my perspective . . .
28th post of the 1971 Redding newspaper article, I discovered
that the reporter had printed a few errors. (I learned this first-hand
from Ariel Facey).
paper noted: Police
Chief Ariel Facey is also the town ambulance driver and operates
his own butcher shop.
on duty 24 hours a day," says Mayor Durett. "The chief
is paid $600 a month by the city.
truth is: Ariel was the Fire Chief and Ambulance driver
and earned $60 a month . . . a far cry from $600 a month!
brother Festus (named after
their father Festus) was the butcher at Mr. Parker's
said he got 'appointed' as Fire Chief. He took over from Bob Mackey
who had taken over from Lawrence Buchner. At the time Ariel was
Fire Chief, the Fire Hall was where the Museum is now. He retired
at age 65 and in November of this year he will turn 90. He is
still sharp as a tack and I had fun while he and Eb shared stories
and we looked at old photos.
said when he retired, Larry Hicks took over as Chief.
was born on what is now the Whipple Ranch. They moved to the old
Fleck place up Hurd's Gulch and then to Island Road (where Rusty
Coleman later built his house).
said the 'hose cart' was housed in a building on property where
Hoop George now lives and his father later moved the building
up behind Dennis Franklin's house, where his Dad lived.
Ariel was 10 years old they lived on the old Bob Young ranch and
he milked 13 cows before and after school. His Dad worked at the
Young Ranch, then got a job at the W.D. Miller Sawmill.
said he worked with Ariel's Dad at the Sawmill, which reminds
me that when I bought the Bullinger family home and barn two years
ago, Butch told me that the workbench in the back garage was cut
especially for him in the mid 1950's at the W.D. Miller Sawmill.
It is 16 feet long, 24 inches wide and 3 inches thick . . . of
Douglas Fir . . . a rare item now!
was named after his Uncle Ariel who was killed in W.W. I.
said up toward Callahan on Eastide Road was the Facey Place. He
remembers the women had their rooms and the men had theirs! The
'upper place' was where his Dad lived until he went in the Service
and the 'lower place' was where all his uncles lived.
asked him if the Fire Department still has/uses any of the old
trucks that were around when he was Fire Chief and he said they
still have the 1931 Dodge fire truck. He also said the old hose
cart has been restored by the Ft. Jones Fire Dept. and they have
a replica as the insignia on their badges.
will attempt to get photos of those also. Mel
. . . that's another photo shoot for you to do!!!!!!!!!
speaking of the Facey lineage, Kristy Sweezey of the Etna Deli
has Facey roots. Serena Travis and I had a bite of lunch there
today and you can listen in on our conversation with Kristy here.
The link will open in a new Browser window. Once the recording
begins, just click on the 'Etna News - More Photos' Browser window
to continue viewing this page. (adjust
the sound on your computer)
at the pizza oven
mother Laurie is a Facey!
you want to have a real fun evening watching a movie, call Synthea
Smith (she's in the book or email
me and I'll give you the number) and purchase a copy of
the 'Old Etna and Ft. Jones Movie' she was instrumental in reviving.
I believe it was shown years ago at the old Etna Theatre prior
to the main attraction. It is a real hoot! We discovered the first
time we watched it that Eb's Mother, Ann Miller Whipple was in
the D.A.R. photo. He jumped out of his chair and yelled, "I
think that was my Mom . . . run that back so I can see"!!!!!!!
You might discover some of your kin in the movie also.
are a few more fun photos that Mary Stephens Waller had in her
1865 . . . now that's scary!
flood where French Creek bridge was damaged
High School Teachers 1945-46
Here is a photo that Oliver Johnson's daughter Jeri sent:
Bill Smith, Cliff Stephens, Bruce Parker
on bench in front of what is now the Etna Deli
If you have photos taken of buildings prior to 1945 of downtown
Etna, please email them to me so I can share them. Everyone adores
these old photos and stories!
anyone know who owned the old 'Bucket of Blood' Saloon before
Ed Corrigan removed it and built Corrigan's in 1945??????
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