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Mariposa Gazette, May 24, 1962


More than a hundred friends and relatives gathered at an open house at the J. C. Werly ranch on Sat., April 28th, to help Pearl and Jess Werly
celebrate “50 good and fruitful years.”

Fifty years ago Pearl I Hall became the bride of Jesse C. Werly in a ceremony performed by the Rev. C. K. Westfall at the home of the brides
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fremont Westfall. Pansy Westfall, the brides cousin and L. A. Werly, the grooms brother attended them. Pauline
Westfall was the flower girl. After the reception they traveled by horse and buggy to Mariposa and registered at the Schlageter Hotel. The next
day they took the stage coach to Bagby to board the train for a honeymoon trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The returned to make
their first home at The Jerseydale Ranger Station where Jess was with the Forest Service. He was a Ranger for thirteen years. They homesteaded
the ranch on which they now reside in 1913 and until 1951 when Jess retired from the So. Cal. Ed. Co. As Field Man, they combined ranching
with Jess’s timber criusing occupation, which found Pearl running the ranch during the summers. After retirement Jess concentrated on his
heard of Angus cattle. They have a well known orange grove which was started from seed and budded by Jess and supplies choice oranges for the

Pearl was born in San Francisco and is the Daughter of James Albert Hall, who was in Mariposa as the secretary to John Hite during the
operation of the Hite Cove Mine. He married Isabelle Smither and they lived in San Francisco. Pearl settled with her mother and step-father,
Mr. and Mrs. Fremont Westfall at the Bailey Flat ranch at the age of five years. Jess is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Werly and was born in
Pine Grove, Cal. His people were early settlers in Volcano and Jackson and engaged in ranching and mining. The Werlys have two children, Mrs.
R. A. (Isabelle) English, Carmichael, and Clyde Werly, Northfork. There are three grandchildren, Don English, Caroline and Virginia Werly and
one great grandchild, Debora Daine English.

The Werly home was decorated with roses from Parl’s beautiful garden. The dining room table was covered with an heirloom lace cloth and
centered by the three tiered wedding cake which was flanked by arrangements of small pink roses and gold candles. The roses were the
same variety as were used for decoration for the wedding fifty years ago. Unusual was the presence of six of the wedding guests, brides maid
Pansy (Westfall) Cathey, John and Nora Westfall, Arch Westfall, John F. Westfall and Clifford Westfall. Nora Westfall served the cake at the
wedding and repeated the ceremony at the Golden Wedding celebration.

As wel as friends from Raymond, Mariposa and Ahwahnee, guests came from San Francisco, Oakland, Lafayette, Merced and Fresno. It was a beautiful day and there was much reminiscing–the men recalling the Baily Flat spring roundup and ladies, overnite [sic] horse back trips to the Westfall ranch which is a short distance from the Werly home.

Submitted by Carol Lackey