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Subject: [MarinGenSoc] Pages From The Past
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:12:17 EST
Pages from the Past
Stories from the archives of the Novato Advance
Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:58 PM PST
Compiled by Mike Read
85 Years Ago November 1925
Garbage Dumping Along County Highways To Be Stopped - A survey made during
the week by the County Health Office disclosed the presence of any amount of
sacks, boxes, paper and bags filled with all kinds of refuse thrown
promiscuously along the roads. All of this is contrary to law specially stated in
ordinance No. 154.
On account of the great difficulty of identification of the waste, it is
practically impossible to make arrests unless the culprits are caught in the
act. There is no excuse for the offense inasmuch as there is a public dump in
close vicinity to any thickly populated territory of this county where
matter can be disposed of.
I hereby request the assistance of the traffic officers, peace officers and
all decent citizens to assist in the cleaning up of the county whose beauty
is marred by the presence of this nuisance. Kindly notify the County Health
Officer of any known violators, and they will be promptly prosecuted.
- J.H. Kuser,
75 Years Ago
Caught in Folding Bed - Mrs. Q.J. Boone met with a serious accident on
Wednesday. She was fixing up a folding bed, and in some way the bed closed,
imprisoning Mrs. Boone. Part of her face, one arm and feet were free, but she
was unable to extricate herself. Her cries for help were heard by Mrs. Westrup
about 9 o'clock that morning, but believing that the calls came from the
highway and investigated several times, it was not until four o'clock when a
passing school girl reported something must be wrong at Boone's. Mrs. Westrup
and her father went and found Mrs. Boone in her precarious condition. The
good lady was badly bruised, and it will be sometime before she will regain
the free use of her arm. Dr. Ralph J. Weseman was called and rendered medical
aid. Mr. Boone was in Los Angeles, and had not the call for help attracted
the school girl Mrs. Boone might have lost her life.
Napa County - Created Feb. 18, 1950. One of the original 27 counties of the
state. The word “Napa” means, in the language of a large and powerful
tribe of Indians that lived in that section of California, “fish.” Myriads of
fish inhabited the Napa River and other streams of this section. The tribe of
Indians was nearly exterminated by smallpox in 1838, and now the only
evidence of their ever having existed is the name given the county. Napa is
famous for its vineyards and wineries and an historic flour mill built in 1864.
Geysers near Calistoga spout at regular intervals, some of them shooting 300
feet in the air. Nearby is the Petrified Forest, and a fine highway leads to
the summit of Mount St. Helena which towers to a height of 4,343 feet. It
was a signaling point for the Russians when they were endeavoring to get a
foothold in California by extending their operations from Fort Ross on the
Sonoma coast. In 1841 the Russian naturalist, Wosnersemsky, named the mountain
in honor of a Russian Empress. Robert Louis Stevenson resided near the
summit in 1880 while writing the “Silverado Squatters.”
50 Years Ago
An inter-high school feud between San Rafael and Novato resulting from a
narrow 14-13 Hornet gridiron conquest last Friday night, erupted with
vandalism by both sides to their opposing school grounds this week.
In apparent retaliation for burning “SRs” and “SRHS” in five different
grass areas of Novato High after the game last Friday, Novato students last
night painted a big block “N” on the San Rafael High sidewalk and also gave
the statue of Louis Pasteur on the statue a trim of black and gold, Hornet
colors. Sheriff's deputies will patrol the grounds heavily at night the next
few days. Last week Novato High students raised a Hornet flag atop the San
Rafael High flagpole and greased the pole so that nobody could climb up to
Reporters and civic leaders from all over Northern California gathered at
Hamilton last Wednesday afternoon to hear a briefing on what the Air Force
intends to do in case one of its planes carrying an atomic weapon is downed.
At the meeting was Roy McLaren, new police chief of Novato, and Mayor Wayne
Novato's million-dollar-plus Romanesque bowling emporium, Nave Lanes,
heralds at 7:30 p.m. with the opening of its posh new cocktail lounge and
restaurant, Nero's and Caeser's Den. The lounge-restaurant features an outdoor
patio, landscaped and radiant-heated in the center of the building, which will
furnish outdoor dining in fair weather and dancing in the evening. The domed
cocktail lounge is dominated by a huge travertine fireplace with sculpture
depicting Romans in combat. The architectural theme of the entire structure
is along the lines of a Roman atrium or villa.
25 Years Ago
Novatan Jennifer Haas, 12, rode Troutbrook Moontide to victory in the
Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City.
Jennifer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Haas, won first place in the Saddle Seat
Equitation Class for 12- and 13-year-olds. Troutbrook Moontide is a
registered Morgan owned by Jennifer's grandmother, Josephine B. Haas of Novato.
Novato voters gave members of the Scottsdale Marsh Acquisition Committee a
double triumph last night. Not only were two proponents of city
participation in the marsh purchase elected to the City Council, but an advisory measure
urging city support for the project won strong support from the voters.
Final vote count on the advisory measure was 5,773 in favor of marsh
acquisition and 3,353 opposed. The result advises the City Council that the majority
of the voters want the city to participate in the purchase of the 32 acres of
freshwater marshland located near the intersection of Rowland and Redwood
Boulevards. The measure asks for city participation of up to .7 percent of
the annual city budget (around $50,000) for the next 20 years.
The California Lottery has already made at least two Novatans $10,000
richer, and ticket sales continue at a steady pace, local store owners report.
Retired barber Clarence Peters was Novato's first participant in the lottery's
“Big Spin” - a competition for the game's $2 million jackpot. And Novatan
Robert Bliss picked up a $10,000 instant winning ticket in game two of the