my perspective . . .
25th post, we didn't have some of the names of the Aero Squadron
. . . now we do (ones in orange print)
. . .
Coonrod; Freddy Tufts; Sheriff Cotter;
Frances Farley; ___ McFarland; Mary McFarland; Jack
Young; Nick Nichols; Fran
Greathouse; Rick Finwall; Bud Davis; Harriet Clough.
emailed this question: "Was
Linda Denny's father the 'uncle' talked about in the Callahan
Emporium post about the bronze baby shoes? I remember Linda
showing me some bronzed shoes, or pictures, and said something
about her father made them."
I emailed Mary Roehrich to ask and this answer came back: "Yes,
Linda's father was Ken (Karl) Denny. He is the one who patented
the shoes. He also invented the "Lucky Lady" Fishing
Lure, which was the first one to have neon-glow colours in it."
is so wonderful that we can send out a question and the answer
comes back so quickly!
is another one:
Bob Gydesen in Greenview: "In
talking to the 'old timers', see if you can find out where Joseph
Morrison and family lived in Greenview. I was told they lived
on Greenview Road, but that seems to be the Morris family. The
Morrisons were some of my relatives."
back in August (doesn't that seem
like a long time ago now???), Marjorie Clay began our Adventure
of finding more information on the 'Chicken
Shack' aka 'Fryer Farm' restaurant. Geraldean Johnson mentioned
in an email that along with Rusty Coleman living in one of the
little cottages behind the restaurant, she also remembered Verdell
Olson living in one of the cottages during the school year.
a little sleuthing, I found an address for 'a'
Verdell Olson who Geraldean and I believed just might be 'the'
Verdell . . . so I decided to send a copy of the Chicken Shack
post and a letter to her written on one of my 11" x 17"
handpainted Communiqué papers! (You
can read more about them here.)
you are going to write a letter,
then write a letter . . .
don't be wimpy about it!
week or so went by after I mailed the package, and honestly I
forgot all about it! Then one day, there on the recorder was a
message from 'the' Verdell
. . . whoopee!!!!
called her back and we had a spirited conversation . . . these
are from my notes, so I hope I got this right!
parents, Lorraine and Owen Gould were friends with Madge and Dee
Bohannon in the 1940's in the San Joaquin Valley. The Bohannons
wanted to come up to this area, so they did, and purchased the
property (house and cottages) that we now know more about.
Bohannons two daughters, Karol (older than Verdell) and Sandy
(younger) attended Etna High. We're not sure if they had one or
two sons also.
said the 'cabin' was like a 3-plex, which, now
that I look at the photo I took . . . it certainly does look that
way! (Always interesting how you look closer
once you have more information!)
on left, Bohannon's son(s) in middle and Rusty Coleman at far
parents moved from the San Joaquin Valley in 1949 after her father's
Doctor told him he had 'Valley Fever' and if he didn't
move, he would die. So they sold the ranch and along with his
best friend, Smokey Kaiser, he moved his family to Cecilville.
mother, Lorraine would run the restaurant while the Bohannons
traveled back and forth to the San Joaquin valley. Lorraine also
ran the Callahan Cafe in Callahan and Verdell's father worked
for the Forest Service. Their goal was to save money to build
a Guest Ranch. And in 1966, they built the 'Lor-O-Ranch' 6 miles
south of Cecilville, fulfilling their dream.
said she shared the cabin with Lynn Wagner from Yreka (whose parents
didn't like that school, so she came to Etna High for schooling).
most vivid memory she has is a water fight with Rusty in the coldest
part of winter. She and Rusty stepped out of their rooms at just
the same time and somehow a water fight ensued. It was so cold
that the water froze before it hit the cement, forming an ice
said Rusty's parents bought a place on the South Fork of Salmon
River and when she turned 14 she got a Driver's License under
the 'necessity' clause. She bought a 195?? Oldsmobile Rocket in
Robin Egg Blue!!!! On Friday night after school, she'd take Rusty
home and on Sunday night pick him up and they would return to
This is all
I could find . . . we'll have to ask
Verdell if her car was like this one . . .
only in Robin Egg Blue!
Remember Marjorie telling this in the Aug. 26th post??
remember the one time Rusty and I got in trouble was when we ate
too many dill pickle slices. Mrs. Bohannon made them off-limits.
She claimed we were eating up all her profit in the gallons of
dill pickle slices we ate."
Well, Verdell said she remembered Marjorie working there and she
also remembered that the pickles and sliced onions were her favorites,
but Rusty only liked the pickles!
also said one of her good friends, Sharon Woodley, was a cheerleader
. . . along with two other Sharons (Sharon Hjertager and Sharon
Deppen) and Dona Young. She said
they would start a cheer with:
Che'usa and that's all for this post!
to shop locally!
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