Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Oct. 25, 2001 – White powder discovered on the lobby counter at the Colfax Post Office Friday afternoon brought Placer County environmental health experts to town. A little over an hour after the discovery, the substance was declared not a threat, a disinfectant was used to clean the area, and the post office was opened to the public. Roxane Thompson, of Auburn, was serving as the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. 20 YEARS AGO Oct. 23, 1991 – Colfax was converted to Diggstown, Georgia on Monday, as a movie was being shot with the Southern Pacific depot as the backdrop. The movie, titled “Diggstown,” is about a con man (James Woods) and a boxer (Lou Gossett Jr.) who roll into a small Georgia town to swindle the town’s crooked businessman (Bruce Dern). Woods and co-star Heather Graham filmed portions of the movie in Colfax. The filming was to take two days; however, all shooting was completed ahead of schedule Monday. The film will be released into theaters in late spring or summer 1992. Colfax’s interim city manager William Enoch was given that position formally by the Colfax City Council last night following the closed session. Enoch has been acting as city manager for the past six weeks following the appointment of then-city manager Tom Dunipace to the position of city attorney. 50 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1961 – In action Tuesday night, the Colfax City Council appointed Raymond McCullough to fill the unexpired term of Kenneth A. Quinn, who resigned last month. Following the vote, City Clerk Robert Marson administered the oath of office and Mr. McCullough was seated. McCullough ran for a council post at the 1960 election, but was not successful at the time. McCullough, 40, is married, father of two boys and two girls. He came to Colfax in 1925 and has spent all of his life in Colfax, except during World War II when he served in the Army in the European theater. Mayor Robert Kauffman appointed Councilman McCullough to Commissioner of Public Health and Safety. Students attending Sierra College from Eastern Placer County included: Cheryll DeFosset, Ben Nencini, Louise Peevyhouse and Mary Ramirez, of Alta; and Nancy Beals, Rudi Buher, Rhoda Fredinburg, Edwin Pratt, Howard Randall, Samuel Roberts, Charles Staek and Ethel Staek, of Applegate. Colfax students included Sharon Allen, Gary Benjestorf, Suzanne Burt, Judy Doolin, Marie Garcia, Rafaela Garcia, Donald Greaves, Robert Jensen, Galen Klokkevold, Vivian Lee, James McClanahan, Roger Moore, Sharon Moyer, Karla Nixon, William Prior, Louie Shafer and Stephen Wroblewski. Also attending were Ellen O’Neill and Alfred Tritten, of Weimar; and James Baldwin, Genevieve Hagaman, Virginia Hagaman, William Knox and Mike Lemich, of Chicago Park. 75 YEARS AGO Oct. 30, 1936 – The Colfax Record and the Harry M. Callender Radio Service will give the latest (national) election returns next Tuesday, beginning in the late afternoon. Cooperating with Keleher and Horan of the Pastime Club, a large loud speaker will be installed in front of the club, bringing the latest radio reports on the election. City and county returns will also be given. Hamilton Peers, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Peers, returned home last Friday after spending the summer in Buffalo, New York. J.C. Penney Co., located on Mill Street in Grass Valley, advertised “Sanforized” cotton frocks for $1.98 each.