Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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\10 YEARS AGO Dec. 13, 1991 – An estimated 1,000 people gathered in downtown Colfax Friday night to kick off the Christmas holidays and the Santa Claus Light Parade which marched down Main Street. David Gard, owner of Sierra Chevrolet, will serve as mayor Colfax for the next year. This year’s 13 parade entrants were a vast improvement over the three entrants who kicked off the tradition just three years ago. Greg Westphalen, co-owner of Buzz Thru Joe’s that opened nine months ago, was surprised to hear the news that his drive-through café won the “Business of the Year Award” from the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 11, 1991 – A 27-acre annexation was approved by the Colfax City Council, making it the first inclusion into the city approved in over a decade. A final decision on whether the property off South Canyon Way will be added to the city limits rests with the Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission. In discussing the proposed annexation, requested by David Dwelle, the capacity of the city’s sewage treatment system seemed to be the major concern. Members of the Colfax American Legion and Colfax Veterans of Foreign Wars marked the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor prior to opening of the Tiny Tim Faire Saturday. Ashely Chaloux, Jenny Thomas and Alyson Chaloux sold homemade goods at the annual Colfax Tiny Tim Faire. Despite an early-morning rain shower, organizers of the event said it was a success with nearly 30 booths lining Main Street. A bug has been discovered in the high-tech solar powered electrical system at Iowa Hill School. The solar-powered school was opened two years ago in the isolated mountain community of Iowa Hill, which has no electrical service in Iowa Hill. The school – which operated on 12-volt, 24-volt and 110 volt systems, serves about a dozen students in all grades at the one-room schoolhouse. According to Colfax Elementary School District Maintenance Director Dennis Longnecker, the storage batteries have become damaged due to improper wiring. 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 14, 1961 – Congressman Harold T. “Bizz” Johnson was in Colfax Monday for a tour of the Colfax Fruit Growers Association property with James Norton, president of the board of directors, and Joe Cortopassi, local fruit grower. Monday night at a meeting of the Colfax Lions Club, President James E. Norton of the Colfax Fruit Growers Association, gave members an inside look at the present dissolution proceeding of the association. In his talk, Mr. Norton stated the reasons for the action of dissolving the corporation and pointed out that prior to 1959 the association had good years and had handled on a three-year average approximately 6,800 tons of pears through its packing shed. In 1959, Mr. Norton reiterated, that blight and hail knocked the 6,800 average to where the association handled only 1,800 tons. In 1960 the pear crop looked good at the beginning of the season and first signs of the crop showed a clean crop, although cuttings the previous year of blight trees had produced only 1,400 tons. This year continued blight and hail put the damper on the pears, with the association handling but 680 tons. Mr. Norton cited an example of one farmer this area whose trees had been yielding 17 to 20 tons per acre. This farmer’s total crop of pears this year was only 14 boxes. In past years’ peak seasons, 250 people had been employed in the work of packing the crop. Friday night, Dec. 15, marks the opening of the new Pioneer League basketball play for the Colfax High School Falcons as they host Live Oak. The new league involves seven schools and takes the place of the now-defunct Skyline Conference. The schools in the new league are Colfax, Del Oro, Lincoln, Wheatland, Live Oak, Sutter and Colusa. Mrs. Eloise Wittich, of Colfax, and Mrs. Marilyn Prince, of Alta, where selected for the 1962 Placer County Grand Jury. A few flakes of snow fell in Colfax Sunday and the temperatures went down. The lowest temperature recorded at the Southern Pacific depot over the weekend was 24 degrees.