“Streams in a Thirsty Land”
“Streams in a Thirsty Land”, a narrative history of Turlock was originally printed in 1971 for the Centennial celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Turlock. The primary author of the book was Helen Hohenthal. Helen came to Turlock because her father was transferred here by the Santa Fe railroad. Her mother had died so it was her responsibility to run the household and help raise her brothers. She attended Turlock High School, went to U.C. Berkeley and returned to Turlock to teach. She loved history and continually interviewed people and recorded their stories.
This reprinting of the book is a joint project of the Centennial Committee, Friends of the Library and the Turlock Historical Society and was completed for the Centennial celebration of the 100th anniversary of incorporation of the City of Turlock. The reprinted book contains 2 chapters Hohenthal wrote that were omitted in the 1971 printing. While current research has discovered small errors or omissions in the book, it is still our primary source for research of the area and its settlers.