25 Years Ago
Christmas came early for the men of two Naval Air Station Lemoore squadrons and their families. On Tuesday, the first wave of returning troops from VFA 94 and VFA 22 along with some 40 men from Sea Op Det returned from a six month cruise aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN72. During the deployment the Lincoln was ordered by President Clinton to duty off the coast of Somalia. Operation Continue Hope was put in place to provide protection to U.S. and international forces working to make a more secure environment for humanitarian relief efforts.
Hailing it as one of the best days at the school, Kings Christian Principal Duane Daniel officially helped dedicate the school’s new library in ceremonies held at the school. The newly formed Mothers’ Club Library Guild has worked with many volunteer parents and merchants to get the library ready to open. Working on its five-year plan, the guild was able to accomplish its first two year’s goals in just six months. In January, the library will be supervised by Sherry Arnold, Marie Wilder and parent volunteers. Tamara Thomas is the Mothers’ Club President. Jean Reed and Karen Newton also proudly showed off their new library.
35 Years Ago
Kings County supervisors extended the closing date of the Lemoore Solid Waste Transfer Station from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31, 1984, during their weekly board meeting Tuesday morning. The extension will allow the County’s Public Works office more time to finalize details on three proposals received from private companies to keep the transfer station open. “It allows a little more breathing room,” said Ray Nielson, county public works director.
Who might get the first look of the newest Cathy Rigby or Olga Korbut at the 1984 Los Angeles-based Olympics? Lemoore High graduate Mike Hudson, one of the stalwarts in the LHS tennis program under ex-head coach David Lee, may be the person. Hudson has been working full-time for the last six months as an assistant manager at the $10 million John Wooden Center Complex (at UCLA). The complex includes racquetball, volleyball, and basketball courts, weight room facilities, and a gymnastics area which is directly across the hallway from Hudson’s office. He has been watching the UCLA gymnasts he said are “sure bets” to make the 1984 U.S. Olympic squad--Peter Vidmar and Mitch Gaylord. By virtue of his job, Hudson has also been able to meet plenty of other big-time athletes. This past summer he came across Kiki Vandeweghe of the Denver Nuggets and Marcus Johnson of the Milwaukee Bucs looking for pick-up games. One of four children, Hudson’s family is still based in Lemoore.
75 Years Ago
As a gesture of good-will, Lemoore Union High School will again present the annual Christmas pageant, a story of the Nativity in three scenes, on Sunday evening, December 19. Rev. L.V. Fletcher will read passages from the scriptures.
Good news for Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Orton was the receipt of a V-mail from their son Marine Corporal Jimmy Orton, well known both in Lemoore where he attended high school, and in Stratford where his father is a prominent businessman. Young Orton has been serving in the Pacific theatre of war as a U.S. Marine Corp photographer. During his school days at LUHS he was a member of the varsity football team. He attended Fresno State College and was a member of the Frosh grid team prior to his enlistment with the “fightingest branch” of the service.
115 Years Ago
Survey work in connection with the new Blakeley Reclamation District is now in Progress down at the lake, and the work of constructing levees will soon begin.
While we personally regret the departure of two of our local physicians (Doctors Day and Gregory) their leave-taking certainly implies that our little city is a healthy place in which to reside.
It is reported that the jumping of lake lands is again in progress and that a large number of jumpers’ cabins have again been erected on lake lands, in about the same locality where a number of jumpers’ cabins which were erected there about a year ago were burned down.
The laying of a pipe line from the Coalinga oil fields to the coast is said to be an assured fact.
Manning and Sons have been awarded the contract for the erection of the Odd Fellows Hall at the corner of D and Heinlen streets. Their bid was $10,000 or $1,118 less than the next lowest bidder.