83 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of March 16, 1934)
A Willys Knight car, first automobile owned by the late Luther Burbank and a gift to Sonoma’s Chamber of Commerce for its museum, was housed in the Blue Wing Monday and will be of much interest to tourists. ... George Williams of San Francisco closed a deal here this week by which he becomes owner of the former MacIntosh-Shaw home and vineyards in the eastern foothills. The property, 209.61 acres was purchased from W. C. Gardner and the price is said to have been in the neighborhood of $25,000. ... The Sebastiani cannery under the new leasees opened Wednesday for the season. A force of 75 were put to work on the spinach pack and more will be given employment as the season goes on. ... At the meeting of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday night, it was suggested that Sonoma Valley participate in the Rose Carnival parade at Santa Rosa this year with an entry of a Valley of the Moon “rose” or some “rose buds,” a decorated auto, to feature Sonoma and its pretty young girls. ... Chief Locarnini of El Verano and Chief Muenter of Santa Rosa attended a meeting of firemen at San Anselmo this week.
82 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of March 15, 1935)
Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Gottenberg brought home an interesting souvenir from Boulder Dam for their friend, Mrs. Ada Pauli, of the Western Union. It was a spike from the railroad which has been used in the construction of the huge dam. The railroad is now being dismantled. ... With the marking of the streets in the city of Sonoma, it is evident that Vallejo street has been ignored, although there is a Vallejo street on the city maps and in all legal documents. Many California cities, including San Francisco, have a street named for Sonoma’s founder, General Vallejo, but Sonoma, where we have a Vallejo state park and a plaza given by the prominent solider and statesman, calls its Vallejo street, West Spain Street. This is certainly a blunder. ... Earnings of passenger trains on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad has fallen off so sharply here that a 83 percent loss has been written opposite the Sonoma Valley branch’s operation, the highest of any of the losses taken by the company since 1924. ... With the announcement that Sam Agnew, veteran catcher of the Boston Red Sox and more lately of the San Francisco Seals, will coach the Sonoma Baseball club this season, Sonoma fans became to mark time before the 1935 season gets under way.
81 YEARS AGO
(From the I-T of March 13, 1936)
Jack Sims and Ross Lyons have returned from a two week’s hunting trip in the wilds of Humboldt county. With their hounds they went into the mountains and had great sport bagging bobcats, coon and various varmints. ... The Fashion Show has come and gone again and so successful was the 1936 showing that the Sonoma Valley Womans Club netted amost $100 the proceeds of the show. ... The choice of fire commissioner for the Valley of the Moon district with the expiration of the term of Ed Quay, well-known Boyes Springs resident, is stirring the Springs section, El Verano and the upper valley. Quay, a candidate for re-election on the board where he has served since the formation of the fire district, has two rivals, including Lt. Huber of Boyes and S. Bosserman of Sonoma. ... Faced with one of the toughest assignments in his managerial career, Ray Tynan leads his 1936 Sonoma baseball machine out of its winter storage Sunday afternoon for the initial warmup to a busy campaign. Three important cogs in the ‘35 combination will be missing at Sunday’s roll call, and they may be hard to replace. Noted amongst the absentees will be Bill Corriea, veteran shortstop, Jim Acquistapace who held down third and Lefty Johansen, veteran southpaw.