Three Rivers, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Rolling, wooded hills next to high mountains that fed rivers and the chance for a fresh start lured pioneers to Three Rivers in the 1850s. Drawing on her own family’s history, in this new book author Sophie Britten presents a picture of their daily life as well as shedding light on those who followed, detailing 100 years of the area’s history. Family lore shares equal billing with history in this intriguing look at pioneers in California.
“Pioneers in Paradise: A Historical and Biographical Record of Early Days in Three Rivers, California 1850s to 1950s” covers a lot of ground, literally. In the first section, Britten describes the apple and pear orchards of Three Rivers and cemeteries, as well as community events, services and organizations, natural hazards, schools, and early business ventures like the broom handle factory, fish hatchery and saloon. Britten brings history alive with her detailed descriptions of daily life, including a mention of when Three Rivers was a “hot spot” for motion pictures. Between 1925 and 1929, she writes, a number of films were made there and in nearby parks.
The second section features stories about specific families, told in chronological order. The stories reveal hard-working people and colorful characters, including Mary Holben Trauger, the first white woman to stay in the Mineral King Mining District through an entire winter in the 1870s and a former playmate of William McKinley, future president of the United States. Mary, who helped her husband find the buried and wounded during a snow slide, became known as Mineral King’s “Angel” for that work and for caring for ill or injured silver miners. Historic photos scattered throughout the book enhance this richly detailed narrative.
Author Sophie Britten, a retired rancher, is the third generation of her family to live in Three Rivers and the nearby foothills and mountains. Her family has done cattle ranching, stock packing and citrus farming in the area. Britten, who has published manuscripts, wrote the book after discovering boxes filled with newspaper clippings from area papers. She already is planning another book on the Loverin family and one on an early visitor to the Kaweah canyons.
For additional information, please visit http://www.brittenbooks.net.
Pioneers in Paradise: A Historical and Biographical Record of Early Days in Three Rivers, California 1850s to 1950s
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1650-4 348 pages $19.95 US
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