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About Angwin...
Angwin is a community of about 3000 residents on Howell Mountain. We are in a coastal range of northern California, about 70 mi. north of San Francisco.
The Village ranges from 1600 to 2200 ft. elevation, overlooking the scenic Napa Valley. It is surrounded by vineyards and forests.
Many Angwin residents work for Pacific Union College, a liberal arts college with a national reputation, or the nearby St. Helena Hospital.

The story is in the statistics
A few weeks ago, we introduced viewers to our two new advertisers. But we didn't provide much information about them, so here it is. Just look at these numbers.
Angwin Dental..39 years, 10,000 patients
Dr. Robert Williams pioneered dental service in Angwin. He opened his office here 39 years ago. Since then he has served more then 10,000 patients. Tally those two figures and they spell one word...Experience. And a lot of Angwin people to whom he gave healthier teeth and brighter smiles. The other person on the Angwin team is Dr. Susan Fjarli, who came aboard in 2003, after serving as president of the Multnomah Dental Society and clinical professor at Oregon Health Sciences University. Another cheerful, competent person. Dr. Williams opened a Napa office in 1985, which his son, Dr. Jeff Williams, took over 10 years ago. Building a family tradition.
Advanced of the bunch
Angwin old timers, and some not so old, travel to Napa where Geoffrey Calkins and Elizabeth Gilson listen to our hearing problems and get us listening better. They face challenges and find solutions. In 2010, the independent "Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook" took a survey of 45 hearing aid centers throughout the Bay Area. Advanced Instruments hit the top of the list in six categories. Look at these scores:
Promptness of service
Quality of products
Variety of products
Ease of testing products
Overall quality
What can we exclaim about these two professional offices which have racked up years of service and statistics like these?
Something like "Wow!" comes to mind.
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May 21, 2014

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Five Angwin old-timers pass away . .
Remembered for their service to Angwin
John McIntosh died March 30, 2014 after a lifetime of service as a Seventh-day Adventist minister, youth director, and educational director. His work for the community included years of service on the Board of Directors of the Silverado Credit Union. His passion was the Angwin Community Services. But he is best remembered for personal counsel and acts of kindness to literally hundreds of people. They knew him as their personal pastor, their intimate source for comfort and cheer. John was born July 2, 1925. He and Marilyn each brought five children to their marriage and his survivors include 19 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Ruth McCoy died March 17, one of Angwin's "working women," not only as a long-time employee in the Pacific Union College finance office, but also as a constant activist in Angwin community activities. She and her husband Lyle were a team in various duties with the Angwin Community Council, as volunteers in our voting precinct, as federal census takers, and involvement in the annual flea market. She and Lyle produced the Angwin Telephone Book for years. She performed numerous tasks for the Angwin Fire Department and Ambulance during the decades Lyle was a leader in those organizations. Ruth was born May 22, 1922 in St. Johns, Michigan. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, four sons, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Wallace was born Jan. 9, 1922, the daughter of SDA missionaries in Japan. When the family returned, to Angwin, Evelyn graduated from PUC, a music major. (Years later she completed an M. A. in music.) At PUC, she met and married Elton Wallace and moved into a life of foreign service for the church. In Vietnam, Philippine, South Africa, and Rwanda. After Elton died and 48 years abroad, Evelyn came back to Angwin where she became a veteran volunteer in Angwin Community Services, winning the affection of the entire community. A life well lived, years built on putting others first, a gracious demeanor and a warm smile.
Eugene Epp traced his ancestry back to the Mennonites who fled the Ukraine for Canada and America. Some of their descendents found their way to California where they founded the Adventist German Church in Shafter. Gene was born there May 28, 1923. He became a skilled mechanic and operated a small engine repair business in Hollister for years. He retired to Angwin and after his wife, Blanch, died, he opened his home to students from numerous countries--India, Russia, Korea, El Salvador, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Like many other old-timers, he spent years serving in the Angwin Community Services. He is survived by a body of affectionate relatives, including his daughter, Barbara Hassard, also of Angwin.
Wallace Specht lived in Angwin, with his wife Sally, 49 years. Here he became known as a favorite college PE teacher and coach, a skilled stonemason, and a popular Pathfinder leader. Wally died March 20, 2014. In his early professional years, he served as boys dean and PE teacher at Thunderbird Academy. He loved athletics, especially basketball. He became a kind of institution in the PE department here at PUC. As a stonemason he built fireplaces for numerous Angwin homes, but his handywork is most prominent as the foundation for the Angwin community sign. As a Pathfinder leader Wally shepherded hundreds of Angwin children on dozens of outings and eventually became regional director of that organization. He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Alice Peterson's 102 Years
Alice celebrating her 100th birthday
Alice celebrating her 100th birthday
Alice Mary Nelson-Peterson had a long life that came to a gentle end a few days ago in Angwin, CA. She was born in 1911, the year Orville Wright kept his fragile airplane in flight for nine minutes, the year the Chevrolet company produced a competitor to the Ford Model T.
Alice saw a lot of American history - people, political movements, books and plays, wars and revolutions which came and then faded into the past. She lived through a series of eras - industrial, social, political, economic. The inventions and mass production, World War I, the Depression, World War II, television, modern art, medical miracles, And on and on, a constantly changing panorama on the screen of life.
Alice wrote a memoir of her own life several years ago. She mentioned hardships of the Depression, but other than that her memories are about a life which revolved around her husband, her children, her work. She was a devout Seventh-day Adventist, wife of a missionary in foreign lands, and in addition to being a good wife and a good mother, 34 of her years were spent in classrooms, teaching children of different cultures.
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Alice was a child of the Midwestern prairie, her first country school had nine boys and her, the only girl. As a teen-ager years later, she made her way to Union College in Nebraska. There she was recruited as a student colporteur, selling Adventist books farm by farm. She was mentored by Henry Peterson, a young man who was to become a minister and win her heart.
From then on Alice's life, between breakfast and bedtime, was a life of caring for others, adding security and faith to their experience. She went, side by side with her husband, to New York and Oregon, to Canada, China, and Rhodesia. No matter what circumstances she lived in, her life remained grounded to the components in her life--her God, her husband, her own children and the children in her classroom. Because of what she gave them, her four children became exceptional--an exceptional violinist, a U. S. Department of Defense expert, a university professor, and a registered nurse who served in Taiwan.
This is the story that comes out of the 36 hand-written pages of her memoirs. It is about a life simply stated - no claims for credit, no complaints (except she did not like the cold in Canada). But instead a story of her husband and her being called for service somewhere in the mission field. And then somewhere else. Wherever their talents were needed.
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Great-grandma Alice Peterson spent her last years in the Linda Falls Guest Home and brought to church by her son, LeRoy Peterson. Fellow worshippers gave her a smile and some gave her a hug, but most did not know that here was a woman with an unusual story, a century of living in a world of her own making.
Today, our world includes planes that fly faster than Orville Wrights fragile craft of 1911, satellites that circle the earth, an internet with thousands of websites. Everything changed and changed again and again.
Except for Alice Mary Nelson-Peterson. Through all of those 102 years of continuous change in her various times and places, she became and remained a constant loving influence in the lives of others - a constant wife, a constant mother, a constant teacher. Living the constant faith.

Angwin's hometown bank
Credit Union Success Story
As the economy improves, so does consumer confidence. And in Angwin, as elsewhere, people are feeling more comfortable about borrowing for a new car or remodeling the kitchen.
Thats where Angwin's own bank comes in, and the Silverado Credit Union is doing well. The SCU is locally owned, locally managed, by people well-known, highly trusted. President Marilyn Van Dolson reports that the SCU shepherds more than 1,200 accounts with local addresses. This is clearly the hometown bank for hundreds of Angwin residents.
Not long ago, Van Dolson reported how well the bank is recovering from the recession:
  • Banking regulators gave high marks to the SCU for the safety of its funds. Depositor's funds are well protected.
  • The organization which reviews SCU management, gave it 4 out of a possible 5 stars.
  • Last year SCU made 271 new loans totaling $6.1 million to its members, a 43% increase over the previous year.
  • Borrowers are making payments on time. Delinquencies are only one-half of one percent.

  • So for the Angwinites who own the Silverado Credit Union and the Angwinites who borrow from it, these are good days.
    The SCU Board of Directors includes:
    Rodney Hardcastle, Chairman / John Nunes, Vice Chairman / Serrilyn Roth, Secretary / Marilyn Van Dolson, President / Bruce Currer / Don Buller.

    The Supervisorial Committee includes:
    Duane Barnes / Daniel Madrid / Mark Pacini

    Board Chairman Rodney Hardcastle, CPA, and President Marilyn Van Dolson
    Board Chairman Rodney Hardcastle, CPA, and President Marilyn Van Dolson

    Hand-drawn map by PUC Professor Harold Clark:
    Angwin and PUC in 1924
    1924 Map of Angwin
    There was not much of an Angwin community in 1924. A few houses (indicated by small squares), and in fact, only a handful of buildings on the Pacific Union College campus.
    The roads were not labelled, but I have identified them with a highlighter as Howell Mountain Road in red, White Cottage Road in yellow, College Avenue and Cold Springs Road in green. Professor Clark indicted smaller, unnamed roads, like our Clark Way, with broken lines. They might have been dirt roads or gravel surfaced at that time.
    Conn Creek is shown running through the College Meadow.
    The post office is identified as the LaJota P. O. (Angwin is located in what was the Mexican land grant, named LaJota.)
    I have circled several features you will recognize - the Howell Mountain School on White Cottage Road and the Window Oak. The School has been on that site since 1874. (If you think that interesting, consider that Pope Valley with its sparse population even today had five (5) little schools at one time. They must have been mostly family affairs.
    Note the arrow pointing to Bell Canyon. That is the next watershed which gathers water for St. Helena.
    If you look carefully, you will see a Spring circled on College Avenue, across from our present firehouse. It is still draining under the street, producing that obnoxious hump.
    Note the presence of quarries, Sanitarium Vineyard, the Nebuchadnezzar Tree, Mud Crater, Prospector's Cave, and the ancient Winery at the intersection of now Cold Springs Road and Las Posadas Road.
    Note the Stone Bridge at the bottom of the map on what was the original Howell Mountain Road. It is still standing, but almost overgrown with brush. Go see it. A quaint piece of Angwin history.