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Just my cup of tea

Originally ran in the Oct. 7, 1971 edition of the Illinois Valley News

Mrs. Viola Barton, supervisor at Redwoods Telephone Company has returned to work after a week’s vacation. A friend Iris Dublin visited her from Los Gatos, Cal. Viola and Iris worked together for 20 years for Western California Telephone Co. in Los Gatos, where Iris is still employed.
Mrs. Alice Strain of El Paso, Texas visited her son Max Strain, Redwood Highway, and his family.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lassiter from Rice, Wash. are visiting her son Rod Jones, pastor of the Bridgeview Community Church. Rod and Patty have shown their guests some of the interesting places in the Valley, including Waldo and the Kerbyville Museum.
Mrs. Isabel Mellow recently had as her guest Mrs. Ruth Wendt, a former resident of Cave Junction and employee of Redwoods Telephone Company, now living in Caldwell, Idaho, where her son is an instructor in the College of Idaho. During her week’s stay Ruth saw many of her friends of former years. Isabel and Ruth were guests at the retirement party for Tracy Cross. They attended the I.V. Grange Thursday evening. Ruth is still a member of the I.V. Grange. Friday evening the two friends went to the surprise birthday party for Lena Payne. Sunday Ruth accompanied Isabel to the Catholic Church service, then on to the Grange breakfast where they were guests of Clara Champion. Monday they were luncheon guests of Jim and Florence Duncan.
Leslie and Jean Olsen, who live in the Montclair district of Oakland, Cal. celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary while visiting their son Herb Olsen and his wife Helen, Hummingbird Lane. The occasion was celebrated with a dinner party with Bob and Neva Cheney as their guests.
Mrs. Randall (Jenny) Palmer called to give me news of some of their family members and friends. Their daughter Carol and her husband Douglas Schwartz of La Mesa, Cal fished at the mouth of the Klamath for several days, but caught no salmon. They arrived in Cave Junction on Jenny’s birthday, which they celebrated with a dinner. Carol and Doug stayed and visited with her parents more than a week. Randall and Doug went fishing to Bolan Lake almost every day and Doug got his limit several times. One day they went to the mouth of the Klamath and this time they came home with a salmon. Jenny’s cousin and her husband stopped by for a short visit. They had also been at Klamath, where they have fished for 25 years, but had no luck this time. They are Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Roberts of Los Angeles. While Carol and Doug were still here, their friends from La Mesa, Mr. and Mrs. Merne Johnson stopped by for a short visit on their way to Canada. On their way home Carol and Doug stopped in Sacramento to visit her sister, Jean Shaffer and in Arleta to visit her brother, Randall Palmer, Jr. Travelling further on they visited their son Randy Schwartz and his wife. They have 3 boys and 1 girl. They arrived in time for the little girl’s first birthday. These four children are Randall and Jenny’s great grandchildren.
Friends gave Ruth Hill a birthday party the afternoon of October 4. Ruth lives in Colby Court in the trailer formerly owned by Blake Miller.
Hostesses for the party were Gertrude Martin and Julia Cross, who served cookies and ice cream to Naomi Seat, Nettle Gray, Zadie Bickle and Mitzie, Maude Charlton and Tracy Cross.
Another Valley resident who had a birthday party was Lena Payne on September 17. Effie Smith and Gladys England, hostesses, planned it so that it was a complete surprise. Two birthday cakes were served. Attending the party were Ruth Wendt, Isabel Mellow, Mary Fulk, Kate Turner, and Lorna Byrne. Lena’s two daughters, Joyce Heald of Cave Junction and Yvonne Lipple of Kenai, Alaska, were also present. Yvonne visited her parents for a month and returned home September 22. During her stay here her son, Richard Halm of Portland, visited his mother and grandparent’s. In a letter Lena received from Yvonne since she returned to Alaska, she reports that Alaska has had enough cold weather to turn the foliage to intense hues and it is spectacular against the snowcapped mountains.
In our telephone conversation Lena told me that Emma White fell about a month ago and broke her right arm. It is out of the cast now, but she can not use it for a while. Lena goes to visit her friend about twice a day to see if she needs anything or any help. Emma lives on the White School Road, on the original White place.
Monty Comb’s sister, Mrs. Thelma Mills of Los Angeles, flew up to spend a week. The sisters had a good visit.
Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Robin visited with their daughter Delicia and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rogers, in Grants Pass. The Robins also visited their son Mike and his wife Ardene in Cave Junction and had dinner with them several times. The R.C. Robins are moving their trailer to Arizona where they will make their home.
Joy Kellert is going to Los Angeles to visit her namesake Joy Parkinson Ford, a graduate of IVHS, then on to Diamond Lake for the winter.
Have you ever been annoyed while driving to Grants Pass or Crescent City by trucks that you had to wait a while before you could pass? Log trucks, plywood trucks, gasoline tankers, and trucks with big signs “wide load” which were not only wide but long – and your only reaction was “How long will I be stuck behind this truck?” – forgetting really how easy it is to travel these days – paved roads with part of it now like a freeway, a big tunnel so that you do not have to go over Oregon Mountain – and most everyone has a good car to drive.
Turn back the time nearly 120 years. The Cold Mountain Trail was the first one inland from the small town of Crescent City to Sailor Diggings and Jacksonville. And it was just a trail, up one mountain and down the other side and up the next mountain and down until the little sea coast shipping town was reached and then back over the same trail to Sailor Diggings, which later became the bustling town of Waldo. This was not a wagon road but only for pack trains of mules. Trains of 20 to 30 mules were common. The leader had a bell on its neck to warn any other pack train which might be coming in the other direction. As late as 1886 pack trains were still being used and the traffic was heavy and no wide load signs. Pack trains were running in and out of Waldo. People who ever saw a pack train would be astonished at the loads the mules carry on pack saddle or aparraho. Stoves, wagons, hydraulic giants, ten feet or more long and of great weight, were conveyed in this manner and hydraulic pipe sections 20 feet long were transported over mountains very steep to mining claims. In fact, any article not over 500 pounds could be packed on mules in this manner, regardless of how odd the shape. “Anyone for The Good Old Days?”