20 Years Ago
Like some colorful, cool car lot from somewhere else in history, the Foster Freeze parking lot is a virtual time machine for the automobile lover. While dragging the main in Lemoore, cruisers might have noticed that every so often the local Foster Freeze restaurant actually encourages people to hang out in the parking lot. On the first and third Thursday of every month, the restaurant plays host to a collection of classic restored cars.
Well, finally all of the little darlings are back in school and mothers can breathe a sigh of relief. Even though there are several school campuses undergoing construction, students and teachers are coping well. When it is all said and done, the inconvenience will have been worth it.
25 Years Ago
Members of the Fresno State University Air Force ROTC unit traveled to Lemoore last Saturday to participate in the POW/MIA Recognition Week activities, conducted in the city park. Here the quartet presented the colors to begin the ceremonies. More than 100 people gathered in the park to honor Americans who served in conflicts around the globe since World War II. The event was intended to call attention to the thousands of GIs listed as POWs or MIAs from the Korean and Vietnam battles. A candle light vigil concluded the ceremonies.
Charlie Jones and Trent Dilfer couldn’t do it all alone Saturday night in Waco, Texas, as the Fresno State Bulldogs open their season against the Baylor Bears. Despite a Heisman Trophy performance by Dilfer and an impressive sophomore debut by the former Lemoore High product Jones, the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 42-39 decision to the Bears. Jones did all right for himself, catching seven passes for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also had a 37-yard punt return to set up yet another touchdown for the 0-1 Fresno State team.
30 Years Ago
Jerry’s kids will receive $3,594.25 from pledges and cash gifts of Lemoore residents. Tony Bitonio, grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus, was chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy telephone pledge office in Lemoore. It was held at Century 21 Creative Realty in Pioneer Square. The goal was to raise $2,100, so Bitonio says the Knights of Columbus are very pleased that local people responded so generously.
80 Years Ago
James Orton, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Orton of Stratford, brought home the largest fish of the season when Orton returned from a deep sea fishing trip last week. Jimmy made his catch, a 178 pound swordfish, from the fishing banks near San Diego. The largest run of sword fish in eight years is reported in southern waters. Jimmy’s fish is reposing now in icy comfort at the Friend refrigeration storage plant in Lemoore.
90 Years Ago
Grapes deserve a place in the daily diet of the American household is borne out by the expert medical opinion of Dr. W.W. Beckett, medical director of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company. In the doctor’s opinion, the grape as a food is excelled by no other fruit. Furthermore, he has never found a case of appendicitis where a grape seed was lodged in the appendix. He also believes that the skins of grapes are an advantage to the intestinal canal.
Lemoore teachers who were granted certificates by the Kings County Board of Education at the first meeting of the year were: Helen Beesley, special music; Clarence R. Soderstrom, vocational arts; Terressa Devereaux, renewal elementary; and Annette Seigfried, life certificate.
105 Years Ago
Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday were scorchers and the thermometer registered from 108 to 112 in this city. Sunday was claimed to be the hottest, and next to the hottest day of the season, July 12th, when the mercury registered 109. Saturday night was the hottest night of the season, the thermometer registering 94 in many places in this city at 12 o’clock. This extremely warm night has occurred but very few times during the past 26 years.
Lemoore has always been a little cooler than any town in the valley, owing probably to the body of water in Tulare lake, but since the water has been receding rapidly, the heat seems to be more oppressive in this city and the thermometer is registering higher than in many other places. In many places Sunday along the street in the entrance to business houses the thermometer registered from 115 to 118. It was considered by many to be the hottest day of the year.