Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 17, 1974 · Page 38
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 38

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, July 17, 1974
Page 38
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By RtTTH YOUNGBLOOD HONOLULU (UPI) - All Eric Chapman and his friends wanted to do was build a clubhouse. The youngsters worked for weeks, gathering lumber, hauling it to Eric's yard and painstakingly putting together the ramshackle walls and roof. The shack, didn't look like much, but the youths were . proud of their efforts and named the clubhouse, "The Reformery." "It was a place for us to go and stay out of trouble," explained 14-year-old Eric. "It kept us off the streets. "We called it the Reformery because we're trying to reform." But someone didn't like the clubhouse and complained to the city building department. It turned out that clubhouses like Eric's, almost an American institution among boys wanting a sanctuary, are illegal in Honolulu. v The inspector issued Eric's mother a citation for an illegal structure and told Eric he would have to tear down the 7-by-lO-foot clubhouse built next to the fence in the frontyard of his home. The clubhouse had been built without a permit, was not at least 10 feet from the property line and didn't conform , to standard approved construction. Wednesday, July 17, 1974 Ukiah Daily Journal—A-15 In Honolulu boy's clubhouses or* illegal Erics fight to build The Reformatory' Eric was told if he wanted to rebuild a legal clubhouse, he would have to get a permit and comply with all the regulations in the city building code. A city building department official explained that the main concern is that "it has to be at least a safe structure. The fact that kids built it does not relieve the owner.of responsibility and liability." "We don't want to be the villain," another . building spokesman said. "But when we get a complaint we have to investigate. If the old one is torn down and a new one conforms to regulations, the citation will probably be forgiven." Eric's mother, Mrs. Beverly Chapman, said that building a clubhouse "is a natural thing for kids to do." ' 'You can't keep track of them if they're meeting somewhere on the beach. I'd much rather have them in my yard." "It all struck me pretty negatively," Eric said. "I was, pretty proud of that clubhouse." Explaining that he had dropped out of school, Eric said building the Reformery was a way of "keeping 'me out of trouble" and giving him experience in construction work, his job ambition. Eric and his mother tipped the Reformery over, hooked it to a car and dragged it about 25 feet down the yard so it would SEMI-ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE JULY 18-19-20th WALL PICTURES • OFF CERAMIC $1 ASHTRAYS 1 While They Last 1 WINDOW SHADES >I While They! Last A TABLE FULL OF GIFTWARE ALL AT Va PRICE ONLY A FEW TIMES ON THE SIDEWALK- FOR THE GREATER SELECTION COME INSIDE... VALUES GALORE IN ALL DEPARTMENTS be located far enough from the property line. But the building inspector said he still didn't think Eric could get a permit for it. The Reformery's future looked pretty grim, until a retired arthitect, hearing of the boy's plight, drew up a set of plans for a new clubhouse and mailed Eric the $3 for 'the building permit. "I -was impressed with the boy's ambition," said Ray Morris. "He's trying to pull himself up and make something of himself. I'm all for that." Morris recalled the pleasure his own son received from a shack, "a place of his own." The retired architect estimated the clubhouse he designed would cost about $300 if the materials were purchased new,' but Eric has already heard of a pig farmer who has some old wood he wants to get rid of. "I like to build things," Eric said, "Doghouses, shelves, cupboards and even a bicycle put together out of old parts. "I build things out of what I can find In rubbish. "I'm a real rubbish picker." Determined to build the architect-designed clubhouse and do it according to the rules, Eric said it will bear the same name as the old one, "The Refor­ mery." UII VMB 17U. •' 'HI, <//i 1, • llll /i. II Save 20% oh all regular weight blankets. Sate 5" to 18 40 Reg. 7.49 to 23.00. Save on all regular weight blankets. They come An many styles, all kinds of quality fibers. Plenty of colors to choose, from. Some are machine washable, tumble dry, for the most in easy\care. Sale prices 'effective thru Saturday. I M&?*m*ss, """ft Save 20% on our entire line of exciting bedspreads. Sale 6 39 to 54 Reo. 7.99 to 68.00. Substantial savings on bedspreads in many styles. Quilted throw styles with geometric prints ar florals. Solid colors, too. Some with matching ball fringe. Most are machine washable and never need ironing. USE YOUR CONVENIENT PENNEY CHARGE CARD : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday OPENING HOURS: 9:30- 5:30. Thursday and Friday 'til 9 p.m. WSH AND BANK CONTRACTS Phillips UKAHIURMITURI Northwest Corner School s, church st 462-5644

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