Remember When Week of July 15
Tidbits from throughout the years
Jul 15, 2011 - 12:28 PM
94 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 14, 1917)
Capt. Will Stofen passed a high examination for master mariner, and was given a license for unlimited tonnage to sail anywhere in the world. It is a distinct honor to be conferred upon the young maritime officer. He is the son of Mrs. Dora Stofen. … James McElney, the well-known druggist, was admitted to citizenship on Tuesday. Mr. McElney was born in Ireland and passed a fine examination. … Mrs. Lochiel M. King and children have been spending vacation days at the Wadsworth home in the Yde tract. Miss Doris King, granddaughter of the pioneer family has entered the Alameda High School. … St. Francis parish with its many energetic members and prominent and popular pastor, T. P. Moran, is to make a great weekend part of the grand fiesta Saturday afternoon and evening, July 28. The out-of-door affair on the campus adjoining the school and church will be the enjoyment of many parties from the bay cities and down the peninsula, who will motor up to enjoy the novel attractions and to spend a couple of days in our unrivaled Valley of the Moon. … Leland Volquardsen of the USS Mars, has been apprised by telegraph, of his promotion to the rank of Ensign in the Navy. He has been machinist and engineer, having worked up from the lower ranks to his present fine rating. … Two very important matters were up for discussion and for preliminary action before the Board of Trustees Thursday night and both the street improvement and the matter of water acquisition involve the expenditure of thousands of dollars, yet no one but the official family was present to voice their opinion. One would infer that the trustees have the thorough confidence of our taxpayers or that the taxpayers do not care a cuss what becomes of the town or their money.
93 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 13, 1918)
Miss Rose Pagani and a party of friends motored to Dillons beach Sunday for a day’s outing. … Panerazi auditorium at Glen Ellen is presenting moving pictures to large crowds this season. … The apple season has opened in Sonoma Valley and Batto’s Spur, where the Sonoma Valley Apple Growers Association has established its packing house is the scene of considerable activity. Warren Tufts of the State Farm at Davis, arrived bright and early last Monday to demonstrate packing methods and give valuable aid to those working in the fruit. … Sonoma Valley has the distinction this coming election of having two aspirants to fill places in the courthouse at Santa Rosa and from present indications, both gentlemen have excellent prospects of being elected and serving the people of Sonoma County as country officials. Jesse F. Prestwood who is a candidate for county superintendent of schools has been for years the capable and popular principal of Sonoma’s Grammar school. Mr. Joe Ryan, our candidate for sheriff, has a reputation as a man and good citizen such as few can rival. Quiet and with a pleasant personality, he at the same time commands great respect. … Otto von Geldern, the distinguished civil engineer, has just returned from Washington, D.C., where he went on business connected with a big irrigation project for this state. He interviewed all our senators and congressmen while in the National capital and was received with the greatest courtesy by high officials who were much interested in his plans.
90 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 16, 1921)
A fire which started from the burning of grass on private premises and got beyond control, swept the resort section of El Verano last Saturday afternoon with disastrous results. The St. Francis Villa property lately sold to Mr. Spitzer had a five-room cottage, barn and other buildings burned, and the former French cottage, recently sold by Mrs. Dutil to Mr. and Mrs. Verdier, also suffered considerable damage. The Frederickson property was damaged several hundred dollars. … Sonoma is being very favorable mentioned as the meeting place of the Grand Council of United Order of Redmen next year. Last year, the tribes met at Santa Cruz and hundreds of delegates, members and visitors participated in the event. Grand officers, who were here last Saturday night for the joint installation of Sonoma and Bear Flag members, declared that this would be an ideal place for the annual meeting and several declared that they would favor and boost the Encampment in Sonoma Valley for 1922. … Next Friday night, the benefit vaudeville entertainment for St. Francis’ building fund will be given at Boyes Springs. One of the headliners of the fine program will be Miss Angela Celeste Glinden, late member of the Scotti Opera Company, whose remarkable lyric soprano has been highly praised by critics.
68 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 16, 1943)
Miss Betty Coops has accepted a position last week I the laboratory department of the Standard Oil Company in Richmond. … American Trust Company announce the addition of a new member to the staff of their local office in the appointment of Mrs. Claire Green of Boyes Hot Springs. Mrs. Green requires no introduction to the customers of the institution, having been a resident of Sonoma Valley for the past several years. … Friday, July 23 is Valley of the Moon firemens’ night at the Boyes Hot Springs pavilion and date of their annual ball. The dance is for the benefit of new apparatus essential to life-saving. The boys have acquired a new type resuscitator and have been working hard selling tickets to pay for it. … The Sonoma Valley Apple Growers’ Association has begun operations at Vineburg where the packing house opened Wednesday on those best flavored apples in the world, Gravensteins. … With the purchase of the 50-foot lot on Napa Street adjoining the old convent property on East Napa Street, it became known that a new Catholic school which may be known as St. Francis Academy will be built by Sam Sebastiani, the local wine man and progressive citizen of Sonoma. Mr. Sebastiani is having plans prepared for a six-classroom school with floor space for utilities and living quarters for the teachers. … Cedric Cutter, Sonoma city councilman and former deputy sheriff, was in town Wednesday looking better than in many years. He is employed as a lookout by the State Forestry Service at Mt. Jackson and says the outdoor life certainly agrees with him.
67 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 14, 1944)
The Sonoma Valley committee on the formation of a recreation district will meet with Supervisor Knight, Bob Moir and Supervisor-elect Jim Lyttle next week to hear reports on the proposed sewer project. A cost estimate, probable tax rate and other data will be given following the report of Engineer Lee of San Francisco, who made a recent survey of the improvement the district contemplates. … Major Chester Bonner of Hamilton Field, formerly of the FBI and stationed at Leavenworth, Kan., spoke on juvenile delinquency at Sonoma Kiwanis Club Tuesday. He was presented by John Gilcrest, chairman of the evening and proved an outstanding speaker. … Sonoma Valley people from every part of this are attended the mass meeting and open forum Wednesday night to hear the fact-finding committees report on the proposed community hospital and to listen to authorities on hospital work discuss the Sonoma Valley project. It proved an overflow meeting which adjourned from the city hall to the Sebastiani Hall in order to accommodate the large crowd. … Entertainment program for the outdoor Gold Star Mothers’ Day program in the Armstrong Gove State Park amphitheater Sunday was announced this week, as plans advanced for honoring the mothers of Sonoma County boys who have made the supreme sacrifice.
66 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 14, 1945)
O. E. Bremner, agricultural commissioner for Sonoma County, tested various Gravenstein apples throughout the Valley, Tuesday afternoon and stated that the apples are ripe enough to being shipment. The parking house at Vineburg will open Monday and apple picking will start in full throughout the Valley. …
Miss Nellie Peterson, the Telephone Company’s head operator here, has had word from her nephew that he is stationed in Italy close to the famous tower of Pisa. The solider, Richard Peterson, is the son of Wm. Peterson of Richmond, formerly of Sonoma. … Dr. and Mrs. A. J. McGrath and San Francisco friends are vacationing at Canyon Inn. … Principal J. F. Prestwood of the Sonoma Grammar School, was chosen president of the Sonoma County Board of Education on which he has long been a valued member. W. N. Cunninghame of Dunbar Union School, is also on the board. … Sunday, July 15 the Southern Baptist will organize a church at the Sonoma Vista Improvement Club. The Rev. Robert W. Lackey of Fresno, who is the missionary for this district, and other visiting ministers will be present. … Sen. Herbert Slater and Leo Connelly, the Sonoma county representative for the aid of returning servicemen, were in Sonoma last Sunday and were guests at the Barracks. They were enroute to Santa Rosa from a Legion meeting in Cotati. … With a total of $494,225 in bond sales, Sonoma’s effort in the Seventh War Loan is more than $33,000 over the sum of $460,900 set by the county committee.