20 Years Ago
Nearly 100 years ago, in the warm, early days of the autumn of 1900, 35 teenagers gathered in old Heinlen Hall on E Street. While other children their age were helping their family's farm, these students were starting school, and the high school was getting its own start. Although the commencement of the high school year has now become an annual ritual, turn-of-the-century Lemoore had only primary schools. These institutions provided Lemoore youngsters with an education through what is now about the eighth grade. After the most rudimentary elements of learning had been taught, the students were on their own. Most never stepped foot in a classroom again. The students in Lemoore High School’s first class all had the same schedule: Latin, English, Ancient History, and Algebra. They had no choice – there was only one teacher and one three-year program.
To many, speaking or performing in front of a captive audience would be the worst sort of nightmare. To Debbie Walker of Lemoore, it’s a dream come true. Walker is the sole performer in the one-woman show, “Shirley Valentine,” starting tomorrow evening at the Icehouse Theatre in Visalia.
25 Years Ago
Tom Clark, in the third year of his third term as sheriff of Kings County, on Friday announced that he would not seek re-election when his term expires in December 1994. Clark made the surprise announcement on Friday of last week at the conclusion of his department’s annual awards ceremony in the Kings County jail annex. It was a fitting site since the facility was constructed during his tenure as sheriff.
Harvesting was under way last Tuesday on the southeast corner of Lacy and 18th avenues turning corn into silage. Silage is ground corn, cornstalks, sorghum, grass, and clover which make a fine shredded feed for livestock mainly for dairy cattle. By being cut fine and blown into an airtight chamber, it undergoes an acid fermentation that retards spoiling and makes the silage a great winter feed.
30 Years Ago
Relaxing the rules to allow consumption of beer and wine during adult athletic contests at Vieira Field is not in Lemoore’s best interest, the City Council decided Tuesday night, Sept. 20. By doing nothing, the council let the current ban on alcohol consumption in city parks remain in full force.
Two days before Lt. Col. Gordon Redtfeldt (USAF retired) was shot down over Germany in World War II, he learned by telegram that he was a father. The next word he would receive of his daughter wouldn’t be until after his POW camp was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945. Redtfeldt, whose wife Lucille, was born and raised in Lemoore, and whose family was living in Lemoore at the time of his internment, was speaking to people from the military and civilian community at a luncheon at Lemoore Naval Air Station to commemorate National POW-MIA Day last Thursday, Sept. 15.
80 Years Ago
Chief of Police Henry Dickerson has started a stray dog clean up, and all dog owners are cautioned to have their dogs collared and to be sure to see that the dog is wearing his rabies inoculation tag. All stray dogs running the streets will be picked up.
Registration on the Davis campus of the University of California has now topped the 1,100 mark, and is expected to approach 1,200 before the close of the semester. Institution of the new department of Home Eco has brought a sharp increase in the number of women registrants.
According to a city ordinance lawn clippings and other rubbish must not be dumped in the city streets and burned. To burn trash in the street spoils the oiled roadbed, and deteriorates the street surface. There should be no dumping or burning on city streets. Violators of this ordinance are subject to a fine. The ordinance will be enforced.
At least 100 of the 216 Indian tribes in the United States will be represented in the federal exhibit at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.
Foods of every nation will be served in native style at dozens of restaurants and cafes on Treasure Island during the 1939 California World’s fair.
105 Years Ago
Thomas Hickey sold his fine driving mare this week to a gentleman from Corcoran receiving $300 for her. Mr. Hickey had the distinction of driving the finest and fastest pacing animal on our streets, but he named the price and the buyer took him up. Mr. Hickey will probably purchase an auto and be up to date.