Vera Teague

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24 Tb» TimwtStanfferd. Eui«k», CaMomia Redwood Country by Andrew Genzcli Local people, scenes alive in 'memory' book If you read Vera I. Teague's first book, "From to Teambells," then you will find more pleasant her newest book, "Life With the Old-Timers." It is a filled with memories. Mrs. Teayue resides in Cloverdale, and has spent generous share of her life accumulating memories cover a long trail through Mendocino, and Humboldt, counties -- and then a longer move to Idaho and a mile horseback ride homeward which eventually ended 1922 in taytonville. There are pages of childhood days and homesteading Mendocino County. In 1912 there was a move to County: "In the early spring. Uncle Jess, Papa's brother, came to visit. He lived in Humboldt County. home was in Fortuna . . ." Apparently, Uncle Jess' influence worked on Mrs. Teague's family. She says, remember much about the trip to Fortuna except for beautiful flowers along the way . . I suppose it must taken us less than a week to reach Fortuna." The to work at Hydesville and Blocksburg, and there was barking at McCann's Mill, and Mrs. Teague's mother for the crew. Later, the family moved to Arcata, and then to Creek. In Arcata, the family became acquainted with and Will Rogers who lived in a small house. Some of habits were shocking to (he new arrivals, for she had hair and, surprisingly, wore short dresses. "Another thing I found interesting about Clara, she the first woman I had seen who smoked cigarettes. through a sort of ritual with this, too. She would turn back to you, lift her outer skirt until she could reach patch pocket she had sewed onto the front of her She would take out her little.sack of Bull Durham brown wheatstraw papers and a small block of sulphur matches, having expertly rolled a cigarette she placed between her lips, struck a match and lit it. While keep it lit she replaced her 'makin's', then turned face you again. Should her cigarette go out, she would again turn her back to fumble in her petticoat pocket another match. "I wondered when she turned her back to us and skirt if she did it because of modesty or to preserve secrecy of her sacred pocket. I decided it must be the icr."

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  1. The Times Standard,
  2. 28 Sep 1977, Wed,
  3. Page 24

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