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Born in Evanston, Illinois on December 14, 1942
Married in 1968 to Jeannette Mahan Baumgardner
Children, Joel and William
Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California

Graduated college, BS- Chemistry & Biology, Davidson College, NC. Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Studies-Tulane University, New Orleans. Taught high school Physical Science and Social Studies, Bakersfield High School, CA. MA, San Jose State University in Recent US History (post Civil War). Post graduate studies, History, University of California at Santa Barbara, '70-'73. Also taught US History both at UCSB and in a private high school, Palo Alto, CA, LVN- practical nursing degree, CSM, staff nurse both acute and long term care hospitals in northern Calif.,returned as substitute teacher in secondary schools in Sonoma County, CA.

Since studying American and Latin American History while in graduate school at Tulane in the early ‘60s and at San Jose State for the MA Degree. Met wife Jeannette while both taught in Bakersfield, were married in 1968. First son Joel was born in 1969; second son William was born in 1972. I have wanted to research primary source, write and publish new works that contribute to our understanding. I have studied California history, both local and regional, on my own for many years, especially from 2000 to the present.

"Killing for Land in Early California" was published in 2006, Algora Publishing, NY. My second book, "Yanks in the Redwoods" was published in the fall of 2010.

"Bird in the hand is worth..." Author in wood carving class, March 2010