Stories from Gaye Lebaron

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.

LeBaron: Reasons mounting to save Carrillo Adobe

Since the first organized attempt in the late 1950s, there have been repeated efforts to rescue the ruins of the Carrillo Adobe in Santa Rosa. Columnist Gaye LeBaron looks at the history of Santa Rosa’s first house.

LeBaron: What would a railroad have done for Lake County?

Maybe Lake County’s economic struggles over the years aren’t because it 'couldn’t catch a break.' Perhaps they exist because the county couldn’t catch a train, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: C-SPAN to spotlight Santa Rosa

A revealing report on the history of Sonoma County’s capital city and environs will be seen next weekend on C-SPAN channels. Get a sneak peek here.

LeBaron: Wild tales from the long-lived Barnard clan

Ruth Newman, the last survivor of the 1906 earthquake with memories of the temblor, died this summer. Because she came from a family of storytellers, we have a glimpse of Sonoma County in the early 20th century.

LeBaron: The Springs, now and then

Today, Agua Caliente, Boyes Hot Springs and Fetters Hot Springs have morphed into the 'The Springs' but PD columnist Gaye LeBaron notes this two-word town is a much different place than the triple towns were in their time.

LeBaron: Wine and laughter in Asti

Long before Jon Stewart, Sonoma County resident Pat Paulsen was the funnyman of American politics. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron recounts the tale of the perennial presidential candidate.

LeBaron: How things have changed for Sonoma County moms

The curious holiday of Parents’ Day is a good occasion to revisit a time in Sonoma County history when fathers got more time off for a birth than mothers.

LeBaron: Square has divided Santa Rosa for 160 years

Old Courthouse Square, known as a plaza before the mall usurped the name, has long been a contentious place.

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