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Pioneer Room Friends The Pioneer Room Friends supports the Pioneer Room with a annual fundraiser of the Escondido Historic

01/25/2017

The library is putting on an interesting program at 6:30 pm in the upstairs room in the main library. Refreshments will be served

12/31/2016

Happy New year everyone!

A Source for Genealogists:  Local History Archives CollectionsSubmitted by:  Alexa Clausen Board Member, PRFWhat do U. S...
09/25/2015
Bernardo | Search Results | San Diego History Center

A Source for Genealogists: Local History Archives Collections
Submitted by: Alexa Clausen Board Member, PRF
What do U. S. Weaver, Victor Miguel Magee, and Rachel Tejada have in common? A file on each of them can be found in the biographical files OF THE Eloise Perking collection --Pioneer Room. Perkins, a staff writer for the Daily Times-Advocate from 1949 until 1981 wrote stories about Escondido as well as articles of regional interest in “North County Nuggets.” While genealogy was not the goal of this prolific journalist, these files are a great source of information for both historians and genealogist. Some files contain only scraps of paper with hand written notes, while others are filled with information on several generations of certain families. The Perkins Collection is also comprised of drafts of her newspaper columns, copies of final stories, and a large photo collection. Extracts from the Perkins files that genealogist and historians would appreciate:
In the U. S. Weaver file, you may find less written about Weaver, but more on related people. From this files, Perkin’ an undated typed sheet of paper includes this information: “U.S. Weaver was married to Jannetta Rice April 23, 1899 at Murietta. . In 1902, the Weavers who by that time had a baby daughter, Gladys, who is now Mrs. Charles Beckley of 717 Park Place Escondido, moved to the Moreno ranch in the Pala area. . . . Weaver and Louis Salmons hauled pre-fab houses to Pala from the Temecula RR station in 1903, when the Cupeno Indians were taken then from Warner Springs . . .” The Weavers lived in Bernardo during flood year of 1916 where U.S. was photographed “with four horses attached to a wagon pulling cars across the Bernardo River”. [Ulysses Sheridan-- in case you were wondering—ah, Internet]
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/photostore/?post_type=product&s=Bernardo
In 1971, Perkins devoted an article to Victor Miguel Magee, whose father was an army lieutenant and came to California with the New York Volunteers during the Mexican War. His mother was descended from the famed Pedrorena and Estudillo family of Old Town. His parents, Henry and Victoria owned a ranch northwest of Palomar Mountain where Victor and his brothers homesteaded land adjoining the Agua Tibia rancho. “In 1889, Magee married Ora Tomlins who grew up in the Moosa Canyon and Fallbrook area . . .. They were parents of three sons, Victor T., Larry and Don . . . They moved to the San Luis Rey valley and farmed and operated a dairy until 1894…. After his death, Mrs. Magee worked for almost a quarter of a century as society editor for an Oceanside newspaper.”
In the Perkins files, some ties to local and regional history are surprising. In 1966, Perkins wrote: “. . . I was among the judges at the contest to pick the county fair queen that year [1958]. Bonnie McFetridge, Miss Escondido, was giving Miss Tejada, who represented La Jolla, a run for the title. …Both girls are striking brunettes. For the finals, Bonnie unfortunately chose a black swimsuit. When Raquel came out in a white suit, the clapping, whistling and stamping of the Marines in the background and the balcony was deafening… When the tallying was all over, Raquel was crowned by the 1957 Fairest of the Fair, Ellen Emig Leu, who had been Miss Escondido the year before.” Miss Rachel Tejada would be most famous as THE Raquel Welsh. (ok young persons —check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raquel_Welch).

A selected number of photos from the Perkins Collections are digitized and can be viewed at On-line Archives of California. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3c6024s3/?query=Eloise+perkins
Born in 1921, Perkins passed away in 1989. The Perkins family deeded her collection to the Pioneer Room. PRF member, Ruth Collings meticulously processed the collection making it available to researchers.

Bootsrap based theme

09/25/2015

Introduction
My name is Viktor Sjöberg and I am the new Senior Librarian in Adult Services as of May, 2015. As the Senior Librarian in Adult Services, I manage the Pioneer Room, which is an opportunity that I am very excited about.
I received a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Boras, and a Bachelors’ degree in Literature from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Prior to joining Escondido Public Library as Digital Services Librarian in 2012, I served as a librarian with both the San Luis Obispo County Library, and the Gothenburg Public Library.
I bring a strong, technological skillset as well as fun, innovative, and progressive ideas to my new position and look forward to working with my Adult Services Team, which includes Pioneer Room staff. I am currently working to improve the access to the Pioneer Room in a variety of ways; reconfiguring the physical space, making it easier to search our collections and exposing the community to our great archive. I look forward to working with the Pioneer Room Friends to achieve these goals.

09/25/2015

Dear Friends
Calendars, Calendars, Calendars! We’ve spent a busy spring working to keep you on schedule next year as our 2016 Calendar goes on sale on Grape Day at the Park. Don’t just get one, buy them for your friends and family so they won’t forget appointments with you. A new printer, sharp pictures and many memories. A nice piece of work.
And we visit with Arie de Jong, long time resident who kept us supplied with milk, at our Annual Meeting on October 20. Many of you know him from Escondido Hi and you will relive many events of your days in Escondido as he reminisces about his life in the US and his life as a dairyman. Tuesday, October 20 at 6 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Library.
Please join us.
Bob

09/09/2015

New Books in the Pioneer Room
Submitted by Nancy Salisbury
PR B Rudd An Irish Rudd Family 1760 – 1988: Rudd Origins and Other Irish Rudds, by Norman N. Rudd
PR 720.9794 D In the Victorian Style, by Randolph Delehanty and Richard Sexton
PR 917.9494 S Museum Companion to Los Angeles, by Borislav Stanic
PR Rare 917.9498 A San Pasqual Academy Yearbooks 2005 - 2014
PR 929.10285 C888p Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online, by Rick Crume
PR 929.1072 R Finding Your Mexican Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, by George & Peggy Ryskamp
PR 929.373 A The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 2, 1926, edited by Frederick A. Virkus
PR 929.373 C The Compendium of American Genealogy: The Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Frist Families of America, Vol. V 1933, edited by Frederick Adams Virkus, F.I.A.G.
PR 929.3755 G289v Virginia Land Office Inventory, compiled by Daphne S. Gentry.
PR 970.3 C424se Old Cherokee Families by Emmet Starr
PR 949.4 W2d Emigrants, Refugees and Prisoners, Vol. 1 & 2, by Richard Warren Davis
PR 973 A37g American Genealogical Research at the DAR, Washington, DC, by Eric G. Grundset and Steven B. Rhodes.
PR 973 D2 Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. 1 – 7, by George Norbury Mackenzie
PR 973 D6b Bolton’s American Armory, by Charles Bowles Bolton
PR 973 F Fanning’s Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States
PR 973 M27s Civil War Genealogy, by George K. Schweitzer, Ph.D., Sc.D.
PR 973.76 P The Civil War Veterans of San Diego, California, by Barbara Palmer, Ph.D.
PR 974 D2br Early New Englanders and Kin, by Roy Burgess
PR 974.4 H History of Worcester County, Mass., Vol. 1& 2
PR 974.44 D3r Newton, Massachusetts 1679 – 1779: A Biographical Directory, compiled & edited by Priscilla R. Ritter and Thelma Fleishman
PR 974.45 S1 Vital Records of Salem Mass. Volume II.-Births M-Z, published by the Essex Institute.
PR 974.47/D2 V2hrb Vital Records of Dedham, Massachusetts 1635 – 1845, edited by Robert Brand Hanson.
PR 974.8 H Catholic Baptisms in Western Pennsylvania, 1799 – 1828: Father Peter Helbron’s Greensburg Register, reprinted form Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.
PR 974.8 L The Tenmile Country (PA) & Its Pioneer Families, by Howard L. Leckey
PR 974.8 V The Old and New Monongahela, by John S. Van Voorhis

09/09/2015
Bernardo | Search Results | San Diego History Center

A Source for Genealogists: Local History Archives Collections
Submitted by: Alexa Clausen Board Member, PRF
What do U. S. Weaver, Victor Miguel Magee, and Rachel Tejada have in common? A file on each of them can be found in the biographical files OF THE Eloise Perking collection --Pioneer Room. Perkins, a staff writer for the Daily Times-Advocate from 1949 until 1981 wrote stories about Escondido as well as articles of regional interest in “North County Nuggets.” While genealogy was not the goal of this prolific journalist, these files are a great source of information for both historians and genealogist. Some files contain only scraps of paper with hand written notes, while others are filled with information on several generations of certain families. The Perkins Collection is also comprised of drafts of her newspaper columns, copies of final stories, and a large photo collection. Extracts from the Perkins files that genealogist and historians would appreciate:
In the U. S. Weaver file, you may find less written about Weaver, but more on related people. From this files, Perkin’ an undated typed sheet of paper includes this information: “U.S. Weaver was married to Jannetta Rice April 23, 1899 at Murietta. . In 1902, the Weavers who by that time had a baby daughter, Gladys, who is now Mrs. Charles Beckley of 717 Park Place Escondido, moved to the Moreno ranch in the Pala area. . . . Weaver and Louis Salmons hauled pre-fab houses to Pala from the Temecula RR station in 1903, when the Cupeno Indians were taken then from Warner Springs . . .” The Weavers lived in Bernardo during flood year of 1916 where U.S. was photographed “with four horses attached to a wagon pulling cars across the Bernardo River”. [Ulysses Sheridan-- in case you were wondering—ah, Internet]
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/photostore/?post_type=product&s=Bernardo
In 1971, Perkins devoted an article to Victor Miguel Magee, whose father was an army lieutenant and came to California with the New York Volunteers during the Mexican War. His mother was descended from the famed Pedrorena and Estudillo family of Old Town. His parents, Henry and Victoria owned a ranch northwest of Palomar Mountain where Victor and his brothers homesteaded land adjoining the Agua Tibia rancho. “In 1889, Magee married Ora Tomlins who grew up in the Moosa Canyon and Fallbrook area . . .. They were parents of three sons, Victor T., Larry and Don . . . They moved to the San Luis Rey valley and farmed and operated a dairy until 1894…. After his death, Mrs. Magee worked for almost a quarter of a century as society editor for an Oceanside newspaper.”
In the Perkins files, some ties to local and regional history are surprising. In 1966, Perkins wrote: “. . . I was among the judges at the contest to pick the county fair queen that year [1958]. Bonnie McFetridge, Miss Escondido, was giving Miss Tejada, who represented La Jolla, a run for the title. …Both girls are striking brunettes. For the finals, Bonnie unfortunately chose a black swimsuit. When Raquel came out in a white suit, the clapping, whistling and stamping of the Marines in the background and the balcony was deafening… When the tallying was all over, Raquel was crowned by the 1957 Fairest of the Fair, Ellen Emig Leu, who had been Miss Escondido the year before.” Miss Rachel Tejada would be most famous as THE Raquel Welsh. (ok young persons —check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raquel_Welch).

A selected number of photos from the Perkins Collections are digitized and can be viewed at On-line Archives of California. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3c6024s3/?query=Eloise+perkins
Born in 1921, Perkins passed away in 1989. The Perkins family deeded her collection to the Pioneer Room. PRF member, Ruth Collings meticulously processed the collection making it available to researchers.

Bootsrap based theme

09/09/2015

Introduction
My name is Viktor Sjöberg and I am the new Senior Librarian in Adult Services as of May, 2015. As the Senior Librarian in Adult Services, I manage the Pioneer Room, which is an opportunity that I am very excited about.
I received a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Boras, and a Bachelors’ degree in Literature from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Prior to joining Escondido Public Library as Digital Services Librarian in 2012, I served as a librarian with both the San Luis Obispo County Library, and the Gothenburg Public Library.
I bring a strong, technological skillset as well as fun, innovative, and progressive ideas to my new position and look forward to working with my Adult Services Team, which includes Pioneer Room staff. I am currently working to improve the access to the Pioneer Room in a variety of ways; reconfiguring the physical space, making it easier to search our collections and exposing the community to our great archive. I look forward to working with the Pioneer Room Friends to achieve these goals.

09/09/2015

Dear Friends
Calendars, Calendars, Calendars! We’ve spent a busy spring working to keep you on schedule next year as our 2016 Calendar goes on sale on Grape Day at the Park. Don’t just get one, buy them for your friends and family so they won’t forget appointments with you. A new printer, sharp pictures and many memories. A nice piece of work.
And we visit with Arie de Jong, long time resident who kept us supplied with milk, at our Annual Meeting on October 20. Many of you know him from Escondido Hi and you will relive many events of your days in Escondido as he reminisces about his life in the US and his life as a dairyman. Tuesday, October 20 at 6 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Library.
Please join us.
Bob
September Newsletter

06/08/2015

Summer Reading Club Begins
When: Monday, June 15, 2015 - All Day
Where: Other Locations

Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Clubs for all Ages. June 15 to August 1. Read books, attend programs and earn prizes!

06/08/2015

Grape Day
Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:30am-4pm

Grape Day has something for everyone in the family. For early birds, the Grape Day 5K fun run at 7:30 am is the way to start your day.

The short Grape Day Parade begins at 9:30 am on Grand Ave, and travels from Escondido Blvd to Juniper. It includes marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic cars.

The festival in the park is from 9:30 am until 4 pm.

06/08/2015

Movies in the Park
7pm games, movie airs at dusk
June 27 The Boxtrolls
July 11 Despicable Me
July 25 Big Hero 6
August 8 Wreck-It Ralph

Movies in the Park is back for the 8th season of free fun in Grape Day Park. First there are games with our partner Escondido Recreation at 7pm, then the movie airs Grape Day at dusk. A big thank you to Escondido Rotary Club for sponsoring this event. Bring LOW backed chairs or a blanket, a sweater because it can get cold after dark even on hot days, and cash for the snack bar which supports this event.

06/08/2015

"Gold Hill" Musical Story about Julian's 1870's Gold Rush
When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Turrentine Room

The Pioneer Room Presents: Gold Hill, an interactive musical story about Julian's 1870's gold rush presented by Celia Lawley, the FiddleGirl! All ages welcome! Sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends

06/08/2015

The Pioneer Room Friends Board is looking to find at least two (2) more volunteers to become board members. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month, except for July and December when we have no meetings scheduled. If interested, please give Ginger Kullman a call at (760) 745-6633. We would love to have you join and bring some new ideas of what we might be able to do to help the Pioneer Room grown and improve.

06/08/2015
Singing Stone : Interest Centers on Ringing Rock Used by Prehistoric Indians

Indian Ringing Rock
Submitted by Alexa Clausen
At one time in the vicinity of Mule Hill and the S**e adobe, a small, four-foot slab of granite--a ringing rock became the center of sort of a mystery. Recorded as having been used by the San Pasqual Indians for important tribal events and, having spiritual connections to the wind and rain, the rock was moved several times for its safekeeping from its unknown place of origin. Among the wonderful stories that are filed in the Escondido Historical Society Collection in the Pioneer Room are the notes of long-time Escondido resident, and local historian, Margie Whetstone. As I dug around for information on Felicita Park, I read that the legend Indian Ringing Rock had piqued Mrs. Whetstone’s interest. Her note log reported:
December 18, 1958
“A long dream goal was attained today – Elizabeth Richards and I climbed to the top of Mule Hill- found a pile of rocks that might have been part of the breastwork from the battle. We also visited two spots that have been alleged to be where the Indian Ringing Rock used to be. . . .We called on Mrs. John Wilcox of Ringing Rock Ranch. She and her husband have lived in the old adobe home near the Bernardo Bridge just off 395 for ten years . . . .She claims that the Mesa Grande Indians brought the Ringing Rock to the ranch and hid it because they were afraid some one would steal it. Indians still (old ones) come from Mesa Grande to see the rock. She states she always heard that they believed it would bring rain if struck.”
The Whetstone log entry continues a year later, noting varied legends associated with the ringing rock. She quotes San Pasqual Valley historian, Elizabeth Judson Roberts from her “Days of Yore.”
‘It was thro old Felicita that I first heard of the Ringing Rock. We had a hard time locating it for the Indians were very superstitious about it, but my husband and I finally persuaded a couple of men to take us to the spot, a large pile of boulders near Bernardo. The men would no go near the rocks, but told us it was there in the pile and we would have to find it. They seated themselves fifty yards or so away and we went to work.
Fred brought a hammer to tap the rocks and we climbed up and down and around tapping everything in sight without much success. Finally Fred reached over and tapped a rock in behind some others and we jumped--a loud ringing noise exactly such as a big steel anvil would give out rewarded us. The Indians believed the spirit of the East wind lived in the rock and were afraid to touch it. We took dozens of people to see it. It was always a mystery to us how granite rock could ring like steel. Several years later it disappeared and so it is still and unsolved mystery. The rock was about four feet long, two feet wide and less than a foot thick.’ [n.d]
Mrs. Whetstone she writes that 1958, the location of the Ringing Rock was unsolved. Her search for the Indian Ringing Rock also references “Charles Burr Todd’s book.” I asked Ruth Collings who had processed this archival collection if she knew the Todd reference. Ruth said it was published in 1925, entitled “Battles of San Pasqual.” Todd was tracing the movement of the Americans through the Battle of San Pasqual from the direction of Ramona. He wrote: "As you reach the Lake [Hodges], in the small wooded space on the right, once stood the San Bernardo store of P. A. Graham, one of the landmarks of the county. Looking to the left, across a ploughed field, the eye rests on two small rock crowned buttes -- the one on the right, nearly surrounded by the lake is the famous "Ringing Rock" of Indian story. Looking between the two, one sees perhaps 100 yards farther on a much larger hill, also boulder-crowned which was the scene of the 'last stand' [presumably Mule Hill]."
After becoming a local tourist attraction; and, then forgotten, a San Diego Union reporter noted that the “sacred rock,” had “many hammer marks made by the curious who are fascinated by the anvil-like tones.” [05/01/1938]. The final resting place of the Indian Ringing Rock of San Pasqual is not known. Some say that it is in safekeeping. We can only hope so.
Riverside County Indian Ringing Rock link: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-04-26/news/mn-726_1_ringing-rock

When Catherine Saubel, a 70-year-old Cahuilla Indian, stood before the 2-foot by 3-foot granite rock, she became emotionally overwhelmed."I was awe-struck just being in its presence. I visualized...

06/08/2015

ORIGINS OF THE PIONEER ROOM
Submitted by Bob Will

Frances Bevan Ryan, born in Escondido at the turn of the 20th century, started the Pioneer Room with a letter to the Escondido Library Board of Trustees on April 28, 1989, outlining her ideas for a permanent repository of the historic documents and papers of her town. She offered startup money and her huge personal collection and enthusiasm to get it going. Later in the year she sent a check for $10,000 which Graham Humphrey, the Librarian, acknowledged and said let’s get together and start talking (I think continue talking).
Thus began the arduous years of putting the Pioneer Room together. Unfortunately Frances died the following year but her promised funds were intact in a trust and the labors fell upon the trustees and a variety of City officials. The trust funds (about $700,000) could not be given to the City until there was a permanent home but funds could be advanced in the interim.
The Library did hire an archivist consultant, Kathy Cook, who began the process of gathering and arranging Frances’s papers and photos and her 5 books. Frances also wanted the furnishings in her writing nook where she wrote Escondido history preserved. You can see those today in the window display of the Mathes building facing the parking lot. Her collection came to the City formally by Deed of Gift August 5, 1991.
The Pioneer Room opened officially but temporarily in March of 1992 in the Andres Center at 3rd and Escondido. The City had space in the Mathes building under consideration but had to move the Felicita (arts) Foundation and work out a building sharing arrangement between the Pioneer Room and the Recreation Department which continues today. \During this period, the trust paid the rent on the Andres Center and for the furnishing of that facility together with the salaries so the trust funds were going out more quickly than planned. It was decided to move the Room to the East Valley City Center to save trust money by using a City building but furnishing that space was expensive.
During this period, the Room was also acquiring many historical gifts and deals were made with the Escondido Historical Society (now History Center), the San Pasqual Battlefield Association and the Escondido Genealogical Society to store their materials. The paper and books were piling up.
Finally in March of 1995, an architect was engaged to work out the layout and needs of the Mathes Building for the Pioneer Room and the Recreation Department. Frances Bevans dream was about to bear fruit.

06/08/2015

From June Newsletter:

Dear Friends,

Helene Idels, Archivist of the Pioneer Room for the past seven years, has resigned and Nancy Salisbury, the Assistant, will man the helm until the archivist position is filled. A part time position but as a managing and decision making slot, it is essential to the organization and maintenance of the collection which grows larger every day. Any one interested?

And with the retirement of our friend Paul Crouthamel, Viktor Sjoberg, newly appointed Senior Librarian, now oversees the Pioneer Room. Formerly in charge of audio, video, digital and the other high tech stuff, he did some handsome videos for the Friends and we welcome him.

Also watch as information becomes available for the proposed Library expansion, now endorsed by the City Council. Plenty going on!

05/20/2015

FYI -- As Helene Idels has resigned her position as Archivist of the Pioneer Room, the powers at be have have up-dated the hours the Pioneer Room will be open for use. The new hours starting today (Wednesday the 26th of May) are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the hours that it will be from 1 pm to 6 pm. It will no longer be open on Saturdays (in other words -- closed).

02/03/2015

By Jon Gold | Special to Today’s Local News
Friday, August 18, 2006
Blood is thicker than water, but for Gasper Ferrara, Jr., it might not be thicker than wine.
The third-generation owner of the Ferrara Winery, hidden deep in Escondido, speaks of his craft with great passion. Like his father and his father’s father, Gasper has tended to the family grapes for decades.
The winery doesn’t look much different than it did in 1933 when it was first opened by Gasper’s grandfather, George Ferrara, after the repeal of prohibition by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A savvy businessman, George started producing the wine in the fall of 1932, just before passage of the 21st amendment.
When Gasper tells the story, his eyes light up, almost as though he’s thinking back to his years with his beloved granddad. Looking around at the grapes that he picks and at the machines he helped to repair and at the grounds on which he has walked for all 51 years of his life, Ferrara has a glint of nostalgia.
Anything around here brings me back to when I was younger, Gasper said. Anything around here I look at and I’ll think, ˜Oh my God, when I was 18 I did that or when I was 20 I did that.”
A little older now, with a head that glistens under the pounding summer sun, Ferrara still has the gusto for the grapes. He prides himself on maintaining the old-world feeling that his winery still has, forgoing the modernity of other, newer wineries.
Mark DeVincenzi, a wine instructor at MiraCosta College, is not familiar with Ferrara Winery but says small family-owned wineries, such as Ferrara, are becoming rarer.
I just came back from Sonoma County, and went to one of the new wineries, DeVincenzi said. New, within two years, with a lot of glitz and steel and polished copper. Lots and lots of money went into the tasting room. But not a lot went into the winery and the wine. A lot of sizzle and glitz.
You almost get the feeling of walking into a Banana Republic
Though not prone to promotion, Gasper plays a part in almost every facet of the business. You get the feeling that if Gasper could, he would do everything himself.
My grandfather taught me at a very young age, ˜Don’t ever tell a worker to go do a job if you can’t do it at least as good as he can do it, Ferrara said.
With business down from its peak at one point, Ferrara was producing as many as 35 wines, now it’s down to 28 Gasper is focused on keeping the business running, the way his grandfather once did.
The winery is a part of Escondido’s history so much so that in 1988, celebrating its centennial, the City Council asked for a special bottle of wine to be placed in a time capsule until 2088 and Gasper doesn’t mess with history.
He embraces tradition, particularly in a story about the old days, when George first opened the winery. Despite the pressure to expand and to

harvest and to keep producing quality wine, George would take some time every week for family.
Every Sunday, he had a group of Italians and they would bring their mandolins or accordions, the women would cook the dinner, and he had a good time to relax Gasper said.
And for a moment, Gasper, tilts his head and gazes toward a field of Muscat of Alexandria, the grape that, as he said, put Escondido on the map.
And it seems as if he would rather be in 1933 than 2006

Editor’s note: The winery has closed it’s doors. There is still a tiny vineyard on the property. As of January 29, 2015, it looks like whoever owns the property is in the process of destroying whatever is left of the buildings that are across the driveway from the vineyard.

02/03/2015

January 2015 NEWSLETTER


President’s Corner
By Bob Will

Hello Friends,

We don’t write much about genealogy but with the PBS show
“Genealogy Roadshow”, interest has heightened and you should know that we have many basic materials for your research. And the library has the website “Ancestry.com” available so you can do some serious digging right here at 3rd and Kalmia. Start with our obit file and then attend one of Ginger Kullman’s classes on how to do it.

Helene and Nancy will welcome you to the Pioneer Room.

01/30/2015

One of the collections that reside at the Pioneer Room section of the Escondido Library system is the High School Yearbooks from the different high schools in the Escondido area. The collection is incomplete and we are hoping that if you attended one of high schools mentioned below in one (or more) of the years mentioned and don’t mind donating your yearbook for that year, we would greatly appreciate it! I have listed the high schools and the year(s) missing below:

Escondido Charter High School: 2006
Escondido High School: 1987 and 1995
Orange Glen High School: 1965 and 1984
San Pasqual High School: 1987, 1988, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2012
Valley High 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986 - 2001, 2009 - 2013

01/26/2015

The Pioneer Room Board would like to welcome Susie Cook to the Board. She replaces Mavany Calac Verdugo . We are also saying good-by to Amber as she has a new full-time librarian job in Arizona. She will be missed.

12/23/2014

May you all have a Merry Christmas this year from the Pioneer Room Friends!

11/29/2014

New Books in the Pioneer Room
Submitted by Nancy Salisbury

PR B Cook Up The Ladder To Success: Good times, Hard Times, but Never Bad Times, by McKenzie Cook
PR B Frakes The Frakes Chronicles, Part II 250+ Years of Frakes in the Military, 1750 to 2009, by George Rogers Frakes.
PR CENSUS Arkansas 1830 An Index to the Fifth Census of the United States 1830 Population
Schedules , Territory of Arkansas
PR CENSUS Indiana 1830 Index 1830 Federal Population Census for Indiana, compiled under supervision of Leona (Tobey) Alig.
PR CENSUS Kentucky Nelson Co 1850 Federal Census, Nelson County, Kentucky, District I
PR CENSUS Kentucky Nelson Co. 1850 Federal Census, Nelson County, Kentucky, District II
PR CENSUS Ohio 1790 – 1810 Early Ohio Census Records, by Ronald Vern Jackson
PR CENSUS Tenn East 1830 1830 Census East Tennessee, Transcribed and indexed by Byron Sistler
PR Census Tenn. Middle 1830 1830 Census Middle Tennessee, transcribed and indexed by Byron Sistler
PR 359.9435 R Rhymes of the Midway Mariners, compiled by the Volunteers of the USS Midway Museum Library
PR 363.37 I Inferno: The Wildfires of 2007, San Diego Union-Tribune
PR 707.4 C California: In Three Dimensions, California Center for the Arts Museum
PR 730.92 S Niki’s World: Niki de Saint Phalle RARE
PR 917.9498 A San Pasqual Academy 2008 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 A San Pasqual Academy 2007 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 A San Pasqual Academy 2006 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 A San Pasqual Academy 2005 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 C Classical Academy High School Chronicle 2014 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 D Del Lago Academy Campus of applied Science 2013-2014
Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 E Escondido Charter High School 2014 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 G Escondido High School Gong 2014 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 S San Pasqual High School Golden Legend 2014 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 T Orange Glen High School The Torch 2014 Yearbook RARE
PR 917.9498 V Valley High School 2012-13 Yearbook (DVD) RARE
PR 917.9498 V Valley High School 2013-2014 Yearbook (DVD) RARE
PR 917.9498 V Valley High School 2014 Yearbook (DVD)
PR 929.3 L A History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke (1627 – 1696) Vol. 1 & 2, by Arthur H. Locke, A.M.
PR 929.3 L Locke Genealogy, supplement Volume 1, by Donald P. Hayes, Jr.
PR 972.202 K The Old Missions of Baja and Alta California 1697 – 1834, by
Max Kurillo, Erline Tuttle and David Kier
PR 974.888 K1 V3 Burials in the Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning, Pennsylvania
1811 – 1995, compiled
by Allen R. & Marla K. Mechling
PR 975.5921 V2b Marriage Notices from Extant Issues of the “Rockingham Register, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1922 – 1870, by Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush, Ph. D.
PR 979.4 R The San Dieguito Type Site: M.J. Rogers’ 1838 Excavation on the San Dieguito River, edited by Claude N. Warren.
PR 979.496 G Mission San Juan Capistrano in Time, by Lee Goode and Bob Spidell
PR 979.497 F Temecula Wine Country by Rebecca Farnbach, Vincenzo Cilurzo and Audrey Cilurzo
PR 979.498 B Old Town Temecula, by Loretta Barnett, Rebecca Farnbach and Jeffery Harmon for the Vail Ranch Restoration Association.
PR 979.498 S Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress, by Steven Schoenherr
Revised 10/23/14)

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