Storm in 1963 washed out part of Iowa Hill bridge

By: From the files of the Colfax Record
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Feb. 6, 2003 – Storm brings traffic to a halt and eight were injured in multiple crashes. The series of accidents Saturday afternoon along Interstate 80 stretched the capacity of area emergency services personnel. When it was over, several California Highway Patrol cars, three air ambulances, five ground ambulances, and fire engines from CDF Colfax and the Colfax, Alta and Dutch Flat Fire departments were all involved in the rescue. The most serious crash shut down westbound I-80 for over an hour and rescue professionals worked to free a number of people trapped in a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. Traffic was held at the fruit checkpoint on westbound I-80 at Truckee while emergency vehicles traveled eat in the westbound lane to get to the overturned vehicle.

Former Colfax High School student and athlete Daniel Massick spent last Christmas Eve in the Vatican in Rome. The recently ordained Father Daniel was able to have an audience with Pope John Paul II, along with a group of other recently ordained Catholic priests. Massick became an ordained priest in Rome on Dec. 4. Massick’s father, George, was a Colfax High football coach for 10 years and is now a teacher.

The Meadow Vista Lions Club held its annual Crab Feed Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Over 600 people attended the event.


Feb. 10, 1993 – Colfax Elementary trustees admit they were overly optimistic in planning to move into the new school in February. While not give any target date for the move, they are hoping the site will be ready for students by the spring break in mid-April. Colfax Elementary is currently in arbitration with RJ Construction over the new school, which was to be completed in mid-September. Both sides are seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the other, either for changes in places or for delays in construction.

Honored as students of the month for November were Jennifer Belding and Steve Calhoun, and Jamieson Trotter was honored for December by Soroptimist International of Colfax.

Jim Les of the Sacramento Kings will be the guest speaker at the Colfax High Baseball Breakfast that is scheduled to be held Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Colfax Fire House. Les, who finished second in the NBA’s Three-point Shootout last season at the All-Star Game, will be on hand to sign autographs and also compete in a shootout against local three-point aces.

Colfax High Lady Falcon Kelli Kuelper led the way for the team’s 93-33 win over Folsom last Thursday evening. It was also Kuelper’s 100th career varsity win over 3 ½ years on the team.


Feb. 7, 1963 – Colfax Postmaster Ron Fawcett and Iowa Hill mail carrier Ellard Schwab surveyed damage to the Iowa Hill bridge, where the earth fill washed away and the board approach dropped to the river bed during heavy rains which ended last Friday. The bridge’s west approach went out with the rising American River. Mail from Iowa Hill is now being received in Colfax and Fawcett is driving to the bridge every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday where Schwab and Fawcett exchange the mail via rope and ladder.

Highway 40 will be open for all traffic today, Thursday, after being closed for a week by the recent storm. The westbound lanes of the four-lane freeway will be used in the area of the Whitmore Station where several slides have occurred. The westbound lanes will be used for all traffic from 1 ½ miles east of Baxter to Emigrant Gap, which is a six-mile stretch.

Father Cornelius O’Connor, who was priest at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church from 1938 to 1945, has been appointed to the All Hallows Catholic Church in Sacramento. From here, Father O’Connor was transferred to Arcata and in 1958 went to the church in Chico.

The Colfax Seventh-Day Adventist Church has a new pastor, C.G. Rasmussen, who arrived recently from New Jersey. He and his family are living in Meadow Vista, where he is also pastor for the Meadow Vista S.D.A. Church.

The liquor license at Canyon Inn is being transferred, according to a notice of intention to engage in the sale of alcoholic beverages in this issue of the Colfax Record. Johnny Caruso, former owner of the place, is coming back Feb. 11 to operate the restaurant and bar.