Hank-New Year's traditions
prosperity." Henry Plymire of Willits reports that his father, the late William Henry Plymire U, used to like to ring in the New Year with a real live "BANG!" The elder Plymire had a monument shop in Marysville in the 1930s. Each New Year's Eve he'd load up all the guns, pistols, rifles, shotguns, and a small cannon that young Henry was allowed to fire. At the stroke of midnight, father and son would — as fast as they could — shoot them all off toward the bottom of a nearby river. "The lights would come on all over West Marysville," recalls Plymire. "Many persons would come seeking, including sometimes the Marysville Police Department. However, my dad and I would have smartly retired to bed in very short order, knowing we had suitably helped bring in the New Year." Don't be alarmed, Willits police. Plymire says he no longer owns any guns.