This Week in Sacramento History Nov. 12-18

Nov. 12, 1938: A cold wave blows through Northern California. Freezing early morning temperatures in Sacramento tie the all-time record low for this time of year. Thirty degrees is recorded at the downtown federal building, and 25 degrees is seen at the municipal airport. Meteorologists forecast heavy frost throughout the region tonight with the bitter cold continuing tomorrow.

Quote: "Recently a letter in The Bee hailed Neville Chamberlain as a real Christian leader. There was not much Christianity in helping [Adolf] Hitler to put his foot on a little weak nation like Czechoslovakia." -- Charles Bailey, in a letter to the editor

Nov. 13, 1907: The 17th annual conference of the California Northern District Medical Society concludes in Marysville. The most important topic discussed is the potential for bubonic plague to come to the state. Dr. W.A. Briggs of Sacramento warns that growing trade and travel with Asia increases the risk.

Quote: "Certainly the Sacramento River should have a fat slice of the $50 million desired from Congress for the improvement of inland waterways with incidental reclamation. What is needed is a long pull, a strong pull and a pull altogether among the landowners and all others concerned." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 14, 1980: Raymond Jallow, chief economist for the United California Bank, predicts that a short-lived rebound in home building will lead the Sacramento region's economic recovery next year. Jallow also says that home construction in the three-county area will not meet the demand, so home prices will continue to rise, despite the recession and high interest rates.

Quote: "I'll be modest about this. I have one of the great trivia minds of all time." -- Mary Ellen Driscoll, a Fresno Bee sportswriter, who competed recently on several episodes of the television game show "Tic Tac Dough"

Nov. 15, 1970: The Norwegian Motor Ship Meteor visits Sacramento as part of its Thanksgiving cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Diego and Mexican ports. The Meteor is the first passenger vessel to enter the Port of Sacramento. The 2,900-ton cruiser will be open to the public for two days.

Quote: "If the next four years under (Gov. Ronald) Reagan are like the past four years, we can expect a higher crime rate, less taxation for the rich, higher taxation for the rest of us, a worsening school situation and increase in campus unrest, etc." -- Joe Stoppelli, in a letter to the editor

Nov. 16, 1874: The Sacramento Board of Trustees decides to plant $150 worth of Australian Gum (eucalyptus) trees -- about 250 in all -- around the plaza, Cemetery Avenue and the R Street levee. The plan is to continue planting next year until both sides of the avenue and the levee are covered. These small trees are expected to take deep root and not blow down, as has happened to the trees on 10th, near L Street.

The largest freight train that ever departed from Sacramento to the East left this morning. It consisted of 55 cars hauling 550 tons of goods, including 25 carloads of barley, 16 of wool, two of seal skins, one of silkworms' eggs, one of borax, one of malt and one of wine.

Nov. 17, 1950: At its next meeting, the Sacramento City Council will continue studying an exhaustive report on the proposal to develop a plan to acquire and finance property for badly needed off-street parking. Three separate blocks in the central business district are being considered for off-street parking areas.

Quote: "I am saddened and indignant to learn that logging has started on what I consider the most beautiful redwood grove of all, a strip a mile or two in length on Highway 128 bordering the Navarro River. ... This small grove has a mystic quality ... and it is criminal to allow it to be destroyed."-- Penelope L. Watkins, in a letter to the editor

Nov. 18, 1998: State highway officials announce steps to improve motorist safety in dense tule fog, including the closing of Central Valley freeways when reduced visibility makes driving unsafe at any speed. The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans have been reviewing safety procedures in the wake of the recent 74-car pileup on Highway 99 in Tulare County that killed two and injured 51 people.

Quote: "The fatiguing reality is that most council members work full time now for part-time pay. The stipends they earn, between $25,000 and $34,000 a year, hardly pay for the 60- and 70-hour weeks many of them put in." -- Bee editorial, calling for full-time status for Sacramento City Council