Special Topics 

In this Section we capture individuals or groups discussing businesses, ranches and farms, schools and churches, community activities, unusual events, memorable characters or historic happenings from the Greater Elk Grove area. Recordings will be listed alphabetically either by family namely subject matter. All recordings throughout the collection will be cross-referenced, as applicable, between Sections.​

  • Business and Industry

    • Hop Ranching

    • Cattle Ranching

    • Dairy Farming

    • Orchards and Grain Farming

    • Vineyards and Wineries

    • Mining

    • Mercantile

    • Utilities

  • Important Eras

    • Native Peoples

    • Spanish

    • Mexican

    • Migration

    • Gold Rush

    • Settlement

  • Important historical events

    • Donner Party

    • Murphy’s Corral

    • Sheldon’s Grist Mill 

  • Social Setting

    • Early Life in the Area

    • Schools and Cemeteries

    • Churches

    • Fraternal Organizations

    • Picnics and Dances

    • Law, Justice and Politics

 

Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation

Our Inaugural Play Reading

In September of 2016, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation performed its Inaugural Annual Foundation Play Reading.  The Annual Performance is one of the major objectives of the Foundation as part of our overall mission to record and present oral histories of the Greater Elk Grove Area.
Performed by alumnae and current students of the Sheldon High School TheaterWORKS program, the subject of the 2016 Play Reading was the story of our namesake: Linda Mae Mahon Lema. Chronicling Linda’s life in Elk Grove, the story was presented in a fast-paced, captivating and sometimes humorous manner that left the audience with a deeper understanding of Linda and her passions for visual and performing arts and the skill of storytelling.

2106 Intro & Play Reading - LMML Foundation
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2017 Play Reading

In September of 2017, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation performed its 2nd Annual Foundation Play Reading. The Annual Performance is one of the major objectives of the Foundation as part of our overall mission to record and present oral histories of the Greater Elk Grove Area.


Performed by alumnae and current students of the Sheldon High School TheaterWORKS program, the subject of the 2017 Play Reading was the story of the Jackson Family of the Florin and Elk Grove areas. The story traces the Jackson family roots through several generations from the son born at sea of a sea captain and his wife, the daughter of the ship owner, to early America, to migrating to the Midwest, then venturing further west, by oxen wagon, to South Sacramento County. Here the family settles and prospers. They are credited with establishment of a church, two one-room schools, a cemetery and many inventions which were critical to the growth of area agriculture.

2017 Play Reading - LMML Foundation
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LMML Foundation 2018 Play Reading

In September of 2018, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation performed its 3rd Annual Foundation Play Reading which was presented during the annual Elk Grove Area History Week at the Elk Grove Historical Society’s Plow-to-Plate Dinner.  
Performed by alumnae and current students of the Sheldon High School TheaterWORKS program, the subject of the Play Reading was the story of the Elk Grove Book Club. Established in 1936 by ten Elk Grove women, the Book Club is one of the oldest book clubs in the country. Entering its 83rd year, the Club continues to follow the original charter of reviewing all manner of titles and subjects. 

2018 Play Reading - LMML Foundation
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Business and Industry

 
Hop Farming

Cosumnes River Hops, Past and Future 

In the summer of 2018, Joseph Parades and Jeremiah Sheckler spent time with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation relating the story of hops in brew-making and the over 100 year history of hops being grown along the Cosumnes River Valley.

Pt. 1 -Cosumnes River Hops, Past and Future - LMML Foundation
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Mahon Ranch Hops Story 
In September, 2018 the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation captured the presentation of Tom Mahon to the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce when Tom told the story and history of his family’s Ranch and of growing hops along the Cosumnes River Valley from the 1880s to today.


In his presentation Tom describes how in 1882 his Great Grandfather, John Mahon, began growing, harvesting and drying hops for market along the Cosumnes River. As he tells the story, Tom paints a very vivid picture of what the Mahon Ranch was like from the earliest of times through the 20th Century. 

Mahon Ranch Hops Story - LMML Foundation
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Hop Farming
For over 100 years hop ranching was a major agricultural endeavor all along the Cosumnes River from Sloughhouse to the old Upper Monterey Trail (now Highway 99). George Beitzel relates the history of the hop industry in the area and describes the processes, pitfalls and impact of Elk Grove area hop ranching.

Hop Farming - LMML Foundation
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Reintroducing Hops to Elk Grove 

In July of 2018, Jeremiah Sheckler and Joseph Paredes of Triple J Brewing sat down with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation and related the history of hops in the Elk Grove Area. During our conversation they very vividly presented the various varieties of hops, how they’re grown and how they’re used in the micro brewing process.   This is just one audio cast episode of several we produced from our discussion. We will publish the remainder in the near future, but, in the meantime, please join Triple J Brewing and the Mahon Ranch of Elk Grove on Friday, September 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.at the inaugural Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest during Elk Grove Area History Week. The Ranch is located at 10171 Grant Line Road. Access to the event is at the signal at the intersection of Grant Line Road and Waterman Road. Tickets are available at www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Reintroducing Hops to Elk Grove - LMML Foundation
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Grist Mill

“In May 2016 George Beitzel shared several stories of the Cosumnes River Valley. In this episode he discusses schools and cemeteries of the area.”

Grist Mill - LMML Foundation
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Orchards and Grain Farming

Pistachios and Wineries
In 1977 prominent Elk Grove citizen, Bud Jones, discussed with local students the origins in Elk Grove of what was once the largest Pistachio orchard in the country. He also related, in great detail, the history of grape growing and wineries in the area which date back to the 1880’s. This recording is part of the Elizabeth Pinkerton Collection and, through the Foundation, is being made public for the first time.

Origins of Slough House Cemetery - LMML Foundation
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Sheldon Grist Mill Rembrances

In an April 2016 interview, Mrs. Ellen Rosa described her remembrances of the Sheldon Grist Mill built in 1846-47 by her great grandfather Jared Sheldon. The grist mill was one of three water-driven flour mills that Sheldon built in California and was an important part of the economy of the area for many years.
It is with great sadness that we report that Mrs. Rosa passed away in April 2017, at the age 0f 91. She will be greatly missed by all who savored local history. In an article written at the time of her death, Lance Armstrong of the Elk Grove Citizen said, “During her life, Ellen became active in efforts to preserve the Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery and document the history of people buried there. To raise funds for that project, Ellen sold copies of a book about William Daylor that she had revised. The book, William Daylor: My Grandfather’s Friend was written by her mother.”

Sheldon's Grist Mill Rembrances - Ellen Rosa
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Mercantile

JM Derr Lumber Company

One of Elk Grove's oldest businesses, continuously operated by the same family, is the J.M. Derr Lumber Company. Carole Crump gives us some insight into the business and its founder J.M. Derr, Carole's grandfather.

JM Derr Lumber Company - Carole Crump
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Utilities

Bud Jones - Elk Grove Water Works

“In January, 1977, Mrs. Elizabeth Pinkerton’s Joseph Kerr Middle School class interviewed Mr. Bud Jones, then the owner of the Elk Grove Water Works. 40 years later, the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation had the honor of preserving the recording and the opportunity to create new audio casts from the original works. In this episode, Mr. Jones discusses the history and operation of the Water Works from its inception to the date of the interview.”

Bud Jones on the EG Water Works - LMML Foundation
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Important Eras

 
Settlement

How land was granted by the Spanish

In 2018 the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation recorded a general meeting of the Elk Grove Historical Society where local Early-California historian Mark Davidson was guest speaker. 


In his presentation, Mark shares the story of how title to many thousands of acres of land was granted by the Spanish and later the Mexican governments to local residents. These land grants covered areas we now know as Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom and beyond.

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Pt. 2 - How land was granted by the Spanish - LMML Foundation
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Settlement

Discovery, Land Grant, Gold and Neighbors
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 land holdings by carefully selecting to whom they sold land, and, therefore, who would become their neighbors.

Discovery, Land Grant, Gold and Neighbors - Ellen Rosa
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Korean War

Kammerer Family Korean War Story

Through the years many Elk Grove area Veterans have served with honor, distinction and heroism in service to their country. In 2019 the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation learned of a very remarkable story about Elk Grove’s Kammerer Family during the Korean War.
Arnold and DeRoy Kammerer were both drafted into the US Army and served in Korea at the same time. Arnold was an ammo bearer and DeRoy was a combat medic. While not allowed to serve in the same unit, as they wanted, each man was deployed to a front-line unit and they were stationed just a few kilometers apart.
Their story is a compelling journey from farm boy sons of Russian-German immigrant parents to battle-hardened soldiers who held fast to their core beliefs of patriotism, compassion and humanity.

Kammerer Korean War Story - LMML Foundation
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WWII Veteran Story - Preston Hanford

In the spring of 2018 the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation discovered a rather compelling story that has its roots deeply steeped in all that is California. It is the story of WWII USMC Veteran Preston Hanford, Sr. who is now interred in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Elk Grove. His sons Preston, Jr. and Curtis shared his story with us.

WWII Veteran Story - Preston Hanford - LMML Foundation
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Important Historical Events

Donner Party

Rhoads Family lead Donner Party

Mrs. Ellen Rosa describes how members of her Rhoads family lead the rescue to the Donner Party. Mrs. Rosa is a descendant of the Rhoads and Sheldon families of the Cosumnes River Valley and has done extensive research and authored several articles and books on the subject of the first European settlers in the area.

Donner Party - Ellen Rosa
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Social Setting

Early Life in the Area

Early Life in the Greater Elk Grove Area

Mrs. Ellen Rosa describes her remembrances of what life was like in the early years in the Greater Elk Grove area. Mrs. Rosa is a descendant of the Rhoads and Sheldon families of the Cosumnes River Valley and has done extensive research and authored several articles and books on the subject of the first European settlers in the area.

Early Life in Elk Grove - Ellen Rosa
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Irene West - First Black American Teacher in Elk Grove

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.

Irene West - Part 1 - LMML Foundation
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Schools & Cemeteries 
Schools 

In the spring of 2018, Arlene Hein and Elizabeth Pinkerton met with the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation to discuss early schools of the area and how the creation of the Elk Grove Unified School District in 1959 dramatically affected the communities of the area.

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In May 2016 George Beitzel shared several stories of the Cosumnes River Valley. In this episode he discusses schools and cemeteries of the area.”

Schools and Cemeteries - LMML Foundation
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In 2018, Jonathan Lambdin and Deborah Gale gave the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation an account of the history and future of the Elk Grove Cosumnes Cemetery District and its six historic cemeteries, including an overview of the purpose and vision of the District. Along the way they share a bit of history about how windmill blades were used as grave markers and many other interesting and little known facts about the District.

Elk Grove Cosumnes Cemetary District Pt 1 - LMML Foundation
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Elk Grove Cosumnes Cemetary District Pt3 - LMML Foundation
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Slough House Cemetery

On a crisp spring day in 2018, Roberta Tanner of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers gave the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation a walking tour of the pioneer Slough House Cemetery. Roberta was extremely informative about the history of the cemetery and of the many notable people who are at rest in the oldest pioneer cemetery in Northern California. This is just one audio cast episode of several we produced from our tour. We will publish the remainder in October, but, in the meantime, please join Roberta on Monday September 24th at 4:00 during Elk Grove Area History for a ‘Live and in Person’ tour of the Slough House Cemetery. The Cemetery is located just east of the Meadowlands Restaurant (Formerly the Slough House Inn) on Meiss Rd.

Slough House Cemetery - LMML Foundation
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