my perspective . . .
am trying something new to see if this works. Today at lunch with
friends, Eb told a little story about one of his co-workers at
the W.D. Miller Sawmill down China Hill. When we got home I told
him I wanted to record it and see if I could figure out how to
put it on the website so others could enjoy it also.
(adjust the sound on your computer)
Yowie . . . this opens a whole new arena of fun!
of sawmills, I got a delightful email from Ed Smith (who
graduated from Etna High School in 1961) asking to be put
on the notification email list for new postings.
Ed wrote this:
father, Roy (Stub) Smith, built the sawmill at Findley Camp for
Doug Eastlick and was the first foreman of that mill. He later
built the mill for Eastlick in Montague and was the millwright
there for many years. My mother, Dorothea (Dot) Newman Smith,
was raised on a ranch at Herd's gulch in the valley. Both my parents
graduated from Fort Jones High School in 1937. One of my three
brothers, Jim Smith, lives in Greenview and is the Commander of
the local American Legion Post. My wife Marlene is the daughter
of the late Paul and Ethel Norris and also graduated from Etna
High. Ethel worked for Minor Cross, Gleason Balfrey and Don Murphy
in downtown Etna. Paul worked for the Forest Service."
wrote Ed back asking if Marlene had any photos of when her mother
worked at Minor Cross or Balfrey's. I wasn't sure if I dare ask
WHY his father's nickname was Stub (since he worked in
a sawmill) . . . thankfully it wasn't for the reason one would
name 'Stub' preceded his sawmill days. As a small child living
up Moffett creek he didn't wear shoes in the summer time and was
forever stubbing his toe and usually had a bandage on it. The
nickname 'stub toe' was shortened to stub."
looked all over for a photo of the sawmill at Finley Camp, but
didn't find anything. If anyone has a copy, please send it to
me so I can post it.
this photo that showed Diggles Drug, which later became Balfrey's??
sign just to the left of the wagon driver says 'Drugs'. I seem
to recall reading something at the Museum that said the metal
was on the front part of the building after there had been a fire.
Krell brought these advertising cards from Diggles Drug so I could
scan and post:
Diggles was misspelled
on the card above,
but correct on one below!
Is the date
on those calendars 1892???
brought some old-time newspapers and I loved these ads from this
1930 Western Sentinel paper. You can barely see in pencil above
Sentinel that this copy was delivered to Dr. Haines.
. . maybe I'd better stop for now and google 'Barbo Compound'
as my hair is definitely getting grayer . . .
to shop locally!
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