Exeter & Sun-Gazette welcome Terry Ommen
By Paul Myers
exeter – Despite a short four week delay the City of Exeter and the Sun-Gazette newspaper are ready to welcome members of Exeter and surrounding communities to the Exeter Courthouse Art Gallery for a short lesson in Tulare County’s history, on Wednesday, Feb 22 at 6 p.m.
Terry Ommen, a local historian, will walk the audience through some of the large aspects of the county’s history including how Tulare County became one of the richest counties for produce.
Ommen spent 25 years as a peace officer with the Visalia Police Department before retiring from the force at the rank of captain. From there he decided to pursue his passion for history.
“I like all aspects of our history and its very interesting how the folks before us lived their lives,” stated Ommen.
Beyond giving hundreds of talks to service clubs and tourist groups about the history of the county, Ommen has also published three books. Being a police officer for 25 years Ommen admits that Tulare County’s history of criminals is his favorite piece of local history. In fact Ommen dedicated a book titled Wild Tulare County: Outlaws, Rogues, and Rebel. Other books have been pictorial pieces that put on display some of the County’s most historic buildings back in their day and what stands there now.
This will be the first lecture that Exeter and the Sun-Gazette will put on this year, and other lectures will follow. Topics will feature some of the most important parts of Tulare County’s economy.