Let Me Introduce You To My Town- Freddy the Fire Truck- Part 1

Good morning! How is your new year going? Pretty much the same as last year? 🙂 We are still plugging along over here!

I thought I would try something a little different for the blog. I am still going to do crafts and decorate, but last year, I found that Walmart was selling the game Hanfordopoly. It’s like Monopoly, but for my town. Well, I had to buy it! Then Lauren and I went around town and took pictures of each of the places on the game board. It was so much fun! I can’t wait to introduce you to our sweet little town and some of its history.

Freddie the Fire Truck

 I found this history from our local newspapers website:

“For nearly two decades, Freddie the Fire Truck has offered Hanford tourists the opportunity to explore the city in a historical way.

Originally built in the 1950s and used as a fully functional Studebaker fire truck within the city, Freddie was donated to the Hanford Conference and Visitor Agency in the early 1990s.

Before it started providing rides to people from all over the world, a canopy and seats were added to the back of the truck. The original Studebaker engine and transmission were also replaced with a Chevrolet engine.

Dave Jones, former executive director with the Visitor Agency, said around 40 percent of Hanford tourists would use the antique fire truck while in town.

“I think it’s the most visual representation of how we’ve gone out of our way to save the historical things in Hanford,” Jones said. “It’s movable, it has people on it and it spreads a story… just like the carousel.” 

In 2012, financial issues and city contract problems forced the Visitor Agency to go on a hiatus. Rides on Freddie were also put on hold after increased insurance requirements were requested by the city. 

When the agency later closed its doors in 2013, Freddie was purchased by the Hanford Chamber of Commerce. Since then, Freddie has once again been able to provide visitors with a unique chance to tour Hanford.”

Freddie the Fire Truck

I’ve ridden on Freddie many times when I taught at the preschool. It was one of the field trips we would take every summer. You can also hear it unmistakable horn while Freddie toodles around town. Everyone love Freddie!

Hanford Carousel

I added the carousel with Freddie because they usually go together when people visit our town. The carousel is located in Civic Park and Freddie picks up riders at the park. I spent many times going round and round on this carousel. When my kids were small, before they were in school, you could ride the carousel for free every Friday morning. Needless to say, we were there a lot.

“HANFORD – Built in the 1930s, the Allan Herschell Carousel in Civic Center Park was originally located in Tulare County’s Mooney Grove Park for more than four decades. The wood and metal Art Deco-influenced design includes 30 jumping horses and two chariots. Although it has been used as a stationary feature, it was designed for disassembly and transport as a carnival ride.

The carousel was moved to Hanford in the mid-1980s as commercial developer Max Walden worked to restore of the Old Courthouse. At that time, the vintage attraction was already in disrepair. Several of the original horses were missing, as was the original serial number plate. Over the years the carousel has undergone numerous mechanical and cosmetic restorations to keep it looking and running in top condition.

Thanks to ongoing community support and donations, the decades-old carousel continues to serve thousands of riders every year, including school children from around the Valley.” Hanford Sentinel

I love that our little town works to preserve the past and its history! Does your town have any special history? Are you able to tour special places in your city? I would love to hear about it! Have a great week!

Great Grandma’s Vintage Trunk with Havenly

A few weeks ago I was inspired with an idea from Havenly, an online site with interior designers and decorators to serve you.  It’s a convenient, personal and affordable way to redecorate your home room by room. You can collaborate with professional interior designers on an online platform and they will work with you to decorate your home. I checked it out and it looks really cool! You can read a profile on each designer and pick one that fits your style and needs the best. If you are looking for someone to help you with your home, this is the perfect place to go.

I was asked to write a post about a piece of family history that I have and how I use it in my home. I showed you this vintage trunk before and now I thought I would tell you the story behind it. Here goes a little history lesson.

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Mary Amelia Thomas Goodrich traveled with her family from Wisconsin to Leadville, Co., where she met her husband Elliot Goodrich. From Leadville, they traveled to Aspen, Co., where they crossed Independence Pass. They eventually moved to an area of Aspen called Oklahoma Flats. I received this map of Aspen, Co. from my mom for my birthday. It was given to her by Aunt Hazel, the same aunt who had the trunk. The map is dated 1893. The arrow on the second picture points to where we believe Oklahoma Flats was located.

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Elliot was a miner, who would go up into the mountains and work. Mary Amelia, washed clothing for the Chinese railroad workers that worked in the area. There are stories about her crossing the river on the railroad trestle to deliver clothing, once even crossing while a train was barreling down the tracks!  They also lived on a dairy, but we aren’t sure if that meant 4 cows, or many cows, or if they even owned the dairy. They had 5 children, the oldest was Anna. She married Peter Kelsey in 1901 and my grandmother, Amelia was born here in 1903.

great grandma old travel trunk

When Amelia was just a year old, the family moved to Grand Valley, Co., which is now called Parachute. My great-grandparents would take any kind of job to earn money for their little family. While living here, a second daughter, Velma, was born, in 1905.

great grandma trunk with pillows

The family moved again, looking for a better life and headed further west. The stopped in Yarington, NV., where a third daughter, Hazel, was born in 1910. Less than a year later, in 1911, they traveled on, crossing over Donner Pass in their horse and open wagon. I can’t even imagine traveling with three small children, including an infant. While traveling through this area, a silver spoon was found. It reads Reno, NV. and Scenes of the Truckee is printed on the cup of the spoon.

great grandma trunk truckee spoon

 

Another story passed on by grandma-it was pouring down rain and her father stopped at a cabin to ask if they had a place where they could stay and get out of the rain. The man who answered the door was an Indian! He told them they could sleep right inside the cabin. My grandma remembered small chunks of mud falling down on them from the roof because the rain was coming down so hard. I wonder if her parents slept with one eye open that night!

great grandma wooden trunk blue peony dishes

They stopped again in Placerville where they worked until they could get enough money to move on. Anna worked at a motel and Velma remembered there were dishes of candy all around the motel for the guests. Velma did this in her own home later because of her memories of this time. Finally, the family traveled through Sacramento and ended up here in the Central Valley, near Grangeville. They camped in an apricot orchard and worked there too.

great grandma trunk wooden green sugar and creamer

They eventually moved to a place called The Island and lived in a small shack. My great-grandfather was trying to get a job as a ditch-tender, but had heard nothing. He finally told my great-grandmother that when he returned home that day from his work, they would get ready to leave and move on. When he came home from work, there was a note on the table, saying he got the job as the ditch-tender! The family was able to move into a nicer house right near the river. My great-grandfather would go to each weir, where water is controlled, and he would change the levers depending on how much water is let out and which way it should go.

great grandma trunk with blue dishes

My Aunt Hazel, the youngest, ended up with the trunk and then gave it to my mom. She finally passed it on to me. I now have my wedding dishes stored in it. I keep it in my living room. I love having a piece of history in my home and sharing the story with the visitors to my home. It’s fun to imagine what kind of things were carried in here and how far the trunk traveled. I’m sure there were some special family mementos, plus clothing and other household items. It’s an honor to have such a piece. Thank you Havenly for giving me the opportunity to write about my family history!

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