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.
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.