Yesteryear: May 31st Edition

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115 years ago

June 5, 1903 The E.R. Thurber ranch in Pleasants Valley seem to be admirably situated for cherries, They certainly grow there to perfection.
County Surveyor Ashley came over to the Chapman ranch last night to begin the preliminary survey for the location of the irrigation canal,
After lingering several weeks in a condition that gave no hope of ultimate recovery, Mr. T. W. Willis 79, departed this life Sun day morning, May 31.

At the town trustees meeting Tuesday night a letter was read from the railroad, objecting to the proposed opening of the Abbey street over the tracks.

Election of school directors today. I. J. Elliott and M. P. Ormsby are candidates in Winters. Judge Sims will no doubt be re-elected trustee of the high school.

Among the first and heaviest shippers of apricots last week were the Sackett Bros. Co., and they are following up with more cots and other stuff.

At the public library in April there were 93 readers and 52 books were loaned In May there were 87 reader and 60 books taken.

J. J. Stephenson has moved from the Joe Griffin place on the DeVilbiss tract to the Hughes house on east Abbey Street. In the Buckeye district is said that Phil Doll and S. Allen will be candidates for trustee.

80 years ago

June 3, 1938 A total of 27 members of the Winters High School Class of 1938 will receive diplomas Monday evening. Student speakers are Hatsumi Nishikawa and Eugene Ireland who have matched for scholastic honors during the 4-year high school career.

Paul Gwartney and Jack Vasey were among the 448 receiving diplomas from Sacramento Junior College last night.

George E. Jeffery of Vacaville has taken over the Winters warehouse from Mrs. Marian Hart. Extensive improvements are being planned.
Mrs. Henry Johnston gave a children’s party Saturday in observance of the 5th birthday of her little son, Warren.

The first car of apricots was dispatched to New York June 1 by the California Fruit Exchange. The car contained about 1100 crates of apricots, representing about 20 growers.

Miss Madeline Martin. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, accompanied Mrs. Martin’s sister, Miss Josephine Madrid to San Francisco Wednesday.

Mrs. L. A. Overhouse, Misses Doris and Selma Connor, Sacramento, were holiday guests with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Connor.

Mrs. D. O. Judy will attend Esparto high school commencement exercises tonight, when her grandsons, LaVerne and Jimmie Judy receive diplomas.

65 years ago

The United States Bureau of Reclamation has called for bids on the construction of the Monticello Dam at Devil’s Gate. The bids will be opened on July 27.

Don Freeland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Freeland of Winters, lost a wheel on the 77th lap of the Indianapolis Memorial Day Race. He placed 27th in a field of 33 cars.

Everett Johnson, a commander of the Winters American Legion Post, was the speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Winters Cemetery Saturday. Members of the firing squad were R. Chase, R. I. Bishop, W. H. Salmon, R. Gwaltney, Frank Ramos and Meredith Bruhn. Tommy Pearse was the bugler.

With the construction of the Monticello Dam scheduled to begin, John Green wood, president of the Winters District Chamber of Commerce, appointed a housing committee to help solve the expected housing shortage.

Mrs. George Davidson, little George and Miss Carol Warren left on Monday for Wheaton, Minnesota, where they will spend a month with

Mrs. Davidson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Moore.

Mrs. Wayne S. Ireland and children, Timmy and Patty, have been visiting with her mother, Mrs. John Mason, of Lake County.
In Graduating ceremonies held May 26 at Olive School, diplomas were presented to Hermaline Sunderman, Clara Mae Sunderman, Joe Cuellar, and John Ramos.

At the Buckeye School eighth grade graduation May 27, diplomas were presented by Yolo County Superintendent Eleanor Bandy to Jane Boyce, Judith Gale and Janet Johnson.

50 years ago

June 6, 1968 In a primary election marked by the tragic wounding of Senator Robert Kennedy, voters of Winters joined those in the rest of California Tuesday in giving Kennedy a victory over Senator Eugene McCarthy in the Democratic presidential primary.

Funeral services for William D. Jones, 51, of Winters, were held in Sacramento Tuesday afternoon. He was killed in a vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon at county roads 31 and 98.

Robert Coman has been chosen to represent Winters High School at Boys State to be held at the old Fairgrounds in Sacramento from June 15 to June 22.

Total shipments of Winters apricots by Tuesday of this week was equivalent to 220 lots. Of these 72 went by rail, three by air, and the other 145 by truck.

Young Dennis Mariani, who will be three years old on Sunday, June 9, will be feted tomorrow afternoon at a birthday party at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mariani.

Members of the Rominger clan, to the number of about 130, gathered at the city park Sunday afternoon for the annual family reunion.
Dr. and Mrs. Corbin Young, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Griffin left yesterday on a plane trip for Tijuana, Mexico. They expect to return on Friday this week.

Mrs. Byron Snow of Las Vegas, Nevada, arrived on Saturday to spend the coming three weeks visiting with her three sons and their families: Kenneth and Phil Snow of Winters and Dick Snow of Davis.

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