Author Joann Leach Larkey and illustrator Jeanette Nunn Copley will sign copies of the newly reprinted “Davisville ’68” history book at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
Their talk is free and the public is invited. Attendees who purchase the book for $25.50 plus tax can have their books signed by the local women.
The book details the early history of the ranches in the Davis area, the modes of travel that were used and the development of Davisville after it was created in 1868 as a railroad stop. Other sections cover how the University of California came to Davis and the development of businesses, public schools, churches, cemeteries and local government.
More recent history covers the war years, civic and social organizations and local recreational facilities.
The second part of the book presents the biographies of the many local pioneer families, including the Chiles, Davis, Drummond, Hamel, LaRue, Lillard, Oeste, Peña, Russell, Montgomery and Weber families.
The book was published originally in 1968 as part of the Davisville centennial festivities and has been recently out of print. With the 100th anniversary of the city of Davis incorporation looming in 2017, the city and the Historic Resources Management Commission reprinted the book to make sure that one of the primary sources for the history of Davis and its pioneer families was once again available to the public.
The new edition includes some minor corrections to the original text and a selected list of local historical resources that have been published since 1969. The original leatherette cover has been replaced with a navy blue cover with gold stamped imprinting and the now famous highwheel bicycle symbol.
Doug Galbreath of The Printer printed the original “Davisville ’68” book. Led by Galbreath’s son Steve, the new version of the book was again printed and assembled by the Davis-based The Printer.
The book was researched and compiled by Larkey, a Historical and Landmarks Commission member, and designed and illustrated by Copley, a longtime local artist. The two will recount some of the challenges in originally creating the book and some favorite historical anecdotes about Davis and some of its more colorful characters over the years.
For more information, contact Bob Bowen of the city of Davis at [email protected].