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February 2000 Vol. XXIX No. 5
 
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HERITAGE GUILD HAPPENINGS

Excerpted from Livermore Herald, September 9,1911
Three Pioneers of 1846 Hold Pleasant Reunion in Oakland
They Revive Memories of Stirring Times When They Were Helping to Make History.
The Oakland Tribune of Thursday evening contained an account of a remarkable gathering in that city recently in which Mrs. Mary Smith, Mrs. Minerva Harlan, and W. M. Mendenhall, all pioneers of 1846 and all well known in Livermore, took part. The sketch was accompanied by
excellent half-tone portraits of all three of the venerable pioneers, The article reads as follows:
"A reunion occurred in this city recently when three of the oldest pioneers of the State gathered together at the same time at the home of Attorney G. W. Langan. Al I of them crossed the plains before 1849 on ox trains. This time they took an automobile ride together, and all of them declare that they may yet ride in the most advanced style of transportation, the airship. The three parties to the reunion were W. M. Mendenhall of this city, Mrs. Minerva Harlan of San Ramon and Mrs. Mary Smith of Livermore. Mr. Mendenhall crossed the plains in 1845, while the two women arrived in California a year later.
"There were not many people in California in those days and these pioneers became fast friends. They have lived near each other for nearly all of their California existence, and the three determined to have a little reunion in Oakland. They met at the home of Langan, a son-in-law of Mendenhall. They spent the day together and were joined by some of their children, among them Asa V. Mendenhall, a son of W. M. Mendenhall.
"W. M. Mendenhall crossed the plains in 1845, corning from Michigan. He went to Sonoma county and joined the Bear Flag party and is today the sole survivor of that organization. He was married April 22, 1847, in Santa Clara, and this is believed to be the first marriage of white pioneers in California. He soon afterward removed to the Cook ranch in Contra Costa county and later went to Livermore, where he laid out that town in 1869. He has

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resided in Livermore and Oakland ever since. His name has always been connected with the advancement of Livermore and the Livermore Valley and to his generosity is due many improvements in that town. Though 88 years old, he has just retumed from a stay of a month at Mendenhall Springs south of Livermore, property which he owns.

"Mrs. Minerva Harlan was born in Belville, Ill., in 1833. She crossed the plains in 1846 and the family has lived at San Ramon for many years. Henry Harlan, her husband, died in 1874. The family is one of the best known in Contra Costa county.

"Mrs. Mary Smith is a resident of Livermore. She crossed the plains in 1846 and has lived in this neighborhood ever since her arrival. She first located with her husband near what is now Alviso and she is today able to tell many stories of experiences with Indians right in this county. She afterwards located in Livermore with her husband, Henry Smith, died in 1875."

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