Messages in a Bottle Sent From Near Fieldbrook Answered 32 Years Later
Thirty-two years ago, two little girls, Dee Dee Snyder and her cousin Holly Daley stood on a bridge over Lindsay Creek and, hopefully tossed a couple of glass jars into the water. The containers held various messages to the world in general.
Yesterday, one of those jars was found. Karen Raskin says she was doing a Salmon Survey on Lindsay Creek near Old Railroad Grade Road in Fieldbrook when the person she was with discovered a single glass jar containing two letters painstakingly printed out so many years ago. Raskin smoothed the simple letters out and read them. When she realized that the letters contained local addresses, she photographed the letters and uploaded the images onto the Humboldt County, California in Pictures Facebook page. Soon fans of the page put the clues together and began linking first Dee Dee then Holly to the post.
Dee Dee whose last name is now Vallerga said all day long her phone has been buzzing. Learning of the find touched her. “I remember throwing them off the bridge,” she said. “It brought back a lot of memories of running around Fieldbrook and how simple everything was back then.”
She contacted her cousin Holly who began to tear up. “When I contacted Holly, she said, ‘Oh my gosh I’m crying right now….All the memories.'”
Dee Dee said she recalls tossing the bottles on more than one occasion. “We’d throw several bottles off the bridge when the water was high. We just did them sporadically. We would probably do them about five at a time,” she explained. The two girls would put their messages in a ziplock. Then, Dee Dee said, “We would put it in a glass jar and then put wax around it.”
One day, her uncle saw and pointed out, “You know they aren’t going to make it very far. They are glass and they’ll all break.” So the girls stopped doing it and never got a response to any of their messages. “I just assumed that they all broke,” she said.
Dee Dee now has three children of her own. When she told her nine-year-old middle child about the message being found, the girl was thrilled. “My daughter wants to go do that now.”
Meanwhile, Karen Raskin sent the messages off another journey. She explained on the Humboldt County, California in Pictures Facebook page, “We put the bottle back, along with another note stating when we found it. So the story will go on!”
“I just hope it makes it a little farther down the creek,” said Dee Dee.