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Guy George’s renovation of his 1929 Model A was too beautiful not to share!
We asked Guy to present his photos.

1929 Model A

The frame needed to be “boxed” in for strength; all new or modified cross members and complete modification to fit the 19 gal. LP fuel tank. It took a lot of welding, probably had over 100 pounds of welding dust. I had to custom make all the brackets, including the flat gas tank on the driver’s side. I got pretty good at welding by the time I was done!

Mason and Anika, in the back seat

Our grandchildren, Mason and Anika, in the back seat.

1929 Model A

The interior.

1929 Model A

The instrument panel is made of walnut wood and turned out real nice. I’ve put walnut trim throughout the interior. If was quite a challenge, as I wanted the switches and warning lights to be laser-etched into the wood, and also back-lit. It worked out good, but it was difficult. The gauges are “auto-meter” electronic and they look period-correct for the car. The interior was insulated with padding for noise — carpet pad I took out of the house when I put in a wood floor for Rose.

1929 Model A

More of the assembly process. Very few blemishes in the paint job, but I did have several bugs. After I put the body on the frame, I “cut & buffed” the paint, another learning experience for me. It polished it up real nice. Putting the body and fenders back on the frame was difficult…just about all of it had to be forced into position. I think Henry Ford had this problem when they were new!

1929 Model A

Guy and Rose all dressed up and ready to go…back in time.

1929 Model A

With the trailer, on the way to see America. Guy says, “The car and the trailer are so light, the wind blows them around a bit.”

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“We always had each other”

Courtesy of Joyce Bugbee Coppini, photographs of the family of
Mae (Early) and Clark Bugbee when they lived in the Grizzly Bluff area.

Bugbee Kids

Bugbee kids: All dressed up: from back, left to right, Adrian, Jim;
front row, Bob, Mary and Joyce. Not yet born: baby Jack.

Mary (at left) and Joyce Bugbee about 1946

Mary and Joyce Bugbee, about 1946.
“We were always dressed alike; our mom made all our clothes.”

Bugbee back from the war

Back from the war: Adrian Bugbee, U.S. Marine Corps, comes home on leave before shipping out in World War II. He left before his graduation ceremonies at FUHS. With his parents Clark and Mae Bugbee. In back, playing: his brothers and neighbor kids. Grizzly Bluff.

Stella and Joe Early, Wayne Early, Adrian Early, Mae Early Bugbee and Elwood Early, 1950

From left, Stella and Joe Early, Wayne Early, Adrian Early,
Mae Early Bugbee and Elwood Early, 1950.

Adrian Bugbee, Clark Bugbee, Guy Bugbee (3 generations)

Adrian Bugbee, Clark Bugbee, and Guy Bugbee: three generations. About 1943.

Boarding with the Bryants

Sara Gertrude Hartley of Grizzly Bluff won First Premium (blue ribbon) at the 1926 Humboldt County Fair for her still life which she drew when she was 15 and a sophomore at Ferndale High School.

Rabbits. A pencil drawing by Sara Gertrude Hartley, about 1928

Rabbits. A pencil drawing by Sara Gertrude Hartley, about 1928.

Still life, winner of blue ribbon (open class) at 1926 Humboldt County Fair

Still life, winner of blue ribbon (open class) at 1926 Humboldt County Fair.

Pencil drawing, Sara Gertrude Hartley

Pencil drawing, Sara Gertrude Hartley, probably completed while she was still a student at Ferndale High.

Back of still life, with info on win

Back of still life, with info on win. All Sara’s artwork are owned, and cherished, by her namesake, Sally Hartley Voorhees.


"The Longest Game," drew information from a variety of sources,
including the U.S. census records, with the following especially helpful:

John F. Green, “Joe Oeschger,”
(Society of American Baseball Research = sabr)

The Oeschger quotes are from:
Lynwood Carranco, “Joe Oeschger Remembers”
and Arthur Daley, New York Times, May 31, 1970.

The John McGraw quote is from:
Harold Kaese, Boston Braves, 1871-1953, Northeastern University Press, 2004, p. 182

The next-day reports of the 26-inning game:
“BRAVES-DODGERS IN 26-INNING TIE: Cadore and Oeschger Go Entire Route in Record Game” Boston Daily Globe, May 2, 1920
“BROOKLYN AND BOSTON BREAK BIG LEAGUE RECORD BY BATTLING FOR TWENTY-SIX INNINGS. .. Oeschger and Cadore Go Entire Distance in the Box Without Sign of Weakening.” New York Times, May 2, 1920

Here & Now

Courtesy of Dayton Titus, we have “Favorite Raisin Recipes” from the Raisin Wives of California (1973), a cookbook that belonged to his late wife, Gayle Klingler Titus.

And this is the acclaimed raisin cake recipe:

Brandied Raisin Applesauce Cake

  • 2 cups raisins soaked overnight in brandy and drained
  • 25-ounce jar applesauce
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 3 T ground chocolate
  • 2 t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t each: allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon
  • ¾ cup margarine or shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Sift together 3 times the flour, chocolate, baking soda, salt and spices. Set mixture aside. Cream shortening and add sugars, eggs and extract. Add nuts, raisins and applesauce alternately with the flour mixture. Pour batter into a greased and floured tube or bundt pan. Bake in pre-heated 350-degree oven 60-90 minutes, until done. May be served plain or iced, warm or cold. Flavor improves on aging several days.

(We make a ganache of powdered sugar, butter, coffee and powdered chocolate which we ladle over the cake after it cools and has been inverted from a bundt pan onto a serving platter. We also separate the eggs and whip the whites into stiff peaks and fold into the batter as the last step before baking.)

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