Many of you remember or knew of Bill Valentine, who passed away several years ago, and his wife Jessie. They were a big, big part of early Cholla and Bills book is a history of early Cholla.
On February 6, 2014, Jessie Valentine passed away in her sleep at the age of 87. She and her husband, Bill Valentine, contributed to the development of Cholla Bay and the CBSC in the early years. In 1946, when they started traveling to Cholla, it could take 14 hours to get there from Phoenix because there wasn’t much of a road between Rocky Point (the highway) and Cholla Bay. The fantastic fishing was worth every minute. They camped right in Cholla Bay in those early years. Back then, the coyotes howled at night between your cabin and your outhouse. Jessie had many stories to tell about her home-away-from-home of 40+ years as she and Bill raised their family of five kids.
The Valentine Family
“Valentine and Friends, Revisited” a book of stories, pictures and illustrations of early Cholla Bay and the Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club can be ordered at 1515 West Rovey Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85015 (It is also sold at Ship’s Store in Cholla Bay).