Just my cup of tea

Originally ran in the Sept. 16, 1971 edition of the Illinois Valley News.

Marvin and Tracy Cross have recently returned from an eight day vacation and Tracy reports that it was a wonderful trip, all of it fun. They were accompanied by their two granddaughters, Kayce and Kelly Cross, and Marvin’s sister Julia Cross. They stopped first at Madras, with Marvin’s brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Cross. On their way to Meridan, Idaho, they stopped for visits with relatives in Nyssa, Oregon and Wilder, Idaho. While in Meridan they attended a Lindsay family reunion held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Fisher. Tracy is one of 8 children, born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Lindsay. Here were 7 of the 8 children and members of their families at the reunion. After the reunion the Cross’s met Donald Wallace and his family of Cave Junction and Mr. and Mrs. Bill James and family at Bend and went from there to Cultas Lake, west of Bend, for 2 days of camping. Members of the party went water skiing, swimming and fishing. Others enjoyed the opportunity to just rest.
Last Friday afternoon Osmond and Margaret Henry, Rockydale Road, had as surprise visitors Merlin and Nila Sylvester, who now live on Days Creek, near Canyonville. Merlin retired 3 months ago, from the Oregon State Hospital where he was supervisor for 16 years. Osmond worked for him for several years. Nila and Margaret worked together in the wards for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Arnett have moved into the home they have recently purchased at Bridgeview, at the intersection of Holland Loop Road and Takilma Road. It was originally owned by Sam and Sophie Bunch, who built the home.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cournoyer and sons have purchased a mobile home and bought property on Dick George Road, where they are now making their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cheney and their daughters Pamela and Sandy, from Escondido, Cal. stopped on their way home from Seattle to visit Bill’s uncle and aunt, Bob and Nova Cheney who live on Hummingbird Lane. Bill Cheney is minister of the Four Square Gospel Church in Escondido. Until about 3 years ago they were missionaries in the Phillippines, where they spent many years.
George and Betty Johnson were happy to have their son Daniel home from Kentucky on a two week’s leave. He is in the the Armored Division and is now at Fort Carson, Colorado. While Daniel was still here, George’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnson of Gold Beach visited over the Labor Day weekend. And during the same weekend Betty’s brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hockema, and their son Mark from Pistol River came for a family visit.
Sam and Sophia Bunch are among other Valleyites who have had company. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Murdock of Klamath Falls came to visit and to pick berries and fruit. Mrs. Murdock was the former Lillian Wells. The Murdocks also visited Jim and Lena Payne before returning home. Sophia’s aunt Bertha Syferth, her cousin Doris McKee, and Doris’s son Floyd McKee, and Doris’s son Floyd McKee, Jr. all from Alturas were recent visitors. And in the middle of last week Sophia’s uncle and aunt, Earl and May Smith came from Albany.
Phayo and I have had relatives as guests at our home too. My brother David Flaherty and his daughter Kathleen flew from Pullman, Wash. in his plane and stayed 3 days. Recently Jack Mepham and his family came through Cave Junction on their way home from a 3 weeks vacation trip through several of our National Parks. Jack is the brother of Stuart, our son-in-law.
Here is a news item taken from the Weekly Courier June 19, 1902, “The name of Takilma has been chosen for the new little town rising on the west bank of the East Illinois River. In seeking an appropriate Indian name, the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institute was consulted. The word Takilma is the name of a single tribe composing the Indian linguistic family of that name. The majority of the linguistic families are composed of more than one tribe, but this case is an exception. Takilma Indians formerly lived in that section of the country lying between the Illinois River and the Rogue River. In 1884 only 27 of the tribe were known to exist. This remnant lived on the Siletz reservation in Tillamook county.”