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Formerly known as the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly

California History At Its Very Best

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Historical Advisors

[Dr. Robert J. Chandler | Benjamin M. Hughes]

[John R. Robinson | George R. Stammerjohan]

Dr. Edgar C. Smith

 

Every manuscript received by the editors of The California Territorial Quarterly (formerly known as the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly) goes through a review process to insure the quality and accuracy of the articles we print.

We are fortunate to have four highly respected California historians to consult with. The quality of our magazine reflects the professionalism and attention to detail that our historical advisors give to every manuscript we publish. Each one of them has an overwhelming desire to "get it right."

All of our historical advisors also write articles and they are reviewed by the other advisors prior to publication. Although each has his own specialty interests in California history, they all have a broad general knowledge as well. Four of them have been educators in California schools and all are published authors and historians.

All of our historical advisors donate their time and expertise to help us strive for excellence in historical research and we value their help and friendship beyond measure.

We are very pleased to present the "cream of the crop" when it comes to asking for competent advice about California history.

 

 

Robert Chandler

Dr. Robert J. Chandler

Bob received his doctorate in 1978 from the University of California, Riverside, for a dissertation on "The Press and Civil Liberties in California during the Civil War, 1861-1865." Since then he has been the senior researcher for Historical Services, Wells Fargo Bank, and with wife Susan, is raising three kids.

He has written over forty articles on Wells Fargo and Civil War California, including:

"The California News-Telegraph Monopoly, 1860-1870," Southern California Quarterly (1976);

"California's 1863 Loyalty Oath: Another Look" and "Friends in Time of Need: Republicans and Black.Civil Rights in California During the Civil War Era" out in Arizona and the West (1979 and 1982);

"Crushing Dissent: The Pacific Coast Tests Lincoln's Policy of Suppression, 1862," Civil War History (1984);

"Some Political and Cultural Pressures on the Jewish Image in Civil War San Francisco," Western States Jewish History (1988);

"Fighting Words: Censoring Civil War California Journalism," The Californians (1990);

"Integrity Amid Tumult: Wells, Fargo & Co's Gold Rush Banking" and "In the Van: Spiritualists as Catalysts for the California Women's Suffrage Movement" in California History (1991 and 1994);

"Vigilante Rebirth: The Civil War Union League," The Argonaut (1992);

"The Soldiers' Friend: The United States Sanitary Commission" in The Far-Westerner produced by the Stockton Corral of Westerners (1995).

"A Journey to the Imaginary Empire of Norton I," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #25, Spring 1996

"Emma Hardinge: A Spiritual Voice for the Slave and the Union;" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #29, Spring 1997

"Women's Work in the 1860s," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #29, Spring 1997

"Democratic Turmoil: California during the Civil War Years;" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #31, Fall 1997

“Private Feelings: Californians View the Civil War,” Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #31, Fall 1997

“Political Skirmishing,” From the Marysville Daily Appeal, January 10, 1866, Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #32, Winter 1997

"Jose Chico: Bearing a Bi-Cultural Burden," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #32, Winter 1997

"California Stagecoaching: The Dusty Reality,? Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #47, Fall 2001

"A New Emperor Norton Note, 1870,? Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #47, Fall 2001

"Censoring Civil War Journalism in California" California Territorial Quarterly #51, Fall 2002

"Wells Fargo: A California Company Goes North of the Border" California Territorial Quarterly, #58, Summer 2004

"What Do We Want? The Emperor Norton Bridge! When Do We Want It? Now!" California Territorial Quarterly, #59, Fall 2004

"Boontling: Local Dialect of Boonville & Southern Anderson Valley" California Territorial Quarterly, #67, Fall 2006

Bob is a member of the San Francisco Corral of Westerners (and co-edited Brand Book No. 1 in 1996); as well as Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1, E Clampus Vitus (publishing "A Journey to the Imaginary Empire of Norton I" in Trash Trek XXII). His interest in letter delivery made him a director of the Western Cover Society and his articles appear in Western Express. Bob also serves as an editorial advisor for the California Historian published by the Conference of California Historical Societies, and is chairman of the Quarterly News-Letter committee of the Book Club of California.

(He is pleased to send applications to all interested in quality fine-press books on Western history, literature, and the book arts.) Bob is a compulsive 1860s California document buyer and inveterate book collector, and hence belongs to the Roxburge Club of San Francisco. As a curmudgeon, he owns a basset hound and won the 1991 Duncans Mills Black Bart Poetry Contest.

Bob is acclaimed by many California historians to be the premier authority on California in the Civil War and in particular, San Francisco. In October 1997 he gave a presentation for the Civil War Symposium at the Presidio of San Francisco entitled "California and San Francisco--Destinies Unbreakably linked."

Bob was recently awarded the Westerners International's First Place for the prestigious Coke Wood Award for Best Journal Article Published in 2001 for his article "California Stagecoaching: The Dusty Reality" which appeared in the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly, issue #47, Fall 2001. Bob received his well-deserved award in person on October 19th, 2002 at the Western History Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bob became a historical advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly in 1996.

 

 

Benjamin M. Hughes

Ben Hughes received his Masters Degree with an emphasis on local history from Chico State College in 1965.. In that year he began a history teaching career at Red Bluff Union High School and has subsequently taught, additionally, as a part-time instructor for Shasta College.

Over the years he has been involved in several projects related to the accumulation and preservation of information and records concerning Tehama County history. In addition to his teaching, he has worked closely with the Ide Adobe State Historic Park Environmental Studies Program for several years and serves on the Ide Adobe Interpretive Association Board of Directors.

Ben began writing for the Territorial in 1993 as a contributor to our Special Bear Flag Revolt Issue #13. He became a historical advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly in 1996 and has reviewed numerous manuscripts since that time. The following articles by Ben have appeared in the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly:

"Ezekiel Merritt, The Leader of the Bear Flag Revolt," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #13, 1993

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 1," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #16, 1993

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 2," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #17, 1994

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 3," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #18, 1994

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 4," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #19, 1994

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 5," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #20, 1994

"William B. Ide, Pioneer, Bear Flagger & Builder Part 6," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #21, 1995

"Ezekiel Merritt: An Update," with James & Robert Merritt Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #22, 1995

"True Lies: Early Accounts of the Bear Flag Revolt," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #23, 1995

"Bucking the Tiger: Gambling During the Gold Rush, Part 1" with Don Hislop Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #24, 1995

"The Gamblers, The Players & The Games They Played, Part 2" with Don Hislop Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #27, 1996

"The Games They Played, Part 3" with Don Hislop Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #28, 1996

"Gold Rush Gambling, Games & Ladies & Cheating, Part 4" with Don Hislop Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #29, 1997

A resident of Red Bluff, California for over thirty years, Ben and his wife, Bobbi, are volunteers in the Living History Program at the Ide Adobe State Historic Park. Ben has portrayed a pioneer woodworker in a period workshop that he and other volunteers and staff planned and built. One of his projects was to craft two beautiful period gambling boxes for use at the park during their Living History events. Go to the Ide Adobe State Historic Park Internet Website.

 

 

John Robinson

John W. Robinson

 

John Robinson is a native Californian born in Long Beach on July 8th, 1929. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1951 with a B.A. and from California State University, Long Beach in 1966 with a M.A.

Prior to his retirement he taught school for 35 years; the last 32 in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Orange County, California.

A physically active man his entire life, John tells us that he did a lot of mountain climbing in his early years. He's been an avid hiker and backpacker in the American West, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. Last summer he hiked over Chilcoot Pass and enjoyed the granduer of both Alaska and Canada.

John's personal experiences exploring the mountains of the West have given him a particularly insightful understanding of the trails and mountain passes used by early travelers. His attention to detail and desire to "get it right" place him among the best of California historians researching and publishing today.

John has written extensively on the history of Southern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His articles have appeared in the Southern California Quarterly, Arizona and the West, Westways, The Branding Iron for the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners, the Overland Journal for the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and in the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly (now known as the California Territorial Quarterly).

John is a recipient of the Donald H. Pflueger Award for excellence in writing local history from the Historical Society of Southern California (1992); and has received the Westerners International's Coke Wood Award twice; in 1990 and 1994, for best journal articles.

Here's some of the books John has published over the past thirty years:

Guide books by Wilderness Press, Berkeley:

Camping and Climbing in Baja (1967)

Trails of the Angeles (1971)

San Bernardino Mountain Trails (1972)

History books:

The San Gabriels (1977, 1991) (Southern California Mountain Trilogy)

Los Angeles in Civil War Days (1977)

Southern California's First Railroad (1979)

The San Bernardinos (1989) (Southern California Mountain Trilogy)

The San Jacintos (1993) (Southern California Mountain Trilogy)

Overland Journal, Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA)

"Traders, Travelers and Horsethieves on the Old Spanish Trail" (Vol. 15, #2)

Dogtown Territorial Quarterly articles:

"California's Covered Bridges: Surviving the Ravages of Time," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #22 - Summer 1995

"The Killing of Juan Diego: From Murder to Mythology," with Phil Brigandi Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #23 - Fall 1995

"Placerita Canyon: California's First Gold Rush," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #24 - Winter 1995

"Josiah Dwight Whitney and the California Geological Survey, Part 1" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #24 - Winter 1995

"Josiah Dwight Whitney and the California Geological Survey, Part 2" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #25 - Spring 1996

"Tiburcio Vasquez in Southern California: The Bandito's Last Hurrah," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #27 - Fall 1996

"Jedediah Smith, Overland to California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #28 - Winter 1996

"Pedro Fages: Unheralded Explorer of Spanish California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #29 - Spring 1997

"Tejon Pass and Those Who Crossed It," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #30 - Summer 1997

"After Jedediah Smith: Trappers From New Mexico," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #31 - Fall 1997

"A California Copperhead: Henry Hamilton and the Los Angeles Star" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #32 - Winter 1997)

"The Creation of Yosemite Valley, A Scientific Controversy From the 19th Century," (Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #33 - Spring 1998

"Railway Into the Clouds, Professor Lowe's Mountain Railway," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #34, Summer 1998

"Stephen Watts Kearny, the Army of the West, and the Battle of San Pasqual," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #35 - Fall 1998

"Ordeal of the Sobobas," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #35 - Fall 1998

"The Long March of the Mormon Battalion, 1846-1847," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #36 - Winter 1998

"Colonel Edward J.C. Kewen, Los Angele's Fire-Eating Orator of the Civil War Era," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #38 - Summer 1999

"The Taming of San Fernando Pass," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #39 - Fall 1999

"The Jackass Mail, The Pony Express of the South," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #40 - Winter 1999

"Butterfield's Overland Mail in California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #41 - Spring 2000

"Guardians of the Mountaintops, The Fire Lookouts of Southern California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #42 - Summer 2000

"William Bradshaw's Road to Gold," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #43 - Fall 2000

"Traders, Travelers, and Horsethieves on the Old Spanish Trail," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #44 - Winter 2000

"Rushing for Gold Via the Southern Overland Route," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #45 - Spring 2001

"Francisco Garcés: Intrepid Missionary-Explorer of Spanish California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #48, Winter 2001

"Gateway to Southern California: Roads, Old and New, Over Cajon Pass" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly, issue #50, Summer 2002

"Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Old Ridge Route" California Territorial Quarterly, issue #51, Fall 2002

"Winged feet in the Dust: Long-Distance Trade Routes in Aboriginal California" California Territorial Quarterly, #52, Winter 2002

"The Big Four Move South: The Building of the Southern Pacific Railroad" California Territorial Quarterly, #55, Fall 2003

"Rails to San Diego" California Territorial Quarterly, #59, Fall 2004

"Crossing California's Sahara, Imperial County's Plank Road" California Territorial Quarterly, #61, Spring 2005

"Antonio Maria Armijo: New Mexico Trader to California Ranchero" California Territorial Quarterly, #63, Fall 2005

"Alexis Godey: Indian Friend or Indian Killer?" California Territorial Quarterly, #66, Summer 2006

As a Historical Advisor John reviews manuscripts submitted to The California Territorial Quarterly that have a focus on the southern part of the state and he consults and collaborates with many other highly respected California historians, friends and colleagues.

John currently lives in Fullerton, California. His recently published new book, Gateways to Southern California, is a history of the mountain passes and routes into and out of the southern part of the state.

 

 

George R. Stammerjohan

George Stammerjohan was employed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in Sacramento for over twenty years as a State Historian II. Prior to that time he taught history in California high schools and at a community college. He retired from the California Department of Parks and Recreation in January 1998, but plans to continue researching and writing about the military in California.

By vocation he is a military historian interested in the Mexican Army in California and the first two decades of the U.S. Army, also in California. His primary interest is the U.S. Army at Fort Tejon State Historic Park.

A native of Turlock in California's Central Valley and a graduate of California schools, George holds a M.A. in Social Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He is one of the originators and co-coordinators of the Living History Program started in 1980 at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento. For seven years he portrayed "Cap'n Sutter" in the Sutter's Fort Living History Program. Sutter's Fort Web Page.

George started writing articles for the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly (now known as the California Territorial Quarterly) in the spring of 1993 when we were preparing our Special Bear Flag Revolt Issue. Since that time he has contributed numerous articles and in 1995 he became a historical advisor. Since that time he has reviewed numerous manuscripts that were being considered for publication.

George is currently inactive as a full time historical advisor for CTQ and is working on his long-awaited book about Fort Tejon, California.

Here's a list of articles George has published in the Territorial since 1993:

"The Popular Movement, and Sutter's Fort; An Interpretive View," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #13, 1993

"Soldiers - Pioneers - Bakers," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #14, 1993

"Change of Command," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #16, 1993

"Gold Discoveries Before 1848," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #17, 1994

"The Camel Experiment in California," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #18, 1994

"John Sutter and His Fort," "Sutter's Indian Guard" and "Some New Opinions on John Augustus Sutter," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #19, 1994

"Bureaucracy Will Kill You," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #21, 1995

"Sir, I Am Underage," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #23, 1995

"Fort Tejon State Historic Park: An Interpretive View, Part 1," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #31, 1997

"Fort Tejon State Historic Park: An Interpretive View, Part 2," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #32, 1997

"Fort Tejon State Historic Park: An Interpretive View, Part 3," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #33, 1998

"John Sutter and His Fort," "Sutter's Indian Guard" and "Some New Opinions on John Augustus Sutter," California Territorial Quarterly, #60, Winter 2004

George and his wife Judy, an educator, live in Sacramento.

 

Dr. Edgar C. Smith

A descendant of '49ers, Ed was born and raised in Los Angeles. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and then went to Stanford University from which he graduated in 1949. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brown University in 1955 and has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Utah and U.C.L.A. He then had a full acreer with IBM.

Retirement has allowed Ed to pursue his long time interest in California history and to serve as a volunteer Watchstander at the Maritime Museum of Monterey. He authored the following articles that appeared in the Dogtown Territorial Quarterly (now known as the California Territorial Quarterly):

"A Little Sacramento River Steamboat," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #27, Fall 1996

"W.T. Sherman versus the U. S. Navy," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #30, Summer 1997.

"Massacre on the Colorado River," Dogtown Territorial Quarterly #39, Fall 1999

"The Hotel Del Monte Goes to War" Dogtown Territorial Quarterly, #49, Spring 2002

"Gunny Sacks Galore" California Territorial Quarterly, #52, Winter 2002

Ed and his wife now call Carmel their home but spend a good part of each year in Washington, D.C. where he has an opportunity to pursue his research with original sources there.

 

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