Bygone Days in Early Northern California
Growing Up in Ol’ Berryessa
James Noble Hatch, edited Neal A. Roberts
This enjoyable, evocative memoir of the early ranching days in and around California’s Solano and Napa counties paints vivid images of its times and places. James Noble Hatch recounts his childhood in the early days in and around Vacaville, California. Hatch, born 1868 near St. Helena, California, lived on farms near Napa and in the Berryessa Valley before his family settled near Vacaville.
Jim movingly describes late nineteenth-century rural life, from attending local schoolhouses to plowing fields, planting fruit trees, going on a cattle round-up, and hunting in the nearby hills. His colorful descriptions, poetry, and timeless bits of wisdom help bring the story to life. Jim traces the circumstances and decisions that would result in his later success in engineering, from his humble, challenging beginnings working on the family farm to his hard-won battle with his father to attend university. Along the way, Jim brushes shoulders with several locals now notable in the history of Vacaville and its surroundings.
The author’s family has treasured the manuscript of this book for over a century. Publishing it has been a labor of love. Great effort has been made to preserve the author’s original wording, capturing his unique writing style, along with its historical influences. Extensive annotations have been supplied by the editor to explain various terms and provide historical context.
A must read for California historians and residents curious about the history of this corner of the Golden State
“I admire the devotion and skill that have gone into this evocative slice of the past. The editing, selection of images, and design are all first rate, the book a pleasure to read.”
—Malcolm Margolin, publisher, Heyday Books
280 pages, 6" x 9.25", full-color cover, 20 color photographs, 37 black & white photographs, 10 maps, 14 other illustrations––mostly color, timeline, bibliography, index, 2014.
Published by St. Helena Press. ISBN 978-0-939431-42-7. trade paper
Books and Maps on Related Topics:
Walking in Beauty; Growing Up with the Yurok Indians by Harry K. Roberts
Lacrosse Playing Cards by Prospero Art, Illustrations by Jan Padover
Gold Fever, Part Three: The Path to Civil War by Ken Salter
Sierra Stories; Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues by Gary Noy
Native American Playing Cards; 55 Portraits by Edward Curtis by Prospero Art
The Mendocino Coast Glove Box Guide, 3rd Edition—Lodgings, Eateries, Sights, History, Activities and More by Bob Lorentzen
Trails and Tales of Yosemite and the Central Sierra—A Guide for Hikers and History Buffs by Sharon Giacomazzi
Snowbound; Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra by Mark McLaughlin
An Everyday History of Somewhere by Ray Raphael
The Hiker’s hip pocket Guide to the Humboldt/Del Norte Coast, 3rd Ed. by Bob Lorentzen
The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to Sonoma County, 3rd edition by Bob Lorentzen
Monterey Bay Map by Bluewater Maps
Notebooks From the Emerald Triangle by A Novel by Bill Bradd
San Francisco: Intellect and Passion by Ken Auster
Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico by Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker and Michael Vasey; Photographs by Jeff Bisbee
Wildflowers of California's North Coast Range by Reny Parker
Mendocino Coast Map, Coastal California Series by Bluewater Maps
The Wild Mushroom Cookbook; Recipes from Mendocino For Cooks Everywhere by Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow
The Essential Geography of the United States of America by Imus Geographics
Articulate Earth; Adventures in Ecocriticism by David Rains Wallace