William Semple Green

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William Semple Green was born in Kentucky back in 1832.  He moved to California during the California Gold Rush arriving in San Francisco in 1849, he was 17.  For several years he operated piloted a steamboat up the Sacramento River for his uncle, founding the town of Colusa.  He also held different jobs as a hotel keeper, writing magazine articles and founded a bakery.  During the 1850’s California experienced a series of droughts, he was a promoter of irrigating the Sacramento Valley.

In 1863, he purchased the Colusa Sun newspaper.  He held many titles, including the U.S. Surveyor General for California, California State Treasurer, and Director of the State Board of Trade.  In 1900, he helped to found the Sacramento Valley Development Association.  Elected its first President, where he served until his death in 1905. 

What you may not know about William is that in 1883, on an oak tree he posted the first water notice of river water being diverted for the irrigation of lands on the west side of the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley.  A first for California.  He became known as the “father of irrigation” in California.

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. William pioneered a massive agrigcultural advancement. Wow! Enjoy your day! 

Apr 24, 2020 03:53 AM #1
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

The diversion of water has always been a problem and if it were not for him the food supply would be a major problem.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 24, 2020 04:12 AM #2
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Donald Urschalitz
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Well I guess you could say that's water over the dam.

Apr 24, 2020 05:13 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, James... given that so much of California is desert this was certainly a key invention.

Apr 24, 2020 06:23 AM #4
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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From what I understand, they could really use him back in California right now.

Apr 24, 2020 06:26 AM #5
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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James Dray this just makes me think about how our current education system pigeon holes people into one career due to the cost of education. Back in William's day people could "try" different fields and not worry about a life time of debt caused by the system we have today.

Apr 24, 2020 06:41 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - irrigation is an important part of California history.  I wasn't aware of Mr Green's story.  

Apr 24, 2020 06:53 AM #7
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Brian England
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Hmm, that is interesting and irrigation has certainly become a very important thing.

Apr 24, 2020 06:58 AM #8
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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He was a busy man and bought the newspaper when he was 31, quite a feat back then I am sure. So many positions he held and did so much, a real inspiration.

Apr 24, 2020 07:38 AM #9
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Boy, a couple years ago during the heavy drought in Northern California they shut off the irrigation going to those fields that depended on it. It was not a pretty sight...

please have a happy Friday James Dray 

Apr 24, 2020 08:28 AM #10
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Hi James- amazing. Think where we would be without this invention!!!

Apr 24, 2020 05:31 PM #11
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Having lived here for 23 years you think I would have learned about Mr Green? Yes you guessed it James, I did not, Endre

Apr 24, 2020 09:33 PM #12
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I did not know that Mr. Green was the “father of irrigation” in California.

Apr 25, 2020 03:24 PM #13
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