From the emails and voicemails on a taxing Tuesday:
The national nonprofit has grown locally under the direction of Modesto attorney Jim Mayol. It raises money for the trips by hosting the showing of a movie about fly fishing at the State Theatre each spring. This year’s showing, co-sponsored by the Stanislaus Fly Fishers, will be Thursday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 6. Tickets, $20 each, are available at Sierra Anglers and at the State Theatre box office. All proceeds benefit the organization.
This year, Rivers of Recovery plans to fund six trips – each with six veterans – to rivers throughout the West. And this year, each veteran will have his or her fly rod and reel courtesy of the organization. Also, every veteran who has been on a previous trip will receive a rod and reel during the distribution, set for noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Modesto Vet Center, 1219 N. Carpenter Road.
For more information, visit www.riversofrecovery.org or look for the organization on Facebook.
“The use of pumps for irrigation is continually increasing,” author Edward J. Wickson begins under the subheading of “Pumping for Irrigation.” And picks up later in the section, “ ... lifting five thousand gallons per minute from a depth of twenty-five feet ... these plants are being placed upon wells in the orchard or in the vicinity, or upon adjacent streams or ponds.”
Except now, water is found at 35 feet or much, much deeper because of increased pumping.
“I realized I’d seen the ‘Migrant Mother’ photo so many times it was already familiar to me, but I hadn’t really been aware of it,” Winfree wrote in an email. “I was just struck by the photo, like so many others have been. And I started humming to myself or saying to myself ‘Hello, Florence Thompson.’ So I looked into her story, which is just as striking as the photograph. At the same time, I had just been reading ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’ All the pieces fell together, and I wrote the song in a couple of hours.”
It opens with the lyrics “Hello Florence Thompson/Looking at me through the years/With your tired eyes and dustbowl girls/How many shared your fears?”
Thompson is the woman portrayed in the black-and-white photo, along with her daughters Katherine and Ruby. Lange took it at the Nipomo labor camp in San Luis Obispo County in 1936, during the Great Depression. Thompson later settled in Modesto and raised her family here. Thomspon died in 1983 and is buried at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson. Thompson’s grandson Roger Sprague and his wife, Kay, began working on a book about Thompson’s life. But Sprague died in 2004, the book unfinished. Kay later remarried and is now Oleta Kay Ham. She continued working on the book and published “Migrant Mother: The Untold Story – A Family Memoir” last year.
Ham was the honored guest as Red Dog Ash performed Friday night at Newman’s West Side Theatre. Valley resident Robbie Clifton arranged the meeting. The band will return to Newman on May 3.
Each Tuesday, a new chapter will be published on the library’s website.