Sebastopol History Corner
What was happening in Sebastopol in July 1922, 1947 and 1972?
Photo caption: A 1972 Sebastopol Times newspaper photo clipping of a redwood ‘pod’ dwelling, built by Paul and Bruce Paddock of Living Spaces.
TEACHERS TO DRIVE BUSSES
Bids for furnishing the high school district with three school busses were opened by the board of trustees of the Analy Union High School. The trustees decided to purchase three one-ton truck chassis from the Proctor Company of Santa Rosa. Construction of the bodies was given to the Meister Company of Sacramento who specializes in the construction of this type. The gasoline tanks will be located in the rear of the body and entirely outside of it. One safety door in the rear and one side door will be controlled by the drivers.
Two men faculty members have been chosen drivers and a third will also be a staff member. The students riding the busses will be under proper control from the time they leave home until they are returned after school. One 31 passenger bus was used on the Freestone route; a 25 passenger served the Occidental section, and a 15 passenger took the Hall district route. Trustees received a petition from 11 parents of the Hall district stating that their children would attend the local school if transportation was furnished.
MANY NEWS ITEMS OF JULY 1947
Willow Borba, chairman of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, announced that Sebastopol babies may receive an attractive Walt Disney certificate when presented bonds as a gift. The certificate contains the seven dwarfs in color, while the sides depict Disney animals.
Quonset hut steel siding was being delivered to the Rudolf Theiller, Jr. Memorial Homes in preparation for occupancy by 12 additional veterans families.
Diamond Match Company workers voted to unionize. As a result of the National Labor Relations Board election, the Diamond Match will be the first of the large lumber companies under union representation. The lumber yards are located in Sebastopol, Petaluma, Cotati and Santa Rosa.
Harry Enos becomes associated with Frizelle’s Inc. S. R. Frizelle stated that the change in the organization is “only a normal development in an old established and successful business – such as comes from time to time in the life of growing organizations.”
PADDOCK BROTHERS BUILD LOW COST REDWOOD ‘PODS’
Paul and Bruce Paddock designed an answer to the low cost housing problem with a “pod” that is a redwood cone like structure 13 feet tall, with the addition of a plastic dome, it can reach 15 feet. Their company, Living Systems, builds only the pod shell at their workshop at 12050 Hwy. 116 west of Forestville. The floor space totals 175 square feet. The unit is sold as a kit which weighs about 350 pounds and fits into the back of a pickup truck. Several resorts are interested in purchasing pods. Once the model has been approved by the state uniform building codes, they hope that the city and county commissions will be encouraged to approve them also. They also make waterbeds.