This Victorian cottage was built for Emma and John Laugenour in 1884 in Woodland, California. The house was nicknamed “Cottage Christine,” which was Emma’s middle name.
The couple had a large Victorian mansion that was dismantled in the 1920s.
Emma was a local leader in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Women’s Christian Temperence Union. She was a literal buzzkill, having been instrumental in banishing saloons in Yolo County before Prohibition.
Emma also helped erect Mary’s Chapel near Yolo County in 1900.
A North Carolina native, John Laugenour mined for a time in Placerville before coming to Yolo County in 1852, where he became a cattle rancher. John later operated a successful grain warehouse in a partnership with William W. Brownell.