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  • Old Newspapers Found at White Sulphur Springs Ranch

    By John Lullo

    The past has come to life many times during the work associated with the restoration of this historic property … and it happened again on the 12th of April 2022.

    New carpets had been ordered and John Barker, Robert Ware, Dennis Horton and Don Maddelena were painstakingly ripping out the old stuff. Suddenly, under layers of the old worn and torn carpet, in one of the upstairs bedrooms, some old newspapers appeared. The date on the masthead of an old San Francisco Chronicle was April 10, 1905. The front page had articles dealing with the participation of the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese war. Another article on the front page described a hit by the Mafia on a local San Franciso man. More than the front page was found but the interior pages were not explored for fear of them disintegrating into paper flakes.

    Another old tabloid sized paper entitled “Woman’s World” had a date of November 1904. It was published in Chicago and cost 25 cents a year or 5 cents a copy. It contained an ad for a “ball bearing sewing machine” the cost of which was $5.75. Another one was for “Hayner Whiskey”….”4 full quarts for $3.20,”express paid”.

    It begs the question; how did these publications from faraway cities like San Francisco, and especially Chicago, find their way to rural Plumas County in the early nineteen hundreds?


  • Poetry Festival at Miner’s Foundry on Saturday, April 30

    During April local and regional poets of all ages have been reading, reciting, or singing out their poetry at over twenty pop-up events across Nevada County. This Saturday the collision of National Poetry Month and Arts, Culture & Creativity Month will wind-up with an all-day (8:30 AM to 7:30 PM) festival event on April 30th at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

    Besides presenting an array of local, national and international poets, “Perhaps one of the most unique elements of our festival is that it highlights poetry in all its forms, through music, film, dance and theatre. It really is an exceptional and participatory experience, with workshops of all kinds running throughout the day,” says festival director, Eliza Tudor.