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Page 14- Wednesday, October 8, 1980 Glimpses of the Past By JACK HOWELL 1882--not a red-letter year, but in the village of Cloverdale, life went on and the happenings of those days were not anything special, but the contrast to today&apos;s living were quite different. As we turn the pages of ancient chronicles, we are able to visualize the ways of life our; predecessors enjoyed. For instance, Sam Larrison hauled 4,000 gallons of wine for shipping, the title to the Geysers resort was affirmed in the name of JosephPolack, April 28, and surveyors were fixing the bundaries; Professor Dillon postponed the dan- clng class thinking that Cloverdale folks had plenty of dancing without it. Mr. Merritt from the tollhouse came to town this week walking behind his cart which was all broken up, he must have had a narrow escape ! Mr. Savage of Santa Rosa has decided to rent Library Hall for his store. During the counting of the ballots last week, it was discovered one vote was castfor Ulysses S. Grant for assessor of Cloverdale. Wonder if the old battle-axe will feel bed when he hears how light he ran! May Day was celebrated by the young folks at Hoadley Grove. (Where was that?) They congregated at Library Hall and marched down, arm in arm, with fancy bows or arches in their hands to the grove. Professor Dillon furnished music. Miss Ida loadley was crowned Queen of the May, and the maids of honor were May Kennedy, Minnie Markie, Sadie Levy, and Jennie Cook. Mr. Conway opened a .white laundry and prepared to do washing that corresponded with the Chinese; he was also at Library Hall on West Street. ' I.E. Shaw, Postmaster, listed about twenty letters that remained to be picked up, there was no dead letter office then. Mr. Ed Sparrow had plenty of sheep ranches for sale. For $1,600 you could purchase 200 acres with 20 acres of river bottom, imber for fuel, a moderate house, barn, young orchard, half a mile from the railroad. " Alfred Burroughs was up a tree hunting a varmint when a limb broke and he fell to the ground breaking several ribs; he was in bed a month. Now adays, he'd be on his feet in a few days climbing another tree. French and Cameron did general blacksmithing; Uncle Jackson Gordon, one of the oldest settlers in the upper end of this valley who has been living for two years: near White Hall, Mendocino County, was in town Thursday after selling his 1900 acre ranch with 1500 sheep for $18,000 to Mr: J Alexander Marshall of Cloverdale. Competition for the news II was very aggressive 100 years ago. Good journalism was rare. Newspapers competed for business. This narrative appeared in the "Santa Rosa Republican" in 1882: "It is said that J.H. Livernash is about to start another newspaper in Cloverdale to be conducted by his son. Cloverdale is an excellent point for another paper, as Sparrow is getting rich, actually wallowing in wealth, he has more work than he can do. 'The Reveille' is a bloated monopoly and must expect competition. If it is any object to the projector of this opposition to gain a little experience, he will surely not be disappointed. In about six months he will get the experience and somebody else will have the money!" This was printed in "The Reveille" by Mr. Sparrow, .so he obviously was not afraid of com- petition and the record shows he had very little. The editorial on May 13, 1882, read: "Cloverdale should have a fire com- pany ! The undecided, hesitiating manner in which the fire was handled Saturday fully exemplified the necessity of an organized company to work in unison. A foreman with trained men can accomplish more in 15 minutes than an excited crowd in three times the space. Our limited water supply makes it necessary to have an organized company, the members of such com- panies are exempt from poll tax and jury duty." We all know what a fine fire department has developed from the dire need that column ex- pressed. Today, a hundred years later, we are blessed with the finest up-to-date equipment money can buy and certainly experienced and qualified men. Among them are volunteers that Photo shows the old Fire Department in the early lP0Os at the corner of 2nd and Commercial Streets. Courtesy of Clover- give willingly of their time to protect the lives and- property of the community. It's reassuring to know they are there when needed. In 1882 Moses Hull, the spiritualistic lecturer, said, "The era of women has arrived and henceforth the world will be governed by brain rather than muscle." He may find that they possess both. So how about that girls? It's almost a hundred years since that was written and we've had two world wars and a number of others. Looks like you are moving slowly- but-surely and more power to you if you can straighten out this old planet. HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS As of this writing, we will have had another successful flea market. Many thanks to those who helped and to the customers. The next regular meeting of the Society will be Monday, October 13, at Briarwood Hall. All members are asked to attend and new members are cordially welcomed. Anne Matteoli has promised to report on the recent conference in Eureka she attended. The Historical Museum Foundation of Sonoma County will hold its fifth annual Hood Mansion *,ntique shuw and sale on October 10, 11, and 12 on Highway 12 near Oakmont. There will also be a caterl luncheon, with choice wines and local apple juice. There will be daily speakers and slide shows and, of course, 23 rooms of antiques and collectibles. Admission is $1.75. For those of you who have never seen the Hood Mansion this would be a worthwhile attendance. There is also the semi- annual Peddlar's Fair at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds the weekend of October 25 which features about 100 dealers and their wares. A worthwhile event that brings folks from near and far. Biographies are coming inregularly and for those who haven't sent theirs in please do so soon. Publication is slated for December and you wouldn't want to be left out would you? Those of you who did not.receive a biography kit and want one, they can be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce or the Reveille offices or by phoning 894- 2246 or 894-3796. This promises to be a super history book, but it will only be as good as you who participate make it. Remember, this is a living history, too, and no matter how long you've lived here, you are just as important as anyone else and your story- will be read with as much enthusiasm and interest as an old timer's. We always need pictures ana in- formation about Clover- daie's past. If you have any, please contact us at P.O. Box 433, Cloverdale, California 95425. Lumberjack turns poet at 94 Luther Metke, Oregon's ast survivor of the Spanish t.merican War (1898), has men a labor organizer, a iarpenter, a painter, and low, at age 94, he is also a )oat. ] Metke has lived for the |[ast 72 years in the Cascase |IIountains of Oregon. |tranded on the west coast |fter the Spanish-American | ar, Metke decided to take | a land claim; he paid her completely," recalls May, Luther's daughter. "He used to clothe her, they used to go to church every Sunday, they never stayed home." Luther prefers to live alone, despite pressure from his children to move in with them. "I'm living here alone because I'm in- dependent when l'm alone. I got to the point where I can live with myself in other L!OO for 160 acres. "They words," explains Luther. to say the government He also feels at peace Bouid bet you 160 acres livingin the woods,where he ainst $16 that you couldn't has made his home for most [[ive there for five years," he of his life. "Anybody who alls. That was 1907. studies nature has got to [ As an experienced lumber come to the conclusion that ck, Luther took a job in, there is a lot of in- Ca timber mills of Oregon. telligence here. I got a lot ElSe also became a radical just going out among the ganizer, but only to trees, and I've lived in the me disillusioned, timber most of my life," !Metke explains: "When 'king man gets in power,  the same thing as "before him. He looks gflrter himself, and that's all. E i'l is just like the employer. t a question of who's in er, but of what they do when " they get there. 'lnerefore, I don t care who wns the timber as !ong as Rthey take care of it. ' Metke quit work tem- rarfly at age 75, but soon returned to active life as a *designer of log cabins. "I found that laying around don't feel so good, and it wasn't long before I was beginnlng to hate myself. 1Naturally, I went beck to work and I felt lots better," he says. His "retirement" coin- cided with the death of his wife, who had spent the last eight years of her life in a " &red for lwhenlchair. "He c qt- f i 2 remarks Luther. A lucid representative of the rural, country ethic, Metke's life has become the object of media attention. "The TV boys came and wanted to take some pic- tures, "explains Luther. "I think it's because I'm 90-some years and building a log cabin. Well, I don't see anything unusual about that !" Luther is still in very good health. He rarely thinks about dying, because "It's a condition we got to go through. What's the use of worrying about something you can't do anything about?" says Luther. As a poet, folk philosopher and deeply spiritual man, Luther touches a number of contemporary and timeless themes. He has looked within himself for peace and serenity and he has I remained actively involved with the world around him. Oregon's Governor, Vie Atiyeh, pedectly expressed the spirit of Luther's life in a congratulatory letter to him on his 94th birthday: "There are those who would claim that Luther Metke is a member of a vanishing breed the rugged in- dividualist, ldisagree. He is rather a pathfinder for today's generation, someone who views life as a challenge, not as a means to an end. Someone who looks forward to each day's ad- I venture, not someone who fears the gloom." Luther Matke's story is a "Lifestyle" segment, to be shown on "Over Easy" Thursday, October SO, on your PBS Channel. "Over Easy" is the only daily television series dealing with the problems, concerns and potentiai of growing older. Produced at KQED, San Francisco, the series is [ funded by Sun Company, | Inc., Colonial Penn Group, | Inc., and Public Brod-| casting Stations. I dale Historical Society. Homeowner's Advisor By ALLAN DAMEROW capital has a Broker grow. Sometimes QUESTION: I've heard services to the term "time-sharing" change used in connectiion with the the right to stlY purchase of vacation vacaton units homes. What does this world. mean? ANSWER: There are various methods of .pur- chasing real estate on a time-sh&ring basis. In a common situation, the buyer pays an agreed upon price and receives a deed to a vacation unit entitling him to use and occupy the unit during a specific time period. With this purchase, you fix the cost  your future vacatoions at current prices. Furthermore, as the value of the unit ap- preciates, your invested A few words d  Do with vacation club, appear quite do take into hidden costs owner's fees. To evaluate sharing offer, with someone chased a you, of the all documents counsel before iill :i:! iiii Hundreds of Cloverdale ii::i families plan to be !!ii represented in our Com- :!:i munity History Book, and :i:i: the Cloverdale Historical !::!::i Society is hard at work on :::: the introductory section. iii:: Many family profiles i!!! have already been sub- !iii mitted to the publisher, but i::il some members of our :::: community report they are ili having trouble putting together stories about their families. Hopefully, a few take the mystery out of this A family profile (or i!il biography or history) can ili be developed in a variety of i::ii ways, and some of them are iii as follows: :::: Telling it like it is. Start y:. iii:: with the basic facts about :<- your family; names, bir- ,.o. i!! thdates,where the family is !i!i from, when they came to :i:i Cloverdale, what they do !!!i (occupations, hob- iiil bies, school, church, :i: organizations, clubs, Family profiles: Telling it like it is special talents), anything that could be of interest to other members of the community now or in the future. This approach focuses on the present, and centers around your family as it is today. What you are doing todaywill be history tomorrow, and years from now your children, grand- children, friends and other relatives will enjoy referring back to your family's profile as of 1980. Telling it like it was. You may wish to tell about your ancestors starting with the first generation that settled in Cloverdale, or even generations before. Your memory and family records will help you decide how far beck you can go. H possible, include some episodes from the lives of your ancestors, such as their accomplishments, special events, humorous incidents, the hard times, the good times, and other tiems that might add in- m or terest to the family's history. Suggestion : If you haven't already charted your family tree, com- pleting the one in your biography kit may help you with the flow of your story. Combining the past and present. For background, list a few ancestors, perhaps mentioning the oldest generation you know and their relationship to your generation (great grandson or great, great granddaughter, for example). Include the most interesting happening you know of in your family's history; then move on to the present, and current in- formation about your generation. See the categories above for. other, ideas. Writing a profile about someone else. Maybe your parents or grandparents would like for you to put their profile into words. They can provide you wi names, dates that would be the an interesting formative profile. learn more about heritage, and worthwhile ancestors who above to write story.. Call us if you Members of Historical volunteered to questions and citizens in material for profile. If you any problems call Jack Howell ! or Roy Woodall Good luck! haven't bein Cloverale's history book, family "chapter" in the III 1rile o Inflation is making It harder and harder to hold the line. But with classified you have a defense that's a sum fire way Io make some extra cash. Just call your home team Into a huddle, give them each a room to cover and dOn't let them come back without an needed Item. After. that play IS complett00. call classified and place an ad to sell your goods. Sound simple? It is. Now, play ball. Clover'dale 0000evei 894-3339