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Valley Home News

February 16, 2011

POSTED February 16, 2011 1:13 a.m.
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The Valley Home News reporter has been asked to put out a special call to old time Valley Home residents or descendants of those residents who may have a shoe box in the closet or a file in the family room or somewhere a special place that holds what is strongly sought by the Valley Home Community Center Board. The items are those to be used on the proper information-related sign on the nearly completed new community park. One of the major tasks yet to finish is the project for the sign that will identify the park, but more importantly, it will offer visitors the history of the site. To do this properly a GOOD EARLY photograph is needed of the Thalheim (Valley Home) Community Clubhouse. The clubhouse was built in 1913 and was the heart of the community for over 70 years. Early residents’ children’s graduation ceremonies were held in the building, early married couples had wedding and many anniversary celebration receptions there. Every year, special holiday parties and theatrical productions starring our Valley Home residents were held there as were dances and gatherings such as the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of St. John’s Lutheran Church wonderful Salad Bar Luncheons. There were so many wonderful events held in the building, but so far an early picture of the outside and/or the inside has not been found. The earliest photo was on file at the Stanislaus County recorder’s office and is a 1975 snap shot that is not what is wanted but may have to do the job. What is really wanted is a nice photograph of the exterior building before it was stuccoed on the outside. It would be especially good with people in it, but acceptable with or without people. In addition, a photograph or two of the interior, with or without people is also needed. If you would like to submit such a photograph to be scanned and returned to you soonest, then contact Joe Perez, VHCC President at or Glenn Burghardt at All photos will be handled securely and delicately and will be returned quickly. Thank you to all the loyal Valley Home residents who we know will search their homes, contact relatives or friends and WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!


Birthday celebrations were on the agenda this week for two of our residents. Our Valley Home Red Hat Queen Bonnie Bianchi and Valley Home 4-H’er, Halley Smith, celebrated their special day on February 14. Many Happy Returns of the Day to both from all your Valley Home friends and neighbors.


Happy Anniversary wishes are sent to Dennis & Synthia Jones and Jim & Jean Lutz also from all their Valley Home friends and neighbors.


Kate Burghardt celebrated her 15th birthday with family and friends at The Strings Italian Cafe on Oakdale near Floyd avenues in Modesto on Sunday afternoon. Those attending the festivities for Kate were Gina Betschart and daughter Elsie from Valley Home, Kate’s brothers, Ryan Burghardt, and Mitchell Cobb, grandparents, Glenn and Laura Burghardt of Valley Home, and parents, Valley Home School graduate Kathy Burghardt and husband Glen Cobb, and his brother, Eric Cobb.

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