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Olives in California's Gold Country

Olives in California's Gold Country

Terry Beaudoin

Language: English

Pages: 130

ISBN: 1531676308

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The history of the olive in the Gold Country of Northern California is a story of the Spanish in the New World, of the Gold Rush, of immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries, of bold pioneers, enterprising farmers and scientists, and of businessmen and businesswomen. Focusing on Calaveras County in the south and Placer County in the north, but also exploring the olive throughout most of Northern California, including olive havens such as Corning and Oroville, that story is told within these pages through rare and fascinating photographs. For those who wish to explore the olive in Northern California, whether its history, industry or technology, this volume provides both an appetizer and a satisfying entree. As love of the olive grows, for the first time a book tells the tale of the olive tree, the king of trees, in the Mother Lode of California."

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family law, he was named dean of the law school in 1963 and served in that capacity until his death in 1970 (the year before his father, Louis, died). His sons Ted, Robert, and Ian (who also became a family law attorney in California) would later fondly recall visiting Rocca Bella and their grandparents during summer vacations. (Photograph by John Haley; courtesy Sammis family and SPWCH.) 62 In 1912, Herman Stern, daughter Olga, and her husband, Adolph Anderson, a university teacher at

of California at Berkeley, decided to invest in olives. The place they scientifically chose was Oroville. Their first farm manager, Adelbert “Del” Chaffin, soon also began to purchase olive acres. Chaffin Orchards, depicted on this vintage tin, became a significant olive oil producer, and today, the Chaffin family still operates a major orchard in Oroville. In anticipation of the Central Pacific’s arrival, Alcander John “A.J.” Bayley built a magnificent three-story hotel at Pilot Hill in El

tremendous manual dexterity. (Courtesy Sammis family and SPWCH.) 104 This is another patent drawing for one of many inventions for olive processing granted to Rocca Bella entrepreneur Louis Sammis. This processor was also the work of Ray Keck and was submitted in 1945, with the patent granted in 1949. Keck was the facility foreman at Rocca Bella for many years and was a close friend of Sammis. These large wooden tubs are seen in the expansive and cold Ehmann Olive Company plant, where Ehmann,

the Golden Goose Ranch, including an olive orchard, in Burson, Calaveras County. Dr. March became a most beloved figure, often giving free medical care. His wife, Minnie Jane, managed the ranch and house, cooking, sewing, washing, ironing, canning fruit and vegetables, pickling olives, and making appointments for her husband. By 1910, sons Roy and James were assisting with the 400acre farm. Son Irwin said much of Dr. March’s medical earnings were spent on the ranch, but he never made more than a

Domenico was nearly 50 years old when he married 15-year-old Catarina Noce. The couple had 10 children, the youngest born when Domenico was a venerable 75. (Courtesy Fregulia family.) 33 After Giovanni Batista Previtali had purchased 400 acres between Jackson and Clinton in Amador County from state assemblyman Anthony Caminetti in the late 1890s, the latter encouraged him to plant fruit trees, including olives. Caminetti was also instrumental in bringing the State Agricultural Experiment

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