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A trip back to the past

The Boonville Hotel, Boonville, CA

Since beginning this website, genealogy has become somewhat of a hobby. In January, Bob and I took a drive to nearby Anderson Valley and more specifically, Boonville. My-great-great-great-great grandfather, Young Ichabod Kendall, settled there in the early 1800's from Vermont. He traveled multiple times across the country, returning to Anderson Valley in 1854 with his son, Alonzo Burnham (A.B) Kendall.

The Boonville Hotel, Boonville, CA The Boonville Hotel, Boonville, CA

A.B. was one of the town's first merchants, building a hotel (pictured), which still stands today. He was also their first postmaster and the town was named Kendall City in his honor. Years later, when asthma forced his moving to Manchester on the Mendocino coast, the town was re-named Booneville after W.W. Boone, another prominent citizen and through the years has been shortened to Boonville.

While in Boonville, we made our way to Evergreen Cemetary and found the gravesites of Young Ichabod and his wife, Margaret. Young I. is buried next to his twin sister, Mary Ball and her husband, J.D. For more Kendall Family history, click here.

The gravesites of Mary and J.D. Ball, Young Ichabod and Margaret Kendall  Mary (Kendall) Ball's gravestone

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Trinecom gathering

Chatting over dinner Chris batting those baby-blues

Trinecom, the company I work for, had it's annual winter gathering at the Hilltop Cafe in Novato at the end of January. We also generally have a summer gathering, typically at a San Francisco Giants ballgame at SBC Park, which includes our partners and consultants from the NSG Group. Since I telecommute, it's nice to actually see your co-workers once in a while (especially those baby-blues of Chris's! - wink, wink - ) and have time to visit face-to-face.

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Ag class and 'home'-work

AG75 - Pruning - Classrooom instruction AG75 - Pruning - In the rose garden

In late January, Bob and I took a weekend class at Mendocino College on pruning. We first attended the classroom instuction, and later, I'm putting what we've learned about rose pruning to test during the hands-on portion of the class.

When we moved in to our new home last year, we knew that we had a lot to learn about gardening and landscape maintenance. One project was to learn how to properly care for the six fruit trees - an apricot, two cherries, a plum, a fig and a peach. The trees all produced nice crops last year, but were hard to harvest as most of the fruit was 10'-15' high.

Our backyard in late spring

The following pictures depict the apricot tree last summer and after it's winter pruning. We thinned all the trees quite a bit and shortened them. Our fruit crop will be less abundant, but at least we'll be able to harvest fairly safely without having to resort to too much ladder time.

Apricot tree - last summer Apricot tree - after winter pruning, beginning to bloom

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RUnning the pace lap

Over the past ten years or so, I have evolved into a NASCAR fan. So much so that I occasionally participate in an online version using the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season game by Papyrus. My husband is an avid racer as a member of the MountainWest Motorsports (MWM) team and as a twice-weekly racer of the Western States Racing League (WSRL). When I can, I join in the WSRL's non-points Craftsman Truck Series races. In late February, we ran the North Carolina Speedway for a 138-lap race. Since I only race sporadically (that is not often, not how I drive), my goals were simple - don't wreck out, don't cause any wrecks and finish the race.

Pit stop

I drive the #015 Ghirardelli/Starbuck's/Ben and Jerry's 'sponsored' Chevy Silverado. I may not be the greatest driver, but it sure is a 'sweet' ride. My lap speeds weren't terribly competitive, so I started at the back of the field. The sim is pretty realistic, allowing for screen shots of us taking the green flag and my successful pit stop at lap 69. I had only been an unfortunate victim in a lap 1 incident, sustaining minor sheetmetal damage which I was able to have the pit crew fix while under caution.

Being passed under green

My husband Bob, in the #20 Raiders Chevy Silverado, passes me low in another shot. He would go on to finish 2nd in the race. I managed a 10th place finish (though laps down) and accomplished all my goals. It's an adreneline rush and I loved evey minute of it. Next goal is to finish on the lead lap!

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A 'Kuba' reunion

Margaret and Dad - previously unknown cousins

My family and I have been trying to find out more information about this anemic branch of the family tree. My paternal great-grandfather has been a mystery to us. Through joint effort, good memories and some old-fashioned detective work, we discovered Alois Kuba had a much broader history than we could have imagined. It was found that Alois had a sister, Marie, who also immigrated from Austria to reside in the Santa Rosa area. She would marry and have two daughters, one of which continues to live in Northern California. We were lucky to reunite with her daughter, Margaret, who is one of my paternal grandfather's cousins.

We arranged to meet Margaret for lunch in mid-March and get to know each other. We were joined by my folks (Dad is her 2nd cousin) and my great-aunt Rose (whose husband, Ernie, was Margaret's 1st cousin). Pictured are Margaret and my dad. At the beginning of the year, I was unaware any other relatives from the Kuba side of my family existed. Instead of the Kuba name dying out, Margaret informed us Alois was one of 6 siblings. We had previously thought he was an only child. Not only do I now have Margaret as a cousin, there another 10 or so out there to find - along with their descendants! It was a wonderful afternoon and we planned on more gatherings and a trip to the old homestead where my great-grandfather lived when he and his wife settled in Sonoma County.

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Day trip to the coast

View from Manchester cemetary Alonzo (A.B) and Martha Kendall's headstone

In late March, Bob and I took the new 2005 Mustang GT out to 'stretch her legs'. We drove from Ukiah through Anderson Valley to the coastal town of Manchester, stopping at the Manchester Cemetary to search for my ancestors' gravesites. The view from the cemetary is breathtakingly beautiful, very restful. We were successful and found the headstone for my great-great-great grandparents, Martha and Alonzo (A.B.) Kendall.

Natural flora in the Manchester cemetary Raccoon along the road to Pt. Arena Lighthouse Mole caught peeking

Our outing awarded us many glimpses of the natural habitat along the Pacific coast. From the wildflowers growing in the cemetary, to a raccoon watching us pass as we made our way along the road to the Point Arena Lighthouse, to a mole peeking out from among the fauna as he gathered nesting materials.

The Point Arena Lighthouse 'Gina' sits across the highway from the town of Elk

From Manchester, we proceeded south Hwy 1 to Point Arena for a few photographs of the lighthouse. We then made our way back north, stopping in Elk for lunch along the coast and enjoying the warming sunshine and the fabulous weather.

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