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Page 4, Cloverdale Reveille, July 9, 1997 Cloverdale Senior Writings @Richard Changon, 1996 This story was written by Ri- chard Changon at the Clover- dale Autobiography Writing Workshop being held at the Clo- verdale Senior Center on Thurs- days from 1-3 pro. Richard lived in San Francisco for ,60 years and retired from his business, "Custom Photo Service , in 1990. He moved to Cloverdale in 1991 to be close to his daughter, Jean Craig and husband Rich and two granddaughters, Becky and Julie. The class is taught by Scott Reid and is free. Presented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Seniors&apos; Program, the class al- ways welcomes new participants. Come join us, enjoy the fun and meet new people/ Camp Memories My growing up town from 1914 to 1937 was Montpelier, Ohio a small town 60 miles west of To- ledo. In 1937 If left for Califor- nia, but this is another story. When I was 12 years old I joined the Boy Scouts and start- ed working my way to Eagle Scout. We belonged to the Maumee Valley area, headquar- ters in TOledo. Outside Toledo was Camp Meakonda, sixth larg- est, and most elaborate camp in the United States. I think the area was about 300 acres. On the eastern side was a smalllake with a concrete island in the center. On this stood a 35 foot sailing vessel, where the sea scouts that enrolled in camp lived. On the northern edge in a woodsy rural area was the Back- woods camp. Here the scouts who chose this lived. They slept in their blanket bedrolls under a tarp. Sleepingbags were not com- mon at this time. They cooked their breakfast and their supper over an open fire. They came to the mess hall at noon for their dinner. Close by was the Indian Vil- lage complete with teePwhere those who chose lived f0'eir stay, one or two weeks. A tent camp was next. The cabins were wood halfway up and then screen for three feet, all covered by a canvas tent top. In a grove of oak and elm trees small houses had been built in ,the branches, reached by small stairs. On the south side was a recre- ation area, tennis courts, horse shoe pits. There were poles for ax and knife throwing. Also a big board wall for tennis ball prac- tice and staple throwing. Next to this area was the Ad- irondak camp, consisting of three cabins on three sides of a rectan- gle, open to the center camp fire area. Each cabin had three dou- ble decker bunks. In the center of the area was a large mess hall, kitchen and dish washing area. All presided over by a burly German cook and his wife. He was so strong he could lift 50 gallon soup pots on and off the gas range. To this camp in the summer of 1928 when I was 14 1 was hired along with five others to wash dishes. I don't remember their names, however a polish boy from Toledo was called Duke, and for some reason I was known as the Count. As there were usu- ally about 250 to 400 boys in camp each.week you can believe we kept busy morning, noon and evening doing the dishes and keeping the mess hall and tables clean. We did get one day off each week and swimming in the afternoon. The swimming area was very elaborate. A small creek run- ning through camp, had been dammed up, enclosed in con- crete, and wooden docks built along the sides and in two places crossed the stream dividing the area into three pools. The smallest area two to four feet deep was for those who had yet to learn to swim. It was called the sinkers and those who qual- ified wore small sinkers around their neck. Next was the floaters pool four to six feet. To qualify for this you had to float on your back for one minute and could swim some. They were given corks on a string to wear around their necks. I started mt in this pool. The last and biggest pool was equipped with a regular diving board and a high board of 15 Wednelday, July 9 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 9 a.m.-9 pm Soroptimist International, Sciainl Office ................... 12 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ....................... 9:30 a.m..4 pm Bingo, Kings Valley Seniors ....................................... 1 pm American Legion & Auxiliary, Vats Bldg ..................... 8 pm Sup. Paul Kelley, City Hall .......................... 8:30-10.'30 am Economic Development Commision, First American Tle ........................................ 3:30 pm Senior Citizens Poltuck, Vet's Bldg ............................ Noon Roadng 20's Lioness Club, Potluck,Grange Hall ....... 7 pm Thursday, July 10 Thrift Sale, United Church ................................. 10 to 3 pm Rotary Club, Owl Cafe .......................... ...: ........... 12:15 pm \\; Cioverdale Host Lions Club ......................  ........... 7.30 pm Friday, July 11 Toastmasters, The Blvd. Dali ..................................... 7 am Senior Day Center, Grange Hall ..................... 9:30 to 2 pm Emergency Food Pantry, United Church ..... 1 pm to 3 pm Saturday, July 12 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 9 a.m.-1 pm Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................. 7 a.m. to 4 pm Thrift Sale, United Church ............................ 10 a.m.-1 pm Sunday, July 13 Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................. 7 a.m. to 4 pm Monday, July 14 Boy Scout Troop #41, City Park ................................. 8 pm Cloverdale Citrus Fair Board, Citrus Fairgrounds ...... 8 pm CIoverdale Hospital District, City Hall ................... 7.30 pm Cloverdale Historical Society, Unitred Church ........... 7 pm Tuesday, July lS Family History Ctr,, LDS Church .................... 5 p.m.-9 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ................................ 9:30-4 pm Writer's Circle, Library ........................................... 1"30 pm Cioverdale Historical Society, Lake Sonoma ........ 5:30 pm CARE Foundation, Jefferson School ...... , .............. 7.<J0 pm Copper Tower Family Health Center Free Blood Pressure Check ................... M-S, 9-12, 2-6:30 OutReach Mental Health .................. T, Th., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Vaccinations ......................................................... M-S Cloverdale Alcoholics Anonymous Hot Line for Cloverdale Information: 894-2070/544-1300 feet. This was the swimmers pool. To get in this you had to float for one minute, tread water for one minute, swim across the pool about 25 feet wide, any stroke, then retrieve an object in about six feet of water using a surface dive to get down. I finally passed this and eventually got my Jun- ior Red Cross life saving badge. When we passed the swimmers - test we were given a red CM emblem to wear on our swim suit. I did make some money on the side sewing these on for campers. The water front director and life guards, hired for the sum- mer, were very strict. We used the buddy system and each had a buddy. Every so oRen during the swim hour the guards would blow their whistles and we had to reach our buddy and hold his arm up. This was done to see no one was missing. If you were too far away from your buddy to reach in time the guards would kick you out of the pool. The camp prided themselves on nev- er having had an accident. Campfires in the evenings were held in each camp area, except on Friday, the last night of the week and the last night for the one weekers it was held in the big camp fire area. The camp fire was built on a sort of over- pass over the creek. It was con- structed so that a canoe could go under the campfire and on down the creek through the various swim pools, the docks dividing them being raised for one long canoe ride. On the last night of the week after the songs and usual camp- fire activities, the water front director would come floating by strumming his uke and singing. We are going away from camp today The camp we love and cherish and will always. We will come back again For more happy days to this camp we love and will always cherish. Then sometimes, we did never know when, he would sing this special song. We tried to have :im give us the words, but he aimed they were secret. How- ever we decided the six of us would each memorize a part, then put it all together. So here it is, not too grammatical. There was a man named Henry Kelley Who went to college to gain some knowledge. The things we did were most amazing We started "]b.azing, his hair raising Ya! Mo t. Yet. Mot. We gave the college yell Ya! Mo! Ya! Mot. The things we did to tell We tossed him in the river and we didn do a thing and as he floated down We all began to sing. For he's a jolly good fellow For he's a jolly good fellow then Kelley started to bellow Help! Help! For I can't swim so what's the use of roasting What's the use of baasting We can't swim ourselves so how the beck we gonna save you. His hat was afloat on the riper It started to float out to sea Hen 2 Kelley shouted, "Oh bring back my bonnet to me: So we brought bach We brought back We brought back poor Hank and left him on the bank We brought his clothes back to town. The shades of night were falling fast. Whoop ti yee Holy Gee. Thirty miles to walk back home Whoop ti yee goodnight. As Kelley started down the road he certainly did look sad. A lovely flour barrel was the only clothes he had. As he traveled down the road some old maids he they did espy. They ran inside and shut the door and peehed out through the blind They were seeing Kelley home They were seeing Kelley home an old maids rubbering party Oh my darling, Oh my darling One old maid cried, "He is mine". Kelley ran and lost the barrel Oh my darling Clementine, Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence he other from pride and fear. -Horace Mann I When puffing out a campfire, drown fire, stir it, and drown it again. YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 q Ofxe Hours Mon-Fri 9 AM to 5 PM CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Editor Bonny J. Hanchett Managing Editor Roberta Lyons ReporterlGrhics Robin Kramer AdrtisinglCirculafion Bonnie Goodman Business Manager Val Hanchett Clovezdale Reveille (119-020 LISPS) is published 52 times per year by Hanchett Publishing, Inc., on Wednesdays at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425 (707)894-3339. Sub- scrlptions: (Price includes sales tax) $18.50 per year, $27.50 per year out of Sonoma County. Single copy 35. Second Class Periodicals Post- age Paid at Cloverdale, CA 95425. Postmaster: Send address changes to Cloverdale Rev- eille, PO Box 157, Cloverdale. CA 95425. Adjudged a newspaper of gen- eral circulation by the Supreme Court of the County of Sonoma, State of Califomla, under the date of March 3,1879, Case No. 361O6. i i H CHRLSTIAN SCIENCE THE CRRISTiAN SCIENCE SO- CIETY, 424 East Street, Healds- burg, 433-7645. Sunday Church Service 10:30am. Evening meet- ing, second Wed. of month, 7:30 pro; Church Reading Room, 307 Center St. Hours: Tues, Wed, Fd, 12-4 pm 433-4776. III CALL TODAY! TOLL FREE 1(800)36%1713 Medi-Cal Accep/bd We Make House Calls 301 East St, Healdsburg CONNECT TO THE INTERNET Local Phone # NO TOLL CHARGES S78-2100 netdex inc. Sonoma County Fair for July 22-August 4 Your passport to fun for the entire family is this summer's Sonoma County Fair, scheduled Tuesday, July 22, through Mon- day, August 4, at the scenic fair- grounds in Santa Rosa. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the Sono- ma County Fair's many attrac- tions, including the flower show, performing cats, game shows, horse races, Yo-Yo champion- ships, headline entertainment, ag, arts and craRs exhibits, kids activities and reptile shows. =Our goal is to put on a fair that provides activities and at- tractions for all of our residents. This year's accomplishes that goal," Fair Board President Jer- ry Villarreal said. "Phere's truly something for everybody." Each summer, the fair adds several new attractions to com- pliment annual fair features such as exciting horse racing, the spectacular Hall of Flowers, carnival rides and amateur ex- hibits. Daily performances by Greg Popovich's Catskills (Amer- ica's only performinghouse cats), game shows such as Survey Says and It's A Date, and reptile ex- hibits are among this year's new activities. To longtime fairgoers, the Sonoma County Fair is all about strolling through inspiring gar- dens, cashing tickets and seeing old friends at the races, walking the exhibit halls, and eating the best fair food anywhere. Fairgoers can travel the globe without leaving the fairgrounds in Around the World in 14 Days, the West Coast's largest themed professional flower show. Stroll through beautiful Victorian Era gardens in London, Paris, Ven- ice, India, Japan, and San Fran- cisco in this global salute to Jules Verne's classic novel on the ad- ventures of idyllic traveller Phileas Fogg. Twelve days of Wine Country Racing, Northern California's most popular two-week horse racing meet returns July 24-Aug. 4. The industrfs finest jockeys School Bus Live ar scheduled 'in th Kids'Aea,- ..... The barns are full of 4-H and FFAyoungsters exhibiting cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and other farm animals in one of Califor- nigs largest agriculture exhib- its. Three large exhibit halls display the talents of amateur artists and gardeners. General admission to the fair is $5 for ages 13 and over; $2 for children ages 7-12 and free to kids under the age of 7. Admis- sion for youngsters under the age of 13 is free on Kids Days, scheduled both Thursdays, July and trainers will more than $1 A highlight of the cur July 27 when ty's most famous 1996 Kentucky up Cavonnier, scene of his first rades before adoring Reserved and free available for this entertainment lineuP I wood Theater. form are Mark 22; Jars of Clay, July lous Thunderbirds Dishwalla, July 31; no, Aug. 1; Joe Diffie, and Little The annual PRCA 25-26 in Chris Beck performances by Waddle Mitchell balladeers Sons of Joaquin scheduled Continuous the Park Stage is free mission. Several acts, including sound-alike Joni acapella singing Edlos,! grass pickers among those On July to be searching for Elvis celebration is impersonations, fun, beginning with chuting Flying (from the movie Vegas). The Red Russia. will perform. The fair's rides andkidd provided by shows. For thrill little kids, the affordable prices for 35 exciting rides. One-Price Days are during the fair. No event in nia offers more youngsters than the County Fair. contests, special by three days 24 and July ceive two free on opening day, July Tuesday, July 29. 10 am and close at 9 Thurs, and 10 pm, hibit halls are open 10 pm. The Sonoma Counl grounds is 45 miles Francisco in the heart Country conveniently just east of the Highway 101 and on Bennett Valle Rosa. 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