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First Facts1913-Kartar Singh was the first persom to bought a land in Sutter County.
About Early Settlement in the Yuba - Sutter Area
(Yuba City and Marysville) California, 1924 -
Puna Singh and family were the first Asian Indian resident family in 1924.
1941-Balwant Singh Brar was the first person registered with the draft board.
Parmjit Kaur Gill Brar was the first Sikh woman to come directly to California
from India in 1946.
1961-Hari Singh Everest was first punjabi to appointed teacher in Sutter.
Dr. Gulzar Singh Johl was the Sikh doctor to open a practice in 1961.
G. Dave Teja opened the first law office in 1961. (Source Hari Singh
The first area Sikh temple was built in 1970, in Tierra Buena. Before 1970,
area Sikhs had to commute to a Stockton temple. In fact, the Stockton temple
was the first in California registered in 1912. (It was previously in a private
house from 1906 until the permanent structure was occupied in 1912.)
Balwant Singh Brar was the first Sikh to serve jury duty in Sutter County
in February 1978.
(Source: Terald A. Zall. Appeal-Democrat, July 31, 1994 P.D.2)
First Nagar Kirtan started in Yuba City in 1979.
The Punjab American Heritage Society was established in Yuba City in 1993.
Today, in 1997, 250,000 Asian Indians live in California. There are roughly
9,000 Sikhs in the Yuba City/Marysville area - the largest Asian/Indian farming
community outside of India.
(Source: Bruce LaBrack - Sacramento Bee, August 18, 1997.)
1998 Founding of First Sikh Preschool in Northern California.Yuba City The Guru
Ram Das Khalsa preschool. The new school is the first Sikh school in Northern
2000- 314,619 population of Indo-American in California which more than 10,
000 in Sutter and surrounding areas. US Census 2000