Colfax Chronicles

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One Year Ago May 20, 2010 – Colfax High sophomore Pressley Wetterstrom grabbed a pair of medals to highlight the Falcons’ effort at last weekend’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section swim championships held at Tokay High in Lodi. Swimming the frosh-soph division, Wetterstrom took second place in the 100 breast stoke in a time of 1:06.67. Wetterstrom also garnered a silver medal for second place finish line in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.24. Colfax’s boys 200 freestyle relay team of Issac Merrit, Chase Osmond, Rick Tuttle and Kyle Barney placed in the varsity division with a 12th place effort of 1:32.10. 10 Years Ago May 17, 2001 – Last week Deputy Mike Seipert began patrolling Colfax. His salary is covered through a federal grant designed to add more deputies to departments across the nation. Seipert is a nine year veteran of law enforcement who was assigned to Colfax in May, bringing the total number of Placer County Sheriff Officer deputies in the city to five. Joining the Placer County Department three years ago, Colfax’s newest deputy served on the Sacramento County’s Department for six years prior to coming to Placer County. 20 Years Ago May 22, 1991 – “I can teach without textbooks, I can teach without field trips. But I cannot teach without my aid.” Seventh-grade teacher Kelly Waldner said her classroom aid is the most important part of the instruction. “I think most teachers would say they are willing to do without textbooks, but don’t take away that personal contact,” she said. Waldner said the aid is much more than an assistant to the teacher, but a second adult in the classroom for the children to look up. Often, she said, the aid will identify a child with a problem because the teacher is too busy with the other 30 students in her class. 50 Years Ago May 18, 1961– Memorial Day in Colfax will be observed through the auspices of the Colfax Post 192, American Legion, and invites other veteran organizations and youth groups to participate. At 7 a.m. the Legion will hold a public breakfast at the Veterans Building. The Post will serve breakfast until 10 a.m. and invites everyone to attend. Breakfast price will be $1. A parade of veterans, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and Bluebirds will take place at approximately 10:30 a.m. and the parade unit will march to the Colfax District Cemetery for 11 a.m. services. 75 Years Ago May 22, 1936 – Wednesday, May 20t, was the 60th anniversary of the first Narrow Gauge train to make the trip from Colfax to Grass Valley and Nevada City. Earl J. Caddy, Grass Valley Union writer, wrote a very interesting historical sketch of the event that occurred May 20, 1876 and was published in that newspaper. Paula Mooney uses back issues of the Colfax Record to compile the Colfax Chronicles.