Wednesday Sep 12 2012
Quonsets were a popular stopping off place
Colfax Chronices - From the files of the Colfax Record
10 YEARS AGO Sept. 12, 2002 – An eastbound Union Pacific Railroad derailed as it approached Cape Horn just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The train included 72 cars and 21 left the track. No injuries were reported and none of the 21 cars carried hazardous materials. Destined for North Platte, Neb., the derailed train originated in Roseville. The derailment was 100 yards west of a similar accident at 2:30 p.m. May 12, also a Sunday. It was believed that it was a coincidence that the two derailments were at about the same spot. Jim Payne is the new owner of the Colfax Hotel. A Southern California couple has been in Colfax looking at the old Quonset huts on Highway 174. It is believed the couple is looking into a way to save some or all of the vintage old motor lodges. Years of decay have made the buildings uninhabitable they may have to be torn down. The foundations and chimneys still remain. The motor lodge was one of the first in the country, offering modern rooms and fireplaces. The Quonset huts were a popular stopping off place for people crossing the Sierra along Highway 40 before Interstate 80 was built. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Engine No. 8 made its final run between Grass Valley and Colfax in 1942. 20 YEARS AGO Sept. 16, 1992 – Members of the Colfax Garden Club put the new garbage receptacle they purchased for the city to use. The receptacle is in place at the downtown gazebo park, which has been informally adopted by the Garden Club. Former employees of the Weimar Medical Center will hold their 18th annual reunion from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Sierra Nevada Grange Hall in Colfax. 50 YEARS AGO Sept. 13, 1962 – Colfax High School enrollment increased during the past week from 209 to 307 students, according to Principal Kenneth Sahl. The freshman class now has 104 registered, the sophomores 79, juniors 70 and seniors 54. Colfax Elementary School also registered more pupils this week. Nine more entered school, making a total of 325. Following is the enrollment in each class: kindergarten, 38; lst grade, 36; 2nd, 33; 3rd, 41; 4th, 41; 5th, 38; 6th, 30; 7th, 30; 8th, 38. The road which the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce was backing for the wilds of the Middle Fork of the American River project of the Placer County Water Agency will not be built. Foresthill residents were also in favor of the connecting road fro Hell Hole to Ralston with Mosquito Ridge road. The road would be from Cisco to French Meadows. Colfax Mayor H.R. Kauffman proclaimed Sundays, Sept. 23, Nov. 4 and Dec. 16 as “Sabin Oral Sundays.” Immunization were being offered to all individuals and families with the hope of eradicating the disease which has produced untold suffering and undue hardship to its victims, their families and friends. The Sunday, Sept. 23, Sabin oral polio clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Colfax Veterans Memorial Auditorium. This clinic will cover the eastern part of Placer County from Emigrant Gap to Applegate. All persons in this area are invited to attend. A clinic will be held for the Meadow Vista area at Placer Hills School. Eden Valley 4-Hers entering their stock at the 20th District Fair at Auburn this year include Cheryl Bissonnette, Betty Norton, Paulette Norton, Charles Lloyd, Jim Bissonnette, Diane Norman, Diane David, John David, Charles Strong, Larry Powell, Mike Tricker, Tom Harrington, Evie Hulbert. A lot of hard work has gone into care, feeding and grooming of the animals. The fair opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, and continues through Sunday. Admission is 50 cents for adults and free for children under 16. Paul Virga has received word that his son, Larry S. Virga, who is stationed in Germany, that on July 23 was married to a German girl. Larry and his bride, Margot, spent their honeymoon in Austria. The Colfax Fireball 1962 softball championship team included Ralph Shafer, Robert “Bud” Barnes, Tony Purcell, Joe Bravo, Myron Shaffer, Bob Sinnock, Ed Fontana, Louis Shaffer, Dick Wayland, Kenneth Barnes, Harold Harris, Ricky Thompson, Octavio Bravo, Tom Kipp, Don Mours and longtime supporter Ted Sinnock.