Gail Fiorini-Jenner

As It Was Contributor

Gail Fiorini-Jenner of Etna, California, is a writer and teacher married to fourth-generation cattle rancher Doug Jenner. They have three children, seven grandchildren and live on the original homestead.  Her first novel Across the Sweet Grass Hills, won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award. She co-authored four histories with Arcadia Publishing: Western Siskiyou County: Gold & Dreams, Images of the State of JeffersonThe State of Jefferson: Then & Now, which placed in the 2008 Next Generation Awards for Nonfiction and Postcards from the State of Jefferson.  She co-authored Historic Inns & Eateries in the State of Jefferson, featuring 30 locations and their recipes. Fiorini-Jenner has placed in several writing contests: The Jack London Novel Contest; The William Faulkner Story Contest; The Writer's Digest Inspirational Story and Screenplay Contests. She appeared on History Channel's  How the States Got Their Shapes,  and NPR's West Coast Live. She also writes for Jefferson Backroads.  

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History
8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

John Daggett Develops Black Bear Gold Mine

Episode 2378
  Discovered in 1860, the Black Bear Mine was one of the most important quartz gold mines in Siskiyou County, Calif.  It was located along the Salmon River in the Liberty Mining District, nine miles south of Sawyer’s Bar. 
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History
9:51 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Drunken Hired Hand Falls Off Horse, Sleeps in Ditch

Episode 2366

Sam Cherry was a hired man who worked for a number of ranches in the Shasta Valley east of Yreka, Calif.  Originally from the Ozarks, he moved to Siskiyou County from Oregon in 1930.

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History
8:45 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Siskiyou Valley Mines Yield Cinnabar, the Primary Ore of Mercury

Episode 2358
 The Barton and Lange Mine operated on the Klamath River in Siskiyou Valley, some four miles west of Oak Bar in the Oak Bar Mining District.  Discovered in 1890 by owners J.A. Barton and company, the mine covered 60 acres at an elevation of 1,855 feet. 

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History
2:11 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Snowden School Survives Almost Forty Years

Episode 2349
 The Snowden School District was established in 1898 along the Montague-Ager Road, 5 ½ miles north of Montague, Calif., in Siskiyou County. The school’s name derived from the nearby Snowden Southern Pacific Railroad Station.
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History
2:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Trappers and Settlers Encounter Five Shasta County Tribes

Episode 2347
 The first white men to come into contact with the Indigenous of Shasta County in Northern California may have been Russian fur trappers who moved through the mountains in 1815.  The region was home to five tribes, the Achomawi, Atsugewi, Okwanuchu, Wintu , and Yana. 
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History
2:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Farmer Ignores Brother; Gets Himself a Wife

Episode 2342
 Finding a wife in the early days of settlement in Scott Valley, Calif., was not easy. The remote region only had a few eligible young women in the 1850s.  Leroy Kidder’s journal told how the Glendenning brothers, Tom and Bill, dealt with the situation.  The tale goes like this:
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History
9:51 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Siskiyou County's Oldest Church Stands on Rich Mining Land

Episode 2319
 One important stopping point along the North Fork of the Salmon River, Sawyers Bar, was established a mile above Bestville during the gold rush. It served as a hub for other settlers who could visit its first blacksmith, Dan Davis, who sharpened picks for $1 a point on a big rock he also used as an anvil.
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History
8:40 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Randolph Collier of Etna Becomes California's Freeway "Father"

Episode 2313
 The silver-haired and voiced Senator who became known as the “father of the California freeways,” Randolph Collier, was born in Etna in 1902.  During his life, he went from being a Yreka police judge to serving in the state legislature from 1938-1976. 
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History
8:31 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Chinese Celebrate New Year in Yreka Calif. in 1931

Episode 2312
 Memoir writer Frank Herzog described how in 1931 the Chinese of Northern California celebrated their New Year in grand style.  It was the Year of the Sheep and New Year’s Day for the Chinese fell on Feb. 17.
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History
5:23 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Seiad School Has Humble Beginnings

Episode 2309

Seiad, Calif., once had a school at Schoolhouse Gulch, where if it existed today Hwy 96 would cross its front porch.

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