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This Week in Sacramento History Jan. 1-7

Jan. 1, 1965: Sub-freezing temperatures and four days of continuous snow strangle travel to the Sierra. The thermometer falls to minus 12 degrees in Truckee and minus 16 in Kingvale, west of Soda Springs. Scores of cars parked along roadsides are buried in the snow. Officials describe travel in some mountainous regions as a “terrible mess”.

Quote: “In all then prospects for 1965 are bright. The new year will bring decisions which will be crucial to Americans and to global fortunes but few presidents have had the confidence or the support of the people which Lyndon B. Johnson enjoys and from this he can take strength.” -- Bee editorial

Jan. 2, 1905: Former Sacramento Mayor William Land has retired from the Western Hotel and has turned over the business to two senior employees. He has been running the hotel continuously since 1871. Land has many other business interests in the city, so after some overseas travel, he intends to return and live out his days in Sacramento.

Quote: “As the [Democratic] minority, I welcome my new brethren, and I hope our relations will be as pleasant as have been those with their predecessors.” -- Supervisor Gillis Doty greeting the new Republican members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

Jan. 3, 1947: Sacramento police arrest two men following an attempted robbery yesterday at the E.W. Myers jewelry store, 1005 Ninth St. Jose Carlos Saenz, 22, and Juan Flores, 21, admitted to authorities that they threatened the store owner with a .32 caliber automatic pistol. A fight ensued and the would-be robbers fled into an alley.

Quote: “To the correspondent who suggests destruction of the Plaza Park because Sacramento has too many trees I would like to say that since civilization began no city has had too many trees. A treeless city may be a street cleaner’s paradise, but it can be an urbanite’s hell also.” -- Donald Morse in a letter to the editor

Jan. 4, 1938: The state reclamation board approves the widening and strengthening of levees along the Sacramento and Feather Rivers to prevent the recurrence of levee damage caused by recent storms and high water. The plan authorizes the repair of 32 breaks within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Drainage District, but leaves 57 other ones in outlying areas.

Quote: “This movement has my enthusiastic support and I know every woman and mother in the city will join with me in this attitude. The protection of our children form the dread disease of infantile paralysis is something that we all must be vitally and actively interested in.” -- Mrs. Frank Pearl, Women’s Council President, voicing her support for the Roosevelt Birthday Ball to raise money for the nationwide fight against polio

Jan. 5, 1926: George A. Putnam, representing the Pacific Coast Baseball League, announces that the Sacramento Senators will remain in town at least for another season. There had been speculation that the team’s owners, Lewis and Charles Moreing, might move or sell the club.

Quote: “In other years in Sacramento – and undoubtedly in other cities – several thousand dollars of the Community Chest [the predecessor of the United Way] subscriptions were not collected. Some people are very facile with a pen and very manana with a pocket book.” -- Bee Editor C.K. McClatchy

Jan. 6, 1876: California Assemblyman C.C. Young introduces a bill requiring that buildings used for public gatherings -- such as churches and Masonic, Odd Fellows and other halls -- be made safer with sufficiently wide aisles and doors that open outward.

Quote: “Cannot and will not our Legislature do something to relieve the State of California from the stigma of inviting all the world to come and visit our great natural wonder – Yosemite – and taxing every visitor at every turn he makes, every bridge he crosses over a stream, every path he walks, every hill he climbs, in short, every movement he makes, so much for the privilege?” -- Bee editorial

Jan. 7, 1955: California Sen. Earl Desmond says he’ll push for the removal of the sales tax exemption on food, thus increasing state revenue by $95 million without resorting to drastic changes in the tax code. The additional revenue will help relieve a general fund shortfall that’s running about $8 million a month.

Quote: “We have no objections to fluoridation [of Sacramento’s water supply], but we believe it is a matter which should be decided by the voters before the city spends some $90,000 for the necessary equipment and supplies to carry out such a project.” -- City Manager Bartley W. Cavanaugh

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