Elk Grove Family Histories
In this Section we capture a family member presenting the history of their family in the Greater Elk Grove area, including when they settled here, where and how they came, details about their lives, occupations and their involvement in community activities.
Adams Family History
In 2018, Tonya Ray Ward, Robin Lynn Pask, and Robert Hale, Jr., all members of the Adams family originally from the area around Carmencita Avenue in Florin, met with Louis Silveira and Elizabeth Pinkerton of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation to relate the story of their early family settlers. They discussed the family's involvement in the California Vineyard Company, the old Reese School, and the Reese Library.
Del Bandy The Bandy Family Story Posting Blog
In 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had a conversation with Del Bandy and his son Mark as Del shared the family story of the Bandys of Florin and Elk Grove and of Del's baseball coaching career at McClatchy High School, Sacramento City College, and Cosumnes River College.
In May 2016, George Beitzel shared several stories of the Cosumnes River Valley. In this episode, he discusses the Beitzel Family History.
In May 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded a conversation with Calvin Clark where he discusses the history of the Clark family in the Florin and Elk Grove areas. The Clark Family Ranch was situated between Florin and Gerber on the north and south and Bradshaw and Elk Grove-Florin Roads on the east and west. 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.
In March 2017, the LMML Foundation interviewed Lorraine Croup, first in her home in Elk Grove, then on a drive in the delta, beginning in Lorraine’s birthplace of Hood.
Dennis Buscher—His Story
In 2018, Dennis Buscher presented to the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation his story of his years of undertaking genealogical research and of building a ‘Family Tree’ of the greater Elk Grove area.
Franklin Area Families by Dennis Buscher
In early 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded the presentation of Dennis Buscher to the Elk Grove Historical Society as he related the history and the stories of the families of the Franklin area.
Glann Family by Dennis Buscher
In February 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation spent time with Dennis Buscher as he told the story of the Glann Family of Point Pleasant, near Elk Grove.
In 2018, 101-year-old Elk Grove resident Virginia Fife shared her family story with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation. Mrs. Fife was recently honored with a Key to the City of Elk Grove, acknowledging her contributions to the community for over 80 years.
In 2018, Jim and Barbra Foskett related to Judy Pierson and Louis Silveira of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation, the story of their many family connections through many generations in and around the greater area of Elk Grove.
In May of 2016, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation sat down with Richard Gage and his 98-year-old father Chalmers Gage to learn more about the Gage Family and their Elk Grove roots. Joining us in the discussion was Jack Mahon, cousin of Chalmers and Richard.
Grimshaw Family History
In January 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation interviewed Rick Grimshaw, a native of Sloughhouse, CA. Today, Rick owns and operates the Davis Ranch Produce Company, famous for its Sloughhouse sweet corn. Rick has deep roots in Sloughhouse dating back to 1850 and therefore takes a keen interest in the history of the area.
In December 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded a conversation between Jo Gusman and Elizabeth Pinkerton, where Jo shared the Gusman family story and their history in Elk Grove, Slough House, and Bridge House particularly of her father Antonio and his many accomplishments.
In January 2020, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had a conversation with Karen Heintz Castelli, who shared the stories of her Heintz and Knox families.
Heintz, Wayne: Full Life Story by Karen Castelli
Since its inception, the Linda Mae Mahon Foundation has researched and developed a local area Veteran story for presentation at the Memorial Day Ceremony produced each year by the Elk Grove Cosumnes Cemetery District. We began this tradition in 2016. In 2021 we have the solemn honor of sharing the story of Wayne D. Heintz, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, Class of 1964, who was killed in the Vietnam War in 1968. Our development of Wayne's story is the result of a combination of researching archival and military records and numerous conversations with those who knew Wayne, including elementary and high school friends Richard Gage, Carl Carlson, Ernie Boone, and Terry Burke, and, most importantly, his sister Karen Heintz Castelli and his best friend Bob Lent, both also graduates of Elk Grove High School.
This is Wayne's full life 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.
In March 2017, the LMML Foundation interviewed members of the Jackson family who are from Florin and Elk Grove. During our discussion, they told of their family's migration across the plains, of their settling in Florin in the 1860s, and of the impact the family had and is continuing to have on the area and its residents.
Bob Lent—Growing up in Elk Grove
In December 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had a conversation with Bob Lent, lifelong resident of Elk Grove, who shared stories of growing up in this town
In February 2017, the LMML Foundation interviewed Oscar Mix, a native of Elk Grove. During our discussion, he told of his family’s immigration from Europe, of their deeds in early America and across the country to California. Mr. Mix shared a great number of unique and compelling stories about his family and about the Elk Grove area from 1900 to today.
Nelmes, Chalmers & Upton Families by Tom Mahon
One day around the dining room table. Tom Mahon, Linda's younger brother, discusses their pioneer roots.
In 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded the story of the Ozawa Family Story as told by Letrice Ozawa. Mrs. Ozawa begins the story with her birth in Hawaii, of growing up and attending an English Boarding-type school in Honolulu, and of the difficulties during World War II. While not in internment camps, as were the Japanese living on the west coast of the United States, they were under severe restrictions, including curfews.
In 2016, Mel Pierson tells the story of the Patterson family branch of his family tree. The account begins with the famine in Ireland and continues with the family’s migration to America and eventually the Perkins and Walsh Station areas of Sacramento County.
In September 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded Mel Pierson as he presented the history of the Pierson Family. Mel takes us through the family’s saga, beginning with migration from Europe to escape religious persecution, to being the first President of Yale University, through the Revolutionary War and movement west, first to Ohio, then to California. Throughout, Mel shares many interesting stories of his ancestors and their accomplishments in the greater Elk Grove area, as well as many personal memories and reflections about his family.
In 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had a conversation with 95-year-old Kiyo Sato in which she related her family story. In our discussion, she related how her grandfather came to California in the early 20th century seeking to take advantage of the opportunities presented here so he could benefit his family in Japan. With him he brought his youngest son, Kiyo’s father, who was advised by his mother that staying in California was the best way for him to have a meaningful life. Kiyo shares many poignant moments of the family’s story, including how they attained land ownership then were forced into internment during World War II and of Kiyo’s service as a nurse during the Korean War.
In November 2016, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation spent time with Jerry and Jeanie Strong at their home on Bond Road in Elk Grove, recording their family stories and many fond memories they both held.
In 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had conversations with several families who live in and around Elk Grove who fled from all parts of Southeast Asia from the 1970s through the early 2000s. While the stories shared are just a very few of the hundreds, if not thousands, of similar Elk Grove area stories, they are representative of the conditions and consequences of the era which began in 1950. This is one of those stories.
Van Styne Family
In 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded Margaret Van Styne Duarte as she related her Van Styne family story to the general membership of the Elk Grove Historical Society.
In December 2017, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation spent time with George Waegell as he takes us through the years, relating the story of the Waegell Family, their ranching operations and what it was like growing up in Elk Grove. George also shares his perspective on the Japanese Internment during World War II, his many travels around North America, and his impressions of today’s computers and the impact of technology on humans.
In March 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation chatted with Bev Waterman as he discussed the history of the Waterman family. During the discussion, Louis Silveira and Tom Mackey join the conversation as Bev relates interesting stories of the family, including where the Waterman ranch was located, tales of early schooling and the connection to the nudist colony in Wilton. Bev also chats about her husband’s lifelong friendship with Dr. Gus Windmiller.
In the spring of 2018, Irene West related her story to Judy Pierson and Tom and Cindy Mahon of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation. Mrs. West, a graduate of a Black University in Tennessee, came to the area when her husband took a job transfer. Mrs. West was hired in 1962 to teach First Grade and was the first African American teacher in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
In 2019, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded a presentation made by Dr. Arnie Zimbleman to the Elk Grove Historical Society, where he shared wonderful insight into his life story. Two weeks later, the Foundation had the privilege of sitting down with Arnie to have a one-on-one conversation as he gave more details of his years as a teacher at Elk Grove High School and Cosumnes River College.
In 2018, Mel Pierson sat down with David Lema of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation to discuss why ‘everyone has a story to tell.’ He demonstrates his point by relating the story of the Zito Family, his maternal ancestors.