All those years ago ... April 25, 1963

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From the pages of the Auburn Journal, April 25, 1963

Court house heaters sigh, die, workers taking it ‘real cool’
Things were pretty cool around the county courthouse earlier this week – and for good reason.
The venerable building’s ancient heating system sighed and died last Thursday – and at the height of the unseasonable cold spell.
… By Monday of this week, morale was at an all time low – especially in the county jail which is serviced by the same heating arrangement. Some 60 prisoners had to be given piles of extra blankets in order to keep warm.
The Deep Freeze prompted several of the women employees to dress in outlandish outfits that made them look more like beatniks than civil servants.
Repairs to the furnace heating system will probably run as high as $4,000!
Many of the women workers were forced to dress as though they were heading for the Yukon.
A few examples: Red-haired Barbara Hargraves was last seen wearing a bulky sweater, heavy ski pants and fur-lined boots.
Gay Trombley of the County Clerk’s staff had to wear her husband’s Pendleton shirt and bright red leotards.
Dorothy Dependener, the juvenile court clerk, was attired in jet black leotards, a daring purple skirt and a heavy black knit sweater.
Other “keep warm” outfits included such rarely seen items as thick serapes and thermal underwear. One woman clerk even borrowed her sister’s mink coat to wear while working!

1962 fruit crop showed gross loss
Placer County’s once bumper fruit crop continued to show diminishing returns in 1962 when receipts fell $1.5 million below the gross of the preceding year, according to reports released this week by agricultural commissioner W.H. Wilson.
The loss was largely chargeable to the lowered production of pears and plums which he explained have shown an approximate $1 million crop reduction for the second successive year.

Placer water dream has become reality
Placer County’s $91,750,000 water project, a lot of talk and a lot of paper for the past six years, became a cinch for reality this week.
These were the latest developments:
Project Engineer Sanford Koretsky announced that Pacific Gas & Electric Company has informally approved the use of foreign-made machinery called for in the plans.
2. The County Water Agency notified American River Contractors, Inc., sole bidder on the huge project, that the construction contract will be awarded as soon as revenue bonds worth $115,000,000 are sold next Wednesday, May 1.
3. A delegation of Water Agency officials flew to Washington, D.C., yesterday to get final approval of the three-way contract that will insure the initial filing of the French Meadows and Hell Hole reservoirs.

Rankin’s special on patterns
Rankin’s Department store announced the closing out of one of their two nationally known brands of patterns at a price of 25 cents. The regular prices are 50 cents and 65 cents, and they contain all new spring and basic styles.
The box advertisement on page one of the Foothill Shopper supplement of the Journal contained the above information, but the name Rankin’s was not included in the ad.

Thirty salmon on the their way to school ended up in Auburn
Thirty salmon on their way to a school in the Pacific a few miles north of Golden Gate Harbor last Monday morning failed to make it.
The silly salmon tarried just long enough to nibble at a bunch of anchovy baited hooks which a bunch of guns from Auburn were dangling from the deck of a boat called the Salmon Queen. The results were catastrophic. Before the fish knew what was going on they were flopping on deck, much to the delight of the happy fishermen from Auburn.
Well, that’s about the way it happened, according to Ray Carlisle who, with Arch Goldsberry, Max Ammon, Lauren Bryan, Bill Cook, Terry Carlisle, James Carlisle, Gene Holly, Carl Yue and John Church, made up the gay fishing party.
“Take it from me it was really fast and furious,” chuckled Carlisle. “We started from Sausalito at 7 a.m. and by 9 o’clock everyone aboard had his limit of fish. They bit like crazy.”
All of the silver sides weighed better than eight pounds and a number of them tipped the scales at more than 15, Carlisle, a well known specialist in statistics, said.

Girl swallows cleanser, is hospitalized
A two-year-old girl was rushed to Placer County Hospital by the Highway Patrol early last Thursday after she accidentally swallowed some “Drano.”
The victim, Susan Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Gold Run, managed to grab hold of the bitterly strong cleanser when her mother’s back was turned, police reported.
The little girl was treated for ingestion and kept overnight for observation, before being released to the custody of her parents.

Placer County’s oldest practicing attorney uses old tales to entertain Lions Club
Fred Tuttle II,
dean of Placer County’s practicing attorneys, employed a series of reminiscences to entertain members of the Auburn Lions Club before whom he appeared as principal speaker last week.
Tuttle is the oldest practicing attorney in the county, having been admitted to the bar in 1909 and serving the county since that time.
He is the son and grandson of former Placer County attorneys and is the father of Attorney and Public Defender Fred P. Tuttle III, whose offices are in the State Theatre Building. He also is the uncle of Franklin Tuttle, an Auburn attorney, and the uncle of Dick Tuttle, former Auburn lawyer, who recently was named chief attorney for the California Public Utilities Commission.
~ Compiled by Anne Papineau