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4, 1936, Modesto Bee
Mrs. Harry Greeley, Mrs. Nell Gazola and B. C. Greeley motored to
. Lowell Dexter visited at the Fiske home Friday night.
Mrs. Everett Milani spent Sunday at the B C Greeley ranch
H P Struble, district ranger, was in town one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rauscher and Fred Carlson were in Mariiposa Monday.
Francis Honey of Soulsbyville returned to his home Monday after
spending a week at the W S Fiske home.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cuneo of Snelling were in Coulterville Monday.
Herbert H. McCarthy of Greeley Hill spent several days last week
visiting in town.
Miss Betty Fiske called at the C C Caldwell home Sunday afternoon.
Frank Hart of Merced visited his sister, Mrs. Fred Rausche,
Mrs. Joe Ferretti is vising relatives in San Francisco.
John L Dexter of Mariposa and daughter, Katharine, accompanied by
friends spent Saturday with Lowell Dexter on Greeley Hill.
Sheriff J J Castagnetto of Mariposa was a business visitor in town
Lawrence and Harry Greeley of Camp Bootjack spent the week-end at their
APRIL 17- 1937,
Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Hoope, son Jack and Ernest Johnson went to the
Marble Springs Mine Friday.
Claude C Caldwell was in Sonora two days last week
Mrs. R. S. Hudgson and Mr. and Mrs. John McGuire went to Modesto last
Mr. and Mrs. George Mentzer have gone to El Portal to live, as Mentzer
will be employed in Yosemite.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hudson, Will Greeley, Mrs. Minnie Jeffery, John
Mentzer and Stanley Fiske motored to Modesto Tuesday night.
Mr. and Mrs. James DePauli of Oakland were in town for the weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Guerra of Snelling visited relatives in town Sunday
Lyman Converse of Yosemite spent the week-end at his home on Greeley
Mr,. and Mrs. Ed Johnson of Track visited in town over the week-end.
Cyril Harvey of Camp Greeley spent Sunday at the W.S. Kiske (as
Mr. and Mrs. McMailane of Stent visited their daughters, Mrs. Allan
Haigh and Mrs. Harold Herbeck recently.
Elizabeth and Jean Fiske visited at the L L Dexter home Sunday
Miss Lavona Bradbury of Tuolumne spent this week-end in Coulterville.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Deffenbaugh of Greeley Hill left Monday to work at a
mine near Coulterville.
Sheriff J J Castagnetto of Mariposa was a business visitor in town
Mrs. Frank Notterman and children have gone to San Bernardino to be
with her mother who is ill.
Glen Schuldt and C C Caldwell went to Granite Springs Monday to build
JULY 1941 Modesto Bee,
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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barrett and four daughters recently returned from a
trip to San Francisco.
Mrs. Jerome Martin of Modesto recently visited relatives in the
Mrs. W. S. Fiske and sons, Robert and Russell, went to Mariposa Monday
night to visit in the Stanley Fike home.
Mrs. Lyle D. Converse left Monday for Oakland, where she will visit
relative for two weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. McLean and family of Greeley Hill were
Coulterville visitors Monday.
Mrs. B. Hannah and daughter, Dr. E. P. Hannanh of Palo Alto,passed
through Coulterville on their way home from Yosemite Valley.
Mrs. W. S. Fiske and children, Russell and Jean, and Mrs. W. E. Maxwell
and granddaughters, Jean and Phyllis Maxwell, spent Tuesday in the
Charles S. Stewart drove to Modesto Monday and returned Tuesday night.
John Vigna and James Shimer drove to Jamestown and Sonora Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus N. Maxwell of Pine Ridge spent the weekend in the
W. E. Maxwell home.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jensen of Oakdale were in Coulterville and on
Greeley Hill Saturday night.
Lon L. Dexter motored to Sonora Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ernst recently attended a family reunion in
Claude C. Caldwell made a business trip to Oakdale Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Greeley of Snelling spent the weekend on Greeley
Hill with relatives.
Alda Converse and Bart Thorsen of Sonora and Tuolumne spent the weekend
in the J. L. Converse home.
Bob Buckley of Oakland spent the weekend in the Buckley home.
Russell Fiske left for Yosemite Valley Friday where he is employed by
the Curry Company.
Douglas Brice of Berkeley is spending a month in the Ralph Sturtevant
home near Granite Springs.
Mrs. J. B .Hudson has moved to Sonora for the Summer, as Hudson is
employed there by the forest service.
Beaver County Times- Dec 9, 1981
THE CANS OUTCLASS THE BREW
Coulterville, Calif- At first glance it looks like a beer supermarket.
But there are no refrigerators, and there is no beer.
Just empty beer cans- 3,000 of them.
"We have a helluva time when the wind blows and the front door is
open," says Lee Dunlap, 60, who owns and operates a beer can store with
his wife, Thelma.
"The merchandise starts flying off the shelves,".
The Dunlaps run one of the few beer can stores in the U.S. here in this
remote mountain hamlet, population 115, in the High Sierra.
They cater to been can collectors and anyone else who might wanner in
willing to pay from 50 cents to $250 for an empty beer can that
strikes his fancy. Beer cans go back to 1935, says Dunlap.
What's a beer can store doing in the mountains of Mariposa county miles
from the nearest town of any size?
"We operate out of our home and we live on the top of a mountain,
that's why," explains Dunlap. "our chief sources of supply are
abandoned mining and logging camp dumps and there are a lot of them
"Most of our business is by mail order," Dunlap said.
The Dunlaps' merchandise is stacked on shelves from floor to ceiling in
the adobe store built when COULTERVILLE was booming during the GOld
Rush of 1853.
Many of the empty beer cans are rusted and grimy.
"There are beer can collectors who want cans in shiny mint
condition. Then there are others who don't care what the
condition of the can is so long as they don't already have one like it
in their collection," says Dunlap.
The couple ws filling an order for 200 empty beer cans to be shipped to
a customer to New Zealand.
"We ship all over the world," says Thelma Dunlap. "Recently we've
had orders from as far away as Holland, germany and Australia and from
all over the United States and Canada.
"They find out about us from ads we run in beer can collectors
magazine. "they write and we send them a list of what he have
available, a description of the condition, and the price."
No one doubts its growth potential
Modesto Bee, Emmett Corrigan, Bee Staff writer
May 15, 1982
What does this town need most?
"A fence surrounding it, with a lock on the gate," according to Joan
Tune, a member of the advisory board which was organized by the
Mariposa County Board of Supervisors to address the needs of
"More signs showing people how to get here so they won't get lost,'
answered Frank Romeo, president of the Coulterville Chamber of Commerce.
Both residents, staunch supporters of this historic Mariposa County
town 55 miles east of Modesto, think differently about the community's
needs but there isn't any doubt in their minds about it s potential.
Romeo, who owns Yosemite Sam's pizza parlor here, sees Coulterville as
a "potential time-bomb, which could explode (with more tourists,
residents and businesses) in a day, 10 years, 12 years." He hopes
it will happen and the sooner the better.
Tune envisions Coulterville "as a nice rural life style, which I would
not like to see drastically changed."
There is no doubt about the present rural look to the town.
On Thursday, only a half dozen people of the total population of about
125 appeared to be moving about.
The shortage of residents even surprised Earl Miashar, retired, who
called out to a friend in a a passing pickup truck: "Hey, where
is everybody? There's nobody around."
Actually, there were people around. The Taliabues were in there
Mavis Jewel shop making sales to tourists.
Jim Prescher was stacking beer cases on the bar of the Magnolia Saloon
in the historic 130-year old Jeffery Hotel. Frank Romeo was
supervising, if not sampling, the pizza at yosemite Sam's.
Fireman Neal Sherlock, owner of Sherlock's American antique shop, was
collaring a newspaper reported to ask him to plug the Coulterville
Volunteer Fire Department's annual Deep Pit Barbecue, at noon on July 3
at the Coulterville Park. "come Early, stay late, you won't go home
hungry," he said.
Out-of-towners were unloading cameras from their campers in advance of
their quiet assault on the town and the sweet, fresh air of
Coulterville was filled with the whirling of barn swallow heading for
the eaves of Jeffery Hotel to build their nests.
The swallows (sea swallows, not barn swallows) may know their way to
Capistrano each year, said Romeo, but would they know their way to
Romeo said there aren't enough "Coulterville " signs on Highway 132,
which joins Highway 580 on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley,
goes through Modesto and swings through some lovely hill country on its
way up to Coulterville where it joins Highway 49.
Romeo feels the more signs motorists see about Coulterville, the sooner
they will see a community rich in history. "A mecca for hundreds
of people each week-end, picnicking, haunting the numerous rock,
antique and hobby shops," as a county chamber brochure puts it.
Tourists can see the old iron steam engine "Whistling Bill," the
picturesque 130- year old Jeffery Hotel, now being remodeled, and chat
with the community's most valuable treasure- its people.
And, important, too, said Romeo, if travelers knew the way to
Coulterville, they would also learn of one scenic route- J-20 - to
Yosemite National Park.
"When all the traffic is routed through the other communities, we're
left standing in the middle," he said, "and it doesn't help us at
all. It's been a problem."
Lane Sevy, district traffic engineer for the California Department of
Transportation in Stockton, said there seem to be enough signs already
set up for Coulterville. His lists show nine signs on Highway 132
between Modesto and the town. And on the outskirts of
Coulterville itself a sign reads, "Coulterville, pop. 115, elevation
Sevy admits there aren't any Coulterville signs west of Modesto.
But Caltrans will be happy to put up more signs for any community which
can show motorists are taking the wrong roads getting to it, he said.
Romeo said the opening of the Quail Mine could open up new growth for
Bartender Prescher said reopening of the Jeffery Hotel and a regular
schedule for its bar could draw upon a market of 4,000 to 5,000 people
in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties and stir new interest in the area.
"This bar could revert back to the gathering place it was when Ed
Sackett owned it 20 years ago, " said Prescher.
Mavis Taliabue said the hotel opening means the whole town will become
"When the community had a moratorium on building because of its
sewer and water problems, we were locked in . Oh, Lord, we
couldn't do anything. We couldn't build, couldn't remodel.
No bathrooms. A lot of our wells were condemned then a nd some of
the older buildings didn't have bathroom in them and couldn't put them
Federal and state funds totaling $1.6 million to build a new water and
sewer system were approved in 1978, allowing the town to eliminate its
septic tanks which had been polluting individual wells.
In typical mountain style, the townsfolk celebrated with a "Great
Rescue Celebration: to show their gratitude for the funds and the end
of their 18-year struggle to get help.
The Modesto Bee, Dec 21 1984
by Martha Freeman, Bee staff writer
MARIPOSA- Northern Mariposa county will keep its locally-based
ambulance service at least through Feb.8
John C. Fremont Hospital operates four ambulances, one of them based in
the north county town of Coulterville.
Hospital directors voted Thursday to keep their countywide service
intact while they seek a county subsidy to cover ambulance operating
losses that could reach $80,000 this fiscal year.
In order to continue providing service through Feb. 8, administrator
David Goger told directors he would have to immediately reduce the
number of crew members per ambulance from three to two and lower
standby wages from $1.75 to $1.00 per hour.
"We are losing money by the month. We have no money left." said
newly-elected hospital board chairman Carol Davis.
The directors also asked Goger to further investigate three proposals
received from other other potential providers.
A November ballot measure that would have taxed land owners to fund
ambulance and emergency room service failed to garner the needed
After the election, the hospital administration said it would get out
ot the ambulance business in January and requested proposals from other
Hospital directors entertained four proposals to replace the current
service. While two would have provided adequate service to the
central portion of the county, around Mariposa itself, none would have
maintained near current levels of service north of the Merced River,
according to Joan Tune.
Tune is one of the crew members of the Coulterville ambulance and a
member of the hospital's ambulance committee.
Hospital directors sought a subsidy for the ambulance service last June
and were turned down by supervisors, said Davis.
Director Dan Wice make a motion to again request a subsidy. He
stipulated that financial documentation long requested by supervisors
should be included.
Supervisor Gene Dalton of Coulterville has accused the hospital board
of stonewalling and has complained about poor management at the
The threat of reduced ambulance service has seemed to deepen a rift
between northern and southern portions of Mariposa County.
Divided by the Merced River canyon from four-fifths of county
residents, some in the Coulterville-Greely Hill -Don Pedro area say
they feel like their illegitimate children of the county.
"We aren't so much angry or frightened by the threat______the
ambulance," said antique store owner Neal Sherlock, We're more
irritated and disgusted.
The property tax measure ____ambulance service dic receive a
simple majority on the northside.
Eunice Haines, who edits a newspaper called Northside, said local
residents were "tired of being taxed for that hospital" because most of
her neighbors go to Sonora or Modesto for medical care.
Haines and other residents interviewed in downtown Coulterville
also pointed out that the hospital receives a portion of county
We pay 20 percent of those taxes, but we don't receive 20 percent of
the service,: said Haines' husband, Bert, who is president of the
Chamber of Commerce in Coulterville.
Goger said property tax revenues would amount to about $158, 000 of the
hospital's approximately $2 million budget this year.
North county residents may not use the hospital for its other services,
but they do rely on the ambulance.
Losing it would be disastrous, said Haines.
He and other residents pointed out that there area a number of older
people living in remote areas outside COULTERVILLE and Greeley
Hill. Boating enthusiasts and dirt bikers flock to the area
during the summer.
For their part, hospital board member did not take kindly to the defeat
of the property tax measure or to the accusations of mismanagement.
"It's easy to criticize," chairwoman Davis said before the directors
meeting. "There was a supervisor from that area, Harry Hurlburt, who
once told them they could have anything they wanted if they were
willing to pay for it.."
She said the moral to that story is obvious.
Haines, a licensed vocational nurse, said the controversy could have a
bright side if it unites north county residents.
The Modesto Bee, Jan 5, 1985
By Bob White, Bee staff writer
State Grant Rescues Mariposa County Ambulance Service
COULTERVILLE- It is too early to write the obituary for northern
Mariposa County's ambulance service.
Since the defeat of a November tax measure that would have kept the
ambulance rolling, local residents have feared their ambulance service
was ll but dead, bled dry by a $30,000 annual operating deficit.
But the state has provided the ambulance service with a $19, 000
transfusion, enough to keep the ambulance's life support systems in
operation another six months.
"It isn't a cure-all," said Eugene Dalton, county supervisor for the
north county. 'But it will give us time to come up with a
solution to our problem."
The county wide John C. Fremont Hospital District operates ambulance
services in Coulterville-Greeley Hill, Mariposa and El Portal.
Last year, the ambulance operations lost some $30,000, and they face a
projected loss of $80,000 this fiscal years, according to David Goger,
With the district unable to continue absorbing such losses, hospital
directors asked voters in the November election to approve a
$30-per-parcel property tax increase to subsidize the ambulance
services and the hospital emergency room.
The proposal was defeated.
Dalton said the non-profit Sierra Ambulance of Oakhurst in Madera
County submitted a proposal to operate ambulances in Mariposa and
Coulterville. But the proposal called for relying heavily on volunteers
to man the Coulterville ambulance, according to Dalton.
He said north county residents are reluctant to take that route
because it would be difficult to find paramedics and emergency medical
technicians to volunteer their time. In he hope of buying
time to come up with a better solution, county Planning Director Robert
Borchard and Helen Fowler, coordinator of the county Emergency
Medical Committee, applied for state funds to keep the north
county ambulance operating.
"They really burned the midnight oil" to meet the applicatroin deadline
for special needs and priority grants, Dalton said.
He said the application sought enough money to keep the ambulance
operating for a year. But state Department of Health Services
officials reduce the funding to six months.
"Their reasoning was that they didn't want us to become
complacent," Dalton said. "They want us to start working out a
Merced Sun Star, Sept. 11, 1989
AMBULANCE Advisory Vote Near
By Janis McRaie, Staff Writer
MARIPOSA- "If Mariposa County commits $100, 0000 of general fund
revenue for the 1989-90 fiscal years, would yo support an assessment on
improvements (residential and commercial) to fund an acceptable level
of ambulance service within Mariposa County?"
This is the question that will be presented to Mariposa County voters
as an advisory measure on the special election ballot on Tuesday.
The results will indicate to county supervisors if the electorate will
support the formation of a service area to fund ambulance service in
The county is not obligated to provide ambulance service but stepped
in to do so several years ago when the John C. Fremont Hospital
District said it could no longer afford to offer the service.
Twice the voters of the county have turned down measure that would have
provided funs for the ambulance service. This measure, being only
an advisory measure, allows the supervisors to use their discretion in
continuing to underwrite Riggs Ambulance of Merced which has been
serving the county for several years.
About four months ago, Kraig Riggs of Merced told supervisors, the
$5,000 a month subsidy they were paying was no longer
adequate. He said he needs at least $13,000 a
month to continue to
station an ambulance in Mariposa and Coulterville.
County supervisors who say they are not advocating or opposing the
measure, have agreed that the assessment on any habitable
dwelling or commercial unit will not exceed $25 per unit for the first
year. They have agreed to hold the public hearings before
revising the assessment.
The county has agreed to keep all funds generated from the
including the set-aside from the general fund in a separate account
that will be used only for ambulance service.
If the advisory measure fails, the board can find the additional
needed by cutting other programs or can decide to let the subsidy
Riggs told the Sun-Star that if the subsidy is dropped, he will
continue to keep a unit in Mariposa but will no longer station one in
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