Moments in History: 1918 Influenza – From Europe to the Bay Area

By PAHA Historian Steve Staiger and PAHA Board member Leslie Mills It is likely that more Americans have heard of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the last six months than in the previous 100 years. The story of the 1918 influenza pandemic is one of the most interesting events in our national history, yet it
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Moments in History: Victor Arnautoff, 1896-1979

Victor Mikhail Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a Russian-born painter and Stanford art professor for over 20 years. The son of a Russian Orthodox priest, he showed talent from an early age and intended to make art his career – but history had other ideas. When World War I began, he enrolled in military school and held leadership positions
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Moments in History: Juana Briones, 1802 – 1889

Juana Briones was a healer, an early landowner, and an entrepreneur. She also secured a divorce from her abusive husband, which was unheard of at the time. As a woman of mixed heritage who accomplished so much, she was a trailblazer. Native, Spanish, Mexican, and American California cultures blended in the life of Juana Briones
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Moments in History: Leland Stanford, 1824-1893 Jane Stanford, 1828-1905

Leland Stanford was born into a well-off farming family in New York state. After passing his bar exam in 1848, he moved to Wisconsin to practice law. In 1850, he married Jane Lathrop of Albany, New York. After three years in Wisconsin, Leland moved to California, where his brothers had already found success as merchants.
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Moments in History: Don Jesus Ramos, 1829-1912 and Don Secundino Robles, 1830-1890

DON JESUS RAMOS Don Jesus Ramos, a native of Mexico who came to California in search of gold, arrived in Mayfield in 1851—a year after California became a state. He worked as foreman for Secundino Robles. At age 48, he married 16-year-old Julia Gallegos, who had migrated from Spain in 1865 with her family. They
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Moments in History: Wong Foon Yen/Fern Mock, 1908-2008

Wong Foon Yen was born in 1908 in China’s Guangdong Province. Her father had moved to California in 1882, briefly returning to China to marry Wong Foon Yen’s mother. After fourteen months of married life, he left his pregnant wife in Guangdong and returned to San Francisco, arriving the day Wong Foon Yen was born.
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