By Terry Beaudoin

The heritage of the olive within the Gold nation of Northern California is a narrative of the Spanish within the New global, of the Gold Rush, of immigrants from Italy and different Mediterranean international locations, of daring pioneers, enterprising farmers and scientists, and of businessmen and businesswomen. targeting Calaveras County within the south and Placer County within the north, but in addition exploring the olive all through so much of Northern California, together with olive havens comparable to Corning and Oroville, that tale is informed inside those pages via infrequent and interesting images. in the event you desire to discover the olive in Northern California, no matter if its historical past, or expertise, this quantity offers either an appetizer and a lovely entree. As love of the olive grows, for the 1st time a publication tells the story of the olive tree, the king of bushes, within the mom Lode of California."

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Birdsall helped release the San Joaquin & Sierra Nevada Railroad, a slim gauge that ran from west of Lodi in San Joaquin County to Valley Springs in Calaveras, the place this locomotive sits on a turntable round 1900, after Birdsall offered the railroad to the Southern Pacific. (Courtesy SPWCH. ) Birdsall outfitted a stately place of abode at Aeolia Heights. one in every of his sons, Ernest Stratton Birdsall, born in 1876 and expert on the collage of California, Berkeley, lived in the house and took over the orchard operation after Frederick’s loss of life. Ernest was once elected to the kingdom meeting in 1907 and served 8 extra years as a kingdom senator. (Courtesy Placer County Museums. ) fifty one The olive orchard of a few 8,000 bushes was once situated on a hillside above the yank River canyon, alongside today’s street forty nine, east of Auburn. The close by stone processing plant was once outfitted round 1890 (seen right here in 1900) and is at the moment a personal place of dwelling. at the present time, olive bushes are often used easily for ornamental panorama reasons or as reminders of a connection to antiquity or background. (Courtesy Placer County Museums. ) The Aeolia Heights subdivision used to be recorded in 1889, after Birdsall laid out roads and bought a number of plenty, even though he retained sixty five acres. the 1st condominium outfitted used to be, after all, his personal (seen best center). the line working around the picture is called El Dorado road or road forty nine. (Courtesy Placer County Museums. ) fifty two Advertised as “The Gold Medal Oil,” the Birdsall product received significant country reasonable and agricultural awards during the West within the early twentieth century. The olive oil was once even prominently displayed during this tower within the Placer County express on the 1904 St. Louis Centennial Exposition (also referred to as the world’s fair), celebrating a hundred years because the Louisiana buy. (Courtesy Pacer County Museums. ) Birdsall’s natural Olive Oil, embossed in this infrequent collectible bottle, used to be touted in ads as follows: “Warranted totally natural. Scrupulous Cleanliness in manufacture. Birdsall’s Olive Oil is now prescribed for throat, lung, liver, belly, kidney, rheumatic and frightened problems. ” ads additionally proclaimed that the olive oil was once “for medicinal and desk use. ” fifty three After Ernest Birdsall’s 1935 dying, son-in-law Wes Haswell turned supervisor, and Birdsall Olive Oil turned Aeolia Olive Oil. The creation of oil ceased within the Nineteen Fifties because of affordable festival from overseas imports. till then, Aeolia Heights used to be amazing even on keepsake postcards corresponding to this. desk olives, consistently a minor a part of operations, persevered to be bought as a favored vacation present merchandise till the company’s 1970 closure. (Courtesy SPWCH. ) even though they're not harvested, enormous quantities of the olive timber of Aeolia Heights nonetheless stay, as noticeable during this 2013 picture. A monument put in 1990 close to the intersection of Aeolia and Olive Orchard Drives notes the contributions of the Birdsalls, and surrounding streets endure kin names similar to Blair, Haswell, Maribel, Stratton, and Thirza. (Photograph via Terry Beaudoin.

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