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Remember when: from the archives of June 30, 1933: New flow of sulphur water at Boyes Hot Springs


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.

82 YEARS AGO

(From the Index-Tribune files of June 28, 1935)

A patriotic talk on July 4 by National Commander Belgrano, the national commander of San Francisco, of the American Legion, will go on the air at 1 p.m. and will be listened to by millions. “Americanism, the Duties of American Citizenship” is to be his theme. The National Broadcasting Company’s Red Network will carry the patriotic 15-minute speech, one of the most important talks of Belgrano’s administration. … Californians will pay a tax of 80 cents a gallon on the hard liquor they purchase after July 1, as a result of the 51st legislature’s efforts to raise enough money to balance the 1935-36 state budget. The tax, according to F. E. Stewart, member of the Board of Equalization, will be collected through the sale of stamps to be attached to bottles containing liquor. … It is reported the Boyes Springs lumber yard is reopening with a complete stock of lumber and mill supplies. W. C. Grundell of San Francisco is said to have purchased the property from the Kearney creditors. Geo. C. Stone will manage the plant. … A lively grass fire near El Verano Sunday communicated to the hedge on the Lombard ranch and for a while gave the Sonoma firemen a battle to control. However, the boys soon had the fire out and the neighborhood quieted. … The Chauvet Hotel had its opening under the new management last Saturday night. A special dinner, prepared under the personal direction of Bruno Bertini, and dancing to the Haywire Orchestra made the affair very successful. … Having a new lease on life since victories over the Boyes’ Club and Lodi, manager Ray Tyanan’s rejuvenated Sonoma ball club is ready to level their artillery on two more opponents over the weekend, tackling the Jeffersons on Sunday and squaring off against their up-valley rivals, Kenwood on the Fourth of July.