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Just my cup of tea

Originally ran in the Sept. 9, 1971 edition of the Illinois Valley News

Herbert and Beulah Higgins, Dick George Road, had a visit from her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Cobb and David, of Riverside, Cal. From here they went on to Renton, Wash. On their return trip they again stopped to visit the Higgins, and went through the Oregon Caves and had dinner at the Chateau.
Don and Bernita Kassner and their 4 children arrived from Sunnyvale, Cal. for a visit with her uncle, Brent Deaton, Takilma Road, and his family. While here they stayed at the home of Doug and Joy Hoskins. The children had a great time playing together while Brent and Dora, Don and Bernita, and Doug and Joy were catching up on family news.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie M. Jones drove from Niles, Mich. to Cave Junction for a two day visit with his son Rodney Jones, pastor of the Bridgeview Community Church. They were accompanied on the trip by Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, Houghton, Mich., where John is going to the university.
Mr. and Mrs. John Mason from Pico Rivera, Cal. are visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mason, Wood Creek Lane.
Jim and Viola Higgins, Rockydale Road, have also had company recently Jim’s brother and sister-in-law Bob and Hazel Higgins of St. Helens. They went to the Gold Hill and Jacksonville museums, visited Jim’s cousin and his wife, Dale and Ethel Bankston in Medford. Soon after they left, Voila’s daughter Florella and her husband Roy Nelson and their daughter Cheryl came from Arcata, Cal. and stayed over the weekend. While the Bankstons were still visiting the Higgin’s granddaughter Rhonda, husband Jerry Pusch, and little son Jerry, Jr. from McKinleyville, Cal. stopped by.
Homer Friend, Caves Highway, and his wife, Muriel had as their guests Muriel’s brother, Charley Beauchamp, and his wife Shirley from Freshwater, Cal. Jim And Viola Higgins went to the home of her son Homer and visited with the Beauchamps.
Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Mladejovsky, owners of Kerby Trailer Park, gave another party for guests and residents. Because of the cool weather they put the picnic tables in the unfinished recreation room. After the potluck supper, Edwin Nichols entertained with a showing of slides taken in Minnesota in the fall, and Arizona in the spring and early summer. He also showed slides of roses and verbenas and other flowers that could be grown successfully in the Arizona sands. Those attending the evening’s fun were the following regular residents of the Kerby Trailer Park: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Buhler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams and their grandson Darrin Adams, Frank Popoczy, Helen Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clifford and daughters Kiberrley and Kathryn, Betty Stoltenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Kewus Stedgie formerly of Willow Creek, Cal. and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Goodson of Portland, working temporarily in the Illinois Valley.
Guests staying various lengths of time at the Park were: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Nichols, Apache Junction, Ariz.; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley G. Homer, on vacation from Diamond Bar, Cal; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ritter from Wisconsin also vacationing and will go to Port Orford and Klamath before returning home; and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Stevens, Glendale, Ruth Pfefferle were also invited for the evening.
Between the supper and the pictures, Mrs. Mladejovsky showed me a very ordinary looking old aluminum pan, which she said is their most prized possession. She said that during World War II her family lived in Czechoslovakia and were interned in two concentration camps – first in Regensburg in 1945. While there they befriended the Chief of Constabulary, an American Captain. Then they were transferred to Unterjenterjewttingen, the most horrible place that could be imagined. While at this camp they found the Captain they had befriended and this time he befriended them. He gave them salt and a few other necessities and this utensil, their only possession, without which they do not think they and their little son could have survived. They used the little pan for washing themselves, their clothes, and then scrubbed it well and used it for cooking the few scraps given them. When they finally escaped, they lived in Australia a number of years and came to America in 1958. And all of this time they have kept and still use this old pan. When they see it now, it makes them thankful for all of the bountiful blessings they now have.
For many years I have been saving all of the clippings of anything pertaining to this Valley that I could find, because occasionally we came over to the homestead, even though no one was living on the place then, and because Phayo was born at Waldo. This story was taken from an old file dated May 15, 1898. The residents of Kerby should enjoy it. “A vote was taken on the cow question on May 2 to decide whether or not old Brindle shall run at large within the city limits. The vote was in favor of old Brindle and now she stalks the streets with a lordly air, she stands in the middle of the sidewalk while the weary pedestrian walks in the street, and she eats up the display in front of the grocery store.