Tag Archives: Barbara Black

Bears, bulls and a Russian fort

Barbara Black and Lynne Prieto

Barbara Black and Lynne Prieto

95-year-old Barbara Mercedes Black grew up in the Sonoma County hills near the historic Russian outpost, Fort Ross. Black is a lifelong rancher, horsewoman, historian and active part of the community she grew up in. In this episode of the Story Shed, she vividly recalls her own life and the stories passed down to her by her family. Her paternal grandparents George & Elizabeth Charles homesteaded on the South Fork of the Gualala River, where they raised sheep. Her maternal grandparents George & Mercedes Call met when George was living in Chile, working as a burlap bag merchant after a vivid career putting on bear and bull fight shows with Grizzly Adams, and moved to Sonoma County after they purchased Fort Ross and the surrounding land.

Join us as Barbara shares tales of late-night dances, community picnics, and church camps held by traveling preachers. Listen to the show by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.