Remember When Week of April 13
79 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 14, 1933)
Sonoma county’s dark horse club, the Santa Rosa Woodmen, invade Sonoma Park Sunday to help the locals wind up their spring practice before the season’s official opening a week hence. The Woodmen surprised one and all by the smart showing they made against the Santa Rosa Natives last week, despite their 8 to 3 loss, and they played snappy ball. … The fire department of the Springs section was called to battle flames which made great headway early on Sunday morning and destroyed a home in Caliente Park. … Fourteen organizations in Sonoma Valley have already signified their desire to cooperate in the observance of “Public Schools Week” April 24 to 30, according to information from the general committee, which hold a meeting in Sonoma on Thursday evening of last week. The organizations responding include fraternal orders, civic bodies, schools and parent-teachers’ associations. … Sonoma City is maintaining its reputation already established as being the most progressive of any of the North Bay communities when it comes to a building program in what has been called the most serious depressing in the history of the state. Through all the pessimism, Sonoma came up smiling with a very fine and ambitious program of construction and the big new theatre of Sam Sebastiani leading the list. Shortly thereafter the Denny block was completed and a pretty mission type building arose on the site of the former Don theatre.
77 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 12, 1935)
Public Schools Week is being observed throughout Sonoma Valley and today special programs at both grammar and high schools are scheduled. At 1:30 this afternoon, the grammar school will present a very attractive program which includes the historic revue of Sonoma characters and pioneer Californians. A huge album will be the setting for the costumed characters as Miss June Leveroni, as grandmother, tells the story of the long ago to her children. … Thomas Foley of San Francisco, grand trustee of the Native Sons, made an official visit to Glen Ellen parlor at a meeting in the Sonoma Valley Monday night. Foley, chairman of the state veterans welfare board and a prominent San Francisco attorney, is a member of Pacific Parlor. … The Valley of the Moon Townsend Club which has been having a membership drive, ad 150 at its last meeting Tuesday and was addressed by Judge Lucian Fulwider, the well known Santa Rosa attorney. … Frank Pensar was host at a dinner party on last Thursday evening to members of the High School Alumni Association committee. Plans were made for this year’s reunion, which will be held on the evening of June 8, at Agua Caliente Springs Hotel, and will feature a dinner and novel entertainment for the grads and their husbands and wives.
75 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 16, 1937)
Mr. and Mrs. A. Tietjen of Glen Ellen, have 2,800 baby turkeys which they are raising for the 1937 holiday trade. The poults are all from eggs laid by hens Tietjens raised on their ranch at Glen Ellen. They were hatched by Poehlmann Brothers, and are fine strong birds. Out of the 2,800 only 100 have died despite the wet season. … Formation of a five-county organization to act on all problems affecting agriculture and combat legislation adverse to farming interests was completed Tuesday at a meeting attended by 46 directors of the Associated Farmers. Representatives were present from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties, together with the sheriffs and district attorneys of three of the five. … Succeeding Kate I. McDonnell, Sonoma librarian, Miss Meta Stofen, former postmaster, was elected by the library board for the position. There were more than six applicants upon which the members of the library board voted after duly considering the fitness and experience of each. The position pays $50 per month. … The Union Hotel, pioneer hotel of Sonoma Valley and known to many travelers, is being remodeled on the exterior and will soon be most attractive with its new balcony and Spanish tile trim. To keep up with the coffee shop and the tavern over which genial John Steiner presides, Mrs. Josephine Steiner, owner of the property, decided on the modernization which was planned several months ago. Jack Weston is doing the work.
47 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 15, 1965)
A public meeting, to allow voters of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District to become better acquainted with the need for passage of the May 11 school bond issue, has been scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 8 p.m. at the Flowery School auditorium. Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee and school district board will be present to explain the three ballot propositions listed in the $1,060,000 election and to answer questions from the floor. … Nine thousands eggs – count ’em – 9,000! This is how many eggs the Sonoma Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce is going to put out for its second annual Eater Egg Hunt, Saturday in the Plaza. They will be colored candy eggs. … Final arrangements are being made for the 12th annual Father and Son Banquet sponsored by the Valley of the Moon Lions to be held Tuesday, April 20, at the Veterans Memorial Building at 7 p.m. President of the Lions Club, Stanley Hart, announced this week that plans are shaping up for the annual get-together in which Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, VFW, American Legion, Natives Sons, Valley of the Moon Boys Club, St. Francis Solano Men’s Club are co-sponsored. Donation tickets of $1.50 each for the dinner are available at Mission Hardware, Franklin Furniture Store, Index-Tribune, Eraldi’s and Gino’s Men’s Store in Sonoma, and Larson’s Sporting Goods and Liquor Store in Boyes Springs. … Voters in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District will elect two trustees at the election next Tuesday, April 20. One trustee will be taken from the El Verano area and the other from the Flowery area. In the El Verano area, the incumbent, Keith Poehlmann, poultryman is opposed by Norman R. Chown, Sonoma attorney. The incumbent Flowery trustee, Mrs. Alma Faraone, is unopposed for re-election.
46 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 14, 1966)
The Sonoma City Council will hold a hearing May 9 on an appeal brought against the use permit recently granted to Tim Kong of a mobile home park on West MacArthur Street. The appeal against Kong’s Sun Valley Mobile Home Park was brought by Parker Archer, developer of the Moon Valley mobile home park on fifth Street West. … Sonoma State Hospital’s new 200-bed center for the severely handicapped is now fully occupied as the result of last week’s activation of the fourth ward in the single large building. In announcing the occupancy, Dr. George Butler, Acting Superintendent and Medical Director, indicated that a public dedication of the unique center will be held on June 4, when the facility will be officially named the Nelson Treatment Center. … Trustees of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Tuesday hired several new teachers for the district. They included elementary teachers Margaret Johnson, Elsie Fleischer, Shauna Carter and Jean Macomber. New high school instructors are Marian Chisholm, Joan Ranney and Weldon Ingram. … Sonoma Valley could possibly be the future site of a second Santa Rosa Junior College campus. This possibility was seen last night as members of the Junior College Advisory Board met with trustees to go over a study just completed for the college by the Field Service Center, University of California, Berkeley. The study recommended that steps be taken immediately to secure 100 to 120 acres in the southern half of Sonoma County “to serve the 90,000 to 100,000 persons who will be resident there by the mid-’70s before land values climb out of sight.
45 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 13, 1967)
It would seem to be a toss up whether or not the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors will vote to continue C of C sponsorship of the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. This conjecture is based on a vote taken Monday noon at a directors meeting. Five directors voted in favor of the motion, five voted against and three abstained. President Robert Cannard broke the 5-5 tie voting in favor of the motion. … Some 40 residences in the Temelec retirement community on Arnold Drive are now being offered to the public on a lease-option basis, as well as for sale. Located in the eastern portion of the Valley development, the 40 residences offered are of the one, two and three bedroom variety. They represent some of the 56 Temelec homes that were in various stages of construction when the original developers and promoters of the retirement community were forced to abandon the project due to a lack of finances. … The resignation of Jerold Tuller, principal of the El Verano Elementary School since 1959, was accepted with regret by the Sonoma Valley Unified School District trustees at Tuesday’s meeting. Tuller has accepted the post of superintendent and principal of the Jacoby Creek Elementary School District in Arcata. … District Superintendent John Glaese presented a written report on the proposed property exchange at the new Altimira School site at the meeting of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District trustees Tuesday night. Frank Greengrass, Boyes Springs realtor had proposed the exchange of a 110x170 foot lot at the southwest corner of the site for a sightly larger lot fronting on Boyes Boulevard and adjacent to the Altimira site. He stated the purchasers were considering building a service station and possibly professional buildings on the lot.