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Page 12- Wednesday, October I, 1980 Glimpses of the Past By JACK HOWELL fixed or any medical expertise by A. DeHay at In 1882 there were a number of prominent businesses in Cloverdale. Opposite the U.S. Hotel, a Dr. Coombs was a surgson- dentist who specialized in gold fillings and ad- ministered gas; M. J. Ryan was a carriage painter; and Crawford and Faulds were successors to J.F. Hoadley and called themselves commission merchants and warehousemen. This meant they dealt in building materials and hardware, and they received all descriptions of produce on storage or commission which might include wool, grain, hops, etc. On the location of the present feed store was a stockyard near the railroad where cattle were housed and fed after being driven down from their pasturelands for shipping to the Bay Area by rail. The Stone Bldg. across the street from the Depot Hotel, once housed a tomato cannery and there was a dance hall upstairs. Drovers or ranchers spent a week or so in town for their once-a-year vacation. I suppose they had their teeth problem attended to by a local doctor, who in 1882 was Dr. R. S. Markeil. The doctor also operated a drug store which stocked medicines, chemicals, toiletry goods, stationery, candies, and no doubt patent medicines such as Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and liver pills or Hostetters Stomach Bitters, or Moore's Remedy for Poison Oak. Mr. Edward Bale paid the highest prices for stock and if you had wool to ship you contacted George Abbott who operated the San Francisco wool exchange at the corner of 5th and Townsend Streets in San Francisco. H your horse threw a shoe or your animals needed to be boarded, you went to John Sissongoods liver stable and feed yard on the south end of West Street (now Clover- dale Auto Parts and Buckingham's garage). Later, this became the second home of the Cloverdale Citrus Fair upstairs in the hayloft (1896- 95) before the pavillion was built in 1897. While these folks were in town they may have needed a haircut which was done with great the Pioneer Barber Shop in the U.S. Hotel. Although most ranch families made a lot of their own clothes, it was a treat to buy goods or "store-hought items once a year." ,Mr. J. A. Carrie had dry goods, staples, and fancy goods at his store on West Street where you could buy a bolt of calico or your heart's desires. Other stores that com- peted with him were Shaw and Bowman who also sold agricultural implements and parts for your worn out plow or blacksmith equipment as most farmers repaired their own machinery. Wool growers supplies, wagons, etc., could be obtained there. Down the street, Field and Brush handled hardware and groceries and Lands burg and Bentley did wagon repairs and general blacksmithing. If your missus was expecting, Dr. R. Thompson was located in the Murray block and specialized in Obstetrics. While you were waiting for her you could slip across the street to the Pioneer Saloon, or the U.S. Hotel or Mitchell Bros. Salloons where your genial hosts Tom and Jake I Historical Society News Althougk I was unable to attend, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the citizenry of Cloverdale for their attendace of the slide show and program afforded them last week in the in- terests of our forthcoming publication a biographical history of the area. We hope that all you par- ticipants have set in your biography by now and if net will dososoon. This will certainly be an asset to anyone's library and the history compiled will be irreplaceable. Thank you for yor attendance and participation. Our October Flea Market will no doubt have many bargains for everyone and the suack-bar will be open to "tickle your palate." There will be someone in at- tendance to answer your questions about your biography or assist you. Don't forget we have another flea market in December that is usually the best bargain place for the Christmas holidays you can find, Come-'n-get it." Plans are in the making for our annual Fiddle Contest in January. Watch for news about that. Our next regular meeting will be October 13 at Briarwood. All new members are cordially invited, rides are available. We need you. If you are interested in preserving the history of your town, phone 894-2246, 894-3495 or 894-3795. 20 YEARS ACK)-The recent startup of Unit 14, a II0,000 kilowatt geothermal power plant, nearly coincides with the th anniversary of commercial electric generation at The Geysers by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Unit 14 today is capaMe of generating ten trees the power of PG&E's Unit l, shown here shortly after it began operation on September 25, 1060. Unit I, an I 1,0OO kilowatt unit, was the first commercial geethermal power plant in the United States. Rides around the clock Ridgfinders, Sonoma County's toll free tran- sportation information and referral service, has rectly purchased and put into operation a telephone answering device to receive messages after hours and during weekends. "We're happy," said Gfl Layman, program coor- dinator, "to finally have our phone answered all the time. This lets people who call Rtdefinde at night or during tbe weekend know we're still here. And we'll return their calls as soon as we can. We just don't want to miss anyone who calls U." Ridefindem, operated by the Voluntary Action Center of Sonoma County, helps people with transportation problems by referring them toa service. "We try to help," ex- plained Layman, "anyone who can't figure out how to get somewhere, anywhere. Sometimes it's just a matter of letting them know about ,public transportation available; other times we refer them to an agency providng the tran: sportation they need." Ridefinders can' be reached by calling 5S-34, day or night. Residents of Cazadero and Kenwood should ask their operators for Enterprise 17419. Ridefinders charges no one for its services; in areas of the county where a 'T' is required, the caller's bill will receive no charge. Mitchell would soothe your parched throat with a cool beer or anyother, poison you might name. If you were in the vicinity of Second and Main you might avail yourself of a steam beer at Regers. I imagine this was in the days of free lunches, so with your thirst and hunger quenched you may sit down on a bench under the shady porch of the U.S. Hotel, which was partially shaded by a huge grapevine of immense proportion, and shoot the breeze with other drovers, wool growers, ranchers or townspeople about the current prices, weather, politics or the gossip that happened to be circulating at that time. If you had stopped in Ukiah on the way down you might mention that Mr. J. B. Davis, proprietor of the Grand Hotel in that city had been a very congenial host, and the fact that there were no Chinese employed in the kitchen, a prejudice that prevailed in those days, and led to the Chinese Ex- clusiion Act in California. If you had a tract of land to survey, you would con- tact Chauncy G. Grove on B. Street opposite the Oc- cidental Hotel in Santa Rosa. Travel to this city was arrange through Mr. Sissengoods liey stable as rigs were availableday and night, or you might take the train down as they ran on frequent intervals. The Occidental Hotel supplied free coach to their establish- ment where the Proprietors G. A. Tupper and son would greet you witha smile and hospitality that warmed the cockJes of your heart. On your return you would hitch up your team, gather up the family or hired hand and perhaps a new horn offspring that the good Dr. Thompson had delivered and once more head for your home in Mendocino County or Pine Mountain for another year of hard work. Had you decided to become a town dweller you would have a deed to a piece of property sold to you by Gibbens and Morgan, real estate agents, or perhaps a parcel of vineyard or a ranch close to town that would bring you closer to reality. At any rate, you would have en- joyed your stay in Cioverdaie and obtained a grubstake for the future. Such was life in the far west in 1882! The Geyser's Unit 1 4 begins operations The Geysers geothermal Unit 14 has begun cam- mercia] operation, adding about U0,000 kilowatts of ,generating. capcity to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company electric systems. Its start up nearly coin- cides with the 20th an- niversary of commercial electric generation at The Geysers by PG&E. The comapny's Unit 1, an ll,000- kilowatt installation, began commercial operation on September 25, 1o. Since 1973, when PG&E added its ninth and tenth units, The Geysers has been the world's largest geothermal electric generating facility. The addition of Unit 14 brings its generating capacity to nearly 910,000 kilowatts, about 8 percent of the capacity on PG&E's system. Located in Sonoma County two miles southeast of the site of the historic Geysers Resort, Unit 14 will replace the need to burn more than I million barrels of oil a year in oil-fired power plants. Unit 14 will use natural dry steam from wells drilled more than a mile and one-half deep by Union Oil Company. Approximately two million pounds of steam per hour will supply Unit 14's turbine-generator. now has 15 units in operation at The Geysers. Unit 15 began operation last year, while Units 13 and 14 were still under con- struction. Two more units, each rated at llO,Q0O kilowatts, are under con- stroction and are expected to begin operation in I2. PG&E expects the California Energy Com- mission to approve the Application for Certification  of Unit 16 in November. Its . Calendar of Events ii ... "Wednesday, October t Book Sale (Friends of the Library) at Washington School, 91!ii iiE Women s Improvement Club at Cioverdale Library, 1 p.m.* Sunday, October S ii! Knights of Columbus at Parish Hall, 8 p.m. Relief Society LDS Church at the LDS Church, 9 a.m. i:' i,!iPlanning Commission at City Hall, 8 p.m. World Grape Stomping Championship at Sonoma Countyi:i ::VFW Bingo at Veterans Memorial, 7:30 p.m, Fair, 4 p.m. !ii :Universal Childrens Day Observance at the Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2 Busineu & Professional Women at briarwood, 8 p.m. iCloverdale Lions Club at The Encore, 7:30 p.m. i Cloverdaie Rotary Club at Papa John's, 12:15 p.m. Alanon at St. Peter's Church, 8 p.m. AARP at Veterans Memorial, 1:30 p.m. Memlay, Octoker S Storytime at the cloverdale Library, 1:30 p.m. Cioverdale Fire Dept. at the Fire Stateion, 7 p.m. Chamber of Commerce Board at the Tourist Center, 8 Square Dance at Jefferson School, 7 p.m. Orange Blossom Garden Club at Grange Hall, 1:30 p.m. Altar Society at St. Peter's Church, 7:30 p.m. i!i! m :: P" "!:i: Friday, October 3 Tuesday, October 7 Gem & Mineral Society at Briarwood, 8 p.m. Cloverdale Odd Fellows at Grange Hall, 8 p.m. Cloverdale v. Wiilits (Football) at Willits, 5:45 p.m. Ladies Circle of Druids at Druids Hall, 8 p.m. Grange CWA at Grange Hall, 1:30 p.m. Driver's License at Veterans Memorial,, a m iili : Satin-day, October 4 ' Century Lions Club at the Cloverdale Coffee Shop, 7 a.m. ii !Historical Society Flea Market at the Citrus Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 VFW Post & Auxiliary at Veterans Memorial, 8 p.m.  _.: . . . .::: iP-m. Art Commmmon at 213 N. Mam Street, 7 p.m. iS :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: construction is scheduled to begin next spring. By the year 2000, PG&E plans to have about 2 million kilowatts of geothermal generating capacity. Unit 14 is the second largest unit at The Geysers. Two others are 106,000 kilowatts each, and Unit 13, the world's largest single geothermal unit, is 133,000 kilowatts. Total cost of Unit 14, in- cluding electric switchyard costs is about $59 million, bringing PG&E's One of the old-time saloons in Cloverdale. Photo courtesy of the Cloverdale P i-/ : .* i:,' " PG&E adds Geothermal Unit-The Geysers Unit 14 geothermal power commercial operation, adding almat !10, kilowatts of electric Pacific Gas and Electric Company's electric system. Located in Sonoma of the historic Big Geysers Resort, Unit 14 uses natural dry steam from Oil Company. It is the secend largest unit at The Geysers. In this photo. tower is in the foreground and its turbine-generator is inside the Building cumulative investment at electric resource system in cogenerafiOS The Geysers to about $250 the U.S. to its 3.4 million with ,nillion. electric customers. The institutions The unit is equipped with s o u r c e s i n c 1 u d e .1980's. It both a primary and a hydroelectric, geothermal, million secondary abatement steam plants gueled by oil generating system designed to remove and natural gas, and Diablo hydrogen sulfide, which is combustion turbines. Power Plants present in geothermal PG&E will add its first kilowatts steam, wind-powered generation in Pumped PG&E supplies energy 1952, and plans to develop at near from the most versatile least I million kilowatts of operational. ......... ........,.....,. The Ice Cream Man Will be at Shop 'N Save Friday October 3 and Saturday October 4 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. FREE ICE CREAM TASTINGI Find Your Name in our Classified Marketplace Win a LUNCH at the Hungry Hutch Each Week - we'll be selecting a name.from our subscription list and placing it somewhere in the' Cisssitied Nlrket place If your name appears simply stop by the Hungry Hutch with some form of I..D and enjoy a delicious lunch with our compliments. Famous Hungry Hutch Deli Sandwich Delicious Salad Soft Drink The Hungry Hutch 113 N. Cloverclb Blvd. Must be Claimed within 1 week of publication