When little Liz Tilman played outdoors she sometimes was in the shadow of Monarch Cements 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 shed carry lunch to her dad, who worked in Monarchs quarry a quarter mile to the south. Liz would walk along the highway, climb over and between boulders along the quarrys wall, hop on a rock-hauling train and hand off the pail. Her return home followed the same path.