When it comes to history, the community of Folsom has a whole lot of it. Most of us locally know the story of how the community and city came about, from Theodore Judah’s vision that rose the community out of the ground during the booming Gold Rush, to the arrival of the railroad, Johnny Cash’s famous visit and more. While the history books and local periodical have documented all of those significant moments in time, there is a there is a hoopla of unique “happenings” that took place throughout the decades as well. 


If you look back through the years, you may be amazed of what was considered “headline news” back in the day. Folsom Times has partnered with the staff of Folsom History to bring our community a backwards glance of yesteryear here in the community thanks to the work of Shelby Sorensen and Jovia Law who have spent time digging into the past to bring you This Time in History,  a weekly collection of some of the memorable moments that were the “talk of the town,” back in the day.   

June 23-29, compiled by Shelby Sorensen and Jovia Low

June 23, 1939: The all-woman Sacramento County Democratic Women’s club holds an all-day conference.


June 24, 1865: Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! During the day and evening at the Ladies and Gentlemens Refreshment Saloon, attached to the R.R. Depot. 

June 25, 1964: Folsom School Board approves the purchase of an 11-acre site on Inwood Road to be used as a future elementary school site. Today Carl Sundahl Elementary School sits in that location.


June 26, 1925: Hotel Golden, the remodeled Wester Hotel, has been opened for business by Mrs. B. Sullivan who has leased the place from J. Murer, owner of the building.

June 27, 1919: Local Brevities: Miss Beatrice Turner is visiting relatives in Vallejo. Mrs. W.L. Klumpp and granddaughter, Carolyn Cole, are here from Richmond visiting relatives. 

June 27, 1957: World War I Veterans meet in the Folsom High School theater to work on making WWI barracks in the area.


June 29, 1889: Work on the canal is progressing in a rapid and satisfactory manner to all concerned there. 

More to come next week as we head into July and take a look back at what was hot in Folsom headlines!


Folsom History operates three museums in Folsom’s historic district – the Folsom History Museum, Pioneer Village, and the currently under construction Chinese Heritage Museum. Folsom History highlights Folsom’s unique place in California history through exhibits, digital engagement, educational programming, and hands-on learning experiences. Folsom History Museum is open Thursday through Monday 11am to 4pm and Pioneer Village is open Thursday through Sunday 10am to 3pm. Visit www.folsomhistory.org to learn more.

ABOVE PHOTO: The North Fork of the Natomas Ditch is pictured; circa 1909. (Folsom History)