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PHILLIPS STATION in El Dorado County was one of the resorts built by the Phillips family. Courtesy photo


Relatives bring history to life

By From page B2 | August 04, 2014

A white wooden trunk that sat in a closet for 30 years held the key to a family’s knowledge about their ancestors and a book that paints a portrait of life on the American frontier. Through more than 200 letters from the trunk, Mary Jo Sonntag and her mother, Mary K. Sonntag traced their family’s migration from Vermont to Northern California and together they used the letters and family stories to co-author, “Write, If You Live to Get There.”

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