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Weimar Grange Hall was destroyed by fire

COLFAX CHRONICLES
By: From the pages of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO

May 8, 2003 – Heidi and Neil Smith’s house just got a whole lot noisier. Eight weeks ago the Colfax couple became parents of triplets, Wyatt, Weston and Sophie. “I was about two months pregnant when we learned we were having triplets, Heidi Smith said. “Everyone was in shock when we broke the news. People kept saying, ‘Are you kidding?’ and I would say, “Does it look like I’m joking?’ … We feel incredibly lucky and fortunate.”

The Northern California Volleyball Association’s spring season has been a rewarding one for the Cub Colfax 18s – made up exclusively of Colfax High players – who have captured four straight tournaments and are currently rated No. 1 in the most recent NCVA 18 and under area standings. Squad members are Karen Denzler, Sophia Ellis, Sarah Lampley, Kaci Claxton, Ashley Manning, Kelsey Killian and Crystal Witz. Vicky Satterlee is the coach.

Colfax created a May Day Extravaganza on May 1, 1976. Now known as Colfax Spring Festival 2003, it will be celebrated Saturday, May 10. July like the first event, the community turned out to celebrate its history, sense of community and patriotism. The Spring Festival name took hold in 1978 when May Day no longer fell on a Saturday.

20 YEARS AGO

May 12, 1993 – Two Colfax High School teachers were honored as “Teachers who Make a Difference” at a reception hosted by the Placer County Chapter of the Association of California School Administrators. Catherine Hunter and Todd Wilkinson were honored at the April 22 reception. Hunter, business education and computer studies instructor at Colfax High, was honored for her extensive involvement at the school. Wilkinson, band and choir instructor, was recognized for his commitment to a quality music program at Colfax High.

Colfax Elementary School students named to the principal’s list included eighth-graders Joel Coburn, Ajay Martin, Katie Coverston, Jenny Mosell, Rebecca Chastain, Aurelia Aguilar, Cari Finney, Nedra Rauschenberg, Jaclyn Slay, Katie Hunter, Brooke Elizarraraz, Jed Rinne, Stephanie Turcott, Amy Newton, April Gordon, Gabe Maloney, Cheryl Hammock, Holland Wardwell, Heather Adams, Alisa Cook, Jed O’Rourke, Melissa Enoch, Frank Visker and Heather Richey. Named to the Iowa Hill honor roll for March are Becky Dowling, Jennifer Hodges and Cody Dowling.

50 YEARS AGO

May 9, 1963 – Fire destroyed the Grange Hall at Weimar and caused considerable damage to a small house occupied by Edward Root last Saturday. The fire is reported to have started on the outside of the Grange Hall. Due to cars parking along the freeway to watch the fire, the California Division of Forestry fire truck was slowed up in making the trip to the fire. The building is reported to have been built in the early 1860s of lumber donated by he Towle Brothers Mill at Towle, east of Alta. The property on which the hall was located is said to have been donated by a Weimar resident and it was stipulated in the lease that the property be used at all times for the good of the community. Placer Foothill Grange had recently improved the kitchen and purchased card tables and folding chairs.

The Soroptimist Club of Colfax held its annual business meeting last Thursday for the election of officers. Marguerite Staller was elected president for 1963-64. Others officers who will be installed June 8 at the Veterans building are Beth Quinn, Rita Marson, Claire Miles, Betty Velican, Lillian Pitz, Celestine Klokkevold and Velda Parsons.

Wallace Dill, a former Colfax resident, is now a partner in the Pastime Club with Jack Horan. Dill, who has been operating a business in Chester, was manager of the Donner Club bar and restaurant in the building now occupied by the Pioneer Propane Company.

Jerry Allen Miller, 29, of Grass Valley came to town Tuesday evening to buy a motorcycle from J.C. Walker of Colfax. Miller was questioned if he knew how to drive a motorcycle and replied that he had raced motorcycles. He took off from the Walker yard, the last place on the west side of Main Street, crossed the street hitting the guard rail and practically flew 50 feet in the air into the Standard Oil truck garage door. Miller was taken by Quinn’s Ambulance Service to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. Chief of Police W.J. Daniels reported Miller had a severe cut on his head but had not learned as of Wednesday morning what other injuries Miller sustained.