Remember When Week of April 29
Tidbits from yesteryear
75 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 24, 1936)
Rev. A. B. Weaver, pastor of the M. E. Church, is convinced that Monday is a good day to go fishing. At Camp One along Sonoma creek, he hooked a 12-pound striped bass and landed the big fellow in a half hour. … New faces, added interest and another season, that is the baseball set up for Sonoma Park Sunday afternoon when Manager Ray Tynan parades his latest edition of the Sonoma club before Mr. and Mrs. Fan. Local color will be the theme for the year’s campaign as for the fist time in many a moon the lineup will be all hometown boys. … Cherry picking has started in Sonoma Valley the first time since 1930 that the fruit has been ready for the market so early. Picetti Bros., report an unusually large crop despite some damage by rain. Prices appear to be good according to opening quotations. … Outstanding feature of the regular monthly meeting of the Marin County Association of Fire Departments held in Corte Madera firehouse last week was the presentation by Assistant District Attorney Harold Haley, on behalf of the Marin firemen, of a beautiful flag to the Valley of the Moon fire department of Sonoma. … In addition to the Standard Oil service station which is to be erected on the site of the F. Clewe building in Sonoma, another station is being built on the Norrbom property just outside the westerly city limits for Messers. Jos. Keiser and Harry Dwyer. … Verdiers French resort, which plans something new in the way of improvement each season for its guests, has just completed a fine swimming pool, 35x40 and a tennis court, which will add greatly to the pleasure of visitors registered there this year. … Sam Sebastiani, public-spirited citizen of the U.S.A., sent 200 cases of California peaches, packed at his cannery here, to the Italian Red Cross this week. The shipment to his native land will be greatly appreciated by war sufferers overseas.
71 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 26, 1940)
City Gardener Brown is justly proud of the rose garden all abloom in Sonoma Plaza. The roses, many choice varieties, purchased by the garden man for the city, made a gorgeous display the past week. Some of the varieties are new and others date back to the Chicago World’s Fair when they were revealed in all their loveliness. … The Boyes Springs Boosters club met at Sycamore Lodge Wednesday night with about 30 business people from the Springs section. Talks were made by Supervisor Howard Knight, Bob Moir and his guest Major Patterson of the C.C.C. It was the most interesting and enthusiastic meeting the Boosters have had. … Virgil Revie, son of Archie Revie, of San Francisco, had his picture in the San Francisco Chronicle that week in references to some high school activities in the city. He is a fine looking lad. … El Verano Grammar School held its first flower show last Friday and it was highly successful. Miss Catherine Henley and her intermediate grade pupils arranged for the gathering and display of the many beautiful and interesting varieties. … Jack Shepard, U.C. student, brought a group of his college friends t the Jack London ranch for a barn dance last Saturday night. … The Sonoma Mission Creamery is making some fine improvements. Not only has the outside been repainted and retrimmed by contractor Downey but the interior will be enlarged and redecorated. New furniture of Spanish California type is being made to order for the ice cream parlor and lunch room.
66 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 27, 1945)
Sonoma Valley’s annual rodeo will be held this year at the Millerick ranch on June 24, is the plan of the A.W.V.S., sponsoring the show. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Sonoma Community Hospital furnishings. … Mrs. Chas. E. Cooke, chairman of the Seventh War Loan drive in Sonoma Valley, announces the gift of $50 bonds for the first girl baby and the first boy baby to arrive at Sonoma Valley’s new community hospital. The donor of the bonds is Frank Bartholomew of Buena Vista. … The Sonoma Valley Community Hospital, located on the Buena Vista property east of Sonoma, will open for business on Tuesday, May 1, states Dr. C. B. Andrews, president of the Hospital Association. Thus will be realized the efforts of hundreds of our Valley residents and Sonoma Valley will have a modern, well equipped hospital of which we are justly proud. … The acquiring of land for the erection of a grandstand, arena and accommodations for horses of trail riders or exhibit stock on a proposed Sonoma fairgrounds were subjects of discussion last Friday night at the Chamber of Commerce office. … Mrs. Emile Long hs returned to Sonoma Mission Inn after several weeks stay in Las Vegas for the benefit of her health. She is much improved and was greeting friends at the Woman’s Club Friday.
65 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 26, 1946)
Scores of fine horses – and their riders – will compete for more than $700 in prizes here on Sunday, May 5, in the second annual Spring Horse Show of Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Riding Club, Show Manager L. E. Castner of Agua Caliente announced today. The number of entries from San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin, Napa and other Redwood Empire counties is so great, Castner said, that an even greater show than last year’s successful one is assured. … A lively and hotly-contested election of officers, the first in eight years, highlighted the monthly dinner meeting of the Boyes Hot Springs boosters Club held Wednesday night at the Sonoma Golf Clubhouse with over 50 members attending. When the smoke cleared away, L. E. “Bud” Castner, emerged as the club’s new president, with Oscar Larson second in command as vice president. … Tom and Dolly Allen who recently sold their Dinty Moore Café, are erecting a 25-room hotel at Boyes. It will be a rooming house with modern conveniences. … Prominent Rotarians of the North Bay districts attended the meeting Wednesday night at Sonoma Mission Inn which instituted the new Sonoma Rotary Club. The district governor of Rotary and representatives of other district clubs attended the initial ceremonies at which R. J. Christensen, the Sonoma Club’s first president, presided. Other officers elected included Dave Crane, secretary, and Ed LeBeau, treasurer. Jim Norrbom, Chief Joseph Red Horse, Harry Price, Roy Mills and R. P. Gobler were elected to the Board of Trustees.
64 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 25, 1947)
Sonoma’s new high-pressure fire fighting rig which arrived here Friday underwent a test demonstration Wednesday evening and came through with flying colors before members of the local department and others. The new equipment which operates on a high-pressure fog principle, is mounted on an International truck body and contains the latest in fire-fighting accessories as approved by the Board of Fire Underwriters. … Members of Group Eight of the California Bankers Association will hold their spring business meeting tomorrow afternoon and evening, April 26, in Sonoma. Group eight comprises the banks in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties. … Pete Moroni, well-known businessman of Santa Rosa, has moved into his recently completed and beautiful home on Sonoma Highway and Shaw Avenue. Moroni was a schoolboy in Kenwood and he has fulfilled a lifetime ambition in returning to the scenes of his childhood. … The picturesque and historic retail liquor department at Charlie Pagani’s distillery has been moved after many years in the same location. The relocation was required by new government regulations. … Francis Rancour, Sebastiani Theatre motion picture operator, will leave Saturday, May 3, for a tour of the middle west, including Omaha, St. Louis, Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri and will return via Los Angeles. … Eddie Levitt and Tom Aleccia, Agua Caliente Springs Hotel owners, pay a nice tribute to the 113 young ballplayers of the new York Yankee farm chain, who waved goodbye to Sonoma Valley Wednesday. The manner in which these boys conducted themselves, under the guidance and watchfulness of Joe Devine and Eddie Leishman leaves nothing t be desired, the hotel hosts exclaimed. … An oldtime, “know how” rodeo gent will aid Rodeo Chairman Louis Fassio in putting over Sonoma Valley’s June 7 and 8 buckin’ horse show in connection with the Military Centennial Celebration. The gent is Frank “Scoop” Marshall, well-known Boyes Hot Springs businessman who has had a long and colorful career as a rodeo man.
63 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune of April 30, 1948)
Railroad Avenue, between the old El Verano depot and Craig Avenue became an airplane landing strip Sunday afternoon when a San Francisco airplane salesman made three landings in his light Stinson on the wide thoroughfare, much to the dismay of El Verano residents. The 28-year-old salesman guided his plane down on Railroad Avenue for the third time in a few hours when State Highway Patrolman Fred Eberhardt arrived. He said he was merely taking prospective customers aloft. He said that while the street was narrow he thought there was no danger. … Wednesday afternoon of this week the board of trustees of Sonoma Grammar School met in special session for the purpose of further considering the purchase of additional property and the necessity of erecting thereon a primary school building to properly house the more than 100 children now occupying basement rooms that were not designed for regular classrooms when the present brick building was constructed. … The County Board of Supervisors this week ordered a survey to be made of the new site planned for the Veterans War Memorial building and recreational park in Sonoma Valley. … It is reported that R. R. Emparan, local realtor and grandson of the late Gen. M.G. Vallejo, has been named assistant curator of the Sonoma Mission and old Vallejo Home, both state monuments. He will be a part time civil service employee, alternating with Mrs. Daisy Barbour, Mission curator and Mrs. Maida Brown of the Vallejo State Park.