Organized in 1938, Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association is a community organization that sponsors an annual picnic each July to commemorate the town’s history and its role in the development of Santa Cruz County. There are no membership restrictions.
Everyone interested in sharing and preserving Soquel history is invited to participate in the annual picnic celebration that keeps the past alive.
We also maintain a History Room at the Porter Memorial Library on Porter Street. The room is open to anyone who wants to explore Soquel history through displays. books and scrapbooks.
Featured Video: Frank Hill
Artist Frank Hill grew up in Capitola California in 1930's and 1940"s. He eventually moved to Soquel where he resides to this day. He had a long career as an illustrator. He assisted Hank Ketcham with the production of "Dennis the Menace" and designed "Peanuts" spin off products for Charles Schultz. He produced the nationally - syndicated "Bugs Bunny" comic strip for Warner Brothers and "Short Ribs" for the News Paper Enterprises Association.
Saturday, July 28th 2019
SOQUEL FAMILY CONNECTIONS
In the winter 1867, 18 year old Edmund Maddock the 1st, left the comfort of a stable, thriving family trading business in Liverpool England,
jumping aboard a sailing ship and making a 4 month journey across the oceans to San Francisco.
From there his adventure through many dangers, trials and successes, finally settled him in the Salinas and Soquel areas. At about the same time... several other pioneer families were in the midst of their own westward movements. E R. Fanuef, and Addi Wyman from Canada, Joshua Parrish has brought his family from Ohio and the Pringle family of
future Soquel postmaster Lloyd Pringle were all staking their futures on living and thriving in early California.
A talk describing some of the ways these interesting pioneer families intersected, is planned for the July 2019 annual meeting and picnic of the Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association.