From over the Hill . . .
a conversation with Mary Beebee this morning, she told me about
'Home Guard', which guest speaker Dan Dorsey from Mt. Shasta was
going to speak about at tonight's Valley Oaks Senior Potluck.
It sounded like something more of us should know about, so Eb
and I headed over to share a delightful turkey dinner with all
the trimmings with friends from around Scott Valley. Becky and
Phyllis cooked the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and
everyone else brought side dishes and desserts to share. It was
a tasty feast and we were most thankful . . . especially for Becky's
ever' dinner rolls and Clegg's twice baked potatoes!
Dan told us that 17 in our 132nd detachment of the National Guard
will be headed for Afghanistan in February. I believe Mary told
me that 2 were from our valley.
than me reinvent the wheel, you can click on this link
and read an article that appeared in the Mt. Shasta Herald in
August. A most needed and worthy effort by so many people. Dan
gave praise to Mary Beebee for organizing the collecting of Halloween
candy from the elementary kids to send to some of our troops stationed
in Afghanistan. 86 pounds of candy (the
chocolate going to troops in Germany and the hard candy to Afghanistan)
also spoke of the huge generosity of the Scott Valley Quilting
group whose nimble fingers have made over 1100 quilts that meet
government specifications of red, white, blue and fit inside a
beyond my understanding why with all the money spent on
war efforts, our men and women are not already provided with warm
sleeping bags and toothbrushes and toothpaste and something portable
and simple they can carry that would stop the bleeding from a
bullet wound. Thankfully our young men and women are creative
enough to figure out the things they need and ask for them from
the home front.
the November 9th post
where I showed the 1908 and 1929 maps of Etna Mills??????? Well,
I went to the Library of Congress link
again and looked to see if there were Sanborn maps for Greenview
. . . none. Then Callahan . . . none. Ft. Jones had two, so I
will need a pdf reader program installed on your computer to view
them. The one I use now is Nitro PDF Reader, after having lots
of trouble with Adobe. It's free! This link
will take you to their download.
main thing I like about this program is that I can adjust the
size of viewing from the little bar at the bottom right of each
page . . . it goes from 25% all the way up to 1600% . . .
found the best viewing size of these maps (for me) was 150% or
is soooooooo much historical and fun information on the pages.
I was amazed at the number of businesses (and dance halls) in
the town of Fort Jones which only had a population of 350 in the
information is on Sheet One of the maps:
is information about the Water System and Fire Department in Fort
Jones in July, 1908 . . .
is information about the Water System and Fire Department in Fort
Jones in August, 1929 when they evidently came back through town
and did 'corrections' . . .
to Sheet 1 (Downtown area) ~ July, 1908
to Sheet 1 (Downtown area) ~ August, 1929
to Sheet 2 (Flour Mill area) ~ July, 1908
Link to Sheet
1 (Flour Mill area) ~ August, 1929
On to Greenview
. . .
few months ago our resident photographer, Mel, sent me this photo
he had taken just up from the Greenview Post Office . . .
house - side view
said on page 62 of John Jenott's Scott Valley Sketchbook it says:
"Tom Martin house, 1st house
up from Post Office on N. Kidder Creek. He built many of the stone
and mortar buildings in Greenview in the early 1900's."
caught up with Bill Martin and Emmett Martin, two of Tom's grandsons
at the Masonic 2nd Sunday Breakfast last weekend . . .
Bill Martin on left and Emmett Martin on right
snuck out before I got a chance to get him on tape, but Bill sat
down with Eb and I to talk about the old house photo. He said
Tom moved there in 1904 and worked on his own to get it done.
You can listen in on our conversation here.
Note: The link will open
in a new Browser window. Once the recording begins, just click
on the 'Maps-Martin-Marj-and more' Browser window to come back
to this page to see the photos. (adjust
the sound on your computer)
house - from the road
also got a chance to show Betty Young the photo as she and her
parents, Louis & Effie Young, moved there in the summer of
1953. She said she remembered one night being so scared during
a snow storm, worrying that the tree branches that were breaking
from the weight of the snow would come through the side of the
pointed out in that first photo, the little building to the right
was a root cellar and at that time, the property where the Post
Office now sits was part of this property.
also remembers one Halloween night some boys tipped over the outhouse.
(Tipping over outhouses must have
been the 'national passtime' back then!)
said her parents lived there until 1968 or 69, when they moved
up Sawyers Bar Road near her.
can be so dear . . .
of the most fun stories to sleuth out was the August 26th post.
It began this way: "A
few weeks ago I got an email from Marjorie Clay Bluder which said:
"When I was a senior at Etna
High School in 1963, I had a job
as waitress in a little restaurant run by Mrs. 'Can't Remember
her name right now' . . . ". Within
a few days we discovered the restaurant to be 'the Chicken Shack'
(real name was the Fryer Farm Cafe).
email created a sweet bond between Marj and I. She continued to
send me questions and information of her time living in Scott
Valley. Sometimes there would be a lull, (as
Marj was retiring from her 'Life Work' as Executive Director of
Adoption Homestudy Agency of Colorado), then we would start
up emailing fast and furious again. I hadn't heard a peep from
her for the past month and had no other way to contact her except
on Monday I saw Wanda Kiep at the Post Office and she told me
that our dear Marj had passed over. I was in total shock. The
word Wanda received was that Marj was diagnosed with ovarian cancer
just weeks ago and now she was gone from us.
this email, friend Bunny Lincoln shared these memories:
was a few years older than I and lived with her family in the
now demolished parsonage on the grounds of the Berean Church.
My last two years of high school I lived with the Clays. They
were like a precursor to the open door policy of the Sewards.
The most interesting part of it all is that Marj and I looked
so much alike that people constantly mistook us for each other.
Pretty strange in a town as small as Etna, where everyone knows
everyone. We finally just accepted it, and let people think we
found this information online . . .
Clay Bluder 1946-2011
of Denver, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2011. She is survived
by her husband, Harry Bluder. Her parents, Orval and Jeannette
Clay of Oregon. Four brothers: Chuck Clay, Keene (Peg) Clay, Peter
(Lynn) Clay, and Paul (Teri) Clay. Gramma Marj is also survived
by a host of children that she was instrumental in placing with
am sure her family would appreciate a message from ones here who
knew her from school days or in other ways . . .
can go to this link
and send a message to her family.
sweet memories close in your heart . . .
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