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Santa Cruz County History - Making a Living
- Berry Growing Business in 1896
"The cultivation of strawberries, which has become such a large and extensive business here, had ..."
- Dairying in Santa Cruz, by Isabel H. Raymond
"Among the astonishingly varied resources of the tract of country known as Santa Cruz County,-a ..."
- The Hall that Apples Built, by Ross Eric Gibson
"At 2 1/2 million boxes of apples in 1909, the Pajaro Valley was producing and ..."
- History of Poultry Raising Industry in Santa Cruz
"Large oaks from little acorns grow, a true and an oft repeated saying, applies in ..."
- A History of Wine Making in the Santa Cruz Mountains, by Ross Eric Gibson
"Santa Cruz was the birthplace of California's temperance movement. But beyond the whiskey-induced revelries of ..."
- Planting Potatoes, by Eliza W. Farnham
"The great labor of seed-time, in which Geordie and I had yet to bear our ..."
- Shippers and Shipments of Apples [in 1894-95]
"As the Pajaro Valley Fruit Exchange is, like a single American coin, but "one of ..."
- The Western Beet Sugar Company
"The making of beet sugar is preeminently the industry of Watsonville. Some years ago Claus ..."
- Overview, by Susan Lehmann
"Years before the gold rush of 1849 brought about the transformation of California, several American ..."
- Industrial Development: Lumber, Lime and cement, Fishing, by Susan Lehmann
"The enormous stands of virgin timber found in what would become Santa Cruz County attracted ..."
- Industrial Development: Tanneries, by Susan Lehmann
"The Santa Cruz County tanning industry had its start [in] 1843 when Paul Sweet built ..."
- Resort and Recreation Development: Waterfront, beach, and boardwalk, by Susan Lehmann
"The late 1800s brought a major change in the economic base of Santa Cruz County. ..."
- Resort and Recreation Development: Surfing, other recreational sites, by Susan Lehmann
"Although the Boardwalk was the primary commercial endeavor to capitalize on tourism at the beach, ..."
- Commercial Development: Downtown business; Residential development, by Susan Lehmann
"As discussed in an earlier section, the Santa Cruz Mission and its satellite properties (including ..."
- Commercial Development: Chinatown, by Susan Lehmann
"Chinatown -- Although no traces remain, there is curiosity among many Santa Cruz residents about ..."
- Transportation: Roads; Wharves and piers, by Susan Lehmann
"The wealth of natural resources in Santa Cruz County was obvious to the first pioneers ..."
- Transportation: Railroads and Streetcars, by Susan Lehmann
"Like so many isolated communities of the west, the City of Santa Cruz owes much ..."
- Gold Mining in Santa Cruz County
"Auriferous beach sands are found for miles along the coast of Santa Cruz County, and ..."
- The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
"The purpose of this informal group is to study, understand, and teach the history of ..."
- Lime, by Henry G. Hubbard
"The burning of lime was one of the earliest industries established in Santa Cruz County, ..."
- Limestone, by Henry G. Hubbard
"This company was organized in 1922 and took over the old Caplatzi quarry which had ..."
- Mineral Survey of Santa Cruz County - Introduction, by C. McK. Laizure
"In an effort to develop the industrial future of Santa Cruz, and recogniz[ing] the importance ..."
- Stone Industry: Crushed Rock, Sand and Gravel , by Henry G. Hubbard
"Except at the plant of the Pacific Limestone Products Company [more information in the article ..."
- Ansel Adams Photographs of the Salz Tannery - 1955
"Ansel Adams and Ansley Salz, the owner of the Salz tannery, were longtime friends."
- The California Powder Works
"The California Powder Works, situated on the San Lorenzo River two and a half miles ..."
- The California Powder Works & San Lorenzo Paper Mill, by Barry Brown
"The first Europeans to set foot in the Monterey Bay area, the sole domain of ..."
- Felling the Giants, by Stephen Michael Payne
"The first redwood tree (Sequoia Sempervirens) seen by a white man was on the Corrallitos ..."
- Leather with Personality [A.K. Salz Company], by D.S. Marston
"An experienced tanner, using the palm reader's clairvoyance in reverse, can study the lines and ..."
- Salz Leathers Folds Up Shop: Landmark Business to Close this Year, by Heather Boerner
"One of the county's oldest businesses, 145-year-old Salz Leathers, will close by the end of ..."
- Salz Leathers History
"Timeline of Salz Leathers tannery"
- San Lorenzo Tannery (1896)
"The manufacture of a superior quality of leather has long been one of the specialties ..."
- A Santa Cruz Laundry (1896)
"I have been poking my nose into all sorts of business places for a good ..."
- The Santa Cruz Wharf, by Ross Eric Gibson
"The 80-year-old Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf has been undergoing its first face lift in 30 ..."
- Whales Along the Coast of Davenport, by Alverda Orlando
"From the Davenport area you can view the annual southern migration of the California gray ..."
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In Watsonville there is an elementary school named for a teacher who once said, "I never knew a child I couldn't love."
Arminta Allison, better known as "Mintie" for most of her life, was born in 1850 in Redrock, Iowa. When she was four years old her family brought her ..." [More]
Excerpted from Mintie White, Teacher, 1850-1937 by Margaret Koch