2014 Honorary Town Marshal – Jeff Timm
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse and the Sonora Union Democrat are proud to honor Jeff Timm, as the duly elected honorary Town Marshal for the 57th annual Mother Lode Round-up. This election marks the end of this yearly honor that started with Edward “Wimpy” Jones in 2000.
Jeff was born in Pomona, Ca to James Lee and Linda Lee Timms. His Grandfather was native Sonoran, Clifford O. Smith, who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The Timms family moved to Sonora at the urging of Grandpa Smith many years ago.
Jeff Timm is a former correctional officer retiring from the Dept. of Corrections in 1998. He worked for many years in residential construction for Coop Kessel and Rich Njrich among others. Jeff also served as a technical director for Sierra Repertory Theater.
Timm has also actively given his time as a volunteer with the Moose Lodge, offering his time and expertise to local projects.
This honor has been continuing for the past 14 years and it is time to focus on our yearly selection of Grand Marshal as the honorary leader of the Round-up. The Sheriff’s Posse would like to thank all of the citizens of Tuolumne county that have voted and had fun with this election for the past many years. (Photo by Union Democrat)
2014 Mother Lode Round-up Top Hand Award
Established in 1854 by Albert N. Francisco, The Union Democrat is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the state of California. On July 1 of that year, the four-page paper hit the dusty streets of a rough and tumble Gold Rush County populated by 17,000 miners, merchants, fortune seekers, tradesman and outlaws.
The story of The Union Democrat is one of survival; surviving the threat of Union Soldiers closing down the paper because of its stance during the Civil War. Although it backed a loser in the War, it was a winner with Tuolumne County readers. In those early years, The Union Democrat overcame gun-toting competition, fire, flood, financial adversity and political upheaval.
For 21 years after Francisco’s death in 1867, The Union Democrat was owned by no less than six ownership changes. John Van Harlingen bought the newspaper in 1892 and together with his brother Ferdinand tenured the newspaper for 51 years. These years brought telephone service, local photos, an electric press and Linotype machines. These were also a time of circulation wars with two other newspapers, the Tuolumne Independent and The Banner. But, with a quiet, conservative approach and solid local coverage, The Democrat survived.
Ferdinand’s transfer of ownership to Don Segerstrom and Raymond Minners in 1938 brought dramatic changes. As the youngest publishers in California, the pair transformed the paper: News coverage widened and weekly papers grew from 8 to 12 pages. Headlines were bolder and wider. A comprehensive sports section was added and community events were energetically reported. Finally, after being a staunch Democratic organ for more than eight decades, the paper declared itself independent. “The Union Democrat can better serve the community if it is neither Democratic or Republican but instead fairly presents the local activities of both parties in an impartial manner,” wrote the new owners.
And so it was, The Union Democrat entered into the modern age and survived the manpower and raw material shortages during World War II. In 1953, Segerstrom sold the paper and the combined Democrat and Independent merged with The Banner.
In 1959, Harvey and Helen McGee bought the newspaper and operated The Democrat for 39 years until Harvey’s death in 1998. Harvey McGee oversaw great expansion at the paper: New presses, a new location, wire service and eventually the computerization of pre-press production.
The Democrat was purchased May 1, 1998 by Western Communications and became the second largest paper in the group. Editorial policy remains locally determined, as Wescom believes in giving its papers nearly complete autonomy. In the fall of 2007, Western Communications Inc. purchase a building in the Pluim Industrial Park off Tuolumne Rd. near Nugget Blvd. Two additional press units were also acquired allowing for full color front pages of each section of the Newspaper.
Throughout the newspaper’s history it is the focus on local events and issues that keeps The Union Democrat an integral part of the community and the leading information source of the Mother Lode.
Mother of the Year – Jeanette Rogers
Jeanette is a third generation Californian, born May 14 1950 in Southern California.
My father’s family came to Tuolumne County in the 1920’s and her
Grandfather worked in Yosemite Valley as a mason, designing much of the
stonework on the exterior and interior of the Ahwanee Hotel
Jeanette went to college in Southern California and later met her husband, Dick Rogers during a visit home who was working as a police officer in Marin County. Their first date was at the Mother Lode Fair. They were married in St Patrick’s Church in 1975. Jeanette and Dick returned from Marin to live in Tuolumne County in 1977 when Dick took a job as a patrolman for the Sonora Police Department until 1998 when he was elected Sheriff of Tuolumne County. He served two terms.
Jeanette’s life in the County has been mostly spent working in the healthcare field and primarily with the Visiting Nurse Association of the Mother Lode and Hospice of the Sierra where she worked for 18 years. When the VNA merged with Tuolumne General Hospital she spent 8 years in hospital administration until I retired in 2005.
Jeanette’s extracurricular activities include having served on the Tuolumne County Arts Council Board of Directors and as a docent at Rail town 1897
Jeanette and Dick live at their Jamestown “homestead”. Jeanette Rogers is the proud mother of Chris Rogers first Lieutenant of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse. Chris’s wife Shasta is very active in planning and staging the Mother Lode Roundup Queen Pageant.
Jeanette is most proud of her granddaughters, Karissa, 14 and Rayna, 11, both of whom are accomplished rodeo pageant winners and excellent equestrians.
Dick and Jeanette enjoy retired life, traveling to far places whenever they can and especially to Hawaii which they consider their second home
Jeanette states “I am deeply honored to be chosen as the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse Mother of the Year for this year’s Mother Lode Round-up. I would like to share this honor with our Sheriff’s Posse wives and mothers who work so hard to make the Round Up events a success, even on Mothers’ Day Weekend!”