Odd Fellows, Rebekahs celebrate 100-year-plus anniversaries

By: From the pages of the Colfax Record
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April 3, 2003 – Construction of the new gymnasium at Colfax High School included a large crane to help lift beams into place last week. The crane was brought into town on four separate trucks and required assembly at the school construction site.

Having just signed on as the new executive director of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, Brad Childs brings extensive experience in the areas of team building, eco-tourism, outdoor recreation and nonprofit management with him to the job.

Colfax Chase Osmond, a fifth-grader, was among top youth gymnasts in the state who recently participated in the elite state level competition that was held at the Redwood Empire Academy in Petaluma. Chase was among state meet participants after qualifying with a fourth place at the Northern California Zone Championships earlier in the season. Chase, 11, is a member of the Stellar Gymnastic Academy. His sister Casey 13, is also a gymnast and will be competing in the fall. The athletes’ parents are Fred and Lori Osmond of Colfax.



April 7, 1993 – Summer school will not be held at Colfax Elementary School, trustees decided last week. The school board voted not to hold summer school due to uncertainty regarding the transportation from the current site to the new campus under construction. While some classrooms may be finished, District Superintendent Alan Shuttleworth said the board did not want to make a move until everything is done.

Colfax Odd Fellows No. 132 and Manzanita Rebekah Lodge No. 182 held a joint Homecoming at the Odd Fellows Temple in Colfax. Last year, the Odd Fellows Lodge celebrated its 125th anniversary and Manzanita Rebekah Lodge held special ceremonies celebrating its 100th anniversary. A special presentation of a Past Grand’s jewel was made to Carol Rolufs by Edwin Young. Rolufs’ wife, Erma, pinned on the jewel.

Congratulations to this week’s Warrior Pride award winners. These students were recently recognized for their contributions to Weimar Hills School: Greg Zito, Johanna Ingman, James Mirabal, Matt Toro, Kevin McElhannon, Adam Dondro, Marla Reinig, Erica Sanchez, Casey Tatum, Lisa Johnson, John Rose, Jackie Denzler, Jamie Gibson, Misti Tucker, Laura Dossa, Kevin Brock, Lacey Luther, Aaron Perkins, Kim Gates, Beckie Rawlins, Nathan Brock, Kathy Sorenson, Jen Bacal, Emily Allen, Kyle Ray, Brougham Richey, Leah Harper, Anastacio Garcia, Ashleye Hylton, Brian Dahl, Josh Haynes, Jesse Dickinson, Landon Donley, Karlyn Bates, Jerica Moore, David Sipes, Nick Clark, Mindy Willet, Sarah Ingram, Amy Frizzle, Bethany Stryker, Kenny Root and Arthur Benedetti.



April 4, 1963 – Iowa Hill residents are happy these days now that their bridge has been completed. The bridge was damaged in the storm early in February and its closure has necessitated visitors and residents of Iowa Hill to make the trip to and from the old mining town by way of Shirttail Canyon.

The repair and restoration of state highways and bridges in Northern California damaged by severe storms of early 1963 will cost an estimated $4,051,000, including $465,000 for U.S. Highway 40 in Placer County.

Floyd and Thelma Murphy of the Emerald Egg Farm have added a nursery at their farm on Old Grass valley Road in North Colfax. They plan to stock all the most popular bedding plants, trees and ornamentals as well as garden supplies.

Dutch Flat News – The “Gold Rush Special” passengers from the Southern Pacific train in Colfax and ushered by the California-Nevada Railroad Historical Society in buses passed through Dutch Flat late Sunday afternoon. If the excursionists didn’t see much else, they saw a rip-snorting snowstorm with March moving out like a lion. There was supposed to be 10 buses but only five were counted and they didn’t tarry long, which was a disappointment for the passengers and Dutch Flat. For it was here that Theodore D. Judah and Dr. D.W. Strong subscribed the first money to build the Central Pacific Railroad. And these words are litany to a railroad historical society.

Margaret Roy was n Oakland last week to see her husband, who came in with his ship, and stayed with her sister, Mrs. Elsie Long, at El Sobrante. She brought back her aunt and Mrs. Flaxel’s sister, Susan Jones, of Lodi, for a stay with Mrs. Flaxel. Margaret did not stay long here because it was snowing and she did not have any tire chains. An old Dutch Flater without tire chains!