Hartske helped bring Amtrak to Colfax

By: From the pages of the Colfax Record
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March 27, 2003 – Colfax High School Varsity Cheer Squad members placed first n the Small Pom Pom Division at the Northern California Spirit Championship hosted March 2 at California State University, Hayward. With 68 schools attending, Colfax came out on top over 13 other squads in their division. Participating in the championship effort were Desarie Huber, Whitney Carrion, Ashley Bowers, Marilyse Ryan, Danae Burrows, Jenna Leech, Katie Barbier and Cortney Wilcox.

Former Colfax High grid standout Forrest Vance will be one of the captains for the UC Davis Aggies football team next season. Vance, a 1999 CHS graduate, was selected to several Div. II All-American teams for his fine play at offensive tackle last season.

Winners of the Colfax Garden Club Arbor Day essay contest planted a tree near the Colfax Chamber of Commerce railcar. They included Ryan Peters, Clay Killebrew, Drew Diederick, Lassen Jones, Carisa Betker and Katie Carrillo.


March 31, 1993 – Ben Hartske, the late Colfax City Councilman who helped bring Amtrak to Colfax, was honored Saturday by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce. Present for the ceremonies were his widow, Katie Hartske, and daughters, Gina and Stephanie Hartske. Hartske served on the city council from 1974 through 1977. During that time, he made it his personal goal to bring the Amtrak stop back to Colfax after it was dropped. Hartske contacted people in Nevada County, obtained signatures on petitions, had boards of supervisors pass resolutions, and made numerous trip[s to San Francisco to meet with Amtrak and Southern Pacific officials. Finally, in 1977, Hartske was able to report he had convinced Amtrak to Colfax.

Water cascading over the spillway at Rollins Lake makes a spectacular and rare sight for those who want to make the hike up from Highway 174. Near-record rain and snowfall this year have filled local reservoirs to the brim and promise to keep water users and anglers happy.

Colfax precipitation to date stood at 49.41 inches as of March 29. Last year’s total was 28.81.

The Weimar Hills girls 6th grade team, coached by Bob Hydinger and Bill Bolton, posted a 9-1 record and captured the Auburn Recreation District’s league. Team members are Emily Lund, Sara Siqueiros, Lisa Jeffers, Sierra Fisk, Tiffany Gillespe, Emily McKenzie, Lauren Wilson, Shannon Gallagher-Bolton and Kara Hydinger.

Former Colfax High girls basketball standout Heather Baker completed her collegiate career at Sacramento State earlier this mont. Baker, who started 11 games for the Lady Hornets this season, averaged 4.0 points a game for the Sacramento cagers who finished 17-10. Bake, 1989 CHS grad, also finished second on the team in assists with 83. In her four-year career at Sacramento, the Meadow Vista resident played in 107 games for the Lady Hornets and scored 474 points.


March 28, 1963 – A “Gold Rush Special” Southern Pacific passenger train will arrive in Colfax Sunday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m. carrying 350-400 passengers on an excursion of the California-Nevada Railroad Historical Society. The special train will leave Oakland at 8:40 a.m., making stops in Oakland, Sacramento and Roseville before arriving at their Colfax destination. The special will lay over Colfax and make the switch here. Upon arriving in Colfax the group will board buses that will take them on a trip through Gold Run, Dutch Flat, and to Nevada City via Highway 20.

During a construction project t Caruso’s this past week, Russ Ellsworth unearthed some “priceless” items though to date back to Gold Rush days. While bulldozing at the rear of Caruso’s building, enlarging a parking area, he brought to the surface an old saw, scythe, old bottles, dishes and glassware. Caruso’s is in the area of the historic trading post and first settlement of the Colfax area, Illinoistown, which operated in the 1850s.

Maurice “Moose” Vermon, who completed his basic training in the Air Force in Colorado, is now at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Vermon. He will leave April 17 for a hitch in Germany.