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Subject: [MarinGenSoc] Pages From The Past
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 09:34:18 EST
Pages from the Past
Stories from the archives of the Novato Advance
Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:43 PM PST
Compiled by Mike Read
85 Years Ago
Laid at Rest - The funeral of Mrs. Marvin Cain, who passed away Friday,
Nov. 6, was largely attended Sunday by friends and neighbors, who gathered to
pay the last tribute of respect to one loved and respected by all who knew
her. The funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church. Rev.
Chas. Christensen delivered a splendid talk, paying an eloquent tribute to the
departed as a neighbor and friend.
Deceased was born in Lexington, Ky., on March 26, 1846. Early in life she
married Marvin Cain and together came to California and settled in this
valley in January, 1899. For 62 years this couple lived a happy, contented life,
winning friends by their kindly deeds ad sympathetic natures.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Cain is survived by two sons, J.W. and A.J. Cain,
both of whom are prominent business men of Novato, and four daughters -
Mrs. Jane Myers, of Montana; Mrs. Olive Ricker, of Gardiner, Ore.; Mrs. Lydia
Moore, of Montesano, Wash., and Mrs. Ida DeRosa, of McNear's Point, this
county. All of these attended the funeral, excepting Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Moore,
who were too ill to make the trip. “Mother” Cain, as she was affectionately
called, will be missed in Novato, but her influence will live on.
A World's Record - The egg-laying contest held at Utah ended this week, and
the pen of James Gage, the nationally well-known poultry raiser, won first
place, producing 2,488 eggs. This is a wonderful victory, when is considered
that all but 18 of the eggs were laid the last 10 months. When the Novato
birds reached Utah they went into a molt, owning to the change of climate and
feed. Consequently they were far down on the list of contestants; but when
the biddies got to work they steadily gained, and at the end distanced all
competitors. The number of eggs laid by the pen of 10 from the Indian Valley
Hatchery exceeded the highest pen in the Sonoma County Farm Bureau contest
at Petaluma by 50 eggs, notwithstanding the handicap caused by the hens going
into complete molting at the beginning. The Indian Valley Hatchery is
recognized as one of the best in the country, and as the egg-laying quality of
the chicks becomes known the demand for the birds becomes greater.
75 Years Ago
Constable Appreciates: I wish to commend the young people of Novato for
their fine spirit of loyalty and wholesome sportsmanship displayed Hallowe'en.
Also may I thank my friends who assisted in maintaining this high standard.
Fred C. Nave, Constable Novato Township.
On Armistice Day, at Berkeley, a great man, president of a great utility,
passed to the great beyond. A.F. Hockenbeamer, president of the Pacific Gas
and Electric Company, closed his 64th year, a heart attack causing the end.
Mr. Hockenbeamer rose from humble ranks to the high position of president
of the largest organization in the state. He directed the affairs of his
company in the interests of the people, always reducing the costs of its
products when business warranted.
In the death of Mr. Hockenbeamer, the people of the district he served, as
well as the whole state, lose a friend, whose career was remarkable because
of his doing ordinary things on a large scale, and doing them wonderfully
well. He was a man among men, whose recreations were his work and his garden -
a man of simplicity of taste even in high places.
50 Years Ago
The city will take over the lawsuit to obtain the Novato Community
Clubhouse, the city council decided last night. “We can't sit by passively,” said C
ouncilman John Angeloni, when making a motion to join Al Bowman and proceed
as plaintiff in Marin Superior Court against the present club directors. “We
owe it to the citizens of Novato to proceed.”
The suit against Novato Community Club Inc., was instituted several months
ago by Al Bowman, who claimed it was the intention of the original directors
of the club that the City of Novato, if and when it became incorporated,
operate the club. Bowman's complaint alleges that the first bylaws stated that
it be turned over and a public trust was created when funds were solicited
community-wide for the building.
Members of the board of directors of the Novato Community Club on Monday
night voted to stop negotiations with the city regarding the possible title
transfer of the Community Clubhouse until the pending lawsuit is concluded.
The session was preceded by a plea from board member Harry Overly to turn the
club over to the city “with strings,' ensuring the future use of the
building by the club, or at least with a gentlemen's agreement to do so. Mrs.
Robert Merritt's motion that the board go on record as favoring the turning of
the club property over to the city died for lack of a second. In his plea for
relinquishing the property Overly pointed out that the club building needs a
n expensive overhaul. If the city owned the club, said Overly, the cost of
maintaining it could be spread throughout the community.
25 Years Ago
Marin County Supervisor Robert Stockwell says he is outraged over a memo
from San Francisco Foundation Executive Director William Paley regarding the
Buck Trust lawsuit. The memo, filed as part of a document in Marin Superior
Court, reportedly says Paley decided to break the terms of Beryl Buck's will
rather than change the structure of the foundation to accommodate the will.
Meanwhile, Marin officials will go to court this week in an attempt to stop
payment to foundation attorneys who are pressing the lawsuit to break the
Marin-only provision of Beryl Buck's will.
“We feel the trust should not be paying for the lawyers to break the will,”
Foundation attorneys have billed more than $500,000 in legal fees,
Stockwell said. Last week they submitted another bill for $466,864.
The Novato Newcomers Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a
Christmas cocktail party. Any new residents who have lived in Novato less than two
years are invited to attend. Forks and Fingers of Bel Marin Keys will cater
the affair, which will feature hors d'oeuvres. Wine and champagne will be
available as well as a complimentary punch. The Newcomers are a social club.
Hikes in Novato
Events presented by the Marin County Open Space District are free, and no
reservations are required, unless otherwise noted below. A walk that is
designated a “family walk” is for all ages.
Learn about the frogs, salamanders, nets and other amphibians that call
Marin County home Thursday, Nov. 18, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Meet at the auditorium
of the Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. To get there
from Hwy. 101, take the Bel Marin Keys exit east and turn left at the
signal at the bottom of the overpass.
A more active hike takes participants “Over the Top: Olompali to Burdell”
Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group will use a car shuttle to
allow participants to hike one-way starting at Olompali State Park,
stopping for lunch at the summit, and then descending through Mount Burdell
Preserve. The challenging hike is 9 miles long, with an elevation change of 1,400
feet. Meet at the San Andreas trailhead; bring lunch and liquids. To get
there from Hwy. 101, take the Atherton Avenue-San Marin Drive exit west on San
Marin Drive for 2.3 miles and turn right on San Andreas Drive. The trailhead
is near the end of the road on the right.
The Catholic Adult Singles Association will tour the U.S.S. Potomac at 11
a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The ship served as the presidential yacht for Franklin
D. Roosevelt and is berthed at Jack London Square in Oakland.
Join the group for a movie and a bite to eat afterward on Friday, Nov. 26.
The group's Christmas Party will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at Rickey's
Restaurant in Novato. Cost of $35 per person includes salad, choice of several
entrees and dessert, plus music by Kirk Huget and the “Namely Us” band.
Reservations will be accepted through Thursday, Nov. 25, at the P.O. box below.
Members are also asked to mark their calendars for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5,
to attend the Christmas Candlelight Concert at St. Raphael's. Call 479-8100
to purchase tickets.
CASA is for Catholics who are single, or single again. To join CASA and
receive the club's monthly newsletter, send a check for $20 (or $15 with
e-mailed newsletter) to P.O. Box 4195, San Rafael, Calif. 94913.
For more information, call Bob at 897-0639.
OLL Christmas Lunch tickets available
Tickets are now available for the Our Lady of Loretto Christmas Luncheon,
slated for Friday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church's Parish Hall.
Included in the day's festivities are a Christmas Boutique that will
feature handcrafted items, a book fair, a performance by the OLL Choir, a silent
art auction, class basket raffles, door prizes and bingo. The cost is $35 per
person. Bingo cards will be sold separately. Lunch, catered by Tagliaferris
Delicatessan, will feature a mixed green salad, choice of Italian pork
tenderloin or butternut squash ravioli, and homemade cannoli for dessert.
The blackout -bingo is a fully decorated Christmas tree donated by
Pronzini's Trees of Petaluma.
Chairperson is Jennifer Page. Boutique chairperson is Denise Smith.
Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Nov. 24. Reservations may be made by
calling the OLL School office, 892-8621. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of Loretto
Church bake sale Sun.
Presbyterian Church of Novato Youth are hosting a bake sale on Sunday, Nov.
21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church with the proceeds going toward
helping the youth go on their service mission trip to Costa Rica next July.
The church is located at 710 Wilson Ave. in Novato. Call 897-6152 for
Marin Co., CA
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