Memorial 5

Art - Kearney Mansion Jan 2010 cropped
Only four weeks left. Again, it’s getting short here. While the “Gold Rush” had a beginning of migrations to California, there were men coming from all areas from the eastern states, north and south, and from global locations. Other early farmers or names in the area were Hildreth, Daulton, Castro, Firebaugh, Chapman, Helm, Johnson, Faymonville, Savage, Heiskell, as well as Miller and Lux. Many were ex-miners.
When Millerton was still the Fresno County seat there was a civilian fight that had to be quelled by the US Army in the area. The state of California had the famous “California One Hundred” battalion that went to the east coast as a Union volunteers.

The war occurred before Fresno was a town. There were further folks coming after the war from both northern and southern states. There were veterans farming here before the City of Fresno was formed in 1872 on Easterby farm land.

Fresno County had the Alabama colony north of the San Joaquin River on Cottonwood Creek near present day Highway 99 and Avenue 12 in the present Madera County.[ Madera County was formed in 1893 from the northern portion of Fresno County.] Of the family names of that era are Borden, Mordecai, Dixon, Holmes, Reading, Sledge, Chapman, Friedlander. I mentioned Ryan in Fresno, and there were the three doctors, Hopkins, Maupin and Meux. The old Ryan Hotel in Fresno was built by Confederate Civil War Veteran Ryan.

Timothy J. Desmond
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