Originally ran in the June 4, 1971 edition of the Illinois Valley News
June 4, 1971
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Higgins, Rockydale Road, have recently returned from Eureka, where they attended the annual dinner and party given by PG&E at the O.H. Tow House for their retirees and wives. About 100 attended the party, and the men had a great time talking about the days when they worked together. After the dinner, slides of the various recreation camps were shown. Jim has been retired for five years. He maintained the lights for Eureka and all of Humboldt County and part of the Trinity section. While in that vicinity they stayed overnight with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson, and visited with some of the grandchildren. They also stopped by to visit Mrs. Higgin’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Woolridge.
Friday, about noon I heard a plane flying low, so went outside to see it. A blue and white plane, which I had never seen before, was circling and tipped its wing, acknowledging that the pilot saw me. As soon as I could take the cake out of the oven, I went to the airport, and my brother and his wife, David and Joy Flaherty of Pullman, Washington, were waiting for me. David had promised me a surprise. It was the new four place plane and they also brought two of their daughters, Laurie and Kelly, to visit us. I took them to Rough and Ready Mill and Waldo and Takilma and other points of interest and to visit our brother and sister-in-law, Osmond and Margaret Henry, Rockydale Road. David and Joy left Saturday morning to visit her mother in Visalia, California, who has been ill and at present is in a rest home.