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Father Paul and Visitors

Father Paul and Visitors

Vina, Tehama County, California

The abbey held an open house Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary and sell the first vintage from grapes planted a few years ago. At least 2,000 people showed up, despite the fact it was 106. I guess in the valley you just cope with that.

I talked for awhile with Father Paul after the crowd thinned out. Told him I had worked for the Examiner and directly for Will Hearst for awhile. I found out that he hails from Michigan, North Dakota, about 50 miles west of Grand Forks and about 80 miles from my dad's first hometown, Alvarado, Minnesota.

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