Research, document, record and preserve, present and publish the personal stories and family histories of the greater area of Elk Grove
History into the Future
Linda Mae Mahon was born February 23, 1947 and grew up on her family ranch in Elk Grove, which was established in 1882 by her great-grandparents. Her great-great-grandparents were the first in her family to settle in Elk Grove in 1848. Throughout her life she was fortunate enough to have elders who not only appreciated their heritage and their ancestors but also spent a tremendous amount of time and effort preserving and passing on stories, photographs, and artifacts from the past to their descendants.
Continuing this legacy became a life-long passion for Linda. She was always interested in hearing the stories of pioneer families and took great pride in remembering and relating these stories every chance she had; which she did until September 29, 2015. After a short but strong fight, Linda passed away from a very rare and extremely aggressive form of Thyroid Cancer. As a way to honor her and keep her passion thriving, her family and friends have established the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation.
Clark, Waterman and Buscher Stories
We kick off March with three family stories. First is the Clark Family History. They were a large family of 2 girls and 10 boys who, through the years, married into other nearby families such that, as Calvin said, they seemed to be related to everyone in the area.
Next is the Waterman family story that including where the Waterman ranch was located, tales of early schooling and the connection to the nudist colony in Wilton!
Finally, Dennis Buscher presented his story of his years of undertaking genealogical research and of building a ‘Family Tree’ of the greater Elk Grove area.
Holm and Mackey Family Story
In January, 2019 the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation spent time with Doris Holm as she related the Holm family story. Doris is a retired long-time teacher in Elk Grove and an active civic leader in the area. That same month, we also chatted with Tom Mackey as he discussed the history of the Mackey family.
Click here to listen to the Holm family story
Click here to listen to the Mackey family story