Editorial review There are enough mechanized adventures to justify the title, but the collection is also liberally laced with Tom Sawyer type adventures of a North Coast kid read full review further down on page Gaye LeBaron Leading Sonoma County historian Longtime Press Democrat columnist since 1959 Sonoma County s Woman of the Year 2015 Step back in time meet Donald R Richardson a rancher, businessman, and pioneering environmentalist who relished growing up on Sonoma County s windswept coast in the 1920s The Richardson family were early settlers in the area as his grandfather, Herbert Archer Richardson, arrived in 1876 from New Jersey with his new bride and 40 to his name later amassing 25,000 acres, eight miles of which were shoreline, including the small unincorporated seaside town of Stewarts Point, located 110 miles northwest of San Francisco Over the course of his life, he served as Sonoma County Supervisor President of the Farm Bureau President of the Sonoma County Wool Growers, Vice President of the CA State Wool Growers Association Professional Forester for N California tri state area longtime adviser to Santa Rosa Junior College s Forestry program Proprietor of Stewarts Point Store Postmaster President of the Sotoyome Soil Conservation District Member of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco CA Coastal Commission among other groups Born in 1914, he grew up in an era when ice was packed in sawdust, and he was one of only nine children attending Stewarts Point s one room schoolhouse beginning high school at the age of 11, he rode the train weekdays to and from Santa Rosa High School These are his stories firsthand exploits, oddities, and homespun yarns from his boyhood and beyond He penned these tales late in his life, and died in 1983 Please NOTE His handwritten originals have been faithfully transcribed and comprise part 1 of the book, and the originals themselves are included in part 2 these have been reduced in size for formatting purposes We must also disclose it appears penmanship was not one of Donald s best subjects when attending that one room schoolhouse These handwritten copies, along with the array of black white photos, have primarily been included to add to the reader s overall step back in time experience given the varying degrees of legibility of these originals penned by him over three decades ago Given these vintage photos handwritten versions are such key elements of the book NO KINDLE VERSION WILL BE AVAILABLE it s not technically viable as too much material would have to be left out This gift book is 8 1 4 x 8 1 4 square and also includes a historical map and colored design elements A truly unique keepsake from one of Sonoma County s founding families...
|Title||:||Tractors, Trains & Shipwrecks: Yesteryear Recollections of Sonoma County|
|Publisher||:||DRR Press First edition June 6, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||132 pages|
|File Size||:||974 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Tractors, Trains & Shipwrecks: Yesteryear Recollections of Sonoma County Reviews
I totally enjoyed reading these recollections from Sonoma County. I moved to Sonoma county from San Francisco, and am fascinated with the early beginnings of this family. It is beneficial to understand how much hard work and determination are at many of our roots. I was inspired so I also bought a copy for my friend who loves Sonoma county and its' history just as much. Thanks for taking the time and honoring your fathers' life. Due to work, I am back in San Francisco full time, and my heart was touched being reminded of all the beautiful places to explore in that territory and some early development of the land there.The old b/w photos are charming and overall appearance of this book is very handsome! It makes a perfect gift for men who are adventurous. I also enjoyed seeing all the handwritten originals of the stories. Overall this book was very inspiring and a sweet memento of Sonoma County for me!
Nothing brings a time and place to life better than a first-hand account, especially in the charm of colloquial voice. Tractors, Trains & Shipwrecks was especially meaningful to me because it describes places my sister and I roamed whenever I visited her mountain cabin. During the nearly thirty years she lived there, we would drive the same coastal and mountain roads as Donald R. Richardson. We'd stop at some of the same spots - like Stewart’s Point, Timber Cove, Duncan’s Mills, Bodega Bay, and Gualala – places pioneered by the author. Richardson’s lively anecdotes would’ve certainly given these excursions more color!
Some of the best of Northern California coastal history. First person accounts, amazing.
As a long-time Sonoma County resident, also being an avid reader of all things Sonoma, I was delighted when my daughter gave me a copy of Trains, Shiprwrecks by Mr. Richardson for Fathers Day. I read it from cover to cover before sundown, and enjoyed every page. The book's authenticity of reporting and its wonderful descriptions of life as it was captivated me. I recommend it for anyone with an interest in California history, in fact for anyone interested in American history as seen close-up. A fun read..
I very much enjoyed this book. Donald Richardson was a great example of the independent, hard working timber men and farmers that built our communities here on the edge of the continent. I love rural Sonoma county and its beautiful coast and this book give you a clear and good-humored account of the struggles, adventures and successes of creating a life in the county in the middle of this century. Richardson's voice is authentic and unpolished, he is part of a family that has been on the coast for 130 years and his recollections are both good history and show great character.