World War I vet Homer Partridge honored by VFW

By: From the pages of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Nov. 27, 2003 – It was clear to see that Colfax High coach Tony Martello was pleased minutes after the Falcons defeated Center, 36-12, Friday night at Marson Field. “We achieved our goal,” Martello said to his team. “We are going to play through Thanksgiving.” What Martello was referring to was the fact that the Falcons had to have advanced to the second round of the Division III playoffs in order to still be playing past Thanksgiving. Colfax (10-1) will host Rio Linda (9-2) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Colfax High School senior Dustin Blackwell is going places. The 17-year-old Weimar resident has been named an outstanding scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Nationwide, of the 124,000 Hispanic students identified through the October 2003 PSAT test, 4,300 of the highest scoring students were identified. From that group, just 3,300 were signaled out as scholars or included in the category of honorable mention, based on further evidence of achievement, such as grade point average and subsequent test scores. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 1, 1993 – The Colfax Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2003 welcomed back Homer Eldridge, a 96-year-old World War I veteran. He was welcomed by Vice Commander Jack Peebles and Commander Harry Green. Eldridge served as a fireman, shoveling coal, on the steamer ship that crossed the Atlantic. He was also a mechanic on another ship. Jack Combs, owner of the new Jack’s Texas Barbecue in Dutch Flat, has spent 40 years in the business, working for companies from the Hilton to McDonald’s. Combs, and his wife, Barbara, opened the Texas Barbecue a week ago and are still in the process of remodeling the former Martha’s Kitchen building. The house specialty is his beef ribs and barbecued beef sandwich. Other sauces and food is made by Combs from his own recipes. He also uses no salt in his products, relying on their natural flavoring. Combs said he hopes to attract buses and truck drivers and is offering a separate section for them to eat and relax. The Sierra Gold 1918 Club will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, 1993 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista. This meeting will be a potluck luncheon. The meeting is open to everyone born in 1918 and now living in Placer or Nevada counties. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 28, 1963 – President John F. Kennedy, 46, 35th president of the United States, was shot in the temple and neck by an assassin last Friday morning as he was riding in a limousine in Dallas, Texas. He died in a Dallas hospital at approximately 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The president, who was accompanied by Mrs. Kennedy, slumped in her lap as the car hurried to the Parkland Hospital. In the car with the Kennedys were Governor and Mrs. John Connally of Texas. The governor was wounded and is still in Parkland Hospital, but will recover. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was taken into custody several hours later, following the killing of a Dallas policeman. Sunday, Oswald was shot to death in the basement of the basement of the city jail by Jack “Ruby” Rubenstein as he was being transferred to the county jail. Catholic rites were held Monday in Washington, D.C., for Kennedy with burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in Friday afternoon as president. The ceremony was performed aboard the plane bearing the body of Kennedy as it was returning to Washington. The nation, and Colfax, were numbed and shocked at the news of the assassination. President Johnson proclaimed Monday, November 25, as a day of morning. Mayor Robert Kauffman declared Monday a holiday in Colfax and all stores except those which disbursed vital necessities, were closed for the day. A recent gathering for Colfax residents brought together five generations of the Watts family. They included Mrs. Eleanor Watts and her great-great-grandson Phillip Bradley Williams, Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Hart, Mrs. Phillip (Karen Hart) Williams, and James L. Watts.