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The First Addition to Our Agriculture Collection.

Bill Schroeder's personal collection contained a poster of the 1890's with formal pictures of twenty local  farmers of note.  The farmers are presented in slideshow fashion which displays the individual farmer and any known biographical information. To display the slideshow, simply center the poster in your screen and then move the cursor to the far right of the screen and the slideshow will automatically begin in a few seconds.
If you have any additional information on any of these farmers, pleas contact Bill Schroeder, the DHS Historian at

Notable Farmers

Slideshow #1

Poster #1 from which the 25 Notables, mostly farmers, were taken

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Bracero Video

The Bracero Program was created through a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States in response to the reduction in available labor force due to the impact of the number of people who served in World War II.  The program was initiated in 1942 and sunset in 1964. This presentation includes an overview of the program and the personal perspective of members of the community whose families were involved or participated in the program.

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It may be hard to believe in these modern days, but in Dixon's early days of a hardscrabble farming community that the Baker and Hamilton catalog was a very hot item with the working farmers. The women got the Sears and Roebuck catalog while the men took the Baker and Hamilton catalog with them to the outhouse. To give you the flavor of the 1883 rural Dixon era, we present the entire Baker and Hamilton farm implement catalog. For your information, Baker and Hamilton started busines in 1849 and is still a player although these days it is better known for its Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Baker & Hamilton Catalogue

(Multiple Presenters)


Immigrants arriving from Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, and Ireland found that Dixon’s temperate climate, with mild winters and sufficient rain for the production of high quality alfalfa, made the area a prime environment for successful dairy farming. Because of the size and abundance of working dairy farms, in 1914, Sunset Magazine titled Dixon, “Dairy City.” The local dairies provided milk and dairy products to not only the local residents, but also shipped by train and truck, using ice to keep the milk cold, to the growing populations in the Bay Area and Sacramento. Achilles Panizza, a dairyman himself from 1918-1973, listed more than 60 family dairy farms that operated in Dixon during his lifetime.  As part of a DHS meeting, descendants of Dixon dairymen to shared their family history and memories of life on a dairy farm. The program included Peter Timm, DVM; Jeanie Vanetti; and Rick Sequeira and his sister, Carol, along with several more families.

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