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Healdsburg Highlights - March 2016


Healdsburg Highlights - March 2016

Beloved Centenarian Dies at 103

Elmer Walter Murray, who was a beloved citizen of Healdsburg all his life, died January 27. He lived in the same house for 100 years.

“His mother Lillie and her family traveled via covered wagon from Lander, Wyoming in 1898, and arrived in Healdsburg in 1900,” states Gina Riner, who was a close friend. “His father Elmer came to Healdsburg in 1909 after leaving the Navy. Walter was born in Healdsburg on Dec. 24, 1912. When Walter was 3-1/2 years old, his parents purchased a lot on Healdsburg Ave. (then called West St.) and they, with his uncle Roy Nickerson, built the family home. 

“Walter started working when he was six years old and didn’t stop until he was 101. His first entrepreneurial venture was raising and selling rabbits at age eight. When he was 18 years old he took over the Sunset Laundry from his father and operated that business for 40 years. He kept bees, was a premier red factor canary bird breeder for 70-plus years and built wooden fruit crates for 20 cents an hour.”

For his entire life, Elmer Walter Murray chose to give to others and help those in need, and sought nothing in return.

Register Now for the Guided Spring Hike and Sack Lunch

The hike occurs on Saturday, March 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. You must register by March 4th.

Witness and be inspired by the remarkable diversity among more than one hundred types of wildflowers that grow on the Ranch lands in spring. These living gems respond in their unique way to the universal imperative, blooming in their own time. Be prepared to walk five miles at a rambling pace with several hundred feet of elevation change, taking time to discuss what we find. Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle and a backpack to carry your Ranch-prepared sack lunch as well as rain jacket and hat if necessary. Cameras and binoculars are great too.

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Discover Oak Mound Cemetery

Stop by the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society to discover fascinating stories from Oak Mound Cemetery. The current exhibit tells the tales of Healdsburg’s pioneer town builders, strong women, inventors, heroes and athletes buried in Healdsburg’s cemetery. Come see photos, artifacts, and grave rubbings, and a model of the funeral cortege of Healdsburg’s Civil War Colonel Roderick Matheson in the 1862 Healdsburg Plaza. The exhibit is open Wed-Sunday 11 am-4 pm. Admission is Free. The Museum is located at 221 Matheson Street. The exhibit continues through July 10.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces Its Line-up

The 18th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, which runs from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 12, will include a two-day retrospective honoring Billy Hart, with special guest MC, James Newton. The Billy Hart Quartet will perform, plus Quest with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Ron McClure and Billy Hart (collective formed in 1981, 35 years together), Enchance, Oceans of Time, Julian Lage Trio, Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Duo, Joey Alexander Trio, Charlie Hunter Trio, and others to be announced. Tickets will become available April 1.