Remember When Week of April 30
91 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 30, 1921)
The Automobile Association of Sonoma and Napa counties will meet at Boyes Springs on May 10. A special night at the theatre has been arranged in their honor by the management and will follow the annual banquet of the motorists. … The Sonoma Valley Womans Club deserves the greatest credit for its interest in Sonoma’s beloved landmark, the old mission church and as a direct result of recent interest in the restoration and preservation of the Sonoma landmark, the State of California sent two members of the State Architect’s office from Sacramento this week to look over the building and determine how best to expend $980 to the credit of the Mission in the state landmarks funds. … Bob Partridge is coming up on Mayday to give a party to some of his college chums at the ranch of his father in El Verano. The boys are expecting to have a fine time. … Not until last week was the converting of the Buena Vista eastside property into a state home for delinquent women an assured fact, although the property was purchased out of the original appropriation at a cost of $50,000. Improvements on it were more or less tied up pending the fight made in the legislature to abandon it or have it taken over by the institution at Eldridge. … Walter Paulson, El Verano butcher, is to open up a cash and carry meat market on Napa Street, in the building owned by his mother. Paulson has been in business at El Verano for several years.
88 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of May 3, 1924)
The Sonoma Dancing Club will give another social dance at Coney Island pavilion on Saturday night, May 10. Good music will be provided and a fine time is assured all who attend. … The demand for Kitchen egg turning trays continues to grow in Petaluma, with the demonstration hatch going on. Max W. Poehlmann, who operates two large hatcheries in North Petaluma, is the latest to sign a contract for a large order of Sonoma’s product. The Poehlmann hatchery is the fourth largest in Petaluma and a crew of men will be engaged a greater part of the summer remodeling the plant and installing the Kitchen device. … The historic ground in the vicinity of the Bear Flag monument which was planted to lawn by the local Native Sons Parlor, is beginning to show a brilliant green, the young grass growing rapidly this warm weather. A large are has been improved by the Native Sons, whose laudable effort has cost the organization over $1,600 to date. … Norman Cowan, a Sonoma cowboy, and Pete Genant, of the Millerick outfit, will leave soon for London, England, to participate in the great International Cowboy Contest, under the auspices of the British government. Cowan resides at Glen Ellen, near the Jack London ranch. He was in the army during the world war, but did not even get the opportunity of going overseas.
84 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of April 27, 1928)
Music week, May 1 to 7, which is now annually observed throughout America, will be observed in Sonoma Valley through the interest of the Music Section of the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, Mrs. A. R. Grinstead, leader. The observance of music week proves a great treat and the Woman’s Club is to be commended for its interest in arranging fine programs such as announced for this year. … This week Valente & Stuermer placed an order with John Guibergia, local distributor of the Richmond dry chemical, for the extinguishers to be placed on all busses belonging to their line. Mr. Guibergia gave a splendid demonstration of the safety device. … The General Vallejo home place of 300 acres, in Sonoma city, may be included in the great statewide park project to be submitted to the voters at the next state election. Miss Honoria Tuomey, who represents this section, is very favorable to the idea and Sonoma members of the regional reporters will assist the committee to make a survey and report on this historic property that its importance to California may be given due weight by the State Park Commission.