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Newsfront - March 14, 2008

Meet a rancher and a blacksmith

Stop by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow and meet Howard Bettencourt, a former cattleman, farmer and blacksmith. Howard attended the Highland One-Room School and graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1947. For awhile he was the only blacksmith in town while his uncle "Muck" Bettencourt recovered from a bad burn accident. Their shop was located on Linda Mesa.

Bettencourt is appearing in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibit, "Agriculture, For a Century, the Business of the Valley," which highlights the period of 1850 through 1950, when agriculture was the cornerstone of the Valle's economy. It runs through May 10, and each Saturday a special guest who lived and worked in the Valley during this period will be at the Museum to talk to visitors.

The Museum is located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot at 205 Railroad Ave. in Danville. Call 837-3750.