This Week in Sacramento History: Sept. 18-24

Sept. 18, 1918: The Sacramento Chamber of Commerce is ready for a night of entertainment tomorrow at the Clunie Theater. On the program are two vaudeville acts, music and lectures by Chamber Secretary Harry S. Maddox and former newspaperman Edward F. Trefz, who will speak on his war front experiences.

Quote: "You ask if there is any profiteering. I say yes ... but the great majority of those engaged in the handling of staple foodstuffs are transacting business at a reasonable profit." -- Ralph P. Merritt of the Federal Food Administration, reporting that California is producing more food for the Allies than any other state

Sept. 19, 1934: Scattered timber fires are burning in three California counties. State forestry officials hope rising humidity will aid suppression. Nine fires in Humboldt and Del Norte continue to menace the redwood belt. Another fire breaks out today six miles from Nevada City. A second Nevada County blaze is burning grass and brush near Wolf Creek.

Quote: "We have an airtight case against the 18 defendants. The presence of nationally known attorneys or anything which they may do in the case will not alter the facts." -- Chris Johnson, chief deputy district attorney, saying he's not concerned that Clarence Darrow might join the defense of the "Communist" labor unionists accused of criminal syndicalism

Sept. 20, 1994: Citizens Utilities, the phone company serving Elk Grove and Laguna, seeks to charge for what traditionally have been toll-free calls to Sacramento. The company says the change is needed because Pacific Bell will soon begin charging Citizens for calls that terminate in the latter's service area.

Quote: "Were I to go live in their country, I would assimilate into their culture, I would abide by their laws and I would have no expectation that they owe me anything. These people do not come to assimilate or contribute to our society." -- Barbara Coe, an activist opposed to providing public benefits to undocumented immigrants

Sept. 21, 1903: Yesterday's benefit baseball game in Oak Park earned at least $600 for the Sacramento Foundlings Home. Many local individuals and groups contributed to the success of the event, which was organized by the Sacramento and Stockton Young Men's Councils. The Stockton team and some 200 fans were treated to two banquets and a parade. Stockton outplayed Sacramento 16-7.

Quote: "The best land on the face of the earth is embraced within the Sacramento Valley. In 10 years it should dominate the industry of growing citrus and semi-tropical fruits in this state, if they will cut up the land and irrigate it." -- Gov. George Pardee, just returned from National Irrigation Congress in Utah

Sept. 22, 1967: A low-pressure system hovering over central California produced wind and thundershowers over some areas yesterday. Winds up to 30 mph caused power outages in the Sacramento area. Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews answered about 100 calls concerning downed trees.

Quote: "Like many others who have someone in the services, I am anxious for the Vietnam situation to end, but only if we gain our minimum objectives. We either stop the Red aggression there or do it the harder way later." -- James W. Hayward, in a letter to the editor

Sept. 23, 1943: Sacramento passes the halfway mark in its quota for the Third War Loan Drive. As of yesterday, local citizens have purchased more than $9 million in war bonds. The latest report for Northern California shows sales of $214 million. The goal is $424 million. Officials say most sales have been to businesses rather than individuals.

Quote: "We are dealing with a dangerous enemy, who knows more than one way to skin a cat. I think the days of fifth column activities and sabotage are still in front of us. I have no doubt when the day comes, if it comes, that you of the fire service will be ready to meet the emergency in any way." -- Gov. Earl Warren, speaking to the California State Firemen's Association

Sept. 24, 1862: The Board of Levee Commissioners will meet tonight. It is expected to hear a report on what ranchers south of the Sutter County line will do regarding extension of the levee. The president will report on a meeting with the Valley Railroad Co. regarding cost of transporting gravel for Front Street repairs.

Quote: "The President has made an important proclamation -- the most important, perhaps of the war, both as regards the present and the future. He held it back long ... and would not have made it now but that he is convinced of its necessity." -- Bee editorial, on Abraham Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves