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In Honor of Valentine’s Day

We bring you a Sacramento love story. During World War II, Louise Stephens and Walter Parker Jones Jr. were married in a red brick Episcopal church in Woodland. The couple had scheduled their ceremony...

Working for Change

In 1973, Grace Douglas founded Rumble, a newsletter that gave voice to Sacramento’s black communities. The bimonthly publication soon gained a circulation of more than 1,000. In a Feb. 21, 1976 Sacramento Bee article,...

Newsies

In the 1920s, being a “paper boy” for The Sacramento Bee came with some cachet. Paper carriers got to ride a train to Lincoln for an annual picnic, and during the holiday season the...

So Many Shoppers

In case you think Black Friday is a recent phenomenon, you’ll be enlightened by this photo of 10th and K streets on the day after Thanksgiving in 1955. Clearly, Black Friday shopping has been...

Matrix Revisited

THEN: In 1977, 15 women artists formed Matrix Workshop of Women Artists, which held classes, workshops, lectures and art shows. The group helped develop and support women artists at a time when the art...

Iconic Eatery

The Rosemount Grill enjoyed a reputation as one of Sacramento’s finest dining establishments during the time this photo was taken in 1935. The restaurant opened at 1011 Ninth St. around 1916 and served dishes...

A Look Back: Some Gave All

U.S. NAVY ENSIGN DAVID LESTER COLE, 22, was aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, making him the first Sacramentan killed in World War II. For...

Happily Ever After

GOODWIN KNIGHT WAS THE FIRST GOVERNOR of California to get married while in office. A widower, Knight, who served from 1953 to 1958, is pictured in this photo from his first year in office...

Ms. Mayor

BELLE COOLEDGE WAS A WOMAN OF FIRSTS. She served as Sacramento’s first woman mayor in 1948 and 1949, after coming in first at the polls when she ran for a seat on the City...

Going Once, Going Twice…

FOR A SHORT TIME IN 1978, it looked like Tom Fat was going to own the Delta King riverboat. On Jan. 27 of that year, Fat, son of restaurateur Frank Fat, placed a high...

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