Pioneer Day royalty was officially announced Sunday, Aug. 18, at the annual dinner at the Paso Robles Golf Club. The Pioneer Day Queen is Milene Barlogio Radford and this year there are two Marshals — brothers Lawrence Duane Moore and Thomas Hardin Moore. The Belle is Paso Robles High School senior Becca Lee Stroud representing the Union area. The dinner serves as the kickoff to the 89th Pioneer Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Downtown Paso Robles.
The royalty will be busy in the days leading up to the big parade and bean feed. All or some of the royalty will be at the Old Timers BBQ on Aug. 24 at the San Miguel Park; the Pioneer Ladies Luncheon on Sept. 12 at the Paso Robles Golf Club; the Pioneer Day Kick-Off Party on Sept. 21 at the Paso Robles Event Center; the Pioneer Ladies Tea on Oct. 5 at the Paso Robles Culinary Arts Center on Union Road; and the Rotary Old Timers Luncheon on Oct. 10 at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds.
Radford and the Moore brothers mingled with friends and family and posed for photos. While they were made aware of the honor, the Belle was kept secret and unveiled Sunday night.
Nine high school seniors —Stroud; Abigail Avery of the Monterey Road area of San Miguel; Shelby Brooke Degnan of the San Miguel area; Nevaeh Kim Hinton of the Paso Robles area; Kayla Ann Hurl of the Shandon area; Halle Lynn Nash of the Carrisa Plains area; Emily Rose Olsen of the Linne Township area; Emily Elizabeth Oetting of the Creston area; and Tatiana Noel Smeltzer of the Estrella area — representing their Pioneer families’ homestead regions surrounding Paso Robles applied for the Belle title.
All of the honorees said they were thrilled to be selected, looked forward to taking part in the Pioneer Day events and thanked the Pioneer Day Committee.
Milene’s attendants are her great-nieces Mandy Emerson and Becky Sumpter, who are sisters that live in Templeton.
Her 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 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 in 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 State 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 Sept. 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 seniors. From there she went to Biola College in Southern California, majoring in elementary education. She graduated on a Sunday in 1960 and married Darrel 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 Elementary for 17 years and then at Bauer Speck Elementary for 19 years.
They were active in their church in Paso Robles and later Milene became involved in the Pioneer Museum where she served on the board for 25 years. Darrell was on the board of the Templeton Museum for many years.
Lawrence was born at home on the family farm on Sept. 3, 1931, in Custer County, Okla. His parents were Calvin and Alva Daniels Moore. At the age of 5, Larry, his parents and two siblings, Colene and Tom headed to California.
After years of Dust Bowl and Great Depression, like many Midwest 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 worked on a fruit orchard in Shafter. In 1942, Larry and Tom’s father Calvin was offered by Carl Glass Trucking in Paso Robles. He moved the family to Paso Robles 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 Robles 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 the Black Oak and Adelaide hotels. The hatchery operated during World War II 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 today. 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 there. Brother Tom also worked for him later. After this adventure, Larry went into partnership with a friend and opened a shoeshine stand in Capes Barbershop at the Paso Robles Hotel at 13th and Spring streets. 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 as a senior. Larry was class president his freshman and sophomore years. He was 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 of this, Larry managed to work various jobs through high school, such as bellhop at the Paso Robles Inn, washing dishes at various eateries and he was always helping out whenever someone needed help.
Larry attended Taft Junior College for one year and played football for there. 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 this community. He belonged to the Quarterback Club in the 50s. This club developed into the Bearcat Boosters Club that supports all Paso High athletics. With the help of Manfred Vanderlip, a fellow Bearcat 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 of 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 department and served on the rescue squad. He retired from the 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 1999.
Larry’s three brothers and two sisters live in the area and support and spend time with each other — sisters, Coleen Bruce and Melba McKanna, and brothers Tom, Cletis and Weldon Moore.
Larry has been married to his wife, June for 68 years. They have three children Karen Roden of Cholame, Duane Moore of Ramona, 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 was born at home on the family farm on May 27, 1936, in Custer County, Okla., near the town of Sayre, Okla. 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 6 years old the family moved to Paso Robles in 1942. Tom attended the grammar schools of Marie Bauer and Glen Speck for first through fifth grades. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist School for sixth through eighth grades. The school shared the building with their church which was located on 10th street and is still there today being used by a different denomination. He then went on to the Monterey Bay Academy for his ninth and 10th-grade years, returning to Paso Robles High School for his junior and senior years. During high school, Tom played football, basketball and baseball. He joined the California National Guard during his last two years of high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force from 1955 through 1959. Tom served two and a half years in France and spent 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 9 years old. He remembers all of the church bells ringing and fire whistles going off. People were celebrating and honking car horns. He said he would never forget this event.
Tom joined the Paso Robles JayC’s in the 60s and served as president and also a JayC1 Senator, which was a high honor in the club. He helped coach Babe Ruth Baseball for a few years and was chairman of the local Campfire house from 1975-80. His 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-plus years starting with his father-in-law Dick Wear and continuing 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, also Roblan of the Year in 1987. He was a Pioneer Day Committee member for 28 years and chairman in 1978 and 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.
THE BELLE AND ATTENDANTS
Becca Lee Stroud’s parents are Derek and Lainey Rowitser Stroud.
Her grandparents are Bill and the late Dorothy “Dodie” Lauridsen Stroud, Mary Lou and John Splittorf and Mike and Jana Rowitser.
Becca’s great-great-grandfather, Louis Lauridsen immigrated to the United States in 1890 from Germany. He settled in Union, Estrella and Dry Creek areas in 1898 with his cousin Michael Lund and they became grain farmers. 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 one-room schoolhouse in Union 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.
Abigail Nicole Avery’s parents are Kevin and Lisa Avery-Fuson and Sean Lapinole. Her grandparents are Donald and Karen Tullock Avery and Paul and Joyce LaValley Lapinole. Her great uncle Bob Tullock was the 2018 Pioneer Day Marshal.
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.
Shelby Brooke Degnan’s parents are Roger and Lynette Ruth Degnan. Her grandparents are Richard and Carolyn Morgan Ruth and William and Ann Degnan.
Shelby will be a senior this year at Paso Robles High School. Her plans for the future include college and a list of career goals that include nursing or a pediatric cardiac surgeon.
Nevaeh Kim Hinton’s 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 will graduate from Paso Robles High School in the spring. She plans to attend a four-year university and specialize in pediatric cardiology.
Kayla Ann Hurl’s parents are John and Johna Cochran Hurl. Her grandparents are Walter and Zada McCornack Hurl and Ann Hartswick and John Eberle.
Kayla does independent studies through 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.
Halle Lynn Nash’s parents are Scott and Susan Hurl Nash. Her grandparents are Ed and Cindy Van Matre Hurl and Darrell and LaDonna Nash.
Halle will graduate from Paso Robles High School this year. She plans to pursue a four-year degree but she is not sure where she wants to focus her studies.
Emily Rose Olsen’s parents are Bernard and Jeannie Werland Olsen. Her grandparents are Gisela Fritschle and the late Neil Olsen and Joe and Barbara Gisler Werland.
Emily is a senior at Paso Robles High School and will graduate this year. She plans to attend college and study journalism.
Emily Elizabeth Oetting’s parents are Will and Emma Morales de Oetting. Her grandparents are Gary and Barbara Bader Oetting. Her great-grandmother Dolly Barba Bader was Pioneer Day Queen in 1985.
Emily will graduate from Paso Robles High School in the spring. She plans to attend Cuesta College for years and then transfer to the University of Oregon where she plans to double-major in special needs education and vocal performance.
Tatiana Noel Smeltzer’s parents are Korey and Julie Larsen Smeltzer. Her grandparents are Glen and Sandra Taft Smeltzer and Ralph and Adrienne Airey Larsen. Her great-grandmother Carol Root Smeltzer was Pioneer Day Queen in 2010.
Tatiana is a senior at Paso Robles High School and will graduate this year. She plans to attend a four-year university and play Division I water polo and major in business entrepreneurship.
The Pioneer Day Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Downtown Paso Robles. The parade route starts at 16th and Spring streets and ends surrounding the Paso Robles City Park.
The first Pioneer Day was held on Oct. 12, 1931. It was organized by community volunteers working with generous donations of time, materials and money from individuals, businesses, churches and service organizations. Their goal was to provide a day of community friendship and a commemoration of the heritage of the Paso Robles area. It would also become a day set aside to say “Thank You” to all of the people who support the business and professional community of the area throughout the year.
Following the Pioneer Day Parade, a free bean feed is held in the Downtown City Park and the Antique Tractor and Wagon Display and Vintage Engine Show takes place at the Pioneer Museum on Riverside Avenue.