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October 18, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Liz Tilman Smothers

When little Liz Tilman played outdoors she sometimes was in the shadow of Monarch Cement’s 300-foot smokestack. She and seven siblings lived in the last house on South Ninth Street, just inside Humboldt city limits.

Born in 1937 while the Great Depression will still a fact of life, Liz learned early to lend a helping hand.

Occasionally she’d carry lunch to her dad, who worked in Monarch’s quarry a quarter mile to the south. Liz would walk along the highway, climb over and between boulders along the quarry’s wall, hop on a rock-hauling train and hand off the pail. Her return home followed the same path.

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