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All those years ago ... March 28, 1963

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From the pages of the Auburn Journal, March 28, 1963
Pair charged with resisting arrest
ALTA
– A mother and son with terrible manners were booked for misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest Tuesday when Highway Patrolmen Lester B. Thomas tried to give them a traffic ticket.
Arrested were Mrs. Patricia Barnhart, 38, and her son, Ronald Barnhart, 18.
Officer Thomas said Mrs. Barnhart threatened violence after he tried to give her a citation for illegal parking on Highway 40 near here.
Thomas said Mrs. Barnhart threw the ticket out the window and spit at him before telling her son to drive off. Thomas caught up with them a few miles away.

$1.25 per hour approved for work women
At a meeting just concluded, the Industrial Welfare Commission reached unanimous agreement to adopt a minimum wage of $1.25 for women and minors in California, John W. Quimby, chairman of the commission, announced today.

Sneak thief takes chicken and spuds
A fetishistic thief sneaked into the Luther Road home of Mrs. Robert Davis last Friday night and stole $8 in change, a cut-up fryer chicken and four potatoes (raw) after destroying several articles of women’s underclothing.
Mrs. Davis told sheriff’s deputies that no one was home when the burglar invaded the house.

Church may be converted to court use
County officials are considering the soon-to-be-vacated Church of the Nazarene, 250 Sacramento St., as the site of Superior Court Number Three and other county offices, it was learned yesterday.
The Board of Supervisors, along with Works Director John Maccoun and Chief Building Inspector Jack Bell, toured the church last week and reportedly were quite satisfied with what they saw.
The Rev. Ervin Klassen, pastor, said the building will be vacated when his congregation opens its new church on Luther Road Easter Sunday.
The Rev. Mr. Klassen said the old church will be put up for sale or lease when the move is made.

Bob Gros warns on Communists
A standing ovation was given to Robert Gros, vice president of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co., at the conclusion of his talk which was delivered on Friday evening before a meeting of the Placer-El Dorado International Affairs Forum which was held in the Home Economics Building at the Auburn District Fairgrounds.
Excerpts from the talk follow:

Nikita Khrushchev is Freedom’s Enemy No. 1,” Gros painted word portraits of the leader of the Communist world, based on his unusual opportunities to observe him in action up close.

Gros terms Khrushchev “ugly and porcine in appearance, a pompous tyrant, an egotist, show-off and ham; but withal the most dynamic and fascinating world leader among the hundreds I’ve interviewed.”
“…Now let me assure you that I’m neither a pessimist nor a cynic. America is still the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet – but we didn’t get that way through phony economics or through the big spending bureaucrats in Washington.”

Dispute continues over water project turbines
Placer County’s gigantic water project – so near to reality and yet so far from it – was bogged down in an international game of cat and mouse this week.
These were the developments:
The Placer County Water Agency was told that Japanese-made turbines – integral parts of American River Corporation’s $91,750,000 bid – are inferior to the same type of American equipment.
A team of Japanese hydraulic engineers flew to San Francisco in an attempt to convince Pacific Gas & Electric of the quality of their turbines and appurtenances.
The Water Agency officially added a $150 a day lobbyist to its payroll.
T.B. Selfridge, head salesman for the Pelton division of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation of San Francisco – they make turbines, too – appeared before the Water Agency to put the knock on the proposed Japanese equipment.
Selfridge, a mild-mannered, sun-tanned Brooks Brothers type, spoke at length on how much better American-made turbines are than those made in Japan.
Without formally waving Old Glory, Selfridge pointed out that consideration of Japanese equipment was something of a violation of the “Buy American” clause included in the Agency’s specification.

C.E. Anderson promoted to colonel
Clarence “Bud” Anderson was promoted to the rank of colonel in the air corps last Monday. Col. Anderson is currently at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he is attending the War College. He is due to graduate in June.
Anderson achieved distinction in the air corps during World War II and has been in the service ever since.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Anderson of Newcastle, and a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Cosby of Auburn. His wife, Eleanor, and two children are with him in Pennsylvania.

Graveyard ghouls continue thefts
Auburn’s ghoulish thieves with green thumbs have struck again!
Last Tuesday night they stole $50 worth of shrubs from the Auburn District Cemetery.
And last Thursday, police reported, the same crooks stole two shrubs from the front of the First Baptist Church.
As one Auburn policeman, scratching his head, said to another: “I wonder who their fence is?”
~ Compiled by Anne Papineau