History of a Place Called Rescue

History of a Place Called Rescue

$50.00 plus tax and shipping

Category: Reference/History/Gold Country of California, El Dorado County
Specifications: Flexbinding, 11×8.5 inches, 384 pages, four-color
Graphics: Over 800 pictures, maps, and other graphics
Publication Date: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-931301-26-8

Rescue is a small, rural community in the heart of California’s gold country. Rescue may be small, and have a unique name, but it is also rich with history — and that history is what this 380-page, full-color book is all about! There are over 800 photographs and other graphics in this beautifully presented table-top book that capture the spirit of the past and help tell the story.

History of a Place Called Rescue is a snapshot in time, starting when gold was discovered in Coloma in 1848, to about the 1930s.

Your travel through the area starts with tours along prominent roads in Rescue. A large, full-color reference map, located in a pocket in the back of the book, pinpoints all of the featured historical sites.

There are chapters that detail the history of local schools, cemeteries, post offices, and mines. It tells the stories of the Pony Express and Lincoln Highway, both of which passed through Rescue. The largest chapter features the various families who moved here and stayed. The book is rich with pictures, family trees, and other graphics that bring Rescue’s history to life.

Table of Contents

  • Rescue Road Tours
  • Schools of Rescue
  • Mines of Rescue
  • Cemeteries of Rescue
  • Post Offices of Rescue
  • Pony Express
  • Rescue Fire Protection District
  • Pioneer Families of Rescue
  • Index


Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Interior Design, three or more colors, Independent Book Publishers Association

Best Book Design and Best Nonfiction, Northern California Authors & Publishers Awards for 2011

Best History Book of 2011, Conference of California Historical Societies

The Pladsons of Newburgh Township

The Pladsons of Newburgh Township

$50.00 plus tax and shipping

Category: Reference/History/Norwegian Pioneers/North Dakota
Specifications: Flexbinding 11×8.5 inches; 544 pages; full-color
Graphics: Over 950 pictures, family trees, maps, and graphics
Publication Date: April 2014
ISBN: 978-931301-29-9

The Pladsons of Newburgh Township is not just about Knudt, Halvor, and Osten Pladson and their families. It is a comprehensive collection of stories, photos, and family trees for all of the families connected to the Pladsons by marriage.

This beautiful 544-page, full-color book includes over 950 photographs, maps, and other graphics from family and private collections to tell the generational stories of these courageous Norwegian immigrants; learn about their families, homes, farms, schools, churches, and early pioneer life on the plains of the Dakota Territory.

Osten Pladson was a very unique person. He was a farmer, carpenter, and builder of exquisite church altars; two of his altars are in major Norwegian-American museums. Osten Pladson is the great-grandfather of the authors.

What people are saying about the book

“The Pladsons of Newburgh Township is more than a family history; it is a rich collection of stories of immigrant families, rural life, and growing prairie communities. Remarkable photographs bring these stories to life.”

Laurann Gilbertson
Chief Curator
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Table of Contents

  • Early History of the Dakota Territory
  • Their Churches
  • Their Schools
  • Farming in Newburgh Township
  • Hatton, North Dakota
  • The Norwegian Pioneers
  • The Lillegard Family
  • The Pladson Family
  • The Hagali Family
  • The Morgan Family
  • The Bakken Family
  • The Heskin Family
  • The Berg Families
  • The Raaen Family
  • The Rodningen Family
  • The Sondreaal Family
  • The Haugo Family
  • The Midboe Family
  • The Aaland Family
  • The Thompson
  • The Mork Family
  • The Teie Family
  • Index


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