Tales of Contra Costa County

Our members provide a great source of knowledge related to historical issues. Many of their articles have appeared in the Monthly Bulletins and are reproduced here for your information.

As our list of essays has grown quite large, we have recently grouped them into a number of categories. To browse the list of essays in a particular category, just click on the category name, and a list of the essays in that category will appear.

Superior Court Judge Bray was the co-founder of the Contra Costa Historical Society. During the late 1930's and early 40's, Justice Bray gave a series of weekly radio addresses over Station KLX from Oakland, California. Since his essays cover a variety of the categories here, we have kept his addresses in their own category at the bottom of this list.

James Witt Dougherty and the Dougherty ValleyBeverly Lane
The Pacheco Farm Journals Of Thomas C. FinneyDean McLeod
The Strange Mountain Man of Mount DiabloBill Mero
Gold and the Harlans of San Ramon ValleyBeverly Lane
Myths, Legends and Facts, the Final Days of James KirkerBill Mero
The Mysterious Mr. LeidesdroffBill Mero
Love, Life and Death on the California Frontier: A Woman's Life in Old Contra CostaBill Mero
May's Electronic Make-OverRichard Ogar
Samuel Russell - Early San Ramon PioneerBeverly Lane
Cattle on a Thousand Hills - The Hispanic EraBeverly Lane
The Gold Rush Transforms Cattle RanchingBeverly Lane
Modern RanchingBeverly Lane
They Came First - the Indians of San Ramon ValleyBeverly Lane
First Female Deputy Sheriff in CaliforniaMarjorie Newton
Live From the Archives: Artist with a capital "A"Melissa Jacobson
Contra Costa County and How Lake Tahoe Got Its NameBill Mero
Snakes in the Grass: Copperheads in Contra Costa?Bill Mero
Diablo Nationals Fight the RedsBill Mero
Don Victor Castro Fights the FrenchBill Mero
Aliens Arrive in Diablo ValleyDean McLeod
Grizzly!Jacob Wright Harlan
Megaflood & Megadrought - How They Changed Contra CostaBill Mero
Contra Costa's Horrific Role in Pearl HarborDean McLeod
Sugar Wars and the Bloody Streets of CrockettBill Mero
The Great Byron Train DisasterBill Mero
Christmas 1914Melissa Jacobson
Gone to the CityMelissa Jacobson
The First 'Community' of Bay PointDean McLeod
Historic Martinez Court HousesBill Mero
Early County Public SchoolsBernard Freedman
Remembering Byron Hot SpringsPatricia Frumenti
Horse SenseAndrew H. Young
Occupational Snapshots of 1906 Contra Costa CountyBill Mero
Paradise Lost: Building a Socialist Utopia in Contra Costa CountyBill Mero
Treasure Ship of the SacramentoBill Mero
The Black Hills of Contra Costa CountyBill Mero
The Petticoat Navy of Contra Costa CountyBill Mero
'Hang'em High' - Sudden Death In Old Contra CostaBill Mero
Raid on Marsh RanchoBill Mero
Making MoneyAndrew H. Young
Joaquin Murrieta: Literary Fiction or Historical Fact?Bill Mero
Gunfight on Pinole CreekBill Mero
River PiratesBill Mero
Likes Murderers: Sheriff Veale Down UnderBill Mero
Once Upon a Time in the WestBill Mero
Still Waters run DeepAndrew H. Young
TitleDate AiredAuthor
CharcoalNov. 23,1936Judge A.F. Bray
Rancho San PabloDec. 12,1936Judge A.F. Bray
Elam Brown Opposes Dueling in Contra CostaFeb. 15, 1937Judge A.F. Bray
Indian Exploitation in Contra CostaFeb. 15, 1937Judge A.F. Bray
Ferry ServiceJuly 19, 1937Judge A.F. Bray
Indian Slavery In Contra Costa CountyFeb. 22, 1938Judge A.F. Bray
The Law and Moraga WomenMar. 7, 1938Judge A.F. Bray
Mt. Diablo Coal and the Fight Between The RailroadsAug. 22,1938Judge A.F. Bray
Double-Cross at the MinesAug. 14, 1939Judge A.F. Bray
High Moraga Land PricesSep. 4, 1939Judge A.F. Bray
The Rise and Fall of a Frontier Debating SocietyNov. 13, 1939Judge A.F. Bray
Crockett Land TaxesMar. 18, 1940Judge A.F. Bray
'Murder,' He SaidMay 20, 1940Judge A.F. Bray
Crockett vs. MartinezOct. 7, 1940Judge A.F. Bray
Black DiamondOct. 28, 1940Judge A.F. Bray


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