This Week in Sacramento History Dec. 4-10

Dec. 4, 1941: The Sacramento chapter of the American Red Cross announces plans for participation in the nationwide training of women to serve as nurses' aides in the event of an emergency. Trainees will receive 80 hours of instruction, 45 of which would be in County and Mercy hospitals. The course will last about six weeks.

Quote: "Our beloved America is still the mighty hope of the world. Aggressor dictators are today trembling at our potential powers ... . Franklin D. Roosevelt has played and is playing today the master hand. Cautious, conservative, daring, patient and far seeing, he goes his way." -- C.C. Fillmore, in a letter to the editor

Dec. 5, 1965: Gov. Edmund G. Brown reports that, for the first time, the aggregate annual income of California residents has exceeded $60 billion. That represents an increase of $3.9 billion, or 6.9 percent, over last year. State and local public employees enjoyed the largest income gains, earning $5.5 billion in the third quarter, up 11.7 percent over the third quarter of 1964.

Quote: "Mull this over, you Vietnam [War] critics. Had the western world the moral conscience and courage to act at Munich or in the Sudetenland in the 1930s, 6 million human beings would have been spared the gas ovens of the Third Reich." -- R. Morales, in a letter to the editor

Dec. 6, 1954: Christmas shopping is off to a good start in Sacramento, and many merchants believe it will follow the national trend and set a record. An informal survey shows sales are at least as good -- if not better -- than last year's. One shopping center had to turn away 1,000 cars from its parking lot last Friday.

Quote: "I think it can be healed. I think the division has been unduly emphasized by small groups who do not really represent the great thinking and the great convictions of the large groups of Republicans and the large mass of Republicans." -- Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, commenting on the deep liberal and conservative split within the GOP

Dec. 7, 1912: Charles L. Donoho, president of the proposed Sacramento Valley Electric Railroad, said the new railway will be completed 14 months from the start of construction. The line will run 160 miles and cover the west side of the Valley. It will connect Dixon and Red Bluff and several towns in between. It will also connect to the Oakland and Antioch railroad that reaches San Francisco.

Quote: "Notwithstanding Woodland is a dry town, a Chico man proposes to fly high there. But he is an aviator, and the elevation he seeks will not be due to booze." -- Bee editorial

Dec. 8, 1928: Earl E. Jensen, director of state institutions, says he won't resist legislation establishing an eight-hour workday for state hospital attendants, registered nurses and assistants. Meanwhile, Jensen said, the money for that will go toward new medical buildings and upgraded equipment.

Quote: "Personally, I regard the turkey as the greatest of birds and it ought to be named, instead of turkey, Americana, and be the representative American bird. It should replace the eagle, because it is the true product of America, while the eagle is a native of all lands." -- Charles W. Sherman, in a letter to the editor

Dec. 9, 1966: The Sacramento City Council urges the California Public Utilities Commission to grant temporary permission to Pacific Southwest Airlines to begin service to Los Angeles at prices lower than (those) charged by United Air Lines and Western Airlines. PSA has petitioned to run eight daily roundtrip flights to Southern California, four direct to Los Angeles from Sacramento.

Quote: "The serious condition at present of our downtown is quite evident. The future looks even darker. Something drastic has to happen." -- Sacramento Mayor Walter Christensen, appealing to property owners to attend a meeting to discuss the revitalization of the city's central business district.

Dec. 10, 1957: The Webb and Knapp real estate investment firm of New York will offer to develop five, and possibly six, of the 15 Capitol Mall Project blocks and a three-block addition to the plan. The proposal will also include a bid to build the $11.2 million federal office building.

Quote: "While we have been boasting loudly about our great strength, we find that we have fallen far behind in the field of science. While the Russians are preparing to fly men to the moon soon, we can't get our missiles off the ground without some of them exploding in dismal failure." -- Citizen, in a letter to editor