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California Gold Country Family of Historians Uncovering Story Behind Saddle Ridge Hoard

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The Vicknair family has been busy focusing on the true story behind the Saddle Ridge Hoard. 

Lovers of all things historical-especially California, the Vicknairs have shared an interest and fascination about the Saddle Ridge Hoard and immediately wanted to uncover the source of the gold coins.

With more than eight college degrees among them, the Vicknairs are digging up every fact they can about the recently found coins. Nancy Vicknair has expertise in art history and research, Alexandra Vicknair concentrates on California history, Diana Vicknair Py has excellent historical forensic and detective skills and Tom Vicknair is a lifelong coin collector. All of the family lives within 40 miles or less where the nearly 1500 gold coins were found in 2013 in the California gold country. 

All evidence has pointed thus far to convicted embezzler Walter N. Dimmick who worked at the SF Mint ca. 1890-1901 when he was accused of taking funds from his employer and put on trial.

The Vicknairs will be rev…

Embezzlement: Walter N. Dimmick, Gold, Cans, and Secrets of the Saddle Ridge Hoard

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Embezzlement: Walter N. Dimmick, Gold, Cans and Secrets of the Saddle Ridge Hoard 
by Nancy Boldt Vicknair
**This is a work-in-progress 
@All rights reserved 
No copying, nothing, nada. February 26, 2014



A handsome man sporting a well groomed mustache was hurrying to catch the early train to Jamestown, California. It was April 1899 when families and miners were heading to the hillsides of the lower Sierras to work, visit relatives or perhaps to view thousands of wildflowers at the peak of their bloom. The Sierra Railroad had just completed its tracks from Oakdale, California to bustling Jamestown which was alive with gold rush fever since gold had been  discovered in 1849 nearby at Sutter's Mill.

On this one early Saturday morning, dapper train passenger Walter N. Dimmick had gold on his mind. Dimmick was not taking the train for a weekend jaunt. He was carrying a very heavy satchel that did not contain clothes or the documents he had told his wife he was delivering to Jamestown. Dimm…

Grasslands

Millions of migratory birds find their winter homes in California, and nowhere is this more evident than in the grasslands of the Great Central Valley.
Less than an hour from Modesto, south along Highway 165 – Lander Avenue in Turlock – are several interlocked protected areas under the broad description of the Grasslands Ecological Area.
On a recent visit we were treated to the rather rare sight of a large flock of sandhill cranes. Majestic large gray birds, they sat upright along the bank of a slough, looking much like a gathering of monks doing meditation. Suddenly they were all airborne, an uncommon spectacle indeed, according to our host, Ric Ortega, general manager of the Grasslands Water District.
You must hasten to see these cranes because, as Ortega was quick to point out, these visits are quite limited and the cranes will soon depart for northern breeding grounds when the ground begins to dry and the birds sense that conditi…

Forensic Astronomer Pinpoints Monet Sunset

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Forensic Astronomer Pinpoints Monet Sunset by Jillian Steinhauer
1 I Claude Monet, “The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset” (1882–83), oil on canvas, 23 13/16 x 32 3/16 in (via collection.ncartmuseum.org)
An astrophysicist at Texas State University has pinpointed the exact day and time when Monet observed the sunset that became the subject of his painting “The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset.” Donald Olson, working with Texas State physicist Russell Doescher and a team of three students, used topographical measurements, planetarium software, and old-fashioned research to determine that “Monet observed this sunset on Feb. 5, 1883 at 4:53 p.m. local mean time,” Olson said in a press release. Their research is published in in the February 2014 issue of Sky & Telescopemagazine.

Olson and the team traveled in 2012 to Étretat, where they discovered that previous assumptions about Monet’s position on the coast for this particular painting were incorrect. “The Texas State team found that the view m…

The Five Precepts

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This week, pick one precept to spend some time reflecting upon in how it does or does not resonate with your life today. What seems realistic to do and what seems difficult about this particular precept to carry out in real time?
This week, pick one precept to spend some time reflecting upon in how it does or does not resonate with your life today. What seems realistic to do and what seems difficult about this particular precept to carry out in real time?

The Five Precepts
I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from destroying living beings.
I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking things not given.
I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from sexual misconduct.
I undertake to observe the …

Burr, Ogden and Dayton: The Original Jersey Boys

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Burr, Ogden and Dayton: The Original Jersey BoysKnown as much for their troubles as their successes, these childhood friends left their mark on early American history By David O. Stewart smithsonianmag.com
August 12, 2011 In recent years Northern New Jersey has spawned famous groups of friends—the Four Seasons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tony Soprano’s gang—but at the nation’s founding, another posse of boys from North Jersey captured both the bright promise and the grimy underside of the new American republic.
Aaron Burr, Jonathan Dayton and the brothers Aaron and Matthias Ogden grew up together in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), then stormed across the nation, hell-bent on winning power and wealth. They found plenty of both, along with their share of troubles.
Their high-water mark came in …