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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Sept. 13, 2001 – Ripple effects from Tuesday’s horrific tragedy on the East Coast made their way to the greater Colfax area, as some residents anxiously awaited news from friends and family who were feared to be near the massive devastation. Students in the Multi-Media class at Colfax High School want to help victims of Tuesday’s terrorism attack. Chandra Mavy and Siena Mejia have established a booth called Greenline Ink that will be at Friday’s football game. The students will be selling coffee and pastry in the Greenline Ink booth with all the proceeds donated to the American Red Cross to be used to assist the victims of the terrorism attack. With the Star Fire 90 percent contained Monday morning, the California Type One Incident Management Team was reduced to a Type Two Team. Most of the effort Monday and Tuesday was concentrated along Duncan Creek. Vanessa Hubbard Nozet, a former resident of Christian Valley who attended Weimar Hills, Colfax High and Placer High, has been selected to be one of 12 new members of this year’s Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad. 20 YEARS AGO Sept. 11, 1991 – An agreement guaranteeing much of Colfax’s sewer treatment capacity to one developer was narrowly agreed upon by the city council Tuesday. Under the agreement, Mink Creek Estates mobile home park will be allowed to reserve 103 sewer connections in return for a deposit of $75,000. Cooking up pasta for the Colfax VW monthly spaghetti dinner were Buck Jones, John Abney, Carl Elam, Bob Wood and Richard Owens. Ready to put the stops to Placer’s Hillmen Friday night when the two teams meet at Marson Stadium in the 1991 football opener were Colfax High defensive players Clint Rush, Trent McNally, Chris Deacon, Brendon Anderson, Gabe Garcia, Mike Williams, Justin Heiman, Dino Vasques, Telly Strika, Chris Bean, Scott Meyers, Tim Adams and Tim Bain. Contractors began pouring concrete for the foundations of eight classrooms at the site of the new Colfax Elementary School on Ben Taylor Road. RJT Construction Company reports the work is ahead of schedule, and with favorable weather, some classes will be ready for the 1992-93 school year, next fall. 50 YEARS AGO Sept. 14, 1961 – The Colfax High School football field job will be started this Sunday by volunteers. The complete job will be to make the track wider in some spots, hauling top soil, spreading and shaping and then planting of the turf. The project is headed by Roy Toms, and will require help and use of some equipment, loaders, trucks, operators, etc. The fire Sunday afternoon was at Secret Town near the railroad tracks and the P.G.&E. canal. Four pumper trucks from the state forestry camp at Alta used the water from the canal. Thirty men from the Southern Pacific Railroad cut fire trails. Less than an acre of brush and trees were burned. If the fire had gone out of control, it could have been a major disaster. In another fire, the California Division of Forestry at Colfax was called out to a fire on Gills Hill, which is located on the west side of the American river, south of the Iowa Hill Road. Gold Run News by Clyde Kellogg: M.E. Bundick has been an unsung good citizen in the past by taking his Jeep with a blade and clearing off the top of dump on the old road. Two weeks ago the county crew cleaned it again and there seems to be more good citizens who have not cluttered up the dump again. Meadow Vista News by Evelyn Dean: Virginia Turnipseed boarded the train at Colfax and traveled to Wyoming to join Frank who has been participating in the one-shot antelope hunt. Virginia did not hunt but enjoyed the fishing. She and Frank drove their pickup back to Meadow Vista. At present, Frank is on a job in Oroville. 75 YEARS AGO Sept. 18, 1936 – The 10th annual reunion of the Colfax School Girls of the 80s will be held in Colfax Saturday, October 3, 1936. Amy McCarty Wahlender is the president. A meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Mary Hanson Saturday evening, Sept. 19th, at 7:30 to make plans for the entertainment of these visitors. Funeral services for the late David William Lee of Yankee Jims were held Sunday afternoon at that place, with burial taking place in the family plot of the little cemetery of that pioneer community. Bill died last Friday, September 11th, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Yankee Jims on April 5, 1885. The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma Duncan Smith, a pioneer of the Foresthill divide. The city council at its regular meeting held last week purchased a Van Pelt Dodge fire truck and pumper to replace the worn out equipment in present use by the local volunteer fire department. Notwithstanding the fact that the city is spending more than $3,000 for the purchase of a new fire truck, the city council last week, in setting the tax rate for the coming fiscal year, lowered it to the extent of 10 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. The new tax rate as set by the city council totals $1.10 as compared with $1.20 for last year.