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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 Years Ago July 8, 2010 – Melba James was the grand marshal of the Colfax Independence Day parade on Saturday. James worked at the Colfax Pharmacy and Colfax High School before she retired. The evening ended with a fireworks display that may have been the best the city has ever presented, claimed Mike Maynard. A 14-year-old boy visiting from the Bay Area apologized for starting a grass fire at Long Ravine Campground on Rollins Lake Friday afternoon. Thanks to quick action by campers, less than a quarter of an acre was scorched. The Wheaton family of Meadow Vista continued to honor the memory of their daughter, Carrie Wheaton, with scholarships in her name to Colfax High School seniors. Carrie, 17, was a standout basketball and soccer player preparing for her senior year at Colfax High when she was killed in a bicycling accident on July 4, 2000. Kaitlyn Brannen, 2, and Macy Pattee, 3 added their petite patriotic flair to the Dutch flat Independence Day Parade and celebration on Sunday. 20 Years Ago July 3, 1991 – Colfax will have its new Colfax Elementary School built starting this summer at a cost of $5.3 million. Alan Shuttleworth was district superintendent. Colfax policemen will receive 12 percent in salary increases over the next three years under a contract ratified by the Colfax City Council June 28. Tom Dunipace was city manager. The Lilliput Players children’s theater planned to perform “Sleeping Beauty” on July 13 at the Colfax Theatre. Cast members included Jill Heilaman, Lisa Loomis, and Alvis Legate. The deadline for submitting possible logos for the City of Colfax was extended. Jeff Farrell was appointed to gather and review proposed logos. New officers for the Colfax Lions Club were Tom Dunipace, Blaine Ellis, Larry Cooper, Jim Larimer, Les Saalman, Bruce Chaloux, Mark Lizotte, Gary Stranathan, Wes Geary, Richard Owens, Paul Petrul, Eddie Fischer. 50 Years Ago July 6, 1961 – Six-year-old Robbie Bissonnette gave 10-cent pony rides on “Frisky” and raised $10.20, to donate to the swimming pool fund. On thousand people are expected to attend the annual pit barbecue and aquacade to be held July 15 at the Dutch Flat pool. Frank Paoli was eleted president of the Colfax Lions Club. The second annual pot luck party will be held July 16 at Blue Canyon, given by a group of Blue Canyon ladies. The ground display of fireworks brought the largest crowd ever assembled in Colfax for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July celebration. Another feature, new this year, also attracted a huge crowd to Colfax High School when go-kart races were run on the loop in front of the school. Jim Lorang won the soap box derby, making the run down Grass Valley Street in 29.0 seconds. Mike Hill came in second with a 31.0 time. Richard Wayland, president of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce and general chairman of the Colfax 4th of July celebration, on behalf of the entire committee, wishes to thank everyone who had a part in the past successful celebration, as well as extending a big thank you for the presence of so many guests. 75 Years Ago July 10, 1936 – Colfax Lions will hold their annual anniversary dinner and program Wednesday evening at eight o’clock in the Marvin Inn. The affair will celebrate the eighth birthday of the local service club, which was organized in 1928. The following officers will be installed: Paul McCulloch, Dr. Ray Atkinson, Scoop Thurman, Francis E. West, Everett Hampton, Matt Keleher, Walter Viscia and Arthur C. Weaver. Harry Callender and Lester Starr were among outgoing officers. The State Board of Education at a meeting in San Francisco July 7 unanimously approved the petition of the Placer Union High School Board of Trustees for the establishment of a junior college as part of the district’s school system. Dr. Robert A. Peers, mayor of Colfax, was the guest of honor last night at the Colfax Hotel by the Placer County Republican Assembly. Dr. Peers was a delegate to the recent Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, representing this part of the Second Congressional District. Tim Keleher was elected commander of the Colfax American Legion Post at a meeting held Monday night at the Mountain View Restaurant. He will succeed Jack Cochrane, who has served as commander the past two years. Other officers selected are George Pipes, Alfred Quilici, Oswald Marson, C.L. Davidson, Ed Beaupre, John Timmons, H.A. Wittich and George Watson. Arrighi, the shoemaker, has moved his shoe shop to the building adjoining the Colfax Theatre while the new Paoli building is under construction. John Pomeroy, former local resident, came up from San Francisco to attend the 4th of July celebration. Pomeroy recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He formerly conducted a pool room here. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stone, formerly of Oakland, opened the Colfax Hotel dining room last Friday and on August 1st they will take over the hotel business also. Work has started of tearing down Welcome Inn and the other adjoining building belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Al Paoli where a modern building will be erected that will house an up-to-date bar and restaurant.