This Week in Sacramento History July 23-29

July 23, 1928: The Universal Motion Picture Co. will arrive next week to begin work on its new movie, "Showboat." The Sacramento River will double as the Mississippi when the production company starts shooting near Knights Landing. A set has been built on a barge near the foot of Y Street.

Quote: "This city, according to our constitution, is the seat of government of this state, and until such time as the people and the Legislature ... ordain otherwise, we believe the constitution should be followed." -- Sacramento Women's Council, protesting the transfer of the offices of the California Fish and Game Commission to San Francisco

uly 24, 1968: A survey of California Republicans indicates that most believe the Vietnam War is the No. 1 issue facing America. A hawkish stance on the war and concern over riots, crime and moral decay top the list of concerns of the 2,308 mostly professional and white-collar party members polled. More than 40 percent of the respondents say an "all-out push for total military victory" is preferred.

Quote: "How hope springs eternal or infernal ... is demonstrated by assertion that he along with Gov. Ronald Reagan and Mayor John Lindsay of New York have the best chance to win the GOP presidential nomination." -- Bee editorial

July 25, 1919: Carpenters and decorators are busy preparing for the State Fair Aug. 30 through Sept. 9. The new $300,000 Exhibition Hall will house the major displays. Fair Secretary Charles Paine says there is record demand for exhibit space, indicating this year's event will be the "biggest and most successful Fair held here in half a century."

Quote: "We (American GIs) came to regard it as a Frenchman, and it became as innocent and as common to us as to him. It was pleasant and we enjoyed it, and we'd like to enjoy it here. Maybe we are going to, some of these fine days!" -- Harry R. Gimbal, a former Bee reporter, writing about wine drinking while a soldier in France and wishing it wasn't illegal in the United States

July 26, 1932: The California Almond Growers Exchange announces that all of the state's $2.5 million almond crop will flow through Sacramento where the cooperative operates its largest plant at 18th and C streets. The move will result in a substantial increase in the local plant's payroll.

Quote: "There is too much such sentiment among vast numbers ... citizens who affect to believe their first duty is ... to help 'poor, stricken Europe.' They never think of assisting 'poor, stricken America,' which needs help today almost as much as does Europe." -- C.K. McClatchy, denouncing the idea of the United States forgiving Allied war debts

July 27, 1975: Fresno Bishop Roger Mahony is named by Gov. Jerry Brown to head the new Agricultural Relations Board, which will oversee voting by California's farmworkers. The election will determine which union, Teamsters or United Farm Workers, will represent laborers. It is estimated that 400 bargaining units will petition for an election.

Quote: "We would like to believe the great majority of public officials and legislators are honest and have nothing to hide ... . By getting behind legislation to provide effective oversight and full disclosure of what they do on the outside, they can reassure the American people they are not making decisions which will line their pockets ... ." -- Bee editorial

July 28, 1909: The Yolo and Sacramento county supervisors resolve that the Southern Pacific railroad will not be permitted to build a new bridge across the Sacramento River unless it can accommodate all the traffic using the existing bridge. The supervisors also want the company to pay to demolish the old bridge.

Thomas McCabe loses his fight to save 11 shade trees on G Street between 19th and 20th streets. The Board of City Trustees had previously approved a street improvement plan, which required removing the trees. Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee reaffirmed the board's action.

July 29, 1963: The Sacramento Redevelopment Agency will meet in two days to call for bids for the sale of $3.1 million in bonds to finance the local share in the second west-end slum clearance project. Under the federally assisted program, the government assumes two-thirds of the net cost of the 10-block project.

Quote: "I read in The Bee July 9 about the suit against a school by two parents because their boys were paddled. It caused them 'emotional distress' and physical pain. If they could not obey the rules, they should be paddled and not expelled. It sounds like they needed a little more 'emotional distress.' " -- Disgusted Parent, in a letter to the editor