News of Our Past: North valley almonds sent to soldiers in Vietnam
25 YEARS AGO
Activist pays up on parking bet
Chicoâs most public wager ended amicably Tuesday night, when an activist paid City Councilwoman Mary Andrews the first installment on a bet over parking spaces.
Cabdriver and activist Tim Bousquet, who wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with the single word, âNonproducer,â handed Andrews a wad of bills totaling $45 at the close of a City Council meeting.
Bousquet bet Andrews in August she could not find a time when there were less than 100 parking spaces within two blocks of her Wall Street hair salon and real estate office. She said she proved Bousquet wrong days after the bet was made, but didnât get around to laying claim until Saturday.
âIâve been advised to donate the money to the Republican Party,â Andrews said, taking a jab at Bousquetâs more left-leaning politics.
At a press conf erence, Andrews demanded Bousquet pay up. With several downtown activities as well as construction projects, empty parking spaces were hard to find. Other activists argued that Andrews lost the bet since Bousquet gave her a 30-day deadline.
Councilman Jim Fletcher said, âMr. City Manager, next time we have comedy night can you put it on the agenda so we can all participate?â
â" Chico Enterprise-Record, October 13, 1993
50 YEARS AGO
Chico Newcomers Knocking Almonds to Send to Servicemen in Vietnam conflict
Members of Chico Newcomers Club believe in doing things from scratch.
It was suggested that almonds be included in Christmas bags for serviceman. The idea bloomed and the Newcomers went at procuring almonds. They got four acres of almond trees on East Avenue and Cohasset Road donated by Mrs. Elvan English and her sisters, Mrs. T.C. Hagerty of Oregon, Mrs. Elmer Smith of Yuba City and Mrs. Harold Dunning of Sacramento.
Club members went at harvesting with knockers and canvas sheets. Members unable to do physical work are donating money for postage and Joe Drobney of Sacramento Avenue offered to hull the almonds to be sent in 70-pound bags to servicemen in Vietnam.
Mrs. Tom Morston, club founder and adviser, said brochures will be sent in each bag with information about Chico. Nuts are popular among men overseas. They can be carried in pockets and provide a good source of protein. Many more trees are needed to fulfill the goal and donations are being sought.
â" Chico Enterprise-Record, October 9, 1968
75 YEARS AGO
College to Send News Letter to men in Service
Rather than sending mimeographed News Letter to service men, done last year at the expense of the Chico State College faculty, local college men in the armed forces will receive a printed news letter combined with âThe Wildcat,â the college weekly, five times this year.
The first issue of the Service Menâs News Letter for the 1943-44 year printed today and will go to about 125 service men overseas and 500 in the United States. The editor is Wallin J. Carlson, president A.J. Hamilton, staff are Dr.John G. Smale of the faculty, and Lois Orrell, Peggy Montgomery, Evelyn Slocum, Russell Jobe and Mary Stewart Jones of the student body. Mrs. Jonesâ interest in the publication is partially personal for her husband, Emile Jones, is in the ferry command stationed overseas.
Last year the expense was over $140. All overseas shipments are sent first class and postage runs to nine cents on each News Letter. This year students are sharing half the cost. Money comes from the student body fund. The facultyâs contribution comes from their regular assessment. They have $250 for this year.
The publication approximates 30 pages of typewriting and includes a letter from the president of the college, one on college activities and the rest of the paper is written by the men and women in service on what they are doing.
â" Chico Daily Enterprise, October 9, 1943
100 YEARS AGO
Tall Man would Make Expert At Picking Prunes
âThis thing of being the tallest man on earth isnât all its cracked up to be,â said R.E. Madsen of Omaha, here with a motion picture which is to be shown at the Majestic today and tonight. âI am used to having people stare at me and make remarks. It wouldnât be so bad if they showed a little originality sometimes, but most of them say the same âHowâs the weather up there?â I get it about 500 times a day â¦
When it comes to sleeping, the giant has a hard time. He sleeps in three beds, crosswise. When he takes a bath he has to take three â" to wash himself all over. As a prune picker heâd be a great success. No knocking â" just pick âem off.
Madsenâs superior height, 7 feet 6 inches, gives him a viewpoint different from others. âStrange climate here in California,â says Madsen. âSometimes itâs blowing from the north around my knees and from the south about my head.â
â" Chico Daily Enterprise, October 11, 1918Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam