This Week in Sacramento History: Oct. 9-Oct. 15

Oct. 9, 1993: Theodore Hullar resigns as chancellor of the University of California, Davis, to focus on his work on economic development at UC headquarters in Oakland. Hullar will continue there until March, when he will take a year's leave of absence. Afterward he will return to UC Davis as a professor.

Quote: "All the 'noise' about clean air becomes senseless babble as long as agricultural burning is allowed. Higher prices for gasoline and diesel, stricter smog controls. Now they want to get older cars off the streets and shut down our fireplaces. First, stop millions of acres of 'garbage burning.' " -- Dougald L. Ritchie, in a letter to the editor

Oct. 10, 1940: Sacramento County Clerk Tom Patterson reports a record 93,299 persons are eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 presidential election. The current total includes 61,869 Democrats, 29,602 Republicans, 1,521 independents, 66 Socialists, 75 Progressives and 13 Communists.

Quote: "Despite the fact he [President Franklin Roosevelt] has repeatedly asserted that this country would not enter the war unless attacked, he is slowly but surely easing this country into war to distract the voters' attention from his real purpose, that of being the last president and the first dictator of these mighty United States." -- Mark T. Hunt, in a letter to the editor

Oct. 11, 1975: To celebrate its 200th birthday, the U.S. Navy brings the frigate USS Stein upriver to visit the Port of Sacramento. The 438-foot, 4,200-ton military vessel entered service 31/2 years ago designed to track and destroy enemy submarines and is named for a World War II Medal of Honor winner.

Quote: "It's a rare privilege to have received your majesties to California. Your visit symbolizes the growing convergence of East and West. Centuries of separation are gradually dissolving into a global village." -- Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., addressing Japan's Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako during their stay in San Francisco

Oct. 12, 1918: Because of the serious spread of Spanish influenza, the Conference of Health Officers set for Riverside has been canceled to free the doctors to fight the disease. The state Board of Health reports 4,000 cases in California. The most severely hit city is Long Beach with 500 to 600 cases.

Quote: "Now that the Kaiser and his imperialistic crew realize that their war of conquest is a failure, they are moving in devious ways for a peace that would leave them power to retain highly valuable advantages gained in the East and to remain a menace to the safety of the world. But it would be folly for America to heed talk of peace from any source until Prussian imperialism is absolutely beaten ... ." -- Bee editorial

Oct. 13, 1959: Last evening, a chlorine gas leak in the sewage treatment plant at 35th Avenue and 14th Street prompted the temporary evacuation of about 30 families living nearby. No injuries were reported, although several people complained of a stinging sensation on their skin. High winds helped dissipate the gas.

Quote: "I'm not in favor of freeways bisecting the city. Their original purpose is to expedite interstate commerce and to bypass cities. If freeways are built in the city, the downtown merchants may as well close up." -- Clarence B. Canson, Sacramento City Council candidate, discussing the location of proposed freeways

Oct. 14, 1937: State Fair directors tentatively approve the construction of five new buildings at a cost of more than $1 million. The structures, which are intended to enhance the fair's value as an annual exposition, include an administration building, an assembly hall, a grandstand extension to add 3,000 seats, a dairy products building and a horse show coliseum that would accommodate 10,000 spectators.

Quote: "The overwhelming majority of the citizenry ... pray the United States government will attend strictly to its own business, not engage in the pursuit of idealistic theories of foreign intervention." -- Bee editorial, warning against getting involved in the Japanese incursion into China

Oct. 15, 1982: State Legislative Counsel Bion M. Gregory rules that public schools may charge students for bus service but not for extracurricular activities. Parents in the San Juan School District have been protesting fees for bus transportation and extracurricular activities to help balance the district's budget.

Quote: "I would like to take a moment to write about those San Juan School District parents we've seen demonstrating on the Capitol steps. Too bad they are being charged for their kids to ride the bus, and too bad athletic programs are now costing money. One final thing, too bad Prop. 13 passed." -- Jerry Reynolds, in a letter to the editor