Two years after the huge forest fire, the general store that reopened is still reaching out for help

Welcome to Essential California! newsletter. It is Friday, May 20. My name is Diana Markum, I write from Cressman’s General Store, where a family stopped by a broken radiator.

Cressman’s is located on Highway 168 in the Fresno area of ​​Sierra Nևada. The people who live in the central valley call it the plains, it is at the very top, where the road narrows in two of the four lanes, the burning road becomes a pine-scented shade, or at least it was done before the 2020 Creek fire.

Now the only thing here is the new gas station և shop, which is located in a freight container surrounded by crumbling ghost trees. Mobile service is variegated in these mountains, ես Kresman has always been a place where people knew they could reach if there were difficulties.

Roxanne Marshall և Dave Parker had a hard time. Smoke billowed from their truck, which was towing a travel video they had bought during the epidemic as an escape hatch. “Sometimes it seems like the world is going to hell with a hand cart, never coming back,” Dave said. “Then you meet someone like those two in that store.”

Theresa Foster և Hochitl Caballero gave them a cold drink և use the phone. When they needed to know the size of their radiator, Teresa called the driver of her children’s school bus, and she ran on the tape. Everyone who entered the gas station was greeted and asked if they needed a hand.

Roxanna was shocked at first. He had three small dogs in the back seat, and five of them had five teeth extracted.

But Teresa went out with Baku with her 1-year-old Great Pyrenees. “The tank can calm anyone down,” Teresa said.

He had a lot of practice. The original Cressman’s, if you’ve ever been to Huntington or Shaver Lakes, you’ve crossed it, next to an old white-green barn where a man was selling the art of sawing bear bears, it has been there since 1904. It had bakery և dishes. But when it reopened in a temporary container, Teresa brought Baki to work because there was no food around.

Many in the community had left. The rest were uprooted, mixed and intimidated. People started coming in just to communicate with Baku.

Khochitl lost the house where he lived before the fire. He is not sure if he is injured or recovering. “In a few days you achieve something you have no other, it seems to you that the end of the world is again,” he said. “But there is a lot to be thankful for, not to get ahead.”

He said he saw clusters of yellow narcissus growing on the hills this spring. The hill behind the shop was covered with green grass, orange tulips and lavender lupine.

Roxanna’s daughter Alisha has arrived with a new radiator. The 24-year-old girl is a nurse at the children’s hospital, this was her weekend. He planned to drive in a trailer with his 22-year-old brother Alton and Dave’s 88-year-old mother Barbara in the car. Then Dave and Roxanne sent them with them to buy a forgotten generator, then a chainsaw, then a radiator.

“But they remembered the fishing rods,” he said with a laugh.

His mother also laughed as he walked with Alton in the parking lot. He has severe autism and can not speak. “When you have a disabled child, you learn to laugh at everything,” Roxanne said.

In his hand he had inked Theresa և Khochitli’s names so he would remember them for the gift cards he intended to bring.

The radiator was changed, they were finally on their way to Bondok, standing on a forested land without electricity or water. If they are lucky, ակը the fire does not reach the place they found near the river, their camp will wait until they can drive up to their house in Sanger. Someone told Roxanne that they had heard a child say he liked to look at wildflowers until his eyeball hurt. He said that is what he hopes to do this summer.

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today Memory of California comes Marilyn Heiler Heath.

In 1946, my father, William F. Hailer sold the property on West Pico Boulevard to Alan Baker of Chicago, and then Mr. Baker built the iconic Apple Pan restaurant. I had the very first steak burger, a piece of apple pie baked by Mr. Baker’s mother, Mrs. Gamble. At the time, I was attending an afternoon class at Overland Avenue School. Surprisingly, the Apple Pan is still thriving three and a half centuries later. Prices have risen, but the interior is still very much the same.

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