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Boffman, Dave Cowell Family de Laveaga, Jose Vicente Everson, William
  • The Death of a Poet, by Geoffrey Dunn
    "A great American poet is dead. William "Bill" Everson, known during much of his career ..."
  • A Personal Memory of Bill Everson, by Geoffrey Dunn
    "Autumn, 1975. Kresge College, UCSC. Hot, auspicious. You remember the way he moved, the shuffle ..."
Foote, Mary Hallock Ford, Charles Gally, James Wellesley
  • Judge Gally
    "James Wellesley Gally was born December 8, 1828, at Wheeling, West Virginia. He studied medicine, ..."
Gourley, Sarah Hinton
  • My Early Childhood Memories, by Sarah Hinton Gourley
    "Sarah Hinton Gourley (1849-1940) was seven years old when she arrived in Santa Cruz in ..."
Hecox, Laura J. F.
  • Laura J. F. Hecox, by Frank Perry
    "From 1869 to 1941 the federal government maintained a white, two-story lighthouse at Santa Cruz. ..."
Jackson, Oscar Thomas McCaskill, Annie M.
  • Annie M. McCaskill, by Rechs Ann Pedersen
    "Annie M. McCaskill, "Woman of Achievement," "Woman of the Year", was a Santa Cruz businesswoman ..."
McCrackin, Josephine Clifford
  • Josephine Clifford McCrackin, by Stephen Michael Payne
    "In October and November 1880 a writer, Josephine Wompner Clifford, purchased a total of twenty-six ..."
McKiernan, Charles
  • Mountain Charley, by John V. Young
    "Most colorful of Santa Cruz Mountain characters of the pioneer days was Mountain Charley McKiernan, ..."
Parkhurst, Charley Pitts, Zasu Scribner, Tom Jefferson Stagnaro Family
  • 1001 Stagnaros, by Geoffrey Dunn
    "One of Robert "Big Boy" Stagnaro's earliest childhood memories is of a small hole next ..."
White, Mintie Winterhalder Family

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In 1894, fire gutted the heart of downtown Santa Cruz north and south of Cooper Street. City fathers decided to rebuild the civic center in Renaissance styles. And billing the new Santa Cruz the "Florence of the West," they jumped at an idea proposed and sponsored by James Philip Smith, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Water Carnival was Social Event of the Season in 1890s by Ross Eric Gibson