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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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One Year Ago July 1, 2010 – A dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled Colfax branch of the Placer County library was held Wednesday afternoon by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. The library now occupies a 3,600 square-foot building. Friends of the Colfax Library worked closely with the county on the project. Bill Bean has one of the only complete collections of “I Bought the Works” buttons. As member of the Colfax Chamber of Commerce, Bean started the 30-year tradition of selling buttons to raise funds for the annual fireworks show. Colfax received 39.92 inches of rain during the 2009-10 season. It is still below the normal amount of 45.22 inches of precipitation. The Colfax 77th Annual Independence Day celebration was set for Saturday, July 3, ending with a fireworks show. 10 Years Ago June 28, 2001 – The 4th Annual Red, White & Bluegrass Celebration was a two-day event. Like the past several years, the fireworks display will take place on the night of Tuesday, July 3. Activities on the 4th of July will begin early on Wednesday, with the traditional Colfax Volunteer Fire Department breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by the children’s parade at 11 a.m. and the Colfax Lions Parade at noon. A high-speed pursuit through the streets of downtown Colfax early Tuesday evening ended when the suspect lost control of his motorcycle and crashed about a quarter mile up Placer Hills Road from Interstate 80. Jeffrey Ray Mcauliffe, 39, had to be taken by an air ambulance to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The pursuit began when Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Maynard attempted to stop Mcauliffe for a traffic violation near the downtown caboose. Gayle Garbolino-Mojica is the new Colfax Elementary School principal. Soroptimist International of Colfax held its 55th annual installation at Madonna’s Restaurant. The new board members include Sharon Gieras, Gloria Woodward, Jeanne Linck, Patrice Goulet, LouAnne Robinson, Cathie Hunter, Cash Moon Harrison and Shirley Alexander. 20 Years Ago June 26, 1991 – Colfax will have Independence Day fireworks after all, albeit a day late. The Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously Tuesday night in a special meeting to have fireworks on Friday, July 5, instead of the Fourth of July. Celebration organizers were unable to contact a pyrotechnician to set off the sky display because all licensed pyrotechnicians had already been booked for the Fourth. A possible change in which Placer County supervisor represents the Meadow Vista community has prompted a discussion about the impacts such a change could have on the community. Following the completion of the 1990 census, state and county officials are redrawing political boundary lines to ensure equal representation. Building took a sharp upturn in May for the City of Colfax. Ten permits with a value of $149,834 were taken out in the city. The majority of the construction value came from the construction of two duplexes by Smith/Crockett Development as part of their Oak Ridge Estates project. The May total gives Colfax $1.72 million worth of construction for the 1990-91 fiscal year with one month to go. 50 Years Ago June 29, 1961 – Richard E. Steel of Auburn has been named Pacific Gas and Electric Company manager in Colfax, replacing Thomas H. “Bud” Randall. Randall was manager in Colfax since 1946. Steel is a member of the Placer County Board of Education. He, and his wife Sylvia, and their son, Barry, will move to Colfax. Anyone wishing to use the Colfax Swim Pool on the Fourth of July may do so. The first phase of the construction will be completed and the pool will be full of water. The opening of the pool is for one day only and cannot be used after Tuesday. Blight, pear decline and hail have damaged the pear crop in this area so much that the Colfax Area Fruit Growers Association will operate on a limited scale this season. The last normal year for pears was in 1958 when the association packed 8,000 tons but then blight struck the next year and in 1960 only 1,500 ton of pears were handled. 75 Years Ago June 26, 1936 – Miss Bernice Ramsey was elected Goddess of Liberty for the Colfax 4th of July Celebration in a contest sponsored by the Colfax Lions. Other contestants were Miss Roberta Burbage and Miss Jean Hutchinson. The Placer Union High School Board of Trustees at its meeting June 30 fixed its budget for 1936-37 at $161,923. John C. Doucette and Mrs. Stella Pollock were indicted on four counts, two for arson, by the Placer County Grand Jury. They are suspected of having burned a dwelling in Colfax owned by the woman as a means of obtaining the insurance. More than 100 head of sheep were killed outright or were slain (by Highway Patrolman Neil Marvin and Hulbert, the butcher) because of injuries suffered Tuesday afternoon when a truck and trailer load of sheep got beyond control of driver Clarence Whiteside on the Long Ravine grade and crashed into a steel girder of the Narrow Gauge Railroad and overturned off the highway grade. Train service into Colfax was temporarily disrupted. Call fire Chief Joe Termine of the Colfax fire company; they will burn the dry grass off your lot for a nominal fee of $2.50 per lot. Stuart Schwab, son of the late T. L. Schwab, pioneer merchant of Iowa Hill, has announced his candidacy for the office of Supervisor of District 5.