Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Aug. 9, 2001 – Placer County Deputy Sheriff Mike Maynard spent his final patrol shift in Colfax Wednesday evening. Maynard, a 28-year veteran, began his retirement Thursday. Maynard began his career on March 8, 1973. “I guess I would credit my great-grandfather Francis West as my role model,” he said. “He was the Placer County coroner and had to fill in as Placer County Sheriff when there was a vacancy. That happened three times.” His family first came to Colfax in 1902. Alta resident and 1988 Colfax High School graduate Rob Zimmerman is headed to Europe. He will be one of the representatives at the United States Junior Team at the French International Six Day Enduro Motorcycle Race in Brivela-Gaillarde, France. An estimated 964 Colfax High School students will be back in class Aug. 15. Rick Spears was principal 20 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1991 – The Colfax Community Band gave their first concert Sunday, Band members include Pete Hanson, Michelle Kaut, Kurtis Fox, Tom Dodd, Alanna Hammer, Dawn Maurer, Kay Fox, Bill Kunz, Mark Foster, Matt Ashcraft, Jamieson Trotter, Walter Webb, Robbie Robinson, Kerri O’Brien, Dan Heiney, Eric Schulte, Elton Geist, Bob Slade, Howard Newell, Gary Howe and Ryan Goodpaster. Work began this week on the new Colfax Elementary School, despite a delay in the approval of state funding. Placer County Supervisor Mike Fluty wants to talk with Nevada County supervisors about a developer’s suggestion that a Lake Combie bridge might be built to serve the proposed Baldwin Ranch subdivision. The idea of a bridge is not new. In 1925 a bridge was built over what is now Combie lake. But the bridge has been under water since 1927 when the Nevada Irrigation District built its dam and the bridge was flooded over. 50 YEARS AGO Aug. 20, 1961 – Congressman Harold T. (Bizz) Johnson of the 2nd, mountain-valley, district today announced that William B. Roberts of Applegate had been awarded a contract for construction of a new post office in Applegate. The Post Office department will lease the new building from Roberts for $780 per year. Title to the structure will remain with the contractor. The new post office will be 720 square feet in size with a 40-foot platform and 3,500 square feet of paved area outside. The existing quarters are 378 square feet in size. Miss Joyce E. Lobner of Palo Alto has been awarded an honorable mention for her play “Dream Driven,” which was entered in the Palo Alto Playwriting Contest. Miss Lobner is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Morris Lobner, former Colfax residents. Mr. Lobner was Southern Pacific agent in Colfax and was succeeded by the late Charles Sebring. Gold Run News by Clyde Kellogg: The school board had a meeting at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Mrs. Rhines is the clerk of the board, and Jess Fitch and Harry Binder are the other two members. Mdway Heights News: During the recent fire below Colfax there were some anxious moments for Mrs. Emma Williams and Mrs. Lora Sharon who live at Sunmount near Colfax. As the flames and smoke increased across the Bear River in the afternoon, they had a meal at 4 p.m. and plans were formulated for an evacuation. Luckily, the fire was contained as the evening progressed. 75 YEARS AGO Aug. 14, 1936 – The week’s bouquet from “Scoop” Thurman went to Charles Gallagher, manager of the Folsom ball club, and his teammates, including one Don Kipp, on the victory Gallagher and his boys scored over the Colfax Lions last Sunday, thereby wining for Folsom its first Placer-Nevada League Pennant. Thurman noted that Kipp struck out 11 Colfax batters. Colfax Lions players were Triano, Goodlow, Barnwell, Irwin, Wilds, McNulty, Hurley, Moore, Piscovitch, Whitney and Cross.