Appreciated Gene Smith coverage
So glad to see the article about Gene Smith and Rock Ledge Ranch [Westside Pioneer, June 4 and 11]. Since I've volunteered and done research there since 1980, I've collected a few memories, and you covered them well. I especially remember the “broo ha” when we painted the Orchard House its original color and people complained, “since it's always been white” and “after all it was the White House Ranch.” Without history that goes beyond personal memories, all things become “short-sighted.”
We could use more background on the area we live in - thank you for supplying this with “Meet a Westsider” and Mel McFarland's “Cobweb Corners” column on the past and background on schools etc.