Clara McNear and her husband John arrived in Petaluma November, 1856, in response to a letter from her father urging the young couple to come. more...

Lyman Byce developed the incubator into a hugecommercial success, forever changing the poultry business and helping to make it Petaluma’s claim to fame.more...

Isaac Wickersham, one of Petaluma’s leading citizens and bankers was born in York County, Pennsylvania in 1820. In 1853, he arrived in Petaluma; a "frail and  nervous young man" of 33 years of age; but one "possessed of enormous talent and energy." more...

He became Petaluma's first Superintendent
of Schools.  In 1867 he erected a private
academy at 625 D Street. more ...

IDA BELLE MC NEAR (BARBARA HARDEN)

ISAAC WICKERSHAM (MARSHALL WEST)

ADDIE ATWATER (SHERRI ORTEGREN)

Although Mr. Peper was well-known for his nursery and orchard at the intersection of Pepper Road and Pepper Lane, his legacy also includes the founding and construction of Pepper Free Kindergarten (1894) on the southwest corner of Liberty and Washington. This pre-school program still exists, today, at 627 F Street. more...

WILLIAM PEPPER (BILL HAMMERMAN)

Addie Atwater was particularly concerned about the development of Pewtaluma. To aid in its beautification, she formed the Ladies’ Improvement Club and was its President for many years. It was through their efforts that Walnut Park and Perry Park were created and developed. more....

Ida Belle Mc Near was married to George McNear, the son of John Augustus Mc Near. John owned the graineries, the hotels, the banks, and the railroads in Petaluma in the 1850 ‘s. more...

CLARA MC NEAR (SUSAN COOLIDGE)

EDWARD LIPPITT (STEVE BUFFO)

LYMAN BYCE (LEIF ORTEGREN)

Charter member of the Fire Brigade. He was active in local militia units, the Petaluma Guards and the Emmetts Rifles. In 1867, he helped organize the first public library and donated 2000 books, and was elected the first president of the Library Association. more...

PETALUMANS OF YESTERYEAR

CAPT.THOMAS BAYLIS (HOMER JOHNSTONE)