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Surprise Valley Record
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Date: February 1935

Newspaper published in: Cedarville



Fulton Heard, former Lake City resident and pioneer of this valley, passed away at the Ashland Hospital Monday afternoon at two o'clock, after a lingering illness. Mr. Heard has been in a poor state of health for several years but was taken much worse since the 14th of last October and since that time has been gradually failing. Funeral services will be held from the Baptist Church in Lake City Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Mr. Heard's obituary will appear in next week's issue of the RECORD. (1:1)


Dorris Dick is at this writing at the Lakeview Hospital. It is feared that she may have appendicitis. Whatever her ailment we hope to hear of our splendid little lady to soon be in her usual good health.

Virginia, the five-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Roberts, of this place, passed to the arms of the Death Angel last Sunday evening, following a weeks' illness of pneumonia. Rev. Vinyard conducted the funeral services at the home of Mrs. Mary Perry yesterday afternoon and the remains of the little one were laid to rest in the Cedarville cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved young parents in the loss of their little one. (1:4)


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Slippy, at Cedarville, California, February 13, 1935, a daughter.

Born at Cedarville, California, February 18th, 1935, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Royce, a son.


We regret to learn of the serious illness of Attorney J. F. Sharp. It is reported that he suffered two strokes of paralysis the past week and is in a serious condition.


Stan Guise, on returning from the dance in Cedarville, Saturday night, fell our of Pete Blurtin's car, going around 50 miles an hour. He was taken to a doctor and it was found that one finger was severed, besides other injuries and bruises and his head looked like a watermelon the next day.

Miss Dolly Milligan, popular third grade teacher of the grammar school, has been ill with the flu for the past few days.

Omar Cantrall, his son, F. L. Cantrall, accompanied by Donald Holmes, went to Jacksonville, Oregon, for a short visit with Omar Cantrall, who is very ill.

Byron Orser, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Orser of Alturas is very ill with pneumonia.


George Heard and Mrs. S. B. Strief went to Ashland, Oregon, last week to visit their father, Fulton Heard. They report Mr. Heard very weak.

Mrs. Jessie Rinehart and daughter, Dolores has been visiting at the R. M. Miller home.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard of Bieber spent the weekend with their daughter, Mrs. Raymond Jones.

Mr. and Mrs. Clendon Franklin and family moved to Eagleville last Saturday where they will make their home. They have been employed on the Cummins Ranch. The Franklin's made many friends here who regret to see them leave but wish them all the best in their new location.


Mrs. Milan Briles and small son of Alturas have been spending the past week with Mrs. Briles' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ash.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Conlan and son, Jack left last Tuesday for Ashland, Oregon, where they visited Mrs. Conlan's father, Fulton Heard, who is still very ill.

Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Verling and Mrs. Helen Morgan of Alturas were visiting John Williams and his brother, Jim who has been seriously ill the past month.



One by one those dear old pioneers are finding their sweet rest beneath the sod of the valley, they loved so well.

The last one to leave us was "Grandpa" Fulton S. Heard, who died at Ashland, Oregon, February 19, 1935, at the ripe age of 76 years and almost 5 months.

"Grandpa" Heard has been in failing health, even before the death of his beloved companion, who died one year and five months ago. Since her death he has wandered "lonely as a cloud," only waiting the joyful summons, to meet her where sorrow is no more.

In early boyhood, "Grandpa" Heard decided to follow his loved Master. He united with the Baptist Church in 1886 and continued a member to the time of death.

In Texas, December 20, 1877, he was married to Miss Albertine Reynolds. To this union ten children were born, seven of which survive him, they being W. A. Heard, Mitchell, Oregon; Mrs. Bessie Wilson and Mrs. Ettie Conlan, Fort Bidwell, California; Mrs. rose Strief, George and Ida Heard of Lake City and Claude Heard of Standish; five brothers K. G., Tom, P. K., William and Charles Heard, two sisters, Mrs. Jane Jones and Mrs. Maggie Wilson; seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive him.

In 1883, Mr. Heard with his father and brothers joined an immigrant train and came from Texas to Surprise valley, being six months in making the trip. They invested in property in the Valley and Mr. Heard lived almost continuously on the same place for over 50 years. He was prominent in agriculture and stock-raising pursuits and only in recent years did he turn over this work to younger hands.

Mr. Heard was a good citizen in every way, always a cheery word for everyone be he big or little. He will be sadly missed in our midst, but our loss is his gain.

To the sorrowing ones we extend our deepest sympathy.

The funeral was held here Thursday, February 21st, at the Baptist Church. Elder Griffith assisted by Rev. Vinyard preached the funeral sermon. He taking as his text the beautiful verse, "I am the Resurrection and the Life." The casket and altar was beautifully decorated with flowers. The Methodist choir sang the beautiful hymns he loved so well.
"There are loved ones in glory,
Whose dear forms you often miss,
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?
Will the circle be unbroken,
Bye and bye, bye and bye,
In the better home awaiting in the sky,
In the sky,
In the joyous days of childhood
Oft they told of wondrous love,
Pointed to the dying Savior,
Now they dwell with Him above.
You remember songs of Heaven,
Which you sang with childish voice;
Do you love the hymns they taught you?
Are the songs of earth your choices?
You can picture happy gatherings,
Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of fearful partings,
When they left you her below.
One by one their seats are emptied,
One by one they went away,
Now the family is parted
Will it be complete one day?
Will the circle be unbroken by and by,
By and by,
In the better home awaiting in the sky,
In the sky." (1:1)


Lots of sickness here at Lake City.
Roy Hobbs is reported quite sick.

Harold Steward is quite ill at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Steward.


Fulton Heard, who had been seriously ill for the past five months passed away last Tuesday morning at Ashland, Oregon. The remains were brought to Lake City and funeral services held there last Thursday. This community extends its entire sympathy to the bereaved relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Orser returned from Woodland after a short visit to Ed's brother. It was reported last week that Mr. Orser of Woodland had passed away. This report, however, erroneous, although he is still critically ill at this time.

Omar Cantrall, his son Forrest and Forrest Cantrall's son, Forrest, Jr., accompanied by Donald Holmes of Bly, Oregon, returned from Jacksonville Friday, after a short visit with Omar Cantrall's mother.

Mrs. Ray Allen is in the Alturas Hospital recovering from the effects of drinking a bottle of lysol, it is reported, in an attempt to commit suicide. She is recovering and will be discharged from the hospital in a short time.

Clate Williams, the popular Mr. Valley Dairy milk and cream dispenser, is going around these days with his left hand bandaged, due to the fact that while chopping wood, the ax in some manner slipped and cut the index finger badly.

Born in Alturas, California, February 20, 1935, to Mr. and Mrs. Grant and 8-pound girl - Patricia Anne Grant.

Merle Archer is hobbling around on crutches this week due to a badly lacerated foot. Archer is working for the Forest Service and while working in the forest his ax slipped and struck his foot causing a very bad wound.

Byron Orser, who has been very ill with pneumonia the past six weeks, is up and around now, ready to start back to school.

Harlan Moyer was confined to his bed for a couple of days this week, with an attack of tonsillitis.


Pete Allen - gentleman laborer, sucking a ferocious looking black pipe

Uncle Bill Hudspeth - demonstrating some of his knot artistry to an admiring audience

Frau Daschner - always extraordinarily busy but never without her pleasant if somewhat hasty smile

John Erramouspe - snickering to himself over a Sunday chess coup

Mrs. Tierney - in her first round of schools of the county

Cedarville's - Unusual Arm of the Law

Local Lads - doing some nice work in leather plaiting

Frank Nolan - natural philosopher, relating some interesting conclusions garnered during his stay in and around Sacramento

Lodge Meeting - attended by members of the Cedarville social register

High School Games - poorly attended but widely criticized. Which gives rise to the thought that one needs no ability and but little grounds to become a critic

What - is being done about the projected power and phone line to be erected the length of the valley

A Legislative bill - which would permit editors to keep secret the names of those who have written articles for their papers, might prove helpful to budding but timid writers. It is understood that there are such.

Ticks - are with us again and it is to be a supposed that the doctor is even now whetting his harpoon for spring injections

Sheepmen - in a frenzy of activity over a peculiarly early lambing season

Grandmother powers - cheerfully greeting everyone in spite of a lingering disability, which confines her to a wheelchair. It takes a "heap of livin" to develop such strength in the face of trouble

Mudholds - backed up all over town by misplaced energy of road builders

The Peculiar Title - that the editor usually puts at the head of these ramblings.

Mrs. L. A. Wheeler returned home yesterday from Lakeview, where she has been for several weeks receiving medical treatment. She is somewhat improved, we are glad to state.

Through some mistake the obituary below was not published at the timeit should have been.

Died: In Fresno, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Sharp, Mrs. J. W. Sharp of Modesto, California, on August 5, 1934.

Viola Sanders was born in Arkansas, January 28, 1853, was married to J. W. Sharp, September 13, 1874. Seven children were born to them, three passing away in infancy. Those surviving are Milton of new Mexico, Alla and Dalton of Modesto, and Calvin of Fresno.

The family moved to Surprise Valley in 1884, living near Cedarville until 1908, since that time living in Porterville and Modesto.

Mrs. Sharp was a woman of great religious faith and happy disposition and was much beloved by all who knew her. She was Auntie Vi to them all, always ready to help the sick and needy, always with words of comfort and cheer. She lived her religion and daily "walked with God."

Another home is lonely,
Another place is sad,
Another beloved voice is stilled,
Whose tomes have made us glad.
Her tired hands are folded
Upon her faithful breast.
No more to do the daily task
For those she loved the best.
Her spirit was so happy
She daily walked with God.
Always trying to do His will
As in His path she trod.
Loving hands reached out to help,
Those so sorely in need,
Praying and doing and blessing -
A life consecrated, indeed.
Many lonely hearts to grieve for her,
Many lives to be sad,
But we know that she is blessed there,
And that should make us glad.
And though we miss her, always,
As we tread our paths forlorn
We know that we shall see her
In the Resurrection Morn.
(In loving memory of Auntie Vi Sharp.)

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vere Heard, of Mitchell, Oregon, a son - Stanley Vere Heard, weight 12-pounds.

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