TRONA – Bicentennial activities will start with dedication of downtown Austin Plaza at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow [Friday, April 18, 1975] with a patriotic recognition program. The community is invited to attend, join in the singing of the patriotic songs and meet members of the many organizations who have participated in preparation of the park for senior citizen and public use. The park has been leased to the Trona Business and Professional Women’s Club from Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. without charge.
The Trona Bicentennial Committee headed by Robert Wasson, Audry Ledesma is park project chairman. The ramada and picnic benches are to be dedicated to the late Mury A Corrion. Material came from Phyllis Corrion and labor to erect the structure came from the Trona Lions Club. Tomorrow night’s program will open with Trona High School Stage Band playing under the direction of George Pilcher. Songs will be lead by Helen Ingram. Andy Ledesma, president of the Searles Valley Council will be master of ceremonies.
Diana Margie, president of the Searles Valley Senior Citizens who through B. O. Bostrom, charman, have constructed a fountain in the park from native rock, will sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Mrs. Margie is also president of the Searles lake VFW Auxiliary, which will present a flag to fly on the pole donated and erected by the Trona American Legion. Other community leaders who will participate include James A. Smith. Industrial relations manager of Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp.; E. T. McCambridge, president of the Tron Lions Club; Charlene Sims, President of the Searles Lake Branch of the, American Association of University Women; Cordia Lee Tankersley representing the united Foursquare Women; Lois Bryant, 4-H Club leader; Vi Swann, president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club; Tom England, commander of the Searle Lake VFW and George Williams, commander of the Trona American Legion. Refreshments will be served following the brief program in the park by the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union Local No. 35.
On Saturday, Johnny Horizon Day to clean up Searles Valley starts. Glenn Denman is chairman. Any organization or individuals not assigned a special area may get in touch with Denman at the ILWU headquarters or join any group along Trona Road between the Westend chemical plant and Inyo County line. The cleanup starts at 8 a.m. and will continue until noon. In Austin Plaza a bake goods contest will have prizes awarded at 11;45 a.m. Cordia Lee Tankersley and Anna Bostrom are co-chairmen for this event.
Entry blanks are available at the markets and from the chairman. There are two divisions, juniors up to 18 years and adults. There are four categories, cake pie, bread and cookies. There will be a gift for each entrant as well as prizes for the winners. Janet WIlson will price the items for sale after the contest. Coffee and punch will be available for those who purchase “goodies” and want to eat them in the park. Mary Hess, assisted by Peggy Bair will show a nanny goat and kids in real county fair tradition.
A plate lunch of Mexican delicacies will be available. The food is being prepared by Aleja Ledesman, Lupe Ruiz and Sarah Comacho. Kathleen Maas, sponsor of the Trona High School Spanish Club is in charge of the serving. The funds will go toward its effort to send three students to Mexico for summer school.
Displays of crafts will be under the chairmanship of Helen Hickle. Gem and mineral displays in the park are under the direction of Fred Hohne. I a theater treat has been arranged by the Trona Theater and the trona Library. A free program at 2:30 p.m., Saturday will feature life in Colonial America.
Fairs and crafts similar to the Trona Bicentennial observance are shown in the films obtained by the Trona Library from the Inland Library Film Centers. The four films or 15 minutes or less each are: “AWork of Hearts and hands,” “Yesterday Lives Again,” “Colonial Williamsburg Community Life” and Cabinet Making, Colonial Williamsburg.” The community has been invited to attend as guests of the Trona Theater and Trona Library.
by Doris Bray, Sun-Telegram Staff Writer, San Bernardino County Sun, Thur, April 17, 1975