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Our Town: The Gazette moves to Pacheco

| April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Happy New Year 1859 to readers of the Contra Costa Gazette/Martinez News-Gazette. 1859’s first news is about the establishment of an annual County event now beginning its 160th year. January 1, 1859 – Contra Costa Agricultural Society formed at Lafayette. First County Fair was inaugurated October 11, 1859, and […]

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Underground Echoes: Rice’s grow in Napa

Underground Echoes: Rice’s grow in Napa

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette To recap Aaron Rice and his family’s story since they gained their freedom, we created a list of the important events we have covered to date. We started with their first Holidays as free people in 1860, the loss of their son Lewis in 1862, the […]

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Our Town: Headlines from the earliest issues of the Gazette

Our Town: Headlines from the earliest issues of the Gazette

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor “The establishment of a newspaper in Contra Costa County was an important factor in its upbuilding and development,” stated the publisher of the Historic Record’s 1926 History of Contra Costa County. He was introducing Chapter XVIII, entitled “Gleanings from the Files of the Contra Costa Gazette, 1858-1926”. Not only […]

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Underground Echoes: Citizenship finally acquired

Underground Echoes: Citizenship finally acquired

| March 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Picking up where we left off with Aaron Rice’s story, we had discussed how he and his family along with others had founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Not only did it serve as a place for worship, but it also served as their community center […]

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Our Town: Headlines from the Past – From the 19th century to the 20th

Our Town: Headlines from the Past – From the 19th century to the 20th

| March 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Thank you for the good feedback about the ‘headlines’ series we started a month ago. When it was a five-day a week ‘daily’, the Gazette had a column called the “Good Old Days” featuring small bits of news on that date going back several decades. My editor, Bob Osmond, […]

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Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure in plain site

Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure in plain site

| March 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette We would like to thank all of you for taking this multipart journey of exploring the life of Aaron Rice and his family during the mid to late 1800’s period of California. This column’s offering is about our latest research trip to Napa, where we made […]

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Longtime restaurant near donated railcar demolished

Longtime restaurant near donated railcar demolished

| March 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

Demolition of the award-winning Walnut Creek steakhouse, Vic Stewart’s, has been underway, but the rail car that has been donated to the Martinez Historical Society is being protected, Society President John Curtis said. Contractors started the demolition right by the rail car, which is between South Broadway and Iron Horse Trail, he said. “The car […]

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Historical society turns to crowdfunding to move historic rail car to Martinez

Historical society turns to crowdfunding to move historic rail car to Martinez

| February 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

What do you do when you get the chance to own a 1901 Pullman rail car and make it a showcase in your city? The Martinez Historical Society decided to turn to crowdfunding, said President John Curtis. And the goal is to raise $10,000 – maybe more – to get the rail car moved here […]

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