By Salvatore Manna, Terry Beaudoin
The historical past of the olive within the Gold state of Northern California is a narrative of the Spanish within the New international, of the Gold Rush, of immigrants from Italy and different Mediterranean international locations, of daring pioneers, enterprising farmers and scientists, and of businessmen and businesswomen. targeting Calaveras County within the south and Placer County within the north, but in addition exploring the olive all through such a lot of Northern California, together with olive havens akin to Corning and Oroville, that tale is advised inside of those pages via infrequent and engaging photos. if you desire to discover the olive in Northern California, even if its historical past, or expertise, this quantity offers either an appetizer and a pleasing entrée. As love of the olive grows, for the 1st time a e-book tells the story of the olive tree, the king of timber, within the mom Lode of California.
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A brilliant horticulturist, Cooper provided the scientific, agricultural, and economic foundation for the business of growing olives in California. Along with Frank Kimball of San Diego, Cooper led the charge for the olive. He first visited Santa Barbara in 1868 and was impressed by the trees planted there by the mission’s padres and perhaps the grove of Judge Charles Fernald, the largest in the state at 40 acres. In 1870, he moved to the Goleta Valley, where within two years he planted 5,000 trees on 50 acres from 15-inch cuttings he made primarily at the missions at San Diego, San Fernando, San Buenaventura, and Santa Barbara.
Mismanagement by the latter led to bankruptcy. Sammis, however, continued to run his orchard, selling his olives to the Lindsay company, and continued to live until 1970 in the house he and Miriam occupied when they first moved to Wallace. He died the following year in Marin County. But the trees that bore his beloved “beautiful rocks” remain, as does a legacy of olives in Calaveras County. 59 Louis Benedict Sammis was born on July 17, 1881, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His Sammis ancestors had arrived in that state from England in the 1640s.
Albert married California-born Carrie Augusta Chandler in 1883. Her father was former state senator Augustus Lemuel Chandler, a Vermonter who came to California in 1852. Albert and Carrie had 10 children, seven girls and three boys. All but one attended college, from Stanford, the University of California, Mills, and Rutgers to Davis Agricultural College, which later became the University of California, Davis, today a major center for olive research. J. Sparks on Coon Creek. There, he also grew raisins and grain and raised livestock.