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Why Joe left town

Why Joe left town

| May 30, 2018 | 4 Comments

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette Before he turned three years old, Joe DiMaggio and his family had left Martinez for good. Joe often returned to the town of his birth after he retired from baseball, but San Francisco gets to call itself Joe’s hometown. That’s where Joe and his brothers Vincent and […]

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Ten bucks for one field of dreams

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

A brief history of pro ball in Contra Costa county By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette “Bush League” – Also see “Bush-leaguers”. Adj. 1) being of an inferior class or group of its kind : marked by a lack of sophistication or professionalism Some folks toss out the term “semi-professional baseball” to describe […]

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When’s a Clipper not a Clipper?

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” – Paul Simon Baseball recalls Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio as “Joltin’ Joe” but he was also famously known as “The Yankee Clipper”. Understanding this background is key to any baseball fan comprehending the significance […]

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Our Town: Susana Martinez – Smart and strong through good times and bad

Our Town: Susana Martinez – Smart and strong through good times and bad

| May 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: One of the sources for this column and an upcoming one on Don Ignacio Martinez on whose land grant Martinez was founded, was a great granddaughter of the Don himself. In 1963, Kathryn Burns Plumer prepared a 12-page summary of Don Ignacio based on a longer piece […]

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Martinez’s short-lived railroad club kept SP 1258 in town

Martinez’s short-lived railroad club kept SP 1258 in town

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A majestic black steam locomotive, Southern Pacific 1258, sits prominently in Martinez Waterfront Park, and is a landmark for those arriving at the local Amtrak station. Many longtime residents remember playing on the locomotive when it sat at Rankin Park. But at one time, the city considered letting go its own locomotive, […]

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Underground Echoes: A froggy morning at Potter’s Field

Underground Echoes: A froggy morning at Potter’s Field

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Ordinarily this column would begin where we left off with Aaron Rice’s story; however Saturday May 12, marked the restart of our Potter’s Field Restoration Project (PFRP) during the Alhambra Cemetery Spring Cleanup for 2018. We last wrote about it this past October. In it we […]

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Our Town: The Italian fisher community comes alive again

Our Town: The Italian fisher community comes alive again

| May 13, 2018

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: Once again a planned column topic had to be postponed for what could be called breaking history news, the Italian American Studies Association (IASA) tour of Martinez Italian fisher family communities in the late 19th and 20th centuries at Granger’s Wharf and on “Island Hill” overlooking it. […]

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IASA: There’s often more to the story than we know

| May 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez Gazette Contributor Last Sunday’s historic tour of the Italian fishing community in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century was sponsored by a group unfamiliar to this writer – the Italian American Studies Association. Founded in 1966 by a group of historians, educators, sociologists and other interested persons, […]

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Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice (1819 – 1906) – Probate 101

Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice (1819 – 1906) – Probate 101

| May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette From our last column, we wrote about Aaron’s horrible heartbreak with the loss of his entire family outside of his son Nathaniel in less than a year. It started with the death of his father Rev. Robert Rice (75) on March 20, 1875 from dropsy. Followed […]

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Underground Echoes: From sorrow to joy

Underground Echoes: From sorrow to joy

| April 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette In our last installment it stated on November 14, 1872, the Rice family grew when Aaron’s 26-year-old son Nathaniel married 18-year-old Rebecca Donzel with no family members present. Also mentioned in an announcement regarding churches on March 18, 1871 published in the Napa County Recorder, Rev. […]

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