Celeste Granice Murphy was the editor and co-publisher of the Sonoma Index-Tribune from 1915 to 1949. She was one of the founders of the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival renewal in 1947 (still the community's major annual celebration) and also wrote and directed the Vintage Festival Pageant for several years. She was an active member of the 100-years-old Sonoma Valley Woman's Club (of which she and her mother were charter members), the Sonoma Valley Historical Society, and the League of California Penwomen. She loved to travel, and her hobby was collecting bells. At the time of her death, at age 80, on May 10, 1962, shelves at her home in The Barracks contained more than 300 bells.
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