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This Week in Sacramento History April 16-22

April 16, 1977: Sara Jane Moore, serving a life sentence for her 1975 attempt to shoot President Gerald Ford in San Francisco, asks that her term be vacated and she be given a new trial. She also asks that her guilty plea be set aside. If granted, this motion will allow her to seek appeal.

Quote: "California desperately needs to create a new solar industry. Such an industry would create hundreds of thousands of jobs; save consumers billions of dollars over the long run by providing them with renewable, cheap energy; and enhance our environment, which is increasingly threatened by pollution from dirtier forms of energy." -- Tom Hayden, social activist

April 17, 1956: Sacramento City Manager Bartley Cavanaugh tells the Board of Education that all graves have been removed from the Helvetia Cemetery (Alhambra Boulevard and J Street) to make way for a new building at the Sutter Junior High School. The cost of transferring the 5,200 bodies is $341,000 -- about double what the city had estimated for the work.

Quote: "In 1952 several million Democrats forsook the faith of their fathers and voted for [Dwight] Eisenhower and thus he was elected. They thought him independent and nonpartisan, only to find ... the real Eisenhower ... went Republican in a big way. He has conducted the most intensive partisan administration in the history of our country." -- Jeffersonian Democrat, in a letter to the editor

April 18, 1932: California's typhoid fever death rate fell to a new low last year, reports the state public health department. There were only 97 fatalities from the disease, or a rate of 1.6 per 100,000 population. This is remarkable given that most of the state's drinking water comes from surface sources.

Quote: "Taxes on homes are so high that it does not pay to own a home. No wonder houses are vacant while people revert to nomadism in jungle camps. At its best, the property tax is a sales tax of the worst kind; on a necessity of life. It takes no account of ability to pay." -- B.F. Butterfield, in a letter warning that high real estate taxes are driving the old and poor out of their homes

April 19, 1944: The Republican National Committee selects Gov. Earl Warren to be temporary chairman and keynoter at this year's convention in Chicago. Warren will represent California as a "favorite son" candidate for president. Despite the support of the state's delegates, Warren insists he is not interested in either the presidential or vice presidential nominations.

Quote: "Every WAVE enlisted means the release of a sailor for sea duty and the faster we get more men on ships the sooner the day of victory will come. Then, too, the Navy offers many advantages for women. They get good pay and they learn much that will serve to their advantage after the war is over." -- Dale Gregson, yeoman 2nd class, one of the first Sacramento women to join the WAVES

April 20, 1863: A large gathering of citizens meets at Agricultural Hall to demonstrate support for the federal government and to form a Union League for Sacramento city and county. The group approves a series of resolutions pledging fidelity to the Union and sacrifice for the preservation of the nation.

Quote: "A Peace Democrat is one who, instead of making war upon the rebellion, and for the restoration of the Union, is in favor only of making war upon the Administration." -- Bee editorial

April 21, 1967: The state Department of General Services will delay by at least another year the gilding of the Capitol dome. A plan to add a thin layer of gold on the dome through electroplating is not going to work, says Assistant DGS Director Arthur W. Collins. The department caused an uproar in 1965 when it unilaterally decided to paint the yellow dome white.

Quote: "He should be moderate in expression of his personal commitments and considerate of divergent opinions, but he must be willing to act decisively when the need arises." -- California Board of Regents statement, describing the qualities sought in a replacement for Clark Kerr, recently fired as University of California president

April 22, 1885: The City Trustees examine levee improvements for the Sacramento and Placerville Railroad beyond Brighton Junction. The $5,241 project elevated about 5,800 feet of roadbed an average of 31/2 feet to prevent flooding in the future.

The annual Sacramento Odd Fellows picnic is scheduled April 25 at Cothrin's Grove near Latrobe in El Dorado County. The event is usually very popular and attendees can take an excursion train leaving the city depot at 8 a.m. The Grove now boasts a new dancing platform and the Hussar band will provide music for the dancers. The first prize to be offered in the ticket raffle is a $60 sewing machine.

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