SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1987 CO UNITY THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Cousins by the dozens attend reunion By FAE WOODWARD and VERNA HAAS Community New* Editor and Family Historian Cousins' memories of bye-gone days were shared this month by members of the Neil, Hughes, Pickle, Jones and Hopkins families during a reunion at Lake Mendocino. These are descendants of early Potter Valley families joined through the marriages of their child- ren. Other familiar family names which have joined them over the years are Guntly, Patterson, and Salisbury. This year's reunion was dedicated to Ora L. (Neil) Salisbury, one of its planners, who died in July. Ora was the daughter of the late Hiram Warner and Delia (Pickle) Neil. Hiram's parents were Mary Jane Hughes and Stoddard Neil. His grandfather, James L. Hughes, moved to Potter Valley in 1865 LcuSuchin after firsl living in Redwood Valley. A nalive of Kentucky, born May 4,1827, James' was born to a family which was on the move. They moved first from Kentucky to Missouri and later to California. The family purchased a ranch in Sacramento County, then later moved to Sonoma County, raising stock in the Santa Rosa Valley James, who first married Mary Wright, a native of Tennessee, May 3,1849, stayed in Santa Rosa with his family and his mother until August of 1858 when he brought the family to Redwood Valley. His wife, Mary, died Dec. 17, 1861, in Redwood Valley. By Mary, James had seven children: Sarah, Mary, Martha, George, James, Lucinda and Francis. Daughter, Mary, married Stoddard Neil. Their children were Hiram, Josie, Frances, Emma, Marvin and Lucillus. Hiram married Delia Pickle, also from an old-Ume Potler Valley family. Their children were Ruth (now Griffitts), Ora (Salisbury), George Stoddard Neil and Mary (Brush). Ruth Griffitts was honored at the reunion as the Neil matriarch. Cousins remembered walking to school as children with Ruth watching after the younger and more frail of them. "There were barefoot boys and girls with long dresses, boots and plaited hair trudging down the lane in bunches, carrying lard-pail lunch buckets," they recalled. Marlon Day, 91, and Ashley Erin Burden, 2 months, were the oldest ana youngest cousins attending the family reunion. Four generations of Nell decendants attending the September reunion were Verna (Salis^ „ K bury) and Alva Haas (seated In front), their son, David (standing) and his wife Cathy «A Ru ?VE$ rXn^pS^Srin ( Howard ) Haas,, (seated far left), granddaughter, Laurale (standing far right) with great ciSJ^i^SSL^S2i granddaughter, Ashley Erin Burden. Laurale's husband, J 3 mes H Burde H n, Is standing Attending the reunion, among the Pickle cousins gathered on the Guntly side, were (I. to r.) John Guntly, Matilda Robinson, Saralu Yates and husband, Don (standing); Lucille Miller, Bernlce Denham and Laurel Hodges (seated). her. and the back of their necks while they waited to walk to school with her children. Other memories of Ihose bye- gone daysjncluded gelling together to build dams in the little creek nearby their home — playing in the mud and waier, and romping in ihe shallows together. The Neils are descendants of an Irish immigrant, Stodard O'Neil, born in Dublin in 1790. He came to this counlry as a young boy and sometime during Ihose early years changed his name from O'Neil to Neil. He served in the War of 1812 when he was 22. His son, Charlie Neil, was born in Virginia May 29, 1808, and in 1829, he married his first wife, Margaret Kennedy. As a child, ChaTlie Neil had lived in Virginia and Tennessee. He and wife, Margaret, lived in Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Before Margaret's death she brought five children into the world. They were Samuel, Stoddard, Louisa, Elizabeth and Emma. Their father served Andrew County, Mo., for two years as sheriff. He later owned property in Nodaway County of that stale. In 1852, he married Nancy Rogers Perry, a widow with two children. The couple also had two children born of their marriage: Lewis Henderson Neil and Harrietl Isabelle (Wallenberg). In 1859, Charlie broughl his family across the plains by ox team, and settled two years in Sonoma. They later moved to Pine Lane in Potter Valley on a piece designated as the John Wipf property. Only one Neil descendant with the family name attended the Sep- tember gathering. It was Eugene Neil, son of George Stoddard Neil and great, great, great grandson of Charlie. The family with the most representatives at this year's reunion was the Pickle family and its connecting Guntly and Day lines. Marion Day, 91, was the reunion king, as ihe oldesl man attending. Amy Day, 88, his sister-in-law, widow of the late Floyd Day, was named reunion queen. Velma (Day) Pickle family best represented at reunion Lawton was honored for having the most grandchildren (13). The family line represented by the longest married couple was the Jones line. Mr. and Mrs. Don Hul- berl of Cloverdale have been married 52 years. Don is a descendanl of Davie Smilh Jones. The Pickle and Jones families go back lo iwo brothers and two sisters, George Washington Pickle and his wives, Mary Ann Jones and Mary Ann Mariah Jones, and John Foust Pickle and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Jones. George Washington and the Mary Anns had 10 children. John and Elizabeth had 12. Elizabeth Jones Pickle wrote in her bible thai her family moved lo Potter Valley in 1877 and settled near the little town of Porno. According loher Bible notations, children born to Elizabeth and John were Hettie, Nancy Ann, Robert Wiley, George William, Mary Ida, Sarah Elizabeth, Effie May, John Andrew, Susan Frances, Dovie Day, Thomas Frederick and Mabel Evelyn. George Washington Pickle and his second wife were the parents of George Washington Jr., Ella (Shelton), Jesse, Martha (Day), William, and Delia (Neil). Jesse married Julia Jackson and his brother William married Sarah Lou Jackson. Jesse's and Julia's children and their spouses were Cecil and Clare Pickle, Vernon (Butch) and Bell Pickle, Raymond and Alma (Michelcic) Pickle, William and Sara Lou (Jackson) Pickle. William and Sara's children and spouses were Frances Vera Pickle, Bessie (Pickle) and Wilson Bailey, Sam and Blanche Pickle, Rob Robert and Addie (Tessie) Carter Pickle, John Foster and Pearl Pauline (Pickle) Gunlly, and Etta (Pickle) and Myrten Christy. John and Pearl Gunlly were parenls of Frances Pauline Guntly, Vernon Frances Guntly, John Richard Gunlly, Malilda Juanila Guntly and William (Bill) Robinson, Saralu (Guntly) and Don Yates, Laurel Ann (Gunlly) and Austin Hodges. They also had two foster children, John and Placila Colon. Back to ihe Neil descendants: Beverly (Neil) Weatherly, who resides in Tuslin, traveled the farthest for the reunion. ' Two-month-old Ashley Erin Burden, daughter of James and Laurale (Haas) Burden of Ukiah was the youngest at the reunion. She also is a descendant of the Neil line. Her grandparents are David and Cathy (Howard) Haas. Great grandparents are Verna (Salisbury) and Alva Haas. -Calendar— SUNDAY MOOSE LODGE BREAKFAST. 8 a.m. to 12, Moose Lodge Hall, 1282 S. State St, Ukiah. BRUNCH STORY TIME, a child-care service of The Dancing Pig Theater, 11 a.m. to 1, Palace Hotel, Ukiah. GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM, open noon to 4:30 p.m., 431 8. Main St., Ukiah. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6 p.m., open speaker discussion, 2181 S. State St, Ukiah. MONDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP AA MEETING, 9:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 8 p.m., 2205 S. State St. (Question and Answers). Call 463-1199. FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES & ADOLESCENT CLINIC, 8'30 a m, to 3:30, Mendocino County Department of Public Health offices, 890 N. Bush St.,, Ukiah. SCIENCE CLASS/CLUB, 9 a.m. to noori for 6-12-year olds; Vinewood Park, on Elm. IMMUNIZATION, TB TESTS & BLOOD PRESSURE clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Mendocino County Department of Public H eallh, 890 N. Bush St. Ukiah. (Except when holiday falls on fourth Monday.) VETS SERVICE OFFICER, 9 a.m. to 3, Indian Health Center, Covelo. PREGNANCY TESTING CLINIC, 9 am to 3.30. Mendocino County Department of Public Health offices, 890 N. Bush St, Ukiah. AEROBICS FOR WOMEN, by Body and Soul, 8:15 to 10^15 am.. Evangelical Free Church. 750 Yosemite Dr. Call 462-2305 or 462-8587. GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM closed on Monday. SENIOR EXERCISE CLASS, 10 a.m., Municipal Park Clubhouse, 600 Park Blvd. SENIOR DAY CARE SERVICES, 10 a.m. to 3, 640 Orchard Ave., Ukiah. Phone 462-7207 for transportation. AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), 1 p.m.. Ukiah Senior Center recreation building. 495 Leslie St., Ukiah. COMMUNITY WORKSHOP, 1 to 3 p.m.. Ukiah Senior Center, 495 Leslie St., Ukiah. STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) CLINIC, 1 to 4 p.m.. Mendocino County Department of Public Health, 890 N. Bush St., Ukiah. ONGOING WOMEN'S SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30-7 p.m., Mendocino Family Services. To register phone 5:50 to 7 p.m. Phone Mira Walker, 462-9029. FREE PREGNANCY TESTING AND COUNSELING, 6 to 8 p.m.. Crisis Pregnancy Center. 331 N. School St, Ukiah. Phone 463-1436.124 hour crisis line). YOUNG PEOPLE'S AA, 6 p.m., 2205 S. State St., Ukiah. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6 to 7 p.m., 2181 S. State St., Ukiah. TOPS (Take off pound* sensibly) CA 1886, 6:30 p.m.. Calvary Baptist Church, 495 Luce Ave., Ukiah. Call 462-0930 or 462-3082. WOMEN IN TRANSITION, therapy and support group, 6:30-8 p.m., Lambs Inn, 445 N. State St., Ukiah. FRONTIER TWIRLERS, square dance club, 7 p.m., Brookside School, Spruce and Lincoln Way, Willits. Phone 459-2100. UKIAH CHESS CLUB, 7 p.m., Sign Shop, 150 Cherry St., Ukiah. SHORIN-RYU KARATE EXPLORER POST 213, sponsored by American Legion, 7-8:30 p.m., Veteran's Memorial Building, corner of Seminary Avenue and Oak Street, Ukiah. Phone 462-0744. YOKAYO BOY SCOUT TROOP 65, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, corner of Pine and Smith streets, Ukiah. DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB. 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 640 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. WHAT'S UP DOC? By Dr. Randall E. Woesner Cataracts: Getting a clear picture The vision of millions of people all over the world is being clouded by cataracts. A cataract is the number one eye disease causing visual impairment in the United States today. Fortunately, with the availability of modern surgery, it need not lead to serious or permanent visual loss. Cataract removal is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. A cataract is the clouding or opacification of the lens of the eye. As this lens becomes cloudy, the vision diminishes, just like looking through a dirty window. At first, the vision may only be slightly fuzzy or foggy, not affecting daily activities. But as the cataract progresses reading, driving, or watching television may be affected. The most common cause of caiaracls is the aging process. Cataract formation is similar in nature to gray hair in that everyone will eventually develop either one if we live long enough. Also, just as with gray hair, some people will develop cataracts at an earlier age than others. It is a fact of life that nearly, everyone over the age of seventy will have some cataract formation. There is no known prevention for cataract formation at this time. On the other hand, there are no visual activilies, such as reading or driving, thai will make a calaracl worse. Cataracts naturally worsen with time, usually taking a few years to become significant. Some can develop fairly rapidly, however. Many will never need it, bul when a calaracl progresses lo ihe point lhat vision needs to be improved, surgical removal is the only treatmenl. There is no sel lime when surgery is required. The decision for surgery is up lo the individual. When a person feels ihe vision is hampering daily activiiies and needs lo be improved, lhat is the lime that the calaracl is "ripe" and ready for removal. Many recent technical advances in microsurgery have made cataracl removal a very safe and successful procedure. As wilh any surgery, complications can occur, but arc extremely rare. Over 95 percent of paiients undergoing surgery regain useful vision. The surgery consisls of removal of the clouded lens and in most cases, a replacement of this lens wilh a plastic lens. This is called an intraocular lens implant or IOL. Prior to ihe.developmenl of ihe IOL aboul 10 years ago, thick and heavy cataracl glasses or contact lenses were required to replace the focusing power lost when the cloudy human lens was removed. The IOL, which is placed inside the eye after the cataracl is removed, has eliminated the need for those external lenses and provides a much more natural vision after surgery. Routine calaracl surgery loday is done in the hospital under local anesthesia as an outpatient. This means no overnight stay is needed. Most normal activities can be resumed the day after surgery. An ophthalmologist is a physician or M.D. who has taken specialized training in the care of eyes, including medication and surgery, including this delicate microscopic surgery when needed. If you feel your vision may be affected by cataracis or if you have any question, contacl your ophthal- mologisl. Randall E. Woesner, M.D.. Board Certified Ophthalmologist, . received his eye training at Vanderbilt University. He has practiced in Ukiah for six years. An educational publication prepared by physician members of the Mendo- clno-Lake County Medical Society. Direct specific questions to your personal physician.
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