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Historian & Lecturer
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"Porter Putnam -- The Lost Years"
Presented by Dan Hogan and John McWilliams:
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For many years now Bill Horst has been called a "Local Historian"; but his knowledge of U.S. and western history goes far beyond the local area. His interest in the stories of the old timers he knew as he was growing up, prompted them to feed his interest. Being a curious sort, he spent time doing research to either prove or disprove these tales. He also learned to make and do certain things to try the "old ways".
This trial and error research, gave him knowledge in the use and manufacture of early firearms, clothing, tanning of animal hides, etc. Being raised on a farm that used horses to power farm equipment until a tractor was purchased in 1942, was also a learning experience. This taught him about "chores" that most young people even of that time did not have. His friends among the "Elders" in the Native American community contributed to his lifetime "Hobby" of early U.S. history.
THANK YOU, BILL HORST!
FOR YOUR JULY, 2023 PRESENTATION:
"WHITE RIVER GOLD RUSH of 1855"
Bill spoke about the local gold mining and prospecting which took place from 1855 onward in the White River and surrounding areas near Porterville. Our community is so very fortunate to have Bill Horst share his historical body of knowledge through these fascinating lectures at the Porterville Historical Museum.