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Newsfront - February 29, 2008

Valley farmer and rancher appearing at Museum

Stop by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley tomorrow, March 1, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and talk to Danville farmer Bill Soto. He grew up in Danville and worked on several farms in the '30s and early '40s. Soto is a 1941 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School and is married to Maxine Mathews, a local girl. He is retired from the plumbing business that he owned based in Alamo, so as a plumber, he contributed to the transition from farming to houses.

On March 8, Valley rancher Gordon Rasmussen will be at the Museum to talk to visitors. Rasmussen has been a farmer and cattleman all his life, based at his ranch headquarters on Highland Road. His grandfather settled in Danville in the early 1900s where the Vista Grande subdivision is today. Rasmussen graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in the 1950s and went on to UC Davis. He was named Livestock Man of the Year by the state Chamber of Commerce several years ago.

These men are appearing in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibit, "Agriculture, For a Century, the Business of the Valley," which highlights the period 1850 through 1950, when agriculture was the cornerstone of the Valley's economy.

It runs through May 10.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot at 205 Railroad Ave., Danville. Call 837-3750 or go to


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