West County History Corner

100 YEARS AGO – 1918

Firmin Candelot of Bodega bears the distinction of discovering the elusive surf fish in the Bodega Bay country, according to a discussion, which took place in McCaughey Bros. store last week. Candelot saw the first fish at North Beach, where the use of fish nets were not needed. Fishermen going into the breakers, stripped and began throwing the fish out with their bare hands. James Douglas tells a good fish story. He states that after Candelot discovered the surf fish he invited him down to go fishing. They drove down in a spring truck, backed the wagon into the waters and as each breaker rolled over the wagon it left its contribution of surf fish and the water ran out through the tail gate. It took only two or three breakers to fill the wagon with fish. Sounds pretty fishy.

75 YEARS AGO – 1943

Style and comfort in new togs for feminine workers

A high style beige blouse with action back, tops a trim pair of olive green slacks for summer comfort. This modish uniform was designed for practical performance. A pill box hat completes the ensemble to be worn by Shelladies on Shell service stations in the west.

50 YEARS AGO – 1968

History of the Guerneville Post Office is far from dull

The history of the Guerneville Post Office has been a hobby of Anna J. Bever, a member of the postal staff. To start with, her scrapbook contains the application for a post office in 1870, and accounts of the three robberies that took place during its 90-year history. She has been collecting old photographs found in neighbors’ homes, newspaper clippings and old post office files. The first postmaster was John W. Galey. In the ensuing years, from 1870 to 1968, nine persons have served as postmaster. Six were men and three have been women. Bever plans on continuing collecting items to complete the history of the post office and would be happy to receive anything pertinent to the task.

Lions and Tigers ride together as East-West camp opens

El Molino coach Don Bossert is training the El Molino Lions and the Analy Tigers to hunt together for a change. The two schools have teamed up to play in the first United Cerebral Palsy Association’s East-West classic football game. On the West team are Frank Anderson, Ordell Gomes, Ben Kerkhof, Dick Laguens and Ralph Paalhar from El Molino and Dennis Crandall, Dave Hanson and Dan Lester from Analy.

West County Museum Notes and Happenings:

A recent donation of a 1993 color aerial photo of the town of Sebastopol was given to the Museum by the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, via Irene Stratton and the late Michael Slater. This is a large beautifully framed photo available for viewing now and upon request after September 1.

There was a recent discovery of a December 8, 1960 Sebastopol Times newspaper, one of the many issues that are missing. Other missing years are 1958 – 1961.If you have these issues or even articles from these years, please contact us.

Western Sonoma County Historical Society is an all volunteer staff. We are looking for a museum director, who will report directly to the historical society board and attend monthly board meetings.

The director will work with an existing friendly and energetic volunteer staff concentrating on archives, artifacts, presenting bi-annual exhibits, photo collections and our reference library. Skills should include office administration, computer knowledge, resource development and promotion of the museum’s exposure.

Leadership in building a bank of volunteers, donators and supporters and excellent communication skills are needed.

Knowledge or interest in west county history is desired. Understanding of archival methods, preservation, and data storage is helpful.

The museum staff meets Tuesday mornings for two hours each week. Special projects requiring additional time are arranged to meet the convenience of the staff. A minimum of 12 hours per month would be expected.

The historical society is also seeking a museum curator, who will work with the museum team to present one or more exhibits a year. Tasks may include research of subject, contact with persons loaning artifacts, mounting photographs, photo description boards and setting up displays.

Skills in promotion, in the form of mailers, advertisements, press releases and posters would be ideal. Keeping records and detailing the exhibit, including photographing or videotaping the exhibit for preservation.

Each exhibit process can take one to two months of part time work (work times and days are flexible).The prior exhibit is taken down before new exhibit goes up. Meetings and work details are held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the museum, 261 South Main Street.

For more information contact Mary Dodgion at 293-3609 or leave a message at the museum 829-6711.