Capay Rancho Women's Club - El Rancho Capay
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:44PM
Jo Giessner

Under the direction of Erna Garton, the Capay Rancho Women's Club published El Rancho Capay in 1977, 2nd printing in 1978, 3rd printing in 1991 and 4th printing in 2001. The 4th printing is no longer available from the club. However, versions from one or more of the four printings become available for sale at various times and places. I have seen copies of El Rancho Capay at used bookstores such as the Bookworm in Oroville, on-line at and several copies at the Special Table during the Friends of the Orland Free Library Book Sale. To read or reference you will find it at the Orland Free Library in Orland.

The idea to do a book of this type came to Erna Garton as she was enrolled in an Oral History Class at CSU-Chico instructed by Professor Clarence McIntosh (1922-1991) She had interviewed Neal Dow Butler (1903-2002) of the Rancho Capay community for the class and with encouragement from Dr. McIntosh enlisted the help of Capay Rancho Women's Club members to interview more residents or descendants of the area and publish a book. These interviews as well as short articles on the community churches, schools, pioneer arrivals, organizations and historic sites lead to a delightful read of what life was like for some of the people colonizing the Rancho Capay community in basically the years 1917- 1922.~

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