Our Belle Jewel Anthony represents the Lockwood area. In 1882, Jewel’s great-great-great-grandfather homesteaded 160 acres in Lockwood. In 1891, he married Viola Mae Saylor from Bryson/Hesperia. Benjamin owned the first gasoline tractor in the area. It’s the same Moline gas tractor that’s been in every Pioneer Day parade since 1931.
Benjamin and Viola Mae’s son Floyd Lester continued the family farm. At 16, he built and installed a motor on a horse-drawn harvester; eliminating 12 head of horses. The farming operation used a prairie schooner that was built in 1850 in San Francisco and used to haul supplies from San Francisco to Marysville in the gold rush days. Floyd used the schooner to haul their grain to the mill in San Miguel. This is the schooner (covered wagon) that has led the parade since it began in 1931. Jewel’s great uncle Floyd still lives in the adobe house built in the 1900s replacing the original homestead destroyed by fire.
Jewel’s parents are Jon and Tiffany Koester Anthony. Her grandparents, Tim and Barbara Patterson Koester live near the original Patterson homestead in Lockwood. Related families are Bernard, Hebrard, Whittman, Baker, Ramage and Fischer. Jewel will be attending Paso Robles High School as a Senior, then Cuesta College to major in Plant and Soil Science. She says, “I love dirt, plants and science!”
Hailey Nicole Borden represents the Indian Valley area. Her ancestors immigrated from France in the early 1870s. The great-great-great-great grandparents of the Hebrard and Bernard families came from Kentucky by wagon train to Pine Canyon in the San Ardo area in the 1870s. Eventually, the family moved to the Indian Valley in 1929; starting a farming operation. The Burden family also came by wagon train in the 1870s from Kentucky, settling near San Ardo. In 1929, they moved to Indian Valley to farm their land. Both families farmed the San Ardo, Pine Canyon, Bradley and San Miguel areas.
Hailey’s great-great-great-great grandmother, Anne Baker was Pioneer Day Queen in 1935. Hailey’s parents are Aaron and Shelly Meeks Borden. Her grandparents are Rick and Marge Meeks. Related families are Bernard, Hebrard, Burden, Whittman, Baker, Ramage and Fischer. Hailey is a senior at Templeton High School with plans to attend Oklahoma State or Texas A&M to become a large animal veterinarian. She enjoys showing cattle at fairs and jackpots.
Katherine “Katie” Moffatt represents the Adelaida area. Her maternal great-great-great grandfather Otto Wyss arrived in New York in 1873 from Zurich, Switzerland. He eventually found his way to
Adelaida in 1876, where he worked in the mercury mines as a machinist and a mapmaker.
Katie’s grandmother, Vicky Silva is a loyal supporter of Pioneer Day as past chairman from 1993 to 1994 and leading the Pre-Pioneer Day Dance for many years with Katie’s older sister Megan was Belle Attendant in 2015. Her cousin Riley Dodd was the Belle in 2017.
Katie’s great-great-grandfather, “Ed” Dodd and her great-grandfather, Ray Dodd, were Pioneer Day Marshals. Her great-great-grandmother, Pauline Wyss Dodd was Queen. Katie’s great aunt Sheila and her mother Jennifer were Belle Attendants. Her parents are Jim and Jennifer Silva Moffatt. Her grandparents are the late Russ Silva and Vicky Dodd Silva and James and Jane Valentine Moffatt.
Katie is a senior at Templeton High School. She studies and trains in all aspects of dance. This summer, she studied with Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Her future includes attending a university to study dance as a career. Katy adds, “I am proud to be following the family tradition!”