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Jims History Part 1 Jimmie Ray Westmoreland was born on July 5, 1938 at Oakland, California.

My parents Horace Hopkins Westmoreland and Lorene Velma Combs Westmoreland were married in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then came out to California looking for work. My parents and I moved to Redding, California sometime in 1939 and my father held several jobs while we lived at 916 State Street, a small two bedroom, single bath with a nice large back yard. My Dad worked in the grocery business at two different stores: the Big Market in downtown Redding and the Parkview Market which was about two blocks from our house. My Father also worked for the Redding Fire Department during the Second World War. My Mother worked at an A & W Root beer stand near Hinkles market in downtown Redding for a short time. I do not remember any other jobs my parents had during the time in Redding. My formal education started at Little Pine Elementary School in downtown Redding about a block behind the Cascade Theatre and that is where I went to Kindergarten with Mrs. Wright as my teacher. I attended Cypress Elementary School which was about four blocks north of the State Street home. At Cypress I attended 1st through 6th grade. My sister Carlene Ann was born on May 13, 1942 and Carlene and I shared a bed room. The only time we did not share the bedroom was during the summers then my parents would allow me to sleep on the back porch which was screened in. The back porch was also where the washing machine was. I can remember being on the back porch and having huge thunder and lighting storms come over Redding and the noise was really loud. My childhood in Redding included several playmates that lived near our State street home, Barry Binks lived on the opposite corner from our home. MaryLou Pugh and her brother, Archer, lived in the house next door to the east and we played cowboys and Indians, cars , etc. There was another boy by the name of Buddy Brown that lived about five blocks east of our home that was a friend. Jim Phillps became a friend and I would go to his home for visits. Jim Phillps later went to Humboldt State and roomed with me for one year after I met Diane Clinger. While in Redding baseball became a large part of my sports activity. There was a semi-pro baseball team called the Redding Tigers that played their games near Cypress Elementary school. My parents had some friends that lived in Alturas in the north-eastern part of California. Modoc county and I would sometime go there and visit this friend (Danny Dishous) and his family for a week during the summer. Danny and I were into baseball and talked about the professional teams that were back east.

My parents liked to fish and we would go fishing on the Sacramento river near a place called Balls Ferry not far from Anderson, California. I can remember them fishing on the upper Sacramento river near the Pit River before Shasta Dam was completed. My Dad also prided himself for being able to refinish bamboo fly fishing rods and re-rap them for himself or friends. While living in Redding there is a series of events I can remember that may be important: Christmas was always a magic time of year and our family shared Christmas eve with the Fleck family next door. The two fathers Ben Fleck and my Dad would act as Santa and put out gifts for the other family while the mothers and children and the one father socialized. What fun to go home and the whole family would discover that Santa had been there. My parents and Carlene and I would listen to the radio in the evening. The radio included World War II reports when the war was going and radio program like the Shadow, the Thin Man, Fibber Mc Gee and Mollie, the Lone Ranger, etc. The family also played Canasta and other card games. I can remember Carlene and I danced with a group called Grand Dads Copy cats. Both Carlene and I took music lessons: I tried to play the accordion and Carlene played the piano. I can remember lugging the accordion from home to Cypress school for different events. I enjoyed sports and because there was a softball field close to our home baseball was important during those years. I can remember going to the Semi-Pro baseball games of the Redding Tigers. I can also remember selling peanuts to earn money at those games. Speaking of earning money reminds me that I delivered newspapers for the Record Searchlight newspaper for a period of time. I dont remember where I picked up the papers but I remember folding or rolling the papers and some of the deliver route. There was a yearly Soap Box Derby race and one year I was sponsored by the Studibaker Car Company or Carl Winetrout. My Dad and I build the car at our house. During the years in Redding we had several dogs: I remember a Scotty named Blackie. I can remember a rabbit we had and it peeing on the wood floor and staining that floor in the front room. My Father would also plant a garden in the back yard that included corn, and other vegetables. There was not such thing as a rooter-tiller in those days and my dad had to hand spade the whole area to put in the garden.

I can remember my Mother doing the family wash in an old ringer washer. The cloths would wash in the tank and she would wring out the excess water by putting the cloths through two rubber rollers that would squeeze out most of the water. My Mom would dry the cloths on a cloths line that ran from the house into the back yard. In fact most mothers did it the same way. My parents liked to spend some summers near Lassen Park at a camp ground and lake near there. Fishing was always part of the camping agenda. There was another family my parents spend time with that lived in Redding and that was the Anthonys, father Jim, mother Mildred, Sandy and Scotty. We camped with this family a lot. I took accordion lessons for several years while in Redding. For some reason my parents decided to leave Redding and restart their lives in Weaverville. The early spring of 1950 my dad moved to Weaverville and leased a truck stop called the Beacon station. My Dad leased the building and business from Al Thomas and then also rented a house next door to the Thomas home which my mother, sister and I moved into after school was out for the 1949-1950 school year or when I completed the sixth grade. My dad put in a lot of hours working on his new business (truck stop and gas station) called Westmorelands. The business included truck and car tire repair, lubing trucks and cars, oil changes, washing cars, and parts. My dad had this truck business for two years and then made a deal with the owners of the Shell station in downtown Weaverville. That deal included the station and some house rentals just across the street. I was able to work at both stations for my father. My seventh and eighth grade school years were completed at Weaverville Elementary school. It was different to move from Redding and start school in a small school. My seventh grade teacher was a Mr. Strong who seemed like super-man to me. I played baseball and some flag football. My 8th grade teacher was Mr. Holland who was also the school principal. The school was within walking distance to our home near the truck stop.

My 9th grade through 12th grade of school was completed at Trinity County High school which was the only high school in Trinity County. When I started school as a freshman those seniors seemed like giants. I did play junior varsity football, basketball and baseball. It was during that school year that my Dad purchased the Shell station in downtown Weaverville. My parents also had a new home constructed right next to Trinity High. The original home only had two bed rooms, so Carlene and I shared a bedroom for a year and a half. My parents hired a man to extend the car-port and Carlenes bedroom for a room for me. When they

constructed my room there were two doors into my bedroom, one door that went through Carlenes room into mine and another door that went directly from the car port into my room. I had no excuses for being late to high school because we lived so close to the school. During the four years of high school I played football (tackle), basketball, and baseball. During my junior year I played varsity football, basketball and baseball. My Senior football team went undefeated and was rated as one of the top high school football teams in California for a school of 350 students. I enjoyed drafting and woodworking classes and received an award for being the best woodworking student at the high school. I can remember boxing in a fight night in the Trinity High gym. The school built a boxing ring and students had the chance to wear head gear and box for the crowd. During my time in Weaverville I was active in the Boy Scouts and we had several hikes into the Trinity Alps Canyon Creek arm. The scouts were active in assisting in the clean up of homes and businesses during the 1955 floods in northern California. During my freshman and sophomore years my mother and Helen Johnson went fishing a lot during the spring and summer. Carlene and I went with them on many of these fishing outings. Helen and my mother were real troopers when it came to fishing. Helens husband, Stan Johnson was the Shell Oil Distributor for Trinity County and delivered gas and oil products to my Dads Shell station. During my eighth grade and freshmen years summers I went to scout camp at Lassen Scout Camp forty miles east of Chico at Butte Meadows. What fun. My buddies during high school include: Duane Heyford, Allen Gibbs, Bob Nelson, Gary Silva, Harry Grant and many others. Duane Heryford, Harry Grant and I went on several backpacking trips during the summer of my junior and senior years. One winter the explorer post (Scouts) did a snow shoe backpacking trip into the Canyon Creek area, our leaders on that trip included Norman Dole and Fred Varney. The lakes were frozen over and we were able to cross both of the upper Canyon Creek lakes. I worked for my father at the Shell station In fact my father sold the property of the downtown station to the State of California and had a new Shell station constructed right across the street from Trinity High School. I worked at the new station for all of my junior and senior years.

My father assisted me in purchasing my first car which was a 1930 Ford Model A roster. Two door with a rumble seat in the back. I work on the car during my sophomore year when the Shell station was still in downtown Weaverville I painted the Ford Model A metallic green and took it every where. What a neat car. I had several good friends during high school and they included: Duane Heryford and Harry Grant which I did a lot of backpacking with into the Trinity Alps Canyon Creek area. I can remember one trip where I drove my Model A too far up a road and got stuck we left the Model A there and took out backpacking gear and complete the hike. When we finished the hike we had to hitch-hike back to Weaverville. My dad was really mad at me about getting my car stuck and not thinking correctly. I learned a hard lesson. I should have left the Model A at the normal parking place rather than save a few hiking miles. My senior year of high school was really fun with the great football team in which I was the offensive center and defensive end. The 1955 Trinity High football team went undefeated. That was the first undefeated football team in Trinity High Schools history. Our basketball team for the 1955-56 school year was a lot of fun when I was the starting center. In the spring of 1956 our baseball team was strong where I played first base. The summer of 1956 was also rewarding because I was able to play in a high school all-star football game at Humboldt State College. Trinity High had several players who made that allstar squad. Bob Marshall, Jim Westberg, Ron Olsen, and myself. We represented the north coast of California which included schools north of Fortuna, California. We won that football game. My dad thought that the drive to Arcata from Weaverville would be too much for the Model A Ford, so my dad assisted me in obtaining a 1949 four door Mercury car that had a V-eight engine. The Mercury was black. I had already applied to Humboldt State College for my under-graduate education. I entered Humboldt as engineering major. I found out that the easy life of high school was a lot different than the demanding college schedule. I did not really apply my self as well as I should have and almost lost the chance to finish college. The freshman year was also the first time away from home and I did not adjust very well. I worked in the Nelson Hall cafeteria as a dishwasher during my first year and my dorm room was also in Nelson Hall. I learned how to play several card games hearts and pinochle. I had several friends during that first year at HSC including Bob Close, Nick Zuppo, and many more. My social life during that first year of college included hanging out with my friends, going to college football and basketball games. I did date a little but I cant remember the name of any of the girls I dated during my freshman year.

During the summer of 1957 I was able to work in Alaska as a fire fighter because of Fred Varney. Fred Varney and his family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska from Weaverville to work for the B. L. M. As a firefighter I was able to fly in a Grumman goose airplane and helicopter to the north-west of Fairbanks. It was a real experience being in the wilds of Alaska before it was a state. Fred had been one of my boy scout leaders in Weaverville and his daughter Jean was a good friend of mine. Jean graduated from Trinity High in 1955. I was able to earn enough money that summer of 1957 to pay for most of my sophomore year of college. I did work some for a Shell gas station in Arcata called Max and Jims. My dad also assisted with funds from time to time. I changed my major from engineering to physical education with a minor in health and Industrial Education at the end of my sophomore year. The advanced math and chemistry were way over my head. My 1958-1959 school year as a P.E. / Industrial Arts major I played junior varsity football and one of the games we played was against San Quentin prison inmates at the prison. We won. During my junior year I worked at a redwood lathe mill that made redwood boards that were used for plastering homes. I also worked for a redwood lumber mill called Chaney Stud Mill which made 2 x 4 redwood studs. I was the night watchman and clean-up man. I shared the job with another student from Humboldt State and I worked the 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. shift and would come back to the apartment and take a shower then go to class at the college. A wonderful thing happened during my junior year at Humboldt, I went home to Weaverville to visit my parents and there was a Trinity High football game on a Friday evening. I dont remember who Trinity was playing but during half-time the Trinity drill team did a routine and I spotted a beautiful girl leading the drill team. I asked my sister, Carlene, who is that girl? Carlene introduced me to Diane Clinger. I drove out to Dianes home the next day and asked Dianes mother if I could take her daughter to the movies. The whole week end trip to Weaverville was one of the most important weekends of my whole life. My dad was great in assisting me with school and funds when needed. The 1959-1960 school years were great. School was going well, I was close to the athletic program working as an assistant athletic trainer with Sid Kinzer. I played intramurals and our flag football team won the title. I was a member of the Industrial Arts club and enjoyed the industrial arts course work. My major was Physical Education with a minor in Industrial Education. Because of my interest in gymnastics a tumbling team was developed that did exhibitions during half-time of basketball teams. Members of that tumbling team included Carolyn, Fred Whitmire, another girl and my self. We had a lot of fun developing lift acts as part of the routine.

My student teaching was at George Jacobs Junior High School in Eureka and Eureka High. I taught general shop at the junior high and physical education at the high school. During the Christmas break of the 1960-61 school year I asked Diane if she would marry me. I popped the question near Ellis Lake in Marysville. When Diane transferred from BYU to Humboldt State, she stayed with a family that was LDS. Diane and I attended the Seminary class through the education division of the Church. We spent a lot of time together but I dont think we shared any classes. Diane was involved with the radio station at Humboldt State. When I graduated from HSC I had planned to obtain the rest of my teaching credential from Chico State. In fact Chico State had accepted me into the graduate program. Diane and I were married during August of 1961 and Diane talked me into applying to BYU to work on the rest of my teaching credential. I agreed and Diane and I moved to Provo driving my 1955 Chevy = 2 door Bel-Air pulling a small tear drop trailer. We rented a small basement apartment in down town Provo. I obtained a part time job working for the maintance department of the college, I with two other married guys did the clean up at Knight magnum Hall a girls dorm. Diane obtained a job working of Chuck Peterson motors in Provo that sold Volkswagens. My major at BYU was Physical Education with minors in Industrial Education and Health and Safety. Diane and I were able to see a lot of great sights by taking small road trips into some beautiful areas of Utah. Diane and I lived in a basement apartment just west of the downtown part of Provo. Diane would normally drive the 55 Chevy to work and I would ride a bicycle to the BYU campus. Life was good and we enjoyed our stay in Provo. Dianes boss at Chuck Petersons would allow employees the use of a wooden outboard boat with a 40 horse outboard motor. I had a set of golf clubs that I traded for set of water skis, rope and safety belt. During the fall and spring we learned to water ski on Utah Lake. Utah lake was clean in those days. Diane and I had some real great times for a young couple living in the Provo area. We met a Brother and Sister Greenall in our Ward and they were the Ware Missionaries the next thing I knew Brother Greenall baptized me in January of 1962. It is very possible that I joined the Church mainly because of Diane- the important thing is that my knowledge and testimony of the Church has grown from that time. When I completed the 1961-1962 school year we started looking for a teaching job now that I had my Teaching Credential.

My first teaching position was at Ferndale High School, which is the most west high school on the mainland of the United States. Ferndale is located about eight miles west of Fortuna, California. My assignment at Ferndale include: head football coach, head basketball coach, track coach, three periods of physical education and two period of Senior civics. Needless to say I was not prepared for that teaching position and should not every accepted. The school was great, the football and basketball players tried hard but we lost every game. I made a decision to look for an easier coaching assignment that would allow me to gain needed experience, While at Ferndale Diane obtained a job working or the Volkswagen dealer in Eureka. Diane and I sold the 1955 Chevy and purchased a VW. Diane and I rented an old one room school house that had been converted into a nice home. The school house/apartment was on stilts near the Eel River which would flood every once in a while. Guess what the winter we were there was one of the floor years and our apartment / school house was completely surrounded by water we could get to the home by walking along a boardwalk that had been constructed for such an event. I found my second teaching position at Live Oak High School which is fifteen miles north of Yuba City on Highway 99. My Live Oak assignment included coaching junior varsity football, junior varsity basketball and boys tennis. My class room assignment included two periods of physical education, two periods of world history/driver education, and one period of English. I also started the after school driver training program. My Junior Varsity teams did alright and the tennis team was one of the leaders in the tennis league. I learned a lot from the Head Football coach, Art Mathis. Art Mathis, Dick Grougenburger, the wrestling coach myself developed a fun singing group called the Four Flats and we did Kingston Trio songs for school assemblies. Dick was the main singer and the rest of us just strummed along. What fun. The Live Oak teaching position was good because it was close to Dianes parents and brothers who lived in Linda, just south of Marysville. The position was bad because from the stand point of all the different course descriptions I had to work with and all the different lesson plans that I had to develop. The schedule was running me crazy. Diane was working for the Live Oak Bank of America as a teller. The huge bright spot besides being with Diane is that while in Live Oak that is when we were able to obtain Robbie Robert Ray Westmoreland when he was four days old. What a blessing for Diane and I to adopt a baby boy just days after Rob was born on February 14, 1964. I really enjoyed calling my parents in Weaverville and telling them that they we grandparents and we had adopted a son. I had the chance to apply for a teaching position at Marysville High that had a much better teaching situation. The position at Marysville was teaching three periods of physical education and two periods of beginning woodworking and coaching junior varsity basketball. What a thrill to have the chance to start a new woodworking program in a large high school. Diane and I had been renting at Live Oak and we decided to purchase a home in the Yuba City / Marysville area. We did find a fairly new home on Madrone Drive in Yuba City about five blocks south of Yuba City high school. Marysville High had the beginning woodworking class room in an old brick building on the north campus. I started with hand woodworking

tools no power planer and I dont think there was even a power jointer. We used hand plans for smoothing wood and making straight edges. I got real good in showing students how to sharpen and adjusting jack planes. Most of the projects were put together with finish nails. There were four old wood lathes and I enjoyed teaching the students how to make lamps and turn bowls. The real neat thing about the teaching assignment in woodworking was the I could develop my own curriculum. The wood 1 course content was up to me and how I wanted to see the vision of woodworking develop. I was also teaching three periods of physical education in the P.E. department. The physical education assignment was in my college major, but the physical education curriculum at Marysville had a long way to go. I was teaching with several physical education instructors that had been in the department for many years and had let the curriculum slip to the point that they as instructors just stood around and watched the students play flag football, speed ball, basketball and softball. The department was at a stand still with old instructors that really did nothing to improve the department. I was also coaching junior varsity basketball and enjoyed the assignment. The head coach in basketball was Joe McCarren and he did little to assist me in improving my coaching style. I enjoyed coaching but needed to improve my technique and coaching skills. Diane and I had the chance to adapt a daughter, Kristie Ann, when she was six weeks old. Kristie was born on July 4, `1965 in Oroville. What a great blessing for Diane and I. Robbie and Kristie was 18 months apart but they looked like they were met to be brother and sister. Diane became pregrant while at the Madrone Drive home, we lost the baby by miscarriage. We named the baby Weston. Diane and I enjoyed water skiing with her parents, Barbara and Adrian had a yellow boat with a 75 hp outboard motor. We would go to Englebright Lake, The Narrows for most of the water ski outings. Diane and I both enjoyed skiing and while living at the Madrone home we bought our first boat, a mahogany boat with a six cylinder gray marine engine in it. The boat like a Chris Craft. Our small family Diane and I and the two children, Robbie and Kristie enjoyed the camping out and the water skiing. The second year at Marysville High my teaching assignment changed to three periods of woodworking 1 and two periods of physical education. The wood 1 class was improving and the students were making more advanced projects. Diane and I had the chance to improve our housing situation by selling our Madrone house and move into a larger home. The new home was on Sunset Ave. in west Yuba City just off of Township road and close to Franklin school. Our new home was a three bedroom two bath house on one-half acre with prune trees on the back part of the lot. Diane and I enjoyed making improvements to the house and our family. The house had no grass lawn in either the front or back so we were starting from scratch in improving out yard.

When Diane, Robbie, Kristie and I moved to the Sunset house we still had our Mercury inboard, the wooden mahogany boat did a fair job for the family and looked good with its old style wood hull. The one big problem with the wooden boat is that is should be left in water to swell the mahogany planks so the hull would not leak. We had to keep water inside of the boat to help keep the lumber swelled and the boat would still leak. There were times that we went to Englebright and the boat got stuck on the beach because the boat was leaking so much. Diane and I decided to sell the boat and get something newer with a fiberglass hull. We sold the Mercury for $700 and purchased a neat fiberglass hull boat with a 455 cubic inch Oldsmobile engine in it, our Keaton. We got the Keaton in early may of 1968. Silver metal flake with blue metal flake on the edges of the boat. What a neat boat. The Keaton could do 55 mph and was a dream to barefoot behind. Our family had become friends with the Jerry Blanch family who lived not far from the Sunset house. The Blanchs had an old outboard with a 75 h.p. pushing it. We did a lot of water skiing and camping with the Blanch family, Jerry, Marilyn, Toni, Barbara and Janet who was Kristies age. Jerry and I improved our skiing skills, bare footing, slalom skiing, trick skiing, and other skills. Jerry and I were part of a water ski club The Yuba-Sutter Water Ski Club. We took part in slalom tournaments and had several water ski shows. Jerry and I purchased a water ski hang glider that is pulled by the boat. What fun to go camping to some lake and practice our skills in water skiing! Jerrys daughters Toni and Barbara were part of the girls ballet. Robbie, Kristie, and Janet were the little skiers. Barbara could also barefoot water ski. Diane drove the boat for the events and Marilyn assisted with the large girls ballet and making sure the events ran smoothly. Diane and I had been told early in our marriage that we would have a hard time in having children of our own. Ha, what did those doctors know. Diane became pregnant with Stacy Lynn who was born July 20, 1968. If my memory is correct I was involved in a water ski show at Ellis Lake when Diane was about to give birth. No, water skiing was not more important than my wife and a new born. I was the director of the ski show and split my time between may family and that ski shows. Diane and I worked hard to make the Sunset Ave. home a neat place for our children and the whole family. We installed new lawn in the front of the house a rock patio area in the back yard. Jungle gym for the kids. We built a small corral for a horse, Pinty. A small black and white Shetland pony. We purchased a player piano and decide to make the garage into a huge family room. This was my first attempt in remodeling part of a home. ` The next door neighbors on the Sunset home were the Rudds, Larry and Gayle and their family. We spent a lot of time with them, card games, water skiing, and other outings. While on Sunset Ave. we were blessed to have Nancy Ann Westmoreland join our family on May 25, 1971. Our family has bloomed to three girls and a boy. The family also had a pet dog Sally a large sheep like dog with brown and white fur. Sally was in love with the children and we had Sally when Robbie was born while on Madrone Drive in Yuba City.

Dianes parents, Barbara and Adrian were involved with Real Estate development and wanted to build and new house for themselves in Penn Valley which is twenty-five miles west of Marysville. Barbara and Adrian purchased a neat lot near a creek there in Penn Valley and started talking to Diane and myself about moving to Penn Valley ourselves. Diane and I had some long talks about the pros and cons in selling and moving to Penn Valley. The problems were several, selling our current house, renting a house in Penn Valley while the new house was being constructed and so Diane could act as the Owner/builder and watch construction. I would build all the cabinets for the house and assist with the building of the home. The Penn Valley house was designed with five bedrooms and three bath rooms. Diane and I designed a laundry room in the middle of the house with cabinets facing the hall so the children could obtain their folded clothes without going into the laundry room. The Penn Valley home had a family room with a large fireplace with a natural rock face. The dining room/eating area was next to the kitchen with a bar separating the kitchen from the dining room. It was a neat experience to build our own home and place things where we wanted them to assist the family with every day living. Penn Valley is a thirty minute drive from Marysville High School where I was teaching full time wood working and coaching girls tennis after school each day. The children Rob, Kristie, and Stacy went to Ready Springs school which was within walking distance from the house. Our dog Sally was an important part of our family life in that the children played with her and enjoyed her, Sally dies from natural causes at the age of nine years. While in Penn Valley we were able to obtain Clyde a medium sized daushound. Dianes parents were also living in Penn Valley and that closeness was important to the family. Live was good and Diane and I enjoyed the schooling of the children. Robbie was active in sports: basketball and flag football. Robbie also enjoyed his skateboard and spend hours riding it on the breezeway and black top drive way. Kristie took piano lessons and was always one of the top students in her classes at school. The family enjoyed water skiing a the Narrows and camping out. We had a Caveman Camper class c camper and took many camping trips in that rig. Kristie and Robbie when they were in the fifth and sixth grade were water skiing behind the Keaton at the Narrows with Diane driving the boat. Robbie cut hard on his ski to go around a buoy and then Kristie tried the same stunt but failed to go all the way around the 5 mile an hour buoy and hit the buoy head on. The final result is the Kristie broke her femur near the hip socket. Final result was Kristie was in a body cast for over six weeks. We had to set up a special bed in the family room with a trapeze bar for those six weeks so Kristie could sit up for dinner and reading, etc. Diane had a business opportunity to open a Diet Center program for the Marysville / Yuba City area. Diane rented the Miller Building which is near the 5 th Street Bridge in Marysville. She had to drive down each day to council women on a weight loss program. This routine got old in a hurry so Diane and I decided to sell the Penn Valley house and find

something in Marysville. We made the move and purchased a home on 19th street in Marysville about six blocks from Marysville High School and just across the street from Ann McKinney Elementary school where Nancy and Stacy would go to school. Robbie and Kristie would go to Marysville High School for their 9th grade year. Kristie was able to obtain permission to skip the 8th grade and go directly into high school because here 7th grade test scores were so high. What a neat thing to have both of my oldest children (teenagers) in high school at the same time. Robbie went out for freshmen football and made the team. Life was good. ` I applied for the Freshmen Basketball coaching position that was vacant and got the job. I was Robbies freshmen basketball coach and what a great season we had. Robbie, Greg Ashburn, Mario Pia, Michael Harris and the team won twenty one (21) games and only lost one (1) and won the league Championship. The league that year included Nevada City, Roseville, Placer, Lincoln, and Del Oro. What a thrill for Robbie, the team and myself. We still went water skiing and enjoyed family activities. The home in Maryville had a swimming pool and Diane and I purchased a trampoline to fill up the back yard. Dianes business at Diet Center was going well and I constructed office cabinets for her office. Business was so good that we purchased snow skiing equipment for all the family and did a lot of snow skiing for several winters in a row. The home in Marysville was not what we wanted for the family because it did not have a good kitchen. So! Guess what? I tore out the old kitchen and remodeled the whole kitchen in with new pine cabinets. We made the kitchen with a bar facing out toward the living room. Robbies bedroom was down stairs and his bedroom was developed by building a wall with out food storage boxes and then covering the wall with paneling, it worked. Diane and I purchased two motorcycles, I had a Honda 250 and Diane had a Suzuki. Jim Capps who taught motorcycle repair at Marysville High School had his students fix up the motorcycles and painted them to match. We took several rides together. What fun. During one summer Jerry Blanch helped me get a iron working job in the middle of Nevada and I rode the motorcycle from Marysville to the construction site near Velmy, Nevada just off highway 80. The job was building a coal fired electric generating plant. Robbie and Kristie continued at their education at Marysville High and graduated from Marysville in 1982. Kristie finished her Senior year as the student with the second highest grade point average and was named Salutatorian and gave a great speech at graduation. We lived in the Marysville home for two years and then had the opportunity to purchase a grand old home on Lincoln Road in Yuba City. The Lincoln home was at one time called the Miller Home and was one of the first homes to be built in that area around 1950. It was a two story home with two bedroom on the bottom floor and a vary large open two bedroom space with a bath that was not finished up stairs. Guess what? The girls, Kristie, Stacy and Nancy assisted me in building walls, finishing the bathroom and all the lighting and wall outlets to make two very nice bedrooms, one bedroom for Kristie and Stacy and Nancy to share the other bedroom. We used knotty pine for the

finished walls and ceilings. The girls were troopers in assisting me with the sanding of the pine boards before the boards were nailed up. I lacquerer the rooms. The landscaping of the Lincoln home was outstanding. A semi-circle front drive two car garage a small work shop area fruit trees on the west side of the property a beautiful backyard area with brick work as the patio several large shade trees in the back yard the home was something from Sunset magazine. During the summer of 1984 Diane and I took a trip to Canada via the Montana road to the sky Glacier National Park up to British Columbia. Diane and I drove out four door white Buick and camped out in with a small pop-up tent and did a lot of cooking over propane stoves. Diane while on that trip said that her ankles seemed swollen and was concerned that she felt a little car sick from time to time. We had a great time on the road trip and took a lot of neat pictures. When we go back to Yuba City, Diane went to her doctor and found out she was pregnant. What a shock to find out that Diane was expecting when our youngest child was 13 and our oldest 20, almost twenty one. What a real pleasure and shock to announce to our four children that their mother would have another child. Nancy was really excited for that was something she had prayed for. Diane and I had a real good time in announcing this event to my mother Lorene and also telling our good friends Gayle and Larry Rudd about the arrival while on their houseboat while camping on Englebright one evening. Richard James Westmoreland was born on April 14, 1985 to a thrilled pair of parents, shocked, but thrilled. Richard Ricky had the run of the Lincoln home for almost a year and a half. The girls had their bedrooms on the second floor and Ricky had a good time sliding down the stairs on his belly. When we moved from the Marysville , 19th Street home we brought our trampoline over with us. All of the kids enjoyed jumping on the tramp and that is where Ricky got his first taste of jumping. Nancy and Stacy were involved in sports \, Stacy with basketball at Yuba City High School and Nancy with basketball at Lincoln school just down the street from the house. Diane and I purchased a small basketball hoop (plastic) and Ricky would shoot baskets during half time of the girls basketball games. Diane was always looking for a new home for the family to live in. Guess what? Diane found a near pie shaped lot in north Yuba City on Brookside court. Diane and I purchased the lot and put the Lincoln home for sale. We spent a lot of time drawing up what we wanted for our new home. How many bed rooms and baths? What size kitchen pantry etc. Diane and I sold the Lincoln house and rented a house near Brookside Court while Rob and Greg Ashburn worked on building the new home.

The first building we worked on was the garage/workshop near the back of the property. Rob and I built the forms for the concrete. Rob and Greg poured and smoothed out the mud. Rob and Greg formed the building. I assisted when ever possible. I helped lay the plywood roofing and some other items. The reason for building the workshop first was that it would hold all our furniture and house-holds item while the main house was being built. We took very little to the house we rented to keep the transfer to items to a minimum. I helped the boys as often as I could. I soon realized that the cutting of rafters and the general framing was just not going to be part of my efforts. My big efforts were focused on building all the cabinets for our home. From the plans I started construction of the kitchen island stove, the kitchen bar and other cabinets I could start even if I did not have the final measurements needed. The kitchen cabinet were valley oak with a walnut raised panel for the doors and other cabinet parts like the ends of cabinets, the front of the kitchen bar, etc. The bathroom cabinets were all oak along with the mud room. Diane and I planned to have a swimming pool in the back yard and that was an event when the pool was delivered and we hired a large crane to lift the fiberglass pool over the house to the hole for the pool. The outside of the house was white stucco, the roof was a slate color cement tile, the walkway was an exposed gravel and color concrete. The backyard of the home between the shop and house we build a snake like fence that ran west to the east fence and used grape stakes for the fence. We left a large round area for the trampoline to be sunk into the ground. Diane and I really loved the Brookside home and with the oak wood floors to the metal standing fire place the home was really special to both of us. We moved into the home and Ricky had the small bedroom and Nancy and Stacy shared the larger bedroom. The girls had a large bathroom with shower and two sinks with a huge mirror on the east wall. There was a sky light in their bathroom which added to the open feeling of the bathroom. When Rob designed the girls bath he placed round logs near the ceiling and painted the whole ceiling blue so it looked like the sky.