TAPESTRY

Compiled by Eugenia (Genie) Olson  

A collection of writings from the pioneer days

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A tapestry is the result of artistic weaving of many individual threads to form one picture. Usually, there is a common thread throughout the tapestry. It forms the size and shape of the finished work. Woven in and out are countless threads. Some are colorful, some, muted, but each thread is important to the completed work and combines to knit a fabric that presents a pleasing picture.

The history of a community is like a tapestry. The lives of the people who have lived there are the colorful threads that are woven together to form the total picture. Each helps to add color, dimension, beauty, and shape to the historic fabric of the community.

Presented here are samples of the “threads” which helped to create the tapestry which we call the Galt area. This area includes: Arno, Clay, Colony, Elliott, Galt, Herald, Hicksville, Liberty , and Thornton . The common threads in the tapestry are those of courage and determination. They are always present, and have formed and shaped the total picture of the Galt area we know today.

This compilation of historic accounts, journal clippings, diary entries, and interviews taken from the Galt Area Historical Society archives, is shared with the reader to help future generations know the story of those who were here before them and who helped shape the history of this area.

We gratefully dedicate this book to all those whose written documentation formed the threads that recorded history for us.

 

Table of contents

Chapter 1.............................................The Legend of the “Liberty Rose”............................. 1

Chapter 2............................................ John Van Valkenburgh, Pioneer................................ 3

Chapter 3............................................ Excerpts From the History of The Hickey Family...... 4

Chapter 4............................................ Fred Joseph Schindler, Pioneer............................... 9

Chapter 5............................................ Jeremiah Kenefick’s Family................................... 11

Chapter 6............................................ Two Obituaries...................................................... 14

Chapter 7........................................... The Barbers of Thornton......................................... 16

Chapter 8........................................... The Last of The Thorntons...................................... 18

Chapter 9........................................... The Old Flag........................................................... 20

Chapter 10......................................... The Town’s Doc...................................................... 21

Chapter 11......................................... As I Recall.............................................................. 23

Chapter 12......................................... Brown School...New Photos................................... 26

Chapter 13......................................... The Little Red Schoolhouse.................................... 29

Chapter 14......................................... Brother Durham’s Anniversary Poem...................... 31

Chapter 15......................................... From The Autograph Books of…............................. 33

Chapter 16......................................... The New Galt Grammar School............................... 38

Chapter 17......................................... Galt High School Bulletin - 1927.............................. 39

Chapter 18......................................... Essay on Galt......................................................... 41

Chapter 19......................................... The Oldest Rebekah............................................... 42  

 This book is lovingly dedicated to the pioneers of this area whose writings have given us a glimpse of times past.  

Acknowledgments: Our thanks to the families of the pioneers who have shared these writings with us, and to JoAnn Geiger who helped make Tapestry a reality.  

Copyright 2000 by the Galt Area Historical Society, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Galt Area Historical Society, Inc.  

Printed in Galt, California, September 2000

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