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Why Come to California for Gold When You Can Come for Sheep -- Marilyn Darnell

December 3, 2019

Monday December 9  2019 10am - 12pm


San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church


$5 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members


Register Now for "Come to California for Sheep " on Brown Paper Tickets


This is an encore of a course offered by LLCC last year.


Making the trek from the East to California in the 1850's and 1860's took a lot of courage and guile. 


In this course you will learn how two prominent men of the Central Coast,  Hub Hollister and R. E. Jack, made that journey and thrived.

Hub Hollister--whose home, the Hollister Adobe, is a California Landmark in San Luis Obispo county-- came to the West via wagon train. You will find out how he avoided trouble and had success with the native tribes.  What was it like to be a person going across country on the California Trail?  What was it like to be a sheep?  You'll find out. 


You will be shown how wagon trains communicated with those behind them. How a family of four

 packed for such a long journey.  How children kept up with their learning while on the trail.

How a steamer trunk got its name.  And more!


Another way to come to the West from the East was by ship.


After serving in the Civil War including action at the Battle of Gettysburg,  R. E. Jack sailed from New York City to California not for gold, but for sheep and a connection with Col. W. W. Hollister, Hub Hollister’s brother. Jack's seafaring journey will enlighten you, as will the story about how good those sheep were to Mr. Jack--the San Francisco Chronicle declared R. E. Jack a millionaire.


Jack became forefather of San Luis Obispo and his home, the Jack House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  How and why this happened is part of the adventure.


Marilyn Darnell's passion for everything Jack began with R. E. Jack and has grown through his wife Nellie Hollister. She has been up close and as personal as she can be by traveling to places R. E. Jack and Hub Hollister traversed including Bowdoinham, Maine and the California Trail through Wyoming. Her 20 years volunteering as a docent at the historic Jack House led to her writing books and articles, travels and presentations on Jack and Hollister.

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