read the articles that go with these headlines, visit the Hoppy Hopkins Research Library at the Petaluma Historical Museum on Thursdays, when volunteers are available to help you find the bound copies. Section A -                                                                                                                                                                                                       Eighty-Five Years of Journalism in Petaluma Area First Petaluma Settler Chamber of Commerce Celebrating 35th Anniversary Frank H.… Read More »

Our Community’s History Treasure Chest – Part II

Today’s blog presents Part II of the various newspaper headlines found in the “City of Petaluma Centennial Edition, 1858-1958,” dated August 24, 1958.  (Part I was posted 6/16/14).   Section A Mayor Says: Petaluma Has Tools for Progress Services from City Get Better and Better Many People Contribute to City’s Government Old City Hall Cost More Than $16,000.   Section B Sweeping Changes Coming in Local Dairy Industry Long Established Holm Firm Looking to Future Kerrigan Was Man Who Dubbed… Read More »

Our Community’s History Treasure Chest – Part I

Once, again, the Hoppy Hopkins Research Library on the second floor of our local “Treasure Chest” – the Petaluma Historical Museum is the primary resource of another “golden nugget” about our favorite river town’s past. Most of today’s information was discovered in the bound volumes of local Centennial Editions. Part I will cover the “Argus-Courier’s Centennial Celebration” edition dated August 18, 1955, and Part II will be based on the  “City of Petaluma Centennial Edition, 1858-1958″ dated August 24, 1958… Read More »