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Amy Spivack

Concord, CA

#44 May 12, 2012
Phillip Lee wrote:
Hello All,
I too was at CWR in 79-84ish. I remember you Sevete. I was in the red house. My brother David Lee was also there with me. I still talk to Ken Barns one of the councelors in the wilderness program. And I remember Betty Babcock another adult councelor. I have a picture of me and some boys on one of our camping trips with Ken. Other names I can pull from the past: Temple Green, Stacy Blaylock, Vincent and Joey.I also remember white water rafting and riding ponies/horses. I even recall that the names of the horses were shadow, ginger, muffin and sisco. I dont remember CWR as a orphanage since my mom was still alive while I was there(although she passed away in 82). My time at CWR provides me with some of my fondest memories as a child. There is a lot though that I do not remember. I would love to talk with anyone who remembers me. My email address is philliplee123@hotmail.com. Im so excited that there are others out there that have this shared experience.
Phillip
Phillip, this is the 1st time I have ever gone to this web site. I was a counselor in your house for a 6 month period in 1977-78. I was the one who used to sit with you on a Sat morning and help you organize your clothes. You and your brother were really sweet kids. Robert was also in your group as was Nicky. You all gave Nicky such a hard time. When I left I begged the people in charge to let me write to you all. They said a clean break was the best. I argued and even wrote a letter, but it came back. How is David? Its hard to believe it was over 30 years ago. My email as Amyemail@astound.net
Amy Spivack

Concord, CA

#45 May 12, 2012
Phillip, I remember you and your brother David. I was a counselor in your house for 6 months in 1977,78. I was the one who would help you organize & fold you clothes on Sat mornings. Just one on one. When I was there, Robert and Nicky were also part of your group. I really wanted to keep in touch with all of you, but I was not allowed to. How are your doing, how is David?
My eamil is amyemail@astound.net
Debra coe

Dallas, TX

#46 Jun 3, 2012
Hi guys found some new info on the web but first someone posted Clearwater ranch as a company on Facebook thought it was inappropriate that they labeled it for disturbed children being there was many degrees to the needs of each child any ways here are the new story links new owner of Clearwater ranch and a couple other links

http://avalleylife.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/b...

http://m.legacy.com/mymemorials/welcome.aspx...

http://theava.com/archives/2806
Debra coe

Dallas, TX

#47 Jun 3, 2012
Mychoresandmore@yahoo.com

I am in contact with Kathy white another counselor.
Debra coe

Dallas, TX

#48 Jun 3, 2012
Would love to read the book by Susan Richards Debra Coe mychoresandmore@yahoo.com
Joe wrote:
I worked at Clear Water Ranch in Philo for a brief time in August 1982. I accompanied Mike Shelby and Sue on a camping trip with the boys of Phoenix house to Mt Lassen.(I took about 50 photos of the trip).
I have some CW Ranch-related information:
a copy of founder Susan Richard's book "The Way i feel About The Hole Thing' published in 1981.
an article about being a counselor at Clear Water by Dan Wax published August 11,1982 in the Anderson Valley Advertiser.
a classified ad from the 5/30/1982 SF Chronicle for employment at CW Ranch for a counselor for milieu therapy
a news item from the SF Chronicle of 4/3/1991 about the Clear Water Ranch home in Cloverdale,Ca being closed due to a scandal.
a 1982 map of the Philo residence facilty
3 photos of the CW Ranch property in Philo taken on 7/29/1999
Mary Darling

Santa Rosa, CA

#49 Sep 20, 2012
Some people were interested in the other book about Susan Richards. This is from Pat Hulbert who worked there from 1956-1965

Home Is Beyond the Mountains...Written by Celia Barker Lottridge..
Susan's youngest sister Louise is her mother...
I found this out from the Ruth that is mentioned so much in Susan's book..
I am in touch with her... Her father-in-law, is the guy who built Chuck's house at the Ranch..

This book is available at Amazon. It is NOT about Clear Water Ranch

"When the Turkish army invades northwestern Persia in 1918, nine-year-old Samira and her parents, brother, and baby sister are driven from their tiny village. Taking only what they can carry, they flee into the mountains, but the journey is so difficult that only Samira and her older brother survive. Shunted from one refugee camp to another, from Persia to Iraq and back again, Samira finally ends up in an orphanage, where it seems that she will live out her childhood. Then Susan Shedd, the new orphanage director, arrives and, to Samira's amazement, announces that she will take all the children back to their villages to make new lives for themselves. With wonder and fear, Samira and three hundred other orphans embark on an epic march of three hundred miles through the mountains towards home."
Glenn

Beaverton, OR

#50 Sep 20, 2012
I remember the ponies (not horses) muffin, ginger and a white one named suzie. Muffin is the one I broke my arm on, there was snake back by the bike shop (would have to draw a map), I was one of the boys that moves acrossed the creek, (the swiging bridge) up to the cabbins, I remember so much, I could draw a map of the place and the red house were the garden was
Dale Hulbert

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

#52 Oct 4, 2012
I was a counselor at Lake House from 1965 to 1972. Moved back to Anderson Valley and worked at the main ranch from 1974 to 76, in the near wing. It sure would be great to meet up with some the the kids I worked with. I think of them often. Allen, Sidney, Donald (from Lake House). David, Claiborne, Darren, Russell, Wayne (main ranch)... where are you?
Carl

Vienna, WV

#53 Oct 4, 2012
Richard harrington wrote:
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I only remember the ranch hand named Carl Cannion I was there back then as a kid
Richard Harrington
Skype:crave4all
I left a link about 3 posts up about Carl. they named one of the houses after him. He was a good man and i was sad to hear he passed away.
pat Hulbert

AOL

#54 Oct 24, 2012
Dean Davis wrote:
I was at Clear Water Ranch from 1955 to 1957 and would like to know more about this Facility. I was just bairly 10 at the time
Good hearing from you....pat hulbert your OLD counselor.
pat Hulbert

AOL

#55 Oct 27, 2012
Would love to hear from anyone who worked or was a kid at the Ranch from 1956(I was the cook for the summer)then stayed as a counselor...went to summer school to learn brail, was then a teacher for awhile...Susan Richards set me up as the resident director at Town House in Cloverdale...Then on to Country House in Santa Rosa...Last at Lake House in Sebastopol until 1965...10 very good years...I am now retired after 26 1/2 years at Sunny Hills in San Anselmo, Marin Co....I have so many kids out there, there is no way I can count you, let alone remember all of your names...
I have a copy of Susan's book, "The Way i Feel About the Hole Thing"...Good book, but she said that Ruth Bricket was the resident director at Country House and Town House...I WAS, at all three group homes...
Would love to hear from you via this forum...Pat H
Hope Alexander

Chattanooga, TN

#56 Oct 28, 2012
mike o wrote:
was there 66-68 have details of the ranch and names of staff ,kids,and events posting by RosalieHunter Moore was right on .Richard Custer drove a early sixties MG convertable green.Boonesville Ele.Sch. ring a bell and the summer cabin to the right as you come down the hill they had Indian names .and that tree growing thru the porch.Hope to hear from you all .can be reached at mike.omeha@gmail.com Hey Deb not to far away Port.Or. For those at Clearwater .theres alot LOVE waiting for YOU
Mike, do you remember a counselor named Peter Grace? I've been trying to locate him for years. I have a painting someone did for me of the cabin with the tree, but it was just being constructed, I think. I remember a Mike from when I was hanging out at clearwater, are you an African-American male?
Kevin Kisich

Aurora, CO

#58 Jan 1, 2013
Raymond Corcoran wrote:
I was a junior counselor in the summer of 1961 at Philo, CA. I'm looking for Eric Nilson Erik Nilsson) I purchased a motorcycle from him and I still owe him money.
Ruth Brickett (kisich) may know better if/how to find him. I believe she was working for Susan up there that summer. She is in the phone book in Santa Rosa under Kisich.
Kevin Kisich

Aurora, CO

#59 Jan 1, 2013
pat Hulbert wrote:
Would love to hear from anyone who worked or was a kid at the Ranch from 1956(I was the cook for the summer)then stayed as a counselor...went to summer school to learn brail, was then a teacher for awhile...Susan Richards set me up as the resident director at Town House in Cloverdale...Then on to Country House in Santa Rosa...Last at Lake House in Sebastopol until 1965...10 very good years...I am now retired after 26 1/2 years at Sunny Hills in San Anselmo, Marin Co....I have so many kids out there, there is no way I can count you, let alone remember all of your names...
I have a copy of Susan's book, "The Way i Feel About the Hole Thing"...Good book, but she said that Ruth Bricket was the resident director at Country House and Town House...I WAS, at all three group homes...
Would love to hear from you via this forum...Pat H
Pat, are you still in touch with Ruth?
Robert Graham

Fresno, CA

#60 Jan 22, 2013
David Mau wrote:
I was at Clearwater Ranch from about 1970 thru 1973. A little hard for me however there were several counselors that helped me a lot. The last year I was allowed to go to Andersen Vallley Elementary.
I was a kid living in Cloverdale in approximately 1972 to 1974. Does anybody remember me? I wonder what the house looks like now.
Cathy Calcagno

Portland, OR

#61 Jan 22, 2013
Kevin Kisich wrote:
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Pat, are you still in touch with Ruth?
Hi I was @ Clearwater while u where cook. I would bug cooks esp when they made this cake w pudding on bottom so good man wish @ time I could go back. I @ one pulled fire alarm a bit of trouble i was during that time. I am hearing impaired only did not hearing aid. Do u remember a blind girl Denise she ddid not like tomatoes till i put sugar on top. I would like to know what her last name was if remembered. Thank u what a site loving this :)
pat Hulbert

AOL

#62 Jan 30, 2013
I am Pat Hulbert...I worked for Clear Water Ranch, starting in 1956 as a cook for the summer...I then asked Susan Richard if I could stay and be a counselor...I worked for them until 1965, when I moved on to Sunny Hills in Marin Co...I worked thereb until 1991...I am now retired and living back in Philo, on the family ranch...Now what should I do...Pat Hulbert
Pat Hulbert

AOL

#63 Jan 30, 2013
Kevin Kisich wrote:
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Pat, are you still in touch with Ruth?
Yes I am still in touch with Ruth...How are you related to her???
I went to Mexico one summer with her mother-inlaw, Susan's sister...I don' know any of her kids, are you one of them...We lost touch for a lot of years, but now back in touch...Pat H
Pat Hulbert

AOL

#64 Jan 30, 2013
Cathy Calcagno wrote:
<quoted text> Hi I was @ Clearwater while u where cook. I would bug cooks esp when they made this cake w pudding on bottom so good man wish @ time I could go back. I @ one pulled fire alarm a bit of trouble i was during that time. I am hearing impaired only did not hearing aid. Do u remember a blind girl Denise she ddid not like tomatoes till i put sugar on top. I would like to know what her last name was if remembered. Thank u what a site loving this :)
Yes I remember Denise, she was in my group...Don't remember her last name...There was also Kenny who was blind...Also another girl, I can't remember even her first name...Pat H
David Gerard

Los Gatos, CA

#65 Feb 26, 2013
I was a counselor from October 1972 through March 1973, and I was there when Ted Reed, another Wesleyan University alumnus, was leaving. It was a tough time for the ranch which at that point git a new Director who was quite out of touch with the kids and counselors. I was the Arts and Crafts Coordinator and worked primarily one on one with autistic kids. I took a trip down there in the 90's, drove down the dirt road as far as I could and was stunned to see it all abandoned, all of the cabins along the creek were just left in utter disrepair. I remember the winter there, my first in California, and the roaring creek, the wonderful kids and the very hip counselors and the spirit of the times.

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