ANNIE K. BIDWELL NO. 168
Instituted December 17, 1908
Chico (Butte County)
The name for the Parlor was suggested by charter Member Helen
Sommer Gage in honor of Mrs. Bidwell's love of the city and her
many contributions to its people. Mrs. Bidwell was the wife of
General John Bidwell, founder of Chico.
The Parlor seal shows the famous Chico Hooker Oak plus the
California poppies. The tree stood in part of Bidwell Park and
was one the world's largest trees. It was named in honor of Sir
Joseph Hooker, famous English botanist. Sir Joseph had visited
the Bidwells in Chico. The oak tree was believed to have stood
for 1,000 years when it fell on May 1, 1977, during a fierce
wind storm. The poppies were added because some of them grew in
the fields surrounding the tree.