Foothill Flowers in GV, circa 1967, from Searls Library

While doing some research at the Searls Historical Library in Nevada City, I ran across this photo of Foothill Flowers, circa 1967. You could almost imagine Ward, Wally and “Beaver” Cleaver coming out the front door, holding a bouquet of flowers for June.

We’re lucky to have such a fine collection of photos of our past.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Foothill Flowers in GV, circa 1967, from Searls Library”

  1. Jeff,
    Great photo – It must be from March, 1967. The gladiolus and small Madonna figurines in the window displays tell me it was likely just before the Easter holiday. Much has happened on the corner of “Main & Auburn” (aka ‘the waterfront” – most building basements in this block would flood during heavy rains) since my mother, Marie Johnson “the flower lady,” opened her business in November 1966. Marie opened her business with about $400 in her purse, and she was a single mom with three children under the age of 7. She had a wooden red picnic table to work on, and a small box refrigerator for her flowers, and a groovy 64 Volkswagen bus for delivery. Our family rented in a small duplex in Cedar Ridge for $35 per month, and my brother, sister and I attended Union Hill School. Life was great! The building owner in 1966 was woman named Marion Montgomery, she also owned and managed the Star Hotel(see Metal/Neon Sign in Photo) 2 miles west on Hwy 20.(Today it is the Manzanita Home). The Tahoe Cafe was was next door(now Foggy Mountain Music) and Gold Pan Liquor Store was to the east. I think the 3 largest changes in downtown since 1966 have been: moving the utility lines underground in the 70’s, re-routing Hwy 20 in the 80’s, and the Street & Sidewalk renovations in the 90’s. Marie will be 80 this year, and she still works 4 days a week. She and Helen Williams(Williams Stationery) are two of downtown’s finest business owners.(I am a little biased!)

  2. I would agree about Marie being one of the finest business women in Downtown Grass Valley. Last year, at the opening of the Nevada County Fair I had the pleasure of walking around with her for an hour or so. She was (is) absolutely lovely and had some awesome stories to share! You are a lucky guy Mark (and so is Grass Valley)! 🙂

  3. Great picture Jeff, thank you for posting. Fun to read Mark’s comments as my family has known the Johnson’s since our days at Union Hill Elementary. Wonderful business, wonderful people.

    (FYI to readers: This post is from Nancy Palmer, who confirmed it is OK to use her real name. -Jeff P.)

  4. Marie does so much for the communty and does so behind the scenes. Her support of Hope House is just one example of an endless list of good deeds she does for our community, she’s a real treasure!

  5. Does anyone have any knowledge of a Mr Lyle White [deceased ] who was an active gold miner in the Red Dog area in the 1950’s. Any info would be appreciated

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