By Mary M. Otis
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Chuck and Maxine Tichenor, Region 25 (San
Fernando Valley), are another couple whose work for history is
mind-boggling. They are shown here with Gene Autry at their graduation as
charter docents for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Despite severe
physical traumas, both these indomitable people bounce back and continue as
docents at numerous societies including the Leonis Adobe, Los Encinos State
Historic Park, the Campo de Cahuenga, the Autry Museum and many more.
||State History Day
winner in 1993 in exhibits was Mark McLane, San Luis Obispo High School.
His display using his pioneer ancestors’ journals won him the CCHS
award, 1st place in the California state competition and 2nd place at
National History Day finals at the University of Maryland. Edged in
leatherette, the journals conveyed the authenticity and refinement that
many educated Easterners brought with them to California.
Norma McCumber (left) was president in
1988-90. She is shown with Jim Voss, vice president, and Marje Rump,
treasurer. Both later became presidents — Jim next in 1990-92 and Marje in
2000-02. It was during Norma’s term that the presidency was expanded to two
years to allow more time for achieving goals. She was the “push” behind
changing the HISTORIAN newsletter into a magazine, having found a
professional editor willing to volunteer.
|A soldier in the colorful pageant
of historic military uniforms which highlighted the presentation of San
Diego’s military history at the March 1989 symposium. Host was the
Congress of History of San Diego County which was celebrating its 25th
anniversary. U.S. Marines first came to San Diego aboard the Cyane on
July 29, 1846. President Norma McCumber gave our history lessons a light
touch with her slide show titled “They All Came to California.” These
meetings are not only great learning experiences — they are FUN!
Gladys Waddingham of Inglewood served for
many decades, into her nineties, as the voice of the Conference. Here she is
getting the story on “Boontling” from Everett Ingram who was born in
Boonville but never learned the strange language that began there around
1890. The September 1987 symposium was hosted by Lake County and Mendocino
County Historical Societies. Diamonds were given out as favors and all the
speakers were women. Lake County diamonds are a geological freak of nature,
a product of volcanism, ranging in colors from gray and clear to pink and
are not as hard as African diamonds.
Lighthouse, Crescent City. CCHS members viewed the impressive Presnel
lens, once the heart of lighthouses, which had been completely restored.
An annex had to be added to the Del Norte County Historical Society
Museum to accommodate the lens, the largest ever made — weighing 5000
pounds and towering to the second floor. Symposium was in September
Christie Phillips (Bourdet), Louis
Bourdet and Janet Haskell enjoy a choppy harbor cruise as part of the
September 1985 symposium hosted by the Del Norte County Historical Society.
For years Christie has kept CCHS on track as watchdog of bylaw changes, as
well as members’ doings for the Historian. Lou always made our dinner
meeting raffles a fun experience with his generosity. Both the Bourdets are
descendants of generations of Californians. At right is Janet, wife of
Walter Haskell, who always graces conference gatherings with her charm and
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