John Wolfskill - History
Argonauts poured into the Sacramento Valley in the early 1850s, mining hillsides and creek beds for gold. Rancher John Wolfskill was living in the area at the time and had a lot in common with those miners. He was a pioneer raised in the wilds of Missouri who had survived the long, hard journey to California in search of a better life. But he had no interest in joining the rush for gold.
"Wolfskill was a horticulturist at heart," says author and historian Joann Leach Larkey. "He was living and working on lush, fertile land along Putah Creek - that was his goldmine."
John Reid Wolfskill believed agriculture could become California's true treasure, a conviction he cultivated and a legacy he left to Yolo and Solano counties, UC Davis and the entire agricultural industry. This is the story of how one man with a satchel of seeds made a difference.
Read the full article, "History Lessons," (pdf) from The Leaflet, UC Davis Plant Sciences, by Diane Nelson.More Wolfskill history:
- John Reid Wolfskill, the area’s earliest American settler, 1842 - Historic Winters
- John Wolfskill and his olives, 1804-2006 (pdf) - UC Davis Olive Oil Center
- Wolfskill family set tone for Solano’s future - History by Kris Delaplane Conti
- A Pioneer of Sacramento Valley - Publications of the Historical Society of Southern California, Volume 4
- Inventory of the Wolfskill Family Collection (pdf) - UC Davis Shields Library Special Collections