Remember When Week of November 25
76 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. 29, 1935)
When doing your holiday buying, remembering that the advertiser is the man who is anxious to please you and wants your business. The advertiser has the goods. Buy from the firms that advertise. They help the town grow and bring business to town. … The City of Sonoma continues to make improvements and at the present time the outstanding work is the oil macadam being put on both sides of Broadway, and the fencing of the children’s playground in the Plaza. The grading on Broadway has been completed and one side oiled. Rain interfered to some extent and it is hoped the weather will remain fair the coming week as the contractor will oil the wide side of the thoroughfare. … Choosing the early part of Friday night to stage another robbery at the Poultry Producers of Central California plant near the Sonoma depot, safe crackers stole a sledge hammer from a local blacksmith shop entered the feed store, gained access to the office and battered open the safe. After considerable effort the strong box was broken into and $89.28 scooped up by the thieves, together with checks total $306. … Henri Baliros, who is much interested in radio and belongs to the short wave enthusiasts on the Pacific Coast, picked up a message from Seattle the first of the week from Hurbert Lewis, to the W. L. Murphys. Lewis, a young banker of the north and also a radio fan, sent Thanksgiving greetings to his Sonoma cousins, in which his mother joined. … Mr. and Mrs. DeBrettville, of Sobre Vista, were among those who attended the opera “Werther,” last Friday evening, motoring down from the Spreckels ranch for the premier of the Massenet production in San Francisco.
73 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. 25, 1938)
Rev. Mr. Ray will deliver the Thanksgiving sermon Sunday morning at the M. E. church. At the evening service there will be illustrated pictures of Panama and Costa Rico. … Mr. and Mrs. Lee Thornsberry donated $5 to the Sonoma fire department and $5 to Boyes Springs department in appreciation of the good work at the fire which threatened their home last week. … The busy 1937-38 grand jury which has done much effective work the past 16 months, was discharged by Judge Donald Geary Tuesday with thanks for their splendid service. Ben Foster and Mrs. H. D. Burmester of Sonoma Valley, were among the jurors who served. … Al Vanoni, new county poundmaster, can be reached by telephoning Geyserville 5-F-2 after five o’clock each day, he announced this week. During the day he can be reached by telephoning the county clerk’s office, Santa Rosa 2500, he said. … Tolls came off the Sears Point toll road Tuesday of this week and the 11-mile thoroughfare across the marsh from Sears Point to Vallejo is now a free unit of the state highway. The highway commission signed a check for the road some time ago. It was privately built and financed. … Fred Apostoli, who started his boxing career here training at Parente’s in El Verano, won the world’s middleweight championship when he defeated Young Corbitt, 3rd, in Madison Square Garden last Friday night. The fight went eight rounds, Apostoli winning by a technical knockout.
70 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. 28, 1941)
At a meeting of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night the matter of a campaign of beautification which would include the erection of bronze statues of Gen. M. G. Vallejo, statesman and solider and of Jack London, world famous California author, was advocated. … Elmer Awl, genial host of Sobre Vista ranch, director of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and leader of the Valley of the Moon Vigilantes was called as a Naval Reserve this week and embarked for Panama. Squire Awl wins the title Lieutenant and aside from the weather in the Canal Zone thinks he will like the navy. His wife, Alma Spreckels Awl, intensely patriotic, will keep the home fires burning while her husband is away helping Uncle Sam protect American possessions. … The benefit dance at Glen Ellen for the fire department is tomorrow night. Music will be by Vincent Trombley’s orchestra and the door prize is a $300 lot. The dance will be at the Jack London Memorial hall and a fine time is in store for all who attend the benefit for the fire department in the upper Valley. … This weekend, Bank of America will put checks in the mail, timed to reach as many Christmas club members throughout California on the morning of Dec. 3. Total disbursement will exceed $18,000,ooo. In this community alone, approximately $11,000 will be paid out to 128 club members, according to figures just released by C. Forni, manager of Bank of America in Sonoma.
71 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. 22, 1940)
Mission Circle, No. 139, installed Mrs. Ann Hoxie as Arch Druidess Wednesday evening. Miss Margaret Andrieux was the retiring arch druidess and had a most successful term. … The pretty new home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Edwards is nearing completion. It is on the former Gilmaker lot east of town. The Edwards have sold their Sobre Vista place to Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton of Eldridge. … When a banker turns baseball scout and signs up a promising young player for the Pacific Coast League – well, that’s real news. Just a few weeks ago, Victor Devencenzi, owner of the Oakland ball club, purchased a home here at Buena Vista. In the course of business, the baseball magnate meets Banker Clem Forni, and they talk a little baseball. Banker guardedly releases first-hand dope on local athletic, 20-year-old Carlos Mori. Club owner produces contract and instructs scout to “get the man.” It seems probable now that young Mori will be sent to the San Jose team in the state league for farm training by the Oakland management. … Tex Randolph, who formerly was on the Sonoma police force, has returned to become night watchman. He has been in Napa as a fruit inspector since leaving here. Randolph is a young Texan and likes police work in which he has had considerable experience. … Mr. and Mrs. August Sebastiani are the proud parents of their first born, a son which arrived at Victory Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The baby is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sebastiani and Mr. and Mrs. J. Scarafoni. … Boasting nearly 100 new “recruits” by press time yesterday, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce’s record-smashing membership drive swung into the last half of its three-week Valleywide “blizkrieg,” well ahead of schedule and with “full steam up.”
67 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. Dec. 1, 1944)
A. B. Peluffo has sold his Broadway and First Street West holdings including the Safeway store property in Sonoma to a Vallejo investor. The deal includes the new cottage erected by Mr. Peluffo on the former Kate McDonell property in Sonoma. The Safeway store was also built by Peluffo after acquiring the Broadway tract which he subdivided and highly improved. … On land adjoining the present Flowery School in the Springs district a new three room schoolhouse will be erected. It was designed by Clarence Felciano of Santa Rosa and will be built under the supervision of Irving Lichtefield of San Rafael. The new building was made necessary by the growing 200 attendance and five teachers. … The Board of Supervisors has set the date of the election for the creation of the Valley of the Moon Recreation District. It will be held Dec. 16. There will be one polling place, the fire house at Boyes Hot Springs. The election was ordered after a hearing last week which gave property owners an opportunity to protest inclusion of their property within the proposed boundaries of the district. … The Native Daughters Parlor of Sonoma is the originator of the idea of having the U.S. Post Office Department issue a commemorative stamp for the 100th anniversary of the making of the Bear Flag in Sonoma. This emblem is California’s official flag of state. … Geo. J. Wyllie, of Napa, branch manager of Standard Oil and Standard Stations, Inc., was in Sonoma Wednesday and announced that Standard was buying $4,000 worth of Sixth War Bonds toward Sonoma Valley’s quota. … Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Coffin, of San Francisco and San Rafael, have purchased the beautiful 38-acre McCracken ranch “Wannoah” near Kenwood. They will highly improve it. The sale was made by P.O. Rupp, realty broker of Boyes Hot Springs. … Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Newman of Sonoma, are the parents of a baby girl, their second child. … James Little, for the past 10 years superintendent of the Martini vineyards, is moving to the former Hyde ranch purchased recently by Miglioretti brothers. He will become their superintendent and plans to set out the 240 acre ranch to grapes including Riesling, cabernet and pinot.
64 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of Nov. 28, 1947)
Last Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Sacrament of Confirmation was administered in St. Francis Solano Church by His Excellency Thomas A. Connelly Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco to a class of 85. … Leading college coaches and athletic leaders will congregate at the Sonoma Mission Inn from Dec. 7 to 10 fro the annual important meeting of the Pacific Coast Conference Intercollegiate Athletic Association, this year scheduled for the Sonoma Valley Spa. Hotel manager Charles Harris announces that reservations have been received by “name” coaches and officials from throughout the Pacific Coast area including Oregon, Washington and Idaho. … The sale of the Broadway Market at the Four Corners was announced last week as Frank Stout and son of Santa Rosa took over at the new spot from Marius Nelson of Sonoma who opened the market some six months ago. … The State Highway Commission has approved the expenditures of $375,000 for widening, grading and resurfacing the Black Point cut off from the Ignacio Wye to Petaluma Creek, the State Division of Highways announced last week. He said that most of the $375,000 appropriated for improvement of the cut-off would be used to realign the bad curve at Black Point. The dirt removed from the hill to straighten out the curve will be used to widen the remainder of the road. … Mr. and Mrs. I. Shainsky’s hospitable home was the scene of a Thanksgiving party of 30 for their children and college friends. … Gen. Mark Clark, Sixth Army Commander at San Francisco, and hero of World War II, was a recent guest of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Coblentz at their historic Sonoma Valley home.