9/26/12 Once again Downieville is the place to be if you have a problem, like a broken axel on an RV. The wheel hub broke on the motor home of some visitors who were on their way home to Santa Rosa. They asked Jack & Linda Marshall if they knew if anyone here who did welding. Jack & Linda took them to Josh Behlke, who let them use his welding tank (as one of the visitors is a master welder). It took about one hour from the time they asked Jack & Linda for help to the time they were able to pull out of Downieville. Photos by OBP Dave Marshall.
9/19/12 One never knows who the Bench People will see in Downieville, interesting folks past by everyday, sometimes we get a picture and sometimes we miss out, but here is one interesting bus that popped by, you can see more here Maui Ski Bus
9/9/12 Carol Marshall reports that On Saturday night the Bench Group was joined by seven out of towners who love Downieville, six of the guys joined the bench sitters and the seventh, Patrick McDonagh became another UBP and took the picture.
9/3/12 Labor Day Weekend in Downieville – The Merchants of Downieville and the Downieville Volunteer Fire Dept and Downievile Fire Auxiliary deserve Gold Stars for all the fun events they served up for everyone locals, visitors and tourists. A spectacular fun weekend. If you missed it this year make sure you are here next year. SCP Special Recognition Awards go to Kathy Whitlow and Fire Chief Lee Brown, they could both be seen roaming up and down Main St at a fast clip making sure everything was running smoothly all day Saturday and Sunday, the Trash Gordon Street Dance on Saturday night was fun for all ages, toddlers to elders were out there tapping their feets. Good family fun all weekend. Many thanks to photographers Mary Davey, Lee Adams and David Marshall.
8/29/12 Cy Rollins has been spending many hours as a volunteer along with the County road crew helping Sierra County Parks and Recreation program make the Downieville Memorial Park a safe, and entertaining place to visit. See story in this edition on the Downieville Memorial Park.
At the Downieville School the need to replace a swing offered the opportunity to upgrade to a swing which any child, including a child with a disability would be able to have fun on the new ADA swing. Thanks to the work of David Marshall, Stan Hardeman, Derek Cooper and with the able assistance of Bernie Stringer the new swing was installed this week, just in time for the school year. Photos by OBP David Marshall.
Meanwhile up the street at the Downieville Museum Docents David Marshall and Jane Hallman visit while waiting for tourists.
8/22/12 Annual visitors to the Bench this week were Jim Taylor and his brother Bud Taylor and sister-in-law Louise with Grandson Adam enjoying time with Tommy Smith, Marian Lavezolla Kinzler, and bench regulars Barbara Seley, Carol Marshall, and Freddy on Tommy Gingg’s lap.
8/8/12 Yukon Adams, Retired Sheriff/current District 1 Supervisor Lee Adams and present day Sheriff John Evans stop by to visit the bench people in Downieville.
8/8/12 Lodhi and Naseem visit their “Bench People” on the porch of the Downieville Grocery Store. Photo taken by VUBP Lee Adams. So far the bench has three photographers, Official Bench Photographer (OBP) David Marshall, Unofficial Bench Photographer (UBP) Humayoon Lodhi and Very Unofficial Bench Photographer (VUBP) Lee Adams.
8/5/12 After a great bike weekend Will from the 49er Wine shop enjoying the hotdogs from smoothieville “comfort food” as his wife is in bay area.
8/4/12 According to UBP Lodhi, Downieville resident Matt Wilson wants to be a bicyclist and is just starting on his training bike
8/1/12 The present day bench folks on the Downieville Grocery Store Porch Bench. Missing is OBP David and UBP Lodhi.
Carol Marshall and grandchildren Mason and Tanner Pangman with Emma Scholes enjoying ice cream on the porch of Downieville Museum while Grandpa David entertains museum visitors…
7/25/12 From the Bench
Strange weird things have been happening in Downieville this past week. There was a sighting of John and Jan Parrish in town from Texas visiting Jan Hamilton and friends and picking up some things from Steve Fisher. I wonder if they miss us as much as we miss them?
Ann “Troublemaker” Shaffer, now married to William Neal was in town with her daughter Cynthia Bradford and grandson Chase Ludlow. Ann and her hubby now live in Rio Vista and Cynthia wanted Chase to get a feel for Downieville, the town she remembers from childhood visits. Ann moved here to live with her grandmother, Grace Shaffer in 1942 and remembers when the St Charles Hotel burned down, she also remembered Sidney Strand as her teacher and Linda Marshall’s mother helping her brother with his speech impediment. They are staying at the Riverside Inn and having a wonderful time.
The strangest doing was last week when a young lady knocked on Carol and David Marshall’s door and asked if her boyfriend could take a picture of the Cox Bar house as he had lived there as a child until the 4th grade. Carol told them of course, but as she went in the house she suddenly remembered “the Bible”. Twenty years ago or so, Carol found a family bible on one of the bookshelves in the house. She looked at the names and found Harold Costa and Karen Hall listed with their wedding date inscribed. Carol checked with all the Costa’s in town but they claimed no kinship, Carol also searched on the Internet to no avail. But last week something made her take the bible and ask the man taking the picture if he knew of Harold Costa, the man said, “well, that’s my name.” Carol said “but this is to long ago to be you”, and as the man looked at the bible he realized Harold and Karen were his parents and it was their family bible. Now it is his, as Carol gave it to him. What a nice story, and so odd and strange and weird, but then this is Downieville.
There have been reports that Lorna Rosell from Doyle, who works for Knife River occasionally enjoys an ice cream cone from Smoothieville in between making sure those huge double semi’s filled with asphalt make it through town and over the bridge safely. I’ve noticed there are no speeders when Lorna is on duty, thank you Ma’am and it’s nice to have a company like Knife River in town, I know both Downieville and Sierra City enjoy the boon to the local economy and the employees are all so nice. I wonder if the Knife River is as nice as the Downie and Yuba Rivers…