Vera Snider Teague- "Life with the Old-Timers"
Vera league's new book life with Old Timers' off the press EXCHANGE BOOKS — Judge Lilburn Gibson and Vera Snider Teague exchange copies of their books about Mendocino County. Judge Gibson who published the first edition of his book, "74 Years in Mendocino County," in 1966, has had four editions printed. Vera's second book, "Life with the Old Timers," is just off the press. By FAE WOODWARD A book full of warm country living and more than a few good chuckles is just off the press. It is "Life with the Old Timers" by Vera Snider Teague. Author of "From Buckskins to Team Bells," Vera has finally done a book on her own life with such a flare for expression that every sentence is entertaining and informative. She must have been an incredible child to have retained such wonderful memories of her own childhood and of the stories told to her by her parents about their lives. Without any labored effort of description she carries her reader right back into the very households of those who lived in Mendocino County a century ago, clearly picturing the hardships and the joys shared by all- Incidents with the family's minister are some of the most humorous in the book, although none of the pages, even in the most serious situations, are without a special happy glow. The family's ever suffering minister got on the bad side of Vera and her brother, Ernie, when he failed to see the humor of their playing drunk with tea in a whiskey bottle. The resulting antics and the final unexpected end to their series of pranks cant be read with a straight face. A baby, so little it could have been placed in a cup, home remedies that saved a whole family through a dip- theria epidemic and many other true life incidents fill the pages Of Vera's book. She has included her grandmother's plans for an old-fashioned clay Dutch oven and her mother's recipe for soap. In the description of her Grandmother Snider, Vera also included some of this woman's treatments for various ailments and her words draw a picture of a wonderful independent and intelligent woman who contributed much to those in her community. This book is a must for those who are interested in the history of the early pioneers to Mendocino County and especially those of the Laytonville area. Invitation to public by Grange Lorraine Pittman, master- elect of the Redwood Valley Grange, has .extended an invitation to the public to attend the organization's "Community Night" and learn more about the Grange activities. Mrs. Pittman and other new officers of the Grange for 1978 were elected Sept. 23. They include Agnes Hegeman, overseer; Wayne Pittman, Harvey Elmore, Patrick Michael, steward; Debbie lady assistant Ruth Oliver, Frank Carpenter, Hinds, Solgat, lecturer; steward? assistant Solgat, steward; chaplain; gatekeeper; Ted treasurer; Helen secretary; Scheryne Pittman, Ceres; Betty Butcher, Flora; Angela Jacobs, Pomona; Joe Hegeman, third year executive; and Ethel Hinds, musician. "Community Night," gives Grange members a chance to