Photos and Videos

On February 17, 2024 Lani Yoshimura presented “We Are Americans!” at the Colusi County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

Just like her parents, Lani Yoshimura was born and raised in Colusa, CA. She attended local schools, and helped at her parent’s business, Vogue Cleaners. Lani relates the story of her parents, Aki and Hizi (Hinoki) Yoshimura and the close-knit community of Japanese Americans who have called Colusa home since the early 1900s. Incarcerated by the federal government during World War II, these families treasure their cultural roots but have never doubted for a moment that “We are Americans!”  Despite being imprisoned, sons from both the Yoshimura and Hinoki families volunteered to serve in the US Army. Aki Yoshimura volunteered for a suicide mission as a linguist for Merrill’s Marauders. Ironically, he was fighting for freedom while his family and friends were held behind barbed wire.

A video was created by a team of 6 sophomores from Gilroy High, and Lani is the narrator. The program brought together the Social Science students at Gilroy High and a number of veterans who were part of Lani’s library’s “Wartime Memories” program. The student’s instructor got a grant from Digital Library to create oral histories of veterans. It was his master’s project. 

Here is the video:

The Early Years of harvesting in Glenn County

Newville Cemetery  –  West of Orland

The Newville Cemetery was formed around 1862.  S. R. Ford died on May 4th,1862 at age 24 in an Indian confrontation on Eagle Peak, west of Paskenta.  (Photos by Charles Martin.)

Sacramento River Scene

This river scene is near Willows in Glenn County.  The image comes from a vintage post card with explanatory text of “Scene on Kuhn project in the Sacramento Valley, California.  If interested in California farms, see or write to Kuhn Irrigated Land Co., 511 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA.”  Post card postage was one cent at the time.

The Alder Springs Stage

Alder Springs was the place to send the family during hot weather.  There were numerous rental cabins here plus a store, post office, and saloon.  The Stanley Steamer Stage replaced a six-horse stage previously used on the run from Elk Creek.  The Alder Springs Post Office closed June 1940.  This photo dates from 1918 and is in the archives at the Alta Schmidt House Museum and is courtesy of the Orland Historical & Cultural Society.

The Restored Monroeville Cemetery

The Monroeville Cemetery was restored in 1980 by archaeologists from Chico State University and Butte College.  It is located about 5 miles south of Hamilton City on Hwy. 45.  It’s most famous resident is Willliam Ide, who was associated with the “Bear Flag Revolt” in Sonoma in 1846.   Ide was President of the short-lived California Republic.