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SIR meeting features speaker on early California Oakmont East Recreation Center

Wednesday January 27th - 11:30am

Frank Baumgardner, the author of three books chronicling the history of Northern California, will explore that history as speaker at the Jan. 27 luncheon of SIR Branch #53.

Baumgardner’s presentation, “Blood Will Tell: Divvying Up Early California, from Col. Juan Bautista de Anza to Jasper O’Farrell,” will open with the discovery of the San Francisco Bay Area during the spring and summer of 1776 by a Spanish expedition led by Col. Bautista de Anza, and the initial settlement by 10 Mexican families. This is followed by Spain establishing more than 20 missions, beginning in San Diego, to help solidify its hold on California. He then portrays the life of O’Farrell, California’s most important surveyor, pioneer and city planner. Arriving in Sausalito on a whaling ship in 1833, O’Farrell patterns his lifestyle on other early Californians who established ranchos in both northern and southern California.

A member of the Sebastopol branch of SIR, Baumgardner has a B.S. degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, an M.A. degree in post Civil War American history from San Jose State University, and has completed studies toward a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara.

SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.