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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Aug. 23, 2001 – Starting Friday afternoon and kept alive by high temperatures, low humidity and mild winds, the Ponderosa Fire near Weimar continued its stubborn drive out of the American River Canyon for three days. Firefighters, with the help of cooling temperatures, gained control Monday afternoon. Placing an estimated 2,243 firefighters along with 21 bulldozers, nine air tankers and 10 California Department of Forestry officials had to protect nearly 300 homes in the path of the fire. An estimated 2,625 acres have been consumed in the fire that started just after 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, by a car fire along Yankee Jim’s Road. Businesses along Interstate 80 were bustling with activity during the peak of the Ponderosa Fire, as 192 engine companies and thousands of frustrated motorists passed through in need of fuel and food. The staff at McDonald’s on Auburn Avenue shifted into high gear Friday night when a fire crew chief ordered nearly $300 worth of fast food. Pizza Factory staff filled an order of 15 pizzas Friday, all of which were sent out to feed firefighters. The 8th annual Founder’s Day event – sponsored by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, the Colfax Historical Society and the city of Colfax – on Saturday will celebrate the founding of the community. Early resident W.L. Butler is shown in a photo of Colfax as it appeared shortly after the town plan was created by Central Pacific. Surrounding hills had few trees as most were cut for firewood for steam engines. Colfax High School student Ashley Ysunza participated in the Global Youth Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. and New York City. 20 YEARS AGO Aug. 21, 1991 – Kenneth Quinn was honored with a Colfax City Council resolution, presented by Mayor Fern Chadd, for his many years of service to the Colfax Volunteer Fire Department. Several fundraisers are planned to help raise funds for the construction of a firehouse in Iowa Hill. Two passenger rail services are being studied to provide passenger rail service to Placer County. Colfax has been considered the eastern terminus for these systems. A Colfax area property owner wishing to be annexed into the city limits said he is willing to take his chances on water and sewer services. David Dwelle said he is also hopeful that the Placer County Local Formation Commission will approve his annexation despite concerns it will create an “island.” 50 YEARS AGO Aug. 24, 1961 – The Southern Pacific Company has filed with the Public Utilities Commission a notice of intention to abandon the station at Emigrant Gap. Weimar Medical Center has a new administrator. Albert O. Pugatch, 46, has been administrator in Glenn and Amador county hospitals and is a former purchasing agent in the latter county. He succeeds Erwin Meier, who is now county executive at Yolo County. He started work Monday at $800 per month. The Placer County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution to form an assessment district in Sleepy Hollow Acres. The 92-lot subdivision is located on old Highway 40 between Colfax and Weimar. Colfax City Councilmen se the rate for the 1961-62 fiscal year Tuesday night at its meeting and the amount is $1.25 per $100 of assessed valuation. The tax rate is the same as last year. The R.J. Miles Co. is observing its 14th anniversary in serving the Colfax area and all during next week will allow 14 percent off on purchases up to $100. Jimmy Sysum, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sysum of Colfax, will sing Saturday, Aug. 26, on the Bill Rase Show that appears on Channel 3 at 4 p.m. 75 YEARS AGO Aug. 28, 1936 – At the budget meeting of the board of supervisors, further action was taken toward the establishment of a county library for Placer County. The amount appropriated, $6,141, is for operation during the second half of the next fiscal year. Selected to teach in the Colfax district are Ellsworth Martinelli, principal; Virginia Augustine, Mrs. Mary O. Schultz and Miss Gladys Kirby. The operator of a winery near Colfax was arrested last week by federal and state officials charged with selling liquor to Indians.