This Week in Sacramento History Feb. 5-11

Feb. 5, 1926: The Sacramento Federal Trades Council appeals to Governor Friend Richardson not to allow any sale or lease of land along the American River near Folsom. In a report, the organized labor group says it opposes the construction of a privately built hydroelectric dam. The council believes preservation and use of natural resources should be managed exclusively by government entities for the public good.

The Sacramento City Council approves $500 for preliminary surveys for the proposed Pioneer Memorial Bridge across the Sacramento River. The bridge would link Sacramento with West Sacramento and Yolo County.

Feb. 6, 1914: Mrs. W.R. Overhouse rescues her baby from a fire that damaged a four-story apartment house at 816 H St. While the fire raged, she rushed into a burning room where her young child sat in a chair and emerged from the building with only slight burns on her arms and hands. Later the Sacramento Fire Chief called for condemnation of the building until fire escapes are installed.

Quote: "This would be a sorry world if everything palatable, and pleasant, and good, and even beneficial if properly, moderately and judiciously used, is to be banished from the earth because many misuse it, and because many others declare that, as they do not use it, none others shall." -- Bee editorial defending the paper's opposition to Prohibition

Feb. 7, 1984: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District announces it finished 1983 with a $111 million surplus. SMUD officials acknowledge the impact of an 11 percent rate hike a year earlier. But they say other factors contributed to the largess, including a "banner water year" that allowed the utility to generate much of its own hydroelectric power, rather than buy electricity from outside sources.

Quote: "It's time for Sacramento to wake up to the 1980s. It our chance to become a modern, sophisticated area. If Mayor [Anne] Rudin and City Council don't get their heads out of the mud, Sacramento will just go on being a humdrum, boring and overgrown cow town." -- B. Wells, in a letter to the editor criticizing those who would block development in North Natomas

Feb. 8, 1933: The Sacramento Tuberculosis Association calls for emergency donations to allow continued operation of the Sun Mount Preventorium. Sun Mount houses Sacramento area children at risk of developing active TB. The Association is making this special appeal because the Christmas Seal funds it collected in December are tied up due to the closure of the California National Bank.

More than 750 Boy Scouts - 80 percent of the city's membership - respond to a mock emergency mobilization organized by Scout Executive Oscar C. Alverson. The mobilized youth demonstrated the deployment of fire hoses and other maneuvers needed in case of a flood, earthquake or widespread fire. The mobilization practice is part of the 23rd anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of America.

Feb. 9, 1949: Members of the Sacramento City Council deny there's a secret movement to oust City Manager Bartley W. Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh has been under fire ever since he was appointed because he cracked down on gambling and prostitution in the West End. The latest effort to remove him surfaced when SMUD General Manager James E. McCaffrey disclosed that he was approached unofficially about replacing Cavanaugh as city manager. McCaffrey says he's interested in the job.

Quote: "Beauty is a word commonly associated with music; purity is not. But purity is the word which comes most surely to mind after an hour and a half of the singing of this group." -- Bee music critic William C. Glackin, reviewing the St. Olaf Lutheran College Choir of Northfield, Minn., which performed for an audience of 2,500 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

Feb. 10, 1955: Legislative Auditor A. Alan Post says no new taxes are needed to balance the state's 1955-56 budget. This view puts him at odds with Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, who is calling for creation of a tobacco tax and a hike in the liquor tax to pay for a projected $70 million deficit. Post, on the other hand, wants to balance the budget through spending reductions.

Quote: "We don't want to wait until the schools are jammed before we start building new ones, because it is much easier to keep youngsters properly housed than to try to catch up if we fall behind." -- Sacramento Unified School Superintendent William J. Burkhard, calling for passage of a $13.5 million school construction bond issue to address burgeoning student enrollment

Feb. 11, 1968: The Davis Community Hospital opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 48-bed facility will employ 100 people, including 20 area physicians. Dr. G. Robert Hanson of Davis has been chosen as chief of staff. In 1981, the building will become Sutter Davis Hospital.

Quote: "It seems to me that if you are concerned about [the] Vietnam [War] you can begin by ceasing to support oppression, cease allowing use of your body as a means of oppression." -- Fresno anti-war activist David Harris, 22, urging members of the California Federation of Young Democrats to resist the military draft>