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Augustus "Gus" and Sarah Chapman were among Chico's early leaders in the years it grew from a tiny farm village into one of Northern California's agricultural centers shipping products world-wide. Beginning with Gus Chapman's start as manager of the Bidwell & Co. general store, he became a major lumber dealer, real estate developer, and finally president of the State Prison Commission in charge of San Quentin and Folsom. Chico's Chapmans explores the lives of Chico's talented, sometimes scrappy residents and their struggles. They sparred over the Civil War, incorporation, politics, fire…mehr

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Augustus "Gus" and Sarah Chapman were among Chico's early leaders in the years it grew from a tiny farm village into one of Northern California's agricultural centers shipping products world-wide. Beginning with Gus Chapman's start as manager of the Bidwell & Co. general store, he became a major lumber dealer, real estate developer, and finally president of the State Prison Commission in charge of San Quentin and Folsom. Chico's Chapmans explores the lives of Chico's talented, sometimes scrappy residents and their struggles. They sparred over the Civil War, incorporation, politics, fire protection, temperance and water. They unified behind splitting Butte County, trains, and developing the town. None was exempt from national depressions, illness, and early death. For decades, church women who volunteered as social workers also comprised the town's social sets. Young people partied until early morning and flirted on long drives in the country. Bars and brothels flourished a few blocks from fine homes while the community hall hosted dances, debates, and traveling entertainers. This was the world of the Chapmans, their friends and rivals.
Autorenporträt
Michele Shover is an emerita professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science at California State University, Chico. For forty years she has published primary research-based articles in California History, California Territorial Quarterly and The Californians on significant aspects of northern Butte County history. Among other subjects, her book Exploring Chico's Past addresses the roles of women, anti-Chinese violence and the challenges Blacks experienced in Chico as a rural farm town. She is the author of Chico Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War: 1850-1865, published in 2017.