Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 20, 1974 · Page 4
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4—Uklah Dally Journal, Uklah Calif. Friday, September 20, 1974 24-year-old Lynn Curtis crosses U.S. on horseback NEWS about MEftDOCINO COUNTY OMEN Fi* Wood w3 td By FAE WOODWARD A young woman, who says she can't really say she's from anywhere, she has lived so many places during her life time, is going "home" to San Francisco. Lynn Curtis, 24, lived in San Francisco six years — perhaps the longest she lived anywhere — and she decided she wanted to return. She was sitting on a hill in Minnesota when she made her decision. That was in June, and Lynn passed through Ukiah this week on horseback her journey "home" almost completed. A horse trainer, Lynn left her partner in the horse training business with the horse trailer and other equipment and came to California with her quarter horse stud and thoroughbred mare and what she and the two horses could carry. There were plenty of lean days, but Lynn planned well for her two four legged companions and the three, slightly trail worn, are close to their journey's end. Even the best plans of "mice and men go astray" and Lynn, a wise horsewomen, had to change her plans several times to insure the health of her mare in foal and stud. The mare had not been broken before the journey began, but she is now, Lynn says. At first Lynn used the mare only as a pack animal, but later rode her for part of the journey. Still later she decided she could do without all she was packing and shipped much of her pack ahead. When she arrived in Ukiah she was carrying only a small bed roll behind her saddle. Lynn's first unforeseen problem came when the mare sustained a sprain and she had to lie up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Her plans originally were to travel the southern route missing the Great Salt Lake Valley and its desert. Later, however, she changed her route because the drought suffered in Wyoming left little feed along the roadside for the horses. She traveled through northern Wyoming to Idaho, the Saw Tooth National Forest and Boise. Like many Americans who have never traversed Washington and Oregon Lynn expected to find the state of Oregon full of forests with running streams. She found instead a desert in Northeastern Oregon. However, Lynn had done her homework on nature's communities and she and the horses managed well. Lynn says she has eaten many cat-tails, salsify and trout. "The fish must have known I was hungry," she says. "They grabbed my line." However, trail food was not the only food eaten by Lynn, the stud and mare. Many farmers along the way fed Lynn's horses and farm families invited her to sit at their tables. She found people everywhere friendly and eager to give a helping hand. Even the men of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, she flagged down between here and Willits, were willing to help when the stud and mare decided to go for a frolic down the railroad tracks. "At first, they must have thought I was some kid playing a prank," she says. "But, finally, when they realized I was serious they stopped. Lynn explains that the men on the train couldn't see the horses because they were around a bend. When they found out what had happened, she says, they were eager to help. "Can you imagine roping a horse from the front of a freight engine?" she asks. Lynn says she averaged about 30 miles a day across country until she came to the freeways. Paved roads and traffic have slowed her considerably. This was one of the reasons she had chosen to ride beside the railroad track. Lynn's quarterhorse she acquired after he had been torn up on a fence. She nursed him back to health and found him to be an intelligent and versatile animal. Her mare, she acquired because like so many of the thoroughbred strain, she was high strung and difficult to manage. Lynn says she was the worst possible animal for a trip of this kind, but she learned along the way. What will Lynn do with the horses once she has reached San Francisco? She has made arrangements for their care, and hopes she will be able to find work so she can keep them. Horse training is not her only talent. Lynn has worked in public relations and advertising. She is an aggressive, gregarious and intelligent young woman, and will probably have no trouble finding employment. Her complete ease with people from all walks of life probably came from her interesting childhood. With traveling parents, fascinating grandparents and lots of attention in her early childhood, it is no wonder she is an extrovert. The uninjured survivor of a plane crash at the age of 12, Lynn posed for cameramen on the demolished plane's wing. Lynn thinks perhaps her grandmother had some influence on her as a horsewoman, although she didn't give Lynn any instruction regarding horses, but the fact that her grandmother had helped save the studs when Hitler's rampaging army marched across her native Poland, might have had an influence on Lynn. She began developing her horsemanship at the age of 8. She says her grandmother sent money to help when Lynn purchased her first horse. Just as Lynn's grandmother was a refugee from Poland, her grandfather also was a refugee from Russia. She says as a young man he walked from Florida to New York, because he felt that stealing a ride on a freight would be dishonest. "He was an incredibly moral man," she says. Coop Nursery classes began this week Morning classes for three- year-olds and four-year-olds and a new afternoon class began Monday at Ukiah Coop Nursery. A new teacher, Marti Aikman, has joined Gail Mon Pere, director of the school. Gail teaches the morning classes with parent aides and Marti the afternoon classes. This is the first school experience for some of the youngsters, Mrs. Mon Pere points out. Purpose of the nursery school is to provide experiences that will give children a feeling of self-worth and acceptance. Classes are open to all races. The school building at 444 Park Boulevard had a new face for opening day. The new coat of paint was the work of Ukiah Jaycees. Ukiah Coop Nursery is a cooperative in the true sense. Parents run and support the school through minimum tuition and fund raising events. Parents are required to attend ON THEIR WAY - Lynn Curtis, 24, and her transportation — quarterhorse stallion and thoroughbred mare — are shown as they prepare to leave Ukiah on the last leg of their journey from Minnesota to San Francisco. They began their journey in June and traveled on the average of 30 miles a day until they ran into the freeways. It's been a long trip, Lynn says, but they are almost "home." —Journal photo by Fae the monthly meetings to keep abreast of events, or listen to informative speakers. They also take turns serving at the school during classes. This year they are planning to raise money for new toys and equipment. Their first fund raising activity will be the annual Halloween bake sale at the courthouse. Breads, pastries, cakes and pies, for which several members of the parents' group are well known, will be prepared for the sale. Sr. Center menu A menu of low cost meals to be served next week to senior citizens at the Greater Ukiah Senior Center, 319 E. Perkins Street, is printed below. Meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Soup, bread and butter, and a choice of milk, tea, coffee or Sanka will be served with each meal. Free coffee will be served any time during the day. MONDAY Macaroni & cheese or Veal patties-mushroom sauce Potatoes Buttered broccoli Green salad Beans Fresh fruit Orange juice TUESDAY Creamed chicken on toast Hot buttered beets Steamed zucchini Carrots & raisin salad Bread pudding Rhubarb Tomato juice. WEDNESDAY Spaghetti & meat sauce Spinach Cottage cheese Fresh fruit Cake Orange juice THURSDAY Turkey & dressing Cranberry sauce Whipped potatoes Green beans Fruit salad Cake Hot rolls Grapefruit juice FRIDAY Fish or Sliced ham Scalloped potatoes Squash Breaded tomatoes Cottage cheese Jello Sliced peaches Grapefruit, juice • I Frank Zeek teachers honored Dictionary of beef at Frank Zeek were surprised and Teachers school honored earlier this month with a special appreciation luncheon given by the school's Parent- Teacher Association. The luncheon officially opened the organization's activities for the school year. Members of the PTA prepared the food. NEW YORK STEAK (short loin) —Really strip loin; tender flavorful muscle attached to back bone. Covered with an outside layer of fat. Cut for steaks and roasts. Appears in club, T-bone, and Porterhouse. NEW YORK STRIP ROAST (loin eye) —Really strip loin roast; oval bone-in or boneless 12 pound roast cut from short loin section after tenderloin has been removed. Alias: club roast. MOVING OUR NEW LOCATION SOON! Watch for our Grand Opening Announcement The Book Revue GOLDEN RULE MOBILE VILLAGE ADULT MOBILE HOME PARK IN AQUIET SETTING IN RIDGE WOOD VALLEY • Laundromat • Water • Club House • TV Cable • Swimming Pool • Garbage • Spacious Tots at Incl in Rent reasonable rates 1 Mi. Off Hwy 101 -15 Mi N of Ukiah 6 Mi So of Willits - Turn West V* Mi from State Hwy Sign "Campers" Ridgewood Ranch Willits 459-2958 WHITE CANE DAY HELPSUPPORT LIONS WHITE CANE DAYS All Proceeds Used Locally For Signi conservation Sepi. 19-20-21 SPONSORED BY Redwood Empire, Lake Mendocino & Ukiah Lions There will be a CAR WASH Held at Hucks Ukiah Tire on Sept. 19-20-21 < By Appointment) at $2 A Wash with all proceeds going to White Cane. . ^ Contra/ PHntmta 145 EAST CHURCH STREET PHONE (707) 462-4666 UKIAH WILL PLAY IN WILLITS — Dr. Robert Bowman will present a program of "romantic music" at the Willits high school auditorium on Sept. 28. His performance will serve as introduction to the school's new seven-foot grand piano. Dr. Robert Bowman will play in Willits School menu To help mothers of I; school children plan a balanced diet the Ukiah Unified School District publishes each Friday the school menu for the following week. One half pint of milk is served each student with the meal. Below is the menu for next week. MONDAY Manager's choice TUESDAY Beef stew Vegetable sticks Pineapple upside-down cake; Buttered cornmeal roll WEDNESDAY Chili beans Buttered spinach Fruit Cornbread THURSDAY Meat loaf Mashed potatoes Tossed green salad Sliced peaches FRIDAY Grilled cheese sandwich Half an egg Buttered green beans Cabbage & carrot salad Applesauce Grange plans potluck The public has been extended an invitation to attend Ukiah Grange's "Community Night" potluck and social which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Grange Hall on S. State Street. Following the potluck entertainment and games have been planned by Grace Allen, lecturer. A program of "Romantic Music," including works by Schumann, Chopin, and Beethoven, will be presented by Dr. Robert Bowman, associate professor of music at Chico State University, at 8 p.m. Sept. 28, in the Willits high school auditorium. 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