20 Years Ago
Now here I thought I was going to have to dream about a white Christmas. It seems that Mother Nature went and pulled a fast one on all of us recently, because last weekend, if you didn’t notice, it was snowing in Lemoore. Not that light powdery stuff, either – every one that saw these little sprinkles from a gray heaven can attest that this was some decently formed snow. By Jamie Bezerra
Lemoore High Schools wrestling teams competed in several tournaments and matches over the past few days. Continuing its dominance of many of the wrestling tournaments, Lemoore’s varsity team again bested the other teams at the prestigious Coast Classic at Santa Cruz on Friday and Saturday, December 19 and 20th. The second-place team, Bear River, came in far behind. Currently the Lemoore varsity team has a 10-0 record. Individual results for first place were Craig Serpa, Ryan Brooks, and Marcio Botelho in their various weight classes, all with a 5-0 record. Second places went to Chris Pendleton, Charles Briggs, and Curtis Jue. Having a third place was Anthony Stonehocker. Other team members present were Damon Silva, fifth place, Grant Ryder, Ryan Silva, Ron Medina, Nick Costa, Matt Trukki, and Bennie Cabrera.
25 Years Ago
The Sarah A. Mooney home located at 542 W. “D” St. in downtown Lemoore, which houses the Sarah A. Mooney Museum, is celebrating its 100th birthday this month. The house built by Aaron and Sarah Mooney was their home until 1925 after the death of Aaron in 1912 and Sarah who died in 1925. In 1974, the house was donated by Marie Bailey, daughter of Aaron and Sarah Mooney, to the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce to be put to use as a museum. Sally Budlong, Salli Day, and Betty Blakely, members of the Womens Club donated a drinking fountain located at the west side of the museum.
A local attorney has thrown his hat into the ring in an effort to unseat current Lemoore’s Kings County Municipal Court judge Ron Maciel. Lemoore attorney Charles Johnson announced Wednesday that he would become a candidate in the June primary election for the Lemoore District Municipal Court judgeship.
35 Years Ago
The Lemoore chamber of Commerce board of directors announced their new officers for the upcoming year last Thursday. Selected as president was Riley Jones, with Jane McGinn named as first vice-president. The second vice-president is Gerri Cotta, and Joneanne Venable is the new treasurer. The officers, along with new board members, will be installed during the chamber’s annual dinner-dance next month.
Last week, a Lemoore sports first could have been established. For the first time ever, both Lemoore schools played the same team in the same sport in the same week. Last Tuesday, Kings Christian boys hoopsters beat Chowchilla 47-34. Thursday night in the Riverdale Tourney, LHS beat Chowchilla 79-56. All of which could bring about all sorts of comparisons, for example: Against Chowchilla, the LHS offense was better, but the KCHS defense did a better job. LHS has repeatedly said it does not wish to play KCHS in a game from the varsity level down to the frosh levels. From a sports fan’s perspective, I wouldn’t mind seeing a local clash. It certainly would draw a lot of people and whatever way the game went, it might put an end to the “question” of really “Who is the better ballclub?” by Marc Birenbaum
75 Years Ago
The following list of those eligible for Grade One tire certificates was released by the War Price and Ration Board here this week: M.L. Costa and Son, Harold Jones, Manuel Borba, Ermer Roop, George Miguel Weir Smith, William Gramps, L.F. Duty, Joe C, Lopez.
95 Years Ago
D.E. Richardson, an employee of the J.C. McBride ranch south of this city, brought to the court house yesterday morning for bounty claim, the hide of one of the largest coyotes ever killed in this section. The animal weighed a full 65 pounds and measured six feet from tip to tip, being more than half again as large as the average coyote seen here.
Heavy curtains are being hung over the doors of the fire station to protect the machinery during the extreme cold spell.
105 Years Ago
Since the 21st day of December .84 of an inch of rain has fallen making 3.20 inches for the season.
John Efird has had his right arm bandaged this week, which he received while cranking his car.
W.M. Sims will open up a milk station near the Central Creamery next week.