Garvis - Roar of the Monitors
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 10:12AM
Jo Giessner

The fattest, heaviest, most beautiful book in my collection is entitled Roar of the Monitors, Quest for Gold in the Northern Sierra by Jann E. Garvis published in 2004.

The Sierra-Plumas mines and surrounding towns captivated Jann for decades until she compiled this book arranged in chronological order, a compendium of facts derived from legal documents, newspaper accounts, letters, maps, scrapbooks, reminiscences, diaries and journals as well as statistics garnered from libraries and public institutions. The photographs are wonderful and numerous.

And why am I so enthralled, not only for the appreciation of Jann's extensive work and beautiful publication, but because I have family connections within. My 2nd Great Grandfather, Johann Frederick "Fred" Knoch first came to the gold camp of Nelson Point from Germany. His half-brother Johann Heinrich "Henry" Schubert remained in Plumas County and Henry's son, Gustav Henry Schubert is featured for his store in LaPorte on page 71. And, yes, while I am sharing, our line of Schubert goes to Ferdinand the  older brother of the famous composer, Franz Schubert.

Contact: Jann E. Garvis, P O box 2583, Nevada City, CA 95959

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