By Carlos Alcalá - Bee Columnist
Published 12:00 am PST Thursday, November 16, 2006
Story appeared in SOUTH PLACER ROSEVILLE section, Page G1
Although most of the '49ers were notoriously unlucky, or at least
unable to hang on to much of their gold wealth, some folks can still mine
the foothills profitably. Notable among them would be Jody and Ric
Hornor, who are midway through a six-volume series of
"Golden" books -- "Golden Corridor," "Golden
Quest" and "Golden Highway" have been completed. They
consider themselves compilers, having mined stacks of 19th century
histories, letters, manuscripts and photos to put together bite-sized
tales of the past. Their latest book, "Golden Highway," deals
with the area around Highway 49 from El Dorado County to Sierra County.
Its section on Placer includes the 1876 tale of one S.R. Kidder, owner of
a prominent Iowa Hill mine. Kidder gave his watchman an order to shoot
anyone he found near the mine, and then went to check up on the watchman.
You probably can guess what happened next. Hear the Hornors read from
their book Saturday at Winston Smith Books in Auburn. It's safe. No
watchmen on guard. ...