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You might ask yourself; why ‘socminco.com’?

Here’s the answer: Years ago this was the home page for an “Old-West Trading Company” named ‘Socrates Mining Company’. After closing down the company the page has been used for personal purposes just as it is today.



I have recently written and had printed two small books regarding the Middletown, Lake county, California area and I have two more books ready to go to the printers. These books each tell a different story about something that happened in this area. They are full of the history of this area from our 480,000 year old natural fresh water lake to our violent volcanic past and how these have influenced the development of this area.


This is not a profit motivated venture by me. The books are being donated to non-profit organizations to be used as a fund raising avenue. The two books that have been printed are available at the Middletown Senior Center thrift store located at 21256 Washington Street, Middletown and Gibson Museum at 21267 Calistoga Street, Middletown.


I hope you will make a donation to either one of these organizations and collect all four books and then, after reading all of them, comes that certain day when you visit the Middletown Cemetery, you will find that some of the markers speak to you differently, because now you are an informed member of the community that those resting there help build.


Middletown Senior Center, Post Office Box 1037, Middletown, CA 95461

Gibson Museum, Post Office Box 31, Middletown, CA 95461




This is the first book, ‘MURDER IN THE MAYACAMAS’, and it tells the story of the of a 35 year old divorcee who was murdered during the stormy early morning hours of November 20, 1966. Law enforcement, to this day, has never solved this case. However, in 2018 some startling new evidence came forth and it completely changed the dynamics of this event. This book tells that story.


The book is comprised of 13,289 words on 74 pages



The second book, ‘GUENOC RANCH & The Days Of The Flying Muleshoe’, relates the history of the Ranch from the Lake Miwok, who lived around a lake they called Wennok, through all the major landholders to present day. It also tells the story of a period in time from 1955 into the 1970s that I experienced and that I called “The Days of the Flying Muleshoe”.


This book is comprised of 9,846 words on 71 pages



This is the third book, ‘CINNABAR - The Saga Of The White Cap Murders’. This book tells the story of murders that took place three miles south of Middletown, October 10, 1890, at a roadside saloon known as ‘The Camper’s Retreat’ and why the murderers were called White Caps and why it became a national story. It also addresses the Bradford mine and its relationship to the murderers.


The book is comprised of  12,028 words on 74 pages



This is the fourth book, ‘ENGLISH’. This book tells the story of the English family from the Oregon Trail in 1845 to their move to Middletown and the violence that followed them. The most infamous of the family was Lawrence Buchanan “Buck” English and most of the story focuses on his life. Also included as a bonus in the book is the story of a local kleptomaniac, “George Coburn”.


The book is comprised of 12,142 words on 65 pages



Links to general interest pages


Weather HVL

Seasonal Rainfall Log

Check The Water Flow Under Putah Creek Bridge

SLCFPD Scanner Frequencies

County Sheriff


Cal Fire


California Highway Patrol


Cal-Trans Road Conditions


Recent Earthquakes


Senior Center


Gibson Museum


Lake County News


Lake County Record-Bee


Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Fox News


Drudge Report









Links to history related pages on this website


The History Of Middletown’s Corner Store

Middletown Before Your Grandparent's Day: By Skee Hamann

The Story Of The Mountain Mill House


Lawley Toll Road


How The Lure Of The Legendary Tom Dye Rock Led To Tragedy – My Personal Experience


History Middletown Volunteer Fire Department


Lake County’s Volcanic Past And Future


Mount Saint Helena


Earle Wrieden Speaking To The Middletown Luncheon Club About The History Of Middletown, Lake County, Ca

Music Video Old Pictures Of Middletown, Ca


Music Video Of Cobb Mtn Resorts

My Ancestral History – The Casper Wink Family In Pennsylvania 1692

Wink Family Tree


Wink Family History As Reported In The Kutztown Patriot Newspaper

Wink Family Obituaries

The Family Of John And Margaret Wyne


The Case Of The Missing Ancestors



The Read & Strickler Families Of South Lake County


The Twinkies


The Valley Fire Time-Line The First 24 Hours




Contact: bill@socminco.com

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