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Many were important Cereans
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For more than four years I have been writing this column in the Ceres Courier. My stories are about the times and experiences of my youth growing up in rural Ceres. Recently my 200th column was published. In response to my columns, I have received a lot of feedback - both pro and con - by phone, e-mail, snail mail and in person.

It's always been my intent to relate a bit of my knowledge and experiences of the 1930s, especially to the younger people and old-timers. Perhaps the next generation can read about all of this and attempt to do better in their lives.

I welcome all communications and I have had a number of requests from readers to tell about various things or perhaps their own family history. When I can, I am happy and willing to do this within the scope of my own personal knowledge and try to adhere entirely to the accuracy of the matter!

My articles have discussed many of the early Ceres merchants and how they served the local people with assistance and courtesy. I gave the many names of those that went out of their way to fulfill the needs and necessities of the Ceres population.

I have told of my days as a student in both Ceres Grammar School on Lawrence Street and Ceres Union High School on Whitmore Avenue, where it still stands today. How my generation left our homes to many parts of the globe to fight in World War ll and return to reconstruct our country and our lives that had been interrupted. Those that stayed behind and worked privately and in war industries to shorten the war producing for the ones fighting in foreign lands.

I have told about certain Ceres organizations, such as the American Legion and the Smyrna Masonic Lodge.

Many of my stories tell about the little dairy farm that I was raised on and of the trials and tribulations connected with growing up during the Great Depression and the poverty and desperation that it produced. In some of these stories I told about early farm tractors and horse drawn farm tools, the drudgery and the reward of hard work of planning for a better future.

In many of these printings I used the names of many early Ceres residents as not only house-dwellers but leaders and ones with great foresight that worked for the betterment not only of Ceres and vicinity, but our great nation.

I once received a request to write about the "important" people of Ceres in the 1930s and 1940s. One name was mentioned, however I feel that no one family was responsible, for all the people of the little town of Ceres were and still are "important." It takes good and gracious people to make an exceptional town and the citizens of Ceres in that era were industrious, planned and endured difficult periods! In evidence of this Ceres is still growing, new schools are being built and the population is approaching 40,000! That dear friends in my humble opinion is important!

Bill Noble may be reached via email at