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Remember when: from the archives of April 13, 1951: Caroline Waterman celebrates her birthday


66 YEARS AGO

(From the I-T of April 13, 1951)

The little lady who was born April 9, 1851, sat before her television set on Monday, April 9, 1951, at the J. P. Serres ranch, and reflected on 100 years of living. She is Mrs. Caroline Waterman. On Monday, members of her immediate family feted her at her 100th birthday anniversary. ... The Sonoma Water and Irrigation Co., owned by R. Kyle of San Francisco, last week asked permission of the state Public Utilities Commission to raise water rates in Sonoma Valley. The company supplies water for the majority of residents in the Hot Springs, El Verano and Sonoma Vista areas. The company wants to increase minimum charges from $2.25 to $3. ... Meeting in regular session Wednesday night the Sonoma Valley Union High School district trustees received the resignation of three of the school personnel – Lorraine Kellner, English teacher; Harold Jenkins, shop instructor and “Pop” Harrah, custodial employee. All are leaving the community. ... A City Livestock Ordinance which will require residents to have a permit for the keeping of poultry or animals, aside from domestic types, was introduced Wednesday night at the meeting of the Sonoma City Council. The ordinance, No. 225, does not require permits from persons already keeping such animals, but those acquired on or after a specified date must have a permit. ... Ruth Whitehead was on Wednesday night elected president of the Sonoma Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club. Succeeding Virginia Gilcrest, she will assume her new post on May 24.

65 YEARS AGO

(From the I-T of April 11, 1952)

Slightly more than 600 City of Sonoma voters overwhelmingly passed the $73,000 sewer bond issue and elected Mrs. Joan McGrath and Mr. Hilton Taylor to seats on the city council, at Tuesday’s election. City Clerk W. R. Bauder and Treasurer W. C. Batchelder were also returned to office. On the street bonds, there were 462 “yes” votes as opposed to only 149 “no” votes. ... Although a year older, Mrs. Caoline Waterman (“Aunt Callie” to her friends) of Agua Caliente looks even better than she did last year. And last year she was 100 years old. The aunt of Mrs. J. P. Serres, Mrs. Waterman celebrated her 101st birthday Wednesday, April 9 at the Serres ranch. Her grand-nephew, Fire Commissioner Franklin Serres, said yesterday, “she looks even better than she did on her 100th birthday.” ... Under the auspices of the Sonoma Valley Improvement Club, once again this year Easter Sunrise Services will take place at Caliente Heights, setting for the brilliantly lighted Easter Cross the past week.

64 YEARS AGO

(From the I-T of April 7, 1939)

The board of trustees of the Sonoma Valley Union High school District on Wednesday night gave tentataive approval to repair and remodeling plans for the present high school administration building, estimated to cost $150,000. ... It was quite a birthday cake to hold 102 candles. But “Aunt Callie” Waterman, who celebrated her 102nd birhday yesterday at Agua Caliente, is quite a person. “Aunt Callie” is Mrs. Caroline Waterman, who since 1910 has lived on the historic Fighting Joe Hooker ranch, home of her niece, Mrs. J. P. Serres, widow of the late J. P. (Toots) Serres, prominent Valley civic leader and historian who died a year ago. Yesterday, April 9, 1953, the personable little lady who was born April 9, 1851, was honored by members of the family and close friends. ... The State Legislature this week appointed a three-man committee to study “how, when and where” the Bear Flag, California state emblem, was officially made. The controversial topic has been the subject of recent articles appearing in The Sonoma Index-Tribune.