Desperate Measures: Part 9 of 10

The Carpenter of Mission San Jose Eduard Baron (1825 – 1921) Father Joseph du Lin, the French priest at Mission San Jose, had embarked on an extensive renovation project of the property in direct disobedience to his superior, Bishop Joseph Alemany. Among his many debts, he owed carpenters Eduard Baron and Jules Audrain at least … Continue reading "Desperate Measures: Part 9 of 10"

That Pioneer Spirit

Eduard Baron (1825 – 1921) In the first half of 1848, as 22-year-old Eduard Baron pressed through the crowd onto the ship that would take him from his native France to America, he must have had been overwhelmed by a rush of emotions.  Whether he felt elation, anticipation, wanderlust, trepidation, or sadness at leaving loved ones … Continue reading "That Pioneer Spirit"