This Week in Sacramento History: Oct. 2-8

Oct. 2, 1962: A contract dispute prompts 8,500 International Association of Machinists members to walk off their jobs at Aerojet General Corp. despite a plea for a delay by U.S. Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz. There is speculation that President Kennedy will invoke the Taft-Hartley law to force the machinists back to work.

Quote: "I think California needs new leadership. We can't afford four more years of the cost of government imposed by Governor (Edmund G. 'Pat') Brown." -- Gubernatorial candidate Richard Nixon, accusing the Brown administration of allowing crime and taxes to rise while doing too little to attract new businesses to the state

Oct. 3, 1925: Public officials and citizens interested in water issues form the Flood Control Association of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Systems. The membership will consist of cities and towns, as well as reclamation, irrigation, drainage and levee districts. One of the association's first goals is to lobby the federal government to approve and help fund the revised flood control project for the Central Valley.

Quote: "For he is more than a scientist, he is an artist in plants and flowers." -- Roy V. Bailey, Bee editorial writer, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Luther Burbank's arrival in Santa Rosa, where he did much of his pioneering work in botany, horticulture and agriculture

Oct. 4, 1983: As many as one-third of people receiving parking tickets in Sacramento don't pay their fines -- and many of these violators get away with it, said city management analyst Linda Tretheway. The city may have lost an estimated $250,000 in unpaid fines in fiscal 1982-83. Now with an improved computer system, the city may start towing cars of chronic cheaters, she said.

Quote: "You give up all the modern conveniences. Hot showers you miss the most. There's just no substitute." -- John Stiles, rolling through eastern Sacramento County, as he and his wife travel by historic donkey-pulled wagon train from Arkansas to Oregon

Oct. 5, 1969: Yesterday, about 40,000 people jammed the banks of Lake Amador to sunbathe, drink wine, smoke marijuana and listen to an all-star roster of musicians at the Gold Rush Rock Music Festival. Since the crowd was peaceful, Amador County sheriff's deputies chose to ignore the drug use and skinny-dipping. The entertainment included Ike and Tina Turner, Santana, Bo Didley, Sons of Champlin and Taj Mahal.

Quote: "[President] Nixon has called for national unity behind the war. Upon becoming Republican minority leader, U.S. Sen. Hugh Scott asked for a 60-day moratorium on criticism of Nixon's policy on Vietnam. This is almost like asking that the right of free speech be abrogated." -- Bee editorial

Oct. 6, 1930: Sacramentans respond with a vengeance to the city's offer to pick up rubbish during the clean-up campaign. William J. McQuillen, head of the garbage department, says some are even leaving old cars. McQuillen said the sheer quantity makes it impossible for the city to separate out items for salvage.

Quote: "Should married women be encouraged in working outside the home on salaries? That depends. If there were plenty of work to go around, no harm would be done. But ... when one family takes two positions while another family cannot get one, the practice is a bad thing for ... the citizenry in general."-- Bee Editor C.K. McClatchy

Oct. 7, 1915: The City Commission receives bids for construction of a connecting sewer line through the Blauth property in the south part of Sacramento. This unit, costing about $60,000, will link all the new bond sewers with the new storm water discharge sump further down river. Completion will permit drainage of the annexed district.

Quote: "This city should also have what are called 'comfort-stations,' such as numerous Eastern cities have for a long time provided for the public ... . Places of this sort are more than mere conveniences -- they are absolutely needful in any city. The lack of them is a reproach." -- Bee editorial, calling for public toilets to be built in Sacramento

Oct. 8, 1952: Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican nominee for President, visits Sacramento as part of a campaign swing through the state. His 18-car special train is met at the Southern Pacific Station by some 15,000 to 17,000 well-wishers and the Grant Union High School Band.

Quote: "We must keep the long nose of government out of private business. We must earnestly and continuously combat the theory that the only ability in the United States is to be found among bureaucrats sitting behind desks in Washington." -- Dwight Eisenhower, calling for limits on the power of the federal government