Chico History in Photos…
Recently, I came across some old WWII correspondence to Frank LaFoon Park Cafe Chico Calif from a son stationed in Japan and Europe. I can’t read the son’s name, but assume he eventually married Barbara. If he or his family is still in the area, I would like to return the letters. If not, are you interested in them?
Hi Nattey. I know the grandaughter of Rose LaFoon who owned the park cafe. I would be happy to get them to her and I’m sure she would cherish them. You could send them to me c/o Chico Heritage Association at the PO box on this website.
Hi. Do you have any history of the Chico Fire Department? I am specifically looking to find out if W. W. Wilson (William Winslow Wilson) was ever a member of the Deluge Hose Company. Mr. Wilson was born in about 1868 in Massachusetts. He is in Chico as early as 1890. He was appointed Postmaster of Chico in May of 1898. Wilson was still living in Chico in 1900, but had moved to San Francisco by 1910. He died in San Mateo on 22 Dec 1965. I own a very fine gold fire department badge presented to W. W. Wilson by the Deluge Hose Company on January 5, 1897. Mr. Wilson’s book store and his home were three or four blocks from the Deluge firehouse. There were, of course, other fire departments that had a Deluge Hose Company. The badge may not be from Chico, but I hope that it is. I would appreciate any help that you may be able to provide. Feel free to email me directly if you would like to see photos of the badge. Thank you.
The 1910 census for Chico shows a boarding house at 305 Second Street, with no indication of east or west. I am wondering if there might be a photo of that building in your collection? I’m asking because the long lost brother of my husband’s great grandmother in Ohio seems to be there in April. He dies in August and is buried in Chico Cemetery. I have images of two ” Wanted” posters from 1883 and 1904 that my husband’s great grandfather circulated on two of his three trips west from Ohio looking for Robert Huffman, his wife’s brother. Robert is shown as a farm laborer. In 1880 I think I find him in a mining camp in Montana as a teamster. Not someone normally considered significant historically, but he was significant to his only sister back in Richland County, Ohio. And he contributed in his own way to the places where he lived.
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