Bruce & Barbara Baccei purchased the "Painter" house on the corner of Fort Sutter Way & Shenandoah in 2006, and live there with their dog Max. They purchased the house, built in 1958, because of its solar orientation and mid-century modern design. They have redesigned the property as a passive solar house and are undergoing major remodeling to maximize energy efficiency and make use of the winter sun for heating. They plan to incorporate solar power in the future and are redesigning the landscape to feature native plants and edibles rather than grass. Their upgrades follow in the footsteps of the original owners, Bob and June Painter, who incorporated remodeling and additions throughout the years. June was an avid gardener, and is still remembered by members of the Pioneer Garden Club who frequently walk by to see what's being done at "June's house."
Submitted by Barbara and Bruce Baccei


Visit Walerga Park and see the historical landmark erected in 1987 by the Japanese American Community in cooperation with Sunrise Recreation and Park District in remembrance of the Walerga Assembly Center in operation for 52 days from May 6 to June 26 1942 as a temporary detainment center . . . lest we forget . . .


August 2015
Location:  Walerga Park
                 4901 Palm Avenue
                 Sacramento, CA  95841

Remembrance Celebration included: Commentary on the significance of Walerga’s History; Ancestor Remembrance Activities; Traditional Obon Dance Performance; Japanese Lantern Hanging Ceremony
In Cooperation with California State Assembly

Visit our historic monument in remembrance of the 4,739 Japanese American Citizens who were housed in the Walerga Assembly Center, a World War II internment camp. This site was originally dedicated in February of 1987, seven years after being designated as a California Registered Historical Landmark, No. 934 on May 12, 1980. 

Reporter Lori Gilbert of the Stockton Record who covered the Walerga Rededication August 25th also covered the dedication of a mosaic at a Muslim mosque in Manteca that same day.

She put together an interesting article about the Muslim American today relating to the Japanese American experience before.  UC Davis emeritus professor is a Fujimoto and Basim El Karra Council on American Islamic Relations talked about this link. 

The article is on the Stockton Record website at:  http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151003/ENTE

CAMP KOHLER (On Point Article - Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, USA-Ret)

This article appears in the Winter 2017 Edition of ON POINT, The Journal of Army History, which is part of the Army Historical Foundation, located in Arlington, Virginia.

This article is an effort to gather as much historical information for the first time to be used in a comprehensive account of the essential facts about Camp Kohler, CA. It will not answer all questions about Camp Kohler but it reflects the major important events that happened at Camp Kohler during its short history. This article is an account of facts and human interest stories designed for researchers and the curious. It is hoped that this article also suggests the distinctive character and traditions of many Army posts. Permanent posts, except installations such as arsenals, depots, terminals and hospitals, are usually forts. Temporary installations are usually camps. Camp Kohler fits that definition. It was never meant to be a long-term military installation. 

Article follows in the link below.

Camp Kohler - On Point Article

Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, USA-Ret, worked as a civilian on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon, as a Command Historian for the US Army Information Systems Command, and as Chief of Public Affairs and Command Historian for HQ 5th Signal Command, where he was awarded the Bronze Order of Mercury by the Signal Corps Regimental Association. He also traveled to Iraq in 2003 to document the Signal Corps involvement in the US invasion. As a private military scholar, he has made numerous contributions to On Point and other military publications. He specializes in World War II; Old Posts, Camps and Stations; lineage and honors; and Army heraldic insignia, some of which he helped to design. He has authored Military Communications Supporting Peacekeeping Operations in the Balkans (2000) and edited The European Signal Corps Order of Battle (2001).He has also contributed numerous inserts for The Oxford Companion to Military History (2001) and Military Communications from Ancient Times to the 21st Century (2007). He currently resides in Sacramento, California.

Our History

As automobile ownership, travel by car, and building of highways exploded all over America, the highway routes just outside of city limits were where auto camps, then motor camps, then motor hotels, and finally motels sprang up to meet travelers' needs. The motel row approach to the city of Sacramento from the west along the Lincoln Highway, and later US Route 40, was locally known as the Davis Highway--what is today West Capitol in the city of West Sacramento. The approach from the northeast was to the once-separate city of North Sacramento along Auburn Boulevard. Dozens of mom and pop motels lined the route, trying to lure in visitors with bold neon signs.

Auburn Boulevard begins where it crosses the freeway that supplanted it as US Route 40--to the north it is Roseville's Riverside Avenue in Placer County. But heading south, it is Auburn Boulevard, beginning in Citrus Heights, and ending at El Camino where the city of Sacramento meets an unincorporated part of the county formerly known as Ben Ali, and now part of the larger community of Arden Arcade.  Read more . . . 

Do you have a bit of Old Foothill Farms history or pictures you would like to share with the community? If so, please contact us.