What exactly comprises Bennett Valley? And who the heck is Bennett — and why is it named for him? Gaye LeBaron recounts the tale of the man who lent his name to the place that played a pivotal role in the birth of Santa Rosa.
The 1936 New Deal-facility, called County Hospital for most of its working life, marked the arrival of a modern era of medical care in Sonoma County, an evolution one doctor described as ‘Pesthouse to penicillin in 100 years.’
In 1910, a Santa Rosa doctor was accused of planting dynamite in a cabin where his alleged lover and illegitimate son slept. Two decades before the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby, newspapers proclaimed it the “Crime of the Century.”
There are at least four exhibits in Sonoma County museums about America’s role in World War I, a conflict known ironically as “The War to End All Wars.” PD columnist Gaye LeBaron takes a look back at how it changed our community.
It may not have a courthouse any more. But PD columnist Gaye LeBaron says the reunified Old Courthouse Square is poised to become the center of Santa Rosa once again, a role it fulfilled through the city’s history.
Sci-fi author Frank Herbert and ABC White House correspondent Cecilia Vega may be two of the best-known bylines that used to grace the pages of The Press Democrat, but the newspaper has a long history as a cradle of literary and journalistic talent.