View over 4000 new images in the Sonoma Heritage Collection with the latest upload! The new images include a wealth of photos from the Sonoma County Fair archives and many more in the North Bay Dairy Collection and Sonoma County Photograph Collection. This gallery of photos from the Wright Hill/Poff Ranch north of Bodega Bay provides a glimpse into the lives of ranchers Jack and Irene Poff. Jack Poff was born in Sonoma County to Charles and May (Von Arx)) Poff. His grandfather was Anthony Poff, a pioneer land owner of 440 acres on King Ridge Road in the 1860’s. Poff was a World War II veteran, who served from 1942 to 1945; in 1953 he bought Wright Hill Ranch with his brother Harold and father Charles. This sheep ranch was located above Shell Beach on the Sonoma County coast. In 1976 he married Irene Poff; and in 1977 he became owner of both Poff ranches; in the late 1990’s he purchased a home in Petaluma, and died there in 2006. In 2007 the 1,238 acre Poff Ranch, the largest privately owned tract of land in Sonoma County, was acquired by the Sonoma County Open Space District for 5.6 million.

For more information, see: Jack Poff obituary, Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), 2006-12-10, p. B2 column 3; see also: Gaye LeBaron column, Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), 2007-10-07, page B3; see also: Sonoma Historian (ANNEX R 979.418 SONOMA), 2009 number 3, page 6.

no_streetviewVisitors to the Sonoma Heritage Collections may notice something different — the Google Street/Map View is missing from the record displays. Some time ago, I started to find discrepancies between what was displayed within CONTENTdm and the view in Google Maps using the identical coordinates, but at the time, the difference was a matter of about 100 yards or so. With the newest collection of images, the difference is closer to 70 miles to the southeast. At the moment, I don’t have the time to investigate exactly what the problem is — mostly likely I need to use a newer version of the API — so for the time being, the maps and StreetViews will go missing.

If I can bring back the StreetViews in the near future, I will, and display it differently in the record. The old display automatically opened directly below the photo, which was great for making then and now comparisons, but also tended to get in the way of efficient scrolling down the record (scrolling zooms in Google Maps/StreetView). The new incarnation will be closed by default and users will be able to choose whether to view it or not.