20 Years Ago
“To everything, there is a season,” says the Book of Ecclesiastes, and Lemoore seems to have been bent this week on becoming an object lesson in scripture. First, the Lemoore granary has been scheduled for demolition, conditioned upon Continental Grain’s final terms of sale to an as-yet-undisclosed buyer. Then heavy machinery cleared debris from the site of the old commercial building next to the current police station on Fox Street, making way for the construction of a new barn for Lemoore’s fire engines. Also decaying tanks were cut up and removed from the west end of the old DeRaad Warehouse on the railroad tracks at Fox Street.
Last Friday night, Kings County business, civic, and agricultural leaders gathered at Jack Stone’s Barn to honor their local farming heroes at the fourth annual Salute to Agriculture Dinner. This year’s honorees were: Tony Oliveira, Agriculturalist of the Year; Leonard DeRuiter, Agriculture Educator of the Year; and Orton’s Equipment, Agriculture Supporters of the Year. Past recipients of the Agriculturalist of the Year award are Jack Stone, Hoke Evetts, and Fuzzy Feaver. Billingsley Tire Company was presented the first Ag Supporter award last year. DeRuiter is the first recipient of the Ag Educator award.
25 Years Ago
Greg Hill, one of the top professional riders on the motocross circuit, conducted a bicycle clinic last Saturday at the Lemoore BMX Action Park on 19th Avenue. Hill, with 20 year's experience in bicycle racing, is a 5-time world champion and 10-time American Bicycle Assn. champion. He gave an insight to youngsters in using the proper techniques so they could become better bicycle riders.
The inaugural Lemoore District Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is scheduled for Oct. 8 over the 6,400-yard, par-72 layout of the Lemoore Municipal Golf Course. The tournament – to be a 4-player scramble – is open to all comers, men or women.
Decommissioning ceremonies for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34, the “Flashbacks,” is scheduled for next Tuesday in the VAQ-34 hanger, Lemoore Naval Air Station, concluding a distinguished decade of fleet electronic warfare training. The squadron provided realistic Soviet and Third World electronic warfare threat simulations for individual surface ships, battle groups, and air wing training exercises while supporting research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts.
30 Years Ago
Six young women are vying for the 1988-89 title of Miss Fil-Am of Kings County. Coronation is to be held Dec. 17, in the Lemoore Naval Air Station’s Enlisted Men’s Club. The reigning Miss Fil-Am is Sarah Lynn Ide of Lemoore. Candidates are Michelle Lynn Andres, Agatha G. Ancheta, Frances Fuerte, Judy Omapas, Rowena Ann Rufo, and Anna Lissa Gunderson.
The Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah reported this week that the water level is down to 6,022 acre feet, five feet below minimum pool with a maximum pool of 143,000 acre feet. For you math brains, that’s only .04211 of capacity. The water is still over 60 feet deep in some locations.
40 Years Ago
“Gran” Follett, a descendant of two pioneer families, recently celebrated his 83rd birthday with family and friends. Welcoming the many guests who attended an open house held in his honor were Follett’s three daughters, Kay Ebraheim of Palo Alto, Salli Day of Lemoore, and Janet Dunaway of Visalia.
Katie Meyers won the Kings County Girls Cross Country Championship in competition held recently at Hickey Park. She set a Lemoore High School record in the two-mile run, finishing at 12:54. Michelle Partridge placed third with a time of 13:26.
80 Years Ago
“Silver Tip” the striking white stallion owned by George Rocha of this city, has been sent to Japan where he will be housed in the stables of the royal Palace. The horse was recently sold to the Japanese government and will be used exclusively by the Emperor and thus is considered a sacred horse by the Japanese. Local people will remember the horse as the one ridden by Rocha in last May’s Homecoming Day parade at Hanford. The registered Albino stallion is an outstanding animal with startling pink white skin and blue eyes.
105 Years Ago
W.J. Bryans will open his new theatre tomorrow night. Everything is being arranged in metropolitan style.
L. Marvin is arranging to have a prize baby contest at the Marvinique. Every mother thinks her baby is the prettiest. Now she will have a chance to win a prize.