MEMOIRS OF THE VALLEJOS Based on Documents & Recollections of PLATON VALLEJO
MEMOIRS OF THE VALLEJOS: NEW LIGHT on the HISTORY, Before and After the GRINGOS came, BASED on ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS and RECOLLECTIONS, by Platon Mariano Guadalupe VALLEJO.
Originally published in Serial Form in the San Francisco Bulletin Newspaper from January 26, 1914 through February 17, 1914. This is the First Bound Edition, published by James D. Stevenson, Publisher, in Cooperation with the Napa County Historical Society, Fairfield, California, 1994.
Hardcover Book, no dustjacket as issued, gilt titling to the front cover and spine, 8.5x11 inches, 85 pages.
FINE condition:Tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A lovely copy.
About Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (from his Biographical Sketch in this book):
******Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the author of these memoirs, was born on February 5, 1841. He was the sixth or seventh child of General Mariano G. Vallejo and Maria Francisca Benicia Carillo. Dr. Vallejo's place in the birth order is different depending on which source one uses. One possibility which might explain the confusion is the fact that the Vallejo's did adopt children. The story of one adoption, a very interesting story, is told in these pages.
As a child, Dr. Vallejo was present during the tumultuous days of the Bear Flag Revolt. He witnessed the exciting days of the Gold Rush, and saw California become a part of the United States of America. As a young adult he participated as a Volunteer Surgeon with the New York Sanitary Commission in the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War.
Following his return to California, he entered into service as a commissioned officer, Assistant Surgeon, on a ship stationed at Mare Island. He was then a Ship's Surgeon for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company.
In 1867 he married Lily Wiley, a young woman from New York. They had met on one of the many voyages he had made. The couple had four children, Felipa, Francisca, Adela, and Angela.
Dr. Vallejo's family practice extended into Napa, Marin, and Contra Costa counties, an area that he had known as frontier wilderness as a boy. Two years before he died, he participated in the pouring of the first concrete for the Carquinez bridge. That bridge was to open officially on July 4, 1925. Platon M. G. Vallejo died on June 1,1925.******