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Smith: She was Pauline, the 'Face' of 1906

  • Chris Smith

The oldest face, and among the loveliest, in that exhibit of 101 chronological portraits now on display at Railroad Square’s Hotel La Rose is that of Pauline Samples.

She heard in 2006 that Railroad Square boosters would take studio photographs of locals born in each year from then back to 1906, the year of the monster quake.

Samples posed beautifully as the “Faces of a Century” face for 1906. Her vision at the time, at age 100, dimmed her view of the 101 photos but she liked what she could see.

She was just short of 102 when she died on April 22, 2008. Her son, John Samples of Santa Rosa, and other loved ones were thinking and speaking of her on Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of her passing, when they read that the photo exhibit was moved from Teevax to Hotel La Rose.

A sampling of Samples will be present for the reception celebrating the new home of “Faces of a Century.” Do note that it happens from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 1.

The date I had in that item on Tuesday was a bit off.

LIKE HAWKS, two birds of prey watched the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting.

Toots, a Northern Pygmy Owl, and Jazz, a majestic Great Horned Owl, came with volunteers of the 34-year-old Bird Rescue Center.

Supervisors praised the center’s service to injured, orphaned and sick birds.

Some of the supes may drop in at the center on Santa Rosa’s Chanate Road between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for a grand open house called “Festival of Feathers.”

Toots and Jazz will be there, watching.

DOCS IN THE HOUSE? There will be in the main hall of Shomrei Torah temple this evening for a screening of “The Healthcare Movie.”

The documentary, to show at 7 p.m., traces how Canada came to adopt universal medical care and the U.S. took quite a different approach.

Among the doctors who’ll be there are Petaluma’s Joseph Eichenseher and Rick Flinders, a chief of the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program.

Advocates of California going to a single-payer — or “expanded, improved Medicare for all” — system, they’ll do Q&A after the free show with filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg.

GENOCIDE NO MORE: Shomrei Torah also is home and launch point to Walk to End Genocide, an exercise of healing and prevention hosted for years by a young man named Gabe Ferrick.

Ferrick is off to college, so Sunday morning’s walk is organized by friends Jake Matalon and Noah Bacon.

Register at 8 a.m., walk at 9, feel great for a long time.

(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.)

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