WEST COUNTY’S MONTHLY HISTORY CORNER
The following snippets of history, looking back 100, 75 and 50 years ago are prepared by Mary Dodgion, West County Museum volunteer.
SEBASTOPOL FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL SPONSOR THE PURCHASE OF AUTOMOBILE EQUIPMENT
Fire Chief Scudder yesterday received word from Monte Rio, the little summer resort town on the Russian River, that they were going to exchange their Ford chemical engine and hose carrier for a larger machine and he commenced investigations with the result that the fire department last night voted to purchase this piece of apparatus. At last, Sebastopol will have a semblance of fire protection. Right now we have an old-fashioned hand-drawn hose cart and no chemical engine. At present and past, there are no City funds to make purchases of equipment. The firemen met last night and decided to take the responsibility upon them of purchasing the equipment and will conduct a campaign immediately to raise sufficient funds. The cost of the equipment will be $2,150 and funds will be raised by public subscription
CUNNINGHAM PIGEON SETS RECORD IN FLIGHT FROM OREGON
A pigeon owned by Bill Vier, well known Cunningham resident and former owner of Vier’s Grocery there, accomplished something the Petaluma Pigeon Racing Club has been trying to do for the past 35 years. The bird was released at The Dalles, Oregon, and arrived at its home loft near Cunningham 13 hours and 40 minutes later, flying the entire 516 miles in the daylight hours. It was the only racing bird to reach its loft that day in the entire Central California concourse.
DELIVERY ROOM WAS A VW BUG
Melissa Daralyn Calvi started life recently in a little way-or at least, in a little automobile. Her parents were enroute from Bloomfield Rd., Sebastopol to Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo to have Melissa born. They were driving a VW “bug,” hardly a good substitute for a delivery room. In the birth certificate space for “hospital,” the words, “in transit” were entered, and the street address was given as Sears Point Rd., where the Calvi’s stopped for Melissa’s arrival. The birth certificate also shows her father as the “delivering physician.” The following week the family was presented with a $150 savings bond by Kirk Veale, co-owner of Veale Volkswagen. Volkswagen representatives, Tom McGuen, assistant public relations manager of VW distributor Reynold C. Johnson Co., and Matt Corricelli, regional sales manager for Volkswagen of America Inc. were in attendance and stated that Volkswagen started the award in 1964. Since then 193 children have been born in Volkswagens.