SEBASTOPOL CLUB REORGANIZATION
Preliminary work has started in the reorganization of the old Sebastopol Club into a modern up-to-date Chamber of Commerce that will serve as a clearing house for the best thoughts and ideas of all the community’s interests. The Sebastopol Community Dinner to be held at Lincoln Hall promises to be the greatest public gathering of its kind ever held in this section of Sonoma County. The occasion will mark the close of the three weeks’ preparatory to the big membership drive.
PETALUMA DISAPPROVES PARKING METERS
Parking meters once again broke into Sonoma County headlines this week when the City Council of Petaluma, after having once postponed second reading of a parking meter ordinance, disapproved the proposition by a vote of 4 to 3.
In Sebastopol, some motorists were having difficulty in learning the proper procedure of placing coins in the slots, it was revealed. In order to gain full time from the meters, it was announced, pennies may be dropped in up to 60 minutes. The hand must be at a full 60 minutes before the second nickel may be dropped in, or it will travel only to the time and stop. Thus, if three pennies were dropped in, it would register 36 minutes, and dropping a nickel in following that would bring it only to 60 minutes and no further. It is advisable to drop your pennies in first unless you know you will need a full 60 or 120 minutes. Is that clear to you?
FOREST VIEW RANCH – A COUNTRY CLUB WITH NO DUES
Meet Neil Ferguson, who has opened up his heart and his 75 acre ranch to children and his Forestville neighbors. Mr. Ferguson was looking to purchase 5 acres in Sonoma County but in 1962 he was presented this property, just off Martinelli Road, and he fell in love with the views. His goal was to provide a place for children, especially those under privileged, a fun place to come to. He began improving upon the few small buildings he inherited and added lodging, and meeting spaces plus various recreation events like swimming, hiking, trail riding, shuffleboard, and tennis. Eventually the ranch was used by various groups like the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, local school groups, church groups, and Chambers of Commerce meetings. Any group was welcome, as long as reservations are made. Every Thursday was Forestville Day, when the local youngsters were invited to the ranch, Neil’s way of saying Thank You to his neighbors.
More info: In 1974 Ferguson’s ranch sold the ranch to the Holy Order of MANS, a non-sectarian religious organization. Ferguson moved into Forestville and was named Citizen of the Year in 1974.
WEST COUNTY MUSEUM HAPPENINGS
I call her our magnet. Donna Pitman, the Museum Director, was a very popular girl during her school years and it seems she still holds that esteem. Friends, former co-workers, and students have been dropping in to the museum on a regular basis to not only to reminisce our lovely town but to bring their kept treasurers to the Museum for safe keeping. Their collections have included photographs, letters, and scrapbooks. For example, Wanda Davis brought in a collection of beautiful large format black and white photographs taken during the construction of the Sebastopol Cooperative Cannery in 1979. Her husband Mel Davis managed the plant. Barbara Barney has donated a large collection of her great grandmother, Laura Barlow Sebastopol’s successful berry rancher, including photos, articles, letters, and cards. The Museum is closed for the installation of our next exhibit, Classy Cars and Their Care, a look at Sebastopol’s automotive businesses from the early 1900’s to today. The grand opening of the exhibit will be September 25th from 11-2 pm and will host our first car show in the back parking lot. If you have a car you wish to show off please contact the Museum via phone or email.