History Corner June 2022

JUNE  1922

The first Western Sonoma and Marin Dairy Cattle Show was held at Valley Ford over the weekend, and proved a great success.  The show was presented by the dairymen through the Bodega-Valley Ford and Tomales Farm Centers, who backed the show financially.  Professor Gordon Truce stated, “This is the greatest affair and the most significant day in the history of the coast since Sir Francis Drake wintered in Bodega Bay.”  The show opened Saturday morning and large exhibit tents were crowded with visitors until it closed Sunday evening.  Over 5,000 people journeyed to the coast dairy center and viewed 215 head of dairy cattle, 53 hogs, 13 goats, and 14 pens of poultry, 33 sheep and several hutches of rabbits, all inside the three large tenants.  There was another tent filled with industrial exhibits, and refreshments and amusements were also available.  The object of the show was to increase the interest in the breeding of high grade dairy cattle and the raising of better herds through the milk test system.

JUNE 1947

The Board of Supervisors gave the “go ahead” to bring aviation to Bodega Bay, fast-growing Sonoma County seaport town.  Supervisor Guidotti pointed out that a useable “strip” can be created with a minimum of leveling on land already owned by the county.  The strip will be located on land near the historic hummock of land that marks the landing place of Lieutenant Bodega, Spanish navigator, whose name the bay bears. 

JUNE 1972

The passenger service train, the Green Valley Railroad, in Forestville took children for a last ride Sunday and then told the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments it would get its station and equipment off the property at Forestville by the first of the year.  The Green Valley, a non-profit corporation, restored train service to Forestville after a lapse of 35 years in 1970.  Thomas C. White of Novato and Roger Graeber took over the lease of a third of a mile of the defunct P & SR electric railway right of way.  It accepted donations of 25 cents a ride, but it took more than 500 children free last year and showed education films of railroading history.  White and Graeber built their first miniature railroad in 1962 in White’s back yard when both were students at Novato High School.  This year the railroad applied to the county for an extension of its use permit and proposed to lengthen its tracks.  The application ran into unexpected opposition from some neighbors who objected it might attract so many children it would disturb their peace.  The applicants withdrew the application and agreed to dismantle the project after the final run Sunday.