Old photo of Simi winery customers
TASTING Members of the Simi Family Winery family, including grande dame Isabelle Simi at back, sample the year’s release together in 1960.

100 years ago – May 22, 1924

Boy Scout Handbook
HANDBOOK The venerable ‘Handbook for Boys,’ 1921 edition, from the Boys Scouts of America.

Boy Scout Camps to be Ready Soon

The Healdsburg District Council, Boy Scouts of America, has started preparations for the opening of the summer weekend camp in the Mill Creek section, known as Camp Rosenberg. In a short time, the camp will be available for the various troops of the district. Preparation for the camp had been put off because of the foot and mouth disease restrictions, but with the ban in this county lifted the outing site will be opened, and many good times are in sight for the scouts.

75 years ago – May 20, 1949

Mayor Proclaims Two Days for Sale Of Memorial Poppies

Members of the Auxiliary Unit of Sotoyome Post, American Legion, are completing plans for the sale of memorial poppies next week on Thursday and Friday. In accordance with the annually observed Poppy Day, Mayor O. H. Price has issued the following proclamation:

Selling veterans poppies
FLOWERS One way to raise money for veterans was selling poppies or flower pins, as by the VFW and auxiliary, 1957.

“Whereas, 76 men of Healdsburg gave their lives in defense of the United States of America in World War I and World War II;” and “Whereas, this memory is kept bright by the annual wearing of memorial poppies in their honor and in honor of all other Americans who died in world war service; Now, therefore, I, O. H. Price, Mayor of the City of Healdsburg, do hereby proclaim Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27, to be Poppy Day in the City of Healdsburg, and urge that all citizens observe the day by wearing the memorial poppy of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.”

50 years ago – May 16, 1974

Simi Winery Sale Announced

Announcement was made this week by Russell H. Green Jr. that Simi Winery has been sold to Scottish and Newcastle Vintners Ltd. of Edinburgh Scotland. Green, who purchased the century old Simi Winery in 1970, said the multimillion-dollar transaction involves the sale of the 40,000 square foot stone structure, the 17-acres it rests on and five acres of nearby Riesling grapes.

Green will retain ownership of the 200 acres he has developed in premium grapes near his Alexander Valley home. He will sell his grapes to the new owners. The new owners are expected to emphasize quality production and no changes are expected in winery personnel.

When Green, the former president of the Signal Oil Company, moved to Simi, it had been in dormancy for years. He supervised expansion of its product line, the construction of new tasting room facilities and the installation of new equipment. At the same time, he helped back development of new vineyards in Alexander Valley.

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