This Week in Sacramento History Feb. 12-18

Feb. 12, 1909: One of the severest rainstorms hits Sacramento, flooding streets in many neighborhoods. Many residents are unable to get in or out of their homes because of high water. Officials are blaming old, obstructed storm sewers, which the Street Department says need to be either cleaned out or reconstructed.

Business closures and special school assemblies help the city commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. Sacramentans join the rest of the nation in observing five minutes of silence at the noon hour. Streetcars stop, machinery shuts down and stores close their doors. Even legislators at the Capitol cease debate on a banking law.

Feb. 13, 1998: Dozens of workers at the Mariani Nut Co. plant in Winters are rushed to nearby hospitals after being overcome by fumes believed to be poisonous carbon monoxide. None of the victims suffer life-threatening injuries. By the end of the day, most are released from hospitals. Officials are investigating whether the ventilation system is the source of the problem.

Quote: "We're still in love with love -- the poetic, shiny, fizzy, hearts-and-flowers love, the healthy how-to love that makes you want to live up to the expectations you see in your partner's eyes, the kind of love that may lose breathless giddiness but never its luminosity." -- Bee columnist Anita Creamer, celebrating Americans' persistent love of love in a sex-saturated world

Feb. 14, 1895: The San Francisco and San Joaquin Railroad has prepared articles of incorporation for approval by its subscribers. The company plans to construct a $6 million line extending from San Francisco Bay 350 miles to Bakersfield. Investors will vote on the articles next week.

The first four church bells to be installed in the tower of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament arrive from Cincinnati. Four more are expected to come later. The bells are a gift from Bishop Patrick Manogue to the Cathedral. (Manogue, Sacramento's first bishop, died 13 days later, on Feb. 27, 1895.)

Feb. 15, 1935: Edward Van Deleur, president of the California Labor Federation, complains to the U.S. Labor Department of "vigilantes" who he says are trying to incite striking gold miners in Amador County. Two hundred armed and deputized citizens have reportedly burned the field headquarters of the pickets on Kennedy Flat.

The second day of the sixth annual Sacramento Auto Show attracts several thousand people to the Memorial Auditorium. Nearly 100 vehicles are on display, including new streamlined cars, trucks and trailers.

Feb. 16, 1978: James G. Bond announces his resignation as president of California State University, Sacramento. Bond, the first African American to lead a major Western university, has been campus chief since 1972. He was brought in to end the conflict between the CSUS administration and faculty, but in the past six years the feuding has escalated.

Quote: "Basically we have an old saying, 'Good food doesn't always prevent trouble, but bad food invariably brings trouble.' " -- Charles E. Dubois, food administrator for the California Corrections Department, explaining the role of decent meals in maintaining a stable environment in the state's prisons

Feb. 17, 1888: C.W. Nece, a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad, is killed near Goshen in Tulare County. He is cutting off an automatic air brake when he slips and falls with his leg on the track, then is struck by a train. He leaves a wife and a child in Topeka, Kan. Nece has only been on the job six months.

Twelfth Street property owners meet at Zimmerman's Store (12th and E streets) to discuss grading and graveling of the road from H Street to the levee. After a general discussion, a committee of five is directed to get an estimate of improvement costs and determine the best way to carry out the task.

Feb. 18, 1955: Strong winds, with gusts reported as high as 53 mph, blow across Northern California, knocking down telephone and power lines and toppling an oak tree onto a car. The blustery winds also force five B-36 bombers heading for Travis Air Force Base to land at McClellan Air Force Base.

Quote: "It only can be hoped the awfulness of the H bomb as shown by the Bikini tests will be the means of forever deterring anyone from using it as a weapon. This is the only sure escape." -- Bee editorial discussing the impossibility of evacuating the civilian population from the immense radiation fallout caused by a nuclear blast