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Living - April 25, 2008

Presenting the Past: The Tassajara Volunteer Fire District

by Beverly Lane

For ranchers in the Tassajara and San Ramon valleys, fires were always a worry. In the early years ranchers, their families and their workers were the front line - and sometimes the only line - of defense, especially in the fall when no rain had fallen for months. For example, in September 1886, a fire at the Woodside Farm in Sycamore Valley wiped out the Woods' entire grain crop and was fought unsuccessfully with buckets of water and wet gunny sacks.

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Beverly Lane, a longtime Danville resident, is curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and co-author of "San Ramon Valley: Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon."


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