Spending a few months healing from various annoying incidents, left me with a lack of desire to write. Desire is now back, stimulated by various events and positions which have been discussed lately. Bed Tax increase. Yes the Bed Tax was adopted in 1964 in an attempt to encourage the county to begin an economic [...]

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After the 1916 burning of the Opera House, at Bullion Street and 6th Street, along with the Larew building next door, the High School had only the Presbyterian Church building (now Freeman and Seaman Surveying) across the street for housing.  The Opera House was used mainly for activities such as dances and gatherings.  It is assumed that the School District [...]

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A week or so ago, I visited at the High School in Mariposa to see a teacher and a student.  It has been some time since I have been to the main building and I realized that I graduated there over 60 years ago.  When I was a freshman the building was 8 or 9 years old, still new [...]

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On Saturday evening, October 27, 2012 I was joined by Mariposa County citizens in honoring both our service and our fellow Trustees from other counties and the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the University of California at Merced.  The University now has 5000 students and is growing, in facility and attendance towards the 10,000 mark.  There are many reasons [...]

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From the time that Gold Mining, on any large scale, ended with the fires at the Mary Harrison, Princeton and Mariposa Mines, company employment outside Yosemite National Park ended.  Almost on the heals of this slow down in mining World War One started, draining Mariposa County, and many rural areas, of strong young men.  Remember [...]

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I suppose there are many who will disagree with me, and that is not new.  I also suppose that what I am about to write will frighten some but the main thing, I hope, is that it will stimulate discussion and debate leading to some improvement in the way we accomplish things here.  I am the product of both [...]

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First let me tell you I could be wrong about something.  Most of history is oral, at least in Mariposa County.  There is no doubt about Pres. Roosevelt’s order to close  gold, and perhaps other, mines at the beginning of World War Two, but why was the Mt. Gaines Mine not stripped of it’s machinery to [...]

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