Color polaroid snapshot of Miles Paoli and a friend sitting on a timber bench in front of a wooden board fence, 1978-1980. (Gift of Dolly Efishoff, Miles Paoli Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

“Between the old Paoli Hotel and his home [next door to the west], Miles [Paoli] had somehow maneuvered a large squared-off timber, setting it as a bench in front of his fence. If he was sitting on the bench that was an invitation to stop and visit awhile. His neighbor, Ernest “The Bear” Madeira, was often there and sometimes Bill Ferrill, who lived in the house just west of Evergreen Cemetery. Joe Silva and Domingo Valador were regulars, and they always stopped at Miles Paoli’s place coming back from the post office.” (Excerpt from a “Kelley House Calendar” newspaper article by Dorothy Bear, published February 27, 1992 in the Mendocino Beacon.)

Does anyone know who the friend in this photo is?

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