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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE. CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 -- PAGE 5 Hotels and visitors Except for several extremely nice B&Bs and legal short term rental properties, Cloverdale's current options regarding visitor accommodations are somewhat limited. We have two chain hotels, one located off Citrus Fair Drive/the Boulevard and the other located in the Furber Plaza. Several motel properties also are available in the downtown area. Unlike Healdsburg, we have no higher class hotels available, with excellent restaurants and spa-like services. Of course, those hotels come with pricey room charges, but tourists coming to wine country are willing to pay the higher charges to stay in a luxury hotel, as long as the town is thriving. Historically, our town "rocked" with a variety of hotels after two important projects fell into place. In the late 1800s/early 1900s, with the extension of the railroad to Cloverdale, plus the onset of the Citrus Fair, this town was bustling with visitors. Hundreds of people came into town to visit the fair. In some old photos, the train depot platform is packed with people, who have either arrived via train or are leaving. Sometimes these visitors were met at the train station by the community marching band. Also, visitors from the Bay Area came into Cloverdale to "rusticate," which meant going to the country for relaxation. For guests coming to Cloverdale, it also meant the advantage of swimming in the river, visiting the hot springs and, in general, being in a warm, dry climate. Pop McCray operated the Old Homestead, which was located in Oat Valley along the river. This facility could sleep up to 300 and offered a beach on the Russian River. Some stories passed down over the years have Pop going out and hunting to help feed visitors. It was a large facility, plus it was located in more of a country setting, which appealed to those who really wanted to stay in more of a rural setting. Located within Cloverdale's city limits was the Roosevelt Hotel, which later became known as the Depot Hotel, due its proximity to the train station. The Dante Hotel (originally known as the New Toscana) offered a bar and plentiful home cooked Italian meals. Also, located in this same general area was the Live Oak Hotel, the Grand Hotel, the Brooklyn Hotel and the Orange Hotel. Located on West Street (now called Cloverdale Boulevard) was the City Hotel. In 1861, the United States Hotel was built (where La Hacienda is now located). It was a beautiful two-story building offering a wraparound upper porch. The building was covered by grape and wisteria vines. It also served as the stage coach stop. This hotel offered a comfortable lobby/lounge and upper class accommodations. Later annexes and additions were built. A barber shop was located in one of these newer sections, a saloon was located in an adjoining building.It seems that the United States Hotel served as the "higher class" place for visitor lodging. One of the notorious stories told about this hotel concerned the hotel's cat. It was noted that this cat loved shrimp. Upon offering food to the cat, he would sit up on his hind legs and perform amazing tricks. Unfortunately, the hotel burned down in 1947 and the cat was never seen again. I tend to hope that someday we will again see the number of visitors increase. Along with the influx of tourists, we will again be a city of restaurants, bars and possibly higher-end hotels. In fact, this year we see new restaurants and shops coming into town. So one can hope that Cloverdale will catch part of the wine country allure to help stabilize our town economy, plus return us to where we started historically. Susan Bennett is a Cloverdale resident and volunteer at the Cloverdale Historical Society. She also serves as the Cloverdale Cemetery docent. Send comments to news@cloverdalereveille.com. Vietnam veteran shares his experience with summer school students Cloverdale resident and member of ambulance driver. Solis recalled how Solis' speech proved to be an enlight- local American Legion Post 293, Danny terrifying it was to have a red cross ening experience, giving a firsthand Solis, gave a special presentation on his painted on the ambulance, since the view of the hardships of the Vietnam military service to sixth and seventh Viet Cong often used the emblems as War. He provided insight into a major grade summer school students at targets, conflict in American history in a way Washington School on Wednesday, July Near the end of his service, Solis was unattainable in books. Summer school 1. affected by Agent Orange and had to principal and sixth grade teacher Hank Solis, a Vietnam veteran, exposed return to the States to have it treated. Shaw hopes that more veterans will vis- students to the harsh reality and danger Solis was put into the reserves, but it it Washington School to talk with stu- of war, straight from his own experi- was full so he was allowed to finish his dents about their service. ence as an infantry medic and as an service at home. -submitted by Eden Winniford, student POL|TIC$ LANI t$f CIIIf WASTEWATfl HEALTH CAlf SPORTS EDUCATION OPiNiONS CALL TO,SCRIIB over Making the world a better place and keeping it safe, the Cloverdale High School classmates of 1966 became nurses, farmers/ranchers, bookkeepers, hairdressers, grocery store owners, restaurateurs, real estate agents, postal workers, truckers, teachers, coaches, missionaries, PG&E line fore- man/a supervisor/foreman underground construction, con- tractors, secretaries, auto industry workers, wine industry workers, mechanics, consultants, CPAs, vice presidents, business managers, computer programers, city and school employees, dance instructors, western artists, owners (dog for narcotic detection), office managers, corporate software sales and forest products buyers. There are 35 veterans from the Cloverdale High School Class of 1966 (26 male class- mates served and nine female classmates married veterans), with one classmate killed in action and four others passed due to war complications. One of our athletic highlights was the Cloverdale 12 and St. Helena 7 football game. St. Helena had won 53 straight football games over 6 seasons. St. Helena was #1 in California and #2 in the nation for the longest winning streak, at that time. Most of all, the class- mates of 1966 are very grateful for the opportunities a Cloverdale High School education afforded us, and we're not finished yet! We'll be together again, June 25, 2016. - Submitted by the Class of'66 lil I i I " I i "1 knOW.call read it in, othesubscril,eReveille." FINAL WEEKEND! HAMMERFRIAR GALLERY Meet the Framer Hammerfriar is a family-run Sonoma County business owned by master framer Jill Plamann. Jill's son Julian has been working alongside her for 10 years. During that time, he has built his own solid reputation of precision work and problem solving. After becoming frustrated with the high prices and lack of flexibility of tradi- tional pre-finished picture frames, Julian set out to develop an in-house line of frames that can be produced to meet the unique requirements of each piece of artwork that comes through the door. Julian is working towards a degree in Environmental Studies, and product sus- tainability is very important to him. All frames in the Hammerfriar line are made using sustainable North American hardwoods and finished with only non- toxic, water-based coatings. Whether a frame needs to match the exact color of an existing piece of furniture or be toned just right to bring a piece of artwork to life, he can do it all. Hammerfriar Gallery 132 Mill St Ste. 101, Healdsburg. Open, Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 .pm.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 473-9600, hammerfriar.com. Cynthia Berg Polsan Studio & Gallery Sculpting Class - Learn how to sculpt from the imagination. Weekend workshop, July 25 & 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m $195, materials included. No experience required. Call for details. 311 Center St Healdsburg. 310-570-7421, cynthia berg@yahoo.com. Hammerfriar Gallery Exhibiting contemporary Bay Area fine art. Professional framing to meet any unique situation, to fit precisely any piece of art work or any environment. Open, Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 .pm.; Sat, I0 a.m.-5 p.m. 132 Mill St 5te. 101, Healdsburg. 473-9600, hammerfriar.com. Erickson Fine Art Gallery Recent Work by Gallery ArUsts - Representing the best of Northern California painters and sculptors, featuring Bobette Barnes, Joe Draegert, Robin Eschner, Finley Fryer, Chris Grassano, John Haines, Susan Hall, Jerome Kirk, Donna McGinnis, Tom Monaghan, Jeanne Mullen, Bob Nugent, Carlos Perez, Sam Racina, Carol Setterlund, Jeffrey Van Dyke, Paul Van Lith, Antoinette Yon Grone, and Kathleen Youngquist. Open daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m Wednesday by appointment. 324 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg. 707 431-7073, ericksonfineartgallery.com. Hand Fan Museum Hand fans from around the world telling the stories and histories of the cultures and individuals who used them. Open Wed-Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 219 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg. 431-2500, www.handfanmuseum.org. Healdsburg Center for the Arts Clay & Glass - 4th annual exibition runs through August 16. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m (closed Tuesdays). 130 Plaza St Healdsburg. 431-1970, healdsburgcenterforthearts.com. "Late Afternoon" - oil on canvas, 24"x 48" by Sam Racina ERICKSON FINE ART GALLERY 324 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg 707-431-7073 www.ericksonfineartgallery.com CYNTHIA BERG POLSAN STUDIO & GALLERY Julian's Frames Complete line of locally made, hand-finished picture frames custom paint & stains Eoo-frtendly water based finishes on sustainable hardwoods affordable HAMMERFRIAR.COM t32 Mill St:reeL Sll~e 101. 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