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May 19, 1989
Plans under way for pioneer celebration
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Wagon Train in Placerville, Smokehouse 1898 and Powell Bros. Steamer Co. are issuing a challenge to all other local restaurants and bars to participate in a showdown of the best servers in the area.
As part of the pre-Wagon Train parade festivities, to be held June 25 on Main Street, the two businesses will act as hosts to see who has the best single server or relay teams to carry a tray with three glasses of liquid through a designated course.
Winners will be judged by the amount of liquid making it to the customers, less any time penalties.
70 Years ago
May 18, 1944
“Bernie” Edelman Has D.F.C., Air Medal, Three Clusters
ENGLAND — Bernie (T/Sgt. Bernard J.) Edelman isn’t just an ordinary guy. Around this East Anglian bomber base, where the big Liberators go out almost daily to slash at the tentacles of the German war machine, he has a reputation of being a fiery kid with a special determination in getting the war won.
Dark-haired, brown-eyed, compact and tough, Bernie Edelman wears a generous smile and the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and three Oak Leaf Clusters.
The big Liberators were setting out for their “baptismal” — Lille, France, October 9, 1942 — when the pilot of “Liberty Lass” discovered he was short a gunner. So Bernie Edelman, satisfied in his own mind he could handle a 50-calibre machine gun in a waist-window, went along.
On October 8, 1943 — one day short — of a year since he made his first operational mission over Lille — Edelman was back in combat. Instead of a substitute gunner, he was a bombardier (one of the few enlisted men in the bomb aiming business). Over Vegesack, Germany, that day, his ship shot down two enemy fighters after turning away from the target.
It was a red-letter day in the Group’s history when the Libs chalked up their 100th mission against Hitler. Only two persons flying with the Group that day were veterans of the historic battle with the Luftwaffe 12 months before. They were Lt. Col. George S. Brown, Jr., of Alpine N.J., the air executive officer and graduate of West Point, and none other than Placerville’s pride, Bernie Edelman.
115 Years ago
May 13, 1899
Preparations are being made to observe May 30th —Memorial Day — in Placerville, as in the past, under the direction and auspices of Placerville Post, No. 108, G. A. R. This being a National holiday it is expected that business generally will be suspended for at least part of the day, thereby giving those who desire an opportunity to attend the memorial exercises at the Cemetery. These latter will consist of the usual oration, recitations, singing of patriotic selections and concluding with the honored custom of decorating the graves of the old soldiers with flowers.