Remembering Cold Springs In the 60s

Submitted by Phil and Lorna Naugle, August 2007.

My father built the cabin at lot 225 on Modoc — sorry, I don’t know the street address. Here’s some history which may be new.

As a young girl in the 60’s, my parents befriended a PG&E employee by the name of Mr. Sardella (spell?) who would tell us of stories of when he was a boy. Our lot was once part of his family’s sheep farm. In fact, when my parents, Bruno & Edith Weiser, purchased the lot for $2,000 in 1960, it was an unsightly plot with barb wire, sheep bones, and broken cups. I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to purchase that piece of property, but my father did. We were visiting friends who had a plot adjacent to this one, Zep and Imgard Maier. They wanted the fallen trees that shared the border between the lots for firewood. Although the young men worked all day to move the logs, they were unsuccessful and at that point my father decided to start a new journey and purchased our lot.

As children, there is a path that winds behind our cabin which we would hike all the way to the “boy scout camp”. Remnants of this path remain, although newer areas of Cold Springs have chopped this trail and it is now almost overgrown. Mr. Sardella mentioned his mother would tell him to go to the river and look for gold. They remember returning with gold pieces to help purchase food. This may have been during the depression, although I am not sure.

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  1. Dave Sponseller
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Glad to report that the new website is Mac-friendly. I like what I see! Hopefully the new website will increase the level of member interest and strengthen our sense of community.

    Posted August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    My dad purchased a lot -(67 ) back in 1957-58.his name was Cecil Seigal and he worked mostly
    by him self on weekends and his vacation to build a two story cabin , I see now the address is
    29670 lassen dr.–his brother Travis Seigal also purchased a lot and built an “A ‘ frame just across
    the street.. Have many pictures of them under took dad a couple of years to get the cabin completed..Used the cabin as a home base to fish and hunt the area,–stanislaus-clarks fork-kennendy meadows-out to cherry lake I think there was a chalet at Cold Springs but it burned down..(not sure).any way place was sold in the 60’s and recently was there and checked the old cabin out.. met some new owners and were the nicest of people. Took us in and gave a current tour of cabin and now are good friends., As i now live in oregon don’t get much of chance to travel. the place after 50 years looked very good..

    merle l. seigal

  3. PeggyBlanco(Seigal)
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I am adding comments to my brother, Merle Seigal’s memories of the cabin on lot 67 on Lasson Drive. My parents Roxie & Cecil Seigal bought the lot when I was around 10 or so. It was such a beautiful area. I remember how blue the sky was and how close the stars were at night. They worked side by side and built this cabin for our family. When my brother Merle and I went back a couple of years ago to see the old place. We met the new owner Diane and her husband. They let us go in and look around. It seemed so much smaller to me. Some minor changes were made but mainly it was the same. I can remember one Christmas when the whole family was there. It had not snowed. We really wanted a white Christmas. Our youngest brother Gary made a wish on a large round river rock my father brought back from the Toulumne River. The next morning when we got up and came down stairs it had snowed and everything was white. What a great Christmas.

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