Social Setting

The fabric of the area begins at individual homes and ranches into small area communities which include social and fraternal clubs, churches, and benevolent groups with activities such as parades, dances, bonfires, and sports teams.

All About Our Grandfathers by Courtney & Mahon

One day around the dining room table, Tom Mahon and his cousin Philip Courtney shared memories about their grandfathers, PB Smith and JW Mahon.

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Discovery, Land Grant & Gold by Ellen Rosa

Mrs. Ellen Rosa describes how her ancestor, Jared D. Sheldon, along with William C. Daylor, discovered the Cosumnes River Valley and in 1842 obtained title to over 15,000 acres by Mexican Land Grant. She goes on to tell of the finding gold in nearby Dry Creek and during the gold rush, of the family’s strategy of protecting their landholdings by carefully selecting to whom they sold land and, therefore, who would become their neighbors.

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Hawaiians in EG by Richard Hussey

In 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded a presentation made by author Richard Hussey to the Elk Grove Historical Society, where he shared great details about the earliest presence of Hawaiians in California.

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Legends of the Cosumnes by Tom Mahon

In January 2020, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had a conversation with Tom Mahon, Linda’s younger brother, about the history of the many peoples and cultures who have lived on the Mahon Ranch from its establishment in 1880. Tom calls this story the ‘Legends of the Cosumnes.’

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Beitzel, George

In May 2016, George Beitzel shared several stories of the Cosumnes River Valley. In this episode, he presents some interesting stories of his dad.

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Sheldon Daylor Series Part 1

In 2018 and 2019, Mel Pierson spent time with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation sharing the early California story of Jared Sheldon and William Daylor and their legacy on the history of Sacramento and Elk Grove area. This is a three-part series. In the four episodes of Part 1, Mel presents the early life of Jared Sheldon and his migration to California and of his carpentry work in Los Angeles and Monterey, how Sheldon met and became lifelong friends with William Daylor, and of the 19,000-acre Mexican Land Grant in the Cosumnes River Valley. The story then takes us through discovering gold on the Cosumnes River, of the Donner Party, California’s statehood, and of the two men each marrying a Rhoads sister.

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Sheldon Daylor Series Part 2

In 2018 and 2019, Mel Pierson spent time with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation sharing the early California story of Jared Sheldon and William Daylor and their legacy on the history of Sacramento and Elk Grove area. This is a three-part series. In the two episodes of Part 2, Mel tells about the discovery of gold in Coloma and how early settlers were collecting gold around Elk Grove, well before Marshall’s discovery. This part also details the impact, both good and bad, that the discovery of gold had on the lives of all those living in California, including the early days of crossing the Cosumnes River, of the Cholera epidemic, and—of murder.

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Sheldon Daylor Series Part 3

In 2018 and 2019, Mel Pierson spent time with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation sharing the early California story of Jared Sheldon and William Daylor and their legacy on the history of Sacramento and Elk Grove area. This is a three-part series. In the final episodes of Part 3, Mel takes us through the 1850s to 1870s and the remarkable account of three sisters, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Sara Rhoads, all young widows. How they lived, worked, and dealt with owning and protecting some of the largest landholdings in California from the era of the Gold Rush to the completion of the Intercontinental Railroad.

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