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
8:08 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Charles Kappler of France Brews Beer in Etna, Calif.

 Born in Alsace, France, in 1834, Charles Kappler emigrated to Yreka, Calif., in 1860, where he worked in a brewery.  

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10:29 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Crossing Scott Mountain Requires Grit in early 1860s

 The toughest mountain to cross for the California-Oregon Stage Company was Scott Mountain.

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9:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

French-born Packer Delivers Supplies to Siskiyou County

Gus Meamber spent most of his life in Siskiyou County as a packer.  With no roads along the Klamath or Scott River, pack trains were essential for getting supplies to miners, merchants, and farmers.

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8:18 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Chinese Operate Successful Gold Mines in Siskiyou County

 Chinese mining companies were rare and their workers often persecuted during the California gold rush, but a number of operations were successful in Siskiyou County. During the late 1800s along the Klamath River, Chinese worked for white miners or ran their own mining companies. 
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9:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Barns and Watering Troughs Serve as 1880s Billboards

 Barns and watering troughs served as billboards in the 1880s, proof that advertising was as much a part of life in those days as railroading and road building.
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8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

John Daggett Develops Black Bear Gold Mine

  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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9:51 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Drunken Hired Hand Falls Off Horse, Sleeps in Ditch

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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8:45 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Siskiyou Valley Mines Yield Cinnabar, the Primary Ore of Mercury

 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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2:11 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Snowden School Survives Almost Forty Years

 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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2:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Trappers and Settlers Encounter Five Shasta County Tribes

 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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2:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Farmer Ignores Brother; Gets Himself a Wife

 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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9:51 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Siskiyou County's Oldest Church Stands on Rich Mining Land

 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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8:40 am
Thu January 2, 2014

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

 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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8:31 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Chinese Celebrate New Year in Yreka Calif. in 1931

 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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5:23 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Seiad School Has Humble Beginnings

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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11:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Gold Miner Turns to Ranching and Politics

Like so many others of his time, Robert Milton Martin sought gold when he headed West in 1849 from his home in Tennessee.  He worked the California gold fields before joining Siskiyou County’s gold rush.

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10:37 am
Mon December 9, 2013

James Abrams Explores Rugged Salmon River Country

 Two of the hardiest miners in Siskiyou County were brothers James and Frank Abrams, but it was James who was among the first white men to enter the upper reaches of the Salmon River in 1849.
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9:53 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Hydraulic Mines Operate in1900s along Klamath River

Some large and profitable mines operated in the early 1900s at Happy Camp, Calif., on the Klamath River.
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8:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Siskiyou County Once Had an Annual Hog Drive

Motorists still might encounter cattle being driven along the roads of Siskiyou County, Calif., but they’re unlikely to spot a drove of pigs. There was a time, between the late 1800s and 1916, when the Bennett Company of Forks of Salmon had an annual hog drive, usually in November.  The practice ended when roads were established into the Salmon River back country.
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10:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Strawberry Valley Becomes the Site of Mount Shasta City

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