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Jeff Tobes

2018 walk update #1 - Attention Walkers

Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk
Date – April 28th, 2018
Start location --- Doyle Park, Hoen Ave entrance where the ballpark is
Registration time --- 6:00 am

You may pay and register on line at http://sonomacountyhistory.com/event-2851084 , Or you may register online and mail in a check.

We are expecting a good turnout for this year’s April 28th walk. When you enroll online you can pay by credit card or PayPal. You can also pay with a check as well, by enrolling online and mail me a check in with a short note and I will do the rest.

The walk route is posted online at sonomahistory.org and I believe that there will be sections that you have never been on before. There will lots of photos of the historical spots showing what it looked like years ago, so everyone should be able to help by holding the photos like last year’s walk. Santa Rosa has some very good and important history. There will be short talks on Luther Burbank, downtown history, 1906 earthquake, Maria Carrillo adobe, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the 1969 earthquake.

The walk will be almost all flat, there is a couple of hills in the rural cemetery, we will be walking through the Church of One Tree and the DeTurk Round Barn. We will also see where Robert Ripley was born and where he is buried, and we will see where a sheriff was killed and where the perpetrators where lynched.

We will meet at the Doyle Park ballfield 6:00am and. Breakfast will be at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens after we walk through the Burbank Gardens Historic District and parts of downtown.

The weather should be very pleasant, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. The support vehicle will carry everything for you, so you don’t have to, but you should be prepared to carry water. The support vehicle will be available periodically, at short intervals including the port-a-pottys.

Training for this event is necessary, you should be walking regularly with some longer walks. Don’t push it all to the last week, your feet won’t take it. In fact it would be good to not walk much a couple of days before the walk. If anyone wants to lead any practice walks, let me know and I will post them.

You need to carry these two phone numbers with you during the walk for emergencies. If you need help or anything and if you need to exit the walk please let us know. Ray 707-535-6476 and Sean 707-528-7326. Since this walk is all in the city we will not be keeping track of everyone and if some needs to leave early or join us late that will be okay.

We still need a tee shirt sponsor; the cost is $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back. If you know anyone would be interested in being the tee shirt sponsor refer them to Cecilia at 707-953-0186, since she has been handling the donations. Business card sponsors are also welcome and shall be shown on the map and website.

We need a volunteer to pick up breakfast and coffee in the morning.

The 2018 walk will be the last that Cecilia and I are organizing so if anyone wishes to continue the walks this would be a time to step forward to see what is involved.

Ray Johnson
707-535-6476
63sprintray@gmail.com

2017 Walk is coming April 1st.. No Fooling! - Sign up Now

Walk Update #1
Date – April 1st 2017
Start location --- Park and ride at 101 and Healdsburg Ave.
Registration time --- TBA

Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org/historywalk

You will be able to pay on line or mail in check with application.

For April 1st , 2017, we shall be having the Annual Jeff Tobes Memorial Walk presented by the Sonoma County Historical Society. This year’s walk will be in and around Healdsburg and then north through Lytton Springs, Geyserville, Asti and Cloverdale. The route and stops are in their preliminary stage now and more information will be coming as we pull it together. Just like previous years there will be surprises.

If any of you would like to help, please give me a call. Items that we need help on is: arrange busses, lunch, dinner, contacting sponsors, thank you letters, fruit, ice, snacks, water, and we need a tee shirt sponsor.

If you have any questions, please reply to this eMail or contact me at:
Ray@sonomacountyhistory.org or 707-535-6476

Sincerely,

Ray Johnson
SCHS History Walk

SCHS Board Vice President, Jeff Tobes dies of cancer at 68

Jeff Tobes, 1947-2015Sean Bressie
Jeff Tobes has left us at age 68, but he has also left us with a wonderful legacy.

Jeff had more energy than most of us could have ever imagined, and used it to make good things happen.

For many years, he was a key figure in building the History Day program in Sonoma County. He inspired his students to do research, work extra hard and even find financial sources to keep the program alive. Because of Jeff and others like him, Sonoma County's History Day people have left their mark at every level, from the local school to the national competitions.

When Jeff decided 10 years ago to take his loyal youngsters on long walks, they, and perhaps he, were not sure what they were getting into. More and more people joined up for 25-mile jaunts in Sonoma County and around San Francisco, starting in the very early morning and ending deep into the evening. More and more people got their exercise, learned their history and had a great time as Jeff set the pace. He even threw in an extra muscle-bender in 2011 in honor of Fred Wiseman, our favorite daring ex-pilot of the early 20th century.

Jeff was a fine teacher, a great treasurer for the Sonoma County Historical Society (the books are balanced), and a real contributor to the world in which we live. Read more
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