Each decade has historical significance: Land grants, gold rush, railroad, parks, fire department, post offices, water, telephone, electricity.
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.
In May 2016, George Beitzel shared several stories of the Cosumnes River Valley. In this episode, he presents some interesting stories of his dad.
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.
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.
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.’
Sheldon Daylor Series Part 1 - Episode 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.