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Bulletin, Record, Progressive Wednesday, July 14, 2010 p--- Alicia Knadler "It was the next day when an Indian Valley Editor Indian man, famous in the area for his tracking ability, found her footprints and followed The 2010 Gold Digger them to a large clump of sage- Days Grand Marshall Lydia brush," Schramel wrote. "There Sheehan is being honored for she stood, in brush taller than as one of few outstanding her head, still clutching her citizens who are true treasures now empty milk bottle." in the community, the real And that wasn't the last time California gold. little Lydia would take a walk Sheehan has spent her much when no one was looking, and to longer-than average lifetime in this day she loves to take a walk, remarkable dedication and ser- even if it is just in her driveway. vice to others in Indian Valley, In the late 1930s and 1940s, in rural education, to veterans, besides being the one teacher seniors, the poor and countless for all elementary grades at the others. Crescent Mills School, she also Many local residents will re- lead several children's groups member the most recent news- and activities, including a paper story about Sheehan, junior girls club and scouts, written by Greenville resident with activities that usually in- Betsy Schramel back in 2006. eluded picnics, teas and recitals. It was about the day Sheehan, When her husband Cliff was as a toddler in 1913, wandered called to active duty in the off into the sagebrush and tall, military, Sheehan followed him ripening grain on the Grandi to Vallejo, where she taught Ranch in Sierra Valley,. which school for two years while wait- belonged to her parents OdD ing for him to be released from Grandi and Josephine (Guidici). service - farmers back then Greenville resident Betsy Schramel has been friends with the Gold Digger Days Grand Marshal Lydia Sheehan for many years. Both share a history of teaching children and being mem- bers of the same clubs and organizations. Photo by Alicia Knadler One of the best-known stories about Lydia Sheehan is from Lydia Sheehan, who will be celebrating her 99th birthday early September 1913, when Friday, July 23, is a well-known figure at the Greenville Senior as a little 2-year-old, she wan- Nutrition Site, where she's served up lunches to seniors for dered off into the sagebrush many years, even to a couple seniors she taught as a new, and ripening grain on the OdD young schoolteacher during the 1930s in Crescent Mills. Photo and Josephine Grandi Ranch in by Alicia Knadler Sierra Valley. Photo submitted were let go after just two years of service so they could return and tend to the job of feeding the country. After her return, and during the following decades of teach- ing, Sheehan was an energetic member of several groups, including the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Sheehan's goal in the auxiliary was to offer red poppies to every resident of Indian Valley in the days before Memorial Day in 1945. After 33 years of teaching at Crescent Mills and Greenville grade schools, Sheehan retired and then worked harder than ever before, though it was all volunteer work. Most of her efforts were for the long-term patients of Indian Valley Hospital. She especially remembers~ the thrift shop she and her best friends, Betty Henley and Norma Rubke spearheaded to be a fund-raiser and resource for those patients. Hot rods ~:' '; ~ " N'Us]~ [~otso'n~o~ Quincy, not pictured, wins the biggest trophy, People's Choice, for his super-slick purple Corvette last year, in the 10th annual event organized by John and Jessica Papenhausen, not pictured, of Greenville. Photo by Marilyn Housel There were several other women who volunteered regu- larly at the hospital over the years, but Sheehan is afraid she'd forget one or two if she tried to name them all. Her and Rubke made sure each resident had a birthday party with a Cake and all the trimmings, and there were special excursions by bus, like seasonal sightseeing trips around the valley, fishing up at Round Valley, and numerous other activities many other people helped make possible. Between the money made at the thrift shop and the money made from crafts the volunteers and patients would make each week, they were able to make life in long-term more enjoy- able for those who had to stay there, sometimes with no family or money to spend on needs or frivolity. She is pleased the thrift shop is still open on Main Street, though the hospital is long gone now, and it remains an organization she is proud of, one that provides funds for many good causes in the community. Sheehan has been a member of many community clubs, including a charter member of the Greenville Sierra Study Club, which began in 1939 and continues even now with Relaxing summer vacations monthly meetings. ' to Europe with her best friends Although her husband and Bertha Batson, Norma Rubke one son, many of her siblings and Margaret Neer were part Of and most of her closest friends that, and a good 'husband who have passed 'on, Sheehan let her do whatever she wanted. remains a healthy woman, Sheehan will celebrate 99 though a bad fall and broken years of a wonderous life shoulder last year slowed her Friday, July 23, hopefully with down a little, all her family, including baby She attributes her health and sister A!vina, son Patrick, longevity to a busy, mostly daughter Marilyn and especially happy life with lots of walking her grandchildren and first and traveling mixed in. great-granddaughter. Side FX is back The Side FX Band is back by popular demand for the for Gold Digger Days free street dance, Saturday night, July 17. Photo submitted Petting zoo Kids of all ages are invited to get up close and personal with farm animals during the Gold Digger Days Street Fair, when Wolf Creek 4-H members will present a petting zoo, as well as information about the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. They will also be seeking donations toward some good show clippers. Photo submitted SCHEDULE, from previous page see who's best at eating the summer favorite with no hands to help. Adult Tricycle Race: 1 p.m., on Main Street, between Village Drug and the Way Station. Entry is $5 per ride and final winner will win half of the pot. Gold Digger Days Big Giveaways: 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. At the Main organizers have yet to Street Stage, with the see a flying machine tetherball set to be show up on the lot, given away at 5 p.m.,, Free dash plaques to and the winner of the the first 40 vehicles. Savage 270 GXP3 will There will be lots 0f be at 8 p.m., before the prizes, a barbecue and street dance, other entertainmertt. Hot Rod and Custom Car Get Together: 5 p.m., beside E ;er- green Market in the parking lot. Anything with a motor is welcome, though [Annas Care _ ) Breakfast, Lunch I _ :j - oinner Saturday, July 17 I Anna Je'j ,'.y.e , Pro, line" tress I .omema, e Desserts I Daily Specials Served from 7 'ti110 am I Pancakes, eggs and sausage I open 7 Days a Week with juice, coffee or tea I~ Sun.-Wed.: 7am-2pm Thur.-Sat.: , am-8pm ]] '8 adu!ts '4 children under 10 I Locatedin the historic CoacliHouse Bui[dinfl Masonic Hall Greenville ] 300 Main Street at H~qhway 89, Greenville, CA 95947 L~ | (530) Corner of Main & Mill Streets Street Dance: 8 p.m.- midnight, at the Main Street Stage. Dancers will keep the street warm past sunset to the ever- popular sounds of Side- FX, a great dance band whose members are back again by popular demand. We're on the way to where you're going... Whichever way it may be - Treasures await'll see! Mon.-Sat.: lOam - 5pm Sun.: lOam-4pm Hwy 89 * Crescent Mills 28#- 6'0#6 f- t Hot Rod Custom Car Get-together Satl rday July 17 5pm All pro~eed~ benefit h~dia,~ Valley fire Dept. Best of Show 2009 Hwy 89, Greenvilleo 284-7312 Use your B,. for gas, diesel, off-road diesel, Get Your Fishing , Ltcense& Tackle Here/ propane, tires, service and a whole lot more/