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This Week in Sacramento History Nov. 19-25

From the pages of The Bee

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Published Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011


Nov. 19, 1958: The California Water Resources Department concludes that the Oroville Dam -- a key part of the $1.6 billion Feather River Project -- will be an earth and gravel fill structure instead of concrete, as previously planned. Rising 725 feet above the streambed, it will be the highest earth dam in the United States. Officials say the design will save about 20 percent.

Quote: "West Berlin has been well described as a lighthouse of freedom surrounded by a Communist sea. To let its light be extinguished would be a tragedy not only for its people but for the whole world." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 20, 1934: The Sacramento economy will get a lift as 9,000 checks, totaling some $1.5 million, are distributed to depositors of the defunct California National Bank. The checks represent the third dividend paid out by the bank in liquidation, bringing the total return to depositors to 70 percent.

Quote: "When war breaks out in Europe, and it is certain to happen, the only way to keep out of it is to keep out of international entanglements." -- Gipsy Pat Smith, lecturer and evangelist, speaking in Sacramento on the need for the United States to maintain neutrality in the face of a militarized Europe

Nov. 21, 1919: The Medical and Dental Bureau of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce endorses construction of a new $400,000 Sisters' Hospital at 40th and J streets. Members also discussed the controversial idea of opening a drug clinic to distribute opiates to local addicts.

Quote: "There is nothing in Europe equal to our Yosemite Valley or our Sierra Valley as a whole, not to mention our Big Trees, redwood forests, marvelous lakes, thousand miles of coast line and innumerable other attractions." -- Bee editorial, calling for a marketing effort to bring tourists to the state who would otherwise visit the scenic areas of Switzerland

Nov. 22, 1979: Labor unions say Libby, McNeill & Libby will close its downtown cannery March 1. Company officials have yet to confirm the report, but according to sources at the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Libby recently complained about sewer problems at the facility.

Quote: "Personally I think everyone should be responsible for their pets. If you are going to live in close quarters in a small community, you have to keep your pets under control." -- Ron Stein, Lodi city attorney, defending a new leash law that applies to both cats and dogs

Nov. 23, 1964: Sacramento County Welfare Director John P. Corey reports that his department's spending will exceed its budget by about $1.61 million if the trend continues through the current fiscal year. Corey tells the Board of Supervisors that since the bulk of his funds comes from state and federal sources, he estimates that the county's share of the deficit will be $362,825. The largest part of the expected deficit for 1964-65 is in medical aid to the aged.

Quote: "The oldest lesson in politics is never to alienate unnecessarily any segment of the vote. United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater's colossal loss in the November election again proved this political fact." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 24, 1942: O.G. Quinn, president of the Sacramento Grocers Association, reports that despite some wartime shortages, there should be plenty to eat this Thanksgiving. Ham is scarce, but turkey is plentiful. There are lots of vegetables, but they are priced higher than last year. Butter is being rationed, so housewives are advised to use it sparingly and try substitutes for the holiday.

Quote: "The cold on the Russian front may cause acute suffering to the German soldiers, but not nearly to the degree that a continued successful Russian offensive will inflict pain on the egomania of Herr Schickelgruber [Adolf Hitler]." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 25, 1985: More than 2 inches of rain fell on Sacramento yesterday, breaking a 100-year-old rainfall record of 1.93 inches. Sacramento County maintenance crews rushed to intersections and residential streets that flooded in the downpour. The chilly rain also prompted another climate record: a low maximum temperature of 44 degrees. The old record was set in 1972, when the mercury dipped to 47 degrees on the same date.

Quote: "We were so under-hoteled for a long time. Now we're close to what's needed." -- Herb Foster, commercial real estate agent, commenting on Sacramento's hotel building boom

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