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Richard Hurley says...Hi Bruce & friends,
Thanks for the Google+ invite. I am a newbie as far as social media are concerned. Not sure how it all works, but happy to be included.
I thought you and other Nevada Co. history fans might be interested in an exhibit TJ Meekins and I just put up at the Rood Center. The topic is "California and the Civil War," and the show is composed of the graphic panels that provided the narrative for an exhibit we designed for the Folsom History Museum in 2012. Most of the show is up on the 2nd floor, but there is a story on the ground level on the way to the assessor's office that I thought might be of special interest to you, Bruce, since it concerns an heroic bartender who saves the day (or night, actually) for the Unionists of Nevada City. There was a rumor that the Secesh of Grass Valley were going to attack and slaughter the loyal citizens, and Jim Blaze, owner of Blaze's Saloon, was the only man to take decisive action. (The town's standing joke in 1865 was, "If you want a drink, you can go to Blaze's." Humor was still in its formative stages.)
Mary Jane Naylor says...Hello, Bruce Bradley, ...... A friend and I took a short trip up to see the National Hotel earlier this week, looking for my ex-daughter-in-law. I haven't talked to her in a long time and you didn't recognize her name, but as I said, it has been a while. I'm hard of hearing, so I missed much of your conversation with my friend, but it did sound interesting. My friend was here from NV and you gave him your card which he forgot here, so I decided to look up your site. I'm totally amazed at what an interesting life you have lived. I've read every word you wrote here and intend to order your latest book on Amazon. I'm very impressed.