Ukiah Daily Journal
Wednesday, March 25, 1970

 Held-Poage Memorial dedication April 5

Dedication of the Held-Poage Memorial House by the Mendocino County Historical Society has been set for April 5, according to announcement released today.

Invitations out for the ceremony, which will be held at 2:30 p.m., went out Monday to officials of the state, county and city to attend.

An early-day home of Ukiah, the house was the residence of the late Judge W.D.L. Held of the Mendocino County Superior Court and his wife who was Ethel Poage and for many years a Mendocino County school teacher.

Located on the corner of W. Perkins and Dora Streets, it has been undergoing renovations inside and out to put it in shape for public use as it had been unoccupied for some time when it was donated by William P. Held, their son, and family to the Mendocino County Historical Society.

Through arrangements being made, Judge Wayne Burke will be the principal sleaker. the Ukiah high school band will play numbers.

The ceremony will have significant historical interest in that Ukiah Fire Chirf Albert Bechtol has been asked to represent Ukiah's first fire department known as the Eagle fire demartment, which was established by Judge Held in the early days.

Bert Thornton, Santa Rosan who was for many years court reporter during Judge Held's term on the superior bench has been asked to come from the neighboring city to take part in the ceremony.

WilliamHeld of San Rafael, the donor, has been invited and also Judge Held's sister Mrs. Roy Pratt of San Francisco.

Invitations have been sent to Sen. Randolph Collier and Assemblyman Frank Belotti, the board of supervisors of Mendocino County has been invited, Mayor Harold Henderson and the city councilmen have received invitations and also the Ukiah and Mendocino County Chambers of Commerce.

In charge of program arrangements is Mrs. Frank McTeague, secretary of james E. Busch, attorney for William P. Held, who was to have served as master of ceremonies but is too ill to take part.

After the dedication, the house will be open in various ways to the public. The current plan is to keep it open from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays for a show place. the library which the judge left has been cataloged and put inorder and there are numerous artifacts some of hich are there until time as the museum has been constructed in Willits.

Some meetings of the board of the mendocino County Historical Society have been held there and it has been a general headquarters since the society took it over from Mr. Held.

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