- February 2000 Vol. XXIX No. 5
- Thursday, February 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
LHG Meeting, Carnegie Bldg.
Saturday, February 12, 2000 @ 10-2 p.m.
Pre-auction Garage Sale
Lincoln Highway Garage, Livermore
- LHG calendars are here and available at the Carnegie Library.
Titled "Livermore-Past, Present and Future", cost is
$9.50 which includes tax. These calendars make great gifts for
the new year. Shipping will be $1.75. For additional information
- 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.