Remember When Week of July 8
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99 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 6, 1912)
The marriage of Ralph Hotz and Miss Ida Waterman of this city was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents in Healdsburg last Sunday in the presence of relatives and immediate friends of the contracting parties. After a brief honeymoon the newly-married couple will go to housekeeping in their new home in this city. … The ball game at El Verano on Sunday was won by the home team. The San Francisco Juvenile Clotheirs were the opposing nine and a fine game was played. A large crowd of fans witnessed the contest and at the finish the score stood 2 to 1. … Willie Meehan, “the coming middleweight champion,” of San Francisco, fights Chas. Grande, the pride of Vallejo, at the Flosden arena in that place on July 10. Meehan has been conditioning himself at the Parente training camp and has shown in our local ring several times. … Today we are celebrating our great national holiday. The star spangled banner, the fairest flag that ever road the breeze, is evident everywhere. … The Sonoma Valley brass band was the big thing in town at the El Verano Villa Wednesday evening. Many local and San Francisco people assembled at this popular resort and enjoyed an open air concert. … A. C. Lutgens, the well known architect of San Francisco, who has prepared plans for the new Carnegie Library for this city was in town Wednesday and attended a meeting of the City Trustees to whom the plans were submitted to its members. The building will be a handsome one and is estimated to cost $6,000. … The hay baling crew employed on Henry Jasen’s hay baler, eight in number, including the cook for the outfit, went on a strike Saturday night while baling on the Montaldo place in the western suburbs of town. The cause of the boys quitting was that their boss insisted don their working Sunday after the men had put in six solid days of 15 hours for each day.
94 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 7, 1917)
The much desired speed cop is now a reality in the Sonoma Valley and he quietly got busy on the nice highway between the Springs and Verano last Saturday night with the result that he arrested several violators and put the soft, soft pedal on the speed mania of many itinerant joy riders. … The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Francis Church are quickly bringing to completion plans for an elaborate outdoor festival Saturday, July 28, afternoon and evening. The grounds just above the church on Napa Street will be suitably laid out and artistically decorate. … Willie Peterson, one of Sonoma Valley’s most popular young men, who has of late been employed by the Standard Oil Company of Richmond, was united in marriage last Saturday to Miss Ramona White. The young bride was formerly a Sonoma girl and the romance which ended so happily at the altar, had its beginning here. … Messrs. Busby, Gottenberg and Anderson were among those who took in the Fourth in San Francisco. They attended the Orpheum and otherwise enjoyed the trip. … Miss Janette Harris, only daughter of Granville S. Harris, was married this week at Reno, Nev., to a gentleman named Dakin. The wedding followed closely upon the announcement made to her family that she was engaged and would soon be a bride. Mrs. Deakin comes from one of Sonoma county’s oldest and most respected families.
92 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 5, 1919)
Boyes Springs under the management of Messrs Kline and Lichtenberg is doing the biggest and best business in its history. The hotel and baths recorded a May patronage 65 percent in excess of last year and the 1919 June business has been doubled over the same period of time last year. The baths have four times as many patrons as formerly although they have been enlarged, extra tub baths have been put in early in the Spring and a new unit added to the mineral swimming tank. … Deputy Joe Ryan journeyed to Santa Rosa Monday night for the dinner and ceremonies in honor of Sheriff James Petray. Mr. Petray was presented with a gold star by his loyal staff, the emblem being set with a handsome diamond. … Mrs. Dickinson has been chosen matron of the State Home at Eldridge to succeed Mrs. Baily, resigned. The new matron had been in charge of Poppe cottage before her promotion. … Fernando Mondonalda is entertaining a number of friends at Boyes Springs over the Fourth as a farewell before his departure for Guatemala. … The Fourth of July was not formally observed here but large crowds thronged the resorts and baths of Sonoma Valley and many motorists and weekend parties chose this locality for an outing over Independence Day. … The State Bond election on which the people of California voted Monday assures the $40,000,000 highway routes including the Schellville-Santa Rosa road which is to usher in a new year of prosperity of Sonoma Valley. … The California Telephone and Light Co. has announced a raise in the rates of their rural lines in keeping with the tendency of the times and declares that it is necessary in order to meet the continued raise in material and help.
82 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 12, 1929)
The Boyes Springs and Valley Volunteer Fire department has responded to 26 fire alarms since June 1 and saved much property from certain destruction. … In 1854, not so many years after the discovery of gold in California and when Sonoma was a thriving trade center, the Independent Odd Fellows organized a lodge here on July 7. Last Saturday night, in honor of the proud period of 75 years during which the lodge has gown and flourished in the community, a brilliant birthday party was held to celebrate the occasion. … Mr. and Mrs. Thompson of Fifth Street West are entertaining their daughter, Mrs. W. G. Sachs, and their granddaughter, Marjorie Sachs, of San Francisco, during the summer vacation. Miss Marjorie has been attending the Dorothy Durham private school and will enter the University of California in August. … Fire which is said to have originated on the Tresmontaine ranch in Lovall Valley, spread to adjoining pasturage on the afternoon of July 4 and before controlled had burned approximately 2,500 acres. All available firefighting units were hurried to the hills and every volunteer fire department responded nobly, including Boyes Springs and Valley, Eldridge, Sonoma, Kenwood, PG&E workmen and Sonoma State Home boys. Ranches in the path of the flames included the Gamble, Lawler and Dillon places, Vigna, Hansen, Berry and Tracey acreage. … A slight technical flaw in the assembly bill whereby Sonoma hopes to have the historic Plaza taken over as part of the state park program caused Gov. Young to withhold his signature from the enabling legislation. Word comes from Sacramento, however, that an effort will be made to have the Plaza acreage made a part of the old Mission grounds, as the Mission is already owned by the state and no park is maintained in connection therewith.
79 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 8, 1932)
Sam Sebastiani arrived home from New York Tuesday and immediately left for San Francisco on business connected with the operation of his cannery, on peaches, this season. During his absence Superintendent R. P. Colladny has been getting the cannery ready to receive the fruit crop of the Sutter County Co-operative Growers. The entire interior is being repainted. Due to a large number of the larger canneries of the state being shut down this season, it is expected that the local cannery will be operated at full capacity. … Mrs. B. L. Mullnix and her little son, Benny Jr., are visiting friends in Hollywood and the southern part of the state. … Ada Giannecchini and Frank Canti, both of Sonoma, were married on Wednesday in Santa Rosa before a Justice of the Peace, and next Sunday at 10 o’clock will have a second wedding at St. Francis church in Sonoma. … Seeking revenge for the 3 to 0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Ray Tynan’s Sonoma nine several weeks ago, the Luxor Cabs return to the Sonoma battleground Sunday, hoping to gain their lost laurels. Previous to that 3 to 0 plastering the cabbies had piled up a consecutive winning streak of 16 straight games, defeating most of the leading Northwestern California clubs while the Sonoma boys were just doing so-so. … Grand Overchief Al Felder, of San Francisco, head of the United Order of Redmen, will be installing officer and guest of honor Saturday night at a meeting of Sonoma Stamm and Bear Flag Stamm, when they meet for a joint installation of officers.
75 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of July 10, 1936)
Interest in the Golden Gate Bridge project this week was centered about the Marin approach highways, where tremendous progress is being made. On the main Waldo approach, being constructed under State Department of Public Works contract, work is going forward at high speed and Col. John H. Skeggs, district highway engineer, reported that the grading job is approximately 10 percent completed. … George Brunner, who left Sonoma Valley 13 years go to make his home in Montana, never forgot Boyes Springs and his friends here, so he has returned and was welcomed back to Mrs. H. Miller’s camp in Sonoma Vista where he is stopping. … I. Monson expects to run the new planning mill on Spain Street and will conduct a cabinet shop in connection. He is an expert workman and will give up his position in San Francisco to engage in business here. Mr. Monson is the father of the Sonoma druggist, Rheinhardt Monson. … Mrs. Arthur Ritz of Box 415, R.F.D., won a beautiful RCA Magic Eye Radio in a recent soap contest. She completed the sentence of a slogan and captured the prize with an approximately value of $100. Last year her husband won a $100 prize for naming a motor for an automobile company. … Contractor R. Lange has started work on the new Standard Station at Broadway and Napa streets. The improvement will be completed in about six weeks. … Boyes Hot Springs and the big Casino did a record business over the Fourth of July weekend. It was the two best days in many years, with 1,800 bathers reported. The fine tile bathrooms in the new tub department are nearing completion and will further add to the propularity of the famous mineral springs.