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A Few Quirks of Interest About Vacaville
WE READ WHAT WE WANT TO READ - All of us are oriented in our thinking, and find I enjoyable reading in those topics which fit smugly into our pattern. It was Will Rogers who said: "All I know is what I read in the papers."
Orders For Mare Island
We oldsters often date ourselves by the fashions we wear, by the tunes we hum, or by the furniture we insist on keeping. Today we are going to date the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Most everyone knows that our great naval plant is 109 years old but it is interesting to read the thousands of Commandants' Orders and Notices which serve as milestones of the past century.
The Vacaville Cousins Who Gave Their Lives
PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW - Writing about past wars, and especially those bits of news which saddened many Vacaville families, is not what any writer would choose to elaborate on. But from time to time such informative information may be beneficial to residents here today.
Remember When a Day's Pay Was $1.25?
LET'S TALK INFLATION - If you noted the following prices in today's newspaper, you would know someone was out on a lark and wanting to have some fun. But, these prices actually appeared in advertisements in The Reporter back in 1932: pound of coffee 19c, loaf of bread 10c, pound of beef stew 9c, pound of bacon 14c, fresh pumpkin pie 15c, head of lettuce 4c, can of olives 9c, pound of butter 22c, bunch of vegetables 2c, a pack of cigarettes 10c, and you could send Junior to the Vacaville Theatre for 10c. That all added up to $1.24.
Those Mountain Retreats Are Being Invaded
WHERE THE H--- IS GRAEAGLE? Perhaps you have noted bumper stickers imprinted with those words. A lot of Vacaville residents know of this Plumas County unique hide-away, population 350, elevation 4300 feet, nestled among thousands of acres of pine trees.
Inflation Poses Problem for Vaca Retirees
MAYBE, PERHAPS, IF, AND BUT - I don't know how much confidence you can place in learned economists, but nevertheless, some of their utterances make good food for conversation. As a guest of Obie Ladd and his Heart Federal Savings, I had an opportunity to listen to remarks by noted economist, Ezra Solomon, who hangs out at Stanford University, He addressed a large group at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Rush family helped agriculture thrive in local area
I've often been asked why I think that knowing something about the past is important. Today, most of us don't even think about the fact that all the mistakes and the good decisions made by those who came before us have had a profound effect on our lives.
William Gordon Huff: the sculptor of Chief Solano
Do you know who sculpted the statue of Chief Solano? This is one of those trivia questions that few can answer. If you came up with the name William Gordon Huff, you are correct. His name would most likely draw blank stares. William Gordon Huff was a celebrated sculptor who had a keen interest in California history. The 12-foot bronze statue is the one and only statue in California that memorializes one specific Native American.
Rhyme and reason behind early Solano poet
I don't suppose that most newcomers to Vacaville have ever heard of Edwin Markham. Some may have heard of the poem, "Man With a Hoe," but don't know that a man who once lived in the now-contentious Lagoon Valley wrote it. So, let's look at a little history of Charles Edwin Anson Markham and some interesting contradictions.
Meet Cleo Gordon Elementary school's namesake
Have you ever wondered how local places, like streets and schools get their names? For example, it is obvious that Fairfield High is named after the town, but did you know that Armijo High was named after the family that had the large Spanish land grant it sits on? Historically, people want to honor prominent, successful people by naming places for them.
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