All those years ago ... March 14, 1963

By: Compiled by Anne Papineau
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From the pages of the Auburn Journal, March 14, 1963

’Tis a sad day for John Patrick Walsh
There’ll be no clog dancin’ or wearin’ of the green for John Patrick Walsh this St. Patrick’s Day.
Walsh, 70-year-old native-born Irisher but an Auburnite by choice, will be wearin’ the denim blue on the Great Saint’s feast day.
Such was the wish of Judicial Judge Eugene T. Erskine, who on Tuesday saw fit to give Walsh six months in the county jail. The charge: vagrancy. The arrest was Walsh’s thirtieth bookin’ in this area in recent years.
Perhaps the late Gene Fowler was right when he wrote: “Isn’t it a pity that kittens and Irish boys have to grow up …”

41,000 pounds of beef burns in truck fire
Bowman area residents were treated to the smell of a surprise barbecue late Tuesday night when 41,000 pounds of premium beef were burned in a freakish truck-trailer fire on Highway 40 and Bowman Road.
The meat – valued at about $1 a pound – was enroute from Denver to San Francisco when the brakes on the trailer rig caught fire. Flames and thick, rubbery smoke snaked into the trailer, damaging at least 90 percent of the beef.
The drivers, Leslie F. Dunn, 35, and Carl Grisham, 37, employed by Colorado-Arizona-California Express, Inc., of Denver, tried to put out the fire with their hand extinguishers.
Dunn said that in addition to the loss of the meat, damage to the trailer rig would run about $15,000.
Undersheriff Fay Bates said the charred meat would be hauled to Sacramento where State health inspectors will test it to see if any of the poundage is salvageable.

Formal acceptance of water project bid due
Formal acceptance of American River Corporation’s $91,750,000 bid on the Placer County Water Project will be forthcoming next Tuesday.
This was the report of Frank Paoli, chairman of the Water Agency, at the group’s brief meeting Tuesday.
Acting Project Manager John Bernard said the enormous bid – the only one submitted March 5 – was still being double-checked by McCreary-Koretsky, project engineers.
Bernard added that the agency’s contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company – a pact aimed at paying off the project in some 45 years – will probably be signed some time next week.
Under this agreement, PG&E will pay the agency $5,725,000 a year for the use of hydroelectric power loosed by the project’s many dams.

County gambling ordinance tightened by supervisors
The Placer County gambling ordinance was amended by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to insure against the invasion of cardsharks during the anticipated construction boom in the area.
The new additions to the gambling law – suggested by Sheriff William A. Scott – are: 1. A gambling table must be rented; hereafter, no individual may bank, house or “cut” a card game.
2. Every applicant for a card game license – plus all their employees – must file a written statement of intention with the Sheriff’s Office, and everyone concerned with the license must be fingerprinted.
… All licensed card rooms will be shut down between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and no “behind locked doors” playing will be allowed.

Placer High grads at Berkeley top all others in scholarship
Graduates from Placer High School enrolled in the University of California for the academic year 1961-1962 have established a scholarship record which on all counts exceeds the combined record of graduates of all accredited high schools. So says the office of relations with schools for the University of California in its annual report on the scholarship records of freshman entrants to Placer principal Harold Gein.
The university grade point average of Placer graduates in their freshman year was 2.74 combined with the 2.32 comp record of all accredited high schools.

Planners insist that rest home have adequate sewers
Construction of a $175,000 convalescent home at Elder’s Corners was conditionally approved by the Placer County Planning Commission last Friday.
The commission authorized Kenneth Beach of Auburn to start construction of the 66-bed rest home on the condition that he first install an adequate sewage disposal line.
Albert Marino, chief of Environmental Health, had asked the commission to postpone action on the proposal until the sewage line was hooked up.
Marino declared, “A convalescent home already in that area was given a similar permit a long time ago on the condition that a sewage line be put in. It still hasn’t been installed!”

House damaged by vandals
Extensive vandalism in a house on Cirby Way in Roseville was reported to police by the owner, Robert C. McIntyre of Davis.
The owner said the building had been vacant since last summer. When he visited it recently, he found all the windows had been broken out, doors had been shot full of holes and stripped off their hinges, walls had been riddled with bullets, and the fireplace had been torn down.
McIntyre estimated the damage at $3,000.

Local group go salmon fishing
A party of ten Auburn fishing enthusiasts went salmon fishing Sunday and reported a catch of five nice fish.
Headed by Ralph Hoppensteadt, manager of the local Cornet store, the party including Leonard Gaydon, Bill Shephard, Glen Livery, Henry Burns, Buck Erwin, Don Fuller, George Vesey, Fred Vesey and Bob Baldwin, shoved off for Sausalito at 3 a.m., and spent eight hours at sea on board the Mu-Ra chartered boat.
Although the catch was not large they pronounced the day a big success.

Phone number change in progress
Information operators have just started giving out local phone numbers with new all-number prefixes, Pacific Telephone Manager H.C. Stone said today.
This is another step in the gradual conversion to all-number phone numbers, or All-Number Calling.
... The nostalgia which many people have for the old letter prefixes is shared by the phone company, Stone said. “We regret seeing them go, but have no choice if we are to meet the growing demand for telephone service.”
The main problem, he said, is the shortage of telephone prefixes. Under the old letter-number system, it is estimated that the supply of telephone numbers would be exhausted by the 1970s.