Indian Tribe

This Guest Blog - "Indian Tribe" - was submitted by Jack Withington. Readers are invited to submit comments and/or their blogs. E-mail them to: whammer@petalumanet.org  Be sure to include your name and e-mail address. *    *    * The road to understanding the complexities of what is called the "Indian Tribe"  [...]

By | February 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Calling All Ham Radio Operators – 2015

Several years ago, volunteer neighborhood emergency response teams in Petaluma promoted the use of amateur radio operators (Hams) as communicators when most normal communication tools might be inoperable due to a major disaster and the loss of power. One of my earlier blogs, "Calling All Hams," was posted on January [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Petaluma Street Names

My previous blog (12-26-2014) honored Bill Kortum who died on December 20, and whose memorial will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sonoma Mountain Village on Petaluma Hill Road. There was a Letter to the Editor in last Sunday's Press Democrat (12-28-2014) suggesting that [...]

By | January 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Bill Kortum

Over the past several days, both the Argus-Courier and the Press Democrat have published articles, an editorial, and the obituary for Bill Kortum (1927-2014). The headline for the PD read, "County's environmental champion dies at 87." Over the past six decades, Bill was instrumental in the fight against the nuclear [...]

By | December 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – John W. Cavanagh, Jr.

The Hoppy Hopkins Research Library on the second floor of the Petaluma Historical Museum (4th & B Streets) has many oral history tapes, as well as biographical files related to Petaluma's early settlers, founders, and civic leaders. Many citizens of today do not know their names; consequently, we post a [...]

By | December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Petaluma’s First Electric Trolley & Railroad

Did you see the article of historical significance in the Press Democrat (Nov. 30, Section D, 1-2) by Lori Carter, in which she writes about the love by Lauten Williams and Christopher Stevick for trolleys and railroads?? It was titled, "Pair pursue Petaluma trolley dream," and traces their tireless effort [...]

By | December 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Petaluma Bridge Builders

  Most of my twilight moments occur between 3 & 5 a.m. After a night of not being able to fall asleep until well after midnight and not waking up until 7 a.m., my thoughts focused on the "tools" that many Petalumans have used over the years to help build [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Petaluma’s Early Libraries

Although Sonoma County citizens narrowly rejected the recent quarter-cent Library Improvement Tax; Measure M fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. There were 62.2% of the of the voters who supported our libraries, 67,973 "Yes" votes to 40,034 "No" votes. If one goes back in the history of [...]

By | November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Rev. Lorenzo Waugh

Many Petalumans know about the Waugh Elementary School District located at 1851 Hartman Lane. The district now consists of two sites; Corona Creek Elementary School and Meadow Elementary School. But ... how many readers know about the original Waugh Elementary School site (1922) at the intersection of Corona and Old [...]

By | November 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Lest We Forget – Helen Putnam

Since today is election day and Petaluma will be electing city representatives, my thoughts went back to a former mayor of Our River Town.   Most of the LWF Petalumans that we have blogged about have died long before most Petalumans of today were born. Helen Putnam, however, is one [...]

By | November 4th, 2014|0 Comments