Who Poisoned My Grapes?

If you travel the Highway 101 corridor or as I do you see the remnants of the great transporter of the 20th century: the Northwestern Pacific Railroad line. I think there is still a trestle somewhere south of San Rafael that can be seen from Highway 101. Certainly you can see the new rail lines […]

Charles Shaw Fishing

My friend and client Ed Beard told me about a new couple in the Napa Valley. They had bought a small parcel and built a small winery and home. Ed suggested to me that they might be a future client of mine. At that time I was vineyard consulting for ten or so vineyard owners […]

Charles Shaw Fishing

My friend and client Ed Beard told me about a new couple in the Napa Valley. They had bought a small parcel and built a small winery and home. Ed suggested to me that they might be a future client of mine. At that time I was vineyard consulting for ten or so vineyard owners […]

An Old Hopland Hand Visits The Coast

After stopping in at the AVA offices recently, we continued up Anderson Valley finally getting to the magnificent redwood tree tunnel. My intent was to stop at Dimmick Park, a place I had visited when I showed livestock at the Boonville Fair. The 4-H Youth Advisor back then would take us down there to see […]

Sunset & Growers

On Wednesday evenings during daylight savings time a local winery offers a late evening opportunity to visit their tasting room and see the sunset. They have a beautiful facility with a covered porch facing the west. Tablecloths cover large round tables for ten people. Shirley and I got there early so we took two chairs […]

Tom Bowles Remembered

Tom had been an Ag teacher around Ukiah for many years. He started in Covelo with his lovely wife, Betty. At some time after he moved to Willits, Potter Valley, and Ukiah where he taught agriculture. My history also indicated he was the FFA Instructor. At the Ukiah Fair he helped to start the Junior […]

There Went The Judge

Just north of Hopland on the west side of Highway 101 is a nice White House. It has always been known as The Manning House. As I was growing up in the 1950s it was also known as the home of the Hopland (Sanel) Justice Court. The judge was a Mr. Manning who was also […]

The Finne Winery

The Finne Winery was built in the 1880’s and was probably the oldest winery at that time in Mendocino County. Louis and Margarette Finne came to Redwood Valley in the 1870’s from Europe. Margareta came from the area of Alsace France. I cannot fine where Louis came from. They purchased some property in Redwood Valley […]

Junior Livestock Auction

My research indicates that in 1960 a committee was formed to start a Junior Livestock Auction for Mendocino County. 4-H and FFA members could sell market animals that they had entered in Junior Market Animal classes at the fair through the auction to individual buyers who were mostly from Mendocino County. Major supporters and members […]

Doctor 4-H

Dr. Preston owned a two story building that still stands today at the corner of Little Lake and Lansing Street in Mendocino, across from the then Preston Mansion. The building was originally built for Independent Order of Foresters. Later it was occupied by the OddFellows. It is still referred to today as the OddFellows Hall. […]

Whistle Stops & Stations Along The Old Rail Line

The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad was extended into Mendocino County in the late 1880s. The railroad traveled north along the Russian River. If you travel up the railroad from the County line there were six whistle stops or stations. Many of them have been forgotten about over the past 100 years or so. […]