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Colfax Chronicles

A look back at history
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One Year Ago
Sept. 14, 2009
? Colfax?s Soroptimist Club has been given one of Wells Fargo Bank?s 2009 Volunteer Service Awards, Club President Janis Quinn told the membership at a recent meeting.
She went on to explain the club?s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls ? locally and throughout the world.
As a non-profit organization, members of the Colfax club work throughout the year organizing and hosting fundraisers to fund projects that benefit the community.
Ongoing service projects include several scholarships at Colfax High School as well as at local elementary schools, providing food and toys to needy families at Christmas and the bi-annual women?s health fair.
?This award would also put us in a better position to support global projects,? Quinn said. ?We have other ?nonprofits come to us for contributions and support of their ventures?
10 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 2000 ? The Colfax City Council wrote another legal chapter in the battle over the funds bequeathed to Colfax by Carl Bianchini.
While espousing good faith negotiations with the Sierra Vista Center Board, council members Tuesday evening authorized attorney Michael Dean to appeal a court decision that went against the city efforts to retain the remaining $1 million.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1990
? Grant and Rhonda Ballenger of Chicago Park are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Brent Ballenger. Joey was born at 1:56 p.m. on Aug. 29, 1990.
His maternal grandparents are Charles and Fay Booth of Colfax. Richard Ballenger of Colfax is his paternal grandfather.
His great-grandparents are Yolanda Dougherty and Ruth Ballenger.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1960
? Saturday, Sept.17, would be a good day to turn for a few moments and observe with considerable thought to a momentous anniversary.
The day has been designated as Citizenship Day. While we tend to think of such commemorative days as being dedicated to our newer citizens, this one should not.
It is dedicated to every one of us, no matter whether we are lifetime citizens, new citizens, or not even citizens at all.
Citizenship Day commemorates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 13, 1935
? Earl Shippey, better known as ?The Trapper? who pans for gold down on the American River, was in Colfax last Saturday.
Shippey reported his best pan in many years, amounting to $5.20 worth of gold.
The following pan, however, amounted to but 10 cents, he stated.
Paula Mooney uses back issues of the Colfax Record to compile the Colfax Chronicles.