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6A Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Party set for new hall Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com After almost 20 years of dedicated work, directors of the Cy Hall Memorial Muse- um are ready for a grand opening celebration mixer Friday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m., with a special recognition program at 6:30 p.m. The museum is located on the corner of Main and Mill streets, in the building many old-timers will remember as Miller's warehouse. The old bat and board sid- ing as been restored, and ma- jor improvements have been made to most of the 141-year- old structure, though mostly by refurbishing and reusing either what was already there, or salvaged lovingly from other historical build- ings in town. Greenville residents Brad Smith and Mavis Somers have done a lot of that wood- work, and they have covered over timeworn blemishes in some rather creative ways. If one looks closely a the main entry doors, the first thing to notice will be the burnish in the restored, an- cient wood, and then, if un- able to resist caressing that wood, one will find where old square nails have been used to plug old screw and nail holes. It would have been easier to fill the holes with putty, colored to match the wood, but not nearly as interesting. The brass light fixture hanging over the front counter, for example, was once hanging in Miller's Hardware Store, which is now Village Drug Company. A photograph of that light fixture in its original loca- Both Cy Hall and Bidwell's Swimming Hole are long gone from Greenville, yet they will remain in collective memory for years to come thanks to stories from old-timers and the collections at the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum. Photo submitted f tion at the hardware store is now hanging above the pro- duce section at Evergreen Market. Many local families will find ties to this museum, ei- ther in the construction ma- terials or the photographs and artifacts directors were able to prepare in time for the celebration. There is still much work to do before the museum will actually be open to the public for a set schedule of days and hours. Directors hope many people will become members, as well as volunteer labor and sign up as docents. The Indian Valley Cham- DESIGNED FOR LIVING Solid surface custom counters and custom cabinets. You'll love their beauty and affordability. Blue Shield has a health plan that's right for you. Serving Plumas & Lassen counties 530-533-6310 Lic. #648501 Residential Commercial TEE SPONSORS Graeagle Store Intermountain Disposal Bordertown Leonard's Market ,, Piumas County Glass i:. / Cal-Sierra Title Company Mountain Hardware JJ's Pie Company Walton's Grizzly Lodge Sierra Energy Heating Fuel Robbins House of Furniture State Farm Insurance, Richard Stockton Graeagle Land & Water Co. 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Directors hope to have the museum open to the public during the Gold Digger Days street fair, when they will share local history and hap- pily recruit new members. The museum is not federal- ly funded, so donations and volunteers are what will keep it open in the future. The restoration was made possible through a Proposi- tion 40 recreation grant and lots of dedicated volunteers. Members of the Hall family will attend the mixer as well. When your llfe changes, shouldn't your healthcare coverage change with It? [o keep up with You, Blue Shield offers healih plans to fit your independent lifestyle. Choose from a variety of options that provide the coverage ana care you need at an affordable price. Na molter wiKt your needs are, Blue Shield ha o t)eatlil plan lhot helps you meel them. io learn more about 1 ffordable Blue Shield plans, all Lori today. CA L:cense  0B06912 Health Plans ,and Insurance A;ihod .,,d :k," : blue tP. of california Who was Cyrus (Cy) Hall? Cy Hall was a leader among men in the history of Greenville, and so it's no wonder there is a museum dedicated to his memory. His parents, William Hall and Maggie Laufman, were both born in Crescent Mills when Greenville was still a young town, only seven to 11 years old. They married and moved to Greenville, where Cy was born and raised. He spent his first eight years of school at the old Main Street School; the ear- liest four years were spent in the little room, and the next four in the big room. Although it was an im- pressive building at the time, it was little more than a one-room schoolhouse, and there was no high school, yet. In 1922, there were high school classes held in what later became the town post office. As a result in the delay of high school classes, Cy end- ed up in the same class as his younger brother and sis- ter, the twins. He was the first student body president of the first graduating class of Greenville High School in 1923. As in most small schools of the day, everyone was in- volved in everything. Cy competed in basketball, track, baseball and dramat- ics. There was no football team at the time. Travel was difficult, so there were few- er games, and everything shut down in January and February. The same year Cy started high school, he also started working in the F.L. Miller General Store. His father had died in 1918, and as the eldest unmarried son, Cy was probably expected to help support the family. Cy kept that job until he retired in 1974, by which time he and his wife, Eve- lyn, had owned the store for seven years, though he re- tained the original name, Miller's. Although Cy never ran for elected office, like his fa- ther before him who was on the Board of Supervisors from 1905-1909, he was a community leader, and fol- lows are some of his associ- ations: He was chairman of the Salvation Army throughout his lifetime. He was a charter member and one-time president of the Greenville Rotary Club and achieved the almost-im- possible record of perfect at- tendance from 1938 to his re- tirement from the club in 1984. He served as manager of the Greenville Community Services District from its in- ception in 1975 until his death in 1984. He was the Gold Digger Days grand marshal in 1968 and the Plumas County Fair grand marshal in 1982. Perhaps the capstone to his legacy as a dedicated community leader is the length of time he spent as fire chief in Greenville: 52 years. "I was 17 in 1922 when I watched the Greenville Ho- tel burn to the ground," Cy said on the occasion of his golden anniversary as fire chief. "I got in the way trying to help. There was no organization, not much equipment; primarily we watched the damn place burn down." The fire department was first organized in 1931, with Stacy Baccala as chief. Baccala was also a deputy sheriff and was killed in the line of duty a year later, which is when Cy replaced him as chief. Cy was a very active chief, bringing his department from a ragged group of vol- unteers with a hose pull-cart to an insured and well-outfit- ted group with equipment that included a 1929 Model A bootlegger's truck that was repossessed and sold to the department for $181.96. Upon his retirement in 1983, the year before he died, the department equip- ment had increased to three pump trucks and a 4,000- gallon tanker. As chief, Cy was responsi- ble for a variety of creative fundraisers, including the first-ever Gold Digger Days in 1934. It featured a gold guessing game at 25-cents per guess, and organizers never did give away the gold. Other "fun" raisers in- cluded freak dances where folks would parade around looking like freaks, fire hall bars and midnight rides around the valley to solicit donations, when they would make as much noise as sev- eral volunteers could muster at midnight. His final gesture of com- munity service was made through his widow, Evelyn, who donated the building in his memory for a museum. Assistance available for seniors Legal Services of North- ern California is primarily :.a legal aid organization fo- :cusing on legal needs of per- Feather Financial 20A Crescent Street Quincy, CA 95971 taxandinsurance@aol,com (530) 283-2341 feather financial Soroptimist International of Portola Scholarship Fund presents... Home Tour is Back! Saturday, July 17, 2010 10:00pro to 4:00pro S15 Donation Visit some of the spectacular homes, ponds & landscapes, gorgeous rentals, cute remodels and support the scholarship fund while you're at it! 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