Stories from Gaye Lebaron

Gaye LeBaron: Police tales show a different Santa Rosa

Former police officers recalled a time when Santa Rosa had but one homeless person — and none of the officers had ever seen a marijuana plant, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: Think you’re a Sonoma County old-timer?

Not sure if you qualify as an official Sonoma County old-timer? Let’s see what you remember.

LeBaron: The building boom that reshaped Santa Rosa

A new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum revisits stories from the postwar years, including when Santa Rosa’s population went from 17,000 to 29,000 in just one day.

LeBaron: Bad news birthed Luther Burbank Center

If it wasn’t for a Santa Rosa church’s questionable financial dealings, we might not have a Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

LeBaron: Before grapes, hops were king crop

Hops once flourished along the Russian River and its tributaries, making growers rich and going a long way toward establishing Sonoma County as a national agricultural leader.

LeBaron: When 'Smile' made Santa Rosa frown

In 1975, Hollywood filmmakers convinced Santa Rosans their city would star in a feel-good flick about small-town America. They lied.

LeBaron: Memories of Christmas both joyful and uncomfortable

With each Christmas come many sad memories, but also plenty of joyful, jubilant ones, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: New book explores Fountaingrove's Thomas Lake Harris

A new book explores the relationship of Briton Laurence Oliphant with the strange spiritual world of Fountaingrove spiritualist Thomas Lake Harris.

LeBaron: Great Depression’s uplifting lessons

As people struggle to find housing in Sonoma County, it’s worth remembering the uplifting tales of neighborly good deeds from the Great Depression.

LeBaron: Gay trailblazer’s Sonoma County ties

The week of Veterans Day is an appropriate time to remember Leonard Matlovich’s importance to reforms in the U.S. military.

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