This Week in Sacramento History May 7-13

May 7, 1876: The Sacramento River is rising steadily and has advanced a foot in 18 hours. At 1 p.m., it reaches a level 231/2 feet above its low-water mark and is still rising. But there is no need to worry because the American River is not within 5 feet of its high-water mark, and the levees can stand much more than that.

Quote: "The principle, which demands uniformity of textbooks, is fundamental. The plan, which proposes to destroy this practice and leave the choice of books to the several school districts, is revolutionary and dangerous." -- Citizen, in a letter arguing against legislation allowing local boards, rather than the state board, to choose school texts

May 8, 1970: About 9,000 young anti-war demonstrators rally at the state Capitol to urge the United States to withdraw from Southeast Asia. The mood is peaceful. Assemblyman Willie Brown observes that President [Richard] Nixon is feeling the same pressures "that caused LBJ to decide he wanted to go back to Texas."

Quote: "I don't believe we should enter into national politics. I honestly feel we don't have time to deal with ... matters which are not of local concern." -- Peter Franchi, Sacramento city councilman, joining the majority in opposing a resolution expressing the City Council's concern over the continuing war in Indochina

May 9, 1901: About 2,000 members of local labor unions march in a parade as part of Sacramento's Street Fair Week. The marchers include bakers, sheet metal workers, butchers, painters, cigar makers, horseshoers, shoe workers and pressmen. Retail and wholesale businesses close for the day to allow workers to participate in the parade.

Quote: "Labor cannot be allowed to say how business shall be conducted. There is no objection to the formation of unions and trades councils, but membership in them must not be compulsory. It is repugnant to the American idea of liberty." -- Michael Y. Michael, spokesman for the Employers' Association, formed to respond to labor strikes in San Francisco

May 10, 1950: The state Public Works Commission warns it will cut off funding to the Sacramento County Fair in Galt if it fails to turn a profit this year. A recent audit found the 1949 fair operated at a $55,000 loss and was crippled by mismanagement. The commission allocates $12,000 for the 1950 fair, but Sen. Jesse Mayo says this will be the last unless the operators put their house in order.

Quote: "It used to be hard sometimes to identify the reactionary. Now if a man calls everyone who disagrees with him a Red, it is a safe conclusion he is no liberal." -- Bee editorial

May 11, 1920: Ross "Brick" Eldred, center fielder for the Sacramento baseball league club, is suspended indefinitely and fined $50. Manager Bill Rogers cited Eldred for disrespectful language and for failing to make an easy run to first base during a game in Salt Lake. Rogers also says Eldred is out of condition and consequently not contributing to the team like he should.

Quote: "Prohibition agents, of course, must enforce the law, but nothing calls for high-handed, Czarist methods, brutality nor rowdyism. A plain, ordinary, well-behaved citizen is entitled to some protection." -- Bee editorial, denouncing unjustified armed "raids" on homes in Roseville

May 12, 1986: A report by state Auditor General Thomas Hayes charges that the Department of Insurance has been slow to process thousands of consumer complaints and that the public has been frustrated by the inability to get through on the department's limited telephone lines.

Quote: "How can SMUD be allowed to keep increasing its rates, when through its own poor management, maintenance and equipment, the costs are its own fault. The ratepayer should not be asked to bear the burden." -- Carol L. Giberson, in a letter that calls for the shutdown of the Rancho Seco nuclear plant

May 13, 1941: Arthur S. Dudley, secretary-manager of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, reports that civilian airplane mechanics at the Sacramento Army Air Depot will grow from 1,700 to 5,000. He also says Mather Field will become a permanent army aviation training center. Dudley recently met with government officials.

Quote: "Versatile hardly describes the dexterity with which American mechanical genius has tackled the mighty job of changing from pursuits of peace to the preparation for defense. No wonder the program for all-out mobilization has hit many snags. ... But let us hope a good share of them are behind us." -- Bee editorial on converting U.S. industry to war production