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Saving The Little Church On The Hill

OAKHURST – The Little Church on the Hill stands in quiet, simple elegance in the Oakhill Cemetery along Highway 41 in the town of Oakhurst. It has borne witness to the joys of weddings and baptisms, the fun of Sunday picnics and Easter egg hunts, and served as the spiritual and social center of a fledgling community for many years.

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The History Mystery #11

This History Mystery was provided by the Mono Museum in North Fork, CA. They know little about the photograph except that it has a couple of names written on it. They appear to be “C.R. Coleman, Clayton Teaford, and Jim Lewis.” If you know anything about the people or place in the photo please make a comment at the bottom ...

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Clampers Dedicate Another Piece Of History

AHWAHNEE – Back in the Gold Rush Days, a good prank or a practical joke brought much needed relief to the realities of what was a very hard life. The “Clampers” still love a good bit of fun, but they are also dedicated to the promotion and preservation of western history. E Clampus Vitus, Grub Gulch Chapter 41- 49, gathered ...

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The History Mystery #10

The photograph below of local Sierra National Forest rangers circa 1910, includes Gene Tully (far left), a well liked and respected government employee. Other rangers in this picture are John Huges (black hat, third from left) and John Geddes (center top). But where in North Fork was this photo taken? And, who are the other rangers in this picture taken ...

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The History Mystery #9

Written by Lynn Northrup The Raymond Granite Quarry in Knowles has been a large part of Raymond’s history since the 1890s. This tool was donated by an old quarry family, the Iversons, and even though we found an advertisement for it in The Granite Cutter’s Journal from the 1920s, no one has been able to explain what it was used ...

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The History Mystery #8

Written by Don Grove The North Fork History Group recently received a photograph from the Sierra National Forest, Photo HPO3635. J.A. Thomason took this photograph in the 1940s of the Veteran’s Wall that was located somewhere within the North Fork community. Do you know where this Wall was located, when it was built, or when it was taken down? If ...

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Willow Creek History Pt. 2

A Closer Look At Basket Weaving – From the new book Willow Creek History, by Marcia Penner Freedman, a chapter explores the Mono tradition of basket weaving (p 33). The chapter begins with a quotation from Gaylen Lee’s book walking where we lived: I know that nothing ends, all of life goes on, they are still here, all of the ...

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Willow Creek History Pt. 1

Now available is a delightful new book highlighting the history of Willow Creek, the water that flows from high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains into Bass Lake. The author, Marcia Penner Freedman, has taken the reader on the journey down the mountains into the lake and enlightened us with the power produced beyond this recreational wonder. Included are side insights ...

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The History Mystery #7

This is a picture of the Coarsegold Grandmothers Club. Can anyone identify these club members? We know that the lady 3rd from the left in the top row is Laura Jane Conway and the lady 5th from the left on the bottom row is Mable Shere. Does anyone know when the club was organized?

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The History Mystery #6

Written by Roger Mitchell, Historian/Librarian Fresno Flats Museum Park & Research Library History seems to have forgotten just who it was that first found an iron-stained quartz vein near the Southeast base of Raymond Mountain. The outcrop must have looked promising because the Prospectors dug a tunnel back into the mountain. Over the years debris and water have half-filled the ...

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