This Week in Sacramento History July 2-8

July 2, 1942: Five tons of unneeded rubber are collected during a 10-day campaign conducted by state offices in Sacramento. The recycling is in response to President Franklin Roosevelt's call for scrap rubber to be used in the war effort. The Highway Patrol orders patrolmen to pick up old tires found along highways.

Quote: "Financing the war, as well as laying the foundation to prevent uncontrolled inflation in the post-war period, is the most important problem facing the nation. And it is a job in which all citizens should participate wholeheartedly." -- George Killion, state finance director, announcing the state's purchase of $250,000 in federal war bonds

July 3, 1958: Sacramento Mayor Clarence Azevedo says he would support the possible annexation of two large areas north and east of the city. He tells David Yorton, president of the Arden-Arcade District Council, the city council would welcome the annexation of a 165-square mile area -- if that's what residents want.

Quote: "Alaska's admission is a great event in terms of social and human progress, in terms of the economy, in terms of national defense and in terms of morality ... The good that the 48 states can do Alaska and the good that Alaska can do them truly open up a new era." -- Bee editorial, on the likely approval of Alaska as the 49th state

July 4, 1914: The California Bureau of Vital Statistics issues state birth, death and marriage data for 1913. On average during that year a birth occurred every 12 minutes, a death every 14 minutes and a marriage every 17 minutes. In absolute terms, 38,599 Californians died in 1913. Overall, more deaths occurred during the cold, damp winter months than in the hot, dry summer months.

Quote: "The American nation is recognized throughout the world as influential, wealthy and powerful, but it is still better known as a nation of fair play and justice to all." -- Frank R. Devlin, speaking at the Fourth of July literary exercises at Sacramento's Joyland amusement park

July 5, 1977: The Sacramento City Council approves plans for spending $6.2 million in federal economic stimulus money. Most of the funds -- $4.1 million -- will be used to build a Del Paso Heights community center, renovate the Crocker Art Museum and construct two new fire stations and a garage-carwash facility.

Quote: "I have often wondered why the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the sale of cigarettes, which have been conclusively proven to be harmful ..., (but) imposes restrictions on the sale of other substances such as saccharin and Laetrile, for which no conclusive proof has been found ..." -- Linda M. Gunderson, letter to editor

July 6, 1937: The U.S. Census' 1935 national retail business survey ranks Sacramento seventh in per capita consumer spending for cities with more than 50,000 residents. In specific categories, the city ranks third in per capita spending on automobiles, fourth in furniture spending, ninth in restaurant spending. Retail sales in Sacramento totaled nearly $55 million or an average of $585 per person in 1935.

Quote: "Being president of the United States is the biggest job in the world. If the president is doing a good job, isn't it folly to turn him out for dear old tradition's sake?" -- A.E. Silva, in a letter denouncing the "tradition" of limiting the White House occupant to two terms of office

July 7, 1965: Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown signs legislation authorizing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to issue revenue bonds for construction of an atomic power plant. SMUD general manager Paul Shaad says the project, which would begin service in or around 1972, will cost less than $100 million.

Quote: "Ronald Reagan is a talented actor. He can convincingly play the part of a World War II flier, a lawyer and, as has now been demonstrated, a politician. However, this does not qualify him to fly a plane, practice law, or serve as an adequate public servant." -- Bee editorial, expressing skepticism over Reagan's candidacy for governor

July 8, 1924: Officials are investigating a fire that gutted the Woodland Grammar School. They estimate the damage at more than $100,000. The fire was discovered at 11 p.m. yesterday, and the town's three fire engines responded promptly. But the blaze progressed quickly and there was little they could do.

Quote: "I have heard many arguments and opinions on Sacramento's water supply. I have known people to draw a glass of water from the faucet, after it was reported that the new filtration plant was in operation, hold it up to the light and remark on its purity and clarity, only to find that the filtration plant was not and had not been in operation. So much for imagination." -- E. Coombs, in a letter to the editor