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The James and Mary Horan Family: Do you know anything about them? Don Horan contacted Harvey Diemer, owner, along with his wife of Annie Horan’s Bed and Breakfast in Grass Valley and Harvey wondered if readers could help. This is Don Horan’s query: “I have spent the past few days researching the James and Mary Horan family. I examined census records from 1860 to 1930. I looked at the all the census records in Nevada County in 1860 but couldn’t find James and Mary. I found James and Mary on the 1870 census with seven children and in 1880 with six children (Mary and John weren’t on the 1880 census) and Thomas (born in 1871) was included. I found Annie and her brother, William, living together in Grass Valley in 1900 and their brother, Thomas, living with his wife, Maud, and her parents, James and Amelia Cook in Grass Valley in 1900. I found some more information in 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. I would like to know more about this family, since my great-great grandfather, Michael Horan may have been a brother or cousin to James. Michael, a miner, was on the census in Grass Valley in 1870 and moved to Austin, Nev., and then moved to Park City, Utah, where he died in 1889. Do you know of any living relatives of James and Mary who might have information about them? Do you have the obituary of Annie’s death?” Don can be reached at (801) 226-7935 or by e-mail at

Serenade to Spring: Florence Armour has organized this as a benefit for the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Kia Hatch said the concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, located at 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley (corner of Walsh and Church). Kia said, “Florence is well known to musicians and music buffs in the area. The Foothill String Quartet and artists like Beverly Marks, Judy van der Veen, Nicki Fortini and the UUCM Choir have donated their considerable talents to this concert. The concert is classical in theme, with works by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Franck, Mahler, and Dvorak being presented. The best news is that tickets are only $10! This is a tremendous value and I hope that the community will take advantage of this special event. Tickets can be purchased at the Book Seller in Grass Valley and Harmony Books in Nevada City. For more information, your readers can call Kia Hatch at 477-5007.”

Foothill Flyer: Here is yet another alternative to getting to airports in Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco. Sandy Mills of Alpine Aviation at the Nevada County Airport called to tell me that her company offers flights to those cities for approximately $300 round trip. They need 24 hours notice and have Archer, Arrow and Saratoga planes for those flights. Call Sandy at 477-7701.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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