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.