All those years ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, June 4 and 11, 1964

By: Compiled by Anne Papineau
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Sticks and stones won’t get millions from ‘Poor’ Pierre
Portly Pierre Salinger defeated Controller Alan Cranston for the Democratic senatorial nomination this week, and he has been assured of the loser’s support in the November election – if they don’t happen to be battling in court at the time.
Although Cranston conceded defeat yesterday, he emphasized he will follow through with his $2 million libel suit against the former White House press secretary and his backers.
Pierre couldn’t have cared less. In a surprising “thank you for the plug” phone call to the Auburn Auricle yesterday, Pierre laughed:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but suits will never hurt me! And besides, I haven’t got $2,000,000!”

Fong leaves on D-Day reunion trip to France
Ray Fong
, former employee-manager of the Auburn Grocery and now proprietor of the College City Market in Colusa, was to leave yesterday on a jet plane for Paris where he will attend a reunion of wartime comrades with whom he served during World War II.
The Auburn Grocery became the Palm Market at the time the change in location was made from Downtown Auburn to the present location on Highway 49 at Palm Avenue. Fong entered the armed service from his position with the Auburn Grocery and became a member of the tank division with the Eightieth Infantry Division under General Patton.
After returning from the war with his European bride, he continued his super grocery market activities.
On “D-Day,” June 6, Fong will join other World War II veterans in visiting the American Cemetery at St. Laurent where they will pay tribute to their comrades who gave their lives helping to crack fortress Europe 20 years ago.

Trustees order closing of Lincoln Way building
By Phil Hindley

Closing of the old building at Lincoln Way School, ordered Monday night by the board of trustees of the Auburn Union School District in a special meeting, will make double sessions necessary the next school year for most primary grades.
This was announced by Superintendent James R. Jordan who pointed out in a statement that individual members of the board of trustees would be liable personally in event of disaster and that the old Lincoln Way building did not comply with state safety regulations.
… Superintendent Jordan’s statement includes: “An inspection showed this building (Lincoln Way School, built in 1915) was not designed to resist lateral forces, and elements necessary to insure stability in an earthquake are missing.”

Lions to hear auto executive on 1964 market
John W. Bonnell, assistant sales manger of the San Jose district office of Ford Motor Company’s  Ford Division, will address a meeting of the Auburn Lions at the Auburn Hotel at noon Wednesday.
In his talk, “A Market in Search of a Product,” Bonnell will discuss the nature of the current automobile markets – its  tastes and trends. Ford Division’s marketing strategy in developing and introducing the new Mustang will be used as a case study.
At the close of the meeting, a fleet of new 1964 Ford cars will be turned over to seven club members for one week of test drives.

Kinz given 50-year pin by PG&E
A 50-year pin for service with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was presented last week to William (Bill) Kinz, former resident of Auburn, in ceremonies at Santa Rosa.
Kinz was in the Auburn office of PG&E from 1920 to 1942. An electric distribution engineer at present in San Rafael, he joined the company in 1914 and has served continuously except for service in World War I.
His is a PG&E family, including his father, two brothers, five nephews, a brother-in-law and a son-in-law.
In the company’s history only 12 others have received the 50-year award. The only other living recipient is James B. Black, chairman of the board.
Kinz will retire from PG& E in September.

Bob Speed envisions Auburn as hotbed of tennis players
Bob Speed
, Placer High faculty member and professional tennis coach, would like to see Auburn become a hotbed of racketeers, the ball-bouncing variety, of course. Speed, who made a name in tennis as a high school and college players and later in the Los Angeles area, where he taught in Professional Jack Kramer’s school, envisions a tennis program here for young and old alike.

That gopher snake Darby proudly caught had rattles
“Hey look, grandma, I caught a gopher snake!” chirped 12-year-old Darby Smith the other day.
‘”Aaaaagh!” screamed Mrs. Miriam Palmer. “That’s no gopher snake! That a rattlesnake!”
And it was.
Darby, a sixth-grader at E.V. Cain School, later told his mother, Mrs. Jeannie Smith of Buena Vista Street, that he honestly thought he had captured a gopher snake when he jockeyed the two-and-a-half-foot rattler into a can while playing on the lawn of Mrs. Palmer, who lives on Palm Avenue.
Mrs. Smith, a brave young woman, allowed Darby to keep the reptile – as long as he kept it in a ventilated jar. Darby said he was planning to take it to his science teacher (“Surprise, Mr. West!)
The Journal has yet to learn if Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Smith are speaking.