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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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14CR Colfax Chronicles 10 Years Ago July 12, 2001 – Colfax 4th of July organizers were pleased with the overall event, especially the fireworks display on the 3rd of July. Crowds were estimated at 13,000. Lions Parade judges included Blain Ellis, Paul Houck and Chris Houck. Winners included the Colfax Garden Club, Vic Van Arkel, Quinn Family Klowns, Kathy Holland, Creative Kids Preschool and Backfire Brigade. Colfax Fire Chief Suzane Todd was to be reassigned by the California Department of Forestry to the El Dorado County Unit in early August. Todd served as the Colfax fire chief, in addition to her responsibilities as Battalion Chief with CDF. City officials opened the swimming pool, hopefully for the rest of the summer. The Colfax Lions Club donated $400 for free swimming on Thursdays. 20 Years Ago July 10, 1991 Issue – Colfax Elementary School will become smoke free as of the beginning of school 1991. Employees, visitors and students will be prohibited from smoking on campus. Students riding the bus to Colfax Elementary will likely have to pay for that transportation. The school and other school districts are being asked to impose a $1 per day fee for each student riding the bus to school. David Lassila compiled the weather. Highs for the previous Monday through Friday were 94, 96, 103, 101 and 96. Brandon Harvey was the winner of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle at the Colfax Deli, owned by Richard and Penny Owens. Brent Marker, just back from Operation Desert Storm, was the Grand Marshal of the Dutch Flat Parade. In Colfax, Heather Stevens was crowned Fourth of July Queen. 50 Years Ago July 13, 1961 ¬– Robert Cummings, noted Hollywood actor, was a caller in Colfax for a half hour Saturday. Cummings flew into Iowa Hill in a helicopter and on his way back landed his helicopter on the Bill Walker ranch north of Colfax. Cummings called on his business associate, Scotty Lackland, at Cape Horn Lodge. Other visitors at the Cape Horn Lodge recently and staying at the local motel were Marlon Brando Sr., who stayed for one night several weeks ago. Toni Fonseca, of Dutch Flat, and Sally Swartzkopf of Colfax were to participate in Dutch Flat Barbecue and Acquacade festivities on July 15. David Allen won the honors as the first official user of the Colfax Swim Pool. Claire Kennon was a lifeguard. Approximately $5,000 more is needed in contributions to finish the pool. The Soroptimist Club of Colfax raised $239.10 more for the benefit of the swimming pool fund during the Fourth of July celebration in Colfax. Phillip Bessac, of the bay area, son of Richard D. Bessac who started the Colfax Record in 1908, was a Colfax visitor one day last week. He had a copy of the first issue of the Record. 75 Years Ago July 17, 1936 ¬– The Colfax city council read and approved the following bills at a meeting held Tuesday: C.C. Foster, street work; $6; Walter Viscia, police duty 13 hours, $13; R.J. Frederickson, police duty 10 hours, $10; Joe Termine, fire chief’s salary, $10; M.M. Silva, salary night watchman, $10; McCleary Garage, gas for fire truck, etc. $7.23; L.R. Starr, premium on fire truck insurance, $121.90; L.R. Starr, salary of city clerk, $30; John Minor, work on dump ground, $3; Colfax Record, legal notices and printing, $29.75; P.G. and E. Co., street lighting, $75.28, water for fire hydrants, $25; P.H. Harrington, labor on streets, $41; F.H. Schulze Jr., labor watching fire, $4; C.L. Davidson salary chief of police, $20; Standard Oil Co., two cars road oil and gas for trucks, $161.79. A new venture has begun in Applegate this year: The Ellis Franklin Summer Camp, opened by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robinson, about three miles from Applegate on the Meadow Vista road to Colfax.