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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Edna Ohnstad, 95, Grass Valley

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How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: I was born in Dutch Flat and raised in Grass Valley. I retired here in the house of my parents.

Why I like living here: It’s beautiful here.

What I do in my spare time: Sew and sketch drawings. I entered a sketch in this year’s fair and entered some sewing in last year’s fair, and I received a plaque.



My family: I have four sons. All four of my sons were in the military at the same time.

Best friend: I have many best friends.




Favorite food: Meat, potatoes and vegetables.

Pets: My cat, Ridgie the Ridge Runner.

Job: Retired seamstress.

The best job I ever had: Seamstress. I worked at Rose Marie Reed and sewed bathing suits. I also worked during the war as a “Rosie the Riveter,” and I fished for the poor during the Depression.

If I won a million: At my age I don’t need a million, so I’d give it to charity.

My dream vacation: A train ride.

My greatest accomplishment: Being a self-sufficient, independent woman.

What I’d change about the world: Do away with all wars.

The most important lessons I’ve learned: To become a self-sufficient independent woman. I still take care of my own home, cook every day, board horses, and I did my own gardening until this year.

My hero: Dan Rather, the newscaster. I’d love to meet him. I’ve watched him on TV most all my life.

The best book I’ve read recently: I don’t read books. But I read The Union newspaper from front to back every day with a magnifying glass.

My personal theme song: I love all music and love to dance.

Favorite TV show: Dan Rather’s newscast.

What you should know about me: When I was a young woman, I was in a 30-member kitchen band. We won the Queen’s Trophy at the Los Angeles County Fair in the 1930s. As a kid, we walked from Grass Valley to Lowell Hill. I swam in Lake Olympia and danced in the hall on Lake Olympia Island. I went to school at the one-room school house at Allison Ranch.

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