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20 Years Ago

Lemoore may be looking a little prettier in the next few months, thanks to the Lemoore Redevelopment Agency. The city of Lemoore, through the agency, is sponsoring a paint and fix-up program aimed at improving the exterior conditions of homes in the community that are occupied by low- and moderate-income families. The RDA has earmarked $160,000 for the program, with each grant not to exceed $5,000 in materials and labor. The $5,000 can be used to improve the appearance of homes with exterior paintings, minor carpentry and work on sidewalks that have been cracked or buckled by tree roots.

25 Years Ago

The jury is still out on exactly which classes will move from P.W. Engvall to Liberty Middle School when it opens for classes for the 1994-95 school year, but regardless those students will have lockers. The Lemoore Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday to include lockers in the new school, with construction already well underway. A task force is still conducting a study to determine if Liberty will house sixth through eighth grade students or just seventh and eighth graders.

Though some are saying this year’s Acala Cotton crop will fall just short of 1992’s record haul, a glance at the cotton fields in Lemoore and elsewhere in Kings County seems to tell a different story. While some farmers are still defoliating this year’s crop, the harvest of Kings County’s No. 1 crop began recently on other Lemoore farms. Defoliation is a process by which a chemical is applied to the cotton crop causing the plant to become dormant. After it is applied, the chemical is activated by the sun and burns the boll open as well as causing the leaves to fall, thus simplifying the harvest procedure.

30 Years Ago

The Lemoore Planning Commission has approved the plan of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Lemoore to build a new worship center on 2.6 acres of land at the eastern dead end of the frontage road along the south side of Hanford-Armona Road.

Neutra School plans a very special community celebration next Thursday afternoon in honor of its being named a National Exemplary School. Neutra representatives received a plaque and flag from President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Education William Bennett at a Washington, D.C., ceremony earlier this year.

80 Years Ago

Keen interest is being expressed by gas model airplane fans in anticipation of the competition to be staged Sunday, October 23, by the Kings Aeronutz, the gas model airplane club with countywide membership. The meet will be held at a selected point eight miles west of Lemoore. Entries from all over the state will be in the field with their pet models including the winners in the recent meet at Tulare, in which a Tulare man won first place with a model that remained aloft over 16 minutes. Local gas plane enthusiasts are Dr. J.P. Young, Leonard Newton, Dick Fox and Jack London.

Arthur Santell, strongest athlete in America, will give an exhibition of strength and a practical lecture on health at the high school Oct. 20. Santell tears a 1,500 page telephone directory into eights; drives a 20-penny spike in a plank with one blow of the fist; breaks a steel chain with his hands, and lifts a 175 pound man off the floor with his teeth. Santell was an outstanding attraction at Chicago’s Century of Progress and is now under contract to demonstrate daily at New York’s great World’s Fair scheduled for 1939.

At Budapest in Hungary is a statue to Anonymous, a notary who wrote a chronicle of Hungarian history, the first page of which having his name was lost; hence the commemoration of an unknown historian.

90 Years Ago

Contractor J.F. Brown, of Hanford, commenced construction work on the new garage for the Lemoore Union High School on Monday. The building is to be of brick and reinforced concrete construction to match the other buildings of the high school plant.

The students of the Farm Mechanics II class are building bleachers for the football field, so there will be seats for everyone at the game Friday.

120 Years Ago

Ed Erlanger returned Friday last from San Francisco. His trotting horse, Toggles, will trot this week in the big free-for-all race at the Los Angeles track for a purse of $1,000.

Walter Dickens reports that his residence at Kingston was entered on Tuesday when he and his family were in Hanford. The burglars stole bacon, salt, flour, sugar and a pair of shoes.

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