84 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of June 30, 1933)
Last week at the famous Boyes Hot Springs, a new flow of sulphur water was tapped by A. Volquardsen, Sonoma well borer, and brought in at 120 degrees. The hot water is being utilized for the pool and tub baths at the big resort, this department being under lease to Rudy Lichtenberg, for many years previously associated with the resort. … The state park commission has announced the appointment of an advisory committee to cooperate with the commission in the care and administration of the General Vallejo home and grounds on Sonoma. The committee is composed of Mrs. Walter L. Murphy of Sonoma, chairman; Ernest L. Finley, Santa Rosa; Lewis H. Cromwell, of Petaluma; George H. Barron, curator of the M. H. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco and W. F. Chipman, San Francisco. … Ben Elkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Elkins of Sonoma Valley, and for many years prominent on the floor of the Stock Exchange in Los Angeles, has been named the vice president, secretary and treasurer of the new coast air line service known as the Pacific Seaboard Airlines. The new transportation company has palatial accommodations and is backed by big capital. … Wood Valley, the scenic spot in the hills of Buena Vista section, has attracted another home owner and this week James E. Raymond purchased an 11 acre place there for a summer home. … Sonoma Valley dealt a decisive blow to prohibition in California and duplicated the victory throughout the state Tuesday when the vote for the repeal of the 18th amendment was a 3-1 victory for the liberal or wet advocates. In local precincts the vote was a landslide for repeal and not a single precinct returned a majority for retention of prohibition.
83 YEARS AGO
(From the Index-Tribune files of June 29, 1934)
Many clever performers will appear on the program tomorrow evening at the Boyes Springs bathhouse for the benefit of the Valley of the Moon Fire District’s building fund. The worthy cause has won the support of loyal friends from all over the valley and nearby cities where Valley property owners reside. Paul Marcucci and his famous orchestra will play for dancing and the vaudeville numbers include two accordian numbers, two hula and tap dancing act, to name a few. … Be sure to have 10 cents ready to buy a tag on July 4th from the committee and the attractive girls selling General M. G. Vallejo tags for the monument fund. The Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club is sponsoring the sale and will be aided by other organizations interested in the project. … Passengers on the trains coming to Sonoma Valley on the Fourth of may stop at any of the various stations for the $1.25 round trip far which applies to all stations. This special rate has been made by the Northwestern Pacific to help the celebration of Independence day in the Valley of the Moon. … The packing house of the Sonoma Valley Apple growers association has opened at Vineburg and everything is ready for the 1934 packing and shipping activities. Loose packed apples were the first to be forwarded to a Los Angeles firm for export. … The United States Marine Corps will be represented here July Fourth by First Sergeant Arthur W. Slagter and Sergeant Aime P. Athenour. The Navy will send Captain John W. Beckett, U.S.M.C.; Lieutenant John F. Madden, U.S.N., and Lieutenant E. B. McKinnery, U.S.N. … Sonoma Valley’s pear pool of 800 tons is attracting the attention of buyers. Prices advanced from $24 a ton until $32.50 was offered and $37.50 is likely. The proration plan will control any surplus and this may eliminate all No. 2 grade fruit.