PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Prospecting

As we were: A real cliff hanger

By From page B10 | January 28, 2013

25 Years ago

Jan. 27, 1988

Renters evacuate cliff-hanger house

By DAVID RICHIE

EL DORADO HILLS — The tenants at 554 Encina Drive in Lake Hills Estate were planning to move out Feb. 1, but the hillside on which the house was built changed those plans. The hill dropped out from underneath the structure at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Mud, trees and ivy slid onto Encina Drive, leaving a muddy, gaping hole in the hillside …

“It’s a killer weekend,” Elizabeth Miller said Monday morning while the moving van inched into the neighboring driveway 100 yards away. Miller and moving men had already decided to carry household goods across the ridge rather than make numerous trips up the extremely steep driveway …

Faced with a potential disaster and possibly with only enough time to save a few precious household articles, Miller said she put on her fur coat, secured a photograph of her granddaughter and started pulling furniture away from the endangered side of the house …

 

70 Years ago

Jan. 28, 1943

County Couple Wed Jan. 16th

Friends are learning of the marriage on January 16th, at Raleigh, North Carolina, of Miss Marjorie Pierce, step-daughter of Mrs. Mapleton Irving Pierce of David, and Second Lieutenant Charles L. Celio, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Celio, of this city.

The marriage service followed by two days the completion of the lieutenant’s completion of special Army training at Camp Davis, North Carolina through which he earned his commission …

 

Chas. Schaeppi Rites Friday

Charles Schaeppi, 84, retired fruit grower and for many years active in the affairs of the Federated Church, passed away early Wednesday at Placerville Sanatorium …

Mr. Schaeppi had not been well for several years past. Recently however, he had been able to be up and about and he and Mrs. Schaeppi had moved temporarily to Placerville from their home at Boa Vista Ranch, taking apartments at Hotel Raffles …

Charles Schaeppi was a native of Aarau, (cq) Switzerland. His father was engaged in the silk manufacturing industry and Mr. Schaeppi followed in that business under his father’s guidance …

His lifelong interest in civic affairs was shown early in his life and when, at the age of twenty-eight , he set sail for America, he had been a captain in the Swiss Army …

105 Years ago

Jan. 25, 1908

Big Boasting

Sacramento has been boasting about a farmer in that county who raised $250 worth of potatoes on a single acre of ground. Stockton goes that one better by claiming that $300 worth of onions are often taken from a single acre in that county. In Riverside county we sometimes raise $100 worth of oranges on a single acre …

From about one-forth of an acre Zac Sciaroni, on his homestead farm in the Grizzly Flat district, dug 55 sacs of merchantable potatoes. At the then prevailing prices an acre would have yielded him in the neighborhood of $500 …

Coming nearer home, John Bailey, who owns a forty acre tract, just on the outskirts the city, from less than one acre of land, harvested 230 sacks of excellent tubers, which at current prices would have netted him $460 …

In onions, Tony Ferrari, at Newtown, probably raised the banner crop of the season. From one-fourth of an acre he harvested 125 sacks of onions. At current prices his income from this staple was $312.50, or at the rate of $1250 per acre.

Sacramento, Stockton and Riverside will please sit up and take notice.

Ken Deibert

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