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12A Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Feather River Bulletin II mini II li Laura Beaton Staff Writer From the nomadic Washoe Indians to pioneering homesteaders and longtime Sierra Valley ranchers, a woman's life in the valley has never been easy. Elda Fae Ball moved to Sierra Valley in 1946 and later married into the Ball family. She was the curator of the Loyalton Museum for many years. Ball gave a presentation highlighting women's lives and historical families of the Sierra Valley at the 18th annual Women's History Luncheon on March 26. The luncheon is a joint endeavor of the Plumas County Museum and the Forest Service. Museum Director Scott Lawson and Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel gave brief introductions while approximately 60 people dined on a luncheon catered by Back Door Catering. Attendees ponied up $20 each to listen to tales passed down the family trees of several longtime ranching families. There was no g01d in the valley, Ball told the audience. "The gold was the valley and the trees." Over the years there were several mills operated throughout the valley, and several company towns sprang up around the various mills. Ball said the Washoes came into the valley during summertime only; the valley was known as "frozen vaney" because of its severe winters. William Bail, the family patriarch from Virginia, sailed "around the horn" (Cape Horn, Chile, South America) in the 1860s on a quest for gold. When gold mining didn't pan out for Bali, he built sluice boxes and hauled freight to Reno to make a living. The story goes that on one of his trips'to Reno, his oxen got away from him. Near the border of Nevada, Bail trailed them into a canyon, which he fell in love with and subsequently staked a claim for, naming it Ball Canyon. Other Sierra Valley ,Monday Step & Pump * 6am-6:45am Zumba * 5:30pm-6:30pm Thursday Pilates • 5:30am-6:30am Yoga ° 8:20am-9:2Oam Forever Fit • 9:30am-lO:3Oam Zumba • 4:30pm-5:30pm Bootcamp • 5:30pm-6:30pm Tuesday Pilates • 5:30am-6:30am Yoga • 8:20am-9:2Oam Forever Fit • 9:30am-lO:3Oam Core Force • 5pm-5:2Opm Bootcamp • 5:30pm-6:30pm Friday Step & Pump • 6am-6:45am Wednesday Step & Pump • 6am-6:45am Core Force • 5pm-5:20pm Yoga for Athletes • 5:30pm-6:30pm Saturday Zumba • lOam-11am Feather River Fitness 336 Crescent St., Quincy Mon-Fri: 5am-8pm • Weekends: 8am-2pm ",t J