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Author to discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot at Nevada County Historial Society meeting

Join us at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation on Aug. 21 to hear author Ron Jauch discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot, which took place on a sweltering hot August day when the International Workers of the World union demands were not met by the Durst Bros.

The riot, triggered by a warning shot fired into the air, resulted in four deaths, including that of the Yuba County district attorney, a Marysville deputy sheriff and two hop workers. The governor declared martial law in Wheatland and dispatched the state militia to occupy the town. The impact of this labor action had wide implications throughout the state and country and led to improved working conditions and changes in labor laws.

Jauch’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. on August 21 at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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