Co-Marshals' Larry and Tom Moore
Queen Milene Barlogio Radford
Becca Lee Stroud, Union Area
Abigail Nicole Avery, Monterey Road area
Shelby Brooke Degnan, San Miguel area
Nevaeh Kim Hinton, Paso Robles area
Kayla Ann Hurl, Shandon area
Halle Lynn Nash, Carissa Plains area
Emily Elizabeth Oetting, Creston area
Emily Rose Olsen, Linne Township area
Tatiana Noel Smeltzer, Estrella area
Since the first Pioneer day in 1931 a Grand Marshal and Queen have been chosen from families who have settled our area to reign over the celebration.
A Pioneer gentleman is chosen from the community and is honored with a beautiful Marshal’s badge that is presented at the Pioneer Royalty Dinner.
This year’s Co-Marshals are Lawerence Duane Moore and Thomas Hardin Moore.
Lawrence (Larry) Duane Moore was born at home on the family farm on September 3, 1931 in Custer County, Oklahoma. His parents were Calvin and Alva Daniels Moore. At the age of five, Larry, his parents and two siblings, Colene and Tom headed to California. After years of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, like many Mid-West farmers and ranchers, the family headed to California. Joining the great exodus to the great San Joaquin Valley and the promise of jobs and a better life. Larry’s father and uncles found work on a fruit orchard farm in Shafter. In 1942 Larry and Tom’s father Calvin was offered a job by Carl Glass Trucking in Paso Robles. He moved the family to Paso and worked for Carl Glass for several years as a mechanic and driver. He also worked over the years for A.J. Woods Machine Shop and Buckles Body Shop until he retired. Larry’s Grandparents, Marcus and Melva Daniels also came to Paso at the same time. Marcus worked for Hugh Black and was in charge of the incubator rooms at the Black Hatchery, located on the property just north of Black Oak and Adelaide Hotels. The hatchery operated during WWII years and hatched out and raised thousands of chickens to support the war effort.
Larry started school at the old Grammar School where Glen Speck sits now. During his school years as a 10-12 year old Larry worked for Gibbs Newspaper Contractor and traveled to Camp Roberts to sell newspapers to the troops that were stationed at the camp. Brother Tom also worked for him later. After this adventure, Larry went into partnership with a friend and opened a shoe shine stand in Capes Barbershop at the old Paso Robles Hotel at 13th and Spring Street. He also belonged to the Boy Scouts for several years.
Larry attended Paso Robles High School for four years. He was very active in sports and student government. He excelled in football and track. He was a starter for three years in football and was named team captain his senior year. He competed at the CIF Track and Field Championships his senior year. Larry was Class President his freshman and sophomore years. Elected to Boys League and went to Boys State his junior year. His senior year he was Student Body President and won the Lions Club Sports award. He received the American Legion Award when he graduated from Paso High in 1950. During all this, Larry managed to work at various jobs thru his high school years, such as, bell hop at the Paso Robles Inn, washing dishes at various eateries and was always helping out whenever someone needed help.
Larry attended Taft Junior College for one year and played football for them. He returned to Paso and went to work for the Paso Robles Glass Shop in 1951 and married his classmate June Hackney. He joined the National Guard at this time also. One of Larry’s priorities has always been the youth of the community. He belonged to the Quarterback Club thru the fifties. This club developed into the Bearcat Boosters Club that supports all Paso High Athletics. With the help of Manfred Vanderlip, a fellow Bearcat football teammate, they built the club up to what it is today. He was president three times. Larry was inducted into the Bearcat Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Larry was on the Paso Robles Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for over 30 years. He helped develop many programs, parks and pools that are still here today. After retiring from the board, the city honored him by naming a park in his honor. The Lawrence Moore Neighborhood Park was dedicated in 1994.
Of all Larry’s achievements, he is most proud of his years serving on the Paso Robles Volunteer Fire Department. He served from 1962- 1987 until an accident during a fire call affected his health. He was one of the first trained early paramedic teams on the Dept. and served on the rescue squad. He retired from the Fire Department in 1987 with the rank of Lieutenant.
Larry was chosen Personality of the month in 1971 and Citizen of the month in 1996 and chosen Roblan of the Year in in 1999.
Larry’s three bothers and two sisters still live in the area and support and spend time with each other. Sister, Coleen Bruce, brother Tom Moore, Co-Marshal with him, brother Cletis Moore, brother Weldon Moore and sister, Melba McKanna.
Larry has been married to his wife June for 68 years. They have three children, Karen Roden of Cholame, CA, Duane Moore of Ramona, CA and Debbie Vandergon of Atascadero. They have seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with the eighth on the way.
Larry has always lived his life by these few things: Family, Friends and Community****Love, Loyalty and Devotion.
Thomas Hardin Moore was born at home on the family farm on May 27, 1936 in Custer County near the town of Sayre, Oklahoma. His parents were Calvin and Alva Daniels Moore. When he was 3 months old his family headed to California to the San Joaquin Valley and the promise of jobs and a better life. When he was six years old the family moved to Paso Robles in 1942. Tom attended the grammar schools of Marie Bauer and Glen Speck for first thru fifth grades. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist School for sixth thru 8th grade. The school shared the building with their church which was located on 10th street and still there today being used by a different denomination. He then went on to the Monterey Bay Academy for his ninth and tenth grade years, returning to Paso Robles High School for eleventh and twelfth grade years. During high school Tom played football, baseball and basketball. He joined the California National Guard during his last two years in high school. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force from 1955 thru 1959. Tom served two and a half years in France and the end of his service years at a SAC Base in Northern California.
Just prior to joining The Air Force, Tom proposed marriage to his high school sweetheart, Roselyn Moore. They married three months after his enlistment was up in December of 1959. They soon had two daughters, Cindy the oldest and Kay. They have four grandchildren.
One of Tom’s memories from childhood is the day WWII ended. He was at Chuck Frazier’s service Station on Spring Street. He was nine years old. He remembers all the church bells ringing and fire whistles and work whistles going off. People were celebrating and honking car horns. He said he would never forget this event from his young life.
Tom joined the Paso Robles JayC’s in the 60’s and served as president and also a JayC1 Senator, which was a high honor in this club. He helped coach Babe Ruth Baseball league for a few years and was Chairman of the local Campfire house from 1975- 1980. He wife Roselyn and daughters were very involved in the group.
In 1970 he joined the Paso Robles Trail Riders. He was president in 1990 and is still a member today. He was the BBQ chef for the Trail Ride for 15+ years starting with his father-in-law, Dick Wear, and continuing on for many years after Dick retired.
In 1971 he joined the lions Club and is still a member. He served as president twice, was named Lion of the year twice, and was honored to receive the Melvin Jones Award which is the highest honor in the Lions Club.
Tom was Roblan of the Month once, and also Roblan of the Year in 1987. He was a Pioneer Day Committee member for 28 years and Chairman in 1978 & 79 which was 40 years ago this year. He also spent many Pioneer Days making beans in the Paso Robles Park with the Lions Club and has not missed a Pioneer Day in over 50 years.
A Pioneer Lady is also chosen from the area to reign over the Pioneer Day festivities as the Queen. The Queen is honored at the annual Pioneer Ladies Luncheon and Tea.
This year’s Queen is Milene Barlogio Radford. Milene's parents were Miles and Helen Barlogio. Her dad's parents, James and Angelica Barlogio, were from different villages in the southern part of Switzerland. They each settled in the Cambria area and were married in San Luis. They did not know English, but learned the language. Her grandpa became a citizen and registered to vote in 1898.
Milene does not know who sponsored her grandpa when coming from Switzerland, but in 1920, he wrote a letter asking permission for his 25-year-old nephew to come because he was in "great need of help" in his dairy business at Cambria. He also wrote, "I will be responsible for all of his debts and needed assistance in order that he shall never become a burden of this country the United States of North America."
Milene's dad grew up in the Cambria/Green Valley area and attended a one-room school near their dairy farm and home.
Her parents were married in 1930, lived in Green Valley, and two years later moved to the York Mountain area where they lived for six years. Son David was born in 1934, and his sister, Milene, arrived on September 4, 1937. They were both born at the Weideman Maternity Home on Park Street in Paso Robles. They grew up on a ranch west of Paso Robles on Vineyard Drive about a quarter of a mile from a little country school, Oak Dale. In the summer after Milene's seventh grade, the schoolhouse burned to the ground, and the vacant Ascension School building at the summit of York Mountain was re-opened for the next school year where she graduated from eighth grade.
Milene attended Templeton High School, graduating in 1955, along with 17 other Seniors. From there she went to Biola College in southern California, majoring in elementary education. She graduated on a Sunday in 1960, and married Darrell Radford the following Saturday. They moved to Paso Robles where she had a job teaching school and he attended Cal Poly, majoring in printing engineering. He took all of the printing courses that they offered and opened his own print shop in 1965, which he operated until an allergy to the chemicals forced him to eventually sell. Milene taught second grade at Winifred Pifer for 17 years and then at Bauer/Speck for 19 years, for a total of 36 years.
They were active in their church in Paso Robles, and later Milene became involved with the Pioneer Museum where she served on the board for 25 years. Darrell was on the board of the Templeton Museum for many years.
This year’s Pioneer Day Parade will be October 12th. The parade begins at 10:00am sharp at 16th and Spring, then travels south on Spring Street to 11th and going east to Pine Street (around the City Park). The parade will have approximately 200 entries, highlighted by the royalty, the covered wagon, and the largest collection of antique wagons, tractors, harvesters, automobiles, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, military vehicles, and also float entries from schools and various organizations. Come out and celebrate Paso Robles and its history.
Becca Lee Stroud
Representing Union Area
Her parents are Derek and Lainey Rowitser Stroud. Her grandparents are Bill and the late Dorothy (Dodie) Lauridsen Stroud, Mary Lou and John Splittorf, Mike and Jana Rowitser.
Becca's great, great-grandfather, Louis Lauridsen immigrated to the United States in 1890 from Germany. He settled in the Union, Estrella and Dry Creek areas in 1898 with his cousin Michael Lund. They became grain farmers and Louis became an original director of the Farmers Alliance Business Association. Becca's great-grandfather Ingward Lauridsen farmed the family's Union ranch until 1967. Her grandmother Dodie attended the Union one room school house with her brother Kenny. Her aunt Dana Stroud is a past Belle Attendant. Becca's grandfather Bill Stroud, her uncle Dewey Stroud and her father Derek have all been teachers and athletic coaches at Paso Robles High School for many years. Becca will graduate from Paso Robles High School this spring. She wants to attend Cal Poly and major in Business or Business Marketing and then eventually get married and have a family.
Related Families are Lund, Paulson, Jensen, Rowitser, Splittorf and Stroud.
Abigail Nicole Avery
Representing Monterey Road Area
Her parents are Kevin and Lisa Avery-Fuson and Sean Lapinole.
Her grandparents are Donald and Karen Tullock Avery and Paul and Joyce LaValley Lapinole.
Abby's Great uncle, Bob Bullock was our 2018 Marshal.
The Avery family settle in the Camp Roberts area in the lates 1930's. They were the only civilian family to live on the base during World War II. Her great grandfather was in charge of roads and grounds. There is a road and a reservoir on the base name after her great grandfather Avery. The Tullock family settled in the Templeton area in the 1920's. Abby's great, great-grandfather Cook was born in the Creston area in the 1870's.
Abby is a senior at Paso Robles High School and plans to attend college after graduation. Her goal is to become a physician's assistant.
Related families are Tullock, Brown, Cook, LaValley, Exline, Lapinole, Avery and Fuson.
Shelby Brooke Degnan
Representing San Miguel Area
Her parents are Roger and Lynette Ruth Degnan. Her grandparents are Richard and Carolyn Morgan Ruth and William and Ann Degnan. Shelby's great-great-grandfather, Jess Crettol immigrated to California from Switzerland in the 1890's. He moved to San Miguel in 1933 at the request of the pastor of San Miguel Mission, Father Tiburtius Wand to help in the restoration of the mission buildings. Jess and his four sons were master stonemasons. They worked on the Mission and many other stone and adobe buildings thru the 1950's. They also helped build several new adobe homes around the area. The Ruth and Morgan family's came to the Creston, Paso Robles, and San Miguel areas int eh early 1900's.
Shelby is a senior at Paso Robles High School. She plans to attend college and some career goals include becoming a Nurse or a Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon.
Related families are Crettol, Ruth, Morgan and Degnan.
Nevaeh Kim Hinton
Representing the Paso Robles Area
Her parents are Ron and Theresa Heckman Hinton. Her grandparents are Ed Heckman and the late Johnna Beard Andrus, Steve Hinton and Patty Ferravanti and the late Joey Brown.
Nevaeh's great grandfather, John Beard was stationed at Camp Roberts in the early 1950's. Her great grandmother Leona Beard worked at the 101 Cafe located across from the old Fox movie theater on Spring Street. Joey Brown's father, Joe Brown established Brown's Cycles in 1940 and was the Pioneer Day Marshal in 2002. Her great-grandmother, Dorothy Heckman worked at Hudson's Pharmacy for many years.
Nevaeh will graduated from Paso Robles High School this year. She plans to attend a 4-year university and specialize in Pediatric Cardiology.
Related Families are Beard, Heckman, Brown, Franklin, Andrus, Hinton and Ferravanti.
Kayla Ann Hurl
Representing the Shandon Area
Her parents are John and Johna Cochran Hurl. Her grandparents are Walter and Zada McCornack Hurl, Ann Hartswick Cochran and John Eberle.
Kayla's great-grandparents Edwin Roy McCornack and Edna Elizabeth Hughes grew up from the lated 1800's on ranches around Starkey, California, which is know as Shandon today. They married in 1911 and had eleven children. Their daughter, Zada Grace McCornack married Edwin Hurl in 1952. The families lived and worked on the ranches around Shandon. There is a canyon in the Shandon area called Hughes Canyon, named after Kayla's great-grandmother Edna Hughes' family.
Kayla's mother Johna Cochran Hurl grew up on the Carrisa Plains and now works as manager for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Kayla and Halle Nash are second cousins thru the Hurl family.
Kayla does independent studies thru Shandon High School and will graduate this spring. She is planning to attend college and study Agriculture or Animal Science. She wants to work in the beef industry.
Related families are Hughes, Waldron, Van Meter, Taylor, Cochran, McCornack, Nash and Hurl
Halle Lynn Nash
Representing the Carrissa Plans Area
Her parents are Scott and Susan Hurl Nash. Her grandparents are Ed and Cindy Van Matre Hurl and Darrell and LaDonna Nash.
Halle's ancestors settled in the Carrisa Plains and Creston areas in 1884. The plains area was on what was called the Vishnue area as well as the Bitterwater road area, which much of this area is now in the Nature Preserve. Her McCornack, Hughes and Rawls relatives settled in the Red Hills of the San Juan area in 1880's.
Halle will graduate from Paso Robles High School this year. She plans to pursue a 4-year degree.
Related families are Van Matre, McCornack, Haha, Hurl, Hughes, Rawls and Nash.
Emily Elizabeth Oetting
Representing the Creston Area
Her parents are Will and Elma Morales de Oetting. Her grandparents are Gary and Barbara Bader Oetting. Her great-grandparents were Bill and Dolly Barba Bader. Dolly was Pioneer Day Queen in 1985 and was in charge of "Queen selection" for Pioneer Day for many years.
Emily is the tenth generation to be born in California. She is descended from Jose Francisco de Ortega, a Sergeant in the Catalonian Volunteers who accompanied Don Gaspar de Portola's expedition in Alta California in 1769. This expedition was the first land journey of Europeans into Alta California from Mexico, spanning the distance from San Diego to Monterey. Emily's great-grandmother Dolly is a member of LOS CALIFORNIANOS, a prestigious organization that only allows membership to those who can provide proof that their ancestors were in California prior to 1850.
Emily will be graduating from Paso Robles High School this spring. She plans to attend Cuesta College for two years and transfer to the University of Oregon to double major in Special Needs Education and Vocal Performance.
Related families are Tulles, Freeman, Barba, Morales, Bader, and Getting.
Emily Rose Olsen
Representing the Linne Township Area
Her parents are Bernard and Jeannie Werland Olsen. Her grandparents are Gisela Fritschle Olsen and the late Neil Olsen and Joe and Barbara Gisler Werland.
Emily's great-uncle Fritz Fritschle first arrived in the Paso Robles area in 1909 from Southern Germany. He worked on the Hillman Ranch near Whitley Gardens for a period of time before moving on to Ventura. Her returned to the area after WWII and settled in the Willow Creek area. After marrying Bertha Lund, he moved to her family's place in the Estrella area. Emily's Grandmother Gisela came from Germany to visit her Uncle Fritz in the early 1960's and was introduced to Neil Olsen at a dinner party hosted by Lorraine Cagliero. They married in 1965. Emily and her family live today on the Olsen Ranch on Linne Road.
Emily is a senior at Paso Robles High School and will graduate this spring. She plans to attend college and study journalism.
Related families are Borchard, Kelley, Gisler, Fritschle, Lund, Werland and Olsen.
Tatiana Noel Smeltzer
Representing the Estrella Area
Her parents are Korey and Julie Larsen Smeltzer. Her grandparents are Glen and Sandra Taft Smeltzer, Ralph and Adrienne Airey Larsen. Her great grandmother Carol Root Smeltzer was our Pioneer Day Queen in 2010.
Tatiana is the seventh generation of the Edgar and Root pioneer families on her father's side. Her great, great, great, great-grandparents, John and Hannah Edgar moved to a farm in the Estrella area that they purchased in 1883. Her great, great, great grandmother Florence married George Root in 1889 and purchased railroad land and started farming and ranching. The family later moved to the Whitley Gardens area. Tatiana's great-grandmother Carol Smeltzer and grandfather Glen Smeltzer were both life long teachers in the Paso Robles School District.
Tatiana is a senior at Paso Robles High School and will graduate this year. She plans to attend a 4-year University in California while playing Division I Water Polo and majoring in Business Entrepreneurship.
Related Families are Edgar, Root, Fischer, Taft, Larsen and Smeltzer.
Dating back to 1931, each year long-time area families are honored for their contributions to the community. It is time to honor those that exemplify a true pioneer spirit, and those that work to preserve our local heritage and traditions.
A Marshal and a Queen are chosen, as well as Queen's attendants, a Belle, and her attendants.
The photo shown at left is of Dean Thackery, the original Pioneer Day Chairman in 1931.
(Photo is courtesy of St. James Episcopal Church and the book Paso Robles, by Andrea Hobbs and Milene Radford)