Railroad Historian John Schmale: Please call Copperfield’s Books

Hello June, My name is Grace Bogart, and I handle events at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma.  I found your website because I was Looking for John Schmale.  He has a new book coming out with Arcadia Prees about the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroads 0738559598 and I was thinking that he might like to come into our store for an author signing.   These historic Petaluma books are very popular with our clientele; we have hosted Katherine Rinehart numerous times- she also has a book on Petaluma with Arcadia- as well as many other authors of books with a local flavor.  Your website is the only contact I could find for John, and it looks like you are in touch with him.  Could I prevail upon you to forward this email on?  Don’t do it if you feel it’s inappropriate, but I would really appreciate it if you can.  Thank you so much! Grace O’Neil Bogart Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma, Ca. 707-762-0563 [email protected]


When railroad historian emailed halfmoonbaymemories.com, about the Ocean Shore RR, this is what he wrote;  please click here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, Hi June,

Yes, we did a local (Sonoma County) book and put the Ocean Shore Railroad Book on a side track for a few months. We have a potential publisher. Still a daunting task-in a good way. There are over 400 photos to edit.
Thanks for forwarding the message. Arcadia publishing would have been a more logical place for them to find me, but whatever works. I will send a copy of an article I wrote (when I get it) for the spring issue of the Stanley Steamer Magazine on history the two Ocean Shore Railroad-owned Stanley Steamer buses . I got a chuckle out of your archived email. I still remember old Rudy Brandt. He was some character. Did he make you take him to the chicken restaurant on Mission Street? I enjoy checking out your site and get a nostalgic kick out of your great articles. I still miss the Coastside. I used to fish in all of the Coastside creeks. Now the fish are protected and called  steelhead and some salmon. In the old days they were just trout and the limit was 25, then it went to 10,  and now zero. In my dad’s day the limit was 50. I hope the fish return to pre -fishing levels. I now practice catch and release. I heard someone say ” If you are going to teach you kids to fish you should leave them something to catch.”
Thanks again, John Schmale & Kristina Schmale