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History Mystery #125

Submitted by Don Grove, North Fork History Group I am retiring as coordinator of the History Mystery series after 11 years. It has been a great joy to work on this project, but for personal reasons, I am unable continue. I want to thank our partners (Raymond Museum, Coarsegold Museum, Fresno Flats Historical Society, Sierra Mono Museum and E Clampus Vitus) ...

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History Mystery #123 Grub Gulch Band

In 2021 Grub Gulch 41-49 E. Clampus Vitus restored an antique Cornet for the Madera County Museum. The Cornet is a J. W. Pepper brand manufactured in 1890 and was owned and played by a gentleman named Walter Mills. Mills was a superintendent of the Gambetta Mine in Grub Gulch and it is said that he organized the Grub Gulch ...

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History Mystery #121: Time Book From 1876

Check out this awesome time book from a century and a half ago! Do you know anything about it or recognize any of the names? Let us know!

This week’s History Mystery is a time book from 1876. It appears to have been used to track work hours and wages. Do you know anything about it? Do you recognize any of the names? Please let us know here in the comments or on the SNO Facebook page! Follow-up to History Mystery #120: North Fork Festival & Loggers Jamboree ...

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History Mystery #120: North Fork Festival & Loggers Jamboree

Image of a group of men in a chainsaw contest.

Prepared by Michael Owlyler. It wasn’t always called the Loggers Jamboree. In 1960, the “North Fork Festival” was organized to raise funds for the North Fork Boosters Club. Back then, the organization of the Festival included activities that tied to logging, at that time a mainstay of the community. Included in the activities of the North Fork Festival was a ...

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History Mystery #119: Antique Metal Object

Image of an antique mystery object.

This device was submitted by Jon Norby. We would like to know what this was used for and any other information you may be able to supply. We thank all of our loyal followers of the History Mystery Series. If you have a Mystery from our local area you can submit it to DonGrove1@yahoo.com. If you can provide some information ...

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History Mystery #118: Cast Iron Object From 1859

Image of a mystery cast iron object from 1859.

Submitted by Karen Morris, Coarsegold Historical Society Chairperson COARSEGOLD — This object belongs to one of the members of the Coarsegold Historical Society. It is made of cast iron and has three separate pieces. There is a patent date April 17, 1849. It was made in 1859. We are looking for any information to pass along to them. The Coarsegold ...

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History Mystery #117: Antique Amp Meter

Image of an antique amp meter.

Submitted by Don Grove, North Fork History Group NORTH FORK — This very old tool was donated to the North Fork History Group. It has a gauge on it marked as amperes. It was proudly made in the USA, so you know it is pretty old. We know this is an amp meter, but we would like to know how ...

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History Mystery #116: Sam “Long Knife” Clark

Image of a History Mystery item.

By Debby Carter, Sierra Historic Sites Association Sam Clark and his wife, Trudel, were fixtures in Oakhurst for many years. They both had very interesting pasts and loved to tell their stories. They were early members of the Sierra Historic Sites Association, and when Sam died his wife left a large collection of his things to the SHSA, which you ...

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History Mystery #115: Antique Homestead Tools

Image of a mystery tool from an old homestead.

Submitted by Lynn Northrup, Raymond Museum. These two items were recently donated from two different homesteads near Raymond. We would like to know their uses and what decade they would be from. Follow-up to History Mystery #114: The Fine Gold Saloon There were no comments pertaining to the questions asked about this Mystery. Comments from SNO Facebook page: Janel Nielsen: ...

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History Mystery #114: The Fine Gold Saloon

Image of a sign from the Fine Gold Saloon.

Submitted by Connie Popelish, North Fork History Group. In a 2013 interview, Bill Vanderburg told the North Fork History Group about a saloon on the east side of Road 200 that was built to straddle Fine Gold Creek. He said it was a bar and dance hall with Fine Gold Creek flowing underneath it. Then some years later, the building ...

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