Petaluman Brainerd Jones becomes a leading county architect for more than 40 years, blending styles oflate 19th and early 20th century.
He builds Carnegie libraries and prestige homes in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Sebastopol train depotbuilt, now home of West County Museum."Battle of Sebastopol Avenue" in Santa Rosa pits steam train supporters against backers of new electrictrain.
Railexpansion opens up Russian River area to Bay Area tourism.
With influx of Italian workers, stones from Annadel and other quarries are used in street paving andconstruction projects, including St.
Traverso and Arrigoni families start as clerks in his store. Hotchkiss, a majorsupporter of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, is father of tennis star Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman.
Windsor-Pressure on Chinese eases; Tom Wing becomes unofficial "mayor" and community spokesman until hisdeath in 1918; family also operates popular restaurant; daughter Song Wong Bourbeau (1909-96) plays active rolein community.
Francis Mc Caughey Martin and Sarah Latimer Finley, mother of editor Ernest Finley, lead the suffragefight.
Immigrant Russian Baptists, known as the Noshkin family, arrive in San Francisco.Serious conflict avoided as Sonoma supporters of squatters face off against Bodega group led by landowner Tyler Curtis in so-called "Bodega War." Curtis, married to the widow of Stephen Smith, moves to San Francisco. Italians come to Occidental, other areas, work in lumber mills,tanneries and quarries.Sonoma 6th most populous county in California, larger than Los Angeles. The Korbel brothers, Francis, Anton and Joseph, make money in lumbering/shipping in San Francisco,move to Russian River area in 1872, build wine cellars in 1880s, produce champagne by a special French methodin 1890s.Narrow gauge railway extends from Marin County to Valley Ford, Freestone, Occidental, Monte Rio, Duncan's Mills, terminating in Cazadero.Brown's Canyon Bridge, later a trestle, is tallest west of Mississippi.Spanish flu epidimic hits, leaves 175 dead by early 1919; 160 children ill at Lytton home north of Healdsburg (Oct., 1918); residents urged to wear masks; schools and theaters closed; heavy death toll at Sonoma State Hosp.