Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 30, 2000 · Page 15
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Communit SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2000 — B-3 More on the history of the postmasters of Willits u/iii;«o . „. .. Willits A fter 1906 the business houses enumerated in Willits were as follows: seven hotels, three lodging "houses, seven real estate offices, two drug stores, four barber shops, two livery stables, two t'.bqot and shoe stores, two photograph galleries, four milk depots, three tailor shops, six billiard halls, three butcher shops, two expressmen, two delivery men, two halls, five ;., restaurants, one undertaking establishment, one feed stable, seven tobacconists, two black- ? ^,smiths, one lumber office and •v yard, 11 saloons, two bakeries, four plumbers, two coffee hous- ^'.es, two laundries, one garage, 16 A v. -merchandising establishments, -two jewelry stores, two whole'.' sale liquor stores, one film the, ater, one fish market, one bot- 'jyiling plant and one newspaper. •' ^Mendocino and Lake Counties '^.History -1914) > I find it interesting that there y^.Avere 11 saloons, which must 'have meant the greater popula- i tion of men frequented . the ^'saloons quite often. •,." Also I did not notice a post [.'..office listed, however, in the jj'Dispatch Democrat in May, hi;!900, it was-noted that, "the • hew post office building is i,| rapidly nearing completion." It fir did not mention where the new (i,post office was, but in 1901 the /jisarne paper noted that "work is tr, being rushed on the new three- •^.stpry hotel of Buckner and Co., • opposite the post office." Again -,. can someone identify where this T might have been? L .'.After Charles M. Willits .1 .death, William Rice became ';• postmaster for a short time until Parker Hall was appointed. Hall was postmaster for nearly nine years. 'Hall died in January 1936 after being confined to his bed -"for just one week. It appeared he had been stricken with a paralysis which, affec.ted his .entire Hjfeht side. During the time he i^as confined to his bed, lie was unconscious most of the time afld did not appear to be in any pain. He was unable to talk and eguld take but little nourish- frient. -1J Parker Hall was born in Massachusetts, Nov. 22, 1850, $ad a few weeks ago celebrated h£ 85th birthday. His father joined the gold rush to California three years after Mr. Hall was born and his mother moved to, Illinois, which she waited for her husband to establish a home in the Golden State and return fo'r her. She died shortly afterwards and her son was cared for '. by an uncle. COMMUNITY NEWS Corporate rule talks scheduled . The Inland Chapter of Alliance for Democracy will present two events dealing with corporate rule. The first is discussion and planning forum on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Ukiah Methodist Church. Paul Cienfuegos, Director of Democracy Unlimited of Hum- ioldt County, will participate in the discussion, which will focus on strategies for confronting corporate rule in our local area. - Paul Cienfuegos was instrumental in the successful ballot initiative in Arcata to open local government sponsored public discussion on the subject of democracy and corporate rule. The second event is a walk in support of Granny D, the campaign finance reform activist. Granny, who has recently turned 90 years old, has walked for over a year across the United States, and is scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C. in early February. The walk will take place Saturday, Feb. 12, starting at 10 a.m., from the Raley's parking lot on South State Street in Ukiah. The walk will proceed down State Street to the south e/id, where Highway 253 intersects, then back to Raley's, fpr a 'bf.10 miles, GraBriy' •* tance. POSTAL HISTORY ofMendodno County By LEA MAYER In 1861, Mr. Hall Sr. returned to Illinois, and shortly afterwards, he returned to California with his son by way of Panama. Upon his arrival in this state, he first settled in Amador county, where he was engaged in mining. In 1869, when Parker was a lad of 18 years, he and his father came to Mendocino County and settled on a farm in this valley, (Willits) after which he sold the ranch and bought one in Ukiahi Valley. Some time ago, Mr. Hall told the writer of a peculiar experience he has when the party he was traveling with were enroute to Willits from the Sacramento Valley. They passed through Lake County and camped at Lower Lake the night the embattled farmers blew up the dam which was flooding most of the best land surrounding Clear Lake. The Spring Valley Water Company of San Francisco built this dam with the intention of piping the water of Clear Lake to that city. After the dam was destroyed, the company abandoned this scheme but Lake County was saddled with a large debt which was paid off but a few years ago. Mr. Hall stated that when the party passed through Lakeport, all of what is now the business section was still under, water and the same was true of Upper Lake. Mr. Hall was very versatile and'could do a number of things better than an average person could do one. After graduating from Cummings academy, he taught in this valley and then took up surveying, which occupation he followed for a great many years. During this time he was a city surveyor of Willits for about 20 years and he laid out most of the additions to Willits. He was appointed postmaster of Willits during President McKinley's first administration and served five years before he resigned. He served several terms as justice of the peace, was a notary public, wrote fire insurance, was a builder and contractor, and finally wound up as a successful farmer. He also owned The Willits News at one time and enjoyed all the blessings and all of the grief that went with that business. Parker Hall and Nancy Case were married in this valley in 1874. Five children were born to this union, only four of whom are living at the time of his death. They are George Hall, Rohnerville; Thomas Hall, Willits; Jesse Hall, Eureka; and Mrs. Tillie Mohn, Healdsburg. There were also nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Hall died about 25 years ago. Mr. Hall and Dorcas Whited were married later and lived on her ranch since that time. Mr. Hall had been a lifelong Republican in politics and had served on the county central committee most of the time for more than a generation. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, for 50 years, and was the oldest member of the Little Lake lodge, both in age and in point of membership. He was probably the oldest Odd Fellow in Mendocino County. An e-mail note came from Charles Walker who had noted the copy of the postal to his relatives, the St. Johns, in Boonville, in the Dec. 19 column. He was quite surprised, not having remembered giving me several postals back in the early 80's. Thanks Chuck for writing and thanks for the cards. They are much appreciated for the collection. Until next time keep on a dig- gin 1 . Hopefully I have succeeded in getting my new computer up and running; seems "Santa" brought me this new fang-dangled outfit and my grandson Andrew set it all up for me, and I immediately proceeded to press a few wrong buttons, getting some ghastly results that I can't even describe, and will try not to do again. There is so much to learn! In the mean time - please would someone out there respond with some further information regarding the postmasters of Willits. Pictures, information, anything would be welcome. Drop me a line at the address below. Thank you to the volunteers at the Held-Poage Research Library for the research done for this article. You can write Lea Mayer do Ukiah Daily Journal, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, CA 95482 or e-mail her at leamayer@pacific.net i Retirement Planning Employee Benefits Estate Planning Tax Planning FINANCIAL RESOURCE SOLUTIONS Tax, Retirement, & Estate Planning Services BARBARA REID CFP, EA 462-4060 or 1-800-559-5377 419 Suite L Talmage Rd Ukiah St. Mary's School Mardi Gras 2000 (Salutes the '70s Saturday, February 5 6 pm to 1 am DINNER! DANCING! GAMINGI Advance tickets - $2$ «ach (must to 21 yews old) nxottw/tfUe: UW«h V«My Uwi*W, Rod'* Show. St Miry's Schoql, Pardini Appliance*, Mendocino BooK Co., Heaven Cent, Travel Time, Leave* of Grass (Willits) Sunday, February 9 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY! Carl Purdy Hall, Ukiah Fairgrounds THE SPACE Anove IB fttstaveo rem POSTAL CA THE 3PA9? 3SLOW 18 FOR THK AOORK88 * ' Above is a postal dated April 1,1905 and sent to the postmaster of Willits asking for mail to be forwarded to C.L. Buttle in Potter Valley. Note the picture of President McKinley on the one penny postal. Find cars, trucks, motorcycles RV's & more in On The Road •"ridavs in the Journal Mardi Gras Salutes the 70s Long Hair, Hot Pants, Disco, Beatles, Watergate, Love Boat, Billy Jean King. Tennis, Star Wars, Dorothy Hamill, Mash... ': Incredible Costume Prizes. " Feb. 5th 6prn-1am j*sjjjsjj&rfJZyjjS*Jjjjj Famous for Fine Produce Red or Green Seedless •• Grapes Our fresl^, crunchy grapes are displayed -: loose, never pre-bagged. A sweet refresher < with only 90 calories per l'/2-cup serving. -; Imported from Chile. '.' Tender Green Beans These sweet, round beans are ideal for casseroles and side dishes. Imported from Mexico. I through February 1,2000. 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