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In God We Trust

Antiquity's pride
We have on our side,
And it maketh men just in their station
There's nought but what's good
To be understood
By a Free and Accepted Mason

- Matthew Birkhead circa 1722

In 1891 the Winters Masonic Hall replaced the one at Buckeye (the first settlement in the area) built in 1870.


Fred C. Hemenway, of Fort Bragg, was the recipient of the 50 year membership pin at past master's night, observed Thursday last by Buckeye Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. John H. Griffin, master, conducting the meeting. Milt Sharp, inspector for District 210, made the presentation.
At the time of joining Buckeye Lodge in 1906, Fred Hemenway, later the owner and publisher of the Winters Express for many years, was teaching here, having taught in Buckeye school, north of town, as well as in the Winters Elementary school.
Twenty-two past masters of the local lodge attended the meeting which was preceded by a dinner prepared and served by Past Master R.E. Degener and committee.
Mr. Hemenway joins a select company of seven other 50 year members, namely Irwin Baker, W.A. Brinck, Murray Goodyear, James R. Briggs, Louis Sackett, Dr. Herbert R. King and Clarence Raymond Moler of Oakland.

- from The Winters Express

Masonic room before dedication

Harvey, Ann, and George
Fred and Eva

by Mrs. Neil McArthur The Winters Express

Retrospection of the vanished years being portrayed in pen and picture in observance of this newspaper's 75th milestone would be incomplete without paying due tribute to Fred C. Hemenway, retired editor and owner. He guided policy and destiny of the Winters Express for more than 35 years. His aim, promotion of progress and betterment of community life, also, to depict the picture and record for the annals of time an absorbing expression of well ordered harmonious community life.
For this he was well qualified, having been closely identified with Winters since 1887, when he came with his parents, the late Mr. And Mrs. G.W. Hemenway, from Illinois, to establish a permanent home in the West.
He graduated from the local public schools, was a member of the first high school graduating class in 1895. He was active in school pursuits and popular in social diversions. He was also a musician playing cornet in the local band.
Fred's major purpose, however, was scholastic achievement which the mental vigor of student mind, patience and perseverance attained for him. He spent two and a half years at U.C. obtaining elementary teaching credentials, and taught variously at Union, Buckeye and Wolfskill districts, finally accepting the principalship of the local elementary school. His successful teaching career was ended when he purchased the Winters Express from the late F.H. Owen. About this time he received appointment of local postmaster, and for several years he handled both the news and the mail with expert skill.
Contacts with people and experiences in the varied types of work gave him a wide acquaintance with both town and rural population. Thus he chronicled their vital statistics, events, traditions, agricultural progress and development with marked skill and accuracy.
He was always a good natured optimist, living one day at a time, free from needless worry, and known as "easy going". However, his assistants in the production of the weekly news were keenly aware of the hand at the steering wheel.
A strong adherent of the Republican party, his editorials at election time were sound, convincing, and frequently copied with commendatory comment in larger journals.
Yet the odds were slightly averse, as many of his constituents were descendants of the population "south of the Mason and Dixon line", either Missouri or "deep south" Democrats. But he was always agreeable, fair and kindly tolerant toward those who disagreed with his party platform.


Ann Hemenway

Fred and Miss Eva Harris were married in 1907, and together reared three children to become fine, substantial citizens, all local residents. They are Harvey and George Hemenway and Mrs. Andrew E. Danzero. There are seven grandchildren .
Despite the stress and strain of the years of producing a weekly journal, Fred developed a love of the soil and by his industry and thrift acquired large orchard acreages, now managed by his children. He himself owns and operates a large stock and produce farm near Fort Bragg. When asked about his plans during retirement he replied -"go fishin." This summer he and Mrs. Hemenway enjoyed a motor trip to the Canadian Rockies. They are now spending the eveningtide of the years in the pleasant northern town of the equable coast climate. They have happily observed a golden wedding milestone, and on Sunday, December 7, Fred will mark his 84th birthday. Felicitations on the long life span and its worthy accomplishment, with best wishes for him and his (and good fishin') all along the rest of the way!

Eva and Fred

Newport Ranch, Fort Bragg, California

Fred at retirement

View from the Cliff House

Hides on the Barn

Newport Landing

Newport Ranch

Play: Ocean Breeze

Pablo Cruise

Sailing on the Bay

Winters Express December 3, 1964

Fred C. Hemenway, one-time editor and publisher of the Winters Express for more than thirty years, died Saturday evening, November 28, at his home north of Fort Bragg, California. He would have been 90 years of age this December 7th.
Life threads of the deceased were woven closely in the warp and woof of the history of the Winters area. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he grew to his teens on the prairies of Kansas, his father breaking sod near Madison in the 70's. The family came to Winters in 1887, where he attended local schools and until his death was the sole surviving member of the first graduation class of Winters High School.
Mr. Hemenway was attending the University of California, when in his third year there his father died and it became necessary to return home and help support the family of mother, brother and two sisters.
He taught school at old Buckeye, Union and Fairfield districts and was principal of the Winters Grammar School for one year. Other teachers in the school at this time were the late Myrtle Cooper ( Mrs. Frank Wolfskill ) and late Bertha Pierce ( Mrs. Will A. Young)
In 1906 he became associated with the late Lawrence H. Wilson in the establishment of the Yosolano Citizen, a newspaper set up to rival the already established Winter Express. It was not long before the two papers merged under the editorship of Frank Owen, who in 1907 sold to Hemenway, in whose hands the paper was published until 1945, when it was sold to Walter W. Stark.
During this period of time, Hemenway was active in public affairs, a member of the Town Council, one of the Board of Directors of Bank of America, Postmaster of the local Post Office, leader of the Winters Municipal Band, one of the founders of the Winters Growers, was active in the organization of the old Exchange Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Winters Service Club; Secretary of the High School Board of Trustees for many years; a member of Buckeye Lodge, F. and A.M. for over fifty years; and carried on an active and continuous campaign for community activities and improvements through the columns of the newspaper.
Deceased acquired extensive farming interests in both Yolo and Solano Counties, consisting of apricot, peach and almond orchards, and in 1945, turned the orchards over to his sons and bought a cattle ranch north of Fort Bragg, where he moved and lived the remaining years of his life.


Luther Burbank may yet be famous for something besides the development of new species of plant life. It appears that he has a gift of telepathy—communicating with other people by direct action of mind upon mind.

That such power is found here and there is well attested by modern psychology, but Mr. Burbank appears to possess it to an unusual degree. Ordinarily, when thought from one mind affects another without the use of ordinary means, it seems accidental. The laws of such action are very obscure. But the California naturalist says he has the unusual power of directing this thought to particular relative or friend when he wants to communicate with them. That phenomenon is as much worth studying as his plant transformations.

Of still more interest is the wizard’s theory regarding thought transference in general, and the part it is playing in the world nowadays. He says: “Those who can send messages to particular people differ from others only in that they can direct their thought-waves. The greater part of humanity simply broadcasts. Since we are all transmitting every time we think, it is obvious that the jamming in wave-length belts used by radio transmitters is as nothing compared with the din made by a million and half brains.

“ I am of the opinion that the sick state of mind of the world is largely due to the thoughts that the human race is generating—and transmitting. The great fortunes that were made in America as a result of the war pitched a note that has resounded in a great many beings. One man hears it and becomes a profiteer, while a different type holds up a business place in broad daylight. We put ourselves in misery with our destructive broadcasting and kill ourselves with our suicidal fears.”

If this is true—and many students of psychology believe it is—here is a tremendous argument for right thinking. If every thinking mind is broadcasting its thoughts all the time, it is mighty important to think constructively. And if minds work in this marvelous way after the manner of radio, everyone, no matter what his station in life, can contribute to human progress merely by having right ideas and generous moods.

-- from an unattributed old newspaper clipping found in Fred’s files

Play: Happy Feelings


There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made,
and which, in its original state,
permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought, in this substance,
produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created

The Certain Way - Wallace Wattles 1910

The time has come, the hour has struck.
The power from within has come forth and is expressing through my word.
I do not have to wait; today is the time.
Today I enter into all Truth; today I am completely saved
and healed and made happy.
Today I enter into my inheritance.
Today the Truth has made me free.

Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you FREE.

John 8:32

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
 and the Word was God.

John 1:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
So that the things which are seen
were not made of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11    


Frederick Harvey Hemenway, son of Fred and Eva, was born in Winters and died on his Wolfskill District farm in 1993. Harvey was publisher of the Winters Express for a time during his father's ownership. He also participated in other activities of his father's including Freemasons and the Farm Labor Association. He was a trustee of the Wolfskill Elementary School where his children attended. He worked for a short time with a printing firm in San Francisco before returning to farming. He took over the home ranch and at one time operated a Dry Yard where he produced dried Apricots and Peaches. The ranch also contained Walnuts and Almonds as well as a vineyard, Oranges, Mandarins, pomegranates, mulberries, figs, pecans, grapefruit, lemons, loquats, cherries, plums and other fruits and vegetables. He provided housing for his farm workers on the ranch and sponsored several Mexican families when the Bracero program was discontinued. Harvey was not a churchgoer, however, his wife Mary, a devout Catholic, often remarked: "He was a better person than many Catholics I knew because of his integrity, high ideals and belief in God. He tried to do things the right way."


What does he plant who plants a tree?

He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,

In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good-

His blessings on the neighborhood

Who in the hollow of His hand

Holds all the growth of all our land-

A nation's growth from sea to sea

Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

Henry Cuyler Bunner

Play: Voices Of Spring

Johann Strauss

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In Memoriam
Frederick Harvey Hemenway

Who instilled in me a curiosity about an extraordinary, but forgotten past. The past of a people who were ahead of their time. A people who were future oriented, free and forward thinking; conservative, yet progressive; rough yet refined - A restless and adventurous people who always seemed to establish deep roots in the land wherever they went.

The Coast Range of California


Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for patriot dream,
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

Katharine Lee Bates & Samuel Ward


"I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth..." ACTS 20: 29-31


This land is your land,

This land is my land,

From California, To the New York Island,

From the redwood forest

To the gulfstream waters,

This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway,

I saw below me that golden valley,

This land was made for you and me.

Woody Guthrie

Bobbie Ritchie

Lindsay Marshall, grandson of Jessie Hemenway Ritchie


"And so they were cast out of the Garden and lived in the land East of Eden" - Genesis

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