Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Nov. 29, 2001 – With a major winter storm passing through Colfax over the Thanksgiving weekend, weather forecasters predicted another storm late this week. Snow was reported above 4,500 feet, near Nyack. Rain totals in Colfax, included 1.05 inches of rain on Wednesday, 1.36 on Thursday, and 1.56 Saturday. It brought the season total to 8.50 inches, slightly more than a year ago at this time. The Nov. 27 Colfax City Council meeting was canceled. The next meeting has been set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. It is expected that the city council will elect a new mayor. A year ago the voters of Colfax approved a change in the mayor election process. Up to that point voters elected the mayor for a two-year term and four council members. That was changed to electing five equal council members with the council then selecting the mayor from the council for a one-year term. This method is used in other Placer County municipalities. Colfax Elementary School District Superintendent of Schools Alan Shuttleworth was honored as Citizen of the Year Wednesday night at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce 2000-01 Awards Dinner held at Giovanni’s Restaurant. Other awards were presented to Buzz-thru-Joe’s as Business of the Year; Dr. Zedner was named Business Person of the Year; and MBI Ready Mix was selected as Volunteer of the Year. Special awards went to the California Department of Forestry and the Colfax Fire Department and area firefighters and community safety officers for community safety service; the Colfax Theater for hosting the Mickey Rooney Show; and Bob Thompson for scoring “Hail Mr. Colfax.” 20 YEARS AGO Nov. 27, 1991 – Like a good detective novel, the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce has been trying to track down some elusive origins and is now near its long sought-after goal. The mystery is – Where did the historic Pullman railroad car come from before Heart Federal brought it to Colfax? Local railroad buff and historian Bill Fisher said the car came from AT&SF, or Santa Fair Railroad, which sold it to the Apache Railroad in Arizona as a tourist train. The last man to pull the historic Pallman before it was sold to Heart Federal was W.R. “Bob” Echols of McNary, Ariz., where the White Mountain Scenic Railroad was. Echols said the car made its last trip in Arizona on July 25, 1976 when it was pulled to a siding in Pinetop, Ariz. and parked until Heart Federal moved it to Colfax two years ago. It had been painted red, white and blue, not as part of the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train, but as part of a tourist train operated by the Apache Indian Tribe in Snowflake, Ariz. The Colfax High School junior varsity football team posted a school record-setting record of 9-1 this past season and shared the Golden Empire League championship with Center High School. Team members included Beau Strika, Sam Luppens, Ryan Mace, Kevin McCoy, Casey Reynolds, Jack Hickey, Mike Karsikas, Matt Lorang, Richie Youmans, Zach Holm, Matt Kreeger, Isaiah Blackmun, Micha Davison, Daniel Branton, Carl Swartz, Dan Walsh, Ryan McDonald, Paul Ricketts, Zak Gulling, Brian Rohl, Josh Cornell and Bob Knapp. Coaches were Mark Ferreira, Tony Martello, Bill Bean and Eric Harmon. Photographer and Colfax area native Jeff Farrell returned to his home turf this past summer and converted an old warehouse into a national level photographic illustration studio – Firehouse Alley Productions. Prior to his move to Colfax, Farrell and his wife, Carolyn, operated a large studio in Reno. Farrell immediately became active in the Colfax community after returning home, applying for and being appointed to the Colfax City Council. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 30, 1916 – The Iowa Hill school district is now included in the Colfax school district since the board of supervisors approved the change of the boundaries. The Iowa Hill district has been a part of the Foresthill school district for several years. When the school was closed this fall due to only three pupils in attendance, the residents of Iowa Hill petitioned the supervisors to change the boundaries. The three pupils are being transported to the Colfax Elementary School at a cost of $5 per day. The road from Iowa Hill to Foresthill is almost impassable during the winter months. Work is now under way on a new telephone equipment building in Dutch Flat on the north side of Stockton Street. The building will house automatic dial switching equipment to serve Pacific Telephone customers in the Alta exchange north of Monte Vista. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 4, 1936 – The Foote Electric Company of Grass Valley has opened a branch store in the Lobner building on Main Street with Ben Dressen in charge. The new electric company occupies the store formerly occupied by H.O. Grenier, the jeweler. Delicious pastries, cakes, hot bread, doughnuts and birthday and wedding cakes were offered on one-day’s notice by the Colfax Bakery and Grocery, run by A. Fontana and located at the corner of Grass Valley and Main streets.