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Windsor Historical SocietyWindsor WalkCunningham HouseParkerson ’95A Historical Journey to the Past for the FutureApr/May/Jun 2012A Rich Family SagaAn Intimate Look at the Admirable Life of Pioneer Sarah Myers Rich Latimerby Elinor RichMichael’s son John (1760-1838)married Mary Dillon (1767-1857).Mary was born in England. JohnMyers had a mill, distillery and farmin Maryland. The family also lived inBucks County, Pennsylvania, andThe eldest of John and Mary’sthirteen children, Abraham DillonMyers (1789-1872), married MarthaPreston Gillingham (1788-1844). TheGillinghams proudly trace theirancestry back to Yeamans Gillingham(1674-1722) of England andPennsylvania, and his fatherJames Gillingham (1648-?) ofSarah Ann SophiaKent, England. Abraham andMyers Rich LatimerMartha Myers were the parents1826 - 1904of eight children—Sarah AnnThe oil portrait portrays a petite,Sophia Myers (1826-1904) bornpretty lady with an air ofin Lambertville, New Jersey,tranquility. Her 1893 journalwas their sixth child.narrates weather patterns, farmOld letters relate thatchores, prayers, names of friendsAbraham Myers traveled toand neighbors who called.California in the mid 1840s—Tidy little anecdotesafter the death of his first wife,handed down by Sarah’sMartha (Sarah’s mother), in 1844.descendants are only teasingHe returned East, then came backvignettes of a lifetime of twiststo California in the 1860s.and turns of fate. My curiosityAccording to an 1867 map,to learn more about Sarah AnnAbraham Myers owned propertySophia Myers Rich Latimer hasin Sonoma County. An 1877 atlasled me on a ponderous journeyshows that A. D. Myers came tothrough old documents andCalifornia in 1850 and Sonomalibrary references.County in 1854. It is believed thatWhat we know of Sarah’she is buried in the Healdsburglineage begins with her greatcemetery. The Myers plot is easygrandfather Michael Myers, whoto find on the cemetery chart, butSarah Myers Rich Latimerimmigrated to Maryland froma jungle of shrubbery covers the1826 - 1904Germany before 1760. Noarea. The thought of slithery creaturesdocumentation has been discovered to Putnam County, Ohio, where John and in the foliage restrained my furtherreveal any information about his Mary are buried in the Myers family investigation.spouse.plot.Continued on page 6, RichIn 2007 Elinor Rich completed acomprehensive manuscript of her family’shistory. Elinor’s fascinating narrativebegins with her great-grandmother SarahMyers Rich Latimer, a woman whocontributed generously to her family andcommunity.Windsor Historical Society ·· WindsorWindsor HistoricalWalk · Apr/May/Jun2012 Walk · Windsor Historical Society ·Society · WindsorPage 1

President’s MessageWindsor Historical SocietyBoard MembersStephen A. Lehmann, President(H) 838-6152; [email protected] Will Be Ready for HarvestBarbara F. Ray, Vice Presidentand Newsletter Editor836-0101; [email protected] Strong, SecretaryMarilou Del Greco, TreasurerLoren BarkerKen Del GrecoEdna HonsaJosephine RebichDave TurnesHembree House Cultural Center9225 Foxwood Dr.Windsor, Californiawww.windsorhistory.orgMission StatementThe mission of theWindsor Historical Societyis to collect, preserve, anddisseminate the history ofWindsor and theRussian River Townshipthrough museum exhibits,historic sites,educational programsand printed materials.Page 2at WHS’s Hop Festival on September 1Springtime means that the hops wentinto the garden and this year wemoved last year’s hop yard into the moreconventional trellis system thatdominated the Russian River Townshipwhen hops were a major agriculturalproduct. We have twelve plants growingand nine of them are plants that havebeen transplanted from the original yardsalong the Russian River. Today the mostcommon variety of hops are “Cascade”but in the middle of the 20th Century thebest was the “Sonoma County Hop” andthat’s what we are growing. We haveoriginal hops growing on a vintagetrellising system that is just the wayRaford Jones and Bill Beedie laid themout. Come by and watch them grow.Of course in September the hopswill be ready to harvest, so put onyour long sleeve shirts and wide brimhats and join us for WHS’s SecondAnnual Hop Harvest the first Saturdayin September. This year we willincorporate the annual town reunionand serve a sit-down lunch. Whatbetter way to celebrate our heritageand history than at a hop harvest atthe Cunningham Homestead! Detailswill follow.Cunningham House UpdateThinking of the CunninghamHouse, some of you may have noticedthat we are preparing the house forpainting. We have pruned the ancientrose on the east side and will soonopen up two more windows. Thepaint will be a needed improvementbut a new foundation and replacementof the north wall will be next on thelist of essential upgrades. Our goalis to open the house for tours!Annual MeetingJune 20 th will be our annualmeeting and you are all invited toattend. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.and we will be serving hot dogs withtrimmings. The meeting will notinclude elections because all boardmembers were elected or re-electedto two-year terms at last year ’smeeting but we will have availableour annual financial report anddiscuss the previous year’s activitiesand the coming year’s plans. I hopeto see many of you then.Thanks as always and see youaround the Museum.SteveIn the spring of 1908, a viticultural club was organized at Windsor by the hopand grape growers of the Russian River Township. Those in attendance representedmore than 4,000 acres of grapes and 1,200 acres of hops. The purpose of the groupwas to recommend to the legislature laws that would favorably impact the distributionand sale of wine, cider and beer. The following officers were elected: W. L.Cunningham, president; Sheridan Peterson, vice president; William B. Chisholm, secretary, and H. M. [probably Hugh N.] Latimer, treasurer. Directors: W. H. Small, AlMisener, H. G. Reimann, C. W. Jessup, Edward Thompson, and James Crosby.Source: San Francisco Call, 12 April 1908Windsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012

WHS Member NewsHappy 90 thBirthday!toJune 20 , 2012Annual Membership MeetingWelcome New MembersAll WHS members are invited to attendthe Annual Membership Meeting.Santa Rosa, Calif.June 20, 2012Taft Street Winery6:00 p.m.Don & Patty Pratt StevensHembree HouseWeed, Calif.Harold OxsenJuly 12, 2012Wonderful man,faithful WHS volunteer.Hot dogs with all the trimmings will beserved. We hope to see you there.Condolences . . . We grieve with family and friends.John BurtonJulie SandersonDonationsWHS greatly appreciates receivingrecent donations from the following:Elinor Richin memory ofBarbara JonesNancy Sargent JohnsonDonna Rueb CollierOct 22, 1947 - Mar. 9, 2012Donna Collier, age 65, wife of RonCollier, passed away on March 9in her Windsor home with her familyby her side, after a short fight withpancreatic cancer. Donna was born onOctober 22, 1947 in Wishek, NorthDakota to Ted and Helen Rueb. Shegrew up in Ukiah, married Ron, andthe couple moved to Windsor in 1968,where they soon became valuedmembers of the community. Donna andRon were married for 43 years.Donna was the first femalefirefighter in the Windsor FireDepartment where she was awardedFirefighter of the Year in 1976. Prior toand after that, she served as part of theWFD Women's Auxiliary. She heldmany other jobs, too, including workingas a waitress at Mad Lee's, Lil's Caféand Chubby's Diner in Windsor. Donnais survived by her husband, Ron, ofWindsor; son, Troy (wife Deon) Collierof Windsor; daughter, Theresa (husbandDan) Warner, of Cottonwood; and herthree beloved granddaughters, KristiCollier, and Brittney and Kayla Warner.Sharon “Gail” Rhodes BakerMar. 3, 1941 - Mar. 29, 2012Sharon “Gail” Rhodes Baker, age 71,went to her eternal rest on March 29,2012, following a courageous battle withcancer. Gail was born on March 3, 1941,in Nampa, Idaho to Esther and VictorRhodes, and in 1954 moved with herfamily to Windsor. Pretty and personable,Gail was a popular student andcheerleader at Healdsburg High School,graduating in 1959. Gail is survived byher husband of 51 years, James Baker;son Steve Baker and his wife, Laura;son Todd Baker and his wife, Victoria;three cherished grandchildren, Shalyn,Makenna, and Dalton Baker. Alsosurviving are Gail’s sisters, Joy Price andPhyllis Rhodes, both living in the Windsorarea, and many other beloved relatives.After high school, Gail found her niche inbanking and worked at San FranciscoFederal Savings for 17 years. She hadbeen employed with Summit State Banksince 1992 where she was an assistant vicepresident and manager of theMontgomery Village Branch. She alsoenjoyed homemaking, and was an avidGiants and 49er's fan.Windsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012Contributions — large and small —help us preserve Windsor’swonderful history for futuregenerations.Thank you!ImportantReminderMembership Duesare DueWHS 2012-2013 membership renewals are dueon July 1st. For yourconvenience, renewal/membership forms areavailable on our website. Thank you!Cheryl StrongWHS SecretaryPage 3mam

Ella McClelland Welch’s Friendship QuiltWindsor Historical Society sincerely thanks Mary Catherine Cameron Frost for donating a friendship quilt made for hergrandmother Ella McClelland Welch. The quilt was lovingly stitched by members of the Windsor Methodist Church Ladies’Aid Society during the 1920s or 1930s, in honor of Ella’s retirement, perhaps from a Ladies’ Aid Society role. Each ladyembroidered her signature on the quilt block she sewed, ensuring that the recipient would remember the friends who gavethe quilt to her. For those who have lived in Windsor for many years, some of the names below will surely bring backmemories. For those who did not know these ladies, perhaps we’ll have stories about them, and/or photos, in futureissues of the Windsor Walk. If you wish to share a memory of one of the these women, please let us know.Ella Welch, c. 1910Ella Isabella McClelland Welch was born Dec. 24, 1864 to James and Mary Jane CunninghamMcClelland. She was the sister of Clara McClelland Hembree and the granddaughter of pioneersRobert and Isabella Cunningham. Ella married Frank T. Welch on Sept. 25, 1884 and they had fourchildren: James Raymond, born in 1885; Mary Clarita, 1893; Lois Lavinia, 1897; and Lura Isabella,1901. Both Frank and Ella were founding members of the 1905 Windsor Grange, and Ella served asthe grange organist.1 The couple was also active in the Windsor Methodist-Episcopal Church, followingin Ella’s family’s footsteps. Grandfather Robert Cunningham had nurtured the fledgling congregationand was instrumental in the construction of a new church in 1863.2 Ella was a member of thechurch’s Ladies’ Aid Society, and around 1920, Ella and Frank were hosting socials at their Windsorhome to stimulate interest in Sunday School.3 Ella passed away on July 20, 1941 at the age of 77.Left, full quilt. Right,Clara Eagan’s quilt block.Below, Cora Small’s andLulu Butcher’s blocks.Ella Welch’s quilt iscurrently on displayat the HembreeHouse Museum.Quilt Block Signatures: Mrs. Archer, Elsie Bell, Mrs. Brock, Lulu Butcher, Edna Coppedge, Clara Eagan, R. Erickson, Mrs. C.Eweifel, Mrs. A. S. Fuller, Jennie Fuller, Mrs. Henley, Edith Hinkle, Anna Leslie, Mrs. Leubberke, May Luce, Rena Martin, FloraMonti, Ella Morton, Clarice Myers, Bess Richards, Pearl Robbins, Secy., Emma Shane, Edith Silk, Alice Smith, Cora Small,Minnie Small, L. VanWinkle, Ella Vought, Lena Walker.Ladies' Aid Societies or Soldiers' Aid Societies were women’s organizations formed during the American Civil War, dedicated toproviding supplies to soldiers on the battlefield and caring for sick and wounded soldiers. Over the course of the war, between 7,000and 20,000 Ladies' Aid Societies were established.4 As early as 1865, there was a Soldiers’ Aid Society at the Windsor MethodistEpiscopal Church with Mrs. Sarah Myers Rich serving as president of the society.51425The Windsor Herald, 25 Mar 1905Windsor Community Methodist Church, “History of the church 1863-1963,” pg. 43Healdsburg Tribune, “Windsor News,” Nov. 5, 1919Page 4Frank, Lisa Tendrich, Women in the American Civil War, Santa Barbara, CA, 2008, p. 96California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, “Festival at Windsor,”18 August 1865, Vol. 24, Num. 6Windsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012

Jim DuVander’sMemories of Windsor in the 1950sMail Delivery on Route 1They were real mailmen. Women didnot deliver the mail in Windsor then.Two men delivered the mail. One was BillCraven. The other was Cornelius Olsen.But nobody called him that. He was“Corny” to us.Carriers supplied their own vehicles.Corny drove a faded black Model A Fordsedan. This car looked out of date even then.Corny liked to get full use out of his vehicles.Well into the 70s, he was still using his ’29Ford truck flatbed to deliver his grapes tothe Windsor Co-op Winery on WindsorRoad. I remember him with a short cigar inhis mouth. I don’t remember it ever beinglit, however. He just chewed it.Corny delivered on the west side oftown, so we never had him as a carrier,since we lived on Brooks Road on theeast side. But Corny lived on the east side,so he was our neighbor. (In those daysWindsor Creek was the dividing linebetween East and West, not the freewayas it is today.)Bill Craven was our carrier. He had a’48 Oldsmobile with a rare automatictransmission. Most cars were still stickshift then with three speeds and reverseon the steering column. This Olds withthe automatic probably enabled Bill todrive. Bill had one good leg and a woodenone. (He lost his leg above the knee in asaw mill accident before the war.) Thiswould have made shifting a stick difficultfor him. I was impressed with Bill’s drivingskills. He would sit on the passenger sidewith his one good leg alternating betweenthe gas and brake pedals, his left handreaching across to the steering wheel. Hewas quite adept at maneuvering his car inthis strange, angled position. His mail wasarranged on the seat where the drivernormally sits.Bill was a very cheerful, friendly guyand he liked kids. Although some of myfeelings about Bill could be colored bythe fact that at ages 4, 5 and 6 years old, Iwas convinced that all the good that cameto me in the mail originated with Bill. Mymom would try to dissuade me of thiserroneous idea but I could not beconvinced. Somewhere about age 7, itfinally dawned on me that Bill was merelythe carrier, not the source of my goods.One year early on, Bill’s mufflerdropped off his Olds. When he wouldpull away from our mailbox, the loudengine exhaust report would announce thearrival of our mail. After a few years, Billgot around to replacing the muffler, endingthis handy delivery alert.The Montgomery Wards catalogcarried all sorts of things not stocked inthe Santa Rosa stores. I would pore overthe toy section for hours, scouring thepages for something that I could afford.Mom and Dad had very little cash to payfor my toys except on my birthday andChristmas, which seemed to only comeevery ten years. The rest of the time itwas up to us kids to make enough moneyto buy our own toys. Later it would beelectric trains, then bicycle parts thatwould occupy hours of my time studyingthe catalog. My bike had Riverside tires,a “Monkey” Wards brand. Nothing beatthe excitement of something new cominginto my life through the mail.When we opened up our mailbox, ithad real mail in it. There was no junk mailthen. We used 3 cent stamps that had tobe licked to stick. The stamp was mostalways hand stamped with the name ofthe originating post office marked on thecancelation with a date. So we all knewwhen and where it was mailed. The writingwas usually in longhand. Anythingtypewritten was usually bad news. It wasprobably from the IRS, an attorney, acourt summons, the DMV or otherWindsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012The Craven Family, early 1950s. BillCraven had a most unusual way of drivingand delivering mail. Above, he stands withhis wife, Dorothy, and son, Wayne.government tax bill. A postcard was stillone cent. There was no zip code yet. Thatwould come later. Our address was Route1, Box 86, Windsor, Calif. The fact thatwe lived on Brooks Road was notmentioned in our address. Also, the twoletter abbreviation “CA” had not comeinto use yet. So it was Calif.If anyone happened to be near themailbox when Bill came, it was anoccasion for a conversation. We knew Billfrom Grange, Farm Bureau and maybechurch. We didn’t talk to him that oftenso it was an opportunity to catch up onlocal news.Bill was more than a mail carrier to us;he was our friend and participated in givingus a deep sense of community.Page 5

Continued from page 1, RichSarah and John’s WeddingSarah’s marriage to John PenningtonRich of Doylestown, Pennsylvania,took place in Lambertville, NewJersey, May 26, 1846. Sarah wastwenty years old and John elevenyears her senior at thirty-one years.Lambertville is directly across theDelaware River from Bucks County,Pennsylvania, where the Rich andMyers families both have roots.John, Construction EngineerJohn’s work as a construction engineerkept the family on the move from NewJersey to Maine, then to Massachusettsand back again to Maine. Thebirthplaces of their five childrenillustrates the trail of their travelsthroughout New England. The eldestHenry Jackson was born 1847 inLambertville, New Jersey; Emeline P.,born 1849, Portland, Maine; Edmund,born 1853, Sandwich, Massachusetts;Florence Rea, born 1855, Portland,Maine; and William Burr, born 1860,Westbrook, Maine.Infrequent letters from Sarah’sfather, Abraham, and brother, Jackson,extolling the wonders of California,planted dream seeds on the fertileground of discontent. Lengthy,sometimes heated, discussions tookHill School, 1892In memory of herhusband, John P.Rich, Sarah MyersRich donated oneacre of land to beused as the site ofa primary schoolfor pioneerchildren in thedistrict. The schoolwas named HillSchool for its firstteacher, RobertHill.Page 6place. Sarah declared that her healthcould not take another harsh winter.John would be well paid for hiswork in California, but did they wantto make the large expenditure requiredto move from the East Coast to thewilderness of the West? Hopeful plansof escape developed and grew intopossible reality as his work on animportant toll road in New Hampshireprogressed. It was a colossalundertaking, up Mount Washington, themonarch of the White Mountains, andJohn’s obligation to complete theprecipitous, eight-mile roadway up theside of the unyielding mountain keptthem bound to the commitment.Preparation for realization of theirdream seemed to take an eternity. Theyclosed business connections, packedhousehold furnishings for shipmentaround Cape Horn and said theirgoodbyes to friends and family.in saddle bags, one on each side of apack horse. A ship on the westernside of the Isthmus took them to SanFrancisco, where they arrived onMay 18, 1862. After resting for oneday in San Francisco, they continuedthe last part of the journey to SonomaCounty.Sarah expressed her delight withthe new homestead by writing in herjournal about the oat grass as tall as thehorses, wild life in abundance,California Indians, and the glorious mildweather. They had indeed discoveredthe Garden of Eden. But not for long.Farming the homesteaded 480acres adjacent to properties owned bySarah’s father Abraham Myers andbrother Dillon Myers began in earnest.The ranch location in a secludedvalley offered a small, spring-fed lakeof both fresh water and mineralsprings. The Indians believed thesprings to have medicinal powers. AnSailing to San Francisco andaccumulation of Indian artifacts haveSettling in Sonoma Countybeen found throughout the valley andJohn and Sarah, with their four in the hillside caves the Indians usedchildren, sailed from Boston on April for shelter.10, 1862, and left the ship at theIsthmus of Panama. The bitter coldFirst Death in Californiawinter of Maine sharply contrasted John Rich resumed his career inwith the tropic heat as they walked mapping out and constructing the roadsacross the Isthmus. The two younger through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.children, Florence and Willie, rode In a few month’s time, he becamegravely ill with malaria. Most likelythe disease was contracted in Panama.John Pennington Rich died November12, 1862. The first death of a familymember in Sonoma County necessitatedthe grim task of designating a small plotof land for a cemetery on the ranch.John is buried on a wooded hilltopoverlooking the small valley.In memory of John P. Rich, Sarahdonated one acre of land to be used asthe site of a primary school foreducation of pioneer children in thedistrict. The school was named HillSchool for its first teacher, RobertHill.Continued on page 7, RichWindsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012

Continued from page 6, RichNo Time to GrieveJohn and Sarah’s shattered dream of anew life together in California driftedinto the reality of a ranch to run andthe care of two teenagers and twosmall children. Time to grieve wouldhave to come later. Sarah managed theranch, the children, hired help, andprovided food and shelter to those inneed. Her compassion extended to theIndians living in the valley. We havebeen told of one occasion when anailing Indian woman came to her forhelp. Sarah gave her some hot,nourishing soup, then turned to thestove to stir the pot when she heard afrightening sound of collapse. TheIndian woman was face down in thesoup, passed on to the happy huntingground. Did Sarah attend to her burial?Or did the Indian family membersattend to the ceremony with their tribalritual?Sarah named the ranch Glen ValleySprings. The highest hill she called Mt.Pleasant, and a favorite trail becameDark Canyon. The names of theselandmarks remained through the nextfour generations who carried on theranch operations.From Sarah’s writing in her diary,one can easily detect the spiritual andmoral strength of this tiny woman. Sheoften took herBible and walkedthe scenic trailthroughDarkCanyon with itssmall stream ofwaterfalls and ferncovered mossywalls.Herdescendants wouldfollow this sametrail wending itsway to the top ofMr. Pleasant to Lorenzo D. and Sarah Rich Latimer Home. After Sarah Richview the larger and Judge Lorenzo D. Latimer wed in 1865, they built aseventeen-room home on Sarah’s property to comfortablyvalley below. Theaccommodate their newly combined family of eight—twor e w a r d i n gadults and six children.panoramic scene ofa patchwork of farm lands never lost its worrisome consternation. Alas! Alas!allure. The valley train puffed along to The curse of drink, she wrote in herannounce its presence with a shrill journal.Dillon built a winery on his ranchechoing whistle intruding upon thewhichwas across the road from Sarah’ssilence. The Russian River flowed onits way to the ocean, and the western property. Dillon was his own bestcoastal hills were an ever–changing customer. His mortal remains werediscovered in the winery October 11,color wheel.Away from the demanding clamor 1902. Dillon’s unhealthy addictionof a busy household, Sarah relaxed in claimed its price at age 73.quiet solitude on Mt. Pleasant to readJudge Latimer Comes Courtingher Bible and indulge in prayerfulmeditation. Sometimes she found Lorenzo Dow Latimer, a widowerpeace, and other times she would fret with two sons, came to call. Sarahabout the current problems. Her brother became acquainted with thisdistinguished gentlemanDillon’s drinking habits caused herGlen ValleySprings Resort,early 1900sWilliam Burr Rich,standing right, andElla Faught Rich,seated left, relaxwith their sonsClarence, Edwin,and Stuart. Thesenatural springswere also enjoyedby local Indianslong before thearrival of easternpioneers.Windsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012Above, Sarah’s grandsons Clarence andStuart Rich boat with Glen Valley guests.Continued on page 8, RichPage 7

Continued from page 7, Richthrough professional services renderedshortly after the Rich family arrived inCalifornia. He also had advised Sarahin the disposition of John’s estate. Mr.Latimer maintained a successful lawpractice in Santa Rosa, where heresided.On November 17, 1865, Sarah andLorenzo married. Their combinedfamily of six children (ages five toeighteen years) necessitated building aseventeen-room house on Sarah’sproperty. The building site selectedprovided a picturesque settinglandscaped with trees and grape arborsbordering the small lake.President Grant appointed Mr.Latimer United States Attorney in1868. The prestigious assignmentrequired upheaval of family andhousehold belongings to anotherresidence on California Street in SanFrancisco. Judge Latimer’s entourageadjusted from country living to citylife. Invitations to politicalreceptions, social events andentertaining at home exposed thechildren to another lifestyle quitedifferent from country familygatherings and neighborhood eventsin Sonoma County. Sarah’s silvermesh evening bag and tiny operaglasses are all that survived from thisera. For a time her gowns were usedas costumes in great-granddaughterGrace Rich’s drama classes atPetaluma High School.The Children’s Weddingsand One FuneralSarah’s daughter Emeline met ElliotCofer during their stay in SanFrancisco. Emeline and Elliot’swedding took place at Glen ValleySprings Ranch in 1873. They madetheir home in San Francisco whereElliot later became vice-president incharge of foreign accounts at WellsFargo Bank. Sarah’s other threechildren took spouses from SonomaPage 8County. Henry married Mary EllenCurtis in 1879; Florence wedFrederick Utley in 1875 and a secondmarriage to Frank Sweet took place;William married Ella Faught in 1883.Judge Latimer’s sons also favoredSonoma County brides. Hugh Latimermarried Selma Kingsbury in 1890 andLorenzo P. Latimer (a renowned artist)wed Jenny Phelps in 1893.A period of deep mourningoccurred with the passing of Sarah’seldest son Henry on October 8, 1888.Glen Valley Springs ResortIt is not known when Sarah returned toSonoma County to stay while JudgeLatimer remained in San Francisco,keeping his office in the NevadaBuilding. They decided to turn GlenValley Springs into a summer resort.Since they were entertaining SanFrancisco acquaintances at theircountry residence, it seemed a goodidea to turn the endeavor into acommercial project.A seven–room guest house wasbuilt to provide additional lodging. Thenew bath house offered soothing watersfrom hot sulphur springs. To promotethe resort accommodations William B.Rich prepared a brochure illustratedwith photographs:Glen Valley SpringsHave you thought where you aregoing to take your summer’s outing?Perhaps we have just the place inGLENN VALLEY SPRINGS. Thisbeautiful homelike retreat is situatedin the rolling hills, ten miles north ofSanta Rosa and three miles east ofWindsor, its nearest station on theSan Francisco & North Pacific R.R., sixty miles from San Francisco.While it is practically the firstyear this charming spot has beenopened to the public, this fact willcommend it to many. Thepicturesque setting of the housesurrounded on all sides by manyvarieties of shade and fruit trees,offers at once an attractive welcometo all. In fact the place looks justwhat it has been for many years,the summer home of Judge L. D.Latimer and family.Within a stone’s throw of thehouse is the lake. This body of wateris fed by fourteen large Iron Springs,and by its location and size affords,at once, every opportunity forboating and swimming.A large Sulphur Spring furnishesan abundant supply of water for hotand cold baths. In season there isgood hunting and fishing.A special feature will be anumber of teams, with carefuldrivers, who will take guests to allpoints of interest, such as theGeysers, Russian River, PetrifiedForests, etc., at reasonable rates.Hotel rates, 8.00 to 10.00 perweek.Railroad fare from San Franciscoto Windsor 1.95, single.Saturday to Monday, 2.95,excursion round trip.Sunday only, 1.95, round trip.A stage meets the trains atWindsor.Hot Sulphur Baths free.For further information andspecial rates, addressW. B. RICHWindsor, Sonoma Co., Cal.Glen Valley Springs thrived for ashort while under the management ofSarah with the entire family of Rich andLatimer offspring working to make it asuccess. I have been told that the resorthosted many San Francisco families,and the National Guard held anencampment near the lake at one time.Sarah’s 1893 journal makes no mentionContinued on page 9, RichWindsor Historical Society · Windsor Walk · Apr/May/Jun 2012

Continued from page 8, Richof resort activity. By this time GlenValley Springs had become a workingranch with daily chores managed bySarah, her children and grandchildren.Judge Latimer’s occasional arrival bytrain from San Francisco is mentionedin Sarah’s diary with notations of afamily member or a hired hand drivinghorse and carriage down to the village(Windsor) to meet Mr. Latimer.Judge Latimer’s DeathMakes HeadlinesMany newspapers carried the 1901obituary of Judge Lorenzo Latimer, whowas renowned in California’s judicialand political circles.A PIONEER AT RESTJUDGE L. D. LATIMER HAS LAIDDOWN LIFE’S BURDENOne of Oldest Settlers in SantaRosa Died at His Late ResidenceNear WindsorThe lengthy laudatory accountconcludes: Surviving the pioneer,besides his wife, are two sons, L. P.Latimer, the renowned California artist,whose wife is a daughter of AmosPhelps of Healdsburg Avenue; JusticeHugh Latimer of Windsor, and a marrieddaughter [probably Sarah’s daughterEmeline] residing in San Francisco.There are also several stepchildren.The funeral will take place tomorrowmorning at 10 o’clock from theresidence. The cortege will arrive atRural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, at 1o’clock in the afternoon.Dividing the EstateMr. Latimer’s will does not mention hiswife by name—only a notation of her rightin legal community property interest. Mr.Latimer’s two sons, Lorenzo P. Latimerand Hugh N. Latimer, were

moved last year’s hop yard into the more conventional trellis system that dominated the Russian River Township when hops were a major agricultural product. We have twelve plants growing and nine of them are plants that have been transplanted from the original yards along the Russian R