March 2, 2014. Issue #11 Ed TePas, Editor.
We hope you enjoy these updates from the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library.
Did you know that our library's DVD loans nearly equal the number of book loans? It seems that for many people in Round Valley our library provides the only practical and affordable way to enjoy movies. The library recently received a donation of 2000 DVDs! A group of volunteers is hard at work helping Rachel add these to the newly reorganized DVD collection. However, this has created a need for a high-quality DVD cleaner. Although Main Street Music generously gives our librarian free use of their DVD cleaner in Willits, this is not practical (i.e. going to Willits), so we will need to purchase our own DVD cleaner, costing $2000. If you wish to help, you can now make credit card donations online to the Friends of Round Valley Public Library by clicking here
book, published in 1997, was the initial fund-raiser for the new Round Valley Public Library. Two visionary library supporters, Floyd Barney and Elmer Bauer, compiled and edited the book. Their story, seen below, is compiled from the Families
book, conversations with June Marie Drewry (Elmer's daughter), Vonnie Daniels (Elmer's granddaughter), and Deanna Barney (Floyd's wife).
Elmer Bauer (1909-2005)
lived his whole life in Round Valley and was a rancher like his dad. His daughter June Marie Drewry manages June Marie's Western and Gifts store in Covelo with her daughter, Vonnie, and granddaughter, Sarah. Elmer's son Donald recently moved from a lifetime in Covelo to Red Bluff to be close to his sons there. When Elmer found out he had colon cancer at age 62, he sold his ranch so he could travel with his wife Marie, who was a primary school teacher. They went to Alaska, Canada, Idaho, and Indiana, where Elmer's paternal grandparents were from. He served on the local school board several times. In his retirement Elmer began collecting pictures of the people of Round Valley. He soon discovered that Floyd Barney (1937-2006)
was also interested in the history of Round Valley and loved meeting people. Floyd had also lived in Round Valley his whole life. His ancestors were Scots and his wife Deanna is Native American. They have three sons. Floyd was a Navy veteran who worked in the lumber mill in Covelo for about six years after the service. This was followed by a position in the Forestry Department from 1965 to 1992 when he retired. At the time of his death in 2006 Floyd was president of the Friends of Round Valley Public Library.
After years of home visits, collecting pictures, identifying subjects, digging up manuscripts, editing, and discarding; the Bauer-Barney team had more than enough material to publish a book. They were both dedicated to making our valley a better place and for this reason they wanted to put the book sale profits into a library building fund. Alas, there was no money to print any book, much less one with close to two thousand pictures in it. In this case the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was the J. M Long Foundation, which had family connections to Round Valley. Also, the State Librarian of California, Dr. Kevin Starr, secured a grant of Federal Library Services and Construction Act funds to complete the funding. Ed Farris of Farris Graphics, Covelo, did the design and production for a run of 5,000 books printed in Hong Kong.
I remember being at a Friends meeting in 1997 with Floyd when he proposed we sell the hard cover edition for sixty dollars. I and the other two Friends there were dubious (aghast?) that the Families
book could sell at that price. In the end it did. The initial burst of sales soon raised $100,000 which proved to be a gold mine of start-up money when plans for our new library took off in 2006. Two pallets of books remained in June Marie's storeroom for about ten years before Marylou Mileck volunteered a home for them in the more spacious M&M Feed Store, freeing up much-needed space in June Marie's. Sales continue to trickle in from all over the USA. You can buy the book at our library, June Marie's Western and Gift Store, or Amazon.com for $30 (hardback) or $15 (paperback). All profits go to the maintenance of the Round Valley Public Library. Pictured: Floyd (left) and Elmer carry the first box of Families books into June Marie's store in 1997.
What You Will Find
Preparing for this newsletter I finished reading all 338 pages of the Families
book. The effects of fast food had not yet created the corpulent America we know today. So many fit looking people of all ages and colors. You want to know about Round Valley street names? You can find pictures for the sources of: Barnes Road, Biggar Lane, Branscomb, Frasier Lane, Henderson Lane, Hopper Lane, Hurt Road, Short Creek Road, Perry Street, Lovell Street, Tabor Lane, Ledger Lane, Hopper Road, Logan Lane, Perry Street, and Dingman Street (no picture, Oliver, died 1898, buried in Valley View Cemetery). I found no indexed names for Crawford, Howard, and others not mentioned.
Judson Liftchild recalls something that just might fit many of us in Round Valley today: "When I lived here Round Valley had more odd characters and peculiar personalities than any other place that I know of. The happy go lucky manner of living tended to develop idiosyncrasies which would have been suppressed in a more populated community." [Judson Liftchild, 1920, p.25]
Here's a final word from Liftchild on the everlasting reputation of lawyers: "Among the attorneys who flourished during my residence in Covelo, the most celebrated was Car Chambers, who enjoyed the reputation of being so crooked that he couldn't fall down a well." [Liftchild, p. 29].