Friday, March 11, 2011

Photo of yesteryear.

I originally got these photos from Bob Doran, he said that I could use them On my blog with the caveat that I ask for comment from people that might view them.

They came from Bob with this comment:
“Only one or two of these made it into the Postcard Kings story in the Journal (which you may have seen).
This amazing collection of images came (via Steve Lazar) from Dave Rodoni, a Midwesterner, who, I'm told, says he is not related to the local Rodoni clan. Not sure how he ended up with them.
I'm thinking your readers might find them interesting. My request - please encourage people to post comments on the individual pics if they know anything about what they're looking at.”


Okay, can anybody recognize these buildings, or give me any information on them???
Double-Click on the photos for massive enlargement. Sorry, they have already been photo-shopped, and much of the detail has been washed away, but still good enough to send us tripping down memory lane.

21 comments:

Joel Mielke said...

Buildings like the one in the top photo are often changed and remodeled, but the chimney would be an easy way to identify it if it still exists.

Anonymous said...

bottom photo looks like the cabins to the right of the chp office.k]

olmanriver said...

Next time I drive through Redway I will get to some higher ground and look for that forest contour towards the west.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Hint 1:
All of these buildings still exist, and I know exactly where they are.

They aren't that close to CHP.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Hint 2:
The river-rock fireplace is one of the finest fireplaces in Redway.

charlie two crows said...

Is the year 1940? Are the buildings on Dean Creek?

lodgepole said...

Up by the shell station in Redway?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Lodgepole is the warmest.

olmanriver said...

I would have said that they were across the road from the Highway Patrol, but to the north of the big welding building...and thus, to the south of Dazey's. but "they aren't that close to the CHP" threw me... perhaps that was your clever ploy?

(note: before it was a Shell station... it was Otto's Phillips 66
station)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ernie,
This is Bob Van der Upwich. I used to work at So Humboldt Builders Service for Bill Condon and Ron Olson 30 years ago. I remember Dwight Knapp, Bud, Evelyn and Mickie. I see Bill passed away last year. My condolences to Mickie and family.
Great to find your blog!

Ernie Branscomb said...

Bob Van Der Upwich like in Goodspell ranch?

If you click on my avitar photo you will see some of your pinstriping.

Anonymous said...

Yes, one and the same. I thought maybe that was the American LaFrance I remembered. I never knew you were 5th generation local boy. Doesn't that make you an indian?
Bob

spyrock said...

yes bob, i can tell you from experience being a 5th generation california native myself. ernie and i do qualify as indiginous. in fact, my religion is indiginous.
i read the book ishi about the last wild california indian and i am just like him. same personality and everything. like the eagle says, you can check out but you can never leave. show me a pure blood. show me one. we are all metis. mixed blood. but the earth. the hotel california is the vortex we live in. after 5 generations, you can't help but know these things. we are waiting for all you newcomers to figure this out.

Anonymous said...

farout

Bob

Ernie Branscomb said...

Spy
I'd bet Bob could match stories with you all day long.

Ben said...

Is it the Brass Rail?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Ben gets the prize!!! BRASS RAIL.

A few additions have been scabbed on, but the original building is still intact. There has been a commercial kitchen added across the front and the fireplace side has a few additions. The dance floor room was added. Plus a parking lot and Motel.

The cabins are now "Persimons". The road that you see in the background is Redway Drive. Across that road you would now see Dazey’s Supply and KMUD.

olmanriver said...

Good one Ben! I have an old Redway map that shows the Brass rail as being on the corner opposite the current Shell station. On this map, the motel on the east side of Redwood Drive was the Forty Winks Motel, and the liquor store was not in its current location, but was south of Burgess tire. ok, oltimers... would that be in the lot that is now the recycling center?

Pernel S Thyseldew said...

This amazing collection of images came (via Steve Lazar) from Dave Rodoni, a Midwesterner, who, I'm told, says he is not related to the local Rodoni clan. Not sure how he ended up with them.

Dave lives in Wisconsin and was/is an avid collector of So.Hum postcards on eBay for over 10 years, as he often outbid me in his zeal to collect So-Hum cards.
Last year it seems he put the major part of his collection, or maybe just duplicates, back on eBay where they fetched around $15-$25 each.

Anonymous said...

Found your page a little late. I knew it was the Brass Rail. Remember the little cabins and mini gold course next to it with the cafe on the corner?

Anonymous said...

Whoops, meant GOLF course.... Gotta check my spelling!!!