This Week in Sacramento History Feb. 26-Mar. 4

Feb. 26, 1910: At the urging of Gov. James Gillett, U.S. Senators George C. Perkins and Frank P. Flint of California are trying to preserve the proposed $35,000 federal funding for snag removal on the Sacramento River. The usual annual appropriation for the work is $50,000, but this year's amount was cut to $35,000. Now the appropriation faces a further reduction down to $15,000. Perkins and Flint have pledged to fight to restore the money for river maintenance that is essential to safe navigation of the waterway.

Quote: "I have nothing but the kindest feelings for the Mayor and the members of the Board of Trustees. I went to work for the city on April 1, 1883. In all these 27 years, I have worked seven days a week. I now want to find employment where I can have a day off once a week." -- Henry C. Wolf, chief engineer of the Sacramento Waterworks, explaining why he's resigning from his city job

Feb. 27, 1934: Sacramento Police Chief William M. Hallanan launches a crackdown on drunken driving. This is in response to two recent accidents that killed five people and seriously injured three others. Hallanan says he will order all his officers to arrest anyone found driving under the influence. Motorcycle patrolmen in particular will be asked to watch out for intoxicated drivers.

Quote: "We want and need men at Washington who not only have wisdom and are mentally fearless, but who also possess that keen intellectual accomplishment of knowing right from wrong." -- Osman Reichel, chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Conference, declaring his organization's support for the re-election of U.S. Sen. Hiram Johnson of California.

Feb. 28, 1991: A group of state legislators proposes a bill making state-controlled coastal waters a marine sanctuary and permanently banning new offshore oil and gas drilling. The legislation would also prohibit the discharge of sewage into the ocean without at least secondary treatment. Gov. Pete Wilson's office says he opposes offshore drilling but would need to know the details of the proposal before deciding whether to support it.

Quote: "One of the worst fears of those who have seen the president's strategy as a vengeful one was that U.S. combat units might press on to Baghdad, the better to destroy Iraqi forces there and to occupy the Iraqi capital. By all accounts, that option is easily available, yet the president has wisely eschewed it." -- Bee editorial, lauding President George H.W. Bush's decision to keep U.S. forces from advancing deep into Iraq as the Persian Gulf War comes to an end

March 1, 1940: The swollen Sacramento River overflows levees in Colusa and Sutter counties. The main river levees are holding in the town of Colusa, but all roads leading into it are blocked. A Sutter Bypass levee breaks 2 1/2 miles north of Meridian, flooding sections of that village of 150 people. The death toll reaches five and possibly seven.

Quote: "The story that his life abundantly teaches is that no matter how high the barriers or humble the circumstances of birth, there is always an opportunity for the dauntless person, regardless of the pigment of his skin, who says 'I will' and means it." -- Bee editorial, praising the life and work of George Washington Carver

March 2, 1908: The Sacramento County Humane Society elects four new members. At that same meeting, Frank Woodson reported that the condition of local horses is generally improving, despite the prevalence of mud fever in some places. He also warned that the alarming spread of anthrax among cattle in the county should be investigated and dealt with.

Quote: "The population increased more rapidly in 1907 than in any previous year. From all indications 1908 will show much larger gains. There is a bright future in store for this city and the population should be very close to 70,000 by this time next year." -- D.W. Carmichael, real estate developer, responding to the 60,000-person estimate of Sacramento's population provided by the F.M. Husted Co., publisher of the City Directory.

March 3, 1926: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Will C. Wood refutes "defamatory and slanderous" accusations that communistic propaganda is being spread in the public schools and that some teachers are disloyal to American principles. Wood says these false charges are coming from "embittered ex-nobles from Europe" and patriotic groups aiming to raise money by fomenting fear.

Quote: "When it comes down to actuality, how many American women are actually better, happier or of greater service to their loved ones and their country since they achieved the ballot box? And when the American woman is 'fully emancipated' may she not find that ... like King Midas of old, she has surrendered some things still more precious?" -- Bee editorial, questioning the value of proposed Equal Rights Amendment

March 4, 1931: State Sen. Thomas Maloney of San Francisco introduces a constitutional amendment to reduce the term of university regents from 16 to eight years. It would also make the position elective instead of appointive. The move is said to be an attempt to diversify the membership.

Quote: "The commerce of the Pacific today ... has increased until very recently when difficulties have arisen in the Orient, and that commerce is destined to be even greater with the lapse of years. A naval academy such as suggested would accomplish many very important purposes." -- U.S. Sen. Hiram Johnson of California, urging creation of a congressional panel to explore a West Coast naval academy