OF REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA  - Founded 24 January 1895

4:00 P.M., December 5, 1996

Meeting #1577

October 8, 1981, in Redlands

by Harley E. Tillitt

Assembly Room, A. K. Smiley Public Library

© 1995 by HARLEY E. TILLITT  

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 95-090308


Harley Tillitt is a native of the village of Del Rosa, California located in what is now the North East part of San Bernardino. He attended Del Rosa Grammar school, which was on the same site as the school in which his parents, in about 1900, met in the first grade. He attended Highland Junior High School, and was graduated from San Bernardino High School, the University of Redlands, and the Claremont Graduate School.

In 1938 he was married to Sylvia Jewel Payne. There were two children, Jay Lanning and Kay Lynn.

After five years in the California Public School System he became involved with the Manhattan Project [A-Bomb] at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After War II he was employed by the U.S. Navy, in the Mathematics Division of its largest laboratory, then known as the Naval Ordnance Test Station, at China Lake, California, with the responsibility to establish a center for scientific and technical computation. In 1971, "on loan from China Lake", he became a part of the Headquarters Staff of the Navy Material Command, located in Arlington, Virginia. He was involved with the acquisition and dissemination of information related to the Navy's Research and Development programs.

He has given papers on computer-related topics both in the United States and abroad.

He retired in 1975. He was widowed in 1994. In 1996 he married his high school sweetheart, Frances Lucille Hunting Bryan. Frances passed away in 1996.

405 Thursday Coffees
In Redlands

by Harley E. Tillitt
















It was on October 8, 1981, when Sylvia and I first opened our house for a Thursday Morning Coffee Event.

According to some notes that were kept, ten people, in addition to the two of us, were in attendance.

May 5, 1994, was the last Coffee for the 1993-1994 Season. This marked the 405th Coffee Open House we had held. On May 17, 1994, Sylvia died. As a consequence of her not being with us any longer, in many ways this 405th Event turned out to be the end of an era. We all know that past patterns and practices cannot be reconstructed. On the other hand, perhaps recollections can contribute to the future.

The purpose of this booklet, therefore, is to describe how the Coffee Open House idea came into being, and to record some pertinent items about the Events such as: Refreshments, Decorations, Entertainment, Guests, and some Anecdotes.


Sylvia and I were often asked how we happened to start holding Coffee Open Houses at The House on the Corner, in Redlands. Some people expressed interest in the details of the venture. For examples: When did we start to do it? How long did we do it? What kinds of things did we serve? What inspired the different table decorations from week to week? What was the attendance from week to week? Were there any anecdotes that might be typical or otherwise interesting?

So, back to the beginning. We bought The House on the Corner in 1963, at Sylvia’s suggestion. We had been in the area one weekend to visit our son and daughter, Jay and Kay, who were students at the University of Redlands, where we had graduated in 1937. On the way home we passed this house that had a small FOR SALE sign in the front yard. Sylvia said. "Stop, let’s look at that house." I asked why we should do that and she said, "Someday we will retire and might want to return to Redlands and become involved in the Community."

So, we stopped. We were met at the front door by a man who said, when Sylvia explained our purpose, "Are you sure you are interested?" Sylvia’s YES must have been convincing, and we were invited inside. We found out that the family was planning to move from the area in the near future, and wanted to sell quite soon.

This suited Sylvia. She was ready. Now! Within about three weeks [check this] the house was ours. The date on the Deed is October 11, 1963.

Now we had to decide what to do with our new house, since we were both still employed at China Lake, which was about two and one-half hours away. For quite a while we came to The House on weekends and holidays. From time to time we would spend longer periods as a part of a vacation.

In 1971, Sylvia retired from her School Administration position at China Lake, and I took a position, still with the U.S. Navy, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac from Washington D.C. This change in our lives, of course, would not permit this weekend commuting, mentioned above, to continue. So, for a few years we leased The House, usually to University of Redlands faculty members. We still made frequent trips back to California, and once in a while, the situation would permit us to live in The House, between leases.

In August 1975, I retired but continued to work until January 1976. We did not return to California right then, although we were able to travel back and forth between the two ends of the country without having work schedules interfere. Still, if The House happened to be leased at the time, we could not stay in it whenever we liked. For example, during one summer we stayed in the house of Kay and her family while they stayed in another house in Redlands. As it happened, this other house, in which they stayed, was that of a former tenant in our House. This incident illustrates how complicated it was becoming to be involved with two houses on opposite sides of the country.

In time, this transcontinental "commuting" started to make us ask questions about what our long-range plans might hold for us. We had looked at property in Virginia, but still had ties to The House on the Corner. In 1977, during a summer "vacation", in our own House, we remodeled the kitchen to what it is today, from the three small rooms which had been the configuration when we bought it.

During 1979, we started to move back to Redlands. I say "started" since it took three separate "moves" to complete the transition. We had become involved with activities on both sides of the country, and also, from time to time, took vacations in Europe. Hence, the entire move was somewhat extended. Sylvia’s notes show that Bekins Van and Storage had arrived, in Redlands, on the following three dates: May 10, 1979, December 4, 1979, and May 4, 1980. Finally, we had "come home", for good! Living in two places had been interesting, but it also had some disadvantages.

Now we recalled the idea, expressed in 1963, when we bought the House: If we were going to become involved in the Community, how do we get started? In time we became acquainted with new people, looked for nurseries to buy plants for the yard, identified restaurants and specialty grocery stores, and became involved with the University of Redlands in several ways.

It must have been about Springtime, in 1981, when we started to talk about what led to the Thursday Morning coffee Open Houses. We thought this might be an enjoyable activity and decided to try it, with a proposed starting time being somewhere near the opening of the University’s Fall semester, in 1981. We selected October 8, 1981 for the first Event.

We wondered how to let people know about the idea. During recent years, invitations, with a standard format, appropriate date changes, and a different color of ink, have been mailed at the start of each Season, as shown on the cover of this booklet. For the first year, however, this was not the case.

At the beginning, for the most part, we merely walked around the University campus, talked to the few people we knew by then, and invited them to coffee. This was an unusual idea to many of the people we talked to and they would often ask, something like: "What will we do when we get there?"; "Is there any agenda?"; "Could I leave early if I have to?" ; "You mean you are going to do this every week"?; and so on.

We were anxious to get the idea into operation and, soon enough, the day arrived. Some data shown below, pertaining to the first ten Coffees, came from notes made at the time.


10-08-1981 10 Dutch Chocolate Coffee, Dutch Honey Cake
10-15-1981 06 Brazilian Santos Coffee, Brazilian Santos Coffee, Assorted Cookies
10-22-1981 03 Brazilian Santos Coffee, Harvey Walbanger Cake
10-29-1981 06 Brazilian Santos Coffee, Hallowe’en Pumpkin Cookies, Black and Orange Jelly Beans Candy Corn
11-05-1981 04 Brazilian Santos Coffee, Dutch Spice Cake, Dutch Cookies [White], Speculaas
11-12-1981v 00 Dutch Chocolate Coffee, Dutch Cookies, Speculaas
11-19-1981 01

Dutch Chocolate Coffee, Mexican Cookies, Speculaas

11-26-1981 No Coffee Thanksgiving
12-03-1981 02 [+1 Regret]

Brazilian Santos Coffee, Speculaas

12-10-1981 04

Brazilian Santos Coffee, Dutch Cookies, Speculaas

12-17-1981 01

Dutch Chocolate Coffee, Dutch Cookies

12-24-1981 No Coffee Christmas Time
12-31-1981 No Coffee Christmas Time

I do not recall that we had any second thoughts after our first Coffee. We had not set any particular goals, neither for the general acceptance of the idea, nor for attendance. To us it seemed enjoyable. Part of the pleasure, we came to realize, was the uncertainty associated with each Coffee. As 9:30 approached on each Thursday, we would say to each other. "What will today bring?" We were never disappointed. Even on November 12, 1981, when no one arrived, we had our own Coffee Open House. We could not complain about the Company that day. As a matter of fact, we never had a day about which we could complain. It was always enjoyable meeting the people who visited us.

From time to time, over the thirteen years, we thought we were able to detect some patterns among those who came to see us. I say we thought we might be identifying a pattern. But, usually, just about the time we thought we understood a situation, it would either change or disappear. For instance, one person would come in, say hello, and without chitchat, go to the table, pour a cup of coffee, pick up some of the refreshments, and go to a certain chair, sit down, and stay put for most of the time he stayed. Others would join him, and lively conversations would follow. But then, for some reason, after several months, he changed chairs to a different location, and "held court" in the new location. We often wondered what brought about this change in his activity.

For two or three people, we started to think that we could predict their reaction to the size of the cups on the table. Tea cups were usually at one end of the table and coffee cups at the other end. There were no "official" servers, as we relied upon do-it-yourself serving. For those two or three special people, on days that we put demitasse cups at the coffee end of the table, we could count on their saying that they hoped we did not mind if they used tea cups for the coffee since the other cups were too small...they had to be refilled too often. Of course we did not mind. Especially since each time this happened, our sense of being able to predict the action was enhanced.

The first year we did not stop as summer approached. We continued, without a long pause, from October 8, 1981 to May 26, 1983. One consequence of this long season was that we did not have to consider an invitation situation until we started again, after a summer break, on October 6, 1983. For this new Season we merely invited all of those who had participated before, plus other individuals we thought might be interested.

After starting again on October 6, 1983, the Season lasted until May 31, 1984. It was for the next Season, starting on September 20, 1984, that we were confronted with the question: "Who (and how) do we invite for this next Season?" It was clear that some people had moved away and that others, perhaps because of their employment responsibilities, could not attend. There were, no doubt, still others who did not find the Events something they enjoyed.

We did not want to keep inviting people who did not care to participate because we thought this might be some kind of embarrassment for them. On the other hand, if people did not come "last year" because their employment did not permit attendance, we did not want to exclude them if and when they could come.

As a consequence of this dilemma, we seemed to evolve toward a system of : "When in doubt, extend an invitation. But, if after two years of no participation, withdraw the name from the invitation list." There were several situations where this informal procedure caused us to have second thoughts. One of these situations developed, after the two-year period had passed, when a person said." I did not get an invitation to Coffee this year. Have you stopped doing it?"

So much for solving that problem!


Sylvia enjoyed setting a nice table, and both the refreshments and the decorations were a parts of her special interests.

Although the list showing some of the details of the first ten Coffees had several repeat items: Santos Coffee, Dutch Cookies and Speculaas, that pattern did not prevail very long. The "Rule" became: Do not repeat what had been done the last few times. Diversity was the thing to achieve. This was made easier by Sylvia’s interest in coordinating both the refreshments and the decorations with special holidays.

Each year, after the first "long Season", an attempt was made to "celebrate" the following special days: The beginning of Fall [Usually the first Event of the year]; Hallowe’en; Thanksgiving; Christmas; Hanukkah; Epiphany; Valentine’s Day; St. Patrick’s Day; Easter; and Cinco de Mayo. Sometimes there were others as well, such as Chinese New Years Day; Children’s Day [Japan]; and Super Bowl Sunday.

With a little effort, involving trips to certain specialty stores, and visits to some clever bakers, special refreshments were not too difficult to locate. On many occasions, however, we made the refreshments ourselves, at home.

Beverages also eventually fitted into this pattern of seeking diversity: We sought several kinds of teas, coffees, juices, and bottled water. We also used cider and a few special syrup concentrates. During one era, cocoa was prepared for a guest who did not care either for tea nor coffee. In this kind of planning, such questions were considered as , " Should we have a red-colored juice? If so, how will it go with the color of the icing on the cake?"

Sometimes people would offer to bring refreshments to celebrate a special event such as a spouse’s birthday, or merely to share in the festivities. We always "made room" for these special gifts and appreciated these friendly gestures very much. On a few occasions these gestures took an unexpected turn.

These were the times when a person might say, "I’ll bring a cake next Thursday". But, when Thursday arrived, the person did not attend. On other occasions the person might attend, but would forget to bring the cake. None of these situations ever caused any difficulty since we always had some extra items we could put on the table, and of course we never mentioned the substitution to anyone. It was just one more aspect of the whole idea from which we derived enjoyment.

Also, from time to time, guests would bring a variety of gifts: cans of coffee; packages of tea; a box of candy; a cake or breakfast rolls "just for the two of you"; or bouquets of flowers.


In one way, the choice of refreshments dictated the selection of decorations since the colors of the table covering, napkins and flowers needed to be coordinated with the appearance of what was going to be served.

In time, we became acquainted with several suppliers of items such as mentioned above to supplement our own collection of cups and saucers, glasses, dishes, bowls, plates and serving pieces.


The providing of entertainment was not considered to be the main purpose of the Coffee Events. It was our thought that guest participation in conversations and other interactions should be the principal activities. Of course, from time to time there would be special occasions when entertainment of one kind or another would be a part of the Event. Some examples follow:

1. A Bagpiper appeared on more than one occasion to help celebrate a birthday.

2. University of Redlands students, who were members of a choral group, would appear from time to time, during a few years , for some informal singing.

3. A student instrumentalist appeared two times, with an accompanist, to play selections which were going to be a part of a future solo performance with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, thus providing an opportunity to "practice" before an audience.

4. A group of about 30 Japanese students, studying English on the University of Redlands campus, came to see "a typical American House" and to receive their Certificates of Completion [of their Course]. These Certificates were distributed by Sylvia.

5. Two professional musicians, one a University of Redlands faculty member, appeared on more than one occasion and improvised a program which lasted an hour or so.

6. While not entertainment in the usual sense, many people would bring announcements or materials to distribute which were pertinent to their special interests. Some typical items follow: City of Redlands election campaign materials; Cooking class announcements; Programs of musical events both in the City of Redlands and at the University of Redlands; Copies of diskettes of individual students’ recitals at the University of Redlands [Sometimes these were for sale]; Announcements of the Redlands Bowl programs; Announcements of the Redlands Symphony’s programs; Travel tour pamphlets by local entrepreneurs.

7. Another situation, which while not quite entertainment, deserves special mention: Some University of Redlands students, dissatisfied with what they thought was an inappropriate University Policy pertinent to certain musical performances were considering a "strike" [against the University] unless the policy was changed. [As far as I know, the prepared letter, which was brought to a Coffee Event, was never delivered to the University Administration.]


On October 8, 1981, the following guests attended the first Coffee Event:








We did not have a regular procedure to keep a record of guests who attended the Coffee Events. Usually, after the last person left on a given Thursday, we would consider what to have for lunch. Once in a while we would go out to eat, but more frequently we would stay at home. Cleanup activities were usually put off until later.When we ate lunch at home we would frequently discuss the morning’s activities and who had attended. At this stage Sylvia would usually write the names of attendees we could remember on "today’s" page in our desk calendar. On occasions when we went out to lunch this calendar record was often forgotten. As a result of this informal procedure we did not put anything on the calendar, even later, which resulted in an incomplete record of attendees.Nevertheless about 81% of all appropriate calendar pages do show names. A count of this incomplete record shows that during the period October 8, 1981, through May 5, 1994, 750 different people attended at least one Event. How many others were not identified is not known.

Of course, many people became "regulars", that is, they came nearly every time. Another group seemed to be "almost regulars" in that they attended on a periodic basis but not necessarily weekly. We knew, also, that some people were involved in other organizations and activities which had regularly scheduled calendars. This meant that for these indivivuals, we knew, pretty well, when they would not come to our Coffee. At least one person, who was a golfing enthuiasist and played with a group on Thursdays, would never be at Coffee, unless it was rainy day, which meant that there was no golf that day, and Coffee was "in". The makeup of these "regular" patterns varied from year to year as people moved away, or as new people became acquainted with the idea and joined in the activities.


After the May 5, 1994, Coffee, in anticipation of writing this booklet, attendees during the 1993-1994 Season were asked if they could recall any special stories, events, or anecdotes which might serve as a basis for a "Coffee Summary." There were many responses, about 50 of which are listed below. They are presented in a different font to emphasize that they are taken from comments made by others.


© So many pleasant memories crowd my mind, but what comes first is the first time we were in your home. I didn't know you and Paul said, "We've been invited to a fondue party at the Tillitts." I was so enamoured by Sylvia that evening that when she sid, "Come to our Coffees on Thursdays," I was overwhelmed with the idea of seeing you wonderful people every Thursday. Paul never missed, but occasionally the King or Queen requested my presence at my desk. Thank you so very much.

Helena Allen

© My memory is more in general - the lovely tables always in keeping with the seasons or occasions, the tasty cakes, cookies, etc., the congenial group of people, the generosity of Harley and Sylvia.

The happiness of Sylvia's face as she showed me the Awards she had received from the Alumni Group at the University of Redlands lingers as the last time I saw Sylvia. She was such a special person Harley, you were both blessed to have had each other for almost fifty years. [Ed.: Actually almost 56 years.] May the treasured memories give you strength.

Phebe and Roger Baty

© I pause to reminisce about all of the pleasant Thursday Morning Coffees, I looked forward to see the Flag flying, the fire burning in the fireplace, the different table centerpieces, and all the cakes and goodies, my mind goes back to the morning of the Mardi Gras [Ed.: Actually Twelfth Night.] cake with the doll inside. This made me think I was back home in New Orleans and how you both made me feel like a part of California now.

"Time isn't measured by the years you live but by the deeds you do and the joy you give." Friendship is made up of things such as these: Caring and sharing warm memories. That is what comes to my mind when I'm thinking of the Tillitt home on University Street.

Ina Blevins

© When I visited my brother, John Krill, in Redlands, I looked forward to my visit at the Tillitts' Coffee Events. Through the Tillitts I met many interesting people. On one occasion a gentleman was visiting the Coffee Event and he gave me a beautiful stone for a necklace. I enjoy wearing the necklace as it reminds me of Mr. and Mrs. Tillitt and their wonderful hospitality.

Mildred Brodbeck

© I never got a chance earlier to tell you, but I think it's great that you started up your Coffees again. Grandma would be very proud of you. I'm very proud of how well you've been getting through, or at least dealing with your pain.

[Ed.: This is an excerpt from a longer letter that Anni, my Granddaughter, wrote to me.]

Anni Bunnell

© John recommended getting a cake (For the first Coffee of the Season) from a bakery in Fontana. (It is called Piece O' Cake, [909-829-8085], and is owned by Malena and Tom Kutansky. (John became acquainted with Tom when they both worked at Kaiser Steel.) [ Ed.This has been the practice since about 1982.]

Kay and John Bunnell

© I worked hard to get my desk in order and in so doing I misplaced your enclosure [Ed.:The blank form asking for comments on the Coffees.] I just knew I could put my hands on it, but it is not where I put it. Probably a robber came in...

I"m not coming to Coffee this morning as my nephew is coming in.

I will never forget when my husband died, and I met you at Provident Federal Savings Bank, and though I didn't know you very well, you were so kind to me and urged me to come to your Coffees. I then met dear Sylvia and you both were so special to me. Sylvia will surely be missed, but we will take comfort in having you. I hope to make the next Coffee.

Edythe Burgess

© You asked what I remembered best about the Thursday Morning Coffees. Of course the first and most important was the opportunity to meet and chat with old and new friends.

Secondly, I enjoyed the delicious coffee, often served in Danish china cups. This coffee represented Sylvia's and Harley's wish to serve only the best to their friends, for they purchased choice beans, lovingly ground and prepared, thus providing us with a cup of coffee that, in my judgement, is the "best on this globe."

Liz Cady

© One particular morning that stands out was the time that the Tillitts' guest from Japan (?) drew pictures using a black, wide brush. It seemed so simple. Then later when it was matted and framed it was greatly enhanced. (Phyllis) [Ed.: It was China, not Japan.]

What I appreciated in addition to Sylvia's and Harley's hospitality was the lovely art work. I particularly liked the brown sculpture of a mother and child and a picture by Albert Landeros of Mexican children. (Phyllis)

I enjoyed the culinary delights from around the world, on birthdays and holidays. And equally, the interesting books with scenes and art from around the world. And of course mingling and talking with persons from various walks of life! (Albert)

Clark Phyllis and Albert

Since I attended only one or two Coffee Sessions, I do not have much go on to add that would be of much interest.

However...What I do remember and appreciate is your wonderful hospitality, your friendship, your great sense of humor, your making me feel welcome and comfortable, and your and Sylvia's smiling (at least grinning!). You're wonderful and one of a kind.

Vernon Dornbach

I apologize for being so slow in responding to your kind invitation to your morning coffees. I think it is great for you to continue the customs that Sylvia and you established. I miss Carl as you miss Sylvia.

You may not have remembered that Carl and I never attended your "Coffees". Not that we wouldn't have enjoyed them, but always felt too busy, especially mornings. So I would have nothing to contribute as a remembrance. Also I still find myself so involved in handling my affairs at this time.

It was good to see you at the Edwards' the other evening. Aren't friends a comfort.

Thank you for the invitation, maybe some morning, I will feel like getting out and stop by for coffee.

Maxine Doss

My wife, Heidi, and I were very sad to hear about the passing away of your wife. One of our fondest memories of the University of Redlands is the day we were walking hand in hand around the campus, and you and your wife stopped us, saying, "Be careful, you two - that's how we started out."

I also very much enjoyed the Thursday get-together I went to last Spring with Judy Strack and Doug Bowman. Everybody was so friendly and welcoming. That's part of what makes Redlands so special.

We've enclosed a picture of our wedding day, taken at the Alumni House on December 19, 1993 - the event that you and your wife predicted on that walk.

Doug and Heidi Evans

© As I attended the Coffees, I so enjoyed the pieces of art, the sculptures, Landeros' children, the Brussels lace church, etc. etc. I enjoyed the people both from the University, Diana Sommer's foreign students, and townspeople, many from the Sister City Group. The beautiful breads one pre-Christmas impressed my memory.

The Tillitts' Thursday Coffee Time has been a wonderful custom and so generous of the Tillitts, a true gift to the Community.

Dora Evelyn Frederick

© I remember your gracious greeting and hospitality when I brought Allan's Mother, Leone, and her little friend, Florence Bell. They were so delighted to be there and to be engaged in the conversations with "all those interesting people." Mom was 95 and still in good health (then) and her love of people, and natural curiosity, made your Thursday Coffees especially appealing to her. They told many friends about the "special Coffee" they had attended.

Nancy Griesemer

© As the Coffee Hour Time of the year approaches, which coincides with Autumn and all its glory, we think especially of all the joyous occasions we shared with the two of you over the years. We couldn't make the trek from Yucaipa as often as we would have liked to do, but tried to drop in for the SPECIAL times like Sylvia's Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Hallowe'en, and "Special Event" Days. It's always been a fun and great place to meet and greet.

Ginny and Phil Haisley

© Actually, I have no dramatic, amusing, or interesting tales to tell.

But, I hope modesty will not deter you from including praise for the presentations that have given us joy.

In addition to the "fellowship", we could look forward to: perhaps a new work of art; a musical performance; and always to an artistic table of goodies. The one table decor I particularly remember was the Fall football field one. No cutsie leaves and so original.

Lily Hearn

© I remember many wonderful episodes in regard to the Coffees. Just meeting you and Sylvia was a wonderful bonus in my life. And the people one met were most interesting. One of the ladies I remember was from Castle Rock, Colorado, and she told me she had been a hot air balloonist and was a judge in balloon races. And Janet Edwards' uncle who made the beautiful jewelry from rocks. And he gave me a lovely piece that I still use. The time I helped to arrange with Kevin Blandford to come to the house to play the bagpipes for Harley's birthday.[9/9/93] Sylvia had tears in her eyes that morning when he arrived and come into the house playing his bagpipes. When I made the arrangements with him, he asked me if he would be paid and I told him, no. But he came anyway!

The beautiful centerpieces, matching napkins and tablecloths were such a pleasure to see each week.

I don't know how many years I have been coming to your Coffees -possibly 5 or more - but it has just been an absolute delight to be a part of your get-togethers on Thursday mornings. And I thank you. I will treasure these fond memories for the rest of my life.

Doris Howard [1]

© And of course the picnic [6/23/92] I helped organize to surprise you and Sylvia. The greatest thrill of that was that we did surprise you. You were most worthy of being honored in that way. [Ed.: As far as we knew we had been invitied to the Cunninghams for lunch. Bill picked us up at our house, but instead of going to the Cunninghams we went to the Jenny Davis Park where over 100 friends had assembled for the pot-luck-surprise-picnic.]

Doris Howard [2]

© Whenever we left the Tillitts', after Coffee, we always left with the feeling that the two of them were very lovey-dovey.

Rosaline and Ching-U Ip

© The Thursday Coffee Events are so special for a variety of reasons.The first being the warm and friendly greeting at the door - a smile, a hug, and the immediate feeling of warmth and hospitality. And then the Matchmaker-superb took over. Harley would introduce you to someone he thought you should know or who had similar interests. Then he disappeared having activated the fine art of socialization.

The festive table was always a source of interest - the centerpiece, a special cake or taste treat, decorations for all occasions and thoughtfulness in planning.

Sylvia, with her pixie-like stature and precious giggle that came so easily. "The Crowd" consisting of regulars and visitors - from so many diverse backgrounds and professions - artists, educators, writers, businessmen, politicians, students, foreign visitors, musicians, etc., etc., surely made for the most exciting meeting place in town. It was a joy to be included, and has been a unique and wonderful experience in our lives. Thank you Harley and Sylvia for making this possible. Our circle of friends has grown by these interactions and has made our Redlands experience ever so much richer. Sylvia is missed by all, but never forgotten, and how fortunate we are to have stored such grand memories of a special lady.

Norie and Dewey Jacobs

© Meeting new people is certainly one of the delights of the Tillitt Coffee Hours, but my favorite experience involved an old friend whom I hadn't seen or heard from in many years.

In Ridgecrest, we were raising four small children. The most gregarious, Geoffrey, moved freely around a wide neighborhood. Cassie Sever was one of his good friends, and I enjoyed her mother, Gerda. We left the area in 1975 and had lost contact with the Severs - until a Tillitt Coffee, some time in the mid-1980's. When I noticed a pretty lady who looked familiar, Gerda and I enjoyed a great reunion and funny memories of my rascally son, and her daughter. What a surprise!

(I also valued Coffee-at-the-Tillitts as a tool for conducting Symphony business - making and forming and nurturing contacts!)

Cheers to you, Harley, for keeping up the proud tradition!

Mary Lou Jones

© Because of our responsibilities with our Kiwis, I have been unable to attend as many of the Coffees as I would have liked, but always I associate with them warmth, friendliness, good conversation, beautiful art to enjoy, and delightful people, and always to be greeted warmly by either Sylvia or Harley and sent off with a fond goodbyes. One time stands out particularly in my mind, maybe in March of 1994. It was a dark, cold day and I walked into the living room where there was a fire in the fireplace, a mellow warmth reflected from the beautiful orange and golden rugs. How it warmed the heart. As I walked into the dining room I gasped, for there on the table was the most beautiful basket of Spring flowers one could imagine - daffodils, tulips, etc. - so fresh and bright and beautifully arranged. On commenting on it to Sylvia, she said, "Well, I thought we needed something to brighten up the day to make it look like Spring even if the weather doesn't cooperate." There were always delightful surprises and I treasure the memories.

Winnie and Bob Knight

© Paul Allen made a remark about a park in Ontario which was named for an "Old" Edison (Company) acquaintance...

Wow! We went on and found that our fathers had both worked for Edison and knew each other.

So...Paul and I became Edison cousins.

We had only a couple of times to say, "Hi, Cuz."

Caroline B. Kurhajec


Yes, I have known an Angel. A friendship that rarely is told about.

Sylvia was an Angel in every respect. She was loved by everyone that knew her. She was surrounded by wonderful, and interesting friends of all walks of life.

I remember when she and her Guardian Angel came to our Scotch Dinner dressed in their full regalia. They were Angels in Scotch clothing.

The Thursday Coffees were a delight, not only because of the delicious cookies and cakes, but meeting new and close friends and seeing Sylvia smile as she walked about talking to her guests.

Sylvia was the "Angel I knew" and everyone will agree she was an ANGEL.

With love,

Luella Lindenberger

© I remember Cinco de Mayo, since this is a holiday I, as a Midwesterner, was unaware of. What I remember most is the kindness both you and Sylvia showed me when I first started coming to your Coffee Hours in the Fall of 1992. I met so many nice people, friends of yours, and for that I am most grateful. I was so happy to hear you were going to continue your Coffees, and I know that somewhere, our dear Sylvia will be orchestrating the morning.

Merrilyn Merrill

© Phyllis had not accompanied me to the Thursday morning Coffee because she was slowly and painfully recuperating from a total knee replacement. Sylvia and Harley graciously inquired about her healing process. As we continued talking I had hardly noticed that Harley was absent and only Sylvia and I were chatting. He returned with a framed picture, or photograph, which he deliberately carried face down, I assumed is was a citation from the U.S. Government applauding Harley for some significant mathematical contribution he had made in the service of his country . Or maybe is was a photograph of family members of whom he was exceedingly proud.

I was wrong on both counts. He turned the framed item over and at first glance I was puzzled as to its identity. Observing my look of uncertainty, Harley informed me that it was an X-Ray of the ersatz material Sylvia had had implanted in her knee when she underwent a total knee replacement. Apparently, the framed X-Ray of bone, plastic, and stainless steel, (Ed.: Titanium , not steel.) was a cherished memento that adorned a wall in one of their rooms. How like Sylvia and Harley!

Phyllis and George E. Riday

© Besides friends, new acquaintances, good food, and conversation, there seemed always something new and interesting to see - a new book, a new picture, a memento from a trip, a special table centerpiece.

I remember especially the centerpiece near Thanksgiving time in 1992. When I commented on it, you or Sylvia replied that Iola had made part of it. She had made attractive little turkeys out of construction paper and pine cones. I copied the idea and made arrangements a couple of times, but mine were never as clever and artistic as Iola's. Whenever I use them I think of your "Coffees".

Martha Robbins

© After I had been in Redlands and at the U or R for less than a year, I became concerned about what I perceived to be an absence of contact between the residential students and the Northside Community. I came up with the idea of a "Kite Festival" to bring the two groups together and I proposed the idea to Harley and Sylvia at one of the Coffee Hours in the Winter of 1983. Harley took off. He began to study kites. He called the Smithsonian Institution. Coffee Hours became : "Kite Festival" planning sessions. Harley was a whirlwind in making the event fly.


Alton Robertson


© Harley Dear, because I have not been a "fair weather friend and attendee", and only come when it rains, I do not have a list of events to relate. As you know, I try very hard to hone my golfing skills on Thursdays. Over many years, the only thing that stands out is the joy and warmth and welcome of the host and hostess - the fire in the fireplace (best on a cold rainy day) - warm drinks and delicious delectables to munch on and some of the nicest people in Redlands and vicinity to meet and visit with. I'm grateful for the memories and camaraderie and am sorry I couldn't be there every Thursday. I hope to do better - California needs the rain. !


Carol Robinson


© Some of the main things we remember have to do with Sylvia's birthdays and her continual surprise and delight in the ways you arranged celebrations for her. She said to me after the last (surprise at Rama Garden) "He did it again -- always a real surprise." (which makes you pretty devious and very clever.) We are sure that surprises occurred on many other occasions also. What fun you had!

We were there for the Scotch bagpipe party which was outstanding, including shortbread.

We always enjoyed the musicales, as well as the varied group who gathered around you. (Wonder how much and how many varieties of coffee you have served through the years---bet you know.) We loved the ones w/a hint of chocolate.

P.S. We're so glad you are continuing the tradition tho her bright face and perky wit will be missed greatly.


Joanne and John Runkel


© Nellie Ann and I remember the happy times when we were able to be at the Community beloved Coffees in past years. Sylvia and Harley were at the door with warm smiles when we entered and when we left. Conversation with friends from all over Redlands was both relaxing and thought provoking. What a joy and help the day Kim was introduced to the method and the material to get his book Susan, Lay Ministry on the Frontier, into the Library of Congress!

Our first Coffee visit was with our son, John, and his wife, Kathleen, when he was the curate at Trinity Episcopal Church, from 1983-1985.


Nellie and Kim Saville


© I sort of remember a cake you had on the dining room table with some musical passages written on it. I believe the guest of honor was the author of that music and I seem to recall that you had left off one of the passages and I seem to recall your telling him he could not eat the cake until he figured out what was missing. Do I have any of this straight?

Love you, Harley.


Jean Stein


[Ed.: The story is about a person named Lionel Dakers, a musician from England, who was visiting Redlands. At the time he was Chairman of the Royal School of Church Music. His specialty was hymnody, and he was an expert. If you asked for a hymn appropriate to a specific event, he could give you the page number in the hymnal where you could find it. The cake had been decorated with a musical staff and a few notes of one of his compositions. The challenge for him ("No cake unless...") was to identify the music, not to point out a missing component. He got the cake, with ease. He had a great sense of humor.]

© (I enjoyed) bringing flowers to Sylvia from my garden even though she had beautiful arrangements each time. (Every time I would be) looking for a vase for each offering. Finally (she solved that problem by) buying a special vase (and I learned) that she had found a special place where I could find it each time that I brought flowers.


Iola Threatt [1]


* The chance to meet old friends and to make new ones.

* Sitting in the corner with Marylou, Doris, Beverley, et al.

* Watching the men congregate in one room and the women in the other.

* Saying "Hello" to Sylvia, at the door, coming in, and "Goodbye" going out.

* Seeing Harley make coffee, greet guests, and tell his stories, find references, etc.

* Listening to music.

* Seeing lonely people enjoying one another.

* Enjoying the variety of people, ideas, cultures.


Iola Threatt [2]


© One of the traditions of boat and motorhome vehicles is to fly your flags. Flags to remember family, places you have been, personal memories and/or the current event this day and this hour, such as cocktail hour or, of course, Coffee Time.

One of the traditions at Harley's and Sylvia's is Coffee Time. So when Bill and I saw the Coffee Flag (It's a small flag with a brewing Coffee Pot on it.), we got it, in about 1987, to fly at the Tillitts. Of course, it has been flying ever since!


Iola Threatt [3]


© This particular Coffee fell upon St. Patrick's Day and Sylvia had decorated the table with an appropriate green motif. Also, the refreshments were clearly "Irish", including a glass pitcher with a green beverage.

One of the guests said, in jest, "I would like to register a complaint." When asked what the complaint was, the guest said, "There's no Irish Whiskey!"

This comment must have motivated Harley since, in about 45 seconds, there was a bottle of Imported Old Bushmill Irish Whiskey, along with "shot" glasses, on the table.

The "complaining" guest took the incident in stride and, along with some others did the "proper" thing: they partook.


Iola Threatt [4]


© Jin Xia had come to be my "# 2 Son". In the dining room, Harley, near the East windows, you introduced me to Carol Robinson and mentioned that I had taken Xia. Carol said, "You must have a big house or a big heart." You, Harley, said, "She has a big heart." Your words touched me, because you see, I have remembered them.


Lucille von Wolffersdorff [1]


© Harley, you and Sylvia invited Mary Lou's (Jones) and my first group of Japanese Home Stay students for barbecued hamburgers in March or April of 1982. We were to gather around 5:00 or 5:30 P.M. and I was late. Mary Lou wanted you to go ahead and begin. She told me later that you said, "Lucille will be here soon and then we'll start." (Sounds as if I remember compliments, doesn't it?) But as I had made the arrangements with you, you courteously were not going to start without me.

It was a delightful experience. It rained. Undaunted, you still cooked the hamburgers outside with a host family father holding an umbrella over both you and the barbecue in the far Southwest corner of the yard. We showed the Japanese where the meat went- between the 2 halves. Somehow everyone could sit at the dining table, snugly. Then, to complete the evening, you provided two guitars, I think, which several Japanese could play, (Masaaki in particular), and we sang songs. Nobuaki Nishida was missing, but Mary Lou and I hadn't panicked yet although we should have because he was walking home to Mentone (where his host family lived) from San Bernardino, having missed the last bus. We marveled that he even knew the way.


Lucille von Wolffersdorff [2]


© I have been able to attend only two of the Thursday Morning Coffees, - probably in 1993 and, I remember the first time, I thought there would be only 3 or 4 people there, and there were about 15, and such quantities of wonderful food all beautifully laid out. I was sure this was a special event but when I went again two months later, there were even more people and even more wonderful food. I was amazed how you could keep doing this week after week, year after year - and I am still amazed at your fortitude to try again. You are a remarkable man, - nice, too!


Laura Vroman


© I have no anecdote, but I would like to mention how much Esther Mertins enjoyed the Coffees.

I had known Esther since 1965, but it was not until we had both moved into Plymouth Village, in 1987, that I saw her on a day-to-day basis. Always she made a point of telling me when she had gone to the Tillitts for Coffee. It was a noteworthy event in her week, and she took pleasure in letting me know that she was welcome and that she enjoyed going. (Ed.: Esther passed away on September 7, 1994, at the age of 90.)


Jane Wagner


© Thursday Mornings meant a heart warming welcome,making each one of us feel a special bond, an opportunity to enhance old friendships and to make new friends gathered around a festive table decorated for the Season with special treats to match, with Harley brewing an endless supply of fresh coffee interspersed with stories of travel vicissitudes, and Sylvia in a long skirt and a ready smile, hospitably moving from group to group.

There was often special music - bagpipes, clarinet, harpsichord, harp, bells, violin, foreign students singing "Home on the Range". And special events: an acupuncture demonstration; Ralph Westervelt's 81st birthday with Virginia supplying his favorite chocolate cakes; pictures of Harley and Sylvia's 50th wedding anniversary with life-size enlargements of the bride and groom; surprising the Tillitts with a picnic in the park.

Special foods like Harley's tree of removable edible circles, Norwegian cookies, German kuchen, Mexican specialties, Oriental delicacies.


Virginia Westervelt [1]


© This past year (1993-1994) especially, I think of those who will always be with us in Spirit and in Memory:

Sandy's cheerful smile from his wheelchair.

Joe Hearn's reviewing recent travels.

Paul Allen, dressed to give another speech somewhere.

Ralph Westervelt, standing tall, foregoing both fishing and golf to appear at the Tillitts'.

Esther Mertins reminiscing about her early years in China.

And Sylvia, happily working on her poetry book and looking forward to the 1994 Anniversary Party.

Thursday mornings have been Occasions for which we who have participated are eternally grateful and deeply appreciative.


Virginia Westervelt [2]


© My very first visit to THE COFFEE HOUR was February 10, 1983. I was driving from Long Beach to Forest Falls for the Lincoln Birthday weekend and had to use the bathroom. The Coffee Hour became my regular time for a "Pit Stop". Once, when it was afternoon and the Tillitts were out to lunch, I went next door and asked to use their bathroom. Talk about good neighbors!


Patty Williams [1]


© On November 17, 1988, I delivered mint to Sylvia for your garden. Is it still growing? Has it taken over?


Patty Williams [2]


© March 5, 1992, the day after Sandy's surgery, I announced to friends his diagnosis and need for an oncologist. Thank you again, to everyone, for the outpouring of love I felt.


Patty Williams [3]


© On November 12, 1992, I remember a surprise party for Paul Allen's birthday. I will send a photo of Norie Jacobs and Paul.


Patty Williams [4]


© Because you love numbers and statistics, I've calculated how many times I* attended each year.

1983 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 [Years]

2 6 5 14 18 14 18 10 [Times attended]

* If I didn't, Sandy did.


Patty Williams [5]


© I just remembered the fish - a smoked salmon, maybe - with the treble clef and notes from some English composer's (of Church Music) hymns. A guest of Jeff's at Trinity (Church)?? You must know. It was one of your greatest presentations.

[Ed.: See the item in this collection identified as JS 01, written by Jean Stein. The details for both stories will be clarified later.]


Patty Williams [6]


My memories meld into a melange of gracious welcome by host and hostess, guests who are always happy to see one another, a table and sideboard with special coffee and sweets (breads), theme foods and more, special entertainment, and intellectual fellowship. Nice!!

You asked about special guests. I brought to one of your Coffees Mary Val and Dwight Twist. They will be visiting me this week, again. I shall bring them along to your opening Coffee. I didn't want to miss it.


Lois Fair Wilson [1]


© Your request for specific information has stimulated both thought searching and datebook checking. Maintaining a detailed daily journal would have helped! Special memories include a September Coffee near your birthday, on September 9, when a bagpiper arrived playing _ _ _ Happy _ _ _ Birthday _ _ _ with the player in full dress, kilts and all. ~ ~ causes me to relive the delight and pleasure of singing to you Happy Birthday accompanied by the bleating of the pipes. So, belated Happy Birthday to you in '94 ~ may you have many many more.

Lois Fair Wilson [2]


The following list of Attendees was derived from Notes that were taken after the Coffee Hours were completed for a given day. Sometimes Notes were not recorded because other scheduled events on the same day interfered with the notetaking, and we forgot to return to the job later. Accordingly there omissions.

There may be a few situations where a name is included when in fact the person did not attend, because we somehow concluded, usually after the fact, in a discussion something like: " ‘So and so’ must have been here because I remember he was sitting by the door when..."

On some occasions we did not recall the names of everyone who attended. Sometimes we remembered only one of the names of a person who visited for the first time.

No doubt there are some names which are not spelled correctly because in the introduction of an individual we did not find out the proper spelling.

All of this says that it is known that the following list probably has errors of one kind or another: some of the kinds mentioned above, and perhaps typographical errors as well.

For these situations, I apologize.



Donna and Laurie Abbey

Vicki Abrams

Curtis Allen

Helena and Paul Allen

Dorothy and Gunther Amend

Yuriko Anderson

Priscilla Aquino

Emily and John Arras

Sandy and Fred Arth

Dorothy Arthur

Asmeret Asgedom.

Virginia Atkins

Cheryl Babcock

Sherilyn Bailey

Ryan and Kyle Baker

Sing and Dan Baker

Marcia Bandel

Abigail Halsey Barden

Renee Barkman

Adrianne Bartells

Ada Baskina

Marcel Bassirian

Emmalou and Harvey Baty

Phebe and Roger Baty

Alicia Townsend Beckie

Carolyn and Don Beckie

Christine and Steven Bell

Florence Bell

Carol Critchlow Bentley

Jo Ann Bergeson

Linda Berkeley

Ann Bethel

Elizabeth Bethell

Mike Bethell

Marjorie Bird

Harry Blackstone

Kevin Blandford

Ina Blevins

Melody Bodar

Tom Bonacum

Merilyn Bonney

Elinor Boress

Douglas Bowman

Ema Branton

Jim Broadbent

Mildred Brodbeck

Fritz Bromberger

Geri Brooks

Kay and John Bunnell

Patty Burchell

Charan Burford

Edythe Burgess

Char Burgess

Linda and Bob Burroughs

Tammy Butler

Aude Cabaldon

Elizabeth Cady



Morris Cantley

Jeff Carpenter

Nancy Carrick

Skip Carson

Martha Carter

Anna Jean Cartin

Anogene and Dr. Sam Cartin

Stacey Cartin

Roy Cencirulo

Pani Chakrapani

Nancy Chandler

Natalie Chaves

Yang Chen

Susana Chesus

Diane Christensen

Dr. --- Chuck

John Clark

Phyllis and Albert Clark

Virginia Clark

Judy Claxon

Barbara and Bill Clover

Editha and Dan Cohen

June and Stanley Collins

Dan Comstock

Sonya Cotten

Sue Cotten

Mary Covington

Barbara Critchlow

David Critchlow(Jr.)

Wen Bao Cui

Beverley and Bill Cunningham

Randa D'Aoust

Birgitte and Alfred Damlund

Emily Daniel

Susanna Darvasi

Leah Davis

Georgia Decker

Bonnie DeMaris

Ruth and Sam Dickey

Dr. --- Dickie

Ben Dillow

Desmond Ditchfield

Henry Dittmar

Phil Doolittle


Peggy and Vernon Dornbach

Ann Doskow

Jeannine Downing

Zion and Abraham Dree

Marni Duke

Pauline and Doug Eadie

Greg Eaton

Karlin Eby

Madeline and Bill Edison

Chris and John Edwards



Janet and Fred Edwards

Linda Edwards

Marie Edwards


Jane and Steve Elder

Ellen Elfstrom

Connie and George Ellis

Dennis Eloe

Jordan Engberg

Burt English

Douglas Evans

Jim Ewing

Eric Faern

Diane Falk

Mariya Fassler

Paula Faust

Bill Fawcett

Kerry Feenema

Evia and Sal Ferrandini

Lawrence Finsen

Ed Fisher

Laura Henry Flatt

Margaret Folton

Margaret Fosyer

Dr. --- Franklin

Dora Frederick

Pam Frederick

Ruth Friesen

Connie Fuller

April Gafford

Ivan Galantic

Karen and Bob Gardner

Staci Gassman

Maxine and Neil Gatch

John Gates

Jane and Frank Gearhart

Marsha and Jim Gebara

Belle and Bill Gee

Pat Gee

Greg Giesen

Marge Gifford

Dan Gilbertson

Beth, Danny, Sean Gillispie

Alice and Ed Gleitsman

Marie and Phil Glotzbach

Joyanne Gongaware

Cindy Gonzales

Kimberly Gordon

Ann Graham

Carol Graham

Reece Greeley

Lenore (Onie) Griesemer

Nancy and Allan Griesemer

Susan and David Griesemer

David Griswold



Pauline and Eric Gruenler

Seda Gürses

Ginny and Phil Haisley

Conant Halsey

Betty Hardy

Linda Harsany

Neil Hartschuh


Li Zhong He

Lily and Joe Hearn

Fred Hearth

Dennis Heath

Brian Hecker

Mary Hedin

Pat and Al Heeseman

Hollis Hemmers

Louis Hemmers

Nancy Hensel

Beth Herman


Misako Hiyama

Charlotte Hoag

Maurice Hodgen

Catherine and Rob Hodges

Dave Holden

Grace Hollenbeck

Jeanette Hollingsworth

Harriet and Ralph Hone

Emily and Anders Hörnblad

Sylvia Hosack

Doris Howard

Mabel and Charles Howell

Clay Hulsey

Harriet Hulsey

Irma Hunter

Bill Huntley

Hugh Huntley

Rosaline and Ching-U Ip

Marc Iranzo

Phyllis Irshay

Tricia Jackson

Laurie Jacobs

Lenore and Durand Jacobs

Audrey Jacobsen

Diane Jennings

Irmengard Jennings

Audry and Bill Jones

Gwen and Glenn Jones

Mary Lou and Dick Jones

Nore? Jordan

Lisë Kastigar

Mary Keays

Jim Keays

Henrietta Kelley

Darrell Kendall

Bill Kennedy

Irene and Kenneth Kent



Kelly Kerbs

Teresa and Bjørn Keyn

Daniel Kiefer

Larry King

Denise Kinsella

Mary Ellen Kisabeth

Mary and Don Kleckner

Charlotte and Ivy Kloepfer

Winnie and Bob Knight

Noel Knowles

Linda Kobernik

Lynnette Kobernik

Liz Konold

Darrell Koonce

Libby and Jay Krantz

Gen Kumagi

Caroline Kurhajec

Thresa Kwappenberg

Janet Lake ?

Dorothy and Albert Landeros

Susan Larson

Lois Lauer

Helen Law

Dorothy Lee

Jo and Harold Leiby

Arlene Leonard

William Level

Pan Xiaogang and Qing Li

Barbara and Colin Lidgate

Edith Liedloff

Louella and Stuart Lindenberger

Philip Livoni

Dorrie and Ralph Livoni

Barbara and Chuck Lohne

Gretchen and Howard Lohnes?

Jia Qiu Yi and Qian-Gui Lou

Xiang-Li Du and Jing-yu Lou

Annie Lowry

Marylou Lund

Larry Lyles

Gale Lynch

Becky MacElfresh

Betty Mallonee

Martine Manesse

Stephanie Book Markley

Lorraine Martin

Mr. Tim Mason

Margene Mastin

Jean and Stan Mattson

Per Matz ?

Ed Mauel

Bill McAllister

Bruce McClurg

Bernice McCollum



Lorrie McComb

Michelle McConachie

Francis McCracken

Mr. and Mrs. McCrae

Harold McDaniel

Rosa Lamoreaux McHugh

Millie McKim

Nora McLaughlin

Marion McLean

Newell De Arnol McLean

Allison McNeil

Maureen McRea

Dean Meech

Diedre Westervellt Meehan

Barbara Meese

Dita Melcher

John Melcher

Mary Beth Melcher

Douglas Melzer

Paul Melzer

Merrillyn Merrill

Lorraine Mertin

Esther Mertins

Jean Millar

Ingrid Miller

Jo and Art Miller

Lorraine Miller

Dee Ann Milson

Jan Minow

Junryo Miyashita

Yuki Miyashita

Leon Moburg

Ann Moise

Becky Moore

David Moore

Steven Moore

Megan Morey

Ann and Bob Morlan

Jette and Steen Mortensen

Joanna Mosso

Lillian Mueller

Pam Mueller

Martin Munz

Daranee Muongpruan

Dan Murphy

Diana and Ron Murray

Lois and Klaus Musmann

Anna Napoli

Gloria and Matthew Nardella

John Neill

David Nesamony

Dennis Neufeld



Claudia Proctor and Doug Newton

Tom Nichols

Gitte Nielsen

Herdis Nielsen

Rita Nikishin

Masuhiro Nishide

Linda Norton

Stacey O'Brien

Ellie O'Brien

Peggy Oelberg

John Oliver

Marge Olson

Anne Oncken

Satomi Ono

Anne and Gene Ouellette

Judy and Yasuyuki Owada

Michalyn and Dan Palmer

Sima Patel

Florence and Madison Payne

Katherine Peake

Joan Pedersen

Todor Pelev

Chao Pei Pen

Winifred Peterson

Barbara Phelps

Julie Phelps

Mary Pierce

Warren Pope

Marie Potier

Andre Prade

Mary Jane and John Pratt

Ruth Prescott

Gene Price

Gwladys Pugh

Annette and Chris Putnam

Gabe Rea

Margo Tower and John Redford

Roy Reed

Mary Beth Richardson

Maureen and Jeffrey Rickard

Jenny Rickard ?

Phyllis and George Riday

Julia Ann Riday ?

Cindi and Heather Rinne

Victor Rios

Jeff Robar

Martha Robbins

Al Robertson



Carol Robinson

Robbie Robinson

Sylvia Rondonuwu

Darren Rose

Annette Rossi

Mike Rowles

Joanne and John Runkel

Don Rusk ?

Cornelia Ryon

Rafael Saborino

Kazuaki Saito

Mary Beth Sarhatt

Hitonie Sasoki

Lois Satterberg

Anita Savacool

Christopher Saville

Kathleen and John Saville

Nellie and Kim Saville

Hans Schley

Louise Schultz

Nancy and Bob Scully

Ann and Jim Seargeant

Philip Seff

Fran Sellan

John Serbein

Gerda Sever

Jeanne Shaner

Phyllis and Orin Sheldahl

Naomi Shino

Jeniffer Simmonds

John Smeby

Cindy Smith

Elizabeth and Eddie Smith

Marc Jack Smith

Joanne Snook

Neva and Charles Snyder

Bill Solberg

Shannon Sommer

Diana and Jim Sommer

Valerie Sponheim

Lois Steel

Jean and Harry Stein

Edna Steinmen

Jeanne and Jim Stellar

Winnie and Ron Stephany

Janice Stephenson

Tom Stepphan

Bernice and George Stevens



Larry Stotsbury

Judy Strack

Eva and Hans Strübing

Rob Stuart

Nelda and Monte Stuck

Ten LCP Students

Three Japanese Students

Twenty-five Japanese Students

Four Japanese Students

Bebo Stultz

Dorothy Summers

Chiaki Suzuki

Helena and Phil Swanson

Sam Swartz

Verna Swift

Fumiuko and Nanako Tamaru

Kiyoshi Tamura

Burdell Tenney

Reed Terzian

Mickey Tetley

Marilyn Thompson

Iola and Bill Threatt

Peter Tiboris

Jay Tillitt

Elsiemae Tillitt

Cora and John Tincher

Gustano Tolosa

Ingrid Trenkle

Linda and George Tung

Tonya--- [Russian Friend of] Tungs

Mary Val Marsh and Dwight Twist

Jean Tyndall

Bill Umbach

Irene Vanleuven

Harriet VanOsdel

Jean and Boyce VanOsdel

Grace VanThillo-Hines

Betty Vermontia

Munta Virochsiri

Irene Vitt

Lucille vonWolffersdorff

Laura Vroman

Jim Waddell

Jane Wagner

Catherine [Timmy] Waldrop



Mr. and Mrs. Wales

Letha Dulaney and Dick Walker

Jennifer, Friend of Robt. Walters(Jr)

Myrna and Robert Walters

Robert Walters(Jr)


Robert Ward

Seth Warner

Brent Waters

Steve Watson

Chris Webb

Jean Weber

Nancy Weeks

Doug Wells

Donna West

Lisa Westervelt

Virginia and Ralph Westervelt

Beatrice White

Barbara Widman

Shirley Wilbur

Kristi Wilkerson

John Willets

Emily Willey

Les Willey

Patty and Sandy Williams

Ed Williams

Heidi Wilson

Lois Fair Wilson

Helen and Howard Winger

Dan Wingerd

Amy Wingrove

Brenda and Rick Winston

Kim Wisdom

Cynthia Wong

Marcia Wood

Kimberly Woodard

Barbara Wormser

Barbara and Jim Wright

Jin Xia

Yan Xuejun

Yuki and Takashi Yamamoto

Takuji Yamazaki

Roger Zeek

Liz Zeller

Li Zhou

Carolla ---

Francis ---

Harry ---

Kelly ---

Shan ---



Note: Pages 38 to 50 of the original paper list coffee dates showing number of attendees by year from October 8, 1981, to May 5, 1994.

The paper can be read by inquiring at the Reference Desk of the A. K. Smiley Library.


It was mentioned earlier that after what had already been scheduled as the last Coffee of the Season, on May 5, 1994, Sylvia passed away on May 17, 1994. Whether or not to continue the practice of starting to have Coffee Open Houses in the fall of that year was something to be considered later.

In time, it was decided to continue, but only on an every-other week basis. The first and third Thursdays were selected. This was a way to continue the tradition but "with a difference". During this time there were newcomers to the Coffee tradition. These names are shown along with the others in the list of attendees, but they have an asterisk [*] by their names. There are probably some names that should have an asterisk but do not, and vice versa, because incomplete records made it difficult to know when the person in question made his or her "first visit".

This was done for two years on the dates shown below:

Year         Date         Number attending         Comment


1994 October 6 60

October 20 30

November 3 38

November 17 22

December 1 24

December 15 41

1995 January 5 31

January 19 22


February 2 25
At Janet and Fred Edwards’ HomeFebruary 16 21March 2 13March 16 23April 6 17April 20 17

May 4 22


May 18 25October 5 37October 19 34November 2 25November 16 26December 7 26December 21 26

1996 January 4 17


January 18 20February 1 17February 15 16March 7 23March 21 19April 4 17April 18 --- No coffee this day

May 2 17 Last Coffee of the Season

.These additional 30 Coffees bring the total to 435.












































































































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